Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Reflection: Ironman Wisconsin 2017

As I head into taper this coming week, I have more time to get my head straight and of course, reflect on how thankful I am for my network of support. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ðŸ’– 🤸‍♀️💞
I had no idea when I signed up how much support you need when you still have to work, continue coursework for a doctorate and, of course, the Ironman training itself. There are many thanks that goes out to those close to me. It truly does take a village to train for an Ironman! 

Thank you especially goes to my husband who believes in me wholeheartedly even when I don't, my friend Joan who helped me through the mental hurdles and kept me honest, Andy my master swim coach who got me through several water-related fears and roadblocks, Alison my wise and seasoned Ironman athlete friend who gives me race-day tips and tricks, and my friend Staceywho gives me hope for a funfilled girls time out in California, after I cross the IMWI finish line. ðŸŠðŸš´ðŸ»ðŸ™ðŸ» 🏃🏻‍♀️

Can't wait and thankful for you all! 

See you at the finish line!

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

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ironman Wisconsin: A simulation weekend 🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️

This weekend was a simulation weekend, to test and validate my assumptions (Or estimates). 

Day 1: I made just under the OWS, 2.4 mile swim on the swim course, coming in at 1:24.50.
Day 2: I went 10 minutes over my estimate, on the full 112 bike route, but still made the cutoff, coming in at 7:40.
Next weekend will validate my marathon, however, today I learned a marathon in the Ironman is a different beast. So, my estimates may be off for the run. For now, I will keep it and see where I land. 

To add to this, I’ve got the best ‘favorite’ guy in the world. Not only does he rub my feet after a long run and shoulders and neck after a long bike ride; but, he preps my bike and makes me peanut butter and sandwiches for the long rides. He makes them perfectly, not an ounce of peanut butter too much. He makes them just right for me to pull the cubes out per 20 mile segments. If you have done an Ironman before, you would understand the importance of this. :) 

I had to update and tweak my estimates based on this past weekends simulations. So, if you are considering staying with me throughout the long duration of the Ironman day, you will have to plan to stay late. I'm talking 11 PM late, because that is the time I am estimating crossing the finish line. You learn a lot after doing a full 112 mile bike ride and the simulation swim and run before and after. 

Thanks for staying with me!

See you at the finish line!

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

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ironman Wisconsin Training Story Recap!

IMWI 140.6 TRAINING! Triathlon is a lifestyle, there is no off season. 

IMWI Update: Greetings and salutations! Just a short 3.5 weeks till the big day! This is my off-day and I’m taking time to make all my check lists for T#’s, final preparations and getting my bike tuned up. In reflection of my training, here is my IMWI 2017 training story as a recap.

It all started with a trip to Missouri to hone-in-on nutrition, 
a cold run outdoors with a bunch of runners dressed as santa's, 

a yoga retreat, 
the wetsuit, and then, 
the water, 
a marathon run in northern Minnesota, 

a ride on the course, out on the stick one loop and back, 
then another loop again,
several more longer runs,
and triathlons,
plus, in addition to my wonderful friends who have nudged me on, especially in the beginning, I also gained all sorts of new friends.

I completed a half ironman,

a long open water swim (OWS) in booth lake, 
and a century bike ride.
Swam the Ironman course, 2.4 miles.  ðŸŠðŸš´ðŸ»ðŸ™ðŸ» 🏃🏻‍♀️#

Rode the full 112 miles on the bike route. The adventure continues, more to come.

See you at the finish line!

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ironman Contemplation: As the World begins to Wake

It's peak training for the next couple weeks and then my taper begins during the last two weeks. This morning after my bike, I swam 4200 yards: 375 broken to 25 yards. It was an early morning before the birds, or anyone else for that matter, were up and about. By the time I walked outside, it was 7 a.m. and the world was waking up and hustling a bustling.

I'm counting down the days until the Ironman Wisconsin. It is less than a month away and I'm lovin' all of the support. The time is growing less and the days to train are winding down. The big race is only weeks away and the support I receive is othing less than amazing. 

