Last night as I crawled into my bed, so tired from pushing myself with my triathlon training, I recalled a conversation with a co-worker from earlier. She and I were discussing participating in a duathlon this weekend… as a relay team. We’d done it a few years ago and had such a great time. She took on the 2 mile run, I biked the 10 miles and then she ran the last 2 again.

We looked at the registration online but it was terribly expensive for a last minute registrant.

“Shouldn’t you do the whole thing anyway?” she advised.

I really should.

Then, last night, I also remembered an email that had arrived earlier announcing the final day to register for the Disco Triathlon. After making my way back to my laptop, I noticed the Disco Tri is this weekend too. And the cost was similar to the duathlon. And the swim portion is shorter than the upcoming River Cities triathlon in a month.

So, this is what a wild hair feels like, I thought.  Then, I registered.

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Last Saturday, I pushed myself in a mock triathlon at the gym. I swam 800 meters, rode a spinning bike for an hour and then ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I was happy to be indoors since the temperatures have been over 100 degrees for the past week. However, I still worked up quite a sweat. It was during that last mile on the treadmill that my body said, “Ok, thank you. That’s enough now.”

But my mind wouldn’t allow me to stop.

I’m hurting a bit from that but very proud that I pushed myself. Doing an endurance event takes mental fortitude AND body awareness. I knew I could go further. I simply hadn’t pushed myself that far yet.

I limped around on Sunday but also tried a little “hair of the dog” on Sunday evening – spinning on the bike for 30 minutes. I also swam another 800 meters last night.

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My swim time seems to be improving. Either that or the pool I’m swimming in is shorter than 25 meters. I’d like to believe the former rather than the latter. I’ll allow myself that much.

I’ve been swimming in the lake a few times in the past few weeks. I do panic more in open water. There’s something about that line on the bottom of the pool that gives me comfort. In order to let go of that, I do some pool laps with my eyes closed. I’ve also been practicing spotting. I know I’m going to have to lift my head occasionally to find the next buoy to swim around.

Still, when I get in the murky water and there’s a wake and/or current, all of that practice goes out of the window. I’ve actually had to practice a mantra while swimming: “Calm”… I repeat it often. I will get out of my head and beat that open water swim. I will do it.

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My training has been doing at least one 2 mile and one 3 mile run a week. Spinning on the bike for an hour once or twice a week. And swimming 2 – 3 times a week.

Now, I’m kicking it up a notch with this weekend’s tri.

Wish me luck!

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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! 🙂

After riding 6 miles a few Sundays ago on mountain bikes, we both knew that we needed something different if we were going to be able to make it biking. The bike Scott borrowed was too small for him and neither one of us could get the gears to work properly. So I took mine in to Turbo Goat to get road tires and a tune up and Chris had a used bike for sale. It’s a Giant TCR2 with harness pedals.  He cleaned it up and I tried it out yesterday. WOW is all I can say! He fitted it out for me and I took it around the block a few times, almost running into a lady (oops!) because I was on the sidewalk. Yes, I know you aren’t supposed to ride on the sidewalk but in 5 o’clock traffic in Ruston I wasn’t about to try to ride on the main drag. When I got it home, I rode around the parking lot and loved it!! The test will come tonight when I ride to the park, run and ride home.

Scott went to Monroe yesterday and went over to the Bike Source (That’s my friend Cindy with her new Trek on the main page!). He was able to try out a few bikes and found a Trek he liked! They ordered him a 60cm bike and it should be in by the end of the week. They told him he would be ready to ride by the weekend!

So we are ready to ride! 🙂 Maybe. Haha!

Needless to say, it’s all coming together. I actually fell like we will be (somewhat) ready by August for the River Cities Tri. I am in NO way, shape, form or fashion ready for the Rockerchix Tri this weekend but I am excited about it! My goal is to finish!

We may do a Sunrise Tri in Shreveport in May or June also if anyone is interested in joining…. 🙂 Scott thought it would be a good practice run for the River Cities.

Tonya, I think we are going to do the bike ride with you in Dallas! Give us some good experience!

