Monday, November 15, 2010

Training or Off-season, don't know

Whelp, I've still been at it, although I do not know what I'm training for right now. I kind of want to do a half marathon, because that would be one step closer to me training for a marathon. I have decided I want to run a marathon one day. Not sure how soon that will be, but I feel it will happen. I just want to push my body to it's limits. For some strange reason, it makes me feel like I am real, I am not putting on a show, I am just me. I know, I know, I sound kind of existential, but say la vie. However, I don't know if I will do another triathlon before the half-marathon or not. Maybe a half marathon could help me train for my next triathlon. I just get bored with one sport; I like the swim, bike, and run!

My training so far has consisted of going to spin class every Monday and Wednesday at the end of the day fitness leave at work. On Friday's I will either walk with David on the 3 mile trail or run on the treadmill. I've also been working out with my Mom on Saturday's or Sunday's at her gym. Every time I go with her on the weekends I will run 3 miles. Last time I was able to only stop twice, and jogged/ran the 3 miles in 40 minutes. My goal is to run a 5K in 30 minutes, so I just need to get faster. I will sprint while I jog to try and gain speed, but it will take time. At least I've gotten past the initial pain of running. It feels good to finally be able to jog for a long period of time and not feel like you're going to pass out.

Goals for the future include running in the mornings before work in my neighborhood, eventually everyday, but twice a week would be a good first step. I would like to bring Cody, my dog with me on the runs as well. I would love for him to run a 5K with me someday. I know he could do it, he's so full of energy. He's also a very good runner. With some training and plenty of water and energy packed treats, I think he could do it :P Of course the first sign of anything going wrong with him and it's no more training. I have to take care of my sweet Cody man :)

Also, I would like to start riding my bike after work with my friend Debby on base. This will require me to wake up early on those days, to get to work early enough to take off in time for me to meet her and go riding. Ha! Wish me luck on that one, lol. But I really would like to start group riding more. I plan to get a road bike next income tax return, but for now I only have my mountain bike. So I will group ride with my friends, and then hopefully join the Bike Store's group rides when I get my faster bike.

OK, I think that's a recap on me for now. Until next time.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

First Triathlon

It has been a while since my first triathlon, but I finally have gotten around to writing the experience down. It was the Veterans Park Sprint Triathlon on August 14th. Boy what an experience; I will defiantly be doing another triathlon next year. It will be another sprint level for sure, but another one none-the-less.

I want to first say that without my bf David it just wouldn’t have been as memorable an experience. He kept me calm when I was nervous before hand, and he was there with my camera taking pictures and video at every transition. I got out of the water, he was there, I set off on the bike, he was there, I get back from my bike and fall off my bike (lol), and he was there. He was an integral part of the entire day. Not to mention treating me to a carb out at Pizza Hut that evening.

Ok, the official time of my first triathlon was 2:00:01. I met my goal of 2 hours; that one second just makes it all the more memorable of a PR, ha!

When I was standing in the sand with my friend Christina at the start line I was very nervous, excited, and I just wanted the event to start. Every time they would yell start for a wave of people to go in the water, I would get that much more excited. Finally, my wave – wave 4 – came up. The water was full of a lot of women of all shapes and sizes and most of them were doing their first triathlon too. A kind of camaraderie that would last the entire event started between us, and we were all telling each other, “I just wish it would start”, “if I can just get through the swim I’ll be good!”.

And finally they said, “Start!” and we were off. I started swimming my normal style, not knowing what open water would feel like, but I quickly learned it was like the pool but a lot more, well, open. In fact very open, no bottom to touch, and nothing to hold onto. I had to swim a rectangle of 400 yards, although it seemed a lot longer. Halfway to the first buoy I had to go into the back stroke to conserve energy. Thank goodness for the backstroke. I think I did 70% backstroke the entire time. It allowed me to keep moving even though I was tired. I made it to the first buoy and I just held onto it, glad that there was anything to hold onto at all. There was a woman already doing the same thing when I got there. We rested together, and were telling each other, “ok, now we just have to get to the next buoy”. And we were off again. It was this middle stretch when I had slight twinges of panic because I was breathing hard, my face was red, and I didn’t have anything to hold onto to rest. I literally had to keep going or I would drown. Well, really I wouldn’t have drown because there were boats standing by to pick up anyone that got that tired, but I did not want that to happen. I was going to finish.

