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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The scale moved down this morning. emoticon I really don't understand it as I've taken most of the past week off (except for the triathlon & last night's run) and haven't been eating very well. But, I'l take it!

So, I'm back down to my LOWEST weight. 131. It feels GREAT! And, with just 2 more pounds, I'll be in the 120's (something I never dreamed of a year ago!) and I'll have lost 30 pounds since I re-started this journey June 1st of last year. (I have already lost 30 from my high of 3 years ago, but I totally got off track for about a year & a half.)

I REALLY want those 2 pounds by June 1st! We'll see if I can do it! I'm off to the right start this morning. I've already drank 1 glass of water & tracked my banana. emoticon And, I have TWO workouts scheduled for today... my first CrossFit class (I'm so excited!) and a bike ride while daughter is at swim team practice.

I hope everyone else is off to a great start! This is a NEW day! We can do this!

How badly do you want this?

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REMEMBER2BME 5/13/2011 3:37PM

    WooHoo! Great job!

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LIV2RIDE 5/11/2011 9:19PM

    I can't wait to hear what you think about CrossFit. I have friends that are doing it and LOVE it.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/11/2011 3:05PM

    That is AWESOME!!!

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RHONDALYN10 5/11/2011 11:29AM

Sometimes, I have found that less = more.......not sure how/why but it is all good!

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FUNFROG79 5/11/2011 10:47AM

    So inspiring! Way to go, your hard work is being well rewarded!

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DDOORN 5/11/2011 10:12AM

    Energizer Bunny going to TOWN! Woo HOO to your success!


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AMOHAME2 5/11/2011 9:56AM

    Woohoo, at your lowest weight AND you're going to be in the 120s SOON!!! Have a great rest of the day!!

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Running Again!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I went running tonight. I am so proud of myself! It was about 90 degrees today and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make myself run. But, I did!

Actually, I took off 2 days before my triathlon, then had the triathlon, and then have taken off the 2 days since the triathlon. So, I've been feeling kind of sluggish and eating pretty poorly. I'm really disappointed in myself, but ready to get back on track!

Also, my half marathon fell through...again. It is really not her fault, but my sister-in-law had a conflict come up and so, once again, she won't be going... which means Nana won't be going...which means I won't have a babysitter...which means it's kind of silly to travel all the way to California to race. I'm disappointed! I've been training hard & was looking forward to a fun race AND meeting a handful of SPers!!! But, it just isn't going to work out! That also has had me bummed. But, I must move on!

I worked on speed again tonight. I'm really wanting to get faster. I love using my Garmin watch, especially as I'm learning to use some of its functions! Tonight I set it for intervals: 2 min runs followed by 1 min walks for a total of 10 intervals. Well, I averaged a 12:04 pace! Just last week I tried this same interval, but only did 8 repeats, and averaged 12:09! So, I'm improving! Yeah!

I also did a 5 minute warmup run, so ended up running almost 3 miles (2.93) in 35:05. My PR for a 5K is now 36:45 based on this weekend's triathlon. So, I'm working on beating that! I plan on using the 'virtual partner' on Thursday and seeing if I can get close to a 12 minute pace. My plan is to run that 5K once per week until I CAN run it at a 12 minute pace.

Tomorrow I'll be riding my bike during my daughter's swim practice. AND...I'm trying CrossFit!!! I'm really excited! I can't wait to tell you all about it!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/13/2011 3:36PM

    Sorry about your half but you have the right attitude and GREAT job on the speed improvement! Way to go!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 5/13/2011 9:18AM

    emoticon Awesome!!!

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FUNFROG79 5/11/2011 8:15AM

    Sorry to hear about your half, that stinks! Great job getting out their and running in that heat! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 5/11/2011 8:09AM

    Bummer on the Half but everything has a purpose and a perfect timing.
I love that you are still learning your Garmin - I am too! Too funny! I just don't have enough hours in the day to play with it. LOL. I do want to learn the intervals on it as after my half I am going to start doing interval training for awhile.
Way to get out there and run! Keep up the great work!

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TRILLIUM22 5/11/2011 8:08AM

    You are doing great. Too bad about the HM. I did not start running until my kids were teens. When they get that old you have lots of time when you can be gone and they don't even notice. It does not help if you are actually travelling to a race, but I can run a local HM and my kids might not even be up when I get back home. So just concentrate of getting done what works for you now. That kid stuff will change with rime.

