Sunday, July 12, 2009
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!!!
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***
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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