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Echo Tri Race Report

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Unbelievable!!!

What a race! I can't believe how far I've come in 1 year and then to think back 2 years ago. WOW!!!

I was so excited for this triathlon. I had some goal times in mind and was excited to get out there and hopefully place top 10 and finish about 2:30:00-2:31:00. I really just over~and~over kept thinking back to the year before and how there was no pressure this year. It was just for fun! I knew I could do it!!! Last year I was just hoping to finish, and I just barely did. I remember how spiritual it was because of my knee pain.

Well... This year was very different.

As the race was getting ready to begin, I did the "normal" preparations. Got all my stuff laid out, checked my stuff (not well enough) and was set to go.

I am not afraid of the wetsuit at all anymore, so I was excited to really go for it on the swim. I got to the front and held my position. The women were really kicking and pushing around even before the gun went off. Off it went! I was out pretty quickly. I saw one girl head out in front of me. I got into a really nice rhythm. I was confident and going strong.

As the swim was ending I was quite tired, and I didn't know for sure if it was because I went a ltitle harder or what?

To be honest, as I checked my watch I was shocked! My time was not much faster than the year before, and I did not have a wetsuit the year before. Hmmmm... after seeing the final times and comparing several women's times to the previous year, they were all on average 4 minutes SLOWER, and I was 1 minute faster. The swim course must have been longer this year.

So... out of the water 2nd overall female, and my brother informed me I had the 7th fastest swim overall out of all males and females. WOW!!! Super excited!

Next, the bike. I was hoping for a great time on the bike. I got some new wheels, and I've been training a lot more on the bike. I felt strong. I actually passed the one girl that was ahead of me out of the water, so I was actually leading the race for about 1/3 of the bike. Then... a pack of 4-5 women passed me. I was a little bugged, because it was quite obvious they were drafting off each other, but oh well... what can I do? It was just kind of weird that they were sooooo obvious about it I guess.

Well... I finished the bike strong, but again... I was bummed that my split on my watch was not faster. I was really hoping to be 3-4 minutes faster. After the race as I was riding my bike back to the car, my husband noticed that the rear break pad was rubbing a little on the tire. WHAT??? Oh well!!!

So... I'm headed into the run. I decided to try my run without socks this race, and I had a little different routine I wanted to try. I set out a water bottle and gu and was so focused on that, that I forgot FORGOT to put on my race number. FREAK! Oh Well! I was also thiking that I was about 4-5 minutes off what I was hoping to go.

I was really thinking finish this run strong. I had run the course the week before, and that was HUGE mentally. I felt great then. So... off I went and within the first 1-2 miles, my feet hurt! I could tell something was rubbing funny on it. I knew it was just going to create a blister and thought oh well... this is NOTHING compared to the knee pain I fel t the year before. But, I will not run without socks again. It's worth it to me to lose 10-15 seconds to put the socks on.

I had a great run pace going. And... with it being a 10K instead of a half marathon, I was NOT so worried about going out too fast. I was cruising. 8:15 minute miles, feeling strong, and really good.

By the way... I have been eating so WELL!!! I really have focused on fueling my body better every day and during races and training. I think this was a HUGE part in why I felt so great this race. I followed my pre~race meal plan, and I had a drink mix on the bike and a gu' between the bike and run. I picked up a few cups of water on the run as well.

So... At the turn~around I could see that there were a few women about 2-3 minutes behind me. WOW!!! I was totally planning on being passed in the run. I am not a strong runner. A lot of the top age=group women are strong runners. Like 6-7 minute miles. Not me!!!

As I was going though... I realized I was holding close to 8 minute miles, which is HUGE for me. Keep it up. Strong and Steady Netty!!! NO SLOW this time. :-)

I pushed through to the finish and was overjoyed that I finished 6th overall female and #1 in my age group. WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!

And... my run split completely made up for the slower swim / bike splits. I went a 48:59 10K I was hoping to go around 51-52. I was So~ Happy and Surprised.

