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DZTAMRA's Photo DZTAMRA Posts: 408
8/7/08 6:03 P

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Kristina,

I tried the speedwork that you mentioned. It kicked my butt, but it was awesome!! Thanks for the suggestion.

Tamra

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Firefighter 5k, Sept 14, 2008-42:28-first time
Big D Climb-52 flights of stairs-17:15
Cross Timbers Trail Run-5miles-1:28:32
Run for a Purpose 5K-March 27,2010-38:23 (PR) finally got under 40 minutes!!!
Run for Cover 10K-April 17, 2010-1:23:13-first time


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MAXYLU2's Photo MAXYLU2 Posts: 595
8/7/08 3:42 P

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Keya,
How I lost the weight, well.....

In September 2006 I weighed about 150. I was 4 months postpartum from the birth of my third child. At that time, I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy, so I stopped eating flour, and anything with flour in it. I still ate rice, potatoes, ice cream, chocolate, etc. but bycutting bread/wheat out, I lost about 13 lbs. In January 2007, I joined the YMCA triathlon club and began training for the Danskin tri that summer. Training resulted in another 10 or so pounds lost. I'd been stuck around 125 for almost a year when I found SparkPeople this spring and started actually counting my calories. I currently weigh around 112 (I'm 5'2"). I'd like to be 110 for my race, but if I don't lose the last 2 in the next couple of weeks, I'm not going to stress about it.

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8/7/08 9:28 A

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Kristina,
You are awesome! Thanks for sharing your tri experiance and the tips on speed. I am also stuck at 10-11 min miles. I know that the weight has a lot to do with it. So hopefully shedding some pounds will help. How did you lose the weight?
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DZTAMRA's Photo DZTAMRA Posts: 408
8/5/08 6:39 P

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I guess I do a progressive run, but it is also kind of an interval. I start out at the speed that I can easily jog the mile (or two) then I go up by .5 every 30 seconds. Once I get to my max I go back down .5 every 30 seconds until I am back to my norm. Then I stay their for 1.5 minutes and do it again. (30 seconds is way longer than it sounds.) I did this when I first started running after my knee surgery. My time then was like 17.5 minutes. I cut off 4 minutes in about 6 weeks. (I'm sure part of that would be explained by the better health as well.) I did try other things for a while but I wasn't seeing any improvement, so I've gone back to it. It also helps me to go longer because I don't get bored.

"the only person I am in competition with is the me I am yet to be"-source unknown

Firefighter 5k, Sept 14, 2008-42:28-first time
Big D Climb-52 flights of stairs-17:15
Cross Timbers Trail Run-5miles-1:28:32
Run for a Purpose 5K-March 27,2010-38:23 (PR) finally got under 40 minutes!!!
Run for Cover 10K-April 17, 2010-1:23:13-first time


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MAXYLU2's Photo MAXYLU2 Posts: 595
8/5/08 2:17 P

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Aside from losing weight, my best advice for gaining speed on the run are speedwork and progressive runs. I do both on the treadmill.

Speedwork ~ run a half mile at an easy pace, then do quarter or half mile repeats at a fast pace with quarter mile recovery jog or walk in between each interval.

Progressive runs ~ these are my favorite! Start at an easy pace. At each quarter mile, add 2/10ths of a mile in speed (ie. start at 5.4mph, then go to 5.6, 5.8, 6.0, etc. The increase in speed is so small that you hardly notice it, but by the end of your workout, you're running a full 1.5 mph or more faster than you started out. Once they get easier, you can increase the incline, or start at a faster speed.

Kristina

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8/5/08 8:39 A

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Hey DZ - I'm trying to get down to a 10 minute mile too - what tricks are you trying? I heard somewhere that every pound you lose helps shave seconds off your pace - not sure what the ratio is but I'm hoping to lose a few pounds and see if I notice a difference! Sprints and uphills are supposed to help too but i'm stuck at about 10:45 - 11:00 miles (which is better than the 11-12 that I started with back in March!) Good luck and keep us posted!

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8/5/08 8:30 A

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Thanks for all the great comments everyone! As I mentioned in my intro, I'm pretty much at my goal weight, and I can attest that the single most important thing regarding speed (particularly run speed) is losing weight. A year and a half ago, when I started doing triathlons and losing weight, I was 40 lbs. more and was happy to run 11-12 min/mi. Now, at 113lbs (5'2"), my feet just feel like they fly :).

Good luck to everyone ~ enjoy your training and racing!