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TEDDYBABE 5/11/2011 6:25AM

    Sorry to hear about your HM, but those things do happen. Kudos to you for the run workout yesterday. I went out and ran in the heat but had no horsepower in my engine... lol. It got to me and I had to cut it short. BUT at least I was out there. You are doing great. Keep up the good work.

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IONA72 5/11/2011 4:00AM

    Don't be disappointed with yourself, you are doing great. A couple of days at a change of pace will keep your body guessing and you have the right attitude to get back to it. Good luck with your running. Trying to make personal bests can be frustrating. I take a week or two without timing when that happens, then make a new start.

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/10/2011 11:26PM

    Boo to you not being able to come out for the RnR.

Maybe in a couple of years you can look forward to your daughter being a runner and participating in races with you. I can't imagine keeping up with such a busy fitness schedule with children.

Great job with the intervals!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/10/2011 11:07PM

    I think you deserved those days of rest after the tri :). Way to get back into it and keep the momentum going. Sorry about the half, that is kind of a bummer, the good part is there will be more HMs. I know when one happens you are going to rock it!! :)

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STAROFD00M 5/10/2011 10:57PM

    You will find another race :D Just keep going, like you said!

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MKGARNER1 5/10/2011 10:42PM

    Dang, you go girl! You really know what you're doing.

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HLYNNER30 5/10/2011 10:33PM

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ANNE7X7 5/10/2011 10:30PM

    That's too bad that you won't be able to make the HM, but I'm sure you'll get another opportunity soon!! You are doing awesome with the running, and you will definitely PR at your next 5K!!

Have fun trying CrossFit! Let us know how it goes! It has always intrigued me!!

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I'm a SparkPeople Motivator!!! Thank YOU!!

Monday, May 09, 2011

When I got home from my triathlon on Saturday, I had an email from SparkPeople. It said I had been voted as a SparkPeople Motivator!!! I'm humbled... and amazed... and thrilled!

How could I have done what I've done in the past year without SparkPeople? How many people have I told about SP? I LOVE SP!!!

So, thank you!!! I'm not even sure how you vote for someone to be a Motivator. But, thank you to all those who voted for me!

On my page, there is now a "SparkPeople motivator" button. How neat is that??? And, if you click on that, you will see there are 5 categories. My category is "fitness achievements." WOW! I am 41 years old and have never been an athlete of any kind until last year. I am amazed that I could be motivating others in 'fitness achievements!'

I loved seeing another of my buddies, AMOHAME2, on the same page. And, LILPAT3! One of the people who motivated me at the very beginning of my journey! And, LIGHTNINGRUNNER! Check out any of these great lady's blogs for more 'fitness achievements'. They are incredible ladies who inspire me!

I have taken off the 2 days since my triathlon and not eaten well. So, tomorrow it is time to get back on track! I'm supposed to be running a half marathon in about 4 weeks, but it looks like that is falling apart. It is frustrating, and I will hold on to it if possible... but, if not, I will look forward to my next event! (whatever that is!)

And, I hope to try out CrossFit with my daugther on Wednesday. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and am really excited!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/13/2011 3:34PM

    Yes indeed. It is well deserved!

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LIV2RIDE 5/11/2011 9:16PM

    how AWESOME!! You deserve it.

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PARTICLEGIRL22 5/11/2011 12:25PM

    You deserve it! You are one of my motivaters!!

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TRI_BABE 5/10/2011 10:10PM

    emoticon FANTASTIC!!

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LILPAT3 5/10/2011 10:03PM

    Oh what a feeling! emoticon emoticon emoticon I felt fantastic for months and you certainly deserved it!

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GIANTMICROBE 5/10/2011 5:08PM

    It's not surprising to me at all! You're a machine! Keep up the awesome work!

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FAT2FITKECIA 5/10/2011 3:24PM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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DDOORN 5/10/2011 2:50PM

    Couldn't have picked a better person!

Welcome to the club! :-)


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ANNE7X7 5/10/2011 9:21AM

    You ARE a motivator and I am so happy that SP recognized you as such! You're an athlete, and an amazing one at that!!!!

