First Triathlon

My first triathlon is tomorrow morning. I packed my gear last night and wow! I did not realize how much stuff gear I need to bring.

Run. Bike. Swim.

I don’t have a tri bag, so I am thinking a backpack will be ideal for now. I can’t imagine trying to lug my stuff around in anything else, in addition to pushing my bike.

Let’s do this!

I feel ready, but nervous about transitions. I always seem to fumble around with securing my bike helmet.

Tomorrow will be the true test as to whether I continue on my triathlon journey or stick to running.

Switching gears.

Today, I am heading out to the range for a shooting class by a world class instructor. Very excited as target shooting was my first obsession hobby before running.

Happy training, my friends!

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Timing

Today’s post is all about timing.

Time for training, worst time for a sinus infection, and timing of training.

Training for one sport is hard. Training for three….

Very hard.

It takes a strong will and a strong time commitment. Because I work long hours, finding the time to train is almost as challenging as the swim has been for me.

Today, I am fighting a sinus infection and trying to muster the energy to get my day going. This means that today will be an unplanned rest day and it also means that this post will be very disjointed.

Fuzzy fishbowl head.

Perhaps I am putting too much time into training and this sinus infection is my body’s way of slowing me down.

Rough run.

Yesterday morning, before I knew I was coming down with a sinus infection, I had a hard time with my run. My first thought was that as soon as I feel comfortable with one sport and start focusing on another, I lose any progress I made in the first sport.

Hopefully that was just the feverish fishbowl head talking.

Time for rest and Easter festivities.

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Triathlon Tremors

We had some powerful storms rolling through here this morning. I am convinced that lightning struck the house.

I had a run scheduled for early this morning. That run did not happen.

Safety first.

Which is just as well because my swim instructor was in beast mode yesterday and my arms, neck, and shoulders are very sore from yesterday’s swim class.

1,800 meters.

I swam a total of 1,800 meters yesterday morning. I am feeling more and more confident in my swimming and I am a nervous wreck ready for my first triathlon in a week and a half.

Bring it on!

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The Athletic Community

Today I am very grateful for the support that I have received and continue to receive from family, friends and people in the “interwebs.”  For those of you playing along, I will give you a short summary of my athletic history.

9 Months Ago.  I have only been running for 9 months.  I have never been a runner.  I did not run track in high school.

3 Months Ago.  I have only been freestyle swimming for 3 months.  I’ve always been a recreational swimmer.  But never freestyle.  I never swam competitively.  I never had swim instructions before last week.

Biking, same deal as swimming.   As a kid, I was a “bike around the neighborhood” kinda girl, but I hadn’t been on a bike in many, many years.

One of the things that I never expected when I began my journey to fitness was the support and camaraderie of the running and multisport community. When I started running, I was sure that I would be laughed at by local runners who have been consistently running half and full marathons for years at a pace that I can only dream of.

They didn’t laugh when I struggled to walk/run ONE mile.  In under 15 minutes.

They encouraged.  I heard things like You Can Do It!  Way To Go!  Keep At It, You Are Doing Great!

You see, I had this picture in my head of these highly competitive, snobbish, self-centered…… I am better, faster, stronger and more in shape than you…..people.  And, to be honest, they are better, faster, and stronger runners and athletes.  But that is why I like them.  They encourage and inspire me to be the best runner that can be, without looking down on me.

Despite how easy and effortless these athletes make their sport of choice look, I’ve learned that they come from all backgrounds and everyone is battling their own demons.  I’ve seen some amazing people overcoming physical and mental barriers that would force alot of people to just plain old give up.

I may never be able to run, bike and swim at a pace that comes near these amazing people, but I will continue to challenge myself.  I will continue to learn from their amazing strength and courage.  One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that running, swimming and biking (or any other sport for that matter) is not all about the physical.  It’s so much more than that.

Self confidence.  Friendship.  Support.  Encouragement.  Community.

These are the most important things that I have learned from my short time in the athletic community.

This post is longer than I would like, but I have to share another amazing moment during my short running career.  During the Rock n Roll Half Marathon that I ran last month in New Orleans, I stopped during a portion of the run through the French Quarter to stretch my excruciatingly painful IT band.  A group of tourists on the sidewalk (I don’t think they were marathon spectators as they were walking in and out of the shops) stopped near where I was stretching and said “Don’t stop!  You got this!  Keep running!”

