I am an ATHLETE!

It is official!! I am now an ATHLETE! I lost my first toe nail Monday night. My son has swimming lessons on Thursday nights and Master swim is at the same time. So, Mom goes and swims and J is at his lessons. It is a win win situation!  I didn’t really pay much attention to my toe but knew it would be coming off at some point.  He was out of school on Monday, so after my chiropractors appointment we went swimming. I am working on a virtual Ironman challenge with a group on Facebook that I belong to and needed to get some swim time in to meet my 2.4 miles for the month. J did some practicing and he is getting more comfortable in the water. Now to just get him to keep his face in the water. But I am not complaining as of last year he wouldn’t even attempt to put his face in the water. I was able to get in 1600 yards. I should be at my goal on Thursday after Masters swim.

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Now the bike is a different story, I haven’t even started on the 112 miles that I need for the month and it is now the 11th. Going to need to set up the trainer and get started.

I just about have the running completed. I checked this afternoon and only needed 12 more miles. I knew that I couldn’t do that many miles today but I was able to get in a 10K before J got home from school.

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This was my view on my run today. This was a new route for me and I really liked it. It had several rolling hills that really made you work for it. If I would have followed this trail and made the loop it would have come out to be about 10 miles. So that is my next goal is to do the 10 mile loop when I have more time.

Since it is getting a little cooler and soon to be colder, I need to start looking for winter tights to wear when I run. Just looking for one pair as of right now and really don’t want to spend too much money on them.

I am also looking at what races I want to do next year and getting a wetsuit.

 

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I ran a 10K today!

I am working towards finishing my degree in nursing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. This week is homecoming and today they had a 5K/10K race. It was FREE for students, so I signed up.

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Me with Cougar, sporting my Metro Tri Club shirt and #owenotter hat.  #owenotter helped his Aunt Jen make it through the race today and every race that she had done this year. To find out more about Owen please go the the Blog of Kelly Burns Gallagher Someradnomthursday

It was a small race and of course I checked to see how many were racing in my age group 45-49, a total of 4 women. I knew right then and there that I would not be making the podium, but that was OK as I was running for me and to get better. There was a little bit of me hoping that I could get in the top 2, as they only gave awards out for the top 2 in your age group, but I digress.

It was really windy today and you were either running into the wind or it was pushing you. For me I was mostly running into the wind, what wonderful luck I have right? Things started out great, I was doing a great pace and feeling OK. My lateral quads were not liking me and no matter how much I stretched or was stretched they still did not like to be bothered about running this morning. I just told them to do their job and keep moving. I run on a 5:1 interval, run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute. It seems to work well for me. It is a good thing that my Garmin 910 can keep time and has a run/walk setting. I was going great and keeping a good pace in the mid 12’s. Which is really great for me!!

At about the 2 mile mark or so, I met up with Bob. I met Bob at our local running store, Run Well when I started the “Recliner to 5K” program that the owner Jenifer Schaller put on. I was running further and faster, but Jen helped me so much in getting my stride and breathing under control that I did not finish the class. Bob came to the class as a helper and we would run together at times during the class.

Bob and I ran most of the race together and walked at the same time. Until about the 7K mark. His shins started to brother him and he told me not to wait on him. I kept going, the it was the UP HILL climb back to the finish.

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This was at the end of the UP HILL at 8K. My first action shot. Just as good as getting one running with both feet in the air.

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All smiles and just about done and heading to the finish line.

All in all, I had a great race. I finished in 1: 18:13.3. I am very proud of my race today.

This race came 2 weeks after my first half marathon which I finished in 3:09:00

Now it is time to start thinking about next year and the races that I want to do. I have a few in mind, but really need to step up my swimming and biking to get to where I need to be.  Also, need to start looking for a wet suit that I can use next season. Going to need it for the race in May and one in September that may be my first half iron distance race.

 

It’s been awhile

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.

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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.

I Got In!!!

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I got the email today…. I was one of 54 other women picked to be part of the Tri Equal..

You have been selected for 3 months of free coaching, donated by a coach in support of TriEqual’s Equally Inspiring program.

This program is to help bring women into the sport of triathlons and to help encourage other women to join the sport. The #50womentokona started this campaign to have equality among the men and women professional triathlete for the world championships in Kona, HI.

As of right now there are only approx. 30 professional female triathletes that go to the championships each year, compared to 50 professional males. In order for a women to get to Kona, she has to race more races than the men to qualify for a spot.

Please visit   http://www.triequal.org for more information and how you can help in the fight for equality.

 

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#EquallyInspiring

It has been awhile

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.

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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.

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Hugs, will update again soon.

3 months since surgery

I am down 76.4 lbs. since surgery.  I am having a very hard time seeing my weight loss at times. I see it in my clothes and under my chin, but in other places I really can’t see it.

I need to do so many things, that maybe I will see it.  My hair is falling out, mostly in the shower. I am used to it with it being long, but it comes at times when I really hate having to wash it due to how much I will find in the shower or in my hands.

I have been having issues getting in all of my water and protein in each day. And any type of exercise has been put to the side. I have been so busy with Cub Scouts and trying to find time for myself.  Thank goodness that this is my last year with Scouts.

It is getting cold here in Southern Illinois and it is making me even colder. Getting used to this new body is not easy. I am tired all of the time and I just want to hide from the world. I don’t want to go back on any anti depressants.

I feel like I am disappointing my supporters. I am not training for my next race or doing any training at all.

My house is a mess and I feel like the walls are closing in on me at times. I want to tear down those walls, but I don’t have the money to repair what I am more than willing to tear down.

“All good things for those that wait.”    I am really starting to hate that saying.

Not giving up but putting on the back burner for now

I am trying to get used to my new body and the things that I can and can’t eat.

Right now I am not doing very well on the eating part.

I am down 65 lbs at this time. I still have a way to go. I have no energy to do anything. I am getting out once a week and cutting the grass. Work is about to do me in at times. All of the energy it takes to get through my 8 hours leaves nothing left to exercise or to even cook something to eat.

Cub Scouts started last week and thank goodness, I have help this year. We had a wonderful recruitment with a total of 25 boys and more are coming.

Had to take Joshua to get his eyes checked today. He needs new glasses and even with my insurance it will cost me over $250.00.  He also needs new shoes and with the size of his foot I have to get New Balance. So this weekend it is off to get new shoes and glasses.  Looks like I need to start working some overtime.