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Here We Go Again.....

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Well it is time to start weekly blogging again. This has always worked so well for me. I am not sure why I don't stick with it. I get the results that I want, usually getting myself down to my goal weight. I stop and gain the weight back emoticon

Tues 11/9:
Run 10 mile fartlek run~YES
Do 100 crunches~ YES
8 glass of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat between 1400-1700 calories~ 1447
No soda pop~YES
No fast food~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Wed 11/10:
Run or cross train equivalent of 5 miles~ YES, running with Michelle
8 glasses of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat between 1400-1500 calories~ 1471
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES, just barely got in bed on time
Record weight~ 143.8 (down 0.6)

Thurs 11/11:
Run or cross train equivalent of 8 miles~ YES, cycling 23.25 miles
Complete TNT challenge~ YES, 500 stairs
8 glasses of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat between 1400-1600 calories~1557
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Fri 11/12:
Run 3-4 easy miles~ YES, 3 mile run plus 1 mile walk
8 glasses of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat between 1400-1500 calories~ 1977
*Pretty happy with this though as this includes an estimate of calories eaten while out to dinner for sister's birthday. According to spark reports I still created a 60 calorie deficit for the day. Not much wiggle room if I underestimated but I will take it!
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Sat 11/13:
Run 16 (LSD) slow miles~ NO. I ran 10 miles and walked 4 miles
*I think I might need to rethink the goofy endurance schedule. I just don't think I can jump right into it after my marathon like I thought I could.
Do 100 crunches~ YES
8 glasses of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Track food~ YES, I consumed approximately 2769 calories.
*Although I ate some "not so" healthy, I still managed to create a small 200 calorie deficit unless I didn't estimate correctly.
No soda pop~ YES
*This was a bonus that I added to my list. I was allowing myself soda pop for the day but I decided to stick with water. I am sure by next week I will be in major soda pop withdraw.
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES

Sun 11/14:
No running or cross training~ YES, so nice to have a rest day!
8 glasses of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat between 1400-1500 calories~ 1421
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ NO, only got about 3 hours of sleep.
*Went to bed just before 10. Husband got me up just before 1 to take him to the ER. Never went back to bed.

Mon 11/15:
Run 6 easy miles~ NO, ran 5 mile
*Considering that I had been up for 16 hours already and worked a full day, I am happy that I got that much of a run in.
8 glasses of water~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat between 1400-1600 calories~ 1536
No soda pop~YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Tues 11/16:
Run 10 mile fartlek run~ NO
Do 100 crunches and 45 modified pushups~ YES
8 glasses of water~ NO
Take vitamins~NO
Eat between 1400-1700 calories~ NO. I didn't even track food today.
No fast food~ YES
No soda pop~ NO
Get 7 hours of sleep
*Basically took today off. First cheat day since I posted blog. Even though I had allowed myself a cheat day on Saturday, I still created a deficit so I am taking today as my day. Only thing I wish I would have done was track my food. I know I should be tracking religiously. I ate so many snacks that I don't think I could accurately recreate the day now.

Overall I am happy with my week. On to week #2 with new goals and new plan!

I will update daily. Please feel free to leave me a comment of disapproval on my sparkpage if I did not follow through for the day emoticon

  
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SEYSARAH 11/15/2010 4:23PM

    This is a great weekly blog..very thorough and something I need to consider doing myself inserting my personal stuff...hmmm thanks for the heads up on what has worked for you!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 11/10/2010 6:04PM

    I love the plan, but I have to ask...how do you run almost 50 miles a week on 1400 calories a day??? I know everyone's caloric needs are different, so I'm really just curious. I'd be hungry all the time (and maybe that's my problem!!!)...

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CRAZYLIZZIE 11/9/2010 8:34PM

    That is ambitious, do you ever rest? Days off from running are good, ya know?

I know what you mean, though, blogging really helps. You will get back on track and do great, I know it!!

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FELIXC 11/9/2010 8:27PM

    You can do it, Molly!

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EUGENERUGOSA 11/9/2010 7:27PM

    you had alot on your plate throwing you off track, good for you for setting up the tools to get back on track!

