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I am a Triathlon Finisher!

Sunday, September 30, 2012



I did it! I finished my first Sprint Triathlon!

Was very difficult! I didn't train as much as I needed to or would have liked. But I did it!

I came out of the water feeling strong. I even passed a few people from the wave before me. They pulled two guys out of the water that couldn't finish and that helped spur me on!

Bike was the most difficult part as I predicted! Rain and wind was definitely a factor. It rained quite a bit on the bike portion making me even more nervous of falling. There were times I wanted to quit but just couldn't do it! Kept envisioning that finish line!

The run- was half a trail run which by this time was mud. I didn't get to run much of that as I was very tired and scared of hurting myself. I ran when I could and walked when I needed to.

Great feeling! If I can do it anyone can!



  
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MOMPPCL 10/3/2012 12:21PM

    Congratulations! I am hoping to do the same next summer.

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CAROLISCIOUS 10/2/2012 9:42PM

    Awesome!

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SSDCQUINCY 10/1/2012 11:57AM

    Congratutations!!! This is a gret motivation for me, as I wanted to do one, but just don't know if I can do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DMPRIDER 10/1/2012 2:25AM

    Wow! Congratulations!

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MONICA_W 9/30/2012 11:47PM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Oh Tiff, congratulations!!!!!!!!!

It was a surprise to see your blog notification in my email inbox - I haven't been keeping very good track of people lately, so any email is a good one - but what a treat to see what the blog contained! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so glad to see you're doing well and still keeping at it. A triathlon! WOOOOOOOO!!!!

Keep in touch hun, and way to go!!!!
SOOOOOOOOOO proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!
xo Mon

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MANILUS 9/30/2012 10:17PM

    Congrats!

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I Tri'd it and survived!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The Kerrville Multi Sport Club put on a "Mock" Triathlon today and I had a great opportunity to go and do it and I learned so much!

Got there at 7AM and they had an information session for the first hour. They talked about technique on all three events. Discussed transition areas and what the rules are etc. Things to bring and think about for the real Triathlon.

Then it all started... I did the open water swim which turned out to be 550M in about 15 minutes. Had a little trouble relaxing and getting my breathing straight. The swim itself was not difficult I just need to relax and breathe properly.

Out of the water and on to the bike.

I had to do the spin bike inside but still got my 15 miles in. I realize it's not the same as the regular bike, however I felt it was the best option while still getting comfortable on the bike and recovering from my fall last Sunday. So I hit the spin bike and got a good 15 miles in. Felt good.

I wasn't really planning on doing the run as I hurt my knee pretty good in the fall. It's still swollen but I felt good and got caught up in the moment and wanted to push myself to do it all!

So off on the run I went. Felt good at first but ended up walking a lot of it. Was pretty hot out and that really affected me. I am just not in shape enough to be doing all that so it was no surprise that it was a struggle.

The "experts" that were there to help us were amazing! One of them was really encouraging to me during the run portion and that was invaluable!

So all in all I completed a Triathlon just need to get that bike portion outdoors.

The important thing is that I know I can do it and now I have a much better feel for how it will be. I have 12 weeks to train and make myself better! I need to bottle some determiniation!

  
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SUNNYODAYDFW 7/11/2012 10:11AM

    Wow how awesome! emoticon

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JESPAH 7/9/2012 7:35AM

    Fantastic!!!

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MALCONTENTION 7/8/2012 5:08PM

    Hooray for you!

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/8/2012 12:31PM

    That's really cool that you get to do a trial run tri and identify your strengths and "opportunities for improvement." Now you know you can do it!

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DMPRIDER 7/7/2012 11:42PM

    Wow Tiff, that is great! Knowing you can do it all is just so valuable. I know you will make great progress over the next 12 weeks and rock that tri!

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MONICA_W 7/7/2012 11:07PM

    Way to go Tiff!!!!!! So proud of you! emoticon

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Mock Tri Eve

Friday, July 06, 2012

Got on my bike last night... rode for a bit and felt ok with it. Got a long ways to go before I am riding any huge distance. I would love to be able to get on it and just ride away... feel the wind in my hair and just go.. get away from it all. One day I will.

Tomorrow morning is my practice Tri. After my fall last weekend I probably won't be doing any running but it will be good to know where I am at with the training. I am nervous and excited! I know it's going to be very hard but I will get through it.

They are calling this a mock tri since we have options to do it all indoors or outdoors. There will be experts there to talk with us and give us pointers. The company I work for is sponsoring the Triathlon so I think this is pretty cool that they are doing this mock tri thing so we can feel a little more comfortable.

