RAINBOWCHARMER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAINBOWCHARMER RAINBOWCHARMER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mid-March Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333233 So the scale has held steady at the top end of my goal weight range for the last couple of weeks - 130 pounds. This is OK with me because I started measuring again, and I've seen those heading south even though my weight has maintained. What I was surprised to find is that I had gained several inches - no wonder my pants were fitting so poorly even though my weight hadn't gone up all that much! Yikes!! My initial measurement for my waist was over 29 inches. I was 25 inches the last time I mea... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:28:55 EST Mid-February Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315919 So far, so good!! So after 3 weeks of steady gain (total of 4 pounds), I had a 4 pound weight loss (perhaps it really was a combo of muscle, swelling, and hormones), because I most definitely was not eating enough to gain anything (I had a consistent negative calorie differential), and I did not eat so little that I could possibly have lost 4 pounds of fat in a week either. I also followed that weigh in with a 1 pound gain the week after. I hate fluctuation. Drives me bananas!! In all honesty... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:38:39 EST Just a little update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307782 So tracking my goals has really pushed me to also monitor calories and exercise, which in general is helping me, I think. <BR> <BR> My scale says otherwise right now. I've been steadily gaining about 1 pound a week for the last 3 weeks now that I'm back to focused scheduled workouts instead of random sporadic ones. My calorie intake is about the same, so I'm assuming for now that there's a combination of muscle weight, water weight (swelling as I've been sore), etc going on since I'm most c... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:21:24 EST 2017 Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296728 Minor tweaks to the goals I've set: <BR> 1.) Run at least 4 road races (at least 3 at the 5K distance and at least 1 at the 10K distance) <BR> 2.) Run at least 3 Triathlons (Crows Lake Sprint, Lanier Islands Sprint, Tugaloo Olympic) <BR> 3.) Train properly for these races (i.e. for more than a couple of weeks leading up - I want to train ALL YEAR). And by properly, I mean bike or spin weekly, run weekly, swim weekly, yoga weekly, weights weekly. <BR> 4.) Feel good in my skin - somewhere be... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:09:12 EST 2016 Goal Review and setting 2017 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289404 Looking back on 2016, here were my goals and the results: <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's - I am working my way back up to this. I am waiting on the results of an MRI that I had done in mid December, and the doc office was closed for an extended period during the holidays so I've still not heard back from them. But we did start running anyhow. Very short distance to begin with (1/2 mile) and we've added 1/4 mile to it each week. This week will be a 2 mile run, and I'll be back t... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:12:52 EST A slow re-start to running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276998 So I was given the go-ahead to run a half mile. I know. 5 minutes of running. Wheee? It actually took us 6 minutes and 8 seconds. It was a very slow half mile. But on a good note I was not in any worse pain the next morning than I have been all along. So I took that as a good sign. That was last Tuesday. On Thursday we ran 3/4 of a mile. This was a better pace - closer to a 10 min mile pace. Which is fine. Again, no real change in pain level. I've also been really consistent with foam rolling... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:33:38 EST FINALLY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271075 The PT gave me permission to try a short (1/2 mile) run!!! I am still having foot pain, but it's getting much better, and I have a plan of attack to continue working on healing. Maybe running will aggravate it, but maybe not. I am super excited to give it a whirl and see how I feel after! I have to ice it when I am done, and foam roll and such. But maybe I'm going to get my fitness life back now!! I'm so tired of not training! Spin class here I come too!! Wheeeeeeeee!!! Happy Thanksgiving! I ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:44:27 EST Another Goal update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246704 The end of the year is nearing, and there isn't a lot of time left to meet goals I set for the year. I'm on track for a few. I've fallen off track for various reasons on a few. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's - Sort of yes... I'm currently unable to run - or do much else - due to an injury. I'm not allowed to do anything but swim right now. I've got tendinitis in my right ankle, and I'm super frustrated about it. But I'm signed up for a 5K in a month, which... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:57:54 EST 6 Weeks since Surgery, and other injury news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243119 So I've officially survived my tonsillectomy. That is one thing I am glad I will never ever ever go through again. That was NOT a fun 3 or so weeks!! <BR> <BR> In other news, the foot pain I was experiencing since thinking it was a good idea to have a barefoot wii dance-off back in July has not improved. I had been doing only low-impact stuff, and I had been icing it, and I though that the 2 or so weeks that I was basically on bed rest would make the pain go away. However, if anything it's ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:38:17 EST Back to work Post Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228454 So this week has mostly been miserable. Tomorrow is 3 weeks post surgery, and I am FINALLY able to eat food-like substances again. I am stuck with super bland, luke-warm things. But this is a vast improvement from where I was a week ago. <BR> <BR> I do not yet know where I am with weight. I weigh in on Saturday, so I will find out then if I've dropped anything further. My guess is that I may have, based on the fact that I'm still not eating as much as I should be. But I am certainly eating ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 14:11:17 EST 2 Weeks Post Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224964 I am STILL not back to myself. I called the doctor's office this morning because I'm still struggling to eat, and she said that it's totally normal for an adult to take 3-6 weeks before they're really back to normal with what they're able to swallow. I am officially down 10 pounds. To my minimum goal weight. I do not need to lose any more weight. But if I'm still struggling to eat enough calories because it effing hurts to swallow food, what then?? I am just so tired of being tired and sore. ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:41:42 EST Adult Tonsillectomy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223005 On August 12, I had my tonsils removed due to some trouble I was having with them. It has been one of the most painful experiences of my life, and I'm so ready to feel better. I am feeling better than I was a couple of days ago, but I am definitely not back to myself yet. The only positive thing I can think of right now about the last week and a half is that I sailed right past my weight loss goal, but this is because I am literally starving to death right now. Every time I sit down to eat so... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:13:22 EST Mid-year check on Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192205 I wanted to check in on my goals for the year to see where I am at, what I've accomplished, and what I still need to work on the rest of this year. Here's my list of goals from January, and the current status. <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's - YES! We just ran one last month for the humane society, and I'm focusing on running once a week, at least 3 miles. <BR> 2) Keep Running Triathlons - Um - I have 2 to sign up for, but haven't done so yet, and need to get on it! I have been... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:32:59 EST I got married! Pictures! And here's what else is going on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186952 So first... I've been married for just under 2 months now. The wedding was beautiful, and here's a few pictures! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29f5f09b-e764-42a1-8c57-70774ca93c36.jpg"> (Me in my dress!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1324da55-b555-4b55-b612-958fbdb8d0da.jpg"> (The Kiss!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/364d9996-554b-49b9-9a2e-0d9cb3d110c9.jpg"> (Love in the rain) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:52:13 EST Wedding Flying At Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102947 So the countdown is really on now. 67 days until my wedding. And I'm finally hauling my ass out of bed in the mornings to get my workouts in and tone back up for this shindig! <BR> <BR> I have not been nearly as great about it as I should have been over the past year or so, even with all the races I've done. I've really been putting in the minimum to keep in race shape, and I could tell this past summer with the way I struggled in some of my races. But I'm kicking myself back into gear and ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:02:07 EST Updating Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061152 I set goals the other day for 2016, and wanted to update them a bit. Well, add to them anyhow. <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's <BR> 2) Keep Running Triathlons <BR> 3) Feel good in my skin - regardless of if that's 120 or 130 pounds <BR> 4) Focus on toning as well as cardio this year <BR> 5) Feel freaking sexy amazing awesome in my wedding dress <BR> 6) Enjoy being IN THE MOMENT, and don't worry about all the small details and "what if's" so much <BR> 7) If pregnancy happens... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:55:42 EST 2015 Review / 2016 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056817 So last year I set 10 goals (and I probably added to them, but for now I will just review the ones I originally set... <BR> <BR> 1.) Maintain my ability to run 5K minimum (Yes! We run probably 1-2 a month in fact. We!! Yes I love someone who runs with me!! And it's fantastic!) <BR> 2.) Train for and complete an OLYMPIC distance triathlon! (YES!!! And I almost DIED!! Ok, I FELT like I was going to die. But the EMT's said I would be OK... yes there were EMT's involved... And I swore I would n... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:05:02 EST Olympic Triathlon Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997254 I ran my first Olympic Triathlon this weekend, and I worry that it may be my last as well. My time was OK - it was where I thought it would be - between 3.5 - 4 hours. Officially it was 3:40:46. So this was not bad in and of itself. But I collapsed after the race, and that is what scares me. I did prepare for this race, although perhaps not for as long or as hard as I should have. But my main concern is that I cannot seem to get the hydration/electrolyte situation correct. Throughout training... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:56:14 EST July? Wait, what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957934 So from this side of my summer vacation, that big long triathlon I signed up for in December is coming at me real fast. I'm so not ready!! I have 2 months to get ready though, and I fully intend to do that! <BR> <BR> I have a mini tri this weekend, and a sprint distance at the end of this month, then I'll be in full-on training beast mode until my olympic tri in September. I know I can do it, but I'll feel better knowing I prepared. <BR> <BR> I've run a bunch of 5K's this year so far, and ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:05:12 EST 1/7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848411 I hit a really good spin class Monday evening, and then yesterday was a yoga day for me. I really need to get back to regular yoga - it's so good for me!! And I want to get back to some weight lifting as well on a regular basis. Yoga is strength to an extent, but I think that once or twice a week with actual weights would be beneficial for me for sure. <BR> <BR> My girlfriend and I are walking pretty much daily with the dogs, so that's great, and my schedule for training is 3 nights a week ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:26:56 EST 2014 Goal Review and new goals for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846430 I started 2014 with the following goals, and here is how I did: <BR> <BR> 1.) Maintain my ability to run 5K minimum (COMPLETE) <BR> 2.) Train for an OLYMPIC distance triathlon! (In Progress - signed up for 9/12/15 Olympic Tri) <BR> 3.) Re-try the garden. Again. Come on success!! (Eh - did OK here, but there is definite room for improvement) <BR> 4.) Build the stinking fire pit! (YES!) <BR> 5.) Maintain my weight within 5 pounds of 120. (I think I'm a hair over right now.) <BR> 6.) Remain ac... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:58:15 EST Training Update 1/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844246 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> So over the Christmas holiday, beyond eating too many cookies, I ran a couple of times with my uncle. Slow runs, but longer distance, which was really good for me to realize I still have the endurance that I worked on but maybe haven't paid as much attention to maintaining. <BR> <BR> We did a 4.25 mile run and a 5.25 mile run. So I'm much closer to the 10K distance than I anticipated, and at the end of the 5.25 mile I was not "done". I could definitely have gone a... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:06:35 EST Training update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831239 Yesterday I brought my gym bag with me so I could go straight (pun intended) to the Y and swim after work. Got in the pool for about 45 minutes for a total of 82 lengths. I did the math yesterday on the distance for the Olympic tri, and I need 66 laps to hit the 1.5km swim. Which means I really want to get to swimming close to twice that distance in practice so that I have something left over after the swim to do the bike and run. I probably need to start bricks at some point too for a swim/r... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:44:02 EST I'm not missing, I swear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830837 This year has been a rollercoaster ride. I pushed really hard to move up the ladder at my job, and got nowhere, so I moved on... to a better job, better pay, but more stress. I work longer hours some days, but nothing too outrageous. I've maintained my weight right around 120-125, depending on the day. BUT I have not been as faithful about working out on a daily basis. I get in at least a few days a week, but nothing like I did for quite a while when I was losing weight, and my first year of ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:39:56 EST Humbug. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607940 I'll admit to being a little on the cranky side this morning. Went to bed basically on time last night. About 8:30. Read for a little bit, and asleep by probably 9. But woke up at 2:30 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. That is so very frustrating for me!! It's happened a lot in the last couple of weeks, and I'm not sure why!! But it's driving me bananas. I go to bed with enough time to get 7 hours of sleep, but my body craps out on me between 5-6 hours of sleep. Does this mean that... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:30:49 EST Goal setting with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606968 I find myself a part of a local group of women, which is very good for me. And this past weekend, six of us sat down together to ruminate on our 2013 goals and results, and to share our 2014 goals. I did not share all of my goals because we did not have time for that many (I have 21+ and continuously growing), I did share some of my bigger goals for the year, and a few small ones as well. And I learned from others while I was there too. <BR> <BR> We also did a guided meditation, which was a... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:30:08 EST Jan 21 - a year later. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601189 So on this day last year, at about 10:00am, my little ordered and planned world fell apart. <BR> <BR> It was on that day that my partner of 11 years told me that the plans we made for starting a family were not something she could be a part of anymore - that she just didn't want to be a parent, and that she was sorry that she had let me plan and dream for so long about it before breaking my heart. <BR> <BR> A lot has changed for me in the last year. We went through a period of trying to m... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:44:24 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599744 When I started this journey a couple years ago, I used my blog to keep me accountable. And while I do work out with a friend pretty regularly now, I've not felt like I've been very consistent lately and I want to get back to that. I'm still at my goal weight. I'm doing fine in general. But I feel like I need a little more structure in my workout/eating than I'm getting right now. I am just a little anxious about regressing, and really want to make sure that doesn't happen. So I think I'm goin... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:02:38 EST Updating goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583958 I wanted to add a few more goals to my list. <BR> <BR> 1.) Maintain my ability to run 5K minimum <BR> 2.) Train for an OLYMPIC distance triathlon! <BR> 3.) Re-try the garden. Again. Come on success!! <BR> 4.) Build the stinking fire pit! <BR> 5.) Maintain my weight within 5 pounds of 120. <BR> 6.) Remain active on Spark all year long <BR> 7.) Continue exploring dreams/options for the future <BR> 8.) Enjoy the hell out of Paris in May!! And take a bazillion pictures! <BR> 9.) Continue... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:02:37 EST Hello 2014. Let's review 2013, and set new goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579440 2013... let's just say what a roller-coaster of a year... At the beginnig of 2013 my partner and I were saving and planning for a baby. On January 21, she pulled the plug on that, and our relationship went into a downward spiral that eventually led to the end of an 11 year relationship, and a very rough year. We split up pets and household items... but we remain friends, and I'm very grateful that our friendship is as strong as it is. In fact, it seems like we talk more now than we did when w... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:48:01 EST Increasing my vegetable repertoire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531980 So this weekend, I went camping with a friend and we grilled a kazillion veggies between Friday evening and Sunday morning. Ok, maybe not a kazillion. But we had a LOT of vegetables. <BR> <BR> And some of them were veggies I had not really liked before. Like Asparagus... my mom makes it on occasion - some kind of carmelized asparagus, which I really haven't enjoyed. But on the grill w/ garlic and a little olive oil, they were VERY good!! <BR> <BR> We also grilled mushrooms, zucchini, pota... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:22:16 EST I have a plan, Stan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504421 So I'm traveling for work next week, and I want to make sure I stay as healthy as possible with food/exercise on my trip. <BR> <BR> I booked a hotel with a refrigerator in the room, which means I will be grocery shopping when I arrive so I have control over at least some of my meals. I'll be able to control breakfast every day, and dinner most of the days. Lunch will be harder since it is catered in each day at work... but if I can control the rest of my meals, I won't worry too much about ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:46:56 EST New Triathlon PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500330 So yesterday was my 3rd (and final for the year) triathlon. This was the same distance as my first triathlon, and it started from the same place, but the routes were a little different. <BR> <BR> The swim was an out/back rather than along the shore, the bike was a loop rather than an out/back, and the run was a little different route too - the transition area was in another place, so it started/finished about a half mile from where the first one was at, which means the run turn-around was i... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:45:30 EST Vacation Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481646 So I'm back from vacation. Officially arrived home Sunday night. Took yesterday off work to catch up on laundry, housework, errands, etc - and am back to work today. <BR> <BR> I am in recovery mode, as there was a lot of food I'm not used to eating involved in the week I was on vacation. Definitely ate heavier than usual, and did not work out nearly as much as I normally do. I got in 2 spin classes and 2 runs on my vacation, and a lot of walking too - but certainly not to the extent that I ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:40:18 EST Oops?? Where did the month go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463860 I've been slacking in the blog entry area. <BR> <BR> But in general, things are going well. I am training for my next traithlon (Sept 29), and while I feel like I need to swim more often, otherwise the training is going pretty well. <BR> <BR> I've been doing a LOT of spinning, which I enjoy. And I've noticed improvements in my running I think because I've been spinning so much. Last week I went to a brick class, and kicked butt! The class is 90 minutes - 20 min bike / 1 (ish) mile run, 20... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:22:20 EST Spark Radio Interview! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430275 My interview with Lily is up!! <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed talking to her, although I could totally have gone on a LOT longer. LOL <BR> <BR> Apparently I have way too much to say sometimes. Hah! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, please listen to the interview, and the rest of the podcast too! <BR> <BR> I'm also officially signed up for my 3rd triathlon of the season - September 29! Another sprint tri. And I'm definitely preparing for the Irongirl tri next spring too! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:55:39 EST Brick Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422774 Saturday we did a brick - 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. There's a triathlon in August we were debating, but the setup is not great, and it's a long drive, which means we'd have to stay overnight and my budget is just too tight for some of this at the moment. So, we're going to nix that one - even though we did a brick at that route - and we're signing up for a local tri at the end of September instead. So I'll be doing 3 triathlons this year!! <BR> <BR> At spin last night the instructor annou... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:49:56 EST Mid-year Goal Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419043 So at work we're doing "mid-year reviews", which I hate. <BR> <BR> But it made me think... maybe I should check in on my goals for the year and see where I'm at with them... I actually have pop-up reminders in my outlook at work that I see every Friday to help keep me reminded of my goals this year, and I even went so far as to set a custom background on my PC at work that lists my goals too. I wanted to keep them on the forefront of my mind because they are important to me. <BR> <BR> So ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:25:35 EST Racking up mileage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416818 This past Sunday I rode about 32 miles on a very hilly route. We outran a big white dog who apparently had a vendetta against bikes, and we maintained an average pace of 15.7mph, which was pretty spectacular considering I've never ridden that distance before and the hills were pretty killer. <BR> <BR> And while there were a few times that I really wanted to get off the freaking bike and walk up the hill already, I didn't. And I felt awesome by the time we finished. Tired, yes. But pretty am... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:05:14 EST Hello, My name is Emily, and I am a stress eater... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409478 It's true. When I'm stressed out, I tend to turn to food. In many cases I'm able to stop this cycle, but this week has not been a banner week for me. I've been incredibly stressed out due to a personal issue in my life at the moment, and am really struggling to regain control. I've had multiple high calorie days this week without the burn to make up for the calorie differential. If I continue this, I will begin to gain weight, and that's definitely not my goal. <BR> <BR> It's a work in progr... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:01:16 EST Longest bike ride yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401383 So on Saturday, I biked 25.5 miles with a group of friends. It was a beautiful, albeit hilly ride. Really enjoyed myself though. I averaged about 15.5 mph, which was fine. It was meant to be more of a relaxed ride, and I had a hard time keeping my pace down. Apparently when I get on the bike I just wanna GO. lol. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we had a really great time, and I'd definitely do that ride again. It was about an hour drive from the house, but well worth the time to get there. I think next t... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:52:15 EST 2nd Triathlon Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393089 The triathlon on Sunday was a lot of fun, and VERY crowded. There were somewhere around 900 people in the race, and 43 or so in my age group. I came in 8th, which I was very pleased with. <BR> <BR> My times were really good. My swim was under 10 min, I averaged 20 mph in the biking portion, and 9 minute miles in the run. So I was very happy with my finish time of 1:01:12! I had aimed for 60 min or less and got real close to it!! <BR> <BR> I did get lost in transition briefly when we came ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:29:47 EST Update 6/12/13 and Triathlon pictures! Lots of them!