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SMALLERSHEEP 11/9/2010 6:52PM

    You got it, my friend. I KNOW you can do it.

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EGRAMMY 11/9/2010 6:36PM

    emoticonGo! Fight! Win!

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E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Well after a long and hot training session, it is done. The ET marathon is behind me but it will never be forgotten. This is a race report that I don't even know where to start. While the memories are still very painful and beautiful, I will tell you a little bit about it.

For starters here is a glimpse at the marathon profile that I knowingly subjected myself too I also subjected myself to the dry desert heat (more on the effects of this later). I heard it was 87 at the start but it felt much cooler. I know the reported low was 69 which I image came in the very early morning hours as I was finishing. Humidity was fabulous at less than 20% with winds from 6-19mph. Considering what I had trained it, it felt almost refreshing.

It was a long day leading up to the marathon. I never really adjusted to Vegas time so I was up on Saturday morning at 7am. I ate a good breakfast, planned out the rest of my meals for the day and went out to lay by the pool. for a couple of hours. That was one of my many mistakes looking back. Although I tried to catch a cat nap in the afternoon, I really couldn't sleep. Our room was located above the famous "Rehab" pool and the music was pumping ALL DAY. I was able to lay in bed and rest but I never slept.

We boarded the bus that would take us out to the ET highway at 845pm. As we turned onto the ET highway, the window blind across the aisle from us flew up unexpectedly. Everybody jumped. What a way to get us into the "supernatural" spirit. The excitement continued as we pulled up to the race start. This is what the crowd looked like from the bus window The excitement lifted my spirits as I was disheartened. I had left my iPod back at the hotel. How was I to ever run in the middle of the night, in the middle of the desert, no spectators and nothing to look at without music?

When I got off the bus I was actually able to hook up with my friend Jennifer. Here are some pics of the two of us waiting at the start We didn't have much time to wait around. The official start was at the "black" mailbox. I never actually saw it that night but here is a picture I snapped of it from the bus on the way back.

The start was no frills. There was no timing mat, there was no gun. Instead at midnight we simply began running to the sound of a cow bell. The cow bell must have stirred the local livestock as for the first couple miles, I heard their protests. I could never see them but they were definitely there.

I knew quickly that I was getting blisters. Although I developed two pretty nasty blisters (ironically from some mole skin I had put on to prevent blistering), they really didn't bother too much during the race. I stopped a couple times and applied glide to the areas which I think helped. I also stopped very early in the race (and a couple times there after) to apply petroleum jelly to my lips. I was very happy that some of the aid stations were stocked with this as I had forgotten mine. This should have been my first clue that I was not as hydrated as I thought.

The uphill for the first 9 miles was not challenging. I felt the dramatic difference beginning at about mile 9 1/2. I had done hill training and I was thankful. It wasn't easy but it was manageable. I am not sure if I hadn't been doing run/walk intervals how I would have done. However using that method allowed me to totally kick that hill a**. My pace was right where I wanted it to be. I knew I had run smart. Almost immediately into the downhill portion of the race, I recovered. I was able to shorten my walking intervals and increase my speed. I felt like I was flying. I was running 10 min/miles (this included the 0.15 of each mile that I walked). The next 7 miles made for the most exhilarating run of my life.

I was thankful that I had forgotten my iPod. I think it would have changed the whole experience. I was completely lost in the beauty of the mountains. My eyes had adjusted to the night. As I reached the peak of the mountain, the moon was bright and it looked so close that I could almost touch it. I tried to photograph it but the camera could not capture it's reflection on the mountainside. I did get a couple shots as the sun was coming up. They don't do it justice This a photos taken at about mile 24. It is of the ET highway sign and the mountains in the distance. As strange as it sounds, I felt connected to the place I was running. It suddenly wasn't a race. It was about the love of running and the ability to lose yourself. I think this is a race that every true runner should experience.

This above portion is the beauty of the race. The following portion is about the pain of the race.

