This long weekend has been an odd but great weekend. I was able to start new process and get something cleaned up and ordered.
Saturday was the Montana Sprint Founders Race.... It was hard but still so much fun. Went down with Mike, my son and my parents. Weather wasn't the greatest but it wasn't raining while we were running so that was a bonus.... Afterwards was another story. We were sooo cold. my asthma though was off thanks to the cooler weather and the smoke they were burning but was able to keep the lungs calmer and push thru things.
The hills were the hardest part of them all and they utilized the hills all around very well. A couple of my fav obstacles were not there but a few new ones were good too. There were more water ones here compared to Vegas and again it's thanks to the terrain. It was still fun!
I was so glad Mike was there to help me along way although I feel bad that I was holding him back. Or I was a pain. Was nice to have another couple with us that we met along the way and encouraged each other. It was their first and felt great helping others out... they helped keep me going too. I felt like I pushed myself harder this time but my pace was slower then Vegas. I did finish this one in 2 hrs like I wanted but as always I wanted to try to beat it. I am super proud though of completing it but I need to train harder and get that hill training before hand. Who wants to join me in the torture I mean oh so much fun hill training???I know ya wanna!! :)
My son completed his first Jr. Spartan in 12 min on the 1 mile hilly course. He loved it and was proud of himself and of course I was a super proud Momma! I love seeing his new passion for racing and trying new things out. I'm not sure if he will do them again but all that matters is he is having fun trying new things.
Was really nice to have my parents there taking pictures and showing their support too. Was the best Momma's day weekend in a very long time. My son got me the best presents and his encouraging words always mean the most. We've been thru so much and it's awesome we have each other.
All these races this year are for the most part learning lessons... What to do for next time if I want a next time. For me the Spartans are on my list for sure and they will have more time goals now I know what to expect from these races. The other races this year that are a learning thing are the triathlons. I do have my own road bike now (thanks to Mike) to train on and get more consistent on it. I am excited to give it a try out and get outside with it. I am nervous about that since I'm scared I won't get my shoes un-clipped in time, there are cars, animals, people, gravel and well you get the point. LOTS of distractions and elements. I would really like to continue those and work on improving myself. It's all about the journey!
With training comes it's challenges and getting places to workout. One of the options I was toying with in conversations with Mike before was making my own gym in my basement. So these nights like this one when I can't sleep due to being over tired I can go workout and make myself tired so my brain shuts off and I sleep. I am going to get my own squat rack, new treadmill to keep up my running on crappy days, roman chair, weights and of course the smaller things to add to it. I have the space in my new house which is a walkout so why not bring the gym to me! I am looking forward to going shopping this weekend and pricing it all out so I can order it and get it all delivered. So excited!!
My life has started to settle down a bit... I'm not so stressed but still very confused. With time I hope that confusion resolves itself like I have a feeling it will one way or the other. Just take each day as it comes and try and I will TRY not to stress over everything. Way easier said then done.
Competitive soccer has been a frustrating start to the season. They keep messing around with the schedules and being a single mom trying to do things for myself and make sure my son gets what he wants is a challenge. The way the schedule was setup before was working for me but now practices fall on a Tuesday and in which case is messing up my coached bike for the tri training this week. Hard to be at two places at the same time. My son did say he could miss practice as my bike is more important with my next race coming up on June 7th. It's always nice to figure out a way to do both. Which in my case didn't work. I did get my time trials done with my tri group and happy to have it done. Wished my knee was better and not acting up after the spartan. I pushed thru it the best I could and still showed improvement. Now to get the swim time trial done and I am set for the Vulcan Tinman Triathlon. This one is going to turn out better then the first tri... I just know it.
Here's to getting back on track with training, life and accomplishing my hopes and dreams! Wish me luck... I'm going to need lots!
Until next time...
Rainy days like this make me slow down and take time to reflect. But I find doing this throughout the year helps keeps my goals, wants and needs in perspective as well.
I've had a challenging week going thru some personal things and while learning about myself as well. I hope things settle down and get back to normal in that aspect. It's derailed my triathlon training a bit due to not having the right equipment to train on but hope to have that resolved soon. On a much happier note though I am getting ready for my second spartan race in Montana next weekend... found out it's the 2014 Founders Race as well. So I am feeling excited and nervous. Will have two Spartans done on my road to trifecta. My son is completing his first kids spartan race too that day and is disappointed he isn't old enough to do my course. June 7th is my first outdoor triathlon... I need to get a bike to get out and ride outside as I have only been doing that on the trainer. After Montana will kick training up a bunch of gears so I can get ready for June 7th and my half marathon July 1st. Going to be busy but will make it work somehow. My son started competitive soccer too and I work full time... we will get there one way or the other.
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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