So March was a month of firsts for me. First snowshoe race and first Triathlon. Next race is next weekend in the sunny Las Vegas and I will attempt my first ever Spartan race. I am on the road to my Spartan Trifecta. I am just excited to get away from this snow and see palm trees and wear shorts outside without freezing! lol Then I get a month rest/training period before I am off to Montana for the Sprint Spartan. After that June hits and I get busier with races and will squeeze in holidays too for a much needed break. Don't worry will still get some training in as I LOVE running there and working out in the gym. Oh can bring a bike too and ride that... so many options! lol I've been told lately by a lot of people that I am crazy and yes I am and proud of it. I have accomplished more then I ever thought I would and having a blast making new memories. I could be addicted to worse things in the world and this road that I am on I am enjoying the ride!!
Until next time...
I did it... I actually did it. I completed a 10mile indoor Triathlon in Calgary at the Talisman Center. It is a great facility and the race organizers and volunteers were amazing and supportive.
My 500m (20 laps) swim went as good as expected and yes after the first two laps I panicked. I was ready to quit and stop right there. I persevered to the bitter end when I finished off with the back stroke. I ended getting last out of the pool which then set off the chain of events. As I was entering the gym to get on my bike at my station I ended up slipping, falling and banged my knee pretty good (got some small scrapes too... Gotta have war wounds lol) got on the bike and was making some good time up but about a km left to go in the 12.5km bike the guy accidentally unplugged my distance monitor. Was upset at the time but OK afterwards. Accidents happen.
Getting off the bike my legs were jelly and it's an odd transition from bike to run. Just by what you feel. We then made our way up the stairs to the indoor track and ran 15 laps to complete the 3 km run. Normally that's a good warmup but today was a true test of mental toughness. Luckily no accidents on the track and I finished strong as I normally do. Plus I just want to get this crazy thing over with. Ha ha
So thoughts on today.... Well I did it and I never done one before. This is the first race I've ever done that my asthma didn't play a factor in or was even an issue. Today's challenges were the mental stuff and telling the negative brain thoughts to piss off and keep going. The run and the bike I went in feeling confident and I know I could have done a little better but with how things were going I did it to my best abilities. I need to work on the mental game more and overcome the pool issues with swimming. I've been swimming my whole life and have always felt comfortable in the water. I don't know what was causing it or what factors were playing a role but for once my asthma wasn't an issue. I never used my inhaler once and only used it on the way in due to the cold air and the -10 temps.
I am extremely proud of myself for doing this and am still emotional about it. I am recovering faster after races.... Ok so far feeling not too bad. I am going to take a few days off and jump back on the training wagon. I have the Super Spartan Race in Vegas in 2 weeks. I am excited to try it out and get away.
I want to thank my triathlon group for being there supporting me and the ones that couldn't make it too. Robin for checking on me and staying till the bitter end. I especially want to thank Mike for being there and riding along side of me to help cheer me on, running and handing me water as well as keeping me going (especially since you were finished your race and ended up running 6km). My parents for coming out so early in the morning, taking the pictures and video and supporting me as well. My awesome amazing son for saying nice stuff afterwards and the kids for cheering me on.
I truly do have such an awesome support group now. My life just keeps getting better and I keep surprising myself with what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it.
Don't ever let your fears stop you from doing something you really want. I am taking this experience and will learn from it so my next Triathlon in June goes a little better. That will be my first outdoor one with elements and cars and stuff and..... Well you get the point. My son is joining me there and will complete his first kids triathlon. I am sure proud of him. Watching him turn a negative past into a positive future is such a great thing. We both are strong people... I'm a very proud momma!
Until next time...
(Will post some pics later)
Training has been going as great as it can be with that huge blister on my heal. I can't put on my running shoes yet so am getting creative to get something in. Saturday was the dreaded brick x3... Remember it's when you bike 30min in your different zones then run for 5 minutes and you do it three times. Well the biking went great and better then I thought but no running I ended up doing a body weight circuit. Took me almost a minute to get out of those tri shoes that are attached to the tri bike. Let's just say it wasn't pretty or graceful and I am scared for that transition now. So anyways the body weight circuit I did my 30 squats x3, 10 pull-ups x3, 10 push-ups x3 and 20 v-sits x3. So I know the squats I prob should have only done 10 at a time (wasn't thinking and I had done 30 due to my 30 day squat challenge already when I realized I should have done 10 at a time... My butt will thank me later lol). I am proud I did all 3 rounds and biked a total of 27.2km. I figured out I need to work on my fuel during these times and I need to do more electrolights. I am learning to listen to my body more.