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FUNFROG79 5/10/2011 8:23AM

    Congrats! You deserve it!

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AMOHAME2 5/10/2011 5:55AM

    Yay! I say it's about time!!! You absolutely deserve it!

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KELLI_A 5/9/2011 11:38PM

    Congrats! You deserve it; you are a wonderful inspiration!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/9/2011 11:24PM

    Congrats! You very much deserve the honor :).

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/9/2011 11:11PM

    YAY! You definitely deserve to be in the company of those great women.

Sorry to hear you mention possible troubles with SD, I'd hate for you to have to skip it.

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2PONDS 5/9/2011 11:01PM

    emoticon You must be very proud of yourself!!! I dont think it would be easy to motivate so many people to receive this honor!! emoticon

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1st Tri with Open Water Swim... SUCCESS!!! (long...with photos!)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I did it! It has been a hard week, especially since the OWS (Open Water Swim) clinic last weekend when I had a panic attack. I've worried & worried about the OWS portion of this week's tri... and I did it!!! I also worried about coming in last in my age group. Well, I was at the BOP (back of the pack), but not quite last. And, what matters more, is that I came in a little better than my goal time. Yeah!

(photo from friend's iPhone)

So, here are the details...

I woke up at 4:10 wide awake & ready to go. I got to the parking lot about 5:20 and joined my friend/personal trainer (Sara), who was doing her first triathlon, at the bike rack. I went to get my timing chip... and there was a problem. I was #707, and they did NOT have a chip for me! They called over someone in charge & she assigned me a different number & said she would go officially switch it over. (Apparently this did NOT happen as my new #1100 is listed as "unknown participant" and the time is 36 minutes off because they started that chip with the elite wave. Ugh! I'll try to fix this problem on Monday.)

We had lots of time to walk around. We had a great position on the rack - just one rack in and near the bike in/out. We walked that path a few times to make sure we knew where our bikes were racked. We also walked down to the water to look at the buoys, but they weren't up yet. Sara had several friends (she also teaches boot camp) who were there competing - either individually or in relays - so we stopped & talked with them.

As the transition area got set to close, I grabbed my banana & water (I'd already drank a protein drink) and headed towards the port-o-potties. But, as we approached them, we noticed the park bathrooms & got in line there instead. Nice!

After that little necessary trip, we headed to the water to watch the elite wave (6 athletes!) and the men start. We watched several waves (we were #10 of 15) and saw what the mass start would look like. This is an 'in water' start, but about 2/3rds of the swimmers actually got in the deep water & treaded, while the rest stayed nearer the shore where they could stand. We decided we'd be in the latter group!

(Oh... side note... I had STRUGGLED with the decision about whether or not to wear a wetsuit. They are only legal if the temp is 78 or lower. How great for us who didn't wear suits, and those who wanted to, that the water temp was 77.9!!! Legal for them and relatively 'warm' for us! No gasping & shock from the COLD like I felt even last week at 75/76!)

We moved to the start area & my husband & daughter found me! I stopped & hugged/kissed them and thanked them for coming. It was an EARLY day for a weekend!!!

I was a lot less nervous than I expected. At least until we actually got to the water & got the '3 minutes to go'. I waded in to my head and moved my arms & jumped around. I was trying to get used to the chill. It was hard to hear the speaker, but I finally realized he was counting down our last 10 seconds... and then it was time to GO!

I started swimming freestyle. It wasn't long before I was getting 'crawled over'. It's HARD swimming like this! For several minutes, I had ladies hitting my feet and it feels like they are pulling you under. It makes it hard to swim! But, I kept going. Once or twice, I gave a harder kick when I'd gotten hit several times in a row.

Finally, we were spread out enough & I was clear. I was breathing every other stroke... the entire way. That wasn't my plan, but it was all I could do! I was a LOT better at sighting the buoys than I'd been at the clinic, too. I kept going & going... it feels like a LONG time.

After awhile, the next wave caught up with me... and started climbing over me again! What a terrible feeling! I was afraid wave after wave would catch me! I was in a 'pink swimcap' group, and all I could see were yellow caps! I figured, by then, that I was the last pink swimmer. It was kind of upsetting, but I told myself to be proud... I WOULD finish!

