Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Whoa! I'm behind in my race reports! Well, I'm finally going to catch up!
I had several reasons to do this Tri. Others gave me reasons NOT to do it! A Race Director, also a fellow run & swim training mate, said to keep an open mind and form my opinion. Of course, the challenge was there and I would do it!
I always suggest getting to the dance early. You go through check in, get set up in Transition then relax until it's time to rock 'n roll!
Body Marking at 5:30am!
Time drags before the start but eventually you finally get to enter the water! This was a time trial start and not a wave start. I liked it!
This was the source of negativity! Fact, we are spoiled by swimming the Gulf of Mexico, on the some of the best beaches in the US! This particular swim is in a lake. I tested it just before entering. My feet squished in mud and the lake grass was wrapping my legs. You also couldn't see your arms in the water! Hence, the term "black water!"
Here''s proof I survived...
I made to the transition area where we were met with sprinklers to hose our feet off. Nice touch!
After getting my bike gear on, we're out of T1!
After a nice Saturday ride, I'm winding down...
and entering Transition City!
Leaving T2, I'm loving life on the run!
Now here's where a subplot begins.
I see the girl in blue ahead of me and notice her age, 32, on her right calf. I follow her a bit, see she's giving a good pace, and decide to draft her! A mile in the run. she moves to the right thinking I'm going to pass her. I tell her she's doing great and I'm into her pace. After 2 miles, she catches up to her girl friend. I hear "Jamie" say "we're doing a good pace!"
About a quarter of a mile to the Finish. I knew I had a good sprint in me. I told them they would cross the Finish Line before me, thanking them for the pace. I just thought it would be disrespectful.
We talked the rest of the way in. "Jamie," my pacer," thanked me as she was going to slow down a lot earlier in the run but continued. She said I inspired her to press on. (That was my medal!)
I told them to check their makeup, put a huge smile on, add a lil kick in their step, and get ready for the Finish Line shot! We laughed out loud together! They crossed, turned, saw me cross .04 sec behind them, clapping for me! We congratulated each other.
This was a surprise! My TriBro, Rob, got a medal, waited for me to finish. then presented it to me!
To the right, is Nick, CEO of the Best Damn Race Series in Florida. He was the one who helped me with pain management over the last two Tris & a Duathlon! He was also the Longleaf Sprint Overall Winner. Still, he was there to see me finish! I am so grateful & blessed to have them as dear friends! Our TriFamily rocks hard!
Thanks for taking the time to read this report! Stay strong, embrace challenge, and never quit!
Friday, October 17, 2014
After 57 pounds, 53 5Ks, 3 10Ks, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons, I AM A WINNER ON THIS AMAZING RACE!
Yeah, I stole that from CBS's Amazing Race! I love when Phil says that to the winners every season.
All I can say is patience, perseverance, consistency, focus, belief, commitment, positivity, they've all become a part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you know me, then you know my story. Similar to many, less challenging to a few, but it's mine and I'm winning!
The most important person in my life saved me. She brought me to SparkPeople by taking her first step to a healthy lifestyle! She did it by example!
I noticed her making changes in her life over 1 1/2 months. I asked what she was doing and told her I would support her. at first it was talk. Then, I visited SparkPeople, signed up on Oct 17,2010, and started to walk with her. We set a goal to walk the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot and started training for it. THAT changed my life forever!
She truly is my queen!
DSSECRETS & I taking the throne at the 2014 Excalibur 10 Miler!
I never truly knew we would be where we are today! All I know now is that I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life. We're celebrating today by doing the Bayway Bridge Bash in St Pete Beach! We'll celebrate with our run family!
Simply put, the value of a healthy lifestyle is priceless. It's about a longer life with my family! What more can I say?
I own it and I put my name on it!
Much love to all my SparkFriends who support me and give me positive waves! Never quit!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tonight I did my Wednesday Night Run Club! At the after-run social, I spoke with a 24 year old young lady! I knew she had broken up with one of the premier runners in our area. In her own right, she was an age group podium athlete. We had done the Longleaf Triathlon together this past Sunday. I told her that at my age, I was inspired by her efforts. She knew my story and told me the same.
She told me that had she stayed home, she would have cried through the night. She was glad she came to Run Club. We raced for two different teams but I emphasized the fact that we are all Tri family and we supported each other regardless.
By the end of the night, several of our group joined us and just strengthened our bond as a family!
THIS is what it's all about! We come together in different circles and we support each other!
If you are lurking, not active in this virtual family, and are not reaching your goals, then open up and let us know! We are all on the same journey. We should be supporting each other and doing what we can to help!
Monday, October 06, 2014
Lately, I'd "acquired" a few nicks and bruises. So, I've had to focus on everything I could to insure the healing process once again.
We're always faced with the challenge of patience. I especially recognized it when I started this journey almost four years ago.
I focused on how I would come out of it stronger, wiser, and renewed like a Phoenix! I found a way to get through it and uttered these words to myself!
Today, inspired by a dear SparkFriend's status, I'm sharing this with everyone. I hope it works for you!
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