Sunday, June 14, 2009
What an incredible day yesterday! I did my first ever 1/2 Ironman. It's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run.
The race had a 2:00 PM start which is different than any of the other races. It sucked especially yesterday. No kidding, it was beautiful all morning and then at 2:40 when my race began, it got windy and started down pouring.
I didn't like it much either, because I was a nervous wreck ALL day. I can't sleep the night before a race either. I'm like a kid going to the first day of school. Way too excited. I didn't know when / what to eat and we ended up sitting around a long time. I kept going back over and checking my bike stuff, etc... My brother and husband seriously laughed and thought I was nuts.
So... Finally 2:40 came around and it was my turn to start my race. The water was COLD, COLD, COLD... They said it was 64, but I'm not so sure. Just as we were getting in, the waves started to pick up too.
So the horn blows! I kick off and feel something float off my body. It's my timing chip!!! Ahhhh... I was thinking what am I going to do? I knew of course that I just needed to keep swimming and figure it out afterward.
It was a typical triathlon start: Getting kicked, hit, bumped, and swallowing some water in the beginning. I was able to find my way, and this is the first time I really did NOT freak out in my wetsuit at all. Yippee for that!!! I was definitely more worried about the "coldness" and the waves.
So... I finish the swim. My husband said I was the 2nd one out of the water in my age group. I asked a volunteer right as I got out or rather told him that I lost my timing chip. He was super helpful and told me who to run over to. The lady was super sweet too! She asked my name, and put on a new timing chip. Pretty simple, and I didn't lose too much time either.
My favorite part about this swim... I ran up the ramp, and they had people stripping your wetsuits. It was AWESOME!!! I sat down and BOOM! They pulled it right off. Wish they were at every triathlon.
Next: The bike 56 miler.
I took off on the bike feeling excited, but I quickly realized my number was totally hitting my leg and irritating it. I tried to move it, or crumple it. It mostly worked. The bike course had a lot more hills than I thought too.
About 6-7 miles into the bike, the rain began and... it did NOT stop for the next 5 hours. At times, it was really coming down too.
I felt really good the first 28 miles. My brother started 10 minutes behind me, and I kept expecting him to pass me, but he didn't as quickly as I thought. So... I knew I had a good speed going.
But... as the race went on and the rains continued, I was really getting COLD. I was sick of getting nailed by the rain too. I had to take my glasses off, because they just kept getting fogged up.
I remember the last 10 miles so excited for the bike to be done and really thinking that it kicked my butt! The cold, the mileage, all of the bike. The bike was definitely much, much harder than I had anticipated.
Finally... The run.
I was really nervous about the run. I felt hammered, I was freezing, and my knee has been still having IT~Band issues.
I started off, and I was surprised that I was starting to really warm up, and I wasn't so cold. The first few miles I was really going strong. I kind of knew that I was going faster than my pace, and that I better slow down a little especially after my marathon experience.
The first 6.5 miles... I really did feel pretty good, all things considered, but I knew that my knee was really starting to ache, and that I had 6.6 miles to go.
In my head I really just kept track of the time left, and I knew I could do it. My pace really slowed. I think the first 1/2 I was holding almost 9 minute miles, but the 2nd half I had slowed to almost 10 minute miles.
The last 1-2 miles really hurt. I just kept going... I knew I could do it. I pushed through, and I came across the finish line to a cheering husband, daughter, son, mother, father, brother, and a few others. I was truly overcome with emotion. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I was mentally prepared to go slow and easy, and for me... there just is no such thing. I feel like I almost always give it my ALL! And today was no exception.
Thank you to all my friends and family who've supported me. This was a dream come true. I am an IRON~Girl. Well... a 1/2 Iron~Girl.
Overall Time: 5:47:48
I placed 20th out of 98 in my age group.
I placed 83rd woman. WOW!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Who are your heroes? Why? What attributes do they possess that you admire or would like to emulate?
I have truly been trying to just be a nicer person to those around me that I love, come in contact with, work with, etc...
Then, I just really started deeply thinking about who my heroes are?
My list began with:
Then I thought about people in my community, from church, teachers, police officers, soldiers and those serving for our country, mothers, fathers, foster parents, etc, etc, etc...
I really started thinking about what characteristics these people possess and it is definitely NOT there physical characteristics!!!
It is certainly more inner beauty and self~less~ness...
So... why do I worry about external beauty and my physical body. How can I focus more on my soul and being a more beautiful person inside.
My goals are simple:
Be calm and patient with those around me...
Listen to my kids, husband, friends, and family...
Clear my mind...
Enjoy my exercise
And... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE myself and others.
It's nice to exercise, eat healthy, take care of my external body,
but it's more important to work on my inner beauty and let that shine through from the inside~out. Love those around me, be patient, kind, and understanding.
Be like Jesus...
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Someone in my triathlete group posted a new topic titled Enjoying My Training. I've been thinking about this a lot too. I have really been enjoying my training the last few weeks. Thank HEAVENS, because after my marathon in March, I had not been enjoying it.
I've learned a HUGE lesson the past few months. To just keep exercising even if it's for 20 minutes here and there. The motivation most likely will come back. Plus just jumping on the elliptical for a few minutes sure makes me feel better.
The last few weeks, I have really wanted to get up or outside and exercising. I really haven't been following a structured plan or making myself feel like I HAVE TO DO IT! I just do it, because I WANT to do it and I LIKE IT!
Yesterday, I went on a bike ride alone and made it to the top of a steep climb. I was really proud and excited and even realized that is was hard, but not that hard.
This morning, I did one of my typical swim workouts: 5 x 500 with 30-60 seconds rest in between. I tried to make each 500 just a little faster and was happy that my last 500 I did it in 7:14:38!!! Woo~HOO! On Sunday, I was lucky to hold 7:30:00 about 1:30 / 100 yards. All in yards right now. We have a local 50 M pool, but I'd have to pay to swim. I am hoping to get in more open water swims with a friend this summer too. That will help so much getting used to the wetsuit STILL...
I only have 2 more teaching days of school left. WoW!!! Then, in a week and a half my Boise 1/2 Ironman, then it's some relax and vacation time.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I can't believe I haven't blogged since the marathon ~ Hell blog. LOL. I sure had a huge mental and physical let~down after that marathon. It really shocked me. I guess because things didn't go as well as I had hoped and the training was tough. I look back on it now... and I learned so many lessons. I am eager to do another marathon one day, but not for at least a year, because my brother and I signed up for a FULL Ironman triathlon.
Yes! That's 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a marathon 26.2. CRAZY!!!
So... I'll be doing a marathon next year, but in a different way.
I am so proud of myself for continuing to exercise the past 2 1/2 months. I thought about dropping my 1/2 Ironman in June because I felt I was NOT training appropriately, but in the last month I did 2 Olympic Triathlons. Although... one turned into a Duathlon because they canceled the swim due to the wind and high waves.
The Olympic Tri I did just last Saturday really went great! It was still a little tough and in my 1/2 Ironman I will need to slow my paces on my bike and run to be able to finish. I have been a lot more careful about my nutrition and hydration during events because of the terrible marathon experience. I KNOW I was very dehydrated during that race.
I had a wonderful teaching year. This class truly has been one of the best classes I've ever taught. What a JOY! Such a sweet group. Only 2 weeks of school left, then summer playing.
I don't have many events planned yet for the summer. Just my Boise 1/2 June 13. It's exciting actually to have a wide open summer.
Thanks to all my Spark~Buddies who've kept in touch as I've been MIA... It means a lot to know people are thinkn' of ya!!! I hope to be back consistently posting, because I do find this super motivating.
Have a great Memorial Day!!!
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