My first twinge of cramps came at mile 17. I was running along and felt my left calf begin to ache. It became increasingly worse. I stopped and rubbed it out. I continued running for about another 1/2 mile when my right calf did the same thing. I took plenty of time and massaged and stretched both of the legs. By mile 18, I was back in full stride. There was a fully stocked aid station at mile 20. I knew some of the stations were stocked with electrolyte (salt) tablets. I guess I should have realized that maybe they knew something about running in dry desert heat that I didn't. I actually had an entire bottle at home that I had never even tried. However, the cramps were gone and I didn't even give it a second thought that maybe I should grab some and take with me.

The dehydration cramps came on with a vengeance between mile 22-23. I was stopping frequently to stretch and massage. I was only able to run about .2-.3 of a mile between each episode. The cramping was so bad that I knew I could no longer run. I was nauseous. I just prayed that I would make it to the finish.

Leading up to this race, I never considered that I would not be able to finish a marathon. I can honestly tell you, had there been another aid station between mile 23 and the finish, I am not sure what I would have done. I hate to think that I might have told them to call someone to come get me but I think I might have. Instead I felt strained out in the desert. There was no aid station. There was no place to sit. I contemplated just plopping down on the side of the road but I knew that would only prolong my agony. Instead I just kept walking. Looking back, I am thankful I had no way out. I will NEVER take finishing a marathon for granted ever again. It will always be my #1 goal. Everything else will just be icing on the cake.

As every runner knows, we are stubborn creatures. Even though I had been walking for 3+ miles, I was still hoping that I would be able to finish strong. I just wanted to run across that finish line. I knew I would not be able to run far so I waited and waited. I rounded the corner. I saw the timing mat and the clock . I started running. This was my fatal error.

Both calves seized up at once. I am talking full blown "charlie horse" cramps. I doubled over on myself, grabbing my calves and crying. I was probably 10 ft from the finishing line. People came running. People started cheering for me to just finish. I couldn't move. I was in complete agony. I was offered assistance to get over the line. I was embarrassed, disappointed, humbled yet determined. I refused assistance. I told them I would somehow make it. I massaged the calves. and when I felt ready I tried walking. Again, I was forced to stop. It seemed like I was hunched over and crying forever. In reality it was only about 1 minute. I stood up and walked across the finishing line. After that, it was a flurry of activity. Someone helping me to a chair, someone getting me ice, the medic coming to assist.

Going into the race, I thought it might take between 5-6 hours to complete. I had looked over previous race results and knew the times for this race were slow. I won't lie and say that I wasn't truly hoping for under 5. I was on target for a 5 hour finish but it wasn't meant to be. I still made my original goal even with walking the last 3+ miles. My finishing time was 5:38:13. I got a funky medal and I learned some valuable lessons. I guess in the end the lessons that you learn make you a smarter and better runner. At least that is what I am telling myself emoticon

  
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MAESTROSHASHA 1/27/2014 1:10PM

    Wow! Congrats on finishing this!

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MKKAYA 11/7/2010 9:15PM

    Wow! I stopped by to give you a goodie and I saw a blog about your latest Marathon and all I have to say is I enjoyed reading it so much. I am humbled to be your friend! This blog shows me your determination and that inspires me! I know that every race I have run - I was able to finish! I know my last half it was hard in that last mile and telling myself I can make it. Keep running Mike that is what my brain and heart is saying to my legs! After I cross the the finish line - I almost forget how hard that last mile was. Your blog was great and thanks for sharing such a personal trumiph with your spark family.

Hugs to you!
Mike


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JOPAPGH 9/23/2010 2:02PM

    Wow. Just wow!

A marathon blog unlike any I have read.

I plan to run my first is May. Mile 23 is a block from my house. If it's too much I can always just go home.

But I plan to cross the finish line first. That's my number one goal.

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STITCHES182 9/15/2010 9:22PM

    Great job!

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SEYSARAH 9/15/2010 4:45PM

    This is an amazing and certainly one of the most decriptive marathon blogs I've seen..I felt I was there reading it and looking at the pics. WTG on the race, the extreme efforts, and thanks so much for sharing this..it's turly inspirational!