Here were my splits 2009: Final Time= 2:31:12

Swim 1500 Meters: 23:26 T1= 2:18 40K Bike= 1:15:09 T2= 1:18 10K run= 48:59

2008 Splits: Final Time= 2:40:43

Swim 24:24 T1=3:24 Bike= 1:16:33 T2= 1:41 Run= 54:44

All splits were faster this year!!! Woo~HOO!!!

I had an incredible race! And... I can't tell you how much I appreciated my husband's support and all the volunteers. Thanks to all my spark~friends too for encouraging me this past year. LOVE YOU ALL!!!

  
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ZIRCADIA 7/13/2009 3:45PM

    WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! :D What an inspiration!!!!!! That is incredible!!!!!!! Congratulations on an amazing race and finishing in top 10 and first in your bracket! That is AWESOME!! :)

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ROWDYWITH4 7/13/2009 3:22PM

    emoticon AND SO MUCH MORE! Yeah, Netty!

I emoticon reading your race report! It was giving me emoticonin my stomach knowing my first tri is coming up in August. Oh my word, you are FABULOUS! SUPER FABULOUS! SUPER DUPER FABULOUS!

Have a SUPER DUPER FABULOUS fit week, Netty! You deserve it!

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JENSFITJOURNEY 7/13/2009 3:06PM

    You are officially my HERO! WOW!!!! 1st place!!! emoticon emoticon

Your times are unbelievable! I would give anything to have a 10k time that like,,,,not to mention you did it after swimming a mile and biking 25 miles! GOOD GRIEF, I am so proud of you!

Way to go on another fantastic race, shaving off so much time from last year and your first place finish!

WAY TO GO!!!
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RHALES199 7/13/2009 12:33PM

    Wow, great job!

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KAYAKID 7/12/2009 11:53PM

    Awesome!!!!!!!You are a stud woman - Supergirl has nothing on you! we are so proud of you for your dedication to perfection. great job! thanks for the blog - It really told the story of your race. thanks for sharing
Mike


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CDNMSFIT 7/12/2009 11:49PM

   
I loved reading your race report - how awesome are you! Congratulations on the great race and wonderful attitude. Colour me in awe!

Corinna

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BRUIN2 7/12/2009 8:49PM

    WOW WOW WOW!!!

You know what???

YOU ARE A STRONG RUNNER!

Know how I know?!? YOU WON YOUR AGE GROUP!!!! That's so crazzy awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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*2nd Echo Triathlon Results*

Saturday, July 11, 2009



*First in my age~group(

6th Overall Female

2nd Female out of the water...

2:31:15 Overall 9 minutes faster than last year.

***Blog more later***



  
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SYNCHROSWIMR 7/13/2009 8:01AM

    Rock on!! Can't wait for the details!

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BRUIN2 7/12/2009 6:24PM

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You rocked it!!!! WAHOOOOOOO!!!!

Can't wait to read the full report!

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GIGI1222 7/11/2009 6:45PM

    Way to go!!! You are inspiring!

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KAYAKID 7/11/2009 6:07PM

    Can you say WOW!!!! how impressive - What an inspiration you are to all of us. We look foward to more detalis about the race.
Mike

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ELFITZPA 7/11/2009 4:47PM

    Woah congrats!! It's amazing how far you've come in just the past year!!!!

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WBOYACK 7/11/2009 4:33PM

  Wow! You look great!

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WENDALL125 7/11/2009 3:28PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I look forward to reading details about the race.
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Echo Triathlon Anniversary Too...

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

So... a year ago at this time I was getting ready for my first Olympic Distance Triathlon. I was so nervous.

I had been so out of shape in 2007 and at the beginning of 2008 my aunt called me and wanted me to be on a long distance running relay team. A team of 12 run about 185 miles together. So each person had to run about 15-18 miles at 3 different times.

My little brother and aunt convinced me to do it with them. I trained and did that in June, 2008. My little brother had been getting into triathlons. He liked to tease me that I was the one that gave him the idea, because I did a few back in 2001 after my divorce. He told me I had to do at least 1 with him.

