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My first triathlon

Monday, August 06, 2012

As soon as I made the decision to go for a tri, I knew I'd love it. I have been swept away with the energy of running road races. It is such a positive, strong force. I know it's not for everyone, but I love racing. I had no doubts that I'd love tri just as much.

The girls I run with convinced me to sign up for a tri once they saw me swim this winter. They promised to help me with the bike. I was a little apprehensive because 1. I was in the midst of my first full marathon training program and isn't that enough for one summer?? and 2. road bikes are expensive.

Well, I had a few glasses of wine with these girls one night and made the decision. Don't worry, I didn't sign up drunk. I waited until the next morning and registered for an Olympic distance triathlon.

Luckily another friend was looking to do something much shorter, find a small Sprint distance. I signed up with her and thought of this as my practice tri. There are so many elements that need to be worked out. All that transition stuff! And if you've read any of my other blogs, all that bike stuff!

Anyway, this kinda snuck up on me. I didn't feel a lot of pressure or nerves or much of anything until last week. I started getting texts and emails from a few tri friends warning me not to freak out on the swim. I know the swim is the worst part for most people. There are plenty of people that just get through it. Doggy paddle gets the job done! But for me, the swim was what I was most excited for.

I'm pretty sure I was a fish in a former life. I've been comfortable in the water since forever and was on a competitive team for many years. Lakes don't freak me out and for whatever reason it didn't bother me to think of other swimmers kicking me in the face or swimming right over me. Call me crazy, but it just sounded like a part of the sport.

Our age group was the 5th wave so we got to watch a few groups go first, which was fun. I dismissed all the advice I was given and just walked into the front and middle of our group when it was our turn. And all of a sudden we were running through the water and diving in. Typical rookie mistake: I just started flying and didn't stick to my breathing pattern plan. I have very little open water practice and am horrible at swimming in a straight line. Constantly breathing to the same side makes it even worse for me. So what do I do? breathe to the same side, sight too often, let my legs fall down, zig zag all over the course. Hot mess right here!

When we reached the turn around buoy I realized I was in the front pack of our group's swimmers. (swim caps are color coded by age group) I repeatedly said to myself, "calm down, calm down" and started to think about my form. I still was not swimming very straight and cannot imagine how many extra meters I swam. By this time, I was swimming better and was pretty sure there were only 2 blue caps ahead of me. I concentrated on how it would feel to get out of the water first.

And I did it! I passed them both and ran out of the water first in my age group. First! What a feeling. I'm pretty sure that is a lifelong memory. Even if this was a small tri, 28 women in my age group. I still did it. I won!

Oh, but wait! Now I have to run up a sandy hill and find my bike and the race has really only just started. I pushed it pretty hard at the end of the swim so it was difficult to run and I struggled to get my swim cap & goggles off. I found my bike easily and quick got everything I needed. Then I just had to take a few seconds to stand and calm down. I was a little dizzy. maybe pushed it a wee bit much!! Hopped on my bike and I was off! Or so I thought. All these people started screaming at me because you can't mount your bike until you are out of the transition area. Missed that detail. I was so focused on making sure my helmet was on correctly. You get DQed if you mount without that on! So I hop off, run a few more steps, thank everyone for their help and hop back on.

And off I went for real this time! It took until mile 3 for my breathing to feel normal and to start to get some type of groove. But then the hills set in. I was holding back a bit because I am so unfamiliar on the bike that I just didn't know how much to push. I had very little idea what a 13.5 mile bike ride felt like. I liked being out on an open road and not afraid of cars. And I love how nice people are when they pass you. And some people pass you FAST. I was cheering for everyone and grinning like I'm Chrissie Wellington. I really started to feel good at mile 10. And then it was over. Averaged 17.7 mph

Transition this time went really well. The run was 3.3 miles, very pretty through this little park. I felt like I was going at a good pace, but had no idea. I was wearing a HRM but the time was overall so I was just going by how I felt. Only one woman passed me and she was cruising. I was sprinting at the end, which means I had some left in the tank and should've gone faster. And my pace was 8:02 which is hard to be upset about.

That's why I signed up for this. Triathlon seems to be about balance. How much to push? How much to save your legs? If I would've gone faster on the bike, would my legs have been spent for the run? How much faster could I have gone on the run? These are all things that experience will help with. There is much to learn and I love that.

