Thursday, January 16, 2014
If the title doesn't say enough, I'll break it down. I registered to do a HALF IRONMAN just 10 short months from now. I've done the sprint triathlons, and the slightly more intense international triathlons, and I've done my share of 5K and half marathon runs, even one full marathon before having kids, but this is a whole new adventure.
I will be driving over to Miami to swim 1.2 miles in a cool lake, ride my bike 56 miles, and then run 13.1 miles. As crazy as it sounds, I am so excited about this! And I want to do it well. I want to eat well, burn off some excess fat, and get myself ready.
10 months until I see the best me yet. I am looking forward to a great year!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Yesterday I did something amazing, and I even surprised myself! I did 3 sprint* triathlons last year, and decided to do the international* distance this year for the same series. I did the international in May, but I haven't been running much and it is really hot in Florida in August, so I decided that for yesterday's event, I'd better just do the shorter sprint distance. Well, I was flying past people on the bike (and they later passed me on the run) and when I got my results, I was SHOCKED!! to see that not just by age or by the Athena category (women over 150lbs) but overall female, on the bike part of the triathlon, I placed 18 out of 105 women!
I still can't get over it. I credit most of it to my new bike, but also the training for the longer distance. If I focus and lose a few pounds, I could run faster, maybe swim better too. I am really motivated by this. Just to clarify, I am the former Math Team nerd who literally walks into walls. Apparently I have an inner athlete who is just waiting to break out. Maybe I need to let her do that!
Oh, I also got 2nd out of 9 Athenas. The lady who was 1st finished 10 minutes ahead of me, is 14 years younger, and weighs 33 pounds less. I'm not out there to win (yet) but maybe one day I actually could. I can't get younger, but I could weigh less. I feel so good about this accomplishment.
Okay, so the math nerd in me made a spread sheet to compare results from yesterday to the results of the 3 I did last year. Antone interested can look at the numbers here.
(if the link is split, you'll have to copy and paste instead of clicking the highlighted half)
*The distances for this event series:
sprint = 0.25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
international = 0.5 mile swim, 20 mile bike, 6.1 mile run
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I really want to go for a bike ride today. I don't bike from my house, no safe roads, so I have to put my bike in my van, drive to the trail, get my bike out, ride, put the bike back in, drive home.... just the transport is time consuming.
I have to leave for work in less than 2 hours but I'll be home by 3pm today, so it would make sense to wait, right? Oh, wait.... Check the Weather! Right now it's 78º and dry. All afternoon it will be hotter and scattered thunderstorms.
I guess I'll ride before work.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I think we all know this kind of story... I started slipping upwards on the scale before going to visit my parents in NC for a week. My parents are overweight, sedentary, snackers.... and I came back with a few pounds more than I left with.
I was 186 when I left town, maybe hit 189.9 while gone, 188.4 on Sunday, 185.8 Monday, 184.4 yesterday, and 183.4 today. Yes, in just a few days of careful eating, I'm already back to where I was a few weeks before going out of town, but I still need to drop another 10-15 pounds.
I love Spark People so much that when I'm on here, I neglect other things. I need to find a balance. And I need to remind myself that I'd rather have a healthy body than chips/crackers/chocolate/cheese... A little of those is good, but not too much. Balance. Maybe I should write that on my hand so I don't forget. Maybe I should get off the computer and go to work. LOL
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Kids out of school, busy work schedule, road trip.... I'm up about 6-7 pounds and an extra inch or so. Time to reignite my Spark!
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