This afternoon I survived my first triathlon since last year. It was a 300-yard swim, 13-mile bike, and 5K run. It was VERY HILLY!!! I did not train for hills!!! Lesson learned, find out about the course before you do it, so you can train for it!
My family came out for it:
I did really well on the swim. I went with one of my cycling buddies, and she really struggled with the swim...and she is thin and cute and fit! All the swimming I did all winter prepared me well for that. The bike ride was hilly, and if I had known how hilly it was, I would've prepared by doing a couple of rides just west of my house, where there are some hilly spots. Of course, the weather hasn't cooperated very well for me to train for this event anyway, so I guess I would've been screwed no matter what!!!! :/ The run was really rough. I did the run in about 53 minutes, 5 minutes slower than the 5K I did last weekend. Of course, I didn't do that 5K right after a swim and a bike, so I guess not so horrible! But the hills were steep, and I wasn't prepared for that. I walked up the hills, and ran down them. Also, there was a half-mile loop through a cemetery, which was actually very beautiful and scenic, but the course was all gravel, and I didn't train for that either. I do not do well on terrain like that
Anyway, I came in 5th in my division, and I finished in 2 hours 5 minutes...my goal was to finish in 2 hours or less, but considering all the foot stuff I've been going through, I think I didn't do so bad. I've been going between training for a tri, and staying off my foot as much as possible, which hasn't worked out very well!
In other news, my food has been very good for the past 2 days. Even today for the big event, I've been pretty good on calories. I haven't counted, but I'm at around 2000 for today not including the electrolyte drinks I had on the course. Yesterday was good, too. I went to bed without ice cream! I thought about having some, and I told myself no, I didn't need it.
Also, one of my band buddies came back to practice the other night after a hiatus; she looked AMAZING!!! She told me she lost 44 lbs. and that she's been on WW since last August. I'm seriously considering it, but I want to try on my own a little longer. I'd like to lose 10 lbs. by my birthday in June, and then see where I am.
One last thing before I go. I've been contemplating taking some time off running, so I can let my foot heal. Today it feels good. I took ibuprofen before the tri today, and didn't need ice after. I had a couple flare-ups during the night last night, but right now it feels pretty okay. I think I want to try running just a mile or two, a few times a week, and see how it goes. I want to really focus on my food for awhile, and not try to kill myself with exercise so much. When I'm training for these big events, I'm constantly starving! So it's hard to stay good on the food. I'm going to keep things changing all the time, so I don't do the same thing 2 days in a row, and see how that goes for awhile.
But anyway, I say all this because I've been a huge Journey fan for most of my life, and taking better care of ME brings to mind a song by them. I really think this is where I am in my life right now. Here's a link to it. Enjoy! :)