So I signed up to do the Echo Olympic Distance triathlon 1 year ago with my brother and WOW!!! I am so glad I did, and that he encouraged me to do it. It was not the greatest experience, because at the end my knee was really hurting, but it was a springboard into a year of triathlons and running events. I am so thankful for those little things.

Now... I am not really nervous about completing the distance of this triathlon. I am excited to compare my splits and maybe improve a little. I want this to be a yearly, traditional triathlon. It's the one that really got me back into the sport.

I am so excited for this Saturday. I want to go out and have FUN! Reflect on the past year and all my incredible athletic accomplishments and look forward to a few more incredible athletic endeavors.

REACH for the Moon my friends!!! Set some goals and Go out there and DO IT!!! Even if you miss the moon you'll land among the stars.

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KAYAKID 7/8/2009 7:36PM

    You are inspiration to all of us. Maybe inspiring me to try a tri. I need to work on the swimming. thanks for sharing!!!!
Mike

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ZIRCADIA 7/8/2009 7:30PM

    So are you doing the same Tri this year or something? I think I missed that but it sounds like that's what you're talking about maybe? In any case, WOOHOO! :D

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JENSFITJOURNEY 7/8/2009 2:59PM

    What an encouraging blog! Thanks for writing this b/c I am struggling with grasping the distance of the longer tris. I know I can get there but it can be hard for me to see where I am now compared to where I want to be someday. I will be thinking of you this weekend as I do another tri, it is my first super sprint so I am excited about the short run...only 2 miles. I will think of you my amazing friend and all that you have accomplished!

Thank you SO much for always providing such wonderful insight and motivation!

Hugs - Jen

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BRUIN2 7/8/2009 2:33PM

    YAY!!

Have a blast!!

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CHOESCH 7/8/2009 12:15PM

    I think you are a Utah girl! Me too! It sounds like you are loving the journey and having much success in getting healthy. Congrats on the races and keeping up on your exercise - that is HUGE! I'm so glad that you like yourself and that you are willing to work so hard to be healthy! Keep it up!
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ROWDYWITH4 7/8/2009 12:08PM

    emoticonGood Luck emoticon
I know you're gonna do great!

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WBOYACK 7/8/2009 11:29AM

  You so inspire me to be a better me each time I read what you have to share! Thank You!

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First Anniversary on Sparkpeople

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

So... my official 1 year on Sparkpeople is tomorrow, but I felt like reflecting briefly today.

It's been 1 year. Many, many positive changes have occurred in the past year.

I have loved exercising and have consistently exercised all year long.
My attitude toward life, eating, exercise... is so much more positive.
I've met many new incredible, inspiring people.
I even met one of my spark buddies in person at a triathlon last year and that was an amazing experience.
I like logging my exercise.
I have read many new articles about health and nutrition.
I like setting my own goals and checking them off daily. It reminds me to spend time with my kids, friends, and family.
I feel like I am rewarded by supporting and cheering on others. I find it a way to serve.
I am so happy to know that I am not alone on this journey. That many people feel just like I do and give amazing advice and support.

And many more positive changes. I really enjoy Sparkpeople and have tried to Spread~the~Spark to friends and family.

  
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WBOYACK 7/8/2009 10:10AM

  Happy Day! Thanks for inspiring!

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PLAYFULLKITTY 7/8/2009 4:11AM

    Happy Sparkiversary :)

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    Happy Sparkiversary!!!WooHoo! emoticon

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KAYAKID 7/7/2009 12:29PM

    Happy Sparkiversary! It is great to be able to change our lives!!! We become more healthy and other aspects of our lives improve - I have noticed with me a better postive attitude and that spreads to all our friends and family. they notice a change and want to try it to. Great job!!!
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RHALES199 7/7/2009 10:38AM

    Happy Happy SPARKiversary! emoticon

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BRUIN2 7/7/2009 9:45AM

    WOOHOOO!!!

