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

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/7/2011 9:24PM

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

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PHYSEDTEACHER 5/7/2011 8:49PM

    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! :-)

Don

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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

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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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Peace

Friday, May 06, 2011

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds.-Philippians 4:6&7

WILDFLOWERR_B posted that verse yesterday evening. I read it as I continued to be in a state of fear over Saturday's triathlon. I prayed and have since experienced peace...God's peace...about tomorrow. (Thanks, Wildflower!)

As I look at tomorrow's race, I still think I could be last in my group. I think I'll finish near 2 hours, and if I 'hit' 2 hours... well, last year that'd have put me last in my age group. I am tired of being so close to the back, and I will definitely be working on speed in the coming months! But, I WILL celebrate my achievements. It was still less than a year ago that I was sitting on the couch, not exercising at all, and weighing almost 30 pounds more. What I have accomplished is amazing! And I am thrilled! I will be proud of myself!

As far as the swim, I think God led me to an online blog last night. I didn't even save it! But, the author was talking about her first triathlon in 2009 (I think). She mentioned that the water temperature was only 71 and she did not have a wetsuit on. She said it was cold to start with and she had trouble finding a rhthym, but eventually did and completed the swim just fine.

I'm expecting our water to be slightly warmer - maybe 73? (It was 71 yesterday and 72 today - and we're supposed to have a high of 87 today and low of 62 tonight.) And I have been visualizing the swim that I DID complete. I was quite comfortable after I got going that last time! And, I KNOW I can do it again.

I will try not to worry (or even think!) about coming in last in my age group. If I do, I'll be disappointed, but mainly I'll be THRILLED that I completed that swim! It is a HUGE mental hurdle for me!

I REALLY appreciate all of the comments on my "I'm Scared" post yesterday. You are all so supportive and SP is an amazing support system. THANK YOU!!!

Aspen29 left this as part of her message: "I see self doubt and see you get frustrated with yourself (like on your group bike ride or your open water swim) but them you end out totally killing it." This is so true! In the past, I haven't even tried things that I wasn't sure about! Now, I get scared, but I get out there and do it anyway...and I SUCCEED! I feel so strong! Sometimes I even feel like SuperWoman! emoticon

So, this is another step to overcoming my fears... and to helping me believe in myself. I can't wait to give you all the report tomorrow!!! Again, your prayers & comments mean so much to me!
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RRJAMISON 5/6/2011 11:49AM

    Don't worry about being in the back. Just do your best and feel good about accomplishing something. emoticon

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ROGERSBABE1 5/6/2011 9:05AM

    I am just impressed that you go out and do things that some of us have yet to accomplish. Continue to focus on what you have done and are doing and how far you've come. It's so easy to forget sometimes, but continue to find your comfort and peace in that and continue to press towards the mark! God Bless!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/6/2011 9:02AM

    I am so glad you have found peace. And you WILL KILL IT, ROCK IT AND ROLL IT tomorrow. I know it. Focus and Just Do It!

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I'm SCARED!!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I am trying to do some positive mental talk, but I'm just SCARED!!!

My sprint triathlon is in 2 days... with my first open water swim. I did the 1st timers clinic on Sunday, had a panic attack, tried again & succeeded. But, the water was COLD! The first 5-10 minutes were really cold & hard to breathe. But, then it warmed up ok.

Well, we've had a 'chilly' week & the water temp has gone down from 75/76 to 72! And, we'll be swimming at 7:30 am, not 10:00 am. And, it won't be just a few people going in the water at a time, there will be 68 in my wave!

I'm so scared! I'm actually sick to my stomach today. (Even having some diarrhea - which is how my nerves show!) I'm afraid it'll be too cold & I won't be able to catch my breath! I'm afraid others will swim over me (like when I did my pool tri) and I'll struggle to stay afloat. I'm afraid I'll have to hang out at the canoe... and not finish.

Right now, I'd almost call it quits. But, I WON'T!!! I AM STRONG. (right?) And, I CAN do it!!!

So, words of encouragement are greatly appreciated! (I know it is too late to get a wetsuit now, so I don't think that's an option.) Prayers are incredibly appreciated, too! I need to calm down and focus on the training I've done & the fact that I WAS able to swim those 500 meters on Sunday. I CAN do this!!!

(Thanks!)

  
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TJBLEEKER 5/6/2011 4:09PM

    You can do it. It's ok to be scared. Just think of how proud you'll be when you finish. Take your time and stay toward the back of the pack in the swim part so you don't have to worry so much.

Can't wait to hear about how you did! Just do it!

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TEDDYBABE 5/5/2011 10:48PM

    You have trained for this so you can do it! Some great advice here from other Sparkys. Slow and easy. Focus on the fun part of it. You will do great. WE will all be there with you!

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MICHELE5551 5/5/2011 10:12PM

    You can do this. Start near the back. Don't worry about swimming fast, just swim at a slow, relaxed pace. I give this advice because I did panic in the swim part of my triathlon and I kept stopping in the water. Had I just swam slowly instead of stopping, I would have panicked less. You will warm up quickly. You are prepared. Remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!

