Sunday, July 16, 2017

Door County 70.3 Half Ironman

At the start...
David didn’t need to know Goliath’s strength
because he already knew God’s.
Dedicated to my nephew Chris (Susie)
Door County 70.3 Half Ironman, arrived early, got my bike positioned in the bike corral. Then, we heard they cancelled Racine's half ironman due to water temperatures being 52 degrees, brrrr.  In Door County, Lake Michigan can be unpredictable, and today it was. Crazy day today. The morning was cool and windy. Lake Michigan had some major whitecaps, so, they cut the swim down to 500 yards. I got my wetsuit on and went out in the water to see how the water was. It was cooler, around 68 degrees. I started to swim out. The waves weren't too bad, given the pier was sheltering the waves. But, the farther I got out, the more waves there were. I decided to keep it cool.  Then swam back in, and waited on the beach for the start. 
They announced my wave, and I crossed the starting pad, to enter the water to get ready for the start horn. Once it went off, I calmly put my head in, and started my swim. As I went out, the waves were at least 3 feet high
There were lifeguards everywhere, right by each of us, asking if we were okay or if we wanted to get on the boat.  I was calm and did what the announcer said, do breast stroke. By the time I reached the yellow turn bouyee, the waves were uncontrollable, but I kept doing breaststroke and kept myself calm. I turned and followed the flow of the waves, and let the waves carry me in. Eventually, I turned to go to shore, the waves helped push me in. 
Swim leg: Dedicated to Chris 

"The only person you should try to be better
than is the person you were yesterday.
Work on yourself...
for yourself." 
ChrisSusieChris's Rainbow of Hope

When I reached the beach, they told me to pull my wetsuit off my arms and off down to my waste, so someone could pull it off. That was great, it shortened my transition time down. 

I slowly ran into the transition area, crossed the pad, and got on my bike. 

Away I went. The first 20 miles were easy-peasy. I went with the flow. But, after that I hit the route against the wind. And it was tough going for the remainder of the route. I made it in. Pretty
Bike leg dedicated to Mike.
"Who ever came up with...
'It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.'
Wasn't wrong...
...But it delights me
to know I was always right
to know that it's
Mike, Mike, Tricia, Dennis)
satisfied with my bike time. Had to really go to the bathroom halfway through the bike, but held it until run transition. Then hit the porte-potty and got run-ready in there. Took me a little longer for T2, but, would rather feel good on the run. 

Run leg dedicated to Jen (Jim)

"Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will." ~Gandhi (
Door County Half Ironman finish!!!
I took it slow on the run course. Ran 5 miles even, then around mile 6 1/2, I walked the water stations, then ran some more. There were two major hills, that I walked. One was so steep, I had to help my legs with my hands. Halfway up the .5 mile hill, someone said, do you want someone to walk with you? She said she lived on the hill and wanted to help me. I said thank you and we talked for a bit until I made it on the top of the hill. I liked the run course, because they gave us freeze-pops with only a mile and a half to go. It was great. They gave me two! Then I would pass another runner, every half mile, and she would pass me. We made it in by encouraging each other. 

Here are my Door County 70.3 stats (swim cut short)
500 swim: 11:42
t1: 1:53
56 bike: 3:18.14
t2: 5:36
13.1 run: 2:30.49

Finish: 6:08.12 (Personal Best)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

I don't know if many of you know my story, but, if you don't I'll share it. I've been a runner for many years, but in 2011, I had a set-back. I tore my ACL skiing with a friend one winter. And this was the start of a roller-coaster life of events for me. I spiraled out of control, even though, from the outside, it appeared like everything was fine. It took me almost 6 months to go under the knife, and when I did, I realized who "really" was there for me, it was my favorite guy. The recovery was a process for me, I felt sorry for my PT, who was amazingly patient. For a guy who had to endure my running typeA personality, who was working so hard to recover. I followed the prescribed rules and did my exercises daily, scruggling with not being able to run for over 6 months. 