After some regular strokes, back strokes, and even some doggie paddling I made it to the second buoy. The same woman was there I saw at the first buoy. We congratulated each other for making it to the second buoy as we caught our breath. Both of our goggles were getting fogged from all the heavy breathing. The more experienced women swimmers started to pass us as we hung onto the buoy; they were very nice and encouraging. They would cheer us on and say “you’re almost there!” and “you are doing great!” It was really nice to hear that; it was a lot better than just hearing my heart pounding from swimming so hard.

And we were off again, the other woman and me, to the finish line of our swimming adventure. We kept saying we should stop at the yellow buoy that is between the one we just came from and the finish line for another rest, but by that time I was ready to get out of the water. I started to swim regular strokes to get to the end faster. Some younger swimmers started swimming right on top of me, which made me a little miffed because they were being so inconsiderate, but it was a race. So after they passed me I swam just a little harder and slapped my hands on the backs of their legs. Just to make it even. I made it to the yellow buoy, but then I thought, “No, I’m going to finish the swim now”. So I just kept swimming till the end. I saw people were starting to get out of the water so I knew I was close to where I could put my feet on solid ground. Finally I lifted myself out of the water, and I was exhausted to say the least, but I had done it. It was one of the toughest things I have ever tried to do, and I did it. David was right there with the camera, and I didn’t know it at the time but he was videoing me getting out of the water. He cheered me on as I ran up the hill to transition. Oh, and yes, of course there had to be a steep hill to climb to get to transition.

Transition one went smoothly as I had my water bottles already on my bike and all I had to do was put on my helmet and my gloves, get my shoes and socks on, chug down a energy gel, and then I would be off to the bike. David was standing there with the camera and talking to me as I transitioned. That was really nice. He even caught my disgusted face as I ate my coffee flavored energy gel. A reminder to me in the future, don’t ever by coffee flavored energy gels again, yuck! The only other mishap in transition is that I had trouble getting my socks on with my wet feet. I finally just plopped down on the ground and then shoved them on my feet; same with my shoes. Then I ran my bike to the starting line and started peddling away.

I have to say the bike portion was my favorite of the triathlon. The wind blowing against my skin felt great after that hard swim. I really didn’t have any problems getting my legs to work after all the swimming; I think I was just glad to not be swimming anymore. One story I can tell about this leg of the journey is that I got stung by a wasp! Boy did that hurt. I wasn’t the only one either, a lot of people were complaining that they had to swat off some wasps. It stung me when I was reaching back to get my water bottle behind my seat; right on the armpit. It started throbbing, and then all I could do to ease the pain was just start crying. I think that is the funniest thing, on my first triathlon I cried not because of fear I wouldn’t finish, not because of pain in my legs, but from a stupid wasp. Another happening during the bike portion concerns my emergency kit my friend Natalie made for me that carried my tire kit. She sewed it up just for me to fit between my under seat water bottle holders. When I was half way through the bike I started slowing down and didn’t know why. I peddled harder but to no avail, I was still slowing down. My first thought was, “oh no, I have a flat tire” Well luckily Natalie had given me this awesome little bag so I had my tire changing kit with me. So I get off the bike real quick and look at my back tire, and I saw that the little sewn bag had started to sag down and was rubbing against my tire slowing me down. How ironic! The kit I brought along to change a tire was slowing me down. So I tightened the little bag up very tight, and I was off for the rest of the bike.

I see the transition area again and I was ecstatic. I even see David sitting there by the red line I have to stop at, ready with the camera. As I slow down to get off the bike, however, my legs must have been a little more tired than I thought because I fell off the bike. I fell right on my knees, and knocked off my rear seat water bottle set-up; one of the water bottles even fell off and started rolling way. I bounced right back up though and asked David real quick if he was get my rolling away water bottle and keep it for me. This all happened pretty quick though, and soon I was in transition putting my bike back on the rack and taking off my helmet. I was pretty tired by this point after my 13 mile adventure, but ready for the last stretch, the run.