Will let you know how it goes!

  
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YB0511 7/7/2012 6:16AM

    Hope it goes well. emoticon

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MONICA_W 7/6/2012 11:54PM

    I can't wait to hear all about it!

Is this the company you've worked for since way back when? Or have you changed jobs in the last few years? Because that's pretty awesome that they're sponsoring a triathlon!

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DMPRIDER 7/6/2012 11:37PM

    This is very exciting TT! Good luck with the training. I know you will be awesome. And you'll be doing long bike rides in no time!

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Fat Girls Journey to Traithlete

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I am pretty sure I have completely lost my mind signing up for a Triathlon on Sept 29th!

So I have decided to blog my journey in hopes that I might inspire myself along the way to make better choices in my life and keep me motivated. I ain't gonna lie this is purely selfish behavior but maybe a few of you out there will join me on this journey and probably have a few laughs at me along the way.. so keep on reading as I try to update as often as possible and give me any advice you care to share along the way.

I am not new to SparkPeople by any stretch of the imagination. I joined in 2006 and proceeded to lose 75 lbs and ran my first half marathon in 2009 with some amazing women. Since then my journey has been very rocky and I have gained back 50+ of those lbs I lost.

So this crazy chic I work with told me that a big group of people were doing this Triathlon and I should sign up. In a moment of unadulturated denial I signed up thinking..... HA I got this! No Problem!!! This was obviously my 50lbs ago mind thinking for me!

But signed up I am and I am not about to look like a complete idiot so I am at least going to give this the good ol' headstrong chic try!
Begin my journey....

I can swim. Not a huge problem for me. Open water swimming is no issue- give me a current to swim against and well.. it definitely gets more difficult. I am slow and I have bad form... but I will get from point A to point B eventually without drowning. I am a good floater so if all else fails I float and take a break and start again. So long story short on that I am not worried at all about the swim part.

Riding a bike is a whole nother story. I grew up in the country. We didn't ride bikes because we only had dirt roads and mesquite thorns to contend with. So my bike riding days ended in 2nd grade. The bike scares me a bit. I really would like not to fall (too late- keep reading). My balance and steering leaves a lot to be desired.

So a guy at work that plays around with bikes built me a "Frankenbike" that he put together for me that will be enough to do the trick. Has more of a hybrid frame with road bike tires (not the crazy skinny one's but skinny enough). I chose to have straight handle bars and I will sit more upright than a road bike. But this is good enough to start with. The first night I got on it my husband stood in the driveway laughing at me. This is what I have to deal with. A cop pulled up and was talking to my husband about me not having a license for that thing... I guess I was swerving a bit! LOL... so insert husband AND cop laughing at me... ok ... not funny people! I only rode it up the street and back the first couple of times. The 3rd time I decide to get brave and ride a few streets over and contend with the hill to get back to our house but I made it... (barely!).

So then I think... OK to get some miles under my belt I drive it down to the flatter area and I think I got about 7 miles in without any major issues. Confident now right! I take off last Sunday morning... got everything I need and I am gonna blaze 10 miles no problem! Or so I think! Get about 1.5 miles down the road- a dog comes out of nowhere and my front tire goes off the sidewalk (in my defense it was a pretty decent drop from the edge of the sidewalk to the ground) my bike goes one way and I go another... I hugged the sidewalk. Lots of bruises later (including my ego) and I work to fix the bike right there thinking maybe just maybe I can keep going. Well... I bent the handle bars so I had to call for a tow truck... LOL

Hubby proceeds to tell me that I need to learn my limitations and maybe I should just stick to running. Insert... hmph... more determination and stubborness now. Wrong thing to say babe!

So I have a hugely bruised knee and plenty swollen. Haven't gotten back on the bike yet but just had to share... Lots of other bruises popping up reminding me I am no Lance Armstrong or any female version of him... Get checked out by the doctor and she proceeds to show me her beautiful knee scars from falling off bikes as well. I feel better now. (not!)

Not confident I can run after a long bike ride but I am going to work on that! I just need to lose some of this weight and it should get easier right? Please tell me that!

I am doing a practice Triathlon this Saturday with lots of experts to give us pointers etc. The cool thing is I can do some of it indoors or outdoors- so I think I am going to do the swim outside on the actual course I will do in Sept. Then I will probably take my docs advice and do just the Spin portion inside- then depending on how my knee feels I can just walk off the 3 miles or call it quits for the day. We shall see!

