I have been non-stop since my last post. It feels like it has been over a month since I wrote, but in truth it has only been a few weeks.
I celebrated my 48th birthday on the 3rd, then had to write my final paper for my Nursing Research class that was due on the 13th (got it done before then and turned in), now trying to get things ready for Christmas.
Joshua and I are heading down to Florida to spend Christmas with my Dad and brother. This will be the first time back to Florida since we moved to Illinois in 2014. I have worked by butt off getting my PTO time saved up to be able to take 6 days off.
Now on to training and eating. I HAVE BEEN BAD!!!!!!
My training has taken a huge back seat to life and so has my eating. My weight had gotten back up to 165 and I just felt like crap. First of all, I have been so upset with myself that I allow myself to slip back into old unhealthy eating habits when I get stressed. Will have to work on finding better ways when school starts back up in January.
I have gone back to just drinking my protein drinks and water. I have slipped up twice and had my mortal enemy of peanut M&Ms. I just have to refocus and remember why I did this in the first place.
I have been trying to find a support group that isn’t over an hour away. I will keep looking.
Back to the training…. Joshua has swimming lessons every Thursday night and there just happens to be a Masters Swim Class at the same time. So, we both get to swim on Thursday nights. Plus he does so much better when I am not watching. I am so proud of him and how far he has come in his swimming.
Now on to bigger news…….
They have opened up applications for their “Equally Inspiring Athlete” for women to be coached for three months for free. They continue to want to increase the number of women in the sport. I was very lucky in 2015 that I applied and was accepted. Sadly it didn’t last long as I got injured and couldn’t continue. This was right before my weight loss surgery. So, I was encouraged to apply again and I did.
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.
OMG!! I am so excited. Let me explain.
A few weeks ago @swimbikemom head a contest for other athletes to donate their used Garmin’s or other watches that will track by GPS your run, bike and swims. I entered the contest each and everyday, not thinking that I would get one.
Guess What????? I WON A GARMIN 910TX with heart monitor.
I could not believe it. Then she had another contest for Roka swimming goggles and I won one of them also.
I got everything today in the mail and by Santa. I truly believe that God is trying to tell me something and I am starting to listen.
My wonderful friend Heather Tolley Bauer got me the book by Meredith Atwood and she signed it too!
I am so blessed with wonderful friends.
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.