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JMCHARRIS 9/9/2010 8:53PM

  Molly, I'm so proud of you! C

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RUNSWITHDEER 8/30/2010 10:43AM

    I am glad you persevered. Wow, gutsy girl. I'm glad there wasn't an aid station after 23. Would have been real tempting I bet. What an experience. So, what's in your future? Another run through New York City?

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AMCG2002 8/25/2010 2:03PM

    Holy smokes!! Because we are stubborn creatures, we do tend to assumes that we will finish everything we start. Your experience was a great reminder to all of us that we should be grateful to finish each event, maybe even just to have the ability to start in the first place. The humidity, or lack thereof, can really make a huge difference in our performance. I hope you are recovering well. I'm assuming you aren't interested in meeting me at 5:30 Saturday... lol

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FELIXC 8/24/2010 9:17PM

    Molly--again, you just totally amaze and inspire me! Woo hoo for YOU! Another marathon under your belt! Doesn't matter how you finished just that you did. And I think your time was FANTASTIC!

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AUNTIE65 8/24/2010 8:38PM

    Wow Molly - what an inspiration! So awed by your determination to finish on your own - even with those awful cramps!

Tami

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CRAZYLIZZIE 8/24/2010 8:35PM

    I am so sorry for all that you went through but I'm so happy you were able to see past it. That sounds like such a cool experience, when I run my first marathon I hope I am absolutely going to pick a unique one like that!

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BILLALEX70 8/24/2010 8:19PM

    Molly,

That sounds like one of the most amazing reports I've ever read. You deserve a second medal for pushing yourself to the edge and finishing.

What ever doesn't kill you...

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FINDINGMEIN2012 8/24/2010 7:44PM

    Wow, you are one amazing, strong and inspirational gal! Sounds like a beautiful race.

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SWEETMNTHING 8/24/2010 7:28PM

    Molly, you are my hero! You did it! You finished! I'm sorry to hear about the cramps and the trouble you had in finishing but you did not quit, you did not give up. Some people might have but not you. At least with the trials you encountered during the race, you learned valuable lessons, and should you ever do this again( and I know you definitely will) you will be that much wiser. You should be proud of yourself for what you accomplished and for your time despite the problems. emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 8/24/2010 7:24PM

    As always, I am proud, inspired & awed by you.

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CHEMKATT 8/24/2010 6:18PM

    Molly, you are simply amazing! I'm very sorry you had such awful cramps. I probably would have bailed at mile 17, but you are so awesome! I almost cried when I read about your finish. Had I been there to see it, I'm sure I would have been a blubbering baby! Have a great recovery!

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IPA-RAY 8/24/2010 3:47PM

    What a cool race and great report. Like the medal!
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RUNSHANBUN 8/24/2010 3:43PM

    Molly, so glad you finished and lived to tell about it (or at the very least weren't abducted!) I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!. I hope to see you at the Thursday night gang hang out, I want even more details!!!!!!!!!!!!
As Glaze always says to me, sometimes you just have to keep on keep'n on and you did just that. Now...on to Disneyworld :)

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EGRAMMY 8/24/2010 3:33PM

    emoticon I cried tears as you got your charlie horse's in both legs. Your writing is so real, I felt I was there. Bless you for letting us "run" with you through words.

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SMALLERSHEEP 8/24/2010 3:06PM

    Molly,
I am so proud of you for finishing. What an incredible experience! I thought about you Sunday morning as I went from my "long" distance run. Figuring time difference, we were probably running together. Congratulations on starting and finishing. I would ask what's next, but I already know! :D Our race in October is going to be a piece of cake for you compared to this!

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SARA_ANN12 8/24/2010 2:16PM

    Gosh, what a play by play! I'm sorry to hear that you had struggles but so so so (soooo) stoked that you were able to finish there at the end. No matter how far I run these day, I'm always just happy to finish. I seem to look less and less at the time and instead, finish up and smile. I hope, at the end, you were able to get those leggies feeling better and have a big ol grin going- just reading that you finished sure put a smile on my face!