Congrats to us ALL for running AND placing in our age groups! YEA!! It was such a beautiful (although a little chilly) day for a run and I am so proud of ALL of us for doing it! I think I am still on cloud 9! 😀 Check out the results!

http://www.sportspectrumusa.com/files/ParkinsonResults11.pdf

(Insert from Tonya: Congrats to YOU, Tammy, for placing first in your age group!)

Congrats to Tonya & Billy for running the entire 5K!! Scott and I beat our time by 5 minutes and we still had to walk a little. I will be glad when we are well and are able to really see what we can do! Ian did great for his first race and hopefully he will continue running!

Scott and I along with two other friends went on a 6 mile bike ride yesterday…complete with mountains….yes, they were mountains, not hills….of this I am positive. Katy (who has 2 Triathlon Sprint’s under her belt) and Kalee (a newbie to riding) were on a road bike and a hybrid bike and they made biking look like they were gliding along glass. Scott and I were huffing and puffing, bouncing all over the place on our mountain bikes. I couldn’t get my gears to change half of the time and the borrowed bike Scott was on may have been just be a bit short for him. As Scott put it, it was yet another wake up call for us. I like to think of it as double the work out on a mountain bike…..and maybe when we get road bikes we will feel like we are on glass too. 😉 I also want padded bike shorts….it’s a must.

I have also signed up for a Tri Sprint Short in Baton Rouge on May 1! Yikes! Only 2 weeks to really ride and swim. It’s an all girl Tri and there are 4 of us doing it. Check it out at http://www.rocketchix.com/index.html. Once again…my goal is to finish!

Tonya, it was so nice to finally meet you and I look forward to coming to Dallas to do a run or a bike ride! Let us know what you find!

Last Saturday Scott and I completed our first 5K! Now, it was not your normal 5K……..no, it was a Cross Country 5K. The terrain was brutal but we finished it! We both came in at 40:?? (I could only see 40 minutes as I panted past the time clock). If it hadn’t been for the rough terrain (causing leg cramps) Scott would have finished way ahead of me. We finished 59th & 60th but we weren’t the last to finish! (thankfully). It was good for both of us to see where we are and how much farther we need to go before August 7th! We both hope to improve our time this week at the Parkinson’s Power 5K with Tonya!

We also started swimming this week. WOW. What a workout!

Now to learn a new way to breathe…and just when I was getting my breathing down for running!

We swam 5 – 30m laps with a little rest in between. I have no idea how I am going to swim a 1/2 mile in open water. I was exhausted on the last (few) laps! I was also all over the pool (having broke the strap on my goggles before getting in the pool I was swimming blind) and ran into Scott a few times. Opps!

We are swimming again tonight and will be working on kicking and breathing. I discovered just how uncoordinated I am!

Last night I took my boys to the park and finished week 7 day 3 of Couch to 5K. I was slow but I ran the entire 25 minutes (not sure of the distance) with out stopping! I was SO excited and amazed that I could do that. C25K really does work! It was mostly a flat run but hills will be added on Thursday night’s run, so we will see how it goes then.

Biking is the next step. A neighbor let Scott borrow his bike this week and we are thinking about riding in The Tour of Piney Hills, 10 mile ride on May 7th. http://www.tourofpineyhills.com/ I am looking forward to biking. I do believe it will be my favorite out of everything.

OK, we are registered for the River Cities. Whoohoo. And we are running 3 5Ks in the next 4 weeks. Ugh.

Tonight we finish Couch to 5K Week 5. Hope y’all are doing well with the training.

The RiverCities triathlon registration opens at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning – and THAT’S NO FOOLIN’!

They cap the number of entrants at 1000 (which, I believe, is less than the number of participants from 2 years ago). In other words, have your credit card ready bright and early to register. The registration page should be right here.

I’m excited because my very inspirational friend Jenn Sommerman is a special guest of the triathlon this year! She is doing 50 triathlons in all 50 states by the time she turns 50. Follow along on her blog to check her progress. Her goal is to raise $100,000 for Ovarian Cancer research, a disease she fought and from which she is currently in remission.

I’m happy to hear that both Scott and Tammy have registered for the Parkinson’s 5K in Shreveport in 2 weeks! I look forward to running with you both.

 

Training:

I am on week 6 of the Couch to 5K program – running day 2 yesterday. I was very weak but expect tomorrow’s run – 25 minutes without stopping – to be much better.

Stay safe out there, ya’ll!