My Second Tri Completed!

I made the trek to Chicago solo this past weekend.  Initially the family was going to come, we thought the boys would like seeing all the racers and me finishing.  But after realistically thinking about it the thought of dragging them there and waiting was too much for them.  My family jokes that its crazy that I can function on my own because I tend to not overly plan or check things out before I do something–this event was a good example!

To start, I had an idea of where to park my car vs. where my hotel was but I didn’t do a bunch of research.  I also didn’t realize until I was on my way and talking on the phone with my sister that there was a time difference–OOPS!  Not a huge deal but was good to know!  I wasn’t sure what wave I was in or what time I was starting either.

It was a weekend of many firsts for me starting with me getting an Uber.  Yes, I have never used the app, taken a ride or attempted to do anything at all.  So I of course goofed it all up.  But after my first failed attempt my second attempt I ended up with an awesome and friendly driver.  I arrived at the Chicago Hilton and there were a ton of athletes there.  It was pretty cool to see so many people there for the race.  I settled in and got ready for the Expo the next day.

It was strange (not bad!) to wake up to quiet in my room without little people waking me up and to get to shower without being interrupted!!!  I got ready and headed downstairs to the Expo.  I went to the mandatory meeting first, it was OK but for a first timer I didn’t feel like I was getting the information that I needed.  It almost would have been nice to have a first timer option and a “regular” option.  So then I headed to pick up my packet, it was fast, friendly, well staffed and organized.  I walked back through the expo, looked at some booths, talked to some people and decided to run up to my room and drop off my stuff, then head back down.  When I got to my room I realized I was missing my ID.  I had it at packet pick up but had foolishly stuck it in my back pocket with my phone…needless to say I didn’t have an ID for another 2 weeks (it showed up in the mail!!).  Below Pic is right after packet pick up.

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I did the early bike drop off and not sure how huge of a benefit it was because I still have to go back in the morning.  Not sure what the reasoning is for not being able to leave anything but your bike (that is the most expensive item you are leaving) besides things being moved around but if you told people to connect it to your bike and if you don’t thats on you, why can’t you just have one less thing to do in the morning?

Here is one view of all the bikes:

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I roamed the city in the afternoon, did some shopping (of course!) and as much as I wanted to check out some amazing Chicago restaurants I decided to play it safe and eat Chipotle for dinner.   I wasn’t overly nervous when I went to bed, except that I wouldn’t wake up with the alarm or wake up call (Seinfeld anyone?????)

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Well there wasn’t a need to worry I was up fine, dropped everything at my bike, headed back to the hotel and laid down, then got ready and went BACK down.  That’s when the nerves started–Why did I want to do this?  What if I get knocked in the head and no one sees me sink? Can I change my mind?  Will I be cold without a wetsuit???  And on and on and on…

It was finally my groups turn and I wasn’t sure how this was going to happen as the other triathlon I did we started on the beach (and it was madness!!) so I was one of the last ones in and the water actually wasn’t that bad (thank goodness!) and we treaded water for what felt like 30 seconds and we were off!!! It was choppy and I drank some (by accident and tasted like dirt!) but it wasn’t horrible and I felt pretty good when I got out of the water.  There were volunteers helping you out and they were amazing!!!

Below is where we came out of the water.

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There was a red carpet for us to run to our first transition, I was not prepared for the length—not sure what I was thinking but it was longer than I thought it would be.  I got to my bike and took a little too long in transaction but off on my bike I went.  I felt good on the bike but I was getting passed like crazy!!!  This is definitely not my strength but I finished 15 minutes faster than my goal, so yea me!!!

Second transition went faster and I felt really good getting off the bike and starting the run.  I think I started out too fast because I slowly started to loose steam.  I walked at the drink stations and ran the rest of the time.  I started getting anxious about just being done and was so happy to turn the corner and see the finish!!!

I did it!  I finished the Tri, raised money for Save The Children and maneuvered my way around Chicago!  Win, win, win 🙂

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I then had to go BACK and get my bike and went back to the hotel.  I didn’t hang out at the finish line long because I was still wet and felt pretty nasty so I took a nice long shower and got cleaned up.  I had prescheduled a massage and facial so I headed to the spa and enjoyed it sooo much!!  I was pretty tired so I got some amazing pizza from Lou Malnatis and it was AMAZING!!!

So to sum up this definitely gave me the push I needed to continue to train and look for another race…not sure which I will do but it will be next year.  I am now focusing on my China Trip!!!!