Big congrats to you!!!

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Redemption is so sweet......

Monday, July 12, 2010



For those of you who read my previous blog about the Wendy's Ladies Only Triathlon, you will remember my swim leg. Well I wanted redemption and I got it. Boy is it sweet!

I participated in the Girls Tri Too series at Caesar's Creek this past weekend. The swim leg went fantastic. Unlike my first tri, we started from the shore. We were lined up according to our predicted swim time. Every 5 seconds, 1-2 ladies were sent in the water for a point to point swim along the shore.
This is my favorite shot. Although it may look similar to one I posted in my previous blog, it is not. I am actually swimming. Even though the swim leg of this event was shorter, I swam (breast stoke) the entire time. I didn't walk, I didn't hack and cough and I didn't even attempt to touch bottom emoticon

The transition to the bike station was long. You can kind of get a glimpse of the back portion of the transition area in this picture There was at least that distance, if not more ahead of me too. It was all concrete which was a little hard on the feet but I found it was easier running on it than it had been earlier in the morning when I was just walking on it in my bare feet.

My transition also went a lot smoother. I improved from a 3:35 to a 1:56 I think just wearing a tri suit, I was able to save a ton of time.

I mounted my bike and off I went on my 7 mile ride I will say that it took me longer to settle into my ride this time. I really felt sluggish for about the first two miles. The course had some rolling gentle hills but had a nice downhill right before the end which helped boost my overall average pace. I am still struggling to really push myself on the bike. I am not sure why. I finished with an average pace of 16 mph.

My legs felt better this time though when I got off the bike. I think the shorter distance didn't tax them as much. I was able to transition to the run very quickly. The first mile of the run was a gradual uphill. The trail was crushed gravel, some grass and some asphalt. It was getting hot by this time and I could really hear myself breathing. I didn't wear my Garmin so I had no idea how far into the course I was. I kept thinking that I was going to have to stop and take a break but I forged forward. When I finally saw the 1 mile mark, it was a sweet relief. I knew I could continue running to the finish I finished strong. I did struggle but I am always so surprised at how I feel when I try to run after biking. The legs feel heavy and the breathing is always labored. I feel like a emoticon, barely moving. I think this makes me push even harder because I feel like I am going so slow. One of these days, I will realize that is not the case. I finished my 2 mile run at a 805 pace.

Official results.

Overall Time~ 51:52
Swim Leg~ 8:32
Transition~ 1:56
Bike~ 24:10
Transition~ 1:03
Run~ 16:09
Age Group Placement~ 13/22
Overall Placement~ 55/159

I think I am ready for a larger tri!

  
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BIENEGOLD 7/16/2010 3:32PM

    Way to go!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 7/16/2010 1:34PM

    Congratulations - great job!!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/13/2010 6:53AM

    Molly (I am one of Billalex70's bike buddies). Liked the report. Great job on the tri. Keep up the good work.

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BILLALEX70 7/13/2010 5:56AM

    Molly,

You kick @SS! Keep up the hard work.

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FELIXC 7/12/2010 10:16PM

    Woo hoo, Molly! You are totally making progress! Good for you!

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SMALLERSHEEP 7/12/2010 9:31PM

    Molly you are so my idol! I love reading about your races and I can't believe I'm going to get to run one with you! Great job on improving your times so much. WHOO HOO!

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Yay!! I'm so proud of you!! What awesome results! And you sound like you feel good about it, which I am so happy about. I love the pics and hearing all about your adventures. You are an inspiration lady!!

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RUNSHANBUN 7/12/2010 8:48PM

    So proud of you!

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CHEMKATT 7/12/2010 8:10PM

    Great job Molly!!! I knew you could do it! Awesome transition times by the way!

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EGRAMMY 7/12/2010 7:12PM

    emoticon Amazing blog. We follow the blog cheering. Wonderful. emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 7/12/2010 7:11PM

    glad you enjoyed the swim more - still gotta come to the pool with us sometime!