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386931 Only a few more days until my 2nd triathlon! <BR> <BR> Last night we swam, and tonight we're running and swimming. Tomorrow is another swim, and Friday is biking and swimming. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots of swimming going on!!! <BR> <BR> I was super proud of myself last night - I swam about 2/3 of the 1/4 mile at a front crawl! I'm getting more and more able to swim at that more efficient stroke! One day soon I'll be able to do the whole thing! And when that happens, my time is gonna be sup... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:29:27 EST My First Triathlon!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384313 I will post pictures later (they're on my computer at home), but wanted to update about my first triathlon. <BR> <BR> It was SO much fun!! <BR> <BR> I PLACED THIRD!!! in my age group (out of 29 women!!), which was AMAZING. I was SO pumped about that!! <BR> <BR> My swim (plus the 1/4 mile run to transition) was just over 12 minutes, my bike was just over 41 minutes, and my run was just over 27 minutes. Those were all awesome times for me!! That's a PR for my run!! I've never run a 5k in... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:55:27 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 1 day!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381604 Tomorrow morning is the race!! <BR> <BR> I *think* I am ready!! <BR> <BR> This week has been somewhat of a resting week with swimming and yoga being my main forms of training, plus some Jillian Michael's weight lifting Monday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I went to yoga class last night and my instructor was nice enough to do LOTS of IT band stretching poses for my knee. I feel like I'm about as prepared as I can be. <BR> <BR> My transition bag is packed. My bike is in the car. I checked t... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:51:35 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 5 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376675 Well, the dry run (is it really dry if you swim??) went really well. I swam the route in 11 minutes, the bike route took me 46.5 minutes, and the run took me under 29 minutes (!!!). I've NEVER run a 5K in under 29 minutes. Ever. My best run was a 30 minute finish... I'm not sure what happened?? And while I did push myself a lot harder in the bike portion than I have previously (beat my old time by almost 3 minutes), I did not push that hard in the run, or at least I didn't think I was pushing... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:32:22 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 8 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373648 A week from tomorrow!! Yikes!!! <BR> <BR> So the brick session last night went really well. I finished the 13 mile bike ride in 49 minutes, and I only stopped briefly at the turn-around point to wait for the light to change so I could get back on the road. Then the run took us about 35 minutes, which was fine. I wasn't pushing my pace on the run - partly because my knee was feeling a little funky, and partly because I didn't want to run alone. I'm not worried about the run anyhow. I've been... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:46:30 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 9 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372275 Tuesday's run was shorter than planned, but went OK. Yoga class was good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did Jillian's Kickboxing workout in the AM, walked the dogs, and then last night did my first swim in the lake. Which was a little scarier than I expected... <BR> <BR> I don't like not being able to see where I'm going in the water, and we were out far enough that there was nowhere to stop and rest if something happened, so that was a little frightening too. But I did it... I am not 100% sure t... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:26:02 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 11 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370165 Slacking on the blog updates apparently... <BR> <BR> Anyhow, on Friday I did 60 minutes on my bike trainer before walking the dogs for 45 minutes, and then did an hour of yoga outdoors on the square Friday evening, which was incredibly fun. I've never taken an outdoor yoga class before, and I thoroughly enjoyed that! <BR> <BR> Followed that with dinner and great company with friends - just a very nice evening. <BR> <BR> Saturday we did a brick at the tri route, which went OK. The bike r... Tue, 28 May 2013 09:34:47 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 16 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365706 Last night we swam at the aquatic center, but it was a little busier than usual so we were sharing the lane with other people, which made things a little slower than I would have liked since I could not just turn around and keep going after each lap. I had to wait for people to get out of the way. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing for me to have to deal with, but it did burn fewer calories than I had intended on. <BR> <BR> Still though, this is probably a good thing for me since I'm still... Thu, 23 May 2013 13:16:34 EST