Sunday, August 25, 2013
Yesterday I did something amazing, and I even surprised myself! I did 3 sprint* triathlons last year, and decided to do the international* distance this year for the same series. I did the international in May, but I haven't been running much and it is really hot in Florida in August, so I decided that for yesterday's event, I'd better just do the shorter sprint distance. Well, I was flying past people on the bike (and they later passed me on the run) and when I got my results, I was SHOCKED!! to see that not just by age or by the Athena category (women over 150lbs) but overall female, on the bike part of the triathlon, I placed 18 out of 105 women!
I still can't get over it. I credit most of it to my new bike, but also the training for the longer distance. If I focus and lose a few pounds, I could run faster, maybe swim better too. I am really motivated by this. Just to clarify, I am the former Math Team nerd who literally walks into walls. Apparently I have an inner athlete who is just waiting to break out. Maybe I need to let her do that!
Oh, I also got 2nd out of 9 Athenas. The lady who was 1st finished 10 minutes ahead of me, is 14 years younger, and weighs 33 pounds less. I'm not out there to win (yet) but maybe one day I actually could. I can't get younger, but I could weigh less. I feel so good about this accomplishment.
Okay, so the math nerd in me made a spread sheet to compare results from yesterday to the results of the 3 I did last year. Antone interested can look at the numbers here.
(if the link is split, you'll have to copy and paste instead of clicking the highlighted half)
*The distances for this event series:
sprint = 0.25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
international = 0.5 mile swim, 20 mile bike, 6.1 mile run
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I really want to go for a bike ride today. I don't bike from my house, no safe roads, so I have to put my bike in my van, drive to the trail, get my bike out, ride, put the bike back in, drive home.... just the transport is time consuming.
I have to leave for work in less than 2 hours but I'll be home by 3pm today, so it would make sense to wait, right? Oh, wait.... Check the Weather! Right now it's 78º and dry. All afternoon it will be hotter and scattered thunderstorms.
I guess I'll ride before work.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I think we all know this kind of story... I started slipping upwards on the scale before going to visit my parents in NC for a week. My parents are overweight, sedentary, snackers.... and I came back with a few pounds more than I left with.
I was 186 when I left town, maybe hit 189.9 while gone, 188.4 on Sunday, 185.8 Monday, 184.4 yesterday, and 183.4 today. Yes, in just a few days of careful eating, I'm already back to where I was a few weeks before going out of town, but I still need to drop another 10-15 pounds.
I love Spark People so much that when I'm on here, I neglect other things. I need to find a balance. And I need to remind myself that I'd rather have a healthy body than chips/crackers/chocolate/cheese... A little of those is good, but not too much. Balance. Maybe I should write that on my hand so I don't forget. Maybe I should get off the computer and go to work. LOL
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Kids out of school, busy work schedule, road trip.... I'm up about 6-7 pounds and an extra inch or so. Time to reignite my Spark!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tracking nutrition works. Tracking day after day gets old. Sure it's easy to track the same usual things, a couple eggs, coffee, milk, medium apple, small banana, 1 oz almonds, McDonald's Southwest Salad with grilled chicken... copied from one day to the next and the next, but it's good to eat a variety and that's where it gets tricky. The food list doesn't give size options for mangoes like it does for bananas and apples. They're not all the same size and I have to guess. Too much of that and I stop tracking. I stop tracking and I stop losing. Of course then I get tired of the plateau and resume tracking, I manage to guess "close enough" on things like mangoes.
So here's what works for me, without being too frustrating, and without too much delay. I track until I drop below a 5 or 0 mark, then take a week (or 2 or 3) off tracking. When I resume tracking, I drop some more, then take a break. It might not work for everyone, but I kind of like rest periods along the way. It's what works for me.
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