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
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!!!
Stay posted as I continue to push and train for this Awesome Chicago Triathlon, it will be here soon!!!!
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!”
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!!!!
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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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