back in the saddle

Since IMAZ I’ve had a big offseason. After the offseason, I got really sick on my Christmas vacation. Then I pulled a muscle coughing (I literally thought I had broken a rib) and it took forever (we’re talking really only 6-8 weeks but it felt like forever) for it to heal. We adjusted the new start date for my workouts to March 1. Then I got a massive head cold that I’m still recovering from.

Every time I tried to start back up, something would beat me down. I just couldn’t get started and that got me pretty down for a while. That and during the offseason I definitely gained my fair share of weight. It’s hard to feel excited when you just feel, well, out of shape and none of your clothes fit right. The confidence is shaky and I had moments of wondering if the spandex actually stretched that far anymore.

I’ve also been reminded that you I don’t have to wait for things to be perfect to start. If I wait for perfection, then I will never start, because there is never perfect. Life is messy. We have obligations to work, we want to spend time with family, and all of the other different things pulling us in a million directions. The beauty is in finding a way to fit in what’s important.

The thing is, I’m surrounded by so many amazing athletes for inspiration. I’m excited for them and I appreciate their support of me during my time off. I’ve strung together 7 consecutive workouts so far (maybe 8 by the time this things posts) which has given me more confidence than I’ve had in a while. I know it’s not much to some, but it’s been a big deal for me to establish some better routines and start making fitness my priority again.

I’m so appreciative of the support I’ve received from my coach who’s been incredibly patient and a great sounding board. I’m thankful for my husband who gives me words of encouragement daily and who’s support allows me to do everything I do everyday (including basic things like feeding me, hahaha). I’m thankful for my Valor teammates and my athletes who keep me laughing with their honesty and allowing me to be a part of their stories. I’m also thankful for Coeur Sports, who despite my hiatus from triathlon is always in my corner, has helped surround me with some amazing women and is the best darn female clothing company out there.

I’m excited to finally start to feel back like me again. And even if it’s not perfect, it’s starting to feel that way again.

improvement

I was reading an article from GoDucks.com (you can find it here) regarding the change to the new season. If you don’t follow the Ducks, the football team had an amazing season with an amazing quarterback, Marcus Mariota, who won the first Heisman in the history of the University of Oregon. Mariota decided to enter the draft with a year of eligibility left. The coach, Mark Helfrich talks in the article about turning the page and how they will be equipping themselves for the next season.  Continue reading

the journey to IMAZ

A year ago I was in Tempe, cheering on friends and volunteering for a spot to register for Ironman Arizona for 2014. Fast forward a year and here I am, sitting in my hotel room,  impatiently waiting for Sunday to test where I am right now.

The journey wasn’t what I expected it to be when I planned 2014. Last year as I had discussions with friends and my husband about where I was during the Tempe trip, it all of a sudden became crystal clear to me that I was in a really bad place in regards to triathlon. I had started to hate it. With two Ironmans planned in 2014, the year wasn’t looking like a good start. I didn’t believe in my coach, hated the workouts, hated the system and this caused me to doubt myself in a way I hadn’t in a really long time. I was broken down. Continue reading

getting started to tri: beginner gear

Triathlon can be super overwhelming. There is all the gear that these crazy people (also known as me) use for not just one, but three (!) sports. How on Earth do you make heads or tails of what you need? I’m hoping to help with what I think can be a very basic list of items to have if you are a beginner testing the waters of triathlon, but extras if you find you really love it.

Swimming: Beginner

  • Swim suit – Go for a quality suit like TYR or Speedo which will last you much longer. It will be cheaper in the end than a cheaper suit which will wear quicker and need to be replaced more often. You can find them at a discount at places like SwimOutlet.com. Buy the suit for the size you are right now. Purchasing a bigger size will cause the suit to drag in the water and actually wear out faster. If you purchase a suit that’s too small or your ideal racing size, yeah, good luck getting that on.
  • Goggles – You want a good, quality pair of goggles. I use the TYR Special Ops. The lens curve means that I don’t have weird corners in open water swims that would happen with flat goggles. Either way, get a good pair. You should be able to press the eyes sockets to your face with light pressure and they should stay on and make a good seal without the use of the strap.
  • Cap – If you are a female or male with hair I’d recommend a swim cap. This helps streamline you and save your hair from all the chlorine damage that will happen. I personally prefer the latex caps over the thicker silicone ones, but find your preference.

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swim lane

I belong to a city recreation program. We have numerous gyms around the city and because I’m a resident it ends up being $20 a month. For me that’s a steal for a pool. Especially with both my husband and I participating in triathlons. However, with the aspect of a city pool, comes cluster time in the swim lanes every now and then. To be fair, it’s more often than not. While I appreciate the training for dodging people for IM open swim, sometimes it can be frustrating.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to come unhinged when a kid jumps in the lane on top of me. I have learned to use that as an opportunity to teach the kids (it’s always kids) some swim lap ettiquite. You wouldn’t ram your car out into traffic and hope people see you, treat the swim lane the same way. Also? If your head position is correct in the water, you can’t see them coming at you anyway! I just try to be honest, explain that they need to make sure everyone in the lane knows they are getting in, while also explaining the danger of just jumping in. Continue reading