After I was tested, and my PT gave me the go-ahead to get out and start running again, it took me over a year to begin. I lost hope. And ambition to want to run or do anything. I took up yoga, which gave me peace, a healing and strength device that I will never let go, now that I see the value of it. Yoga taught me the ability to be in the moment and treasure the moment of whatever experience I was having as I was treating my body consciously with a healthy dose of balance and focus. A year later, I started back to running, taking on at least 15 more half marathons, with my favorite guys push and determination. I knew my time was slow, but I kept at it.  

Eventually, I got down to my mid-point speed, which was a 2 hour half. I then got involved in other things and lost my interest in running, until, knowing I helped a friend lost over 65 pounds within a 3 year stretch, she inspired me to sign up for that Ironman I always wanted to do, but even though I quit, she ended up doing her first ironman. 

Last year, I unsuccessfully trained and "quit" my Ironman journey in June, 2016 because I knew, deep down in my heart, I wasn't ready, both physically and mentally. But, I did end up running several half marathons in my needed states. And met new friends from across the globe...

Struggling to keep it going, then, I was accused of not completing the run in some of the states by the race director, who assumed or didn't even ask me the truth.  I did, however, meet some wonderful new running friends from across the globe. Which helped me keep going. But then, I lost my ju-ju.... there is some truth to the saying, "you don't know what a person is dealing with, ...." 

Then there was my friends, who took me in and let me stay with them on Oregon. I gained such compassion and love with no expectation of anything in return other than time spent catching up. I have accomplished my goals,running 2 more half marathons, one in Oregon, and one in Utah. 
In Utah I ran the Half marathon down a mountain with flickering headlamps coming in close to midnight.  After that I quit my goal knowing I wasn't trained enough. So much to overcome.
The ironman, I knew this was a goal of mine, but I gained over 35 pounds, being stationary and eating everything that was not good for me. Then, eventually, I got to a point when I needed to reassess."Do I really want to do this? and why?" The purpose was clear, I wanted to do this... for me. In September, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for the impossible, to compete in the Ironman Wisconsin in 2017.

The process was slow...

I took baby steps, and did the most courageous things in the past 8 months. Today, only 2 months away, I have lost over 13 pounds, gained muscle where I never thought I would, and strength and endurance in sports that were never my strength. 

Then there was the swim. My friends said it looked like I did doggy paddle when swimming. I signed up for master swim in November and there I started my step-by-step progress.  My favorite guy, is along for the ride. He got a kayak and encourages me to get out in that "demon" of mine, the open water. I now swim over 3 miles with him in front as my sight, leading me around the lake. The bike, my second "Demon," and those hills. I have two weak sports, I keep at them, each day. With stride. 

My run, which always was my stronger sport, is slow, but, I keep persistent, knowing if I keep at it, I will improve. It's a journey. I keep at it daily and thanks for my friends, family and dailymile friends who support me along the way. 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Thanks all! :)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pardeevile Sprint Triathlon

Hurray! Got a personal best record (PR) in this sprint triathlon, with a finish of 1:29.20. Improved in both swim and bike!

Once again, got 4th in Age Group, 2 minutes short of a 3rd place finish. The athlete that seems to get a head of me had a 2 minute faster swim time, and my transition was slower because I tried it without a one-zee.  Will have to go back to the original design that worked.

Improved my swim time by 1:20, making a 9 minute quarter mile PR and the 15 mile bike
I improved my bike, even with the hard pedaling up the hills that were on the course. Took my bike in after the race and found out there reason why it has been so hard for me to pedal up the hills, with no absolute gear change, even after I'd shift gears. Nothing would happen and pedaling up those hills was very tough, I'd pedal and pedal up the hill and it was darn hard. The reason.... I find out the cable broke. So, the bike engineer fixed it on the spot. He threaded it through the tube and all is good to go for the next race.

PR was 47.20. I'll take it! I tried a new two-piece, added some time on my transition one time, so I will go back to my on-zee that seems to work for me.

All is good. Learning a lot and playing while having fun!

