Much to our disappointment, Scott and I had to pull out of the River Cities Tri. We just were not physically ready to take that on after not having worked out in two months. We went on a 20 mile bike ride the day before the tri and I got sick, not eating healthy will do that to you, and was worn down till the following Monday. It really showed me how much I had lost by not working out for 2 months.

Watching Tonya start and finish each event was so inspiring and got us excited for next year….Scott was looking for a tri for us to do in the fall even before we left Cypress Lake! We are SO proud of Tonya! She was happy throughout the entire event and an encouragement to all! I can’t wait to race with her next year!

So after returning from the tri we were really pumped but knew we needed to start out slowly with our workouts and needed to start eating healthier. I have once again quit drinking Diet Coke. I still LOVE Diet Coke but don’t have a taste for it right now….get back with me in the winter tho….it pairs so well with Crown.  hehe

Anyway…..I do feel better by not drinking it and in turn it makes me want to exercise more. We have been riding on Saturdays with our group and it has been a blast. We do at least 20-30 miles each Saturday, with the group doing 40 miles last weekend but Scott’s knee was really bothering him so we turned around at 16.5 miles. I ordered Rock Tape for Scott after you sent the link, Tonya! So hopefully it will help out.

On Tuesday nights we are taking a spin class. It is one hour of pure HELL. We are taking it at my church so I can just give the instructor go to hell looks and nothing else. I truly do NOT like spin. I am working on eating properly on spin days so I don’t pass out. Yes, I have seen black spots (twice in one class) in my peripheral vision and just barely brought myself out of it. That night after class I laid down on the floor for a good 5 minutes. It takes me an entire day to recover. BUT…..on a higher note…..it is helping me out with my cycling. So I am going to stick with it and go on Thursday nights when they offer it in the winter.

My son, Triston, has joined his schools cross country team so this is propelling us to get out and run again! We have started the couch to 5K program again with my boys and Scott’s kids when they are at his house! I like running with Andrew (6) because we can run slow. Hehe. But I step up to the plate and TRY to keep up with Scott and his LONG legs when the boys head to the house.

I am ready to find some time to add swimming back into the mix. I truly miss it. It’s my favorite 30 minutes in a day. Of course school is going to start back for me next Friday, and it’s going to be tough to work out but I don’t want to lose any that has been gained in the last month.

Tomorrow we are going on a 30 mile ride with our group. There will be some “few long, sustaining hills” as our group leader put it, along with wind gusts, as Tropical Storm Lee rides in to visit us. So wish us luck! We will need it!! 

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Well…we are going to see how long we last in the saddle. It’s 97* with a heat index of 110*. It will be our first ride since the Bulldog Tri. We are going to ride with a new group tonight and it’s a No Rider Left Behind ride! I will need that! (hehe) Hopefully it will start to go down in the next 45 minutes. That’s a big HOPE! Scott thinks his helmet warped in the car! Oops! I am seriously hoping for a cool front to come through on Aug 6 weekend.

It’s been super crazy this summer. I thought I would slow down just a tad but that hasn’t happened yet. Scott nor I have ran in weeks. We have walked a good bit (in Seattle, that counts, right?) and I moved from a town house to a little house last weekend, so maybe that will count too? The last time we swam, I actually did better than ever, but I am not up to 800 meters yet. I still want to try the tri tho. I may be last (seriously) but I hope we can do it.

Ok, off to ride down Hwy 167! Thinking positive! We CAN do this!

I just found the race results! 🙂

http://www.bulldogaquatics.com/EventShow.jsp?returnPage=%2FEventsPast.jsp&id=134577&team=labac

Triston came in 8th overall in the boys 7-10 age group with a time of 26:17

I came in 5th in the female’s with a time of 46:04 (A 60 year old lady beat me by 9:03 min)

Scott came in 14th overall in the male division with a time of 45:13….. 91 seconds ahead of me….I am still shaking my head on that one….

So proud of all of us! 😀

I am sad to say that the training hasn’t been going so well… as in its been non-existence for the last 3 weeks. Scott has been traveling a lot and I am taking a 3 week music appreciation class and a 12 week management class and it has me snowed under. But, with that said…the 3 week class is almost over and it’s time to start back with the program. I don’t even want to think of how little time we have before August 7!