For spectators. To see me, the start is at Monona Terrace at 7:10 for me. From there the bike course is out to Verona and Cottage Grove. The best spectator area for the bike will be Verona. Then the run is two loops from Monona Terrace out to the Badger stadium and back.  Here are some timing suggestions. I am planning to be pretty close within the hour, so if you plan to come out here are suggested cheering places and times you might see me!  *I'm going to be wearing black shorts, have a specialized bike and pink bike shirt.

Estimates (there is a athlete tracker app you can install on your phone, my bib number is posted on my profile picture):

  • 7:10 a.m. (AG starts) 
  • 8:40 a.m. - Monona Terrace coming out of the water
  • 8:40-9:00 a.m. - John Nolan drive - Bike out
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Verona cheering section for Bike (half way)
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. - John Nolan / Monona Terrace bike in
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. - run
  • 9:30-11 p.m. (depends how things go) - cross the finish line

Give me a high five, yell my name and/or #crazyrunninggal, I'll hear you! Yell loud!

I am thankful of the words of support from my family and friends ❤️. 

The main thing is that I soak in this energy in the coming weeks and during the race. Several of you tell me I inspire you; it’s really the other way around. Only several peak performances in my training. I'm ready. I've got this! The race is near. Stay with me folks! 

Cheer me on. I appreciate it and need it. #imwi2017 #youvegotthis

See you at the finish line!

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

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 ðŸƒðŸ»‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Race the Lake Century Bike Ride Results

Personal Best Century Bike Ride!!

Nice flat 100 mile bike ride around Lake Winnebago. This was my first century bike 
ride for my Ironman Training. The intention was to set myself up for the simulation ride next weekend. I focused on Nutrition on the bike. I felt good, stopped twice to fill up my water bottles because they didn’t have transition. This may have taken a couple minutes, 5 minutes at the most. All of my nutrition was supplied by me. This was what worked on and what I plan to do during simulation. 

Things I did that worked:
1. 3 bottles of endurance
2. Carried 3 packs of endurance powder to refill
3. 1 Roll of chewable salt tabs
4. 2 PB&J sandwiches on whole-wheat nut bread quartered. Lasted up to mile 60. Ate one quarter after 10 miles, and every 10 miles after.
5. 1 package of jell cubes (lasted through mile 70)
6. Cramp pills (used at mile 90)

Things I will adjust during simulation:
1. 4 PB&J Sandwiches quartered (2 in first aid bike transition and 2 in T1)
2. Keep what worked above.

This was a serious race with wave assignments and strict rules, one of which was that I could not use aero bars, or we could have them but not use them. I contacted the race director and told him this was a training ride for the Ironman training and he gave me an exception. I thought I might be DQ’d but they didn’t DQ me, which is great!

I felt good. I averaged a 16.4 mile per hour pace, however, the first 40 miles I held a 19 mph pace, until I got a little exhausted and of course I attempted King of the Hill, which was a 1 mile climb. This was up High Cliff State Park. The ride was exceptionally perfect. I loved riding along the lake. I have done this ride once before on a road bike. It was interesting doing it on a Triathlon bike. Worked well!!!!

Race the Lake Century Bike Ride Results
This was my personal best for a Century bike ride.
Div Place 14 out of 24
Gender place 97 out of 161 
Overall 632 out of 826. 
Final: 6:06.02

See you at the finish line!

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

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 ðŸƒðŸ»‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lake Country Olympic Triathlon - 3rd Age Group

3rd Age Group & Personal Best on Run!!

This was a beautiful country venue race. They cancelled the 1500 M swim due to algae. I was disappointed because I like the practice. Swim is always my challenge and the more time I get in the Open Water Swim (OWS) Race the better practice for me.

As I got marked, they asked me my age. I thought that was strange, plus I had to think about it, it took me by surprise wasn't expecting that question. I gave them my age. And they marked my age on the back on my leg. That was very unusual, but, it sure did help during the race, to see what position I might be in.

I felt slow on the bike. My time today was 2 minutes slower than my last race, so it wasn't as bad as I thought, averaging 18.5 mph. Had a rough time trying to sleep last night. With little to no hours of shut-eye, I forced my way on my bike on the course. I switched my bike rear cassette gears, so it was good for me to try this. It worked great. The hills were better, I felt stronger on the hills. This will help me on the Ironman Bike course, that is for sure. I will be able to try them out on the course next week during simulation.

