Thursday, August 23, 2012
Found this on the tri club website, who's that stud in the middle...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
After the weeks of debating I dropped to the Olympic about 2 weeks before the race after riding the course I knew I wasn't ready for the half iron distance.
The swim a 1.5k swim went decently well swam a 2:15 pace, for a time of 36:53 on the swim, I actually got out of the water feeling decent which is amazing considering I had totally slacked on the swim training. I took my time in transition making sure to dry off, it was a cool morning and I didn't want to freeze so my transition time was rather ugly in part due to the fact I struggled getting my socks on right so t1 was a blazing 4:27, then it was off on the bike the one area where I felt my training did not suffer from the ankle injury or motivational issues, 40k ride at a 15.2mph pace which is about my usual pace for a longer ride (also the wind and the rolling hill course, someday I will master hills) my time on the bike was 1:38:14. One thing that I learned from my training rides came in handy, I found that sometimes I struggle getting the water bottle in the cage so I used the freebie they gave out, 2nd time I took a drink boom down it went so in an effort to have a decent bike time I left it, I got one at the water bottle station, lost that one after one drink, so I got another one which I managed to mostly finish before it took a swan dive with a half gainer out of the cage. T2 I made sure to fuel up and get a little extra water especially since I had troubles keeping water bottles on my bike was 2:15. I was glad I saved the caffienated gel for the run portion because I was needing a little pick me up and it worked I did the 10k run in 1:22:26 which isn't horribly off of my 10k PR so I was happy with that. My overall time goal was sub 4 hour I was thinking I would finish around 3:55:00, my time was 3:44:12 good enough for 2nd place in the Athena category (140lbs and up)
Race morning pose
Trophy 2nd Place Athena Category
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
After the triathlon on Sunday the real work begins, racing season is over except for maybe a few smaller races 5k, 10k, so it is once again time to focus on the weight loss. During racing season I just train, I don't actively try to cut weight, I hope that it happens but it is not my peak weight loss time. I will be focusing my efforts on HIIT training, strength training, with some bike riding and running mixed in (especially bike riding until the snow falls, then it will be on the indoor trainer) Hopefully we do get at least adequate snowfall this year so I can actually use my XC skis (I got to go a whopping twice last year). I say it every year since I joined SP this is the year I get to my goal weight. So this is the year I get to my goal weight, maybe I have the right motivation this year maybe the desire to be a toned bride will finally keep my eating in check on my bad days and motivate me to exercise on my sluggo days. I have been using my ring as a source of motivation when I want to eat junk I look at it and say need or want. I hope that I can keep this going to keep my bad food eating in check, so far so good. I have a picture of a wedding dress on my fridge to keep me out of the fridge. I'm rolling with it for now since it seems to be motivating.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I know the Pigman decision was the right one, of course I was a bit disappointed in not following through with my dream of the half iron distance this year, but I am really realizing though look how far I have come. I have kept my weight down and or lost all this year, I went on an awesome backpacking trip doing 10miles most of the days, I have done sprint tri's and half marathons, I have gotten faster in my shorter distance races. I will be doing my first Olympic distance triathlon, so there is no tail tucking I'm still taking on a new and big challenge. While I am still a work in progress I have come a long way.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
I did officially drop to the Olympic distance on Tuesday, Mike and I went for a ride and I knew if I wanted to continue to enjoy the sport of triathlon I should wait and do the Long course another year. If I were stronger in either the bike or the run it would be different but I feel neither is a strong point at this time and that I would not be doing myself any favors by struggling through, toughing out, whatever you want to call it, the Long course. I want to get stronger on the bike and stronger in the run before I attempt the distance, I still struggle too much on hills and in wind on the bike. With the run I am just not in the shape I want to be for a half marathon after 56 miles of biking. For the first time it was not a decision where my heart wanted to cry about it, even my heart knew this was right.
Wedding stuff update, date is set for July 20, 2013, the venue is booked, and I actually have my dress after confirming they could take it in at least 2 sizes (30lbs) which is perfect. And my ring finally got done being sized although I know I will have to get it done one more time before the big day, cause I am going to kick the crap out of those 30lbs I want to lose!!
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