My friend came in right behind me. After we got snacks we went to see the posted results. It said 3/15 by my name. (people were still on the course) One guy said, "You're on the podium! You'll get an award!" It was my split second of feeling like I was in the Olympics. We quickly found out that only 1st in age group got the trophies. oh well! Something to strive for! And it was fun to feel that if only for a bit.

Another friend asked what was my favorite part. It's too hard to choose. The whole experience was exciting.
From getting there early to set up your area, walking around and looking at all the beautiful bikes, people watching, etc.

sorry, I can't rotate pics from my iphone. That's my little area.

In a tri it's like you get the excitement of a finish line 3 times. That's pretty fun.

That sideways one in black is me.

This is long enough so I won't list all the little details that I enjoyed. But there were a lot. The body markings were a highlight for me.

Yes, I'm flexing there.

Such an experience. I want to do it again. And again and again. I smile just thinking about it. That's more important than the numbers. I don't want to get too obsessed with times and forget the fun. But it sure feels good to know that I'm actually pretty good at this. 17/189 women. I've always been athletic but I was never the best at anything. I was good, not great. After that tri, I felt great.

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HOPERY 8/12/2012 9:37AM

    Thank you so much for this blog. I am aiming for my first sprint tri in Sept. and am doing my first full marathon in Nov. You made it sound so fun, which is really the reason I am doing the tri.

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GODIVADSG 8/11/2012 7:54AM

    You are great!! emoticon Your Tri sounds fun. So glad you had so much fun! You really did well!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You are amazing, Maura! I am so proud of you!! I hope you have an equally awesome experience when you do the full-distance tri. Happy training!

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    That's really inspiring. So many people have first-race stories that are turn-offs to the whole thing. Now, this obviously wasn't your first race, just your first tri, but the fact that you had a lot of fun makes it seem achievable to those of us who haven't raced before :)

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/7/2012 2:21PM

    emoticonGreat job!!!!!!!!!

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LISAINMS 8/7/2012 1:54PM

    Woo-hoo!! Fantastic race report. Makes me remember that first race rush of excitement. Didn't you just feel completely giddy? We have the same strengths... swim and run, the bike is my weak spot. Watching the waves before yours, were you surprised to see how poorly most swim? I had no idea. Open water is a non-issue and people bumping me, used to that. You will learn your bike threshold to still have enough for the run without it being too much. The olympic will be a different experience from the sprint. A much higher level of competitors. Dial back your bike speed a bit, maybe shoot for an avg of 17 so you aren't cooked before the run. Of course that also depends on the course profile. Flat and fast or hills. Also, the last strokes before you get out of the water, breaststroke. It stretches your legs and prepares for the run to transition so you aren't wobbly. Great job on your run pace and congrats on making the podium!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 8/7/2012 12:53PM

    emoticon 17th, place on your very first one! WOW! YOU GO GIRL !


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GABBIEGIRL614 8/7/2012 11:57AM

    That's awesome!! Great job! My first tri is 9/8, so reading about your experience is a great motivator for me! Good luck at your Oly!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 8/7/2012 11:43AM

    I was smiling the whole time reading your blog! I am so happy for you! You did awesome for your first tri and it's great that you can't wait to do more. So inspiring Maura! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELISAJANE57 8/7/2012 10:12AM

    That is awesome! Good job on your race. I ran a novice Triathalon in June and it was too easy. I liked it though. Now you make me want to sign up for a sprint Triathalon. It sounds like fun!!! I'm a little addicted to racing as well.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/7/2012 9:52AM

    I am sooooo happy for you. Again, I am living through you, girl! As read this, I am watching the mens olympic tri-finals. I NEED to go for a run right now. Your blog plus the mens tri has me energized-haha. You are one competitive chick-I LOVE IT! And I am secretively jealous...I wanna be completing a tri. There are big things ahead for you, I just know it...1st tri and 3rd place....clap clap clap clap. Keep on sharing these amazing experiences and thank-you for sharing them.
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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/7/2012 9:46AM

    What a great first tri you had! How awesome to get on the podium..... you are very fast and very athletic.

Way to go!

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Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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MICHSTATE 8/7/2012 9:20AM

    Wow!!!!! Awesome job and awesome blog!!!!! You (almost, but not quite) make me want to do a tri!!!!!! :-)

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    This one will be hard to beat, congrats

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 8/7/2012 4:19AM

    And the crowd goes WILD!! Congratulations, like I said before - YOU CEASE TO AMAZE ME!!! :)

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 8/6/2012 11:27PM

    emoticon You're awesome! I love your recap of the tri! I can really feel your excitement! Congrats on another great race! You're a champ! And holy cow look at that bulging muscle! emoticon

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AMBER281 8/6/2012 11:22PM

    Great job!!