About 100 meters from the end, I saw another pink cap near me. YEAH! I wasn't out here all alone. I pushed near the end and swam until my hand hit the ground. Then I got up, and was actually able to run a little! (Unlike the 1st tri.)

I got to my bike rack and saw Sara's bike still there. (She's also in my age group.) So, I knew I wasn't last! She came up while I was putting on my shoes. She had Lock Laces & I didn't, so she got out slightly before me.

I ran with my bike until the MOUNT line. I hopped on and struggled to pedal. It was hard to catch my breath, too. I saw Sara just up ahead. She had to pully over. I asked if she was OK... she needed to adjust her pedal. I don't wear clipless shoes & neither does she. But, she had cages & her feet weren't in them right.

She stayed behind me until about mile 7 when she passed me. I told her I'd keep her in my sight, though. And I did! My hips, especially my left, REALLY started hurting by this point. I was near tears & making faces. I tried adjusting my body and my feet, but I was in a lot of pain. Finally, at around mile 11, I thought I should just try moving faster. I did, and it worked! It relieved the pain! I was able ot pass Sara, too, and stay in front of her for the rest of the bike ride. I saw my husband & daughter near the bike finish. And, again, Sara & I finished so close together that we saw each other at transition.

I racked my bike, took off my helmet, grabbed my sunglasses & visor and 'ran' towards the run exit. I was struggling. I was thinking I could NOT run. Sara caught up with me and we walked and talked. Then we ran and couldn't talk. I could not catch my breath. We kept walking, then running, then walking. At about 1.5 miles I told her she should go out and run. I needed to walk but she looked strong. I told her I wouldn't let her out of my sight. She ran some, but we both kept running & walking. I kept her in sight and she never got too far ahead, but I just couldn't stick with her.

At about mile 2 (of 3.1) I saw 2 other ladies in our age group pass me!!! I SO wanted to run after them and catch them! I tried... I ran a little. They were slow. But, I just couldn't catch them OR Sara. At the last water station, I saw they all 3 got water & walked. So, I kept 'running.' But, it didn't do me a lot of good. I was just so tired.

At about .5 miles to go, I started talking with a male runner. All of the males go before the females start, so he was quite a bit behind. He said it'd been a hard race. I agreed! We both walked & ran some together. When I could finally see the finish line, I started to run. I wanted to walk again, but I didn't let myself. I ran through the finish!!! I did it! I finished the triathlon!!!

(post race photo by dd10)

Here are my times:
500 meter swim 17:01 (3:24 pace...vs 2:41 at 1st tri in pool)
TT1 2:50 (vs 2:21 1st tri)
15 mile bike 58:25 (15.4 mph pace...vs 13.1 mph 1st tri, but that was hillier & very windy)
TT2 1:06 (vs 1:14 1st tri)
5K run 36:45 (vs 40:17 1st tri, but that was hillier)

Biggest news: I can't believe my 5K time. That is a PR for me!!! And, I honestly walked about 1/3rd of the time! Am I really running that much faster???

My goals were:
18 min swim (did 17:01)...yeah!
2 min TT1 (did 2:50)... further from water than figured
58 min bike (did 58:25)...a little disappointed because I thought I was riding faster
2 min TT2 (did 1:14)...actually, I should have realized this would be faster
40 min run (did 36:45)...WOW! My thought is that maybe it was short, but I'll take it!

Thanks again for all of the support & encouragment!!! You all really lift me up when I'm feeling down and feeling like things are impossible. THANK YOU!!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/10/2011 3:11PM

    Way to go! You did AWESOME!!!

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EMSJOURNEY 5/10/2011 9:32AM

    what an accomplishment! great job! =)

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ANNE7X7 5/10/2011 9:20AM

    Awesome recap! You rocked it! So proud of you!!! This really inspired me to consider a tri! I'm still on the fence about it, but the more I read about it, the more it makes me want to give it a shot!!

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GLADGAD 5/9/2011 10:15PM

    Great race report! You did fantastic considering the length of the swim and bike. Congratulations on a well raced triathlon!!!

