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Festival of the Trails -Mountain Biking Event

Saturday, June 02, 2012

This past weekend, my husband and I got away for the first time without the kids (who are now 9 and 7 years old.) We spent our weekend "up north" in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at a mountain biking festival. The mountain biking trail system consisted of over 300 miles of trails. It was amazing.

We mountain biked for 3 days - and it was exhausting by day 3! We put on over 50 miles on single track trails.

Here is my husband:

And here I am:

Both photos were on day one - before we were worn out - and before I broke my bike. (We needed to rent me one, which got us a little behind. My husband broke his as well - but was able to have his fixed.) -- Rental bikes - not as fun.

The event was EXTREMELY well planned. There was a social get-together every day and some type of food event. All participants received a punch card at registration where they had hole punchers on markers throughout the 300 mile trail system. The more punches you received, the more tickets you got to a drawing on the last day. We did quite well, we ended up leaving the festival with my husband winning new bike shoes ($150 value) and I won new grips ($35 value).

We stayed at a bed and breakfast for the first time (because it was only 1 mile from the trail head) - overall, this was a little too intimate for me. I like to come and go and not worry about who is also living in the house. The breakfasts were fantastic though.

We will definitely be doing this again, but next year, we'll bring our kids. We have all year to get them ready for this type of event. I have a new respect for mountain biking! I want to go again. I need to increase my speed and confidance going over rock piles and across skinny bridges.

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KAYOTIC 6/4/2012 10:34AM

    Sounds like a great event, and congrats on your winnings! Hope you can get your bike fixed!

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FIT-AT-50 6/3/2012 10:44PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! You're right -- your kids will love it next year and you have plenty of time to help them prepare.

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/3/2012 8:25PM

    Joy, that looks like SO much fun!! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us! emoticon

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AEHEGE 6/3/2012 11:15AM

    What a perfect weekend! (well, except for the bike problems). Thanks for telling us about it and showing the photos. Looks like a beautiful place to ride. Your kids will be at good ages to begin long distance biking. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 6/3/2012 1:13AM

    Woohoo....sounds awesome...especially since ypou are going back next year.... emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 6/2/2012 10:38PM

    Wow! What a fun time! And you won prizes, too! That's great! I like your pics. We're having a mountain bike one-day tour at our local Stewart Forest tomorrow. I love to ride!!!

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AMARILYNH 6/2/2012 11:58AM

    Awesome way to have fun AND get exercise!!

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BET212 6/2/2012 11:16AM

    What a great time and by the pictures it looks like it was gorgeous! Congrats on the prizes :)

DH and I have stayed at many B&Bs over the years but have found we like the privacy of vacation rentals or cabins better. Most come with a stocked kitchen so you can cook your own stuff. Some B&Bs will provide breakfast items delivered to your door so not as great a breakfast but more privacy.

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RHONDALYN10 6/2/2012 10:31AM

    How incredible! Sounds like a great time and even though you enjoyed it as a couple I think you will find it just as enjoyable with the family!

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PICKIE98 6/2/2012 7:36AM

    That sound like so much fun! You had to be so pumped!! Maybe next year you can get a motel with a pool or spa for relaxing at night.. your kids will love it!! They will be older and endure longer!! What a great plan!!!

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BLC19 - 12 Week Goals

Monday, April 30, 2012

My goals for these next 12 weeks:
1. Lose 6 pounds (0.5 pounds per week) (Go from 140.8 pounds to 134.8 pounds)
2. Improve my fitness level (be able to run and bike faster and farther.)

To do each of these goals I plan to...
1. Track EVERYTHING I eat EVERYDAY. (And stay in my calorie range on MOST days)
2. Exercise 6 days per week - 4-5 days of this to be "high intensity" such as running or aggressive bicycling.
3. Post 3 times per week in the Panther Den.
4. Participate in all the TNT, LCW, and Weekend Challenges of BLC19.

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AMARILYNH 6/2/2012 1:32PM

    Just now reading your goals (I was attracted to your page by your biking blog) and I LOVE them - they are goals that, if adhered to, would bring success to anyone!! I hope you don't mind if I share them with my team? Some of us struggle with just what to do to achieve weight loss - I think you've written a winning formula!!

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LJR4HEALTH 5/1/2012 7:38AM

    emoticonPlan Simple and straight to the point very attainable

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LYNMEINDERS 5/1/2012 7:00AM

    Awesome goals and totally doable....woohoo

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VIXSTERLU 4/30/2012 10:56PM

    YOU GOT THIS!!! Great plan :)

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LIZZYP609 4/30/2012 11:58AM

    Awesome! straight forward and simple! emoticon

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AEHEGE 4/30/2012 11:51AM

    I am sure you will accomplish these goals! Clear and concise; realistic! Way to go!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/30/2012 7:19AM

    Sounds reasonable!!

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My 1st Race Ever - Legal Run Around 5k *PICS*

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Yesterday I ran my first official race every - a 5K. I had signed myself up for the 5K and my kids up for the kids run. At the last minute, my husband, brother, and his girlfriend decided to run with us.