Pardeeville Sprint Stats:
1/4-MILE SWIM: 9:00
t1: 2:26
15-MILE BIKE: 47.20
t2: 2:16
5K RUN: 28.20
Finish: 1:29.20 (Personal Best)

🏊🙏🏻❤️🚴🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️☕ #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Swim & Run: Fleet Feet Aquathon Series Warner Park

Wavy swim, but this has been my beast all summer, and I finally finished and not last. 

Proud of myself... I stayed calm and went through it stroke-by-stroke. 

This aquathon is the mass start with lots of waves. But, I have been working on focus and staying calm. I made it through the swim and felt okay during the run. 
1000 yd swim pace 00:24 min 41:28 pace
5K Running pace: 9:58 
rate: 2:22 
trans: 3:02
2nd in my Age Group! :) 

❤️🚴🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️☕ #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Saturday, July 1, 2017

IMWI Lesson learned for July 2017 ❤️🚴🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️☕ Morning fix....🏃🏻‍♀️

OWS Booth lake - coach helped...
I'm the swimming farther back
5280 yd  01:4334:17 pace
This month has been good to connect with new athletes and get into some trial runs. I continue to ramp up my workouts and am getting more confident. Ironman training is helping me appreciate the time spent with the people I choose to and also gives me insight into the IM athlete willingness to teach others and I pay it forward as I can.

Quote for this month: Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

🍷 Cheers  ðŸ‘€ Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….

  1. Stick with it. Give it your all. Keep a good attitude and always be the best you can be right where you are. 
  2. Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible and keep going back, and try again. For the open water, I struggled overcoming it. Didn't know what it was, so stepped through it and kept going back to the water, first to swim with my favorite guy in a kayak. Then, swim part of the course in Lake Monona with an experienced coach who helped me with sighting. 
  3. I can do this.
  4. Don't apologize, it's not your problem. Be open and stick with it, even if I am the slowest on the bike in the group.
  5. When you are going through hell, keep going (Churchill)
  6. Hydration = power. Rehydrate when you wake up, when you start your workout and drink small sips of water throughout the day. Because hydration is needed for circulation.
  7. Know my strengths. And work on building them.
  8. Know what I accomplished so far. It's been an amazing journey for me since I started this in September last year. I've come a long way and am proud of where I am right now.
  9. Keep my training consistent in all sports. My training routine is good for now, but will adjust it even more in the coming weeks.
  10. My strong suit is the determination and focus. My mental toughness and focus is what will keep me strong. 
  11. I continue to work on my fitness, I added insanity core and strength to my routine.
  12. Confidence is strength. I am very aware when I doubt my ability and let the thought come, but then quickly push the thought away. 
  13. I do not compare myself with other athletes or competitors, I am doing what works for me.
  14. I keep training fun and include those, like my favorite guy and good friends along for the ride.
  15. I never worry about what others think of my race, I'm proud of my accomplishments solely.
  16. I keep my goals simple, achievable, then raise the bar as I reach them.
  17. I continue to focus on preparing for the race: physically, mentally, what I bring and eat.
  18. The biggest thing, is for me to be in the moment, in each sport.
  19. Continue to fuel my confidence about the race.
Stats to date are... 
518.25 miles run/race walk
1591 miles bike
336,160 yards swim

Train wisely, and injury free. Keep swimming, cycling and running.

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

There is something to be said about attitude...

There's something that's been grating me, since my last marathon in Duluth Minnesota. I am not political, nor am I trying to make a statement. However, I wanted to share my concern and deep frustration regarding the police and how they handled a very simple situation. As many of you know, my husband is now retired. He retired from the sheriff department after 30 years of unpresidented experiences. As a wife, I saw his service as a police officer, his attitude changed before my eyes. This was his purpose, to make a difference, ensure laws were enforced and the good was infiltrated into the community. He is idealistic and wanted to make a difference in people's lives. After five years of contemplation, he finally was able to decide to leave his passion and retire. This retirement has been a journey for both of us. We joke a lot about defining your passion. He says, he no longer has a purpose and needs to discover his now that he "has no purpose."