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WORTHEYMOM 8/6/2012 10:26PM

    totally inspiring me for me! I got my bike and rode 7.5 miles the other day. Not bad, now just to conquer swimming for me. Thank you for the awesome blog and what a great accomplishment for you! What an amazing job!

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KAREN42BOYS 8/6/2012 10:06PM

    Dang, way to show up!

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JEREMY723 8/6/2012 9:44PM

    What a great job! Congrats!

Can I ask, did it happen to be the Cleveland Triathalon? It was yesterday.

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ON2VICTORY 8/6/2012 9:40PM

    good lord!!!! A podium finish for tri #1?? You are a rawk star!! You are a natural triathlete. You have the goods my friend. You will rock the olympic no prob. I loved the swim too, its what i was the most paranoid about. I do really good open water for some reason... It is actually my preference. I hate pools.

I was 24th out of the water out of about 46 males and i could have done better but i was too busy trying not to get kicked.

What a great job you did!

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MYLADY4 8/6/2012 9:36PM

    That sounded like so much fun, way to go!!!!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 8/6/2012 9:32PM

    Congrats!!!! It's my dream to do a tri - you have inspired me! So much fun to read this - thanks for sharing. And GOOD JOB!!! Bronze medal!! :)

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August prep, tri prep

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Checking in on goals.
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For the year I said 800-1,000 miles. So far I've run 622.65 miles for 2012. Super happy with that.
emoticonRun: goal was 10-20 miles/week and I ran 50 total. Low end of goal, but I made it. Pretty good considering the heat and 2 weeks of vacation.
emoticonBike: goal was 40-80 miles/week. Ha! Not even close. I threw those numbers out there from looking at my training plan, but I didn't factor in heat, vacation and the fact that I knew basically nothing about the bike. I did manage 112 miles total plus 2 Spinervals workouts. My friend loaned me her indoor trainer. It's pretty sweet. I can ride my own bike in the basement!
emoticonSwim: 2 swims a week. Goal met 3/4 weeks. The Olympics bring back so many memories of pool workouts and drills. I wish I could get in the pool more often.
Weight: lose 1.5-2 lbs or 2 inches. Weight is up 1.2 and inches are the same. Not what I wanted, but not too bad considering how much time I spent at cabins eating bacon and s'mores.

I think the goals were high because I thought I had enough rest and recovery from the marathon in June and was ready for an intense training plan. I was wrong. In July I learned that I want a better balance. Which led me to give my notice at the Y. It was a very tough decision. I just can't do it all. I decided to put fitness priorities on triathlon instead of group fitness. I feel like it was a selfish decision, but a necessary one. I will miss it, but luckily I'll be able to sub.

emoticonAugust goals:
Have fun!
Swim, bike, run: twice a week, but if it's only once make it the long workout
Complete my first sprint triathlon: this Saturday!!
Olympic tri: 8/25
Lose 2 lbs or 2 inches. Come on now! Stop mindlessly snacking at night.

I hope you're already on your way with August goals. Let's do this!

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Tonight I did my own little mini tri to see how I felt during transitions and to trouble shoot all the gear. Preparing for any race is exciting and stressful. Tri prep is much more intense than a road race. I don't even have a lot of gear and it's a lot to remember! I spent last night reading checklists and transition pointers online. The practice went well, except that the chain fell off my bike again. It feels pretty dang good that I can actually fix it myself, but I wish I wouldn't have to. I may take it in to the shop tomorrow...

It also feels good to be OK when pictures are taken. We biked to a parade and had a blast.

I can see a calf muscle!

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    You are so good at reaching your goals! I'm glad you didn't beat yourself up about missing the biking goal by a bit.
I hope you'll blog about your first tri experience. Was it fun??
I LOVE the picture of you and W at the very end!!

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ON2VICTORY 8/3/2012 9:25PM

    i am really excited for you on your big event tomorrow!! be careful at the swim start, it can be chaotic with lots of flailing feet and elbows...
I'm cheering you on!