Happy Spariversary!!

You are such an inspiration - I'm so glad we're spark friends!!!

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ELFITZPA 7/7/2009 9:23AM

    Happy Sparkiversary! It really sounds like you get so much out of this site. I love that you pointed out that cheering each other on is rewarding, because it really is so true. Whether it's seeing others accomplish their athletic goals (a big one for you this year!) or makeover their relationship with food or the scale, it really does help to know that we're all in this together. And I for one and glad that YOU'RE in it with us!!

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SUNNYGAL2011 7/7/2009 8:45AM

    HAPPY Spark Anniversary!!!! What an inspiration you are to all of us!!
YOU are doing great!!!
keep up ther great work!!
take care and keep on 'sparkin'
your friend
God bless
Amy/SunnyTnGal
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ZIRCADIA 7/7/2009 8:08AM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!! :D

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Exercise, Nutrition, Body Image...

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Today and the past few days I've really been thinking... Lots on mind mind mind...

This is going to be a random blog, because my thoughts are all over the place.

I swam today. Felt absolutely GREAT! I decided just to swim a straight 3000 yards because the lane lines were messed up. I thought it was fun to track my splits. I stopped my watch at the flip turn of every 500 yards.

First 500, 7:14 2nd, 7:20, 3rd 7:18, 4th 7:17, 5th 7:17, and the Last one I picked it up and went 7:07

Like I said I felt Grrrreat! And I am really trying to focus on how my body feels and here's why:

After losing weight almost 10 years ago. WoW! it's been that long. I've realized that I thought "normal" eating was dieting. I lost weight on Weight Watchers originally, but I've tried various DIETS since. A diet is NOT eating "normally" or really even "healthy". Especially for me who LOVES to exercise and does so a lot.

K... So... I've been reading the BEST book EVER. It's called Intuitive Eating. What a concept! Intuitive Eating. LISTENING and FEELING your body and your body's cues. Knowing that you feel great and NOT worrying about the scale. It doesn't matter!!! It's so true... we all have different shoe sizes. Duh!!! I can't change my BIG size almost 10 feet. Why am I trying to change my healthy body at 145-150 pounds miraculously into 125??? If I can eat Normally and my body sheds more weight then great, but if not, I MUST be content with how my body FEELS and looks NOW!

And... Although I've been working extremely hard the past few weeks and months, I've not lost weight at all.

BUTTTTTT!!! I FEEL Great! My exercise workouts have felt absolutely GREAT! I am training for an Ironman, and I am looking forward to it. I am eating more calories before, during, and after I exercise to fuel my body. I am truly feeling that I am getting more definition in my arms, legs, and my butt.... LOL! But... the scale is not budging.

DUH!!! STOP weighing myself and let my body BE. Easier said than done, but I am working on that.

Now... here's another HUGE confession... Very embarassing and shameful confession...

After dieting for several years, I started taking extreme measures to keep the weight off. I even started binging and purging. Then... I felt so badly, because I felt like I under~minded all the hard work that had gone into losing weight. I did it so "healthy" for several years.

Welll..... binging and purging has been a struggle the past 6 years or so. AWFUL!!! Truly embarassing.

Now... I am trying to listen to my body. Trust myself around food. Not think about food as much AND... it's working. I truly have seen "the light" in large part to the book Intuitive Eating. I can NOT recommend it enough. It's Great!!!

I'm trying to work on throwing out my scale, but I'm not there yet. I am getting more and more confident being 145-150 pounds wearing a size 8-10. It's just like my shoe size... 10!!! I love my body. I need to appreciate it more. It lets me ride 100 miles on my bike. It feels great swimming 5000 meters in open~water. It let me run 26.2 miles. I don't have any serious injuries. My knees have felt great even the past few weeks, I think a lot of the reason is because I have taken much, much more time to stretch and back off. I've not been increasing mileage in any sport too drastically, and if I don't feel good that day. Hey~ it's an easy day.

