Thursday, June 27, 2013
Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Pleasant Prairie, WI
Division finish: 5 out of 6
Overall finish: 370 out of 409
T 1: 6:23
T 2: 5:01
Total time: 2:10:35
1/2 mile swim/20K bike/5K run
Look at the ripples in the water! It was a windy, but hot and humid day.
This was a tough race. The temperature was in the 80's, it was windy, and the humidity was high. My coach tells me never to compare results from one race to another because of all the variables involved. But, it's hard not to!
My total triathlon time on Sunday was 5 minutes longer than two weeks ago. The open water swim was the main reason - that took me 11 minutes longer. Without swimming lanes, I was all over the place. I probably swam half again the distance that I needed to!
My bike time improved by 8 minutes with the new bike - even though the course was somewhat hilly and windy. The clip-in pedals were awesome! Just when I thought I couldn't push one more time up one of those hills, I remembered to pull on the pedals! Now, to get in that habit all the time.
My run time was 4 minutes slower due to the heat and humidity. I walked a lot of the 5K. I shaved 2 minutes off of my transition times, but I can still do better. I still took 5 times longer in transition than some of the top finishers. All in all, I'm pleased with the results. I know where I need to improve.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Esprit de She Triathlon
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Division finish: 14 out of 21
Overall finish: 1015 out of 1229
Total time: 2:05:19
I did it! I completed my first sprint distance triathlon - 1/2 mile swim, 14.4 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. I did one other triathlon last year - a super sprint distance, which is half the distance of the sprint race. The sprint distance was a challenge, but I had a blast!
The forecast was for a cool, cloudy, and overcast morning. But as you can see from the photos, we had nothing but sunshine!
The water temperature was 68*, so my investment in a wet-suit was well worth it. Plus, it added to my buoyancy.
I have a 27-year-old Peugeot hybrid bike. It was like pedaling a Mack truck! I had the opportunity to ride a new Giant fitness bike the night before my race. Man, was it ever light, fast, and required a lot less effort to pedal than my old bike. I think I will make the investment in a new bike - soon.
My peeps didn't get photos of me running or at the finish line. I apparently ran right past them without us seeing each other. Here's a photo after the race. Lempa was the name of another girl who participated in the triathlon.
I've come a long way since doing the super sprint triathlon last year. I got some awesome training from the coaches at Experience Triathlon. Coach Joe helped me "Run to Become." And Coach Suzy helped (and continues to help) me with my swimming technique. I will have to admit to Coach Suzy that I did a lot of sidestroking and backstroking during the swim portion. I think the adrenalin had me gasping so much, I would have inhaled water if I put my face under water!
My next triathlon will be on Sunday, June 23 in Pleasant Prairie, WI. This is the site of where I did my super-sprint triathlon last year, so I am familiar with the lake. I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully can improve on some of my times - especially the transition times. And, if I get a new bike, there should be improvement there!
Friday, May 10, 2013
For my strength training class project, I read the book "Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond" by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.
I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. It's a book that I will re-read every year - the information is just that important that I don't want to forget it. It's an engaging read. The men's version is "Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond."
Here is the link to my summary of the book -- all great suggestions for us Sparkers! Enjoy.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
My mom has been in heaven for the past 8 Mother's Days. They just aren't the same without her. I love you, Mom!
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