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LISAINMS 8/3/2012 3:32PM

    Looking good! Have a great time on Saturday. Relax and remember it is a learning experience. Putting the pieces together from start to finish is very hectic and nervewracking. Don't sweat it! Pack your gear bag tonight. Here's a great tool for making a packing list (if you're as particular as I am with lists and stuff)

Running races seem so easy and carefree now. Show up 30 min before start and off you go. Not so with tri. Be there at least 90 min before start to get set in transition or you will be scrounging for a spot. Just have fun and soak it all in! Triathletes are really friendly and helpful to each other. Can't wait to hear about your race!

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    Sounds like the teeth on your driveshaft might be worn down! (that sounds like I know about bikes, right? Nope! Comes to mind because I had to use the interwebs to learn how to reattach a bike chain, and dude said -- over and over -- that that is one of the most common problems when the chain keeps buggering up)

And wow. You make me look lazy!

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WORTHEYMOM 8/3/2012 8:51AM

    love the goals - I will definately be keeping an eye out for info on your tri! I signed up for my very first in Oct and I am NOT a swimmer, but that's why I signed up - to challenge myself. Keep up the great work and you are going to do fabulous in August and in your tri!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/3/2012 8:23AM

    You look fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AMSTERDAMAND125 8/3/2012 8:08AM

    You look great, and so happy! The goals and review were great, too!

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MICHSTATE 8/3/2012 5:55AM

    You are looking like one Hot Mama!!!!! Good job and have fun with your tri!!!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/3/2012 1:27AM

    Good job on everything you're doing! And you can meet your August goals!

You and your daughter are so adorable!

And you are looking so toned! Great muscle definition!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODIVADSG 8/2/2012 10:40PM

    How cute! Sounds fun! Way to go!!

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AJB121299 8/2/2012 10:33PM

    great job and good luck this month

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Family fitness

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I have eased up on tri training because it was making me crazy. That's the opposite of what I want it to do. Like my dad said, "it's not like you're going to win. What's the big deal?!" exactly. I am doing this for myself. Not to place in my age group. Everyone has different life circumstances that lead to different training options. I'm not racing the 33 year old single woman that can fit in 3 by 3s. I am racing myself. Can you tell that I have to type this out in order to convince myself?? Hey, whatever works.

So this week I chose family fitness. Not family over fitness. Just put my kids and husband and whole family first and did my best to workout WITH them.

S: swam across a lake, not sure of distance, DH rowed next to me
M: 5 mile run w/ dad and sister, yoga on a paddle board!
T: rest (did a few sprints in the lake, 20 minutes maybe)
W: 6 miles with the double jogger, holy crap! That's hard. Stopped at a park to play.
Th: ST at the park with kids, 10 mile family bike ride
F: 60 min HIIT class, 1 mile swim and then swam with the kids
S: teach tabata, Spinervals DVD

Now only in the triathlete world is this a light fitness week. No long bike, no speedwork run,no... I'm gonna stop that right now. I had a great week.

And even though the scale says exactly what it did on July 1, several people have made positive comments about how I look in the past few days. After class on Friday, one of my running friends even called me and said, "what, I haven't seen you in a week and you lose 5 pounds?!" That feels good. I guess I'm doing something right.

Something definitely feels right. I had been thinking about a half Ironman next summer. That's 70.3 miles. I know I could do it with the proper training. But what I'm starting to realize is that I may not WANT to. At least not right now. I said the same thing about marathon training: it's not just the time that training takes; it's how exhausted you are after those long workouts. I was wiped out after that swim yesterday. Swimming a mile is the equivalent of running 12 to me. I needed a nap!

No nap today, Olympic swimmers!! I made salt dough medals with the kids this morning (thank you Pinterest!). We are pumped. I'm going to do an Olympic theme at class today. Time to go!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/18/2012 11:45AM

    I'm so happy for you! You are making it work for you. And the distance covered is applaud able.(spell ck split up word:) keep it up figuring out balance. I hate typing on this tiny screen so chow girlie!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/1/2012 6:07PM

    Sounds like a great week of summer workouts to me! I swam across a pond the other day with my MIL, who does that sort of thing regularly. I was so scared and trying not to think about how deep the water was! But I made it. :)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/31/2012 11:57AM

    This whole fitness thing is such a mixed bag. It's so important to be fit enough to have energy for the family (which you obviously have under control!), but putting too much into it really has the potential to take away from the family. I'm so glad that you're finding out what works for you and that you seem to be having so much fun doing it. You are an incredibly fit and fun mama and I am proud of you!!