I was so excited about the last part of the triathlon that I forgot my paper number when I left transition. This is funny because I had to borrow a running belt from a nice lady in transition to even have something to pin the number on with; after all that I just forget it. I just shrugged it off and kept running. Well, running is what I would have liked to do, but my legs were telling me a different story. It was more of nice strolling jog to the finish. I kept going though; I would pick things in the distance and just focus on getting to that point. During the run I met back up with the woman that I had seen on the buoys during the swim. We jogged together telling stories about our bike portion and encouraging each other. Then another woman came up and joined us as we jogged. I don’t think I would have remembered her except she had full make-up on! I was shocked; I sure would like to know what water proof make-up she was wearing. We jogged together for a little while, and then I had to start walking a bit to catch my breath.

I finally get to the last half mile and everything started to get congested because people were all around watching their friends finish the triathlon. I met up with another woman sharing my pain and we started jogging together. We got behind some person in a car that was in our way; the exhaust from the car was horrible. We were both pretty mad and used enough energy to pass the car. It was only going like 3 miles an hour anyways, so it wasn’t that hard. It shouldn’t have been there to begin with, stupid driver, lol. We rounded the final stretch and this is when I walked a little to conserve a bit of energy. Then I saw David with the camera and then the finish line. I mustered up enough energy and sprinted across the finish line. It was a great feeling. They handed me my medal for completing the event and took off my ankle tracking chip. Then I stood on the other side; just standing there with my water bottle. I was tired, but I could still walk. I was still alive. I had done it. Then I saw David and he immediately gave me a big hug. It was a great feeling.

David and I chilled the rest of the day. We ate some sausage dogs that the event had cooked up, and sat inside the hotel of the event for some air-conditioning. Then I took a sorely needed shower at the cabin we were staying at and then we left for home. He then took me to Pizza Hut and I had the best tasting pizza ever.

All-in-all it was a great experience. I saw, I trained, I decently conquered. Now I have my sights set on my first half-marathon. 13 miles of just running. Hey, that should be easy right, no swimming or biking? We shall see.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

First 30 Mile Bike Ride

Well I did it, my first 30 mile bike ride.

The first 15 miles was no problem thanks to the wonderful SAG stops for the 'Tour de Moose.' The last 15 miles, which was the same course just doing the 15 mile loop again, was another story. I got tired and was feeling the burn. However, all the banana's I was eating at the SAG stops must have kicked in because I got a second wind and was able to finish with that loop being faster than the first.

I did the first 15 miles in 1 1/2 hours. The second 15 miles was more like an hour. So approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours for 30 miles. So that's about an average of 10 something mph. I really should check the times better on these things, lol. That's not too bad for my first 30 miles. I was doing this on the mountain bike again. I really should buy some slick tires to make it a bit easier, and some new peddles with the clip in shoes. I think that would give me a little edge so that I can start to increase my speed.

Interesting stories that happened on my 30 mile adventure, during the first 15 miles I almost got ran over by a car because they didn't know where they were going. Stupid cars, lol. Wasn't that bad though, lol. Got to see in line speed skaters on the ride. Now that was cool. Those guys were awesome! They move so fast. I bet that takes so much energy to do, but really fun. Maybe I'll try someday, lol.

All in all it was a good first 30 mile. I tested myself and passed with average flying colors, lol.

We shall see if I do anything else before my triathlon in August :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

First Tri is Scheduled

I have registered for my first triathlon. It is the Georgia Veterans Triathlon in Cordele, GA, at Lake Blackshear.
I will: Swim ¼ mile, Bike 13.6 miles, Run 3.1 miles
The Race Date is Saturday, August 14, 2010

I have been training, but I will be doing more to prepare for August. Spin class is the best trainer ever! I have started to run after spin class as well, to work on my transition from bike to run. My parents also just got a new pool, so I have my own personal swim training area, that is going to be awesome. Now I just have to make sure I can at least swim 16 laps around the pool in a row without stopping!