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8/5/08 3:27 A

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Are you planning to race in Southern CA? You are in my AG...You are so AWESOME!!! emoticon The bike rack fiasco sounds like something I would do. Only I would probably be running and laughing and crying, that's never good for your times! Way to keep it together. emoticon

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DZTAMRA's Photo DZTAMRA Posts: 408
8/4/08 11:18 P

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Wow, your times are awesome. I am just dying to get down to a 10 min mile. I can't imagine a 6 min mile!

Great job!

"the only person I am in competition with is the me I am yet to be"-source unknown

Firefighter 5k, Sept 14, 2008-42:28-first time
Big D Climb-52 flights of stairs-17:15
Cross Timbers Trail Run-5miles-1:28:32
Run for a Purpose 5K-March 27,2010-38:23 (PR) finally got under 40 minutes!!!
Run for Cover 10K-April 17, 2010-1:23:13-first time


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8/4/08 6:23 P

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Way to go Maxy! Your tri tale was inspiring and motivating - way to win the age group! Hope you didn't suffer to many scrapes and bruises from the bike rack! Good luck in your next tri adventure and do tell us all about it!

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8/4/08 3:59 P

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Your my hero maxy! great times!! Let us know about you oly. MY first oly. is this sat.!!!

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8/4/08 2:18 P

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Way to go! Great times, too. Even with the T2 misadventure, LOL...

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8/4/08 1:15 P

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Thats awesome, I should pay real close attention to who is in my age group. :D

You did great lets hope I can do that when I start my one.

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8/4/08 1:02 P

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MAXY... You had a fantastic time! That is great! I'm totally impressed!
I will be very interested in your Chicago Oly tri! I've been seriously considering this one for next year. I live in the Chicago western burbs, so not far. I heard it's about 8500 people and is the world's largest triathlon. Although this can seem intimidating in itself, I also heard it's well run and they deal with the crowds extremely well. Let me know what you think. Have you raced in this triathlon before? Best wishes to you!




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Wow, MAXYLU! I'm new to this team, so I read your report with great interest and I'm very impressed! Thanks for the wonderful report, from one of us out here that is still in the CONTEMPLATION stages of triathlon. You have given me a vision to strive for (minus the bike rack malfunction, of course!). Sharon

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8/4/08 12:50 P

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600m Swim ~ 14 mile Bike ~ 3 mile Run

At 3:00am, I awaken to my 4 yo DD telling me she's wet her bed. So I change her jammies and her sheets and get her back to sleep and then I can't sleep. I think I must have just dropped back off at 5:00am when my alarm went off. Ate oatmeal, drank coffee, and drove 1 1/2 hours to the race site. Checked in, racked bike, set up transition, etc. and ran into a few people I knew. The race was at the Indiana Downs horseracing track and the swim was in the big lake right in the middle of the track. We were all worried that it might be kind of manure-y, but it was one of the clearest, cleanest open water swims I've done! Overall, the swim was fine, not super-fast, but at least I didn't have a panic attack like my last tri swim. Ran to transition and put on my cycling shoes, helmet and grabbed the bike to head out onto the road for 14 miles. The beginning was wierd, since we actually had to bike on the sidewalk to get out onto the road, but the rest was clear, flat country roads. There were a lot of turns though, which is probably what pulled my bike average down below 20mph. I passed a lot of people on the bike, and was only passed by two guys. Now you may notice that my transition 2 time is looooooong ~ this is because the rack FELL ON ME! And some guys had to run over and pull it off me ! I did notice that there was only one other bike racked at that point on my agegroup rack and I knew I had to find that woman out on the run and track her down to win my AG! The first 1/2 mile of the run was on the horsetrack, which was really nice to run on, then another mile out and back on the roads, followed by the last half mile around the track oval to the finish. Coming back into the track area for the last 1/2 mile, I saw the woman who I needed to pass. She was running pretty slowly and I knew I could get her, so I just turned it on hard with about 200m to the finish chute! I don't think I've ever run that fast, but I passed her in the last 100m or so for first place in the W40-44 AG!

Overall, it was a GREAT race and I'm very happy with my performance. Next stop ~ Chicago Accenture Olympic Tri!!!!! Only 3 weeks to go.

Splits for this race were:
Swim 13:36.4
T1 02:18.5
Bike 0:43:43.2 (19.2 mph)
T2 04:10.4
Run 0:20:12.8 (06:44.3/mi) ~ I swear the run was short. There is NO WAY I was that fast!
Final 1:24:01.2

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