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LIV2RIDE 5/5/2011 8:57PM

    You are so prepared for this race. You will do great! Believe in yourself. Believe in your training. I think if you weren't scared I'd be worried about you. It's a big deal....but you can do it.

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ESBELL 5/5/2011 6:18PM

    Know that all of your spark buddies are pulling for you , and we will be with you in spirit. Your hard work is about to pay off, and we can't wait to see your shiny new medal!!! So hurry up and get to it, so you can post your race blog!

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GIANTMICROBE 5/5/2011 6:08PM

    I am immediately reminded of a quote- "If you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done."

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 5:55PM

    You WILL do this and you WILL be so proud of yourself. It seems that you surprise yourself fairly often. I see self doubt and see you get frustrated with yourself (like on your group bike ride or your open water swim) but them you end out totally killing it. You have SO GOT THIS. It is easy to see from an outsiders perspective. No it is not going to seem easy and may even seem a bit of a shock or scary for a moment then you will do what you do .... FOCUS and KICK it in HIGH gear. Dare I repeat.... YOU GOT THIS. There is NO stopping you! You have already proven that.

Oh and as my man would say and it ends out always being true, a bit of anxiety is good. It is actually EXCITEMENT!

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LILPAT3 5/5/2011 3:47PM

    If you can float, all is well! Are you planning on winning or finishing? If your plan is to finish...let the other or the majority of the swimmers take off and then follow. Relax and catch your breath and flip over on your back and breath for a minute if need be.

Slow and steady wins the race and nerves can exhaust you if you let them get the best of you. I always have an asthma attack when I start the swim and so I have to take it easy and talk to myself. You can do just exactly what you tell yourself that you can do! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/5/2011 2:31PM

    I saw your title and my first though (being completely honest here) was "I know what this is about...stop that silly talk". I'll admit, I was right, but I didn't know how bad this case of nerves was...sorry you are so concerned. However, just like all the other comments say...you can SO do this. You've done it before, you can do it again!! Just like in running, go at your pace, hang towards the back of your wave so that you don't get attacked by the rabid swimmers and just keep going until you are done!! You can do this!! All those other bodies will warm up the water for you-lol!! You have done everything imaginable to prepare and now you just need to take a few breaths and do some visualization. Sit back and picture yourself succeeding, step by step, and you know you will do it!!

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NOELLIEMAE 5/5/2011 2:16PM

    YEAH! you can sooooo do it :) you just have to remember you are competing with yourself and you are the only person who matters out there!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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PHYSEDTEACHER 5/5/2011 12:46PM

    You can do it.....take some deep breathes and imagine the finish line..think about what you have accomplished instead of what u dread! You will have a great time...ENJOY the journey!

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STAROFD00M 5/5/2011 11:36AM

    You CAN do this!!! Most people go crazy at the thought of riding a bike 10 miles, swimming actual laps and not just floating around the pool or running at ALL. And you're going to do all three!!!
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ERPARA 5/5/2011 11:27AM

    Couple things...

One, you know you can swim that distance - whether it's in the pool or open water - so keep reminding yourself of that!

Two, even if you do not swim straight through, you will finish, and believe me - a lot of other people in the water are taking breathing breaks too! (the breaks won't make as much of a difference as you might think - I can attest to that based on my tri - I felt like I was taking tons of breaks and I still ended up with a time that I was happy with)

Three, if you're really worried about people crawling over you, try starting on the outside of the group (generally the opposite side of where the first buoy is) - everyone will be scrambling to reach the buoy, and you can just swim right along the outside of the group - in the grand scheme of things it won't lose you much time - and by the time you get to the first buoy, people will have started to spread out!

Good luck and you're going to rock it!

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RHONDALYN10 5/5/2011 11:03AM

    You can do it! I KNOW it!

Do you have a wetsuit?

Deep breath it will all be ok!

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 11:03AM

    You are insanely strong and determined! It's normal to be nervous, but you've got this!

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RRJAMISON 5/5/2011 10:46AM

    You can do it. Just relax and breathe. Take it minute by minute. Just stay focused. I will be praying for you. Pleaes let me know how it goes.

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NNICHOLS46 5/5/2011 10:44AM

    We are all on your side..dont let your mind hold u back...



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What Next???

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I know I have 2 big events coming up - sprint tri #2 on Saturday (gulp!) and half marathon #2 4 weeks later. But, I'm already trying to decide...what next???

