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A New Year and a New Goal... Half Ironman in November

Thursday, January 16, 2014

If the title doesn't say enough, I'll break it down. I registered to do a HALF IRONMAN just 10 short months from now. I've done the sprint triathlons, and the slightly more intense international triathlons, and I've done my share of 5K and half marathon runs, even one full marathon before having kids, but this is a whole new adventure.
I will be driving over to Miami to swim 1.2 miles in a cool lake, ride my bike 56 miles, and then run 13.1 miles. As crazy as it sounds, I am so excited about this! And I want to do it well. I want to eat well, burn off some excess fat, and get myself ready.
10 months until I see the best me yet. I am looking forward to a great year!

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MAMAJAHMAI 1/23/2014 4:15PM

    simply amazing! and so cool!!!!

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MIRAGE727 1/17/2014 9:08AM

    Outstanding Goal! I know you will nail it! It's all about the training and you have more than enough time to be ready! All the best and can't wait to hear about your success!

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I surprised myself

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

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MIRAGE727 8/29/2013 8:19AM

    Outstanding! You're doing wonderful and have the fire to perform better! Wishing you the best and please keep posting on your progressand results. I love a good Tri story!
We're so fortunate to be able to live in any area where you can do Triathlons from January to December! Right now, I'm focusing on performing well at the Sprint level but am looking at Intermediates & Olympic distances with interest.

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KONRAD695 8/25/2013 5:57PM

    I'm thinking you are going to turn that inner athlete loose. emoticon Then watch out ladies, there's a monster to contend with. emoticon

Happy for you. emoticon and you'll smoke them all one day.

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HONEYCAT22000 8/25/2013 8:26AM

    Excellent job! Let your inner athlete thrive and focus on her fantastic accomplishments. Congrats!

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TRYINGHARD54 8/25/2013 7:48AM

    emoticon emoticon be proud of what you already accomplished.. :-) emoticon

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Check the Weather

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 78 and dry. All afternoon it will be hotter and scattered thunderstorms.
I guess I'll ride before work.

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QHAMOM 7/11/2013 8:31AM

    Thanks! I did enjoy the ride! 8 miles in 28:30. Off to work now!

Comment edited on: 7/11/2013 8:32:10 AM

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JOMAMA 7/11/2013 8:07AM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy the ride!

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KONRAD695 7/11/2013 7:14AM

    There is that saying "She who hesitates is lost" or something close to that. Have fun! Have sweat! Lose weight! Get Fitter! emoticon

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back down already

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


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KONRAD695 7/10/2013 10:41PM

    Wonderful job putting the brakes on that weight. We seem to be on pace with each other. I need to get 10.6 off for a return to running speed. emoticon emoticon

See you on the thin side. emoticon

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Summer slow down

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!

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QHAMOM 7/7/2013 8:45PM

    Thanks for the comments! I did really well today with tracking food and exercise.

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CHICA_BORICUA 7/7/2013 11:40AM


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TINAXX1 7/7/2013 11:14AM


me to now in my second week , we all all in this together

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GUDDIGO 7/7/2013 11:05AM

  Me too...started last week...

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