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!!!!

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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