So, as my favorite guy adjusts, I call it, He's "reaching, stretching and growing." he stays close with my goals and passions, which currently is to complete my first ironman. Part of this is to run marathons and other competitions to keep me in check. So, he came along with me to Duluth when I planned to run Grandma's marathon.

The plan:

  • My favorite guy was going to bring his bike and ride along the course to take pictures.
  • We drove the 26.2 miles to the start, dropped the bike off and locked it up ready for my favorite guy to come up with me the day of the race, and pick up his bike and ride the course. 
What happened:
  • We got up really early, took the train to the start.
  • Got off the train and walked to the bike.
  • My favorite guy had a backpack which held his camera and other things.
  • Found the bike was still where we locked it up, and proceeded to unlock the bike and put the
    back carry bag on the bike. 
  • I noticed there were several Sheriff deputy surrounding my favorite guy as he dislodged his bike.
  • I went over by him, and stated, "He's my husband planning to take pictures of me during the run." 
  • The one was really cocky asking, "Does he have a press pass?"
  • I said, "No."
  • He said again very cockily, "Well, he can't be here." 
  • I thought what a fu*&ing jerk. We are common people just participating in an event.
  • My favorite guy and I walked away, and of course, I gave mean deputy a dirty look. Because, he didn't realize the struggles my now "retired" deputy sheriff who was a sergeant for a good 20 years of his service, was dealing with.
  • My favorite guy stated, "The one thing he coached his people on was to treat people with respect and think as if the person doesn't know." And "Be kind." because wearing a badge is already authority, you don't need to act like you are better or rude.
My favorite guy figured it out, talked to common-folk and asked for roads to take that would be okay to ride and take pictures. In the meantime, I ran, and during the 26.2 miles, I contemplated the concern I had for someone like this deputy sheriff who treated us disrespectfully. And how he didn't realize the struggles my favorite guy had retiring from the force after serving for 30 years. It wasn't easy and then to be treated with disrespect the way he was by this Duluth or Twin Harbors deputy was very wrong.  

I think my husband is starting to see the gilmpse of concern I have seen during my life of 30 years living with him and seeing him transform into a different person given the people he delt with. Those bad people, the bullies, the uncaring and disrespectful people. This is my concern, and wanted to put it out there. I worry about my favorite guy and his transition from a "purpose" a job and career he loved so much. Then to be treated with disrespect of which he worried to be a "nothing" or "nobody." 

Something I have cautiously and delicately been dealing with, my favorite guy. His transition. There is something to be said about those who are disrespectful who have that authority. It's time to teach them right, way to be kind, all of us need to be more kind and respectful of others.

That is all.

#Crazyrunninggal #Crazyrunninggirl

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We start as a group of people, we finish as a group a friends.

Started out the day, with an early swim in the open water. This was a practice Open Water Swim (OWS) in Lake Monona, learning the IMWI course 2506 yd 00:46 32:01 pace. 
SBR endurance had two supporting kayaks which guided the group out. The OWS endurance swim was a great way to feel out the course. We started a simulation of what it is like starting the Ironman Wisconsin swim, we were in the water for 8 minutes treading water, then we headed out on part of the course. Gave me some really good sighting coaching, so back to the drawing board (or pool) to practice my new sighting suggestions I learned.

Rode 45 miles on the Ironman Wisconsin Course: 45 miles on the bike 03:00 15.0mph pace.

Getting with a bike group who are faster isn’t that bad. Starting to get to know the course, Barlow is still as bad as the first time doing it and still only got up about a quarter mile up, then walked. Okay, getting better. Well, I have to be after riding with a group that was way faster than me. I was the slow one out, but thankfully, a few stayed back and coached me through some more cadence advice for those darn hills.
I'm much more familiar with the turns that I take, the downhills and the rolling hills. 

It was a windy one today but the temps were perfect for 1 loop of the Ironman Wisconsin 
course. Windy but much cooler, so we'll take it!