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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