Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wisconsin Triterium Triathlon (Verona)

WISCONSIN TRITERIUM TRIATHLON - Olympic triathlon - 4th AG (just shy of 3rd AG by .04 seconds) :O 

Got a flat in my back tire, with only a half mile to go, no SAG, they told me to ride it flat. So, that took a few minutes. :S Very hilly course... Lots of very big hills, they even had a chip time for the King of the Hill, which was a very long observatory hill, I guess it was more than a mile, and we did it twice. It was a great training ride for the IMW. 

Last half mile my back tube Popped and they wouldn't call for SAG, and told me to ride it with the flat. Not good for the rims, but made it in.

Here are my stats:
1500 Meter swim (.95 miles): 29:11 T1: 3:03 
25 mile bike: 1:59:22 T2: 2:31 
10K run: 1:01:46 

Final: 3:35:51
#IMWI2017 #crazyrunninggal

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Grandma's Marathon PR for the year #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl #IMWI

Stick with it. Give it your all. Keep a good attitude and always be the best you can be right where you are. 

This was my second time running the Grandma's marathon. I ran it last year, it was hot but I enjoyed the course so much that I wanted to run it again. A 26.2 mile run along Lake Superior, breathtaking scenery!!! Especially in the early morning watching the sunrise over the lake. It was my 26.2 mile training run for the Ironman Wisconsin. 

To make it more special, my favorite guy rode his bike along the marathon course to cheer me on and take pictures.  
Securing a marathon personal record (PR) for the year made it a great run. I have been running marathons in 5 hours 35 minutes the past couple years, and this year and I unofficially completed the run in 5:05 hours. A new PR for my marathon runs. My halfway point, 13.1, was 2:10. That was 20 minutes faster, I'm getting stronger. A bit of a headache struck at mile 14 and was worried I would cause more pressure, so started to race-walk the remaining miles. Made it across the finish line, felt good after. Of course 2 chugs of chocolate milk always helps my stomach calm.
I'm 51 and going strong... My Lifetimes, up to 11 marathons (Last Grandma's Duluth, June, 2017). 6 marathons in 6 states (NY, IL, WI, MN, MI, FL).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Second OWS of Five Aquathons #IMWI2017

"When you are going through hell, keep going…" (Churchill, W) That's not what I did. At the moment, I did what was good for me.

Second try at a OWS, this one was choppy and there were waves. I arrive early, as I always do. Pull on my wetsuit, set out my gear and walk out in the water. I stand in the water at first, feel the waves, look at the orange cones, follow the course. Then start walking out further to get a short warm up swim in. After that, I start psyching myself out or in, depends on the moment. I try to convince myself I can do this, just stay in the moment and do the stroke, sight, then stroke. Practice breathing. 

The gun goes off and everyone starts swimming. I swim, I don't know, a few strokes, maybe 25 yards and a wave hits me right when I look up, mouth open and I take a breath of water. I stop stand up and cough it out. I can't do this, I tell myself. I turn around and start walking out of the water. I run across someone in a kayak, notice it's the same lady who helped me through the last OWS. She says, without realizing it's me, "you okay?" Then realizes it's me and she takes a double take and says, "Oh hi!" I said, I can't do this. And she says, "Okay, then go do the run." And I didn't even consider that. But, that's just what I head to. I walk out of the water. Silence from the audience, crickets. They all look at me not knowing what to do. I don't care. I walk to the coral and change my clothes and head out to run.  

I get back and see my husband with his fancy camera in hand, looking for me. Then surprised he sees me. He thinks I'm just heading out for the run because he thinks he missed me. I said, I just got back from the run and explained how I didn't finish the swim, only did 75 yards of it. Then choked. 

He told me he couldn't find me and has lots of pictures of other swimmers, thinking it was me coming out of the water. He said, well, you finished the run, there's always the next one. You will do this. And I will, I just have to get through whatever it is that is holding me back. 

They don't record my time in the overall, even though they have times for those who finished the swim but did not run. I would think they would keep my time in and say I didn't complete the swim but ran. Doesn't matter. I keep moving forward. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 triathlon season results

▪️Lake Mills Triathlon - Sprint - 4th in AG
▪️J-Hawk EarlyBird - Olympic - 4th in AG

#crazyrunninggirl #crazyrunner 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our Deepest Fears: Swimming is the Monster

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”  Nelson Mandela. This quote sums it up for me. I think we create fear from inside, tell ourselves stories, work ourselves up, make it almost become something true, and then it happens. 

This past weekend I swam my second OWS of the year, 2017. It's not that I haven't completed triathlons swimming in open water before, I have done many through my years. My first OWS was in Lake Michigan when I was 21, and of course, that was years ago. 

This year 'water' has been my demon. 

This second swim in the lake, I promised myself that I would swim freestyle, use the breathing techniques I learned this past week in master swim, and be in the moment.... each breath, each stroke, each time I look up (each sight). 