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AMBER281 7/30/2012 1:30PM

    Sounds like a great fitness week!
Family and fitness, what more could you want!

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GODIVADSG 7/29/2012 8:17PM

    Sounds fun! It is really hard to balance Tri training around anything other than Tri training! It is really fun though and worth the effort... Way to go this week! emoticon emoticon

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 7/29/2012 10:54AM

    Sounds like a great fitness week to me! You should be so proud of yourself for managing to combine your fitness routine with spending time with your family, that's WAY more impressive than placing in your age group, at least in my eyes! You're living the healthy life and so is your family, that's so much more valuable! You rock! emoticon

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KKINNEA 7/29/2012 2:52AM

    Sounds like a lot of fitness to me - neat ways of fitting it in with family!

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LIL_EZZY 7/29/2012 2:41AM

    Sounds as if you had alot more fun doing those workouts than the ones you have been doing. It isn't good to feel as if you don't want to go do a workout we should be doing what we like to do.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/28/2012 4:29PM

    I'm so happy for you! You are making it work for you. And the distance covered is applaud able.(spell ck split up word:) keep it up figuring out balance. I hate typing on this tiny screen so chow girlie!

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MICHSTATE 7/28/2012 3:16PM

    Sounds like a fun week!!!!! I did a SUP yoga class last week, and now I want to buy a SUP!!!! And move to a house on a lake...ha!!!!! :-)

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/28/2012 2:29PM

    Dang girl, you are always so sensible. And a bit creative too. I love reading your stuff!!

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IMSMILEY88 7/28/2012 12:06PM

    I love how you are incorporating your family into your fitness FUN! It sounds like some terrific workouts, too!

And, thanks for your comment on my getting back in shape. Your right about the groups... I'm thrilled that I have found a cycling group with a weekly ride that fits my beginner pace - and I need to JOIN! As far as the running, I was afraid I couldn't get to 5 miles by then... but I did 4 this morning!! (Though I was doing kind of mile repeats) My time is still a little slow, but I'll talk to the coach and see if we can make it work. I tried a few runs with this gorup last year and LOVED them, but I was just slower than them and got lost one day... anyway, it's a new coach, but it's MY coach (my personal pilates instructor & running coach occasionally) so if I can make it work, I think I will.

have a wonderful weekend!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 7/28/2012 11:01AM

    I LOVE that week of fitness you just described. How fun. I trained for a tri last summer and your blog just made me wanna find one to actually DO!! Cheers!

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Move with meaning & joy

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I am saddened by the CO tradgedy. It's senseless and devastating and just plain sad. I made myself turn the news off last night and I went and watched my daughter sleep. All you parents know the beauty of a sleeping child. Especially a sun kissed summer girl with mosquito bites on her arms and cuts and bruises, the proof of hard play, all over her legs. I took some time to soak in my gratitude that she is healthy, that my whole family is healthy. And I said a prayer for those that have lost these simple moments. I even said a prayer for the killer's parents. Because there was a time that he was their joyful 3 year old and they watched him sleep. how did a life go so wrong? How can a child become that damaged? Such a complex sadness.

During our week at the lake, I unplugged from Internet and TV. It was wonderful. It was the epitome of a family vacation in MN. The patoon, sandcastles, s'mores, reading with coffee and listening to the water, swimming, swimming and more swimming. I slowed down and watched my kids. I listened more closely to them. I didn't work out as much as I had planned.

I ran 4 miles one morning and it was one of those cleansing, you get all the answers you need, kind of runs. When I got back to the cabin, I had a stressful problem resolved. I wrote the email that I composed in my head while running and sent it. Instantly felt like I lost weight! Ahhhhhh, exercise is so good for my soul.

I promised myself that I was going to find a better balance between tri training and life. I got rid of my 3 by 3 workout plan. The is no need for a beginner to be that intense. I convinced myself that it's OK not to spend the most time on my worst sport, the bike, even though all the magazines say I should.

And then what do I do? Go on a bike ride, can't keep up with my friend,get crazy mad at myself, bring my kids to daycare early the next day so I can go do sprints on the bike and then write a self deprecating blog. Hmmmm, does not sound like a healthy balance to me.

I am recommitting myself to searching for a balance. An amazing sparker, GODIVADSG, wrote a great blog saying that she wants to live a "meaningful life of movement.". Isn't that poetic? I wrote it across the top of my revised training plan. That's what I want.