I also have a bike ride planned. It is the Tour De Moose at the Avionics Museum. I will be doing the 30 mile with my friend Christina.

Also in training news I have bought a power yoga DVD to work on strength and stretching. This along with my kettlebell workout should help me gain some stability and muscle. I love my 18 lb kettlebell, I will have to post a picture of it soon.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Training Update- May 2010

I have not posted in a while so I thought I spend some time re-capping my training.
I have been mostly running and walking. At least three days a week I have been walking the 3 mile trail with David. He walks fast so this is a good workout even if I am not running. I have started to run more on the treadmill lately because the humidity is getting to be to much. I can run, with short 5 minute walking breaks, 2 miles in 30 minutes. This seems to be my normal pace. I need to work on speed and longer running portions so I can get to 3 miles in 30 minutes. This is my mid-term goal.

I need to get more bike and swimming time in somewhere. I am going to do a June biking event at work called the "Tour de Moose". Weird name I know, lol, but it is a biking century on Base and the Air Force Museum. I will be doing the shorter route, but still it will be longer than I've ever gone on bike. Need to start going to spin class again to train!

I am also going to try to get into Kettle-bells. David does these to stay in shape. I think a nice women's set will be fine. I need to do something to strength train. I think this could be fun, and less monotonous than a gym weight lifting workout. Kettlebells are the Russian strong-man way of building strength and rock hard muscles. How can I go wrong with that, lol. I'll have to save some money and buy a set. The link I have provided is the best brand of kettlebell, and David highly recommends it. And if anyone is thinking about doing kettlebells, please get the guy from the website's book and read it from front to back before deciding. He gives really good advice and 'get ready' tips. I need to start that soon, lol.

Anyways, that is my training for now. Mostly running and walking, need to get more bike and swim into my routine, and want to start Kettlebells. Avior.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Monkey Shake Give-Away Post

I follow a blog called the Princess Runner.
She is having a give away of Monkey shakes.
Here is a link to her blog

I hope I win some monkey shakes to try!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Training Continues

Well training has been going well. I got sick about two weeks ago, and was house bound for a week! So glad to be jogging and biking again. I really do need to get some more pool time in, but o'well.

Today I ran the three mile loop on Base. It was hot, so i was glad I brought a big bottle of water. I added some fitness powder to it, and that helped. It was strawberry-kiwi flavor, yummy!I will have to experiment with making my own fitness drinks. Water is great, but it does get a little boring.

Because of the heat, i was only able to walk/jog the 3 miles in 40 minutes. That's not too bad, considering I just started, and that my fastest 5K race is only 42 minutes. Training in the heat, I'm hoping, will only make morning races seem that much easier, lol. But I am not about to kill myself out there, so if I need to stop in the shade, I will. I also wear plenty of sun-screen. I found the spray on kind, makes it super easy to apply. No excuses for sunburn; only room for a great tan ;)

Anyways, Mr man got me a wireless odometer for my bike and I had to try it out. I think I need to clean the contact for the battery, and then it will work better. It was really easy to install though. I am happy :) I ended up riding my bike for about 20 minutes after I got home from my run. Now if I can just run and bike back-to-back, I'll be half way there to my first tri.

Thinking about doing a super sprint in May, that's a little triathlon, usually with only a short swim, an 8 mile bike, and 2 mile run. I think this will be a nice ice-breaker. I'm also looking at one for June that's a first timers sprint triathlon. That's a slightly longer swim, about 13 mile bike, and 3 mile run. We shall see if I can make it.

Well, that's it for an update. Glad for not being sick!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Berry College 5K

I did the Berry College 5K this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun, and I stayed with my friend Sarah. Also, Shannon came up from Atlanta and we all had fun doing the 5K and having a girls weekend.

The pictures above go from the morning of the 5K to the last picture of me after it was done. I improved my time from 50 minutes (almost no running) to 42 minutes (so mostly jogging and walking).