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-AIRYN- 7/12/2010 6:58PM

    That is so awesome!! Congrats and way to go!! emoticon

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AUNTIE65 7/12/2010 6:52PM

    emoticon What a graet accomplishment Molly! I"m so proud of you and I know you must be proud of yourself!!

You are a machine... now on to marathon training?? Wow!

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OHIOBRIE 7/12/2010 6:13PM

    Great job, very inspiring! I'm so glad you were able to do better on the swim, it is a great accomplishment.
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SWEETMNTHING 7/12/2010 5:51PM

    emoticon Molly! You did it! You should be so proud of yourself! I was really hoping you'd really kick butt in the swimming because I know you were really disappointed with how you did last time. Nice to know all your hard work paid off and you nailed it! You are such an inspiration!

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Wendy's Ladies Only Triathlon.....

Saturday, June 12, 2010



As of today, I can officially call myself a triathlete. Although I plan to use the term "loosely" for the present time. My preparations actually started on Friday night. I can't believe how much STUFF you have to have for a tri. Very different from a "run only" event. I got myself to bed before 10 which was a good thing as I was planning on getting up by 5 the next morning. The alarm went off, I showered, double checked all my gear, ate breakfast and headed out to our local beach. Okay, I live in Ohio so you can't really call it a beach but it is the closest thing we have emoticon

The morning was overcast to partly sunny, about 75 with humidity about 80%. I was just grateful that the T-storms had passed. I meet my friend Colleen and she gave me some pre-race tips I happened to hear a couple people talking about the water temp. I tried to ignore them but I could not. The water temp was going to be a brisk 69 degrees. I decided not to get in ahead of time. I just waited until my wave start entered the water. I quickly adjusted to the water temp but not the idea of open water swimming. The many months of training in the pool in NO WAY prepared me for today. I was easily swimming over a mile in the pool. Today it was a struggle just to swim a quarter of a mile. Swim, did I say that. Maybe I should have called it swalking. Thank goodness my friend Colleen had advised me to make my first triathlon one where it would be shallow enough to touch bottom if needed. Here are a couple pics of my swim leg.
Yes that is me swalking. Me attempting to swim (the one with her head above water). Still was sucking in a ton of water even with my head sticking out. My husband said he could hear me coughing and hacking up on the beach. Boy, I hope he was kidding.
This is my happiest photo as I was finally about to get out of that blasted water that had just totally humbled me and kicked my booty all the way to the curb. Now I will say I was surprised with the amount of walking I had to do that according to my watch, I finished my swim leg in about 11 1/2 minutes. This is considerable faster than my pool swims. I think because I felt like I was struggling so much and was thinking that there couldn't possibly be anyone left in my wave start behind me, I might have been pushing myself a little too hard. Maybe that is one reason I was struggling so much.

I was extremely disappointed in my swim. By the time I got out of the water, I was tired, upset and somewhat shell shocked. I really thought my transition from swim to bike went pretty quickly but I was assured that I sat there for a long time while other ladies came and went.

Once I got out onto the bike, I felt pretty good. The ride was 12.1 miles. There was only one moderate hill towards the end that gave me a little bit of difficulty. My average mph was faster than I had done on any ride to date and I passed quite a number of people.

My legs felt a little bit like jello when I dismounted from the bike. I ran my bike back to the transition area. Now I KNOW this transition was quick. I literally threw off my helmet and gloves, changed my Garmin to running mode (as I was running) and grabbed my hat from my hubby (long story) on the way out.

The run was 2 miles on mainly gravel and asphalt. There was a little bit of grass that we had to run through to get to the trail and with all the rain we had, my feet were soaked and muddy by the time I got there. The first mile was a gradual uphill the entire time. On tired legs I was really feeling it. My first mile was a little slower than what I had been doing in practice but considering the sun was shining by then, the humidity had kicked up and the course was uphill, I felt like I did okay. What comes up, must come down. The second mile was a nice gradual downhill and I was able to kick up the pace a notch. I finished strong and according to my Garmin finished my run in just a little over 17 minutes. Gotta be happy with that emoticon

No official results yet but according to preliminary results my finishing time was 1:24:07. I finished 11 out of 23 in my age group. I am anxious to see what my split times and transition times were.