Prior to the event I was very nervous about being in the big group and that the whole concept of racing was odd and wondered how ackward I'd feel. When I got to the event, everyone there was racing and I felt that I fit right in. We all lined up on the street and I didn't feel ackward or clausterphobic at all. I made sure I had a spot on the side of the pack. When the horn sounded it took a little bit of time to pass the start line, but eventually all the people separated as their speeds all varied.

Overall, it was quite fun. My husband ran with us for the first mile, but then he had to drop off and walk. (He's only ran 2 days in his adult life!) I was very pround of him, he finished in about 34 minutes - very good for being 240 pounds. He was very festive - here is a photo of him taken from the backside in his outfit. (This was on the local newspaper's webiste. My mom and me are also in this photo.)

My kids ran the kids race after us. All kids under 12 ran together and my 7 year old was the 4th girl to finish! WOW! I didn't expect that. My 9 yr old son is sick and had to stop and catch his breath in the middle due to a coughing attack. But he finished - great considering he is over weight. Here is a photo of my daughter in her running gear.

So I finished the 5K in 30:15. According to my brother's girlfriends Garmin GPS running watch, we actually were under 30 minutes because how long it took us to get to the starting line after the horn sounded. (The race was not chip timed.)

Overall, this was a great experience. I am looking forward to doing more races in the future.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/29/2012 8:46PM

    Woohoo..well done...am proud of you

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FT4EVR 3/23/2012 3:39PM

    You did GREAT! Good for you! And your 7 year old got 4th for her group! That is something to be proud of too!

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ZORAHGAIL 3/19/2012 7:14PM

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    WOW! Congratulations on your first race! Also great how it turned into a famimly affair!


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RHONDALYN10 3/18/2012 2:50PM

Way to go!
Can't wait to hear about the next one! emoticon

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THOMS1 3/18/2012 1:57PM

    emoticon emoticonGood Job!!

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FITLIKENIC 3/18/2012 11:31AM

    emoticon Wonderful to get the family involved!

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SMALLERSHEEP 3/18/2012 8:55AM

    He he he, I can "hear" it in your words...you are hooked. :) Welcome to the club! So very proud of you! Sounds like you had a great time. Yay!

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MARCH 2012 Still Committed to a Triathlon

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Well, I have one month of training in and its going well. Im still really motivated and excited about this goal. I have this blog to help me keep focused and a place to track my training.

I want to do my first race ever this month. (My goal is one type of race every month to keep me motivated.) Im going to register for the following Races this month.
3/17/12 Legal Run Around 5K Run Fond du Lac, WI (changed which race I originally intended because this one has a kids run for my children to do this with me.) **** Registered 3/5/12 *****
4/1/12 - Run for Home - 5K Run - Appleton, WI (I wanted to do one with my husband and kids - this one gives my husband more time to train.) **** Registered 3/5/12 *****
5/11/12 Oshkosh Fitness Festival 40 mile bike ride Oshkosh, WI **** Registered 3/10/12 *****

Im going to slightly modify my training plan. What Ive been lacking is strength training and Brick workouts. (Brick workouts are one type of exercise immediately followed by another Bike then Run or Swim then Bike, etc) I also want to get outside and train off the treadmill and out of Spin class! My goal is to do the following workouts every week:
Swim x 2
Bike x 2
Run x 2
Strength Train x 2 (or Daily? Im not sure what I want to do yet.)

emoticon Thurs March 1st: Rest
emoticon Fri March 2nd: Run 40 min (5K in ______)
emoticon Sat March 3rd: Bike 30 min
emoticon Sun March 4th: Swim 40 min

emoticon Mon March 5th: Strength - 10 min of "get ripped in 7 weeks"
emoticonTues March 6th: Run 32 min
emoticonWed March 7th: Bike 45 min
emoticonThurs March 8th: Rest
emoticonFri March 9th: Run 35 min (5K in 31:44)
emoticonSat March 10th: Family Bike Ride - 5 miles (45 min) in EXTREME wind
emoticonSun March 11th: Family Bike Ride - 8 miles (1 1/2 hrs) and Run 5k outside (32:44)
emoticon Mon March 12th: Rest
emoticonTues March 13th: Run 32 min (3.3 miles)
emoticonWed March 14th: Bike 45 min
emoticonThurs March 15th: Rest (for Sat race)
emoticonFri March 16th: Rest (for Sat race)
emoticonSat March 17th: Run - legal run around 5K - 30:15
Sun March 18th: Bike Ride

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AEHEGE 3/2/2012 7:18PM

    I am just so impressed! I have read your story on your page and some of your other blogs. You are quite the athlete and the training program you have set for yourself is doable but quite a challenge in itself. Your commitment is an inspiration to others.

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SLEEPYDEAN 3/1/2012 5:53PM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan to achieve those goals. The brick workouts really do help big time for tri training.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/1/2012 5:26PM

    Woohoo...go you...
Great goals that you can achieve

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LIVELAUFLUV 3/1/2012 12:47PM

    Great plan! Keep up the good work!

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GRANDMACOO 3/1/2012 10:43AM

    I did my first sprint tri on Thanksgiving last year; it was lots of fun and everyone was so supportive. I was hoping to do another one this month, but that didn't happen. emoticon
Keep training!

