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Click on the link if you want to see the photos .... this is the one that makes me the happiest!

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I did it ... I finished .. the race is over and I made it :) And I wasn't the last one across the finish line :) Congrats to [ profile] gsh for finishing his race. I had the best cheering section ever and 3 surprise cheerleaders - thank you all!

Here are my stats!

For your records, the weather that day was mostly sunny, 72 degrees F, 82% humidity, wind NNW 8 mph.

There were 5 finishers in the Female 40 to 44 age group and 106 finishers in the Age Group Division.

Your overall finish place was 104, your age group finish place was 5 and your gender finish place was 41.
Your time was 2:04:35.80.

Your Swim time was 08:19.80, Overall place 94, Gender place 35
Your Bike time was 1:06:26.60, Overall Place 105, Gender place 42, Avg. Speed 11.2m/hr
Your Run time was 45:32.65, Overall place 103,  Run Pace 14:41/mile

Shower time and then a big, fat, nap.

Pictures later.
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So, it's Friday morning and today I rest. No training today.... I need to spend time getting all my gear and equipment together for my triathlon on Sunday. Wow, months have flown by, and it's here ... like less-than-48 hours-from-now-here.

I woke up with a sense of calm .... which has all but disappeared now. I'm feeling that out-of-your-skin-jumpiness-in-an-abandoned-house, nervous. Am I ready? I think so.

Tomorrow I go to pick up my race packet. [ profile] gsh ... do you want to drive over together? There's a race briefing at 1pm ... then afterwards, [ profile] lapsedagnostic and [ profile] belthazar_b and the kids and I are going to have a 'craft day' and make t-shirts and signs for Sunday. I'm looking forward to that - the kids are too. It's a good way to spend the afternoon and hopefully keep the nerves at bay.

Here's the schedule of the day as posted to the participants:

Sunday, May 30th--RACE DAY!!!

  • 6:30-7:15: Sprint/Youth Packet Pickup (NO Race Day Registration)
  • 6:30-7:25: Body Marking and Chip Pickup
  • 7:20: Transition Area Closes/Race Briefing

  • 7:25: Posting of the Colors by Scout Pack 1384; National Anthem presented by Brittany Barker, Marsteller Middle School
  • 7:30: 1st swimmer takes the plunge
  • 8:05: 1st athlete expected back from bike
  • 8:25: 1st finisher
  • 8:30: Packet Pickup re-opens for youth triathletes; body marking and chip pickup for youth
  • 8:50: Race tips and briefing for youth in youth transition area
  • ~9:15: 1st Youth Triathlete takes the plunge
  • 10:00: Memorial Day Observance: Maj General Robert Schmidle, Jr, USMC opening remarks
  • 10:05: Awards Ceremony, Sprint followed by Youth
  • 11:00: Bikes must be out of transition (athletes only can remove bikes from Adult transition.
  • 12:00: No Later Than results will be sent to individuals and posted on Web Site as soon as possible

The 'time' thing is a bit of a niggling issue in my head - but I keep trying to focus on finishing as my goal. They haven't said they'll close the course if you're slow, but I guess I'll find out more about that tomorrow.

I want to a minute and say thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along the way. It's true, I think, that when you declare an intention into the universe, then things move to make that goal/path a little easier. All along the way there has been some really incredible moments. Thank you to everyone who has written me a note, left me a comment, given of their heart or come up to me and said something in person.... all those things have kept me going when I thinking about not wanting to do this. A year ago I could not of imagined doing this. Now I can't imagine not doing this, no matter the outcome. In some ways it really has been about the journey of these last 6 months.

Tomorrow will be a light work-out of everything ... 10 minute swim, 10 minute bike and 10 minute run. Then eat healthy and try to get some sleep.

Will post Sunday when I can...

Here I go!
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So, yesterday I got out in the cold and wet for a bike ride down the PW Parkway. A few lessons learned.

*the parkway is sure different on 2 wheels then it is on 4. Where did them freaking hills come from?
*check the weather next time
*6.3 miles outside on a bike is a *a lot* different than 6.3 miles on the bike inside the nice gym
*drink gatorade or some such instead of just water.
*oww - my aching butt and legs

Today was pool day. Did 1800 meters, even without the coach there (she sent the workout). Pushed myself - hard. Oh, and guess what I've found after all these weeks of swimming?
My triceps.

I've picked a race - May 30th (Memorial Day weekend). It's the BRATS Salute to the Military Sprint Triathlon. 6 weeks from now. I'd love it if those that are close by and interested want to come out to cheer me on. Race is early, starts at 7:30am. Being there for the finish would be awesome. It's near Bristow, VA - about 10 miles from the Nissan Pavilion. Let me know if you can make it.

I must be (a good kind of) insane.
make_your_move: (bellydance Mym (2)_)
Swim just keeps getting better and better .... today's total ... are you ready?

1950 meters!

Took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

This is me finding my joy today.
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I swam 1750 meters today. I swam more than a mile!!! I'm floored, happy, speechless and thrilled.
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Today I swam for 1550 meters! 1550! I'm totally pleased with myself. snoopy happy dance
make_your_move: (triathlon)
*tri filter*

Yesterday I did not workout. I had a morning appointment to view a facility for my daughter's upcoming wedding reception. If my (future) son-in-law does return from his deployment at the expected time, the celebration will be in November. So, in planning time, that means 'real soon now' ... so finding and booking a site is really important. I then spent the rest of the afternoon viewing the other two sites that were top on the list. So, by the time I was done, I had just enough time to get to the market and pick the kids up from school. When there are other things in my day, I find it hard to fit in a workout, but I know how important it is to do so. Right now it's really challenging for me to find balance to fit in what's important to me (triathlon) and still get everything done for everyone else.

