Saturday, May 22, 2010
my goal for 2010 was to do a triathlon,, do the training -- i have my eyes set on one at the end of August, an all-ladies tri...so i have been slowing incorporating all the elements.. running has been there, biking i really started last year on my mountain bike, spinning all winter and this past winter i bought a road bike used for 200 dollars.. what a huge difference~~ and this last 2 months i have been swimming 1 time a week-- first started out with a swim coach.. taking a 2 hour introduction to swimming.. basic skills and drills.. i have been adding miles each week on the bike...
the next step to this process was to enter a biking/running event.. my coach instructed me to enter the Toga Duathlon...and we all did the race 5/16... weeks prior we practiced as a "team" biking like 15 miles , having set up our transition area prior-- get comfortable in making the transition (what is allowed in the transition area and so forth) and then running immediately from the bike to the road.. called a brick... what a shock!!! my coach says that the running muscles sort of go to sleep while biking and it takes a bit for them to get going.. no kidding..
so the Toga was a 5Krun, 25 k bike and another 5K run.. i really had no expectations for this race other than i wanted to be semi-competitive in the running.. it was a small race at the Rockland Lake State Park.. i took the family down the day prior to get my bearings.. an idea from a fellow sparker.. it made all the difference in the world in making my anxiety lesson.. i couldnt believe how nervous i was.. this was a first ( a bike race) and i didnt really tune into that until race weekend came along.. i picked up my race bib and then we had a picnic at the lake....
On Sunday race day.. i started out at 6am... having gotten everything ready.. so much more to think about with a bike.. tires pumped check, water bottle check, helmet and spare tire check.. the list goes on... got the bike loaded up and away i went...
i met everyone down there and this was the part that i could REALLY be so thankful that i had that support for my first bike race... it would have been 100 times harder for me if i entered without that support.. there were 2 other newbies in our group which i appreciated too!! Barb(coach) walked us over to the transition area.. we set up our bikes and transition area... we warmed up and went to line up for the race.. oh yea.. i have to run a 5K first~~
i ran it-- advice from coach -- dont kill myself on the first leg of the race... okay, i ran it in 27 something.. i really didnt want to run slower than that.. this was a fast bunch and they were all ahead of me.. got back to the transition area.. BIKE TIME~~~ got my helmet on.. (NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH BIKE if helmet isnt on and clipped first), sunglasses on... took a gu gel... highly recommended by Barb.... keep up with the nutrition so i dont just die out there , walked my bike to the start and away i went .... the racers were doing 4 laps around the lake... we had to keep track... i thought that would be hard.. nope!! with that mileage --you are counting each one!! and not forgetting~~~ words cant explain how freakin' cool it was to bike and race at the same time... like fast race (fast for me) i felt like i was on some crazy biking thing that you see on TV... to watch everyone bike around me and past me and for me to pass people it was just sooooo fun!! and fast !!! i can really understand why this is so addicting.. now i do get it!!! on lap one everything was going great.. Barb had just passed me and screamed out "GOOOO Jen" when a bit ahead my chain came off.. "DAMN!!!!" get off the bike and the thing is mangled... grrrrrrr... a guy with the race stops.. really not much help.. i got it back on but i would say 5 minutes wasted.. grrrrrrr (now i have some expectations).. i did the rest of the race not shifting gears... for fear this would happen again...very hard to do and frustrating when i would want to go faster but i just dont know what i am doing enough to chance it.. i finish my fourth lap.. get into the transition area... take off my helmet (some have run with the darn thing on forgetting its on their head) and back to running... we ran the other direction of the lake.. it was hard but not as hard as i thought it would be.. i think it was i knew what to expect.. so i ran another 27 something... which i think i am the most happy about.. to finish with a similiar start or negative split was what i was after.. at the end was a straightaway... all i hear is Barb's booming voice 'GOOOOOOO jEN" with another woman that we train with cheering as well.. its always about finishing strong.. so the last 200 yards i turned it super on...
all the ladies with the expection of myself and another woman won something in their age category... very proud of all of them.. Barb won third overall-- i really have a new found respect for this multi-sport racing.. i really do.. its not easy.. its quite involved.. but i really enjoy it because its so interesting to me..and diverse... i know a lot about running but not much about biking or swimming.. so as an athlete i feel like i am continue to grow and learn new things.. in addition the crosstraining has really made my body stronger as well as lessening the injury factor.. Strength training is in there as well!!
darn it i am hooked, haha!~~~ my next race is the Westchester Biathlon at the end of June!!
the huckberry reference.. one of the most pleasant awesome things during the bike portion (my split for the bike was 1:04 i think) was going around the lake and bushes and bushes were filled with blooming honeysuckles.. the sweet smell was present for that entire time... between the manic pace of this race and that sweet aroma.. i just cant explain what a perfect strange balance that was for me.. to be keenly aware and conscious of my surroundings told me i was nervous but not freaked out --- i was proud of myself i kept my anxiety in check!!! just an amazing spring day!!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
today my 2 year old and i went to the playground....there are several wooden castles that the kids can explore including a "rickety bridge" -- my DD may have been escorted over it last year but this was the first time she was doing it on her own.. i watched her from below..(its all enclosed in and totally safe) she put her toe on it first, sort of cowered and hovered over it, took a step on, step off, fell once, almost decided not to go over it but then i chimed in "go ahead Grace!!; go over the bridge, you can do it" a few more careful steps and my daughter walked carefully over the bridge to the other side where she exclaimed "i did it!!" i praised her; she proceeded to go over the bridge several more times while we were there each time stating "i did it"... sometimes shaky, sometimes more confident..
so i am thinking about that.. that this 2 year old taking on something that we adults may see as small but really big in her eyes i am sure.. i would have loved to hear her thought process but from the look of her face it was all determination.. a total GAME FACE!!
so in turn, mommy (me) has been trying some new things these past weeks.. namely swimming and road biking... i had my second swim session last night... i think i did my swim drills a little bit more confidently .. more sure of the water and my breathe.. less fear thinking i am going to inhale a ton of water.. i have to tell you.. I HAD SO MUCH FUN!!! to do 1 hour of constant swimming is a totally new thing for me... to do it with the other women i am training with is also new as they have been doing triathlons for a few years ... i really am over the new girl thing.. i am learning and therefore i have no expectations.. which i am very much enjoying.. my only expectation is to try my very best...
biking on the road is another matter.. i will be taking my first bike ride with the group on Monday which happens to be my birthday... we are set to go between 18-21 miles.. i cant even imagine.. right now i am riding with cages-- no shoes and clips until i am very sure with this bike thing... i dont want to say i am fearful... but as with all these activities.. SAFETY FIRST.... and biking just seems more "dangerous" more unpredictable.. i have a good coach...which i am very thankful to have..
i was Grace's coach today.. haha.. she took those steps.. and got to the other side.. i will take her lead and example!!!
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