 

 

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My First Swim

I was determined that today was the day I was going to do my first swim.  I had a plan…and of course that fell through!  I was going to take the boys to the neighborhood outdoor pool and swim on the break and leave baby girl at home with the hubby…and it rained.  So I packed up my gear and off to the Y I went!  I got there and the swim team was practicing and because of the rain it was pretty packed but I put on my swim cap, my NEW goggles and off I started.  I got new goggles after about 10 years of my past goggles and they were constantly getting foggy so I bought some Aegend swim goggles from Amazon and ready to check them out!!  Here is the link from Amazon where I bought them: Aegend swim goggles Amazon Link

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I wasn’t sure how much I could do so I didn’t have a total goal but I was thinking 8ish laps or about 30 minutes.  The pool is 25 yards (well so I thought but confirmed AFTER I swam-who does that???)   Well let’s just say I had no idea my pace because I had done at least 12 laps and about 9-10 minutes went by so I decided I would push to 30 minutes instead.  I hit 1200 yards and side note: here is a little something about me–I am SUPER superstitious about the number 13 SO I had to stop because I didn’t think I could do 1400 yards in 30 minutes.  Yes, I know this seems crazy but it’s who I am–I give partial blame to my dad!!!  So I finished a few minutes under 30 but I was happy!  I did about 70% of the total distance in the triathlon not too bad for a first swim in a few years!!!

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The Mini Triathlon-Too cute NOT to watch!!

I wanted to think of a way to get my kids involved in my triathlon race and fundraising.  I decided what would be better than doing a “mock mini triathlon” for them and some of their friends (that I know are allowed to be recorded and put on YouTube!!!)  So the Mini Triathlon came to life.  I made them each a race bib (not sure if you can see but they all are some from of 48-Kids FAV #, no clue why!), set the date and Boom!  Here we go!

We tried to get the bibs on and line them up for some pics *Not an easy task, it was after 6:30 on a school evening so we were asking for trouble!  We did better when we asked them to do something silly or fun-

Like saying, “We are #1!”

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Based on timing and well all participants under the age of 6 we didn’t do it in “real triathlon” order.  We did the bike, then run, then swim (2 days later!).  They had a blast and of course we had some tears (well everyone but 2 I think-Blame it on too close to BEDTIME!!)

So please take a minute and watch this too cute video of my little munchkins and their besties-if it doesn’t make you smile You Crazy!!!!

My First MRTT Group Run-EEK

First you may ask from the title of this post: What is MRTT?  It stands for “Moms Run This Town” cute name huh?  It is a local running group (local meaning their are TONS of local groups across the country!)  to run with other moms and get support and it is free and easy to join.  I have been a member of the Facebook group for almost 3 years but really only participated virtually.  If interested check out their website here: Moms Run This Town

So anyway, I did something I have been avoiding for a while.  I finally broke out of my comfort zone and got up and met the local moms that run in the early am.  5AM-START.  I am NOT a morning person and feel that anything before 6 am is still the middle of the night!  But since it was Saturday it was at 6am so I figured it was as good of a time as any.

I was apprehensive because I didn’t know many in the group and I didn’t want to slow anyone down or be the super slow poke.  So I am not gonna lie I stressed about it all evening on Friday night.     I stressed about the mileage, the weather, what to wear, to carry a water bottle or not, when to wake up and if I should just bail.  And I knew I was being ridiculous but hey that’s me and I am way old enough that I now just own it.  I debated on not going and doing my usual solo running because I needed to get some miles in but I really didn’t want to be THAT girl either.  So I set my alarm and planned to get up and go.  I woke up in time and realized I didn’t know where the park was they were meeting at but I easily googled it and made it there with a few minutes to spare.

I pull in the parking lot and NO cars, I got kinda excited and disappointed all at the same time.  I check on the FB page quickly to see if it was cancelled but I just wasn’t far enough in the park.  I pulled in and there were 4 ladies ready and waiting.  So after a couple minutes of chatting another showed up and off we started.

I only had time to do 5 miles (they planned to do 8) but we did 5 1/2 which was perfect.  The pace started REALLY fast for me (close to 8MM!)  and I felt good thinking-I can do this but close to 2 miles I realized I was going too fast.  I slowed down, then slowed some more.  I was thinking, “Augh!  My nightmare is coming true-I AM the slowpoke!!!”  But these women are amazing in all sincerity AMAZING, 2 of them slowed down and ran with me.  We finished with about a 10-10:15 pace which for me is the norm but more importantly I ran with people, I even chatted a bit.  So overall it was a success and happy to say getting out of my comfort zone is always good.  I will definitely go again and push myself to do the 5am meetup Stay Posted!!!  Below the a pic after we ran, I didn’t ask the other Mommas if it was OK to post so just feet 🙂

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1 month into training

Well I have been training for a little over a month for the Triathlon and I would say I am doing OK, I have gotten on the bike a few times (see picture with the kiddos in tow!!)