I promised to take it easy. 

The water wasn't cold, probably 68 degrees. I say to myself, 'I can do this'. My division heat was up, and I hovered in the back. I got in the water and started to swim. Got to the first cone, then turned the corner, continued doing a few strokes then sighted. Halfway through the swim, second cone, I felt a strap hitting my face. I stopped, then my goggles fell off. I had to  handle that incident, once again, in the moment, and not panic. Just stopped, put on the goggles and continued forward. I swam as far as I could without standing. Saw the beach, stood then ran in. I did it.

I think we create fear because we are creating another intention that isn't there. 

I plan to sign up for the ALS, which is an organization that raises funds by swimming crazy distances and challenges across the world, the acronym is A Long Swim. I will use ALS as a practice swim for my Ironman training. I will swim a full 2.4 miles in Lake Michigan with a group of experienced swimmers. Who, by the way, swim over 24 miles and one person even swam across the English Channel. They do crazy things like that.... :D 

Anyway, I can do this. I can swim an OWS 2.4 miles.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lake Mills Triathlon: Brick & Technical Training

WOOT! Lake Mills Triathlon results are in... 4th in my age division! This was a technical run for me. Focused on OWS (Open Water Swim), swimming in my wetsuit and transition timing.  All went okay. This time during the swim, I did freestyle and used the sighting I learned last week in master swim. I did sometimes feel a little anxious; but, kept moving in the water. 

All went well and I felt better, more confident getting out of the water.  

I was able to share the race moments with my master swim friends, who did the triathlon too.  Amazing support and so much fun!

Here are my results: Total: 1:36:41 4/16 Swim: 10:40 T1: 2:16 Bike: 53:18 T2: 2:26 Run: 28:03. 

This was a technical practice. Training, OWS, transition focus.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Rode 1 loop of the Wisconsin Ironman course #IMWI2017.

Lots of rolling hills. 

Rita, my Ironman Savvy friend who has done it 2 times, made Barlow hills, I walked it. Then we got lost because we followed the blue arrow markers. If you ride the course, my advice, do not take the blue arrows. They are from last years course and they take you way out away from the course. 

I did it and feel much more comfortable. And know what I need to work on to make it within the time. Lots of hills and my friend taught me how to ride them to take advantage. 

*Great thing to do for me, so now I can visualize.

#imaTriathlete  πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️#IMWI2017 #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Friday, May 26, 2017

First OWS of Five Aquathons #IMWI2017

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll And the Kayaker, Abby, was that person for me this week.

It’s been a crazy week. I had a lot of feedback from coaches, swimmer friends, and experienced Ironman, family and others providing their thoughts about my training. One conversation left me concerned and scared and that was, that they said, “be careful not to overtrain.” After the experienced people heard what I was doing in my training. The biggest advice I heard was, take at least one a day a week and just do nothing, yoga is fine, but nothing means nothing else.  To give my body time to rest.  So, I am starting to do this….

I did my first OWS and the water was like an ice-cube. It was 50 degrees. I got out there and my feet were frozen. I had second thoughts but forged forward and waited in the water for the start. I didn’t put my head in, trying breaststroke with my head out of the water. I didn’t go very fast, in fact, as I was swimming I just kept telling myself stay calm and breath.  I got to the first of 2 buoys and my throat constricted and I felt like I was choking.  I yelled for a kayak. She let me rest on it, and encouraged me to continue.  So, I did. I did breast stroke, then back stroke. I made it to the next bouy and swam on my back the whole way in. I am so happy my master swim coach taught me backstroke and makes me do it. I don’t like it but now realize why I need to know how to do it. If I get tired there is another stroke I can do.

First of Five Aquathon: Open Water Swim (OWS) and Run with transition.  OWS 1188 yd 00:34 50:25 pace Water was ice cold. First time in OW my new wetsuit and since 2009. It was 50 degrees. Had to get help halfway from Abby in the kayak. Thanks to Abby, she encouraged me to stay with it and finish. Water in lungs, tightness in my throat. Weezing, couldn't breath. But, was able to hold on to the kayak to calm down then go again. Run next 3.12 mi 00:37 11:46 pace Not my best run. Walk ran this one because I was so exhausted from the cold swim.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

IMWI Lesson learned πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️ June 2017 πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️ Morning fix ☕️

Quote for this month: “Do your thing and don't care if they like it.” Tina Fey 

My Ironman Training Motto! I have this posted by my work computer. The motto comes from a quote from John Bytheway — 'Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life's hard.'

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ IMWI 140.6 TRAINING! Triathlon is a lifestyle, there is no off season.
This month has been amazing. I’m ramping up my workouts and feel stronger. I am starting to see how my personality impacts life. It resonates. 

Ironman training is helping me to discover, even more clearly (crystal clear), who I truly am. 

