Pittsburgh Triathlon – done and done!

I did it!!!! It.was.incredibly.hard. Now, almost a week later, I still don't know how I feel about it. Maybe it is just the letdown of the race being over. People keep asking me if I'd do it again. Ask me in a few weeks. *Added on 8.6.12* I attended the expo on Friday night, excitement was in the air. I attended the new racers meeting and at first there was just about 50 people crowded around the person speaking and then towards the end it was probably 100. I couldn't hear a thing. It was really sad. I was so disappointed and felt like I was missing some really key stuff. I was getting irritated, the guy just kept on talking and was clueless to the problem. And all of this right in front of a massive stage that had a speaker system (apparently not set up yet). Once the system got plugged in and he jumpe don the mic, he was down to the USAT rules, which I had already read. So, slightly disappointing. For big events, people should really get the sound system up and running before anything else. Pre-Race I tried to keep my nerves down all morning, just visualized myself doing each part, not rushing, just slowly getting through it. I thought there would be at least one of three events that would feel easier than any of the other, that was NOT the case. Pre-race blood sugar check. I ran my sugars a bit high so that I didn't have to worry about bottoming out on the course and it worked. Didn't have any problems on the course! Getting my transition site all ready. Bike gear and then running gear. I even had a text written and ready to go so that my family knew when I was about to run. I didn't know if they'd find me mid race, so I had to be ready. Swimming Walking to the swim start. Part of my fan club More of the fan club It was a beautiful morning. Perfect. Lindy's sign "don't go here momma." Translation of the picture: Don't go to the hospital. I was super nervous about getting kicked and people swimming over the top of me...I had heard horror stories. It wasn't THAT bad actually. When we first started, I just tried to find a path in front of me. I'd hit someone's foot in the water (which was creepy because you couldn't see anything) and I'd slow down and try to swim in another direction. It got tiring always having to look up to see what was going on, glad I trained well for it. Lap swimming just doesn't compare. The first part of the swim was difficult and I couldn't figure out why. I kept telling myself that I could do this and then a minute later, I was telling myself I couldn't. It was mentally rough. I felt like I had no lung capacity and it was hard because I probably swam 20 miles throughout my training. Come to find out, I forgot about the current and it was BAD that morning. There were 3 buoys, looked like one big rectangle, going against the current took a LONG time to get to the first buoy. Pictured above, fourth from the right. Once I got to the … [Read more...]

Ready to go!!

Well, this girl is ready for the triathlon tomorrow! Swimming Biking Running Oh wait. THIS girl is ready for tomorrow too! I am super nervous...I've been training for 7 months and I still don't feel like an athlete BUT I am going to finish!!! Got my nutrition plan mapped out. Got my numbers on. Drinking water continuously today. Plugging in my continuous blood glucose monitor so I can track my blood sugars while I am racing. My family is in town to cheer me on. WOO HOO! Wish me luck, say a prayer and I'll let you know how it goes!!! … [Read more...]

Week 27 -Couch to Triathlon

Well, I've been training for the triathlon now for 27 weeks. I am weary. 7 months is a pretty long training schedule. I am crazy excited and to be honest, I get a little sick to my stomach every time I think about it. I am happy to say that I even found many ways to exercise on our vacation. Dale and I took my bike on our trip and we found 2 opportunities to ride. One 20 mile ride along the Mississippi in Illinois and then another 25 mile ride in Minnesota with our nephew Luke. Both rides, I TANKED at mile 18, just completely lost energy and then by mile 22 I was back again. I've decided to eat something at mile 15, so maybe I won't tank at mile 18. Remember, I have NO idea what I am doing. :) I did an open water swim at Cornerstone and did just fine. Really murky water, couldn't even see my hands while I was swimming and couldn't touch the bottom. It was also a 150m stretch so that pushed me and my lungs. Found another pool while we were in Minnesota and got a mile swim in. I ran once on my in-laws 20 year old treadmill, that was all the running I did. That is going to be the HARDEST part for me. Ugh. HATE running. Yesterday I ran a 10k....rather, ran and walked a bit. I was struggling. The running is now slated as the hardest leg for me. I just have a hard time making my body run when I could just walk. So weird. It is ALL completely mental for me. Luckily, Dale rode his bike alongside with the girls in the bike trailer and he was able to push me to keep going. I have a hard time pushing through at mile 3 and then when I hit mile 4, I think I hit my stride. I ran the course for the triathlon and it felt good knowing where I was going. I am going to have to pick up my pace though, I did a SLOW 10k. I'm not even going to tell you how long it took. 2 more weeks!!! If you want to come cheer me on, I'd love to see you on the route! The Pittsburgh Triathlon starts at 6:45am on Sunday the 29th. … [Read more...]