That's what I am fortunate enough to have. I can move. Everyday. I am strong and able to participate in incredible endurance events. I am also silly and participate in chasing my kids around and around, an endurance event all of its own. I am grateful for my health.

Today we're leaving for another cabin. This time with all my siblings and their kids and my parents. It will be a very different kind of vacation. I will unplug again. I will enjoy the teeny moments of each day. I will get in an open water swim and I will run with my dad and sister. It is heart aching to feel all these fun possibilities while I know so many families are struggling to get out of bed today because of the depth of their sadness.

I will continue to pray for them. I will continue to move with meaning and joy. I hope you do the same!

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TRIXIERUNS 7/26/2012 12:40PM

    What a great blog! Well written and so full of heart, Thanks for sharing

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/25/2012 9:32AM

    Beautiful blog!

I am also deeply saddened for the tradgedy in Colorado. But it also scares me to have my kids growing up in this world. It really makes you think more and take time for the little things in life.

Have another nice trip to the cabin! The weather should be perfect for it.

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GODIVADSG 7/23/2012 2:04PM

    Maura, I am so glad you are taking one step at a time. What a great blog. emoticonLife is really about growing. I would say that you are doing just that!! So thankful you are taking the time to just soak in all the good things in life. I am thankful we are friends. You inspire me in so many ways. As for the emoticon consistency is what makes us better.... cycling can be challenging.... there is so much to think of and a lot of it is technical. Hang in there! You are amazing!! emoticon

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ASHLEYA0403 7/23/2012 1:50PM

    oh man, I just about lost it when I read that part about how he was once their joyful 3 year old. Losing a child is every parents' nightmare, but I imagine that knowing your child do something this horrific would top even that on the nightmare scale. Such a tragedy all around.

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AMSTERDAMAND125 7/22/2012 3:26PM

    What a lovely blog, and great thoughtfulness. Thanks for sharing.

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    This is a beautiful blog, Maura. I love your heart and hope you have an excellent time away with your family!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/21/2012 3:15PM

    Great blog Maura! I have found myself enjoying more the simple happiness and moments with Hayden too. Every day is definitely a blessing and gift and needs to be treated as so because we never know what the next day will bring. There were multiple people shot just last night at a restaurant near downtown Kansas City. It's almost getting scary to take your family anywhere and that is such a sad feeling.

I hope you have an amazing time with your family and soak in and cherish each of the memories you're making! ((HUGS))

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 7/21/2012 2:46PM

    Well said! Thanks Maura! Enjoy your time with your family! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/21/2012 1:20PM

    Great words Maura.

I, too, was watching the news last night(something I honestly never ever do) and was sooo very sadden about the movie shooting-just confusing to me. Its crazy that you wrote this blog cuz just this morning, as I lay in bed across from my hubby, I looked at him differently. I thought to myself "what IF today was my last day with would I be towards him, how would I talk to him? etc etc". all because of that crazy shooting last night.

I live intentionally, I parent intentionally, I love up my husband intentionally but I always think there is room for improvement. Today is one of those days that I am stepping it up a notch.

Have a fabulous time at the lake with the famdam and don't take a second for granted.

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JEREMY723 7/21/2012 1:19PM

    The 1st paragraph is so wonderully written (no offense to the other paragraphs)

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HEALTHYL1 7/21/2012 12:06PM

    great blog emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/21/2012 11:48AM

    emoticon Well said!

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Cocky confidence & humble pie

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One thing I love about exercise is the options. Just when you think you're good at something, try something else and a whole new challenge is waiting for you.

Running came relatively easy to me. Don't get me wrong, there were horrible awful days when I cried. There are STILL horrible awful no good very bad runs. But, overall, running just feels right. I have worked very hard, but mostly I've logged lots of miles while having fun. I have yet to become too obsessed with pace or splits or speed work. I guess I'm naturally kinda fast. And of course that feels good. The marathon was a month ago and I continue to get compliments about my time. I feel strong and fast. I feel like an athlete. And I like it.

When does confidence turn that ugly corner into cockiness?

For me, that corner was jumping into the pool. I swam competitively when I was younger and again, it was something that came naturally. Getting back to swim workouts has been tons of fun. I love reading about technique and trying new workouts in the pool. And, again, I've gotten lots of compliments. Unfortunately, it's gone to my head. I don't want to be that girl.