I'm shooting for a 20 minute 5K soon. Who knows when I'll make it, but I sure had fun with my friends this past weekend. I am proud of them too. Shannon had a sore foot and Sarah had a sore back, but they still crossed the finish line. Sarah's name even was called over the loud speaker when she finished. That's how I knew they were done. They are awesome!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First 5K Run

Ok, I know its a proof, but I thought this picture was pretty good.
This shows the time of my first 5K, I walked most of it, jogged some, and did it in approximately 50 minutes. It was the 2010 Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon/Half Marathon & 5K - Warner Robins, Georgia. I placed 321 out of 361 for the 5K.

That is my friend Christina finishing right in front of me. We are training partners. We hope to do our first triathlon together this May or June.

I'm really glad I did this 5K, it really showed me that I like doing this sort of thing. Always good when you like your hobby, lol.
If anyone wants to run a 5K with me, just let me know and we will plan for it.
My next 5K is this weekend in Rome, GA. It is at my first college, Berry College. I can't wait to go jog the path that I could not jog back in college. It will almost be like a vindication for me.

Can't wait to blog the photos and stories!

15 Mile Bleckley Bike

Here is a photo of me at my 15 mile Bleckley county bike ride. My friend and co-worker Debby did the 30 mile, and some people were even doing the 60 mile path. I figured I'd just do fine on the 15 mile, lol. No need to push it.

I did pretty good, an hour and a half. I learned a lot though, like I need tight pants. I ripped a hole in my loose pants because the bottoms kept hitting the gears. I also need to get a water bottle holder cage or camel pack water holder, because my water bottle fell out of my hoody pouch on a hill, and there it was rolling down the road with me. I had to stop, chase after it, pick it up, and the hobble back to my bike to finish the ride, lol !

It felt good to do my first ride. Maybe my next one I'll be strong enough to do a 30 mile. We shall see.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This is another blog I created. I am going to keep track of my multi-sport progress. I've recently gotten into the hobby of running 5K's, biking/cycling, and triathlons. I have ran one 5K, and did that in 50 minutes. I have also just recently completed my first 15 mile bike ride, here locally in Bleckly county Ga. That took me an hour and a half. Lets see if I can improve on those times, and - the ultimate goal - to complete my first triathlon.

Running and biking long distances has always fascinated me. I have always wanted to run long distances but never thought I could. This is not only a hobby but something that I wanted to prove to myself that I could do. Everyone has that something in their lives, some goal or event that they want to complete to test themselves and see what they are made of.

For instance I have a friend whose goal was to perform in play. It was not only performing in a play but a way for him to find inner confidence. He then tried out for a local play, made a supporting actor role, and then performed the play in front of family, friends, and complete strangers. It was something he wanted to do to prove to himself he could, and guess what, he did.

For me, running is this obstacle. I always tried to run growing up, but was never that good, so I ended up just not pursuing it. I was much happier staying indoors. I tried again in college, but that didn't go so well because I started at a pace that was unmanageable. So, a couple years later when my friend at work, Christina, said she wanted to train for a triathlon, I figured - this is my chance. I will create a training plan and slowly build myself up to the runner I want to be.

So I started speed walking three times a week on the treadmill at work. Then later, I started spin classes on Wednesdays. O'man, was that an eye opener. Anyone wanting to test themselves, just take spin class. I literally couldn't walk down the stairs after the first class. I had to have help getting to my car, because my knee muscles would not hold my weight. They were like jello. But you know what, I took a week off to recover, and then was back in spin class. After a couple of weeks I found I could make it down the stairs by myself and that my running was improving. My legs were getting stronger.

This led me to buy my bike, and enter my first 15 mile bike ride. I was nervous that morning, but had friends to ride with, so that made it better. It was very cold when we started, but I didn't care. I wanted to prove that I could do it. An hour and a half, and a couple of steep hills, later I had made it. And it felt great.

The next goal will be my first triathlon.

I hope people can track my progress and maybe even join in on the fun. So if you feel like training with me, let me know!