These people did not even know me.

Not to mention the lady sitting by herself along the marathon course holding a poster thanking the participants because she was a cancer survivor.  This brought tears to my eyes during my run and gave me that extra little boost to keep going.  I am a cancer survivor, which is not something many people know about me because it was caught early, removed, and I have been cancer free for many years.  I don’t think twice about it.  However, without continued cancer research, I may not have been around to run in this marathon.  I was 32 when diagnosed.  My grandmother died from the same cancer at the age of 37.

So why am I posting all of these touchy-feely ramblings today?  I feel like I need to give back.  If I can give at least one person the hope and encouragement that they, too, can run, bike, swim, or ___________(insert challenge here), then I have done my job.

If I can do it, you can too!

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Pickled Fish

This morning I swam 1,300 yards. Who knew I could swim that distance? My swim lessons are paying off.

Yes, I rock.

At least in my own mind. Until tonight, when I had a stressful day week and declared tonight Margarita Thursday. (Margaritas are definitely not on the training nutrition plan.) But, I rocked it in the pool this morning so I deserved it, right? Right!

What are you treating yourself to?

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Running on Empty

This morning I just didn’t have it in me. Then I realized, I literally didn’t have it in me.

You see, I didn’t eat breakfast. All I had was a cup of coffee and this morning’s run ended up a lot shorter than I originally planned.

1.63 miles, to be exact.

I am working on short runs while I transition into a minimal running shoe, but did not intend for my run to be this short. Not to mention, I am used to running at night.

This is early for me.

Someone please tell me it gets easier to run in the mornings. I am not a morning person however with the summer heat coming on fast, it’s just not feasible to run in the evenings any more. Plus, I like the energy I gain after a morning workout.

Patience. Consistency.

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But at least I rocked the non-matching running attire. Where are the fashion police when you need them?. Sleeping, perhaps?

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Seize the Day 5k

Yesterday, my better half and I, along with several of our co-workers, participated in the Seize the Day 5k to raise money for children suffering with epilepsy.

What a great name for a run!

We really had a great time and Jason came out third in his age group! Who would have ever imagined that a year ago Jason could barely get up out of a chair without help (he suffers from arthritis).

The weather was beautiful but very hot, which really threw me for a loop. Sucking in hot humid air does not render my best performance.

Time to get used to training in the Louisiana heat.

The strangest part about the whole run is that I woke up sore this morning but with no injuries. Let me repeat that in case you weren’t paying attention…

No injuries!

Since the beginning of my running career, I have suffered with constant injury and pain either here or there (hence the fonky runner). But today, only sore!

Yippee!

I don’t have any pictures to share from the 5k, so here is a random shot of Lola the non-running pup.

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Vitamin C

This week I have been fighting off a cold and have been consuming massive amounts of vitamin C.

Just when I thought I had kicked it, it came back with a vengeance yesterday.

Can you say sandpaper throat?

So, needless to say, I have been full of excuses regarding my training.

I am running a 5k tomorrow morning and I am hoping this will kick my training back into gear.

My Morning Orange Juice

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Rollin’ on the River

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Today I am thankful for my foam roller. Without this, I would have quit running and training a long time ago.

What does this help with, you ask?

IT band. Quads. Glutes. Piriformis. These are the areas I concentrate on.

At least at the moment.

As an old broad a new athlete, I am always pushing myself harder than I probably should and new pains crop up all the time.

The roller can be used for many other uses that are far too many to name here.

Remember, I like to keep my blog posts short. And sweet.

Like me.

(Insert eye roll here.)

Happy injury free training, my friends!

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Fried Fishie

Tonight I had a major breakthrough in my swimming.

Most people don’t know that as much as I love to swim, I have panic attacks in deep water. So I have to swim with my head above water or I start to panic and can’t breathe.

WELL, tonight that changed! I swam freestyle with my head in the water looking down at the bottom of the pool.

I survived! No panic attacks! Triathlon here I come!

But now, I am one fried fishie.

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