I have so incredibly much to be thankful for in this life. Family, children, husband, friends, neighbors, career, etc... I am so thankful for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ... chances. I want this to be the final chance with eating... A permanent eating healthy change. Eat intuitvely. Love and Listen to my body.

Yesterday, I did a practice Olympic distance triathlon and felt AMAZINGLY great. Why??? Because I am fueling myself HEALTHY!!! I am training within my abilities and pusing it just enough. And... I am not abusing my body. I am Loving it!!!

Ok... TMI, TMI... I just hope this inspires someone, anyone to LOVE their body at whatever size it is. LOVE your body, then eat intuitvely and healthy NOT on a DIET or restricting.

Life is good, I have hope that this is it and my ED can be overcome. WoW! One day at a time...

  
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HEATHHILL 7/14/2009 12:19PM

    The book just arrived today. I've already started reading it. What a mess I am with food. I'm looking forward to reading this, working through my issues, and getting on with my life.

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ZIRCADIA 7/6/2009 3:57PM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!! *HUGS* I LOVE this post. Thank you for sharing your feelings at this point in your journey. I think it's a very valuable attitude to aspire to and I'm happy for you.

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HEATHHILL 7/6/2009 9:32AM

    Thanks for your honesty. I think reading it has made me understand that I too have an ED. I'm going to go get that book today. I'm so tired of being obsessed with food. I don't purge, but I control crazily what I eat one day, and then binge the next. It's not healthy. Thank you again.

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JENSFITJOURNEY 7/6/2009 8:56AM

    You have just spoke to me in a way that you could never imagine. I was thinking this weekend that something is wrong, why am I feeling SO tone and fit, racing and doing so well but the scale is stuck! Why is it that when I was less active the scale was moving each week but now it is a struggle for a consistent loss each week. But the thing is that I feel amazing and better than ever! So where should my focus be? On the scale or on my quality of life?

I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from. I still have a good 15 to 20 pounds to loose but after reading this blog this morning it has helped me to realize to appreciate where I am NOW in this moment and to enjoy all my success and take this journey day by day.

You know that I sit in awe at your accomplishments, I mean even your splits from your swim - GOOD GRIEF! Your like a fish! So fast in that water!!!! LOL!! That inspires me! So please know how much I admire and look to you as a true athlete, one that gives me inspiration to keep reaching towards my dreams.

Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us! Keep pressing on!
Jen

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DENNISLISA94 7/5/2009 6:36PM

    Thanks Netty!! Love you!!!

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ELFITZPA 7/5/2009 11:19AM

    I'm so glad you shared this. That book sounds excellent and I'm SO GLAD to hear that you really feel like you've turned a corner. I think so many of us here on Spark have our own past issues with disordered eating - and a lot of us still struggle - and it's so awesome to have a place where people understand that and support you getting better, rather than judging you for letting it happen in the first place. I love what you said about not being able to change the size of our feet - it's one example of how we're all different and somehow we're smart enough to accept that - yet we fight our own bodies to try to attain some "ideal" figure. I think you're doing amazingly and at the end of the day, you're an ATHLETE. And yeah, if you're the best athlete you can be at 145-150lbs, why on earth would you WANT to be 125? Keep up the excellent work - you're truly an inspiration.

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RHALES199 7/5/2009 2:06AM

    Wonderful blog! That is all I can even think of to say (other than I completely understand about big feet.... mine are 10 wides!)


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WBOYACK 7/4/2009 6:36PM

  /thanks needed this.

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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2009 5:51PM

    GREAT Blog! Thanks for the reminder that we are in partnership with our bodies, not at war with them!

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BRUIN2 7/4/2009 5:24PM

    Thank you for sharing! Whenever I get the notification of your blog update I always get excited because I just love reading them.

I am soooooooo crazy impressed with your training! What a swim!!!

Thanks for the book recommendation!

Way to rock those big feet! (I have big feet too, and my mom always said they were good for swimming. HA. You're making that statement true!!)

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