I went for a run today after work. Needed to get out and feel productive in my training. It was a slow run but I was able to get in 5.5 miles today. Found a new route to me that has some good uphill climbs.
Due to having weight loss surgery, I have to drink a lot of water. Today I have drank 7 bottles of 16.9 oz each.
Well at about mile 3 I needed to go and I didn’t think I could make it back home due to not really knowing where I was at on the trail. So, here I am trying to find a nice little spot and next thing I know one appears. A nice little park bench to the side of the trail that was covered. Camping skills paid off and I was back off running my merry little way.
I love it when a plan comes together!!
Now if I could just get my eating under control. I keep losing and gaining the same 5 lbs. I guess it is better than gaining 10, 20 or more.
It has been 3 months since the last time I have posted. So many things have happened both good and bad.
My weight loss journey has been going great. I am down a total of 126lbs since surgery on July 13, 2015.
I am now in a size 16 in jeans and some larges in workout gear.
Training has taken a back seat to injuries, but I am getting stronger and working my way back. I have already signed up for 3 races with the first one in April. It is the first and only race that I did last year before surgery.
April 17, 2016 Try Tri Edwardsville, IL Super Sprint
May 22, 2016 St. Louis Triathlon Creve Coeur Park in Maryland Heights Athena Sprint
June 12, 2016 Athena National Championships Grand Rapids, MI Athena Sprint.
August 2016 Wood River Triathlon (this one is still a maybe).
Time to get busy and reach my goals!!! Only 25 lbs from my weight loss goal and my racing goals are starting to take shape.
It has been awhile since I updated everyone on my progress.
As of last week I am down a total of 83 LBS. I try weigh myself every Thursday, which is tomorrow.
Look at what a year makes! The photo on the left was taken last October when I was making my son’s birthday cake. The one on the right was taken about a week ago.
I finally got my hair colored after a year and I took my glasses off for the picture.
I got some exciting news today. TriEqual will be announcing the 50 women who will get to experience free coaching for three months on November 25, 2015. I sent in an application and now I am keeping my fingers crossed. They had nearly 500 applications to read and pair down to only 50.
I ordered my new suit from Swim Outlet and it should be here in the next week. I ordered a size 20, hope it fits I am ready to get back into the pool. Going to work very hard on my swimming in the next few months. Will be getting a membership at the Rec Center here in town for the next 6 months. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to me!
My goal is to be able to swim 50 yards without stopping. I have always needed to stop and rest after each 25.
I am looking at my first race to be in April. The Try Tri Illinois at SIUE. I will be doing the super sprint: 150 yard swim, 10mile bike and 2 mile run.
I know from last year, I need to work on climbing hills and learning how to change gears on my bike. I will be using Mabel once again this year, as I am saving my money for an entry level TRI Bike.
My own GOfundme account at home.
Hugs, will update again soon.
I had this dream last night….. I opened up my own training facility here in my hometown.
It was out in the country surrounded by farming fields and when corn was planted and tall, you would never know the facility was there. Now this was not just some ordinary facility, it was state of the art. It has just about everything an athlete would ever need. Let me try to describe it to you.
The outside front looked like a farm house with a big covered porch and rocking chairs for everyone. But once you stepped inside, you walked into another world all together. There were 5 different sections to the big open space.
• The first section was the cardio area where there were treadmills and bike trainers. The trainers were hooked up to TV’s for practice on road races or you could put in a movie. The same for the treadmills.
• The second section was for strength training and rehabilitation.
• The third section was a 2 lane 50 meter pool
• The fourth section was a dining area with kitchen and lounge area
• The fifth section was guest quarters
• On one side of the building was a 3 lane 400 meter track.
We had a staff of many to keep it running from a strength coach, a physical therapist, nutritionist, a sports medicine physician and massage therapist.
On the side of the pool there were huge garage doors that would open to let in light and air.
The facility was open for anyone to come and train, but it was really for those women that wanted to do something for herself. To reach a goal that everyone told them would or could never happen.
Dreams start Here
Now to play the Lottery and make my dream come true.
What are your dreams?
I had the most wonderful dream last night.
I won my first Tri and I didn’t know that I won until names were announce. Not sure of the distance, but I know that I won. I was so excited this morning when I woke up. Best dream to have.
I have been working on my office/training room.
OUCHIE from the hammer
Needed tons of this for the wall.
Getting ready for the last step. Need to wet sand and then clean the walls. Should be ready by this weekend to get the primer up on the walls.
I am going with a blue color for all of the walls and then add color when I can. I have a saying that I am going to put up on the main wall that I will be looking at when I am training.
“DREAMS START HERE”
I am also going add some chalkboard paint to something so I can keep track of my workouts along with a mirror. It will be a slow process, but I am getting very excited about it.
I knew that I was a big girl and needed to lose some weight, but it never really hit me until I saw these photos of myself from my first ever swim meet. I am at my highest weight ever. I weighed less at 9 months pregnant than I do today.
What is so shocking is how your own brain can play tricks on you. When I look at myself, I don’t see that I am this big.
This has been an ongoing issue for me my whole life. I have been to therapy so many times I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count that high. Growing up I was the token fat girl in class that would get laughed at and teased. Kids in grade school can be very mean and when you don’t have the coping skills at a young age it never leaves you.
I am on my final steps in getting approved for weight loss surgery. I just found out that the office just got the last piece of paperwork that is needed. I go on Tuesday, May 5th for my last class and then see the surgeon on June 1st, with possible approval 2 weeks after. The it will be the waiting game for a surgery date as he is about 4 to 6 weeks out after you get approved.
Keep your fingers crossed!!
I would like to welcome each and everyone to my new blog.
I have just started my training and wanted to keep an account of where I have been and where I am going on the roller coaster ride call Triathlon.
On April 26, 2015 I completed in my first Super Sprint Tri in Edwardsville, IL at SIUE. I was very proud of myself and the results that I got.
Age group 45*49 This was a super sprint: Swim 150 yards, Bike 10 miles and Run 2 miles
10th in age group and 126th overall
Swim: 6:57.45 86:53/M
Run: 41:37.30 20:49/M
Total time: 2:09:07.55
I am very impressed with myself especially with the Bike. I dropped my chain twice and had to walk up 2 hills. Of course I had the most fun coming down the hills. I kept wanting to squeal WEEEEEE! Just needed to have streamers to my handlebars. Happy with the run, which I walked also.
I can’t wait to do it again.