I felt strong on my run. I averaged a 8:15 pace for the first two miles. Then slowed to a 9:00-9:20. But, stayed under 10:00 per mile this time around. Good strong run. Came in strong and it showed.

Things I did different this time around: 
1. Didn’t change much up, other than training during the week. Did more regular runs and stayed the pace.
2. Used Pedialyte Electrolyte before run. Worked well.

That’s about it, onward to the next training ride.

Lake Country Olympic Triathlon - 3rd Age Group - Stats
1500 Meter swim (.95 miles): Swim canceled Algae
25 mile bike: 1:21:15 T2: 2:22
10K run: 56:54
Final: 2:20:29

See you at the finish line!

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

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 ðŸƒðŸ»‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

26.2 The Plan Meets Reality - Adapted from Jonathan Clements

After requiring strenuous months of training, you have a pre-focused vision or shall I say, 'fantasy' of how things turn out. Let's face it, when you make it to the start line, and rubber hits the road, reality kicks in. Unfortunately, race day is never quite the same.  I am giving a play-by-play experience running the 26.2 miles.

START: The buzzer, gun, horn goes off. Adrenaline-crazed runners sprint across the start line. You say, 'stay calm, don't go fast, stay on pace." In other words, 'Lunatics' (as Clements says).  Then of course, you look down at your Garmin and realize, you join the sprint at a 8 minute mile, which is almost 2 minutes faster than your pace time.

Mile 1: You are pumped. You look down at your Garmin and notice you're at a 8:30 pace. It is, of course, all downhill from here, because you know you went out way too fast.

Mile 2: You run the body check. Shoe laces, tight. Leg muscles, loose. Knees, okay. All is good. For now.

Mile 3: Your bladder starts feeling full. "What the heck? Maybe it will go away."

Mile 5: Oh good, you don't have to go. Wait, now you have to go number 2. "You better stop. Where's the Porta-potty?"

Mile 6: You find a porta-potty, you go. The spectators who are there, stair. Luckily, there is no-one in line.

Mile 8: You start feeling exhausted, tired. "Should I walk?" "no" this is only the beginning, take it slow. Maybe you can do Galloway. Not a chance, walking is for wimps.

Mile 9: 1-2-3-4 We-hate-gallo-way. Your feet slap out of rhythm. Your self-confidence starts to crack.

Mile 11: You take a quick sip of water, see if you can walk. No, no walking.

Mile 12: A silver-haired woman passes you on the uphill. "What the heck?" She looks strong. You hate her.

Mile 13.1: Run a negative split, yeah, right. Not! Qualify for Boston, out of the question.

Mile 15: "What did you get yourself into?" Why are you doing this?

Mile 16: You stare at your  watch as you try to calculate your per-mile pace. Take 16, divide it into two and a half hours, which is what, wait...

Mile 18: You drift off, daydream of any food and pinot noir. Your legs slow.

Mile 19: Okay, water stop. I'm going to walk the water stop. You grab water, guzzle it and take a few steps before you cringe and start up with a run cadence again.

Mile 20: You have a brief moment of clarity, you wipe the salt from your face, and wonder will you make it?

Mile 21: Your quads scream.Your body is toast. You want to walk. You desperately try not to, but that thought is gone.

Mile 22: Running a marathon is like living an entire lifetime, they say anyway. No matter how wonderful your life is though, it, according to this run, always ends badly. The death march has begun. It is no longer about going fast, it is about who slows the least.

Mile 23: There is only 3 miles to go. You see a runner ahead, bend over, clutches his quads and says, "he's done." It seems reasonable to do, but you don't.

Mile 25: You pass a scowling runner with two streaks of blood running down his shirt, he's the man too proud to put band-aids on his nipples. Ouch!

FINISH: You walk-run slowly toward the finish line. You stagger to get your medal and then to the food table.