Fortunately Mondays and Wednesdays I feel I have to go to my swim workout because I've invested the money in the instructors and facility.... so today was good, and I made more progress.
Monday I swam 1025meters. The most I'd accomplished in an hour after my start from 2.5 weeks ago. Today I swam 1300 meters! That's progress of 275 more, and it makes me so happy. My endurance and cardio capacity are noticeably different and it just makes me do the "Snoopy" happy dance on the deck. Cindy, my Wed instructor (Jean is the one on Mondays) almost always prints out the workout. Today she had 1800 meters planned. So for me to accomplish most of that makes me warm inside. Today's workout looked like this:

600 meter warm out
Freestyle 100 meters x4
alternate with 100 meters of kick

Main workout

8 x 50 -

Odds - 50 freestyle
Evens - 50 backstroke

200 meter choice with *no* break

100 meter cool down

The main workout was supposed to have another set of the 8 x 50, but I didn't make it that one. I concentrated on good form as much as possible. However I noticed again that getting tired makes my strokes sloppy and I have a harder time with the breathing. I'm not gonna drown, but I sucked water today a couple of times.

After my workout was done, I talked to Cindy for a bit. A really, really hot guy got into my lane to work out and OMG, it was a joy to watch him. He moved through the water so naturally and efficiently. I commented on how I'd really like to look like that in the water. Cindy notice and mentioned a tattoo on his upper right shoulder. "He's got an ironman tattoo" she said. And that explained a lot... we continued to watch him and I try to sear his stroke style and movement into my brain. I really, really want to look like that in the water... grace and speed and a sleek profile. I may not be there yet, but I can work toward it!

Last night I watched The Biggest Loser. The show fascinates me ... because it's incredible to see what the body and spirit can not only endure but grow. I confessed to [ profile] lapsedagnostic last night that I've wanted to go on the show. I don't qualify because I don't have more than 100lbs to lose, but I keep remembering that it *could* be me if I don't keep working on things. There but for the grace of god/buddha/diety of choice, go I. I'd give my left nut to have Jillian bust my ass on a semi-regular basis, but I understand, it's not gonna happen. I'm considering joining the 'pound for pound' challenge on the website though.

So, tomorrow, I'm scheduling in a workout in the morning (unless I'm at a birth) because tomorrow afternoon it's an interview with what I hope to be the place that we'll be holding Widge's reception.

How are you all?
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I'm making progress in my triathlon training. It's slow and it's little, but it's mine. For me, it's another message from the powers that be ....

Today from the Daily Om:

Competing with Yourself
Winning Isn't Everything

The urges that drive us to compete with others tend to be straightforward. Years of both evolution and societal influences have shaped us to pit ourselves against our peers. The needs and desires that inspire us to compete with ourselves, however, are entirely personal and thus far more complex. A need to outdo our earlier efforts—to confirm that we have grown as individuals—can motivate us to reach new heights of accomplishment. We are capable of using our past achievements as a foundation from which we venture confidently into the unknown. Yet if this drive to compete with our former selves is the result of low self-worth or a need to prove ourselves to others, even glowing successes can feel disheartening. Examining why we compete with ourselves enables us to positively identify those contests that will enrich our existence.

There are many reasons we strive to outdo ourselves. When we are ambitious in our quest for growth, we are driven to set and meet our own expectations. We do not look to external experiences of winning and losing to define our sense of self-worth. Rather, we are our own judges and coaches, monitoring our progress and gauging how successful we have become. Though we seek the thrill of accomplishment tirelessly, we do so out of a legitimate need to improve the world or to pave the way for those who will follow in our footsteps. Be careful, though, that your competitiveness is not the result of an unconscious need to show others that you are capable of meeting and then exceeding their standards.

Consider, too, that successful efforts that would be deemed more than good enough when evaluated from an external perspective may not satisfy our inner judge, who can drive us ruthlessly. In order to attain balance, we have to learn the art of patience even as we strive to achieve our highest vision of who we are. When we feel drained, tense, or unhappy as we pursue our goals, it may be that we are pushing ourselves for the wrong reasons. Our enthusiasm for our endeavors will return as soon as we recall that authentic evolution is a matter not of winning but of taking pride in our progress at any pace.

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I started the 6 week basic training for the sprint triathlon I'm going to do in April 2010. After this will be the real athletic training for 12 to 14 weeks.

This is going sound weird ... but I'm excited.
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What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Robert H. Schuller

You see ... there was this thing on TV about 2 weeks ago, and I was transfixed. It was an indoor "sprint" triathlon and it and the participants were all women who were around my age and all women who have struggled with their weight. Funny enough, the thing that popped into my head was "I could do that". Trust me, that wasn't what I expected my brain to say out loud.

Since then the seed has been growing and growing and apparently it's taken root. I am going to do the Angels Race Sprint Triathlon in Lynchburg, VA on Sunday, April 25, 2010. I've signed up for the Facebook group and will be watching the website for registration. I am going to train for the next few months, through the winter because honestly, I want to avoid my usual (but mild case) of seasonal affective disorder and I also want to avoid the holiday temptations (too much). Plus, I need something to work toward, and this is something I believe is entirely possible for me.

The sprint triathlon consists of a 300 meter swim, 15.5 mile bike, and 3.1 run. I have a fitness center close by that has an indoor pool. I own a treadmill and a bike. I think I might need one of those bike things that take the wheel off the ground so I can still practice indoors when the weather is too awful. But hey, Christmas is coming right?!

So, there you go, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and stating my intent. I'll most likely create a filter for it. I would love support, so if this sounds interesting to you, feel free to say so in the comments.

Off to go do more research :)


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