The bottom line is I am extremely unhappy at the weight I am at, I have this great challenge ahead of me and I have you to help get me there.... once you wake up from your nap after reading my boring post... LOL

So catch up with me next time as I update you on my progress...

I can do this... I can go from where I am at now... to completing a Triathlon!

  
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YB0511 7/7/2012 6:23AM

    emoticon What an amazing opportunity. You are brave to step up to the challenge. emoticon

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THECITYMOUSE 7/6/2012 12:51PM

    The only limitations are those inside your head. Jus' sayin'.

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JESPAH 7/6/2012 10:58AM

    I know you can do this.

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MONICA_W 7/5/2012 11:41PM

    Hey Tiff! I remember that first half marathon!

SOOO excited to hear you've signed yourself up for an adventure. And it sounds like you're fit enough to really nail it, with this practice triathlon coming up so soon! I liked the image of hubby and cop laughing - glad you're laughing too.

As for nose-scratching, maybe work on slowly reducing the weight on your hands little by little until you can almost balance hands-free... then you should be able to lift one hand at a time. I mean - you have to be able to signal to traffic and drink from your water bottle, right? So it would be good to learn.

Have fun, and KEEP BLOGGING! I want to hear how every little bit of training goes! HUGS!!!

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TRUE_TEXAN 7/5/2012 10:51PM

    Thanks Caroliscious! I an barely scratch my nose without feeling like I am going to lose complete control! It's really quite humorous! But it's the truth and one day I hope to look back on this nervous feeling and laugh!
I did get on my bike tonight for the first time since my fall. I was a bit wobbly but determined. Took the route back to where I fell and as I came across the place where I hugged the sidewalk a snake goes across... like a sign or something geez! But I kept it straight and managed to get back to the house on both wheels! Makes me feel better to get that ride in and know that I can do it without falling!

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/5/2012 10:35PM

    I admire your bravery...you are an adventurous kinda chick...so this is just what you need! I'm on Team Tiff!
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DATMAMA4 7/5/2012 9:11PM

    You CAN do this! Just keep on going. Pretty soon you'll be blogging about how much fun you're having and how you're riding your bike with no hands...

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Ugh...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Not doing so well... lately. I have got to find a way to put all the pieces together in my mind. My eating is not controlled and exercise is sporadic. I hurt my back so I am fighting back from that. Have gained quite a bit of weight back and just feeling discouraged.

I did a 5K a couple of weeks ago and I'm planning on doing a 10K the end of this month. Even if I have to walk damn near all of it I will finish.

I would like to get back into running but struggling with the time aspect. I just need to start making it a priority!

  
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JESPAH 3/15/2012 10:06AM

    One thing I've tried to do is make my walking time do double duty (and this is tougher if you run more of it than I do). That is, I tend to work on problems as I walk. It might be a way to squeeze the time a bit better.

You can do it!

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MONICA_W 3/14/2012 10:52PM

    Little by little, hun! Don't stress over the pounds, just turn your focus to healthy habits and the rest will come on its own.

I'm working my way through a 3-run-per-week learn to run program as a "return to run" program after some injuries. Three days a week of thirty minute runs has proved totally do-able. Why not give it a shot?
http://www.vancouversun.com/201
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There are a couple different run plans and a walk plan on that link, or find another that you can stick to. Shorter runs are still worthwhile, and won't be such a time drain. Consistency is what you need to keep up your fitness and avoid getting injured. (Ask me how I know!) ;)

Can you pick one small goal to work on this week to build some momentum? Or set a chunk of time aside to have a Spark Appointment with yourself? Maybe just setting 5 minutes aside daily to spend time thinking positively about your goals will help!

Hugs!!

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DMPRIDER 3/14/2012 9:27PM

    I hear you. I've been struggling to. Don't give up. Do the best you can each day. Baby steps. Eventually you will get all of the pieces back in place.
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CAROLISCIOUS 3/14/2012 9:21PM

    Don't give in to the discouragement. Let the past go and move on. You know what to do to get the pounds off...it takes a lot of work and consistency. You know that. It ain't easy. You know that, too. But you can do it. You know that, too.

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ANGELI68 3/14/2012 9:08PM

    I'm know what you mean about the eating not being on track. I started out great but for the last few months I have been eating pretty much what I want.....which hasn't helped the weight loss. Some times it is harder to get back on track but every day is a new day to try it again.

Good luck on your 10k!

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