There will be another tri in my future. I am planning on registering for one in August. This will be a longer tri with a swim double the distance I did today. The water will be deeper and I don't believe I will be able to touch. I have made great strides in the pool over the last couple months. I figure I can make great strides in the open water from now until August if I put my mind to it. I really want redemption emoticon Don't get me wrong, I am extremely proud of myself but I know I can do better. I really want to say that I am a swimmer. emoticon

EDIT: Jut got official results.
Overall Time~ 1:19:52
Swim Leg~ 11:48
Transition~ 3:35
Bike~ 46:00
Transition~ 1:11
Run~ 17:21
Age Group Placement~ 11/24
Overall Placement~ 45/123

  
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AMCG2002 6/21/2010 1:53PM

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Molly,
You are awesome!! You kicked some serious b-word, as my kids would say! 69 degrees for the water temp? Even on that day it had to feel a bit chilly. I'm so glad I finally got to read your blog; we were talking about you Saturday...
Anne

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RUNSWITHDEER 6/21/2010 10:51AM

    Molly-
You work on those transition times girl. Keep up the cross-training and you'll be in the top three.
You'll be a CONTENDER!!!!!
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MARATHONMOM26.2 6/14/2010 8:57PM

    OMGosh!! I'm looking at your times and all I can think is "YOU ROCK"!! Your splits are fantatstic, your transitions are smoking fast (even the swim to bike - that's a hard one!) and your times would rank you way higher out here... If you were middle of the pack in this race you must have had some very tough competition!

I am really excited for you, and I want you to realize just how well you did emoticon

Amazing. Simply AMAZING.

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-AIRYN- 6/14/2010 2:02PM

    That is so awesome!! Congrats!! My aunt did one in my city a few years ago and I went and watched and thought how much work and effort goes into it!! If you are looking for another one, there is one or two at Lakeview Beach in July and/or August.

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MKENNEDY77 6/14/2010 8:42AM

    That is SOOOOOO AWESOME! You did great! Congratulations!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 6/14/2010 12:37AM

    Congratulations!!

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FELIXC 6/13/2010 3:48PM

    WOO emoticonHOO emoticonHOO emoticon!!!!!

Congratulations, Molly! That is so awesome! I am so proud of you. A triathlete--WOW!




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MGRIFFITH32 6/13/2010 12:59PM

    You are amazing! Thanks for the awesome detailed report! You did great.

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BILLALEX70 6/13/2010 12:53PM

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I've been told many times not to put too much pressure on myself for a first-time event, but come on. We're all competitors at heart and want to "Kick @ss!"

I'd say finishing as well as you did it really good for your first time. I'm sure the swimming will kill me as well, but I've got to get started; NOW. I hope that the water is a bit warmer come September.

Hope we can all ride together again in the future!

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SMALLERSHEEP 6/13/2010 9:00AM

    Molly, you are a ROCK STAR! I am so proud of you! I remember asking you last year if you were thinking about doing a tri because you had been talking about working with a swim coach. You said, maybe some day. Well, my friend, YOU have made SOME DAY happen! I am so excited for you. You are so my race idol!

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EGRAMMY 6/13/2010 5:31AM

    emoticon Outstanding blog. I feel like I was there as an observer. Thanks so much.. Fit Buckeye Fans Team is so very proud of you. emoticon emoticon Hoorah!

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BIENEGOLD 6/12/2010 11:24PM

    CONGRATS! Way to go!


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EUGENERUGOSA 6/12/2010 9:15PM

    Way to go rock star!!

You are a swimmer!!!

Really proud of you..as always!

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OHIOBRIE 6/12/2010 9:00PM

    Great job!!!!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/12/2010 8:10PM

    Great review of your race! I am really interested in doing a triathalon, but a half marathon is my first priority, and that is in November so maybe a tri in 2011.

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AUNTIE65 6/12/2010 6:35PM

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Molly - Congrat's on completing your first ever tri! I am confident that by August you will be peforming to your expectations!!