Even though we haven’t been training, my boys and I participated in the Dog Paddle Tri here in Ruston last Saturday. The night before the event Scott and Conner decided to enter as well! I was glad. I was hoping that Scott would do it just to get a taste of how a tri works. I was able to help the boys in transition and by the time it was my turn, I was a little pooped.

Andrew won 2nd place in his age group (5-6).  Scott, Triston & I finished but I don’t know what place. (Conner got sick on the bike portion but he said he wants to actually train for another tri!) I had a personal best in the pool….4:48 for 200m! I was pumped because when I was training I never could break the 5:35 time. As I was about to mount my bike, I heard yelling…and not the good kind…it was “your chain is off!” So I had to fix my chain and then head out. This cost me some time. The hills killed me. I have to just go out and practice riding up and down hills. By the time the run came around, I was beat. And this was just a 1 mile run. I walked 3 ½ of the 4 laps. I never could catch my breath.

Now I need to insert here that the temp was around 100 and heat index was around 104 that day. I was able to run in to the finish line and I was very thankful to be done! Scott came in not long after I did. Neither one of us were able to catch our breath on the run. It was sweltering! I thought for sure that I had beat him this time….but no….he beat me by a minute or so….the same amount of time it took me to put my chain back on!

So yesterday evening I went to the track with a girlfriend and we walked 2 miles with running the straights near the end, and then walked the stairs 7 times. My shins are cussing me today. But it felt GREAT to do something again. Just what I needed to jump start me. Next week it’s back to the grind! I don’t feel like I will be totally prepared for River Cities but I am looking forward to having fun!

On June 18, LA Tech is hosting a min Tri. It’s the Dog Paddle, Pedal & Pound Triathlon. When I first heard of it I thought it was for kids only, but in talking to some of the people that are over it, I found out it’s also an adult friendly beginner’s course! So not only am I entering my boys, (6 & 9), I am going to enter it as well. Scott and Conner are planning on entering too!

For the 16 and older (that’s us!) it’s a 200m swim, 5 mile bike & 2K run. What a great way to practice and get our feet wet! (& work on transition times!)

Tonya, if you happen to be over this way that weekend we would love for you to come join us! Gwen, it would be great for you to come over as well! After doing the Rocketchix in Baton Rouge I can honestly say having a tri (even a mini) under your belt before the River Cities Tri gets here would be great! It would be great practice!

Tonight is swim night! We have had 3 lessons and our lovely swim coach is out for the summer…. But even in 3 lessons I have learned SO much! Now to build up endurance in my lungs and become faster. It will come. I just want it NOW! LOL! Scott is doing SO much better, he is working on slowing down a little more and relaxing…..to which I have suggested yoga (even have a Yoga DVD for athletes) but he is still holding out. If I can get up Thursday morning I hope to go to the class at Tech.

We only ran twice last week. I am still starting out strong but am struggling at the end….and we have officially welcomed the humidity to Ruston. That’s good though because I keep thinking about the Tri in August! Oh my. LOL!

I plan on biking on Wednesday night with a group of girlfriends. We are all different levels but it should be a good ride. We will head down Hwy 167 toward Quitman, LA.

Scott and I are looking at the Insanity nutritional guide, hoping we can start to eat even healthier and not crash in the afternoons. (like right now!) I am waiting on the cleaning fairy and the chef fairy to appear so I can have a clean house and eat healthy meals! 😉 Oh well….it’s nice to dream anyway.

Let’s go team!! We WILL do this! 🙂

It’s been a few weeks since I have updated but lots has been going on workout wise!

Swimming lessons are continuing and I am getting much better, although I still have a LONG way to go! Scott has been going to the lessons and trying to build back up after being sick, but during last week’s lesson he popped his shoulder out of place, (Ouch! 😦 ) so he worked on kicking and some breathing exercises. I practiced on Friday night and feel like I am getting a little stronger with each stroke. I was able to swim 10 laps! (With rests in between each 50 meters) I hope to be able to swim at least 5 laps without stopping soon…..and build up from there. I am looking forward to tonight’s swim where my goal is to swim 2 laps without stopping. Wish me luck.

Yesterday, Scott and I met some friends in Monroe and went on a 26.4 mile ride. We burned 1300 calories! I was certainly pumped about that! 😀 I LOVE my bike! My bum is just a little sore today along with my shoulders, but my knees were killing me late last night. Nothing a little Advil won’t take care of!