You see, I'm not sure what I want to focus on.

emoticon...Should I start focusing on biking? There is a 2 day, 150 mile ride this fall I'd LOVE to do... but finiding the time for that kind of riding would be hard. And, doing it around the neighborhood would be boring.

emoticon...Should I focus on running speed? And, if so, what distance? I want to be able to run a mile in under 10 mins (instead of 12+)! I want to run a 5K a lot faster than my 37+ PR I have right now. And, I'd love to be able to comfortably run a half marathon in under 2:30.

emoticon...Should I start building up for a marathon this fall? My daughter will be attending a private school this fall (instead of homeschooling), so I'll have a lot of time. It would be a wonderful accomplishment!

emoticon...Should I compete in some more spring triathlons this summer? If so, I'd really like to get some swimming lessons - possibly one on one. I don't feel like my class (which is now over) helped me with my technique much. And, if I continued with tris, I'd want to work on speed for both the bike & run portions.

emoticon...Should I try some more trail running & try a trail bike ride? There is a local group that competes in Xterra triathlons that I've been talking to. The workouts are close by and they would even loan me a bike.

emoticon...Should I start working out at CrossFit? I will actually be trying this next week and, from what I've seen online, would love to do that 2-3 times per week and actually compete some day! I just LOVE the excitement & energy & STRENGTH of CrossFit!!!

As you can see, I'm all over the place! And, right now, I'm not sure what I'll be doing after June 5th. But, maybe this month's sprint triathlon & next month's half marathon will give me some enlightenment. I know I'll never get really good at any of these sports if I just continue to dabble in all of them. But, then again, I'm enjoying testing the various sports and seeing what I enjoy doing. So far, unfortunately, it seems to be all of them!
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PHYSEDTEACHER 5/5/2011 9:43PM

    so many great choices!

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ERPARA 5/5/2011 11:20AM

    I'm in the same boat, but I don't have as many choices lol
I do have the olympic tri in September so that will take up my summer :)
But who can complain about trying to fit more BEACH into your day!!??!!

The CrossFit would probably help you with your 5K times... actually more biking would too!


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SLEEPYDEAN 5/5/2011 10:28AM

    Oh so many exciting possibilities. I think the summer is usually when events tend to cool off because of the heat, but it sounds like you won't be slowing down anytime soon because you'll be in training for something at that point.

Oh and might I just add a few words... Strip at Night! (Maybe throw Vegas half in there for the end of the year?)

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AMOHAME2 5/5/2011 9:50AM

    So many options for you!! I find it kind of overwhelming to try and decide what to focus on next, so I've really been putting off what my plan is going to be post-marathon.
If you're enjoying all of your sports, you're sure to be excited with whatever option you choose! Either way, you're going to have a fun and active summer!!

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 9:38AM

    Wow, you have a lot if impressive choices! Good luck on your decision and let us know what you decide! I can't wait to hear about Saturday!

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MINNA72 5/5/2011 8:25AM

    Nice! Dana, I'd probably go for all of those things you listed.... Not too helpful, right? I think Don had a great point about feeling thrilled. So, go with the three you mentioned. Why limit yourself further than that? As you said, you will have much more time in the fall. (see how clueless I am? I'd probably try all of those things while working full time, having two small children and trying to finish a thesis! LOL!)

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 8:12AM

    I love where you are. It is exciting to read about all of of your adventures. You are doing great. I hope you see this as a good problem to have. Enjoy the adventures figuring out your area of focus. Consider positing on one of the team posts. You will likely get input from others in your situation. You may get some interesting input on how others juggle.

Have fun. You are doing great! Keep it up!

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TRILLIUM22 5/5/2011 8:11AM

    Good luck chosing. Speed can be a toughie. I think it's one of those goals you have to hold lightly. You can train for distance and be pretty sure of sucess. You can train and get faster, but perhaps not to some number we pull out of the air.

I'm sure you will find a goal the will help you reach the more important goal or a more active life.

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DAISYBELL6 5/5/2011 8:10AM

    What a wonderful dilemma! Have fun deciding.

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IMSMILEY88 5/5/2011 7:46AM

    Don, Thanks for the comment on my 'what's next?' post. You asked does one of them thrill me. GREAT question!

Of the 6, 3 thrill me! The biking, but I truly don't see how to make that one work. At least not this year...hopefully next year! Also the improved PR on 5Ks! And, the CrossFit, though I might try it & hate it!

Thanks so much for your perfect question! I think you have helped me narrow it down...at least unless I truly fall in love with triathlons or longer distance running while doing these next 2 events!

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DDOORN 5/5/2011 6:54AM

    Does the thought of any one of those choices THRILL YOU and Make Your HEART SING more than any of the others...? I know for me, hand's down, it'd be the 2 day 150 miles journey...but we all find our own paths. Which one REALLY captivates you? They're ALL SUPER choices!

Don

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LIV2RIDE 5/5/2011 6:35AM

    Ok I'm sorry but I laughed at this blog. It totally sounds like me. I'm not even done with one goal and I'm already thinking of what to do next. If it were me I would do the CrossFit and ride my bike. I love riding my bike and I don't have access to a pool. Maybe ride the bike for fun (and a little exercise) and train for the 150 mile event next year. I have a friend and her husband who are doing CrossFit and they love it. She's actually better at it and stronger than he is. LOVE IT!! Whatever you decide I'm sure you will ROCK!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/4/2011 11:13PM

    Whatever you decide you are going to tackle it the same way you've done so far :). Maybe after the tri or half you'll be more clear on what to do depending on how they go and how you feel afterwards. Good luck making a hard decision. :)

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 5/4/2011 10:33PM

    You rock! You are such an inspiration! All of your options sound great. emoticon

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