Friday, April 08, 2011
For the past few days, the weather report for my first sprint triathlon on Sunday has been looking bad. It was at 30% chance of t-storms. Yesterday, it went up to a 40% chance AND "Windy!" I am not prepared to compete in a thunderstorm. I would (and have) run in the rain, but I'm not that confident on my bike yet. So, I was contemplating skipping it...
Until this morning! The weather report now shows only a 10% chance of scattered thunderstorms! But, it is still WINDY! 20-25 mph. (Does that mean sustained winds?)
So, I'll be doing it! (Whew!) And, because of the wind, I'll not even worry about my times. (Another, whew!) I know I shouldn't, anyway, since it is my first... but I had certain times I wanted to hit and felt I could/should. But, the pressure is off! I'm going to have FUN and LEARN during my first tri!
I hope you all have a great weekend, too!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
I got an email this morning saying one of my friends has passed away. She is now in heaven praising God. But, she left behind her husband, 5 children, family and friends. We are heartsick.
The hard part for us is she was the mom of one of my daughter's best friends. They were in a homeschool co-op together about 4 years ago. After we left co-op (about 3 years ago), we didn't see this family again until this year at AHG (American Heritage Girls - like Girl Scouts). They quickly renewed their friendship and were best buddies at AHG. We went skating once a month with them. I remember having several conversations in the parking lot with the mom (the dad took the kids skating as she has little ones). She was full of life and joy and love for Her Savior.
Her death was sudden. She had an emergency appendectomy on Thursday. She went home only to be re-hospitalized on Tuesday. Several members of her family (including my daughter's friend) had strep that week and she ended up getting a strep infection in her organs. She passed away yesterday afternoon.
To make this harder on my family, one of my daughter's other best friend's mom (this time from co-op) passed away in November. There were 3 little girls that were like the 3 amigos twice a week when we met. Her mom died during her 3rd battle with cancer. This family, the dad and 2 daughters (the other daughter was one of my students), moved away in March to be closer to family.
My daughter, age 10, is still asleep. I pray that she understands that God IS good! And, that even in our grief over the 2nd mom's death, that there is little chance that I will die. Can you imagine if 2 of your best friends lost their moms while you were 10? Can you imagine how you'd wonder about your own mom? Please pray for her, and me, and this precious family as they grieve.
We praise God that we do not grieve in vain! My friend is with her Savior and we will see her again! Praise God!
Sunday, April 03, 2011
My schedule has just turned crazy... again. I now have my first triathlon NEXT SUNDAY! Then, my 2nd triathon (with 2x the swim... in a lake, not pool) 4 weeks later. Then, my 2nd half marathon 4 weeks after that!
So, now I need to figure out how to schedule my workouts. I have to train for these triathlons (well, this week is pretty much taper week), while also training for my half marathon.
Today I did a 5 mile run. It was the first long run in a couple of weeks. It was TOUGH! I actually did it as part of a brick workout. I rode 4 FAST miles (fast for me) and then did a 5 mile run. My usual pace is around 12:00 or 12:30. Well, at times I was running 14 and even 15 minute miles! And it was all I could do at the time! I wanted to QUIT. I was thinking "I can't DO this!" I'll never run fast. I'll never be able to do 13.1 miles again. I can't train for two triathlons and a half marathon!
But, I kept going. I walked some. I told myself to run for just 10 minutes at a time. Well, the 10 minutes kept stretching...I was slow, but I was moving. And, as I hit about 2.5 miles, I felt better. I started picking up some speed. Not a lot, but some.
I ended up running the 5 miles at a 13:10 pace, which isn't really that bad for me. I would love to do my half at a 12:30 pace... actually I was dreaming of a 11:30 pace! But, if it doesn't happen, that is OK! There will be more Half Marathons! And, I'm still burning calories and getting fit. I have changed so much in the past 10 months!
Yes, there are 'bad' runs... but that doesn't meant I'm not a runner! Even when my run looks like a walk, I'm a runner! I'm getting out there and doing the miles. And, I coulnd't have done this 7 months ago!
So, keep pushing. Keep setting goals and reaching for them. As long as we don't give up, we will get better! Let's do this!
Friday, April 01, 2011
I heard a new song on my Christian radio station this week. It is talking about the problems of life, but it seemed so appropriate as I train for my first triathlon and the fears I have about the Open Water Swim. Here's the chorus:
When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you ...
Those words just really spoke to me!
And, here's one of the verses:
Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares
Love it!!! This is definitely going on my iPod and is now my "Theme Song".
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Today I weigh 133. At my highest, about 3 years ago, I weighed 163. It was my highest weight ever. I had to buy my first pairs of 16s to go on a trip.
I have since given away all of my 16s in favor of my newly fitting size 8s! But, to celebrate today's achievement, I went to the store and tried on some 16s. They were falling off of me! I got the giggles. I can't believe these used to fit!!! (What got me even more than the waist is the size of the pant legs... they're huge on me!)
To all of you out there, we CAN lose the weight! And, we CAN keep it off! Just eat well and MOVE! Find something you love, and, as Nike says, JUST DO IT!!!
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