Take a well deserved rest and enjoy your evening!!

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SWEETMNTHING 6/12/2010 5:42PM

    Great blog, Molly! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I'm sorry the swim was rough for you! The important thing is that you finished a tri and that your time and placement in your age range was pretty good, too. At least to me it is , but then I know nothing about triathalons! lol But now you know what you need to do for the next time. There is no doubt in my mind that you will make great strides in the open water between now and August and kick butt(or should I say legs and arms lol) in the next tri you do!

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CHEMKATT 6/12/2010 5:32PM

    emoticon You rock! Congrats on your first tri! I think you're times sound really good. I've heard so many people talk about their first swim in a tri and laughing b/c it was so much harder than the pool. Something about no lines on the bottom of the lake. hehe

Congratulations again! Well deserved!!!!

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I am just tired....

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I am just exhausted this week. I did so much yard work, exercise and errands over the long weekend. I think it is all just catching up with me.

Last week's blogging really helped me stay on track so I am back at it again. No fan fair this week, just a simple plan.

Wed 6/2
Run or cross train~ YES, swimmming
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ NO, 1918 but did create a -126 calorie deficit
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Check and record weight~ 125.2

Thurs 6/3
Run or cross train~ YES, running
TNT challenge~ YES, 2 stretching videos
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ YES, 1781
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES

Friday 6/4
Walking the dogs~ YES, 2 miles. This was a bonus as I did not have any exercise planned for the day.
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ NO, 2140. This was a hard day. I was doing well and the someone brought candy into work which started terrible cravings. I think overall, I somewhat salvaged the day. I was pretty much thinking about food all day.
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES

Sat 6/5
Bike 64 miles~ YES, although with some detours on the roads we were actually only able to ride about 59-60 miles
Take vitamins~ NO
Track food and create at least a 100 calorie deficit~ YES for tracking, NO for creating a calorie deficit. Consumed approximately 4761 which was +946 for the day
Drink 8 glasses of water~ NO
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Sun 6/6
Recovery workout~ YES, running
Do some yard work~ NO, mother nature did not corporate.
Take vitamins~ YES
Track food and create at least a 100 calorie deficit~ NO tracking and definitely did not create a calorie deficit. Totally blew the day. Two bad days in a row...ugh!
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 6/7
Run or cross train~ YES
ST~ NO, going to do it tomorrow instead
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ YES, 1810
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES

Tues 6/8
Run or cross train~
Take vitamins~
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~
Drink 8 glasses of water~
Get 7 hours of sleep~
No soda pop~
No fast food~

Rough estimate of calorie deficit for the week: +690 ( this is without my non-tracking day)

I will edit each day!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FELIXC 6/6/2010 5:12PM

    Great plan, as usual, Molly! Hope you're having a fantastic week!

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SMALLERSHEEP 6/3/2010 9:15AM

    I've never noticed you estimated calorie deficit for the week part before...that's a really great idea. Realistically, if you've created a long term deficit, you should lose. You're a smart one, Molly!

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BILLALEX70 6/3/2010 6:19AM

    Do I see 64 miles on Saturday?

Can't wait to finally meet!

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SWEETMNTHING 6/2/2010 11:14PM

    Great plan, Molly! emoticon I need to start blogging my plans again!
I hope you get some rest! That's so important!



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FIT_MELISSA 6/2/2010 10:44PM

    emoticonYou can do it, Molly!! Thank you for your inspiration!!

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OHIOBRIE 6/2/2010 10:27PM

    Great plan! Hopefully you'll be able to stick with it, writing about it definitely helps I think. And I hope you can catch up with your sleep, I know I'm exhausted too.

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EUGENERUGOSA 6/2/2010 9:34PM

    Try to get some rest...the rain always helps me wind down & sleep.

Thanks for your support on my blog.

Love ya too.

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AUNTIE65 6/2/2010 7:54PM

    Isn't it funny how the simple things that really help us stay on track?? Sounds like you need a bit of a rest!! Take it easy this evening and have a great tnt tomorrow!

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