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RRJAMISON 5/9/2011 11:20AM

    Good job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERPARA 5/9/2011 11:19AM

    Awesome job! It sounds like you pushed through a lot but you did a great job, triathlete! :)

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STAROFD00M 5/8/2011 10:23PM

    YOU ARE AMAZING WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TYCA41458 5/8/2011 7:01PM

    Way to Go! What an awesome, empowered feeling it is to finish your first tri! Congrats!!

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LADYGWEN25 5/8/2011 6:08PM

    wahoo wahoo! this makes me SO EXCITED for my first TRI! mine's in JUly.. And it's full of hills both bike and running.. ANy suggestions other than getting my hill training in now??? lol

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LILPAT3 5/8/2011 4:41PM

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AMOHAME2 5/8/2011 3:30PM

    So awesome!!! Way to go, especially with the OWS and a 5K PR!!!

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JREA24 5/8/2011 9:44AM

    I'm jealous. Way to go!

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FUNFROG79 5/8/2011 9:02AM

    Fan freaking tastic!!!! You are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHELE5551 5/8/2011 8:41AM

    Great job!

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MINNA72 5/8/2011 8:03AM

    WHOA! That is such an accomplishment!!! Congrats! You are inspiring me to plan for a tri as well!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/8/2011 7:36AM

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You did outstanding. I can't believe the issue with the chip, bummer. You did great throughout. I am so impressed. It must have been so nice to have your family there. You ROCKED THIS! Great job! NICE PR!

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LIV2RIDE 5/7/2011 9:43PM

    Sweetie you did an awesome job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Woo Hoo!! You did an awesome job (knew you would) :)!! So happy for can do ANYTHING!!

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    wooohooo..welll you should be on a tri high for the week!

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TEDDYBABE 5/7/2011 8:46PM

    Oh so cool! You are doing so awesome! Had total faith you would get out there and kick it! You should be so proud of yourself!! Way to go!

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RHONDALYN10 5/7/2011 8:04PM

    Way to go girl! I KNEW you could do it!

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Putting Together a Schedule

Friday, May 06, 2011

With my daughter away at a birthday party & my husband at work, I've had time on my hand this afternoon. That's RARE, and I'm enjoying it! So, on the eve of my sprint triathlon, I am busy planning & dreaming of races to come! Here's a basic outline of my thoughts at this point.

now - Aug - triathlon season
Sep - Dec - running season
Jan - Apr - biking season

I probably won't make all of these events, and I'll probably add some others. But, here is what I have worked out for now.

May - sprint triathlon (tomorrow!)

June - half marathon (San Diego RnR)

July - sprint triathlon (2 choices)

August - sprint triathlon (2 choices)

September - 5K (repeat of my 1st 5K last Sept!)
September - sprint triathlon (kind of looking at Olympic distance, but it is 3x the swim!)

October - two 5Ks (repeats from last year)

November - half marathon (several possibilities) & 5K

December - half marathon (2 possibilities - but would love to do the Vegas RnR!)

January - start training for MS150!!! Also, possible half marathon (Houston - lotto system)

February - MS150 training

March - MS150 training & possible half marathon

April - MS150!!!

That's my schedule at this point, and I'm really excited about it!!! I hope to add some 5Ks, 10Ks, and possibly even muddy events or "Climbs" (where you race up stairs in a building). And, who knows what my sister-in-law will come up with! (She's who I'm racing both HMs with - Tulsa in Nov & San Diego next month.)


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FUNFROG79 5/7/2011 7:40AM

    Lookin' good!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/7/2011 12:11AM

    Wow!! That is an awesome schedule!! San Diego in June will be awesome, I think I've seen quite a few sparkers headed for that one..will be an awesome race :). Love your plans and what you are going to accomplish this year :)!

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DDOORN 5/6/2011 11:20PM

    Wow! Big plans for someone with a Big Heart! Go get 'em! :-)


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LIV2RIDE 5/6/2011 9:04PM

    It's like you are a professional athlete. GREAT schedule. If anyone can do all of that you can. emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/6/2011 6:48PM


Woo so excited for your big plans. I think it looks great so far.

(I've thought about going beyond the sprint distance too, but it is that darn swim that gets me - I just don't think I can put in the many hours that would be required to make me a decent swimmer.)

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GREENEYES2020 5/6/2011 5:51PM

    Sounds great! Keep up the good Work!

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