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.
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.
Monday, February 06, 2012
I’m committing to doing a triathlon this summer… Or rather multiple racing events this summer. If you would have told me a year ago that I’d even be considering this, I wouldn’t 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. I’m going to start with some shorter Sprint Triathlons to get me going (750m/0.5mi swim, 20K/12.4mi bike, 5K/3.1mi run). I’m 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 Nat’l 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
I’ve 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 I’m doing. I’ll update this as I meet each of my training session goals. The goal is to bike/swim/run twice per week.
2/6 -Monday: rest / off
2/7 -Tues: Run Goal 20 min - Actual 40 min; 10 min Strength Training
2/8 -Wednesday: Bike Goal 35 min - Actual 45 min
2/9 -Thurs: Swim: 15 min (met) -and- Run goal 20 min - actual 25 min
2/10 -Friday: Bike: 40 min (met)
2/11 -Saturday: rest / off
2/12 -Sunday: Swim: 30 min (met)
2/13 -Monday: strength train (Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 1)
2/14 -Tuesday: Run: 20 min (met)
2/15 -Wednesday: Bike: goal 35 min- actual 45+ minutes
2/16 -Thursday: rest / off
2/17 -Friday: Bike: 45 min (met)
2/18 -Saturday: Run: goal 25 min - actual 40 minutes
2/19 -Sunday: Swim: goal 20 min - actual 35 minutes
2/20 -Monday: rest / off
2/21 -Tuesday: Run: goal 25 min - actual 40 minutes
2/22 -Wednesday: Bike: 45 min (met)
2/23 -Thursday: rest / off
2/24 -Friday: Run: goal 25 min - actual 40 minutes
2/25 -Saturday: Bike: 30 min (met)
2/26 – Sunday: Swim: 35 min (met)
Catch up week – because I will miss some of the above training plans due to life events getting the way. I’m throwing a week every month for catch-up. If I don’t need to catch up, I’ll just do leisurely run/swim/bike/other activities, repeat week 3, or go to week 4.
2/27 -Monday: rest / off
2/28 -Tuesday: Run: 40 min
2/29 -Wednesday: Bike: 45 min
February - Success!
More training plan to come next month…
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