We learned a lot tho…..

1) Take cash in case you stop at a gas station for snacks

2) Get another small pouch to put on the bike to take snacks

3) Have TWO water bottles on the bike

4) Wear Bike Gloves

5) Maybe take some Advil BEFORE the long ride (In Scott’s case anyway hehe)

It was fun riding with others that have been riding for a while and getting pointers from them. Cindy and Carolyn went up to Benton and rode the route we will ride for the Tri. I want to get out there soon and ride it as well. Tonya, let us know when you are coming in and maybe we can come ride with you! I look forward to riding again soon! I hope to be able to ride again next Wednesday and next Saturday (maybe Sunday too).

My avg. speed was 12.6, so much work is needed, but it was still great to get out there and ride! I think I am getting the hang of putting my feet into the cages as well.

I will let Scott blog about his first long bike ride. He is quite entertaining in telling the story!

As for the running, I have started Couch 2 5K over in week 4. I am starting out stronger and faster but as the second half rolls around I tend to slow down a good bit. I have been reading Running magazine and it has helped so much with my form and in turn my breathing.

Hope to hear how your training is going! Only 12 more weeks till the big day!

On Sunday May 1, 2011 I became a Tri Athlete! It was a wonderful experience! One I can’t wait to repeat! It was the all-girl  Rocketchix Tri in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus. It was a 350 meter swim, 5 mile bike, 2 mile run. It was originally a 12 mile bike ride but due to the Mississippi River rising to almost historical records and some of the levy’s leaking they had to cut the bike ride down to 5 miles. (at the end I was good with this 😉 ) You can see the results here, http://www.rrptiming.com/2011RocketChix1Results

My time was 1:01:22. I was 23rd in my age group & 158th overall.

Swim: 12:30.53 (3:34 sec/100m) T1: 1:59.77 Bike: 21:56.00 (13.7mph)

T2: 1:04.22 Run: 23:51 (11:55mph)

We started out with a 350 meter swim at the natatorium. It was a self-seeding race and 2 out of the 5 in our group and I placed ourselves at the back of the 10 minute group. I should have gone to the 12 minute group. We were in line almost an hour before we got into the pool. Once I was able to jump in the freezing water I had about 20 seconds before I started my time. I couldn’t catch my breath; I panicked and looked like a flounder in the water. I was SO mad at myself! I couldn’t get in a rhythm until the last two laps. When I finally calmed down I was able to swim the last two laps. Scott and Crystal were at the end of the pool trying to tell me to calm down….but it wasn’t working….I was NOT a happy camper. Needless to say, I have a lot of work to do. Thankfully, Scott and I start swimming lessons on Wednesday night.

After getting out of the pool, I ran to the Transition Area, put on my socks (complete with grass on my feet and one sock was on sideways), geared up and headed out to the mount line. This was the second time I had been on my bike since I got it. I LOVED the bike ride! I passed up quite a few ladies and rocked the bike ride! I still have a lot of work to do with the biking! Tonya, I love your idea to meet up with the Tri Club in Shreveport when they aren’t racing!

I didn’t wreck coming into the dismount line! Yea! (I have heard horror stories about the mount and dismount line!) I ran my bike into the transition area, racked my bike up and headed out to the run. By this time I was wearing down. I tried to run but ended up walking, running, walking running, all the while trying to catch my breath. I was constantly wheezing. Near the end, I got into a slow rhythm and jogged in….at least ¼ of a mile. Sheila Taormina, was near the finish line, high fiving everyone as they passed by. She had been in Baton Rouge during the week hosting swim clinics.

I just jogged across the finish line…it was all I could do….but I did it! I wanted to cry when I finished….it was so very emotional to finish the race!! My goal was to finish this race….now my goal it to get MUCH better. I am glad I did this Tri before the River Cities Tri. It was a wonderful experience.

There were 5 that went down for the Tri. Katy came in 3rd in her age group, 16th overall; she has done 2 Tri’s this year and is taking a Tri class at ULM. Kalee came in 6th in her age group, 36 overall in the Fat Tire division, and she had only been in the pool once! Oh to be young again….. Cindy came in 9th in her age group, 170th overall, and she hasn’t been in the pool in 3 years and she is a cyclist. I came in 23rd in my group and 158th overall. I want to do MUCH better next time.

I am SO pumped!! Let’s do this!