Sunday we were supposed to do a run workout and since the wearing of shoes wasn't happening I did another 30 min on the bike for 16km (total distance on the bike for the weekend was 43.2km... Insane I know). So now to worry on the swim part.... My first triathlon race... Yikes! It's indoors but the pool part has me nervous and a little worried. I can swim but getting that feel comfortably know I can do it feeling is hard to get. I know with more swim workouts it will come but come race day my competitive nature will come out and help me achieve it.
Two weeks later is the super spartan.... Just nervous and excited about it. I want to attempt to complete every obstacle challenge even though as much as I love Burpees I don't want to have to do a ton of them. Lol
My nerves are getting to me for both the races but also the excitement of doing a race in another place. I have two Spartans that I am completing in the states and the last one the beast is getting done up here. I am so glad that is the last race I am doing this year.
I am happy to be back on track with training and making good strides finally with things. I never knew this triathlon training would be so intense and require so much time to be put into it. I am glad I am apart of my tri group not only for the support and encouragement but to also be on the right track and be able to do my triathlons properly knowing the things I need to. They are a lot more technical then I thought they would be.
I am excited to give my first one a tri on Sunday. I would be less worried if I didn't have my blister on my foot. It's really making training a challenge. Oh well live and learn but glad I got that snowshoe race over and done.
Until next time...
I am happy to say that March has started out way better then February. I got over my cold and my lungs healed. I got a brick workout in and was able to push myself during that workout. A brick is when your on the bike for a time and in my case it was 30 min varying between my speed increases. Then running on the treadmill for 5 min in a certain zone. We had to do that twice and I must say it went better.
I also completed a 10km snowshoe race in Lake Louise. The course went across the lake then up a mountian and back down. I found out today that it ended up being 11.2km. Crazy hey. Was one of the tougher races I've done and a great one to start race season with the beautiful scenery. My son came and raced 2.5km and came in second place... I am a super proud mom! We had a great weekend just the two of us in the mountains. We went shopping in Banff and tubing at Mt. Norquay. Such a great time and bonding moment.
The race left my feet in rough shape with a huge blister on my one foot and that is becoming a challenge with my triathlon training... Runners are needed and important, they just don't feel very good on. I've been glad the weather is nice again so I can get away with wearing sandals to help ease the pain at work. The good news is the tri shoes for the bike don't hurt so I can get my brick done tomorrow. This time I think it's three rounds. Oye
Lots of new and cool things are happening to me. I'm not really trying to find them but they are finding me. Today I was able to hear Ian Hill speak in our community and his message hit home with me. You see he has the same philosophy as I do. He awarded our town with a leadership course for every person to take to help build skills and make our town of High River an even better place. So I am happy to say I am registered to take this 15 week course and become a community builder. Nothing like adding more onto my busy plate of racing, training, studying, enjoying life, son playing competitive soccer, spending time with family, friends and working full time. I am so greatful for my close support system that's been there for me.
Another cool thing came my way is a lady wanting me to write a story about overcoming my challenges with my asthma and learning to run. She wants to publish it on her website and Facebook page. My deadline was today and I got it sent off with pics. Now I wait to see how it looks when it gets published. Pretty excited. Don't worry will post a link to it once I see it.
I added yet another race to my long list and I am doing a little 10mile triathlon on March 23rd. You swim 500m, bike 12.5km and run 3km. It's indoors too so I can learn the transitions before a major outdoor race. Nervous about it but excited too. I have a really cool new triathlon outfit for it and can't wait to try it out.
I am also on another spartan 30 day challenge and this time instead of doing 30 Burpees for 30 days, I am now doing 30 squats for 30 days.... On day 10! Loving it!
April 5th which is 2 weeks after my tri we are off to Las Vegas so I can attempt my Super Spartan race on the road to getting my trifecta. Very nervous but looking forward to getting away to Vegas for a mini holiday with the super supportive boyfriend. :) after that I have a month rest/training before the next race in May.
I am just amazed at how life changes drastically for the best when you close the door to negative controlling people. New things happen and come your way. I am loving life and for the first time I am not scared of the future. I'm not scared because I finally know that I am a strong person, I don't want to waste my time worrying about things I can't control or haven't even happened yet. Also I have been working on putting the crap I went thru in the past with my marriage and learning to forgive so I can forget. I am feeling a huge relief and have been sleeping better now!!!
If you don't like what your doing now you need to change.... Find that thing your passionate about and go for it. You want to get in shape just start out slow by eating cleaner and doing some sort of workout... You just gotta keep moving and before you know it things will have changed. My confidence has improved greatly because of my challenges... I am a better person now because of those challenges... Sure it sucks going thru that in the past but you need to change it and make it a positive.
Until next time....
I am a single mom with one son that has been living with asthma since I was 2yrs old. I also almost died three times due to severe asthma attacks! I don't let my asthma stop me from accomplishing new goals and living life to the fullest.
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