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Updated January 2012

A lot has changed since I wrote the 2008 intro below. I did indeed learn to swim and run, did my first triathlon in 2008, and went on to do many more triathlons in 2009-2011 including a few half ironman triathlons and several half marathons. Now I am training for my first marathon in May, 2012, and I'm back at Sparkpeople for a few months, to lose 7 lbs I let sneak on this fall.

In January 2009, I started a podcast about being a new triathlete and ...
Updated January 2012

A lot has changed since I wrote the 2008 intro below. I did indeed learn to swim and run, did my first triathlon in 2008, and went on to do many more triathlons in 2009-2011 including a few half ironman triathlons and several half marathons. Now I am training for my first marathon in May, 2012, and I'm back at Sparkpeople for a few months, to lose 7 lbs I let sneak on this fall.

In January 2009, I started a podcast about being a new triathlete and this month, I am celebrating my 3rd anniversary with 110 episodes to date. It is called the Kelownagurl Tris Podcast and you can find it by searching the itunes store, or downloading directly from my site.

Find links to everything "kelownagurl" at http://kelownagurl.com

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Original Intro 2008

Wow, what a year!

I cannot believe how my thinking has changed in the past year. In 2006, I began to change my fitness level and I became a cyclist. In 2007, I worked harder at riding and improved to the point that I can now consider racing. Who knew I had it in me?! Then this time last year, I began to wonder - if I can ride this well, I wonder if I can run? So I went out and tried it, little by little. I started with walking and throwing in a few running spurts, then I tried running a full km. I could do it! Of course, everything hurt again - I was using new muscles - but that wore off and I once I was up toe 5km, I decided to do the Women's 5km race for fun. I guess I do have a competitive side because I ended up pushing really hard and knocked 4-5 minutes off my regular 5km time, coming in 5th in my age group, against women who race on a regular basis. I amazed myself!

2007 was a learning year for me too. I learned a lot about what my body can take and what it can't. I learned to listen to it, and to stretch more, and I learned the names of more muscles that ever knew I had! IT band, piriformis, gluteus medius, SI joint, shin splints... I was forced to take time off from running and to severely cut back on my riding in order to heal. PT and MT appts and lots of stretching helped get rid of the pain, a gait analysis and a script for orthotics will hopefully allow me to run again in January.

I guess the most interesting things I learned over that injury time was the terrible impatience I have to get back running. That made me feel great in a weird way because I know it's all doable again once I've got it figured out. And I WILL go slow this time. It's not worth the pain in rushing my body.

I had many personal bests in 2007.

I lost 8 more lbs and became more lean and fit.
* I bought size 4 clothes again!!
I got my picture and climbing goals in Bicycling Magazine in July!
I finally mastered Knox Mountain by climbing all the way without stopping.
I rode my first organized ride - the Shuswap Century Ride in 3:47.
I ran the Women's 5k in June. 26:17. 5th in age group, 23rd overall.
Increased my average speed on flat or mild hills to 29.6 kmh.
I rode 250km in France on my honeymoon!
I rode my first century around the lake - 162 km, 5700 ' climbing, including 10+ hills over 10%!!

So what's next? Well I decided if I can ride and run, then I really need to try swimming. I think this will be my biggest hurdle but I've been thinking about it all year and I now believe I have to try. I bought a new swim suit, prescription goggles, a swim cap and I registered for a private swim coach in January. I've love to be able to do the Apple Triathlon in August. Wish me luck!!


Here's a link to my Running/Biking log at Beginnertriathlete.com

http://tinyurl.com/28uuqs


And my blog that I started in December 2007.

http://kelownagurl.com/


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My Goals:
- Lose the last 7 lbs!

- Continue to lose fat while building muscle.

* Training for my first full marathon in May 2012

* Do a handful of triathlons and half marathons in 2012

My Program:
- Stretch and strengthen core every day.

- Run 3 times a week

- Ride the trainer 2 times a week.

- Do the strength workout at the gym 2X a week.


- swim once in awhile :)

- Eat healthfully but enjoy life! More vegetarian food at lunch and 2-3 suppers per week.

Personal Information:
I am 451 years old. I live in beautiful Kelowna, BC, work full time as an elementary school teacher, have 3 wonderful kids and one wonderful step-daughter, only my son (14) is still at home.

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I love music, red wine, and chocolate. I am obsessed with cycling. I'm a rabble rouser....I love my family and my life...

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1234MOM
1/12/2012 10:54:01 PM

Welcome back! Just happened to look at my friend feed and see your name up. Looks like you are ready to take on a marathon...good luck and stay healthy.



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KSZSPIN
1/7/2012 2:58:25 PM

Hi! Thanks for adding me as a friend! I read your page and realized we have a few things in common.....I love red wine and chocolate! But ironically, I was also featured in Bicycling Magazine, this past September 2011 issue. The article was titled "The First Timers", Fit Chick (Selene Yeager) interviewed myself and three other "rookie" cyclists about how our first full year of riding went, and focused on a challenge each of us had (mine was descending hills mainly). I'll try to add the link to the article here, but not sure it'll go through.

http://www.bicycling.com/beginners/bike-
skills/first-timers

Nice to meet you (sort of).
Kelly!



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3/13/2009 3:11:02 PM

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Hi guys
As it is almost St. Patrick's Day (Tuesday 17th) I decided that I would drop by to wish all those friends who support and encourage me, people who take time to leave comments on my page and/or blog and those that message me and wish you a very

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

& a great weekend.

To everyone, thank you.

Keep smiling all and once again "Happy St. Patrick's Day & greetings from Ireland"

John :-)
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GOLDENPEARLE
2/20/2009 12:37:21 PM

Hi there- We are in a group together and I wanted to ask - are you from Kelowna, BC...I live in Victoria, BC



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BALDYJOHN
3/14/2008 6:49:11 AM

As it is almost St. Patrick's Day (Monday 17th) I decided as I'm not on site much anymore and not posting, that I would drop by to wish all those friends who support and encourage me, people who take time to leave comments on my page and/or blog and those that message me
A HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY & a great weekend.

Although at times I'm slow to reply to people and to be honest sometimes I forget, i just want you to know that they are appreciated and those close friends of mine here "Thank You". You may be out of sight but you're not out of mind.

Keep smiling all and once again "Happy St. Patrick's Day & greetings from Ireland"

John :-)



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