Thanks for the idea Jonathan. When Jonathan Clements is not writing blogposts, he writes for personal-finance column for the Wall Street Journal.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ironman Guesses - Checking it twice. ❤️🚴🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️☕ Morning fix....🏃🏻‍♀️

I am swimming with ease in the water, breathing with easy 
strokes. I make it easily to the shore. They strip my wetsuit, and I carry it to transition. I gulp the liquids, change my shoes and run to hop on my bike. I ride my bike, mile by mile with cadence ease, staying the course. Then I run the distance. Finally, I am running across the finish line at Ironman Wisconsin on Sunday evening September 10. 

Here are my updated estimates for the Ironman Wisconsin...

Swim: 7 AM start. (I just learned there will be a 5 min by heat, so I may not start until 7:20, so my out of water might be 9 a.m. instead). The swim is 2.4 miles or 4224 yards. To make the cut off I must swim a 3:37/100 yard pace. My goal is to pace at 02:00/100yd in 1 1/2 hours. Out of the water no later than 8:45 AM.

Bike: 9:00 AM start. I have to complete the 112.2 miles by 5:30PM for the bike cut-off (13.43 mph for 8 hours). My goal is 7 1/2 hours, based on training I'm at 14 mph bike pace. To arrive in transition no later than 4:30-5:00 PM.

Run: 5:00 PM start. My goal is to run a 5 1/2-6 hour 26.2. The cut-off is a 14:53 min / mi pace. 

Cross the Finish: When all goes well I will cross the finish line between 11:00 PM, depending on how nutrition works.

Estimates: - adjusted based on simulation
Race start: 7 AM-7:20 AM
Swim: est. 1-1/2 hr. 9:15 AM
T1: 10 min
Bike: 9:25 AM start. 14 mph pace. est. 7 1/2 hr. 4:30 PM
T2: 10 min
Run: 4:40 PM start. est. 5-1/2-6 hr. 11 PM

Cross the finish: 11 PM

See you at the finish line!

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

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 ðŸƒðŸ»‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Reflection over a cup of Jo for Aug 2017❤️🚴🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️☕ Morning fix....🏃🏻‍♀️

Ironman Wisconsin (IMWI) is getting closer. I promised myself I wouldn't count the days. In fact, someone asked me "Are you nervous?" I didn't have an answer. I am still knee-deep in training. All I can say, is "One day at a time." This past weekend I rode 2 loops of the course, with a little hiccup missing a turn making it a 90 mile ride; for the first time. Sure, I rode the loop several times now, and once doing an out-and-back stick with 1 loop; but never two loops until now. It felt good. I was able to avoid that "almost" accident when I looked up and there it was, a large pile of cut-up tree branches, brush someone threw in the middle of the street coming in from my 2nd loop. Today, I swam 4000 yards in the pool, solo. This weekend will be focusing on my running miles and a full 3-mile swim in Lake Geneva an open water swim with my favorite guy, kyaking, along for the ride. And another long bike ride. I know many of you plan to come and cheer me on! Thank you for this, I'll need you out there cheering!!!! To keep me going. I have my planned estimates for swim, bike and run, posted on my blog. And if all goes as planned, with no nutrition hiccups, I will cross the finish line between 9-10 PM. Plan for it.... I'm ready, are you?! #imwi #crazyrunninggal#crazyrunninggirl #IronmanWisconsin #hereIcome

Stats to date are... 
625.17 Running Miles
2,144.23 Cycle Miles
421,151 Swimming Yards

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

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 ðŸƒðŸ»‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tri-ing for Children’s Olympic Triathlon - Personal Best!

2nd Age Group & Personal Best!!

This was a great race for me. I wasn't sure how I would do, given the 90 mile bike ride on the Ironman Wisconsin course yesterday.

The course was mainly flat and the weather was perfect. The swim was tough for me, but overall, came in with a pretty good time.

Things I did different this time around: 
1. Wore a two piece. Worked well.
2. Pedialyte Electrolyte before run. No headache.
3. Used Jaws Quick Spit on my goggles. No fog.
4. Run, kept stride.

My Stats....
Tri-ing for Children’s Olympic Triathlon - 2nd AG
1500 Meter swim (.95 miles): 34:14  T1:2:51 
25 mile bike: 1:19:22  T2: 2:18 
10K run: 59.56

Finish: 2:58:39 Personal Best!

Here are all of my medals I earned so far this year: between half marathon, full marathon, aquathon and triathlon!!! 

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

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)

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

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)

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