Luckily a triathlon has 3 sports and that last one, that sneaky little bike, has been shoving humble pie in my face left andright. I figured I had this tri thing in the bag. I can run! I can swim! What could possibly be so hard about riding a bike? Every 5 year old does it. So i must be able to do it too. And I'll be good at it, right? And everyone will tell me how athletic and strong I am, right?

I hope you're smirking at me right now. We all know that there's always a heavier weight to lift, a more difficult yoga pose to hold, a further distance to run. I need to keep this all in perspective.

The bike is my new challenge. I feel slow. I cannot keep up with my friends. My quads scream at me early in a ride. It doesn't matter what gear I'm in. Hills kill me. I am a huffing puffing mess by the top. This is frustrating. I want to be good at it. I feel like I should be better than I am. My VO2 max is pretty high. I have cut muscle definition in my legs. Why am I not better at this??! Pout, pout, dramatic, annoying tantrum.

Because I just started taking the bike seriously a month ago. Because it takes different muscles than running. Because the bike is incredibly technical and I have a crap ton to learn. I need to calm the eff down.

So this training group I want to join has 2 groups: 17 mph and 20 mph. I'm not there yet. I average 14-16 on long rides. And I know that's not bad, but its not 17. I really want to join that 17 group.

I'll work at it and get there. With so many exercise options, it's hard to get bored. It's hard to get cocky. If you step into either of those danger zones, try something new! It's working for me. I promise that once I do reach that 17 mph goal, I won't be a cocky jerk about it.

And if I do, then it's time to try out for American Ninja Warrior!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMBER281 7/23/2012 1:03PM

    Best of luck with the bike training! You can do it!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 7/22/2012 3:24PM

    You got it! emoticon

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    Aw. I've never thought of you as a cocky jerk! Confident? Absolutely! Amazing? Yes. But not cocky. It's good to know your strengths and weaknesses. It's good for me to know them, too... I've finally come to the conclusion that I am most likely never going to achieve the successes you have with running, try as I might, but maybe, just maybe I could beat you on a bike? We might find out if I ever get on one. emoticon Seriously, though, I KNOW you're going to push yourself and make a lot of progress while you train, and I KNOW you're going to rock the tri!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/20/2012 8:59AM

    Oh Maura. I feel the same way about running-why do I not have the endurance to hold a fast pace? I was athletic and competitive my entire childhood, spent a good portion of my early years in competitive gymnastics-grew a ton one summer and switched to school sports. Even went on to play college volleyball. But I NEVER tried distance running..until my 30's. I thought I would be faster but nope.

Love that you have this new biking challenge. I have full confidence you will get to that 17mph biking group-you seem to be that "put your mind to something and you will do it" type of girl:)

I'm watching you-haha! You're burning through your goals so I can't wait to hear all about the tri!

Happy Friday to you.

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GODIVADSG 7/20/2012 8:19AM

    emoticon Gears baby... gears!! Spin class baby... spin class.... it will get you focusing on your cadence and you will be at 17 mph in no time. The technical part of cycling can be humbling as well! A new challenge!! How fun! emoticon

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 7/19/2012 11:20AM

    Fab!!! Way to bring it all into perspective. I'll be watching for you on tv though... you are a ninjia!! :)

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AMSTERDAMAND125 7/19/2012 10:14AM

    Love it!! :) And I think you should go for American Ninja Warrior anyway! :)

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/19/2012 9:46AM

    You'll get there on the bike, give yourself a patient hug. As you said, there's always something new to learn!

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/19/2012 6:37AM

    YOU can do ANYTHING YOU put your mind to!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/18/2012 9:35PM

    Yeah, the bike makes me humble, too. Well, all 3 events humble me, but the bike most of all.

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/18/2012 8:09PM

    I felt the same way when I went back to water aerobics after a month away. I was thinking, "Didn't I used to rock this? I've been circuit training for 30 days I shouldn't be in this much pain!" Humble pie, for sure!


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OFFDREA 7/18/2012 6:35PM

    I was totally smirking lol
I'm sure you will be kicking ass at biking in no time, because you are so good at the other things! It can be frustrating when you don't get something right away. I know that feeling lol

Have fun with your training!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/18/2012 4:00PM

    LOL!! Had to laugh at this blog! I KNOW I'm only good at running and I'm not even particularly good at that!

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