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    You've got this! I know you Joy. You are one determined lady!

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Im committing to doing a triathlon this summer Or rather multiple racing events this summer. If you would have told me a year ago that Id even be considering this, I wouldnt have believed you! And now, here I am - knowing I can do this.

I want to be able to do a full Olympic triathlon (1.5K/0.93mi swim, 40K/24.8mi bike, 10K/6.2mi run) by fall. Im going to start with some shorter Sprint Triathlons to get me going (750m/0.5mi swim, 20K/12.4mi bike, 5K/3.1mi run). Im going to also throw in some 5K and 10K runs The goal is 1 race/month starting in March. Here is my tentative list of events.

3/17/12 - Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run Madison, WI
4/22/12 - Oshkosh 5K 5K Run Oshkosh, WI
5/21/12 - Happy Trails Events 5K off-road run Appleton, WI
6/30/12 - Just Tri It! Of road Triathlon Shorter Sprint Triathlon Manitowish Waters, WI
7/29/12 - RMC Sprint Triathlon Sprint Triathlon Green Lake, WI
8/11/12 Antigo Tater Trot 10k Run Antigo, WI
9/8/12 Lake Geneva Triathlon Series Olympic Triathlon Fontana, WI
10/8/12 Horicon Natl Wildlife Refuge 5K off-road run Horicon, WI
11/10/12 The Amazing Turkey Trot 10K Adventure Run Wausau, WI
12/2/12 Enchantment in the Park 5k Run West Bend, WI

Ive chosen to do a triathlon instead of running, biking, swimming individual because I need the variety. I get bored with doing only one type of exercise, even with a little cross training mixed in.

To prepare, here is my training schedule for this month. I have 5 months to prepare for the first Sprint Triathlon Im doing. Ill update this as I meet each of my training session goals. The goal is to bike/swim/run twice per week.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Week 1 emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon 2/6 -Monday: rest / off
emoticon 2/7 -Tues: Run Goal 20 min - Actual 40 min; 10 min Strength Training
emoticon 2/8 -Wednesday: Bike Goal 35 min - Actual 45 min
emoticon 2/9 -Thurs: Swim: 15 min (met) -and- Run goal 20 min - actual 25 min
emoticon 2/10 -Friday: Bike: 40 min (met)
emoticon 2/11 -Saturday: rest / off
emoticon 2/12 -Sunday: Swim: 30 min (met)

emoticon emoticon emoticon Week 2 emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon 2/13 -Monday: strength train (Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 1)
emoticon 2/14 -Tuesday: Run: 20 min (met)
emoticon 2/15 -Wednesday: Bike: goal 35 min- actual 45+ minutes
emoticon 2/16 -Thursday: rest / off
emoticon 2/17 -Friday: Bike: 45 min (met)
emoticon 2/18 -Saturday: Run: goal 25 min - actual 40 minutes
emoticon 2/19 -Sunday: Swim: goal 20 min - actual 35 minutes

emoticon emoticon emoticon Week 3 emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon 2/20 -Monday: rest / off
emoticon 2/21 -Tuesday: Run: goal 25 min - actual 40 minutes
emoticon 2/22 -Wednesday: Bike: 45 min (met)
emoticon 2/23 -Thursday: rest / off
emoticon 2/24 -Friday: Run: goal 25 min - actual 40 minutes
emoticon 2/25 -Saturday: Bike: 30 min (met)
emoticon 2/26 Sunday: Swim: 35 min (met)

emoticon emoticon emoticon Week 4 emoticon emoticon emoticon
Catch up week because I will miss some of the above training plans due to life events getting the way. Im throwing a week every month for catch-up. If I dont need to catch up, Ill just do leisurely run/swim/bike/other activities, repeat week 3, or go to week 4.
emoticon 2/27 -Monday: rest / off
emoticon 2/28 -Tuesday: Run: 40 min
emoticon 2/29 -Wednesday: Bike: 45 min
February - Success!

More training plan to come next month emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 2/18/2012 4:21AM

    Greta schedule....woohoo...you can so do it....

I am dpoing a 15k challenge next saturday......did it last year and now I know the course I think it is better not knowing it....lol....go you

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/8/2012 5:12PM

    That is a very envious race schedule. The Olympic goal is great, I plan to just stick with the sprints because my swimming is so abysmal. Happy training!

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CBUDACK 2/8/2012 10:23AM

    Awesome Plan!
I'm signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle too. My first 5K and very excited.
I'll be doing Crazy Legs on April 28th too.

Wishing you continued success in your training.
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SUZIEW27 2/6/2012 7:53PM

    You are going to love triathlon!! They are some of the nicest athletes ever!! I'm not what one would call athletic but there have always been other triathletes encouraging me in every triathlon I have ever done. I've been out of the sport for a couple of years now but am planning on getting back in this summer!

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/6/2012 10:02AM

    OMG! You are superwoman! Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYOTIC 2/6/2012 10:01AM

    Sounds like a great way to stay fit, challenge yourself, and have fun! emoticon

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    Wow! Good for you for knowing what you need to keep being challenged. Looks like a well thought out plan!

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