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and have been running regularly improving my time!!!  BUT I have yet to even put my toe in the pool.  I’m not gonna lie, the Y pool is COLD and the May weather in Ohio hasn’t been cooperating so the thought of getting in a cold pool to then go outside in the cold hasn’t been very motivating.    I also had strep (AGAIN!!!) this past month so that set me back a bit.  BUT I vow to get in the pool in the next week!!!  HAHA I have also said I am getting up at 6am every morning from now on (ask me how that’s going!!!!) but the pool is the least of my worries.  I love to swim laps and once I start we will be good to go!!!

My bike has a tune up and I have semi new shoes but I haven’t found my swim cap yet (I THINK I know where my goggles are!).  I also need to start to think about what I will wear for the actual triathlon.  When I did my first one, I was sooooo unprepared.   I believe I kept my swimsuit on the entire time-Holy Chapping!!!!  Stay tuned, I need to do some research.

So stay tuned, the husbands birthday is coming up and we gotta do something crafty!!!

Until next time.

The Plunge

I had my last baby 15 months ago and I have been trying to get back into shape.  Right before I got married (14 years ago) I signed up with MIT for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to do the DAM (It was my personal DAMN) Triathlon and had NO CLUE what I was doing.  I was getting planning a wedding, helping my mom refurbish their 200+ year old house, moving to a new city, trying to train for this (DAMN/DAM) Triathlon and raise funds.  I didn’t know many people so I did a lot of random things to raise money.  I did bake sales, I printed letters and walked around neighborhoods and spoke to people and talked to family members.

As for the training well let’s just say I was clueless.  I tried to train and I felt good about the swimming but the stamina I had no clue about.   Nor did I have a clue about how the whole transitioning from event to event worked… So after I raised the money, off I went to the DAM (DAMN!) Triathlon.  The hotel was cool and the people were super nice. I can’t say at this time I remember much more.  My mom and sister came to support me which was fantastic.  So when the guys were unloading our bikes one commented about mine being a mountain bike (So?  It’s a bike right? apparently NOT.)  They told me not to worry about it, I should be fine (uh-oh).

The next morning the Triathlon starts and I start off strong with the swimming.  I am freaked out though because I never swam outside, just in the nice pool at the Rec center.   I did fine, mom said I came out in first 25% of the pack so I was happy.  I didn’t swim in a swimsuit because I didn’t want to change so I just put on a pair of shorts and tank top and off I went on my bike.  Everything I heard and read said the bike is the easiest part and that is when you can catch your breathe and refuel for the run.  So I was feeling good.  But remember the mountain bike thing?  Oh and when they pulled it off the bike one of the bike tech guys said my brake was leaning on my wheel just a little bit and he TRIED to fix it but wasn’t sure it would be permanent because he didn’t have all his stuff with him…UH-OH.  So without going into to too many details basically it was miserable, the bike wasn’t a break, I didn’t get to refuel and I when I thought I was done after going up the HIGHEST bridge I have ever seen (probably not but it felt like it on my bike) the volunteers at the race yelled, “good job on the first loop!” Wait, WHAT????  I had to go around again?!?!?!  I almost broke down and cried right there and then.  I was so exhausted and the thought of the bridge again just crushed my soul.  That is how this became and will always be known (by me) as the DAM/DAMN Triathlon.  After the race I found out my brake was on my wheel the whole time just a little but enough to slow me down especially going down hills, uh.  AND a mountain bike is NOT a good bike for a road race-common sense eluded me.   To finish, I finished exhausted but I had done it.

So fast forward back to today.  That was not a great experience for me so I need some revenge!  I don’t know if they still do that particular Triathlon (not gonna lie, didn’t look too hard!) But I found the Chicago Triathlon and it looks awesome!  AND I can raise money for an great charity!  (more about this in another post).

So please follow my blog as a navigate through this Triathlon training, hopefully much smarter than the first time!!

And if you feel compelled to contribute to my race below is my Link, anything would be awesome, thanks so much!!!

http://fnd.us/11DYAa?ref=sh_f2C48c

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