Here are things I learned this past month...
(Written Early)…
  1. It doesn't matter how old you are you are always learning something. Overcoming my fear of claustrophobic tight wetsuit. Finally got into my wetsuit. another obstacle overcome!! I πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️and thanks for my master swim friends for helping me getting the suit off.
  2. Follow your plan. Ignore what anyone else is doing, it’s all about you. Don’t plan your training based on what someone else is doing.
  3. 90% of the people are doing it wrong. Don’t follow other people because you don’t think you are doing enough. 
  4. You are enough, just keep going, step-by-step, stroke-by-stroke and pedal-by-pedal.
  5. Wear reflective wear.
  6. Know the course. Take the time to look at the course map. You need to know what the swim is like. Do you need Mirrored goggles? Is there shade? Are there hills? How are you going to plan your pacing? I rode the bike course here's my post.
  7. Practice open water. Here's my "eye-opener" OWS post.
  8. Still listen to your body. Supercedes any training plan, coach or other. Listen to the bad pain and stop. You want to get to the start line.
  9. Stop overtraining. You do not want to go into the race overtrained. Do shorter and faster early. Endurance later.
  10. Focus on Quality over Quantity. 
  11. Schedule rehearsal days. Practice how you eat. Get up and eat and drink what you do on race day.
  12. You cannot afford to screw up nutrition. When doing the century rides for endurance, don’t stop at the stops. Bring your own fuel.
  13. Pace yourself. Pick a couple of A races, and peak at your race. Focus, don’t worry about everybody else. Focus on you. Let people pass you on the bike.
  14. Stay positive. Race within your means. Learn how to test out your exertion, since I’m not using tools. (65% on bike for Ironman)
  15. Prepare and practice for transition.
  16. Learn to trust yourself. Freedom is more than doing what you want; it’s the ability to trust your gut and to think clearly, without any pressure or outside influence. Being alone helps you form a clear understanding of who you are, what you know, and what’s right for you. It teaches you to trust yourself. 
  17. Mental strength is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the lucky. Learn what to  avoid so you can stay strong.

Stats to date are... 
380 miles run/race walk
1208 miles bike
447,040 yards swim

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Green Bay Half Training run #IMWI2017

Today was my first half marathon for the 2017. 

It was raining and cold.

I kicked it off with the Cellcom Green Bay marathon, my 93rd lifetime half marathon. It was a great training run to benchmark how well I could do. 

I felt good. 

Holding a 9:20-9:25 minute mile pace all the way through until mile 9.

Turns out, my brother was running it. I caught up to him at mile 9 and it looked like he was struggling a bit. So I ran the remainder of the 4 miles with my brother. 

πŸ”¨I completed my first 13.1 for 2017 after being out of commission for over 2 years. Yes, a setback that’s for sure. Sure, I ran, but my heart wasn’t in it. I’m back in the game and feeling good. This was my 93rd lifetime half marathon.  I’m not sure how many I ran in the state of Wisconsin, but for sure I ran 48 states, so subtracting 47, it’s somewhere near 46. In the half, I was averaging a 9:20 pace. Then saw my brother at mile 9, struggling a bit. He runs it every year and I either see him before and after the run. But this is the first time I ran with him, literally for about 4 miles. I had to make a couple pit stops, so this is something I have to manage with my age. It was a nice training run! 

Here I am with my 1/3 medal, it's cool 😎 running πŸƒπŸΌ a half marathon at Cellcom Green Bay each year, 2015, 2016 & 2017. Persistence pays off. This year completes a three-year medal series. When you put the three medals together, it forms a picture on the back. 

The 13.1 and 26.2 were the same the past few years except for the distance stamp, so you could run any combination and still get it to fit. I did all three years running a 13.1.

#imaTriathlete #lovemybrother πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️#IMWI2017 #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Monday, May 15, 2017

Running, it's a mental game! #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

I love how it feels after the long run. Before, during and almost at the end can be trying, but I make it. There's a determination, something to look forward to at the end. Today, I ran five miles on the trail. And after, I get to change out of my wet socks and tight running shoes into my flip-flops. I take off my running cap and brush my sopping wet, sweaty hair. Get into a dry sweatshirt. And grab my glass water bottle to head back on the trail, to walk. An easy walk, as the birds talk along the way. I love it. Here's a picture of my view.

That's the goal, to enjoy the moment. Be in the moment. Running is a mental game. Play with it. Be in it. With it. Don't ignore it. You feel good that you did it!

Monday, May 8, 2017

My Results: First Olympic Triathlon for 2017

Ironman Wisconsin Sept 10th, training update..... 

I did my first Olympic Triathlon for the 2017 season. I figured I would use this as a great brick workout and help me gauge how I'm doing for training. The swim... well... I kept going... too far... yes, I didn't see the kick board the counter was swinging in the pool telling me it was my last lap and of course I lost count.  I felt good in the pool.  I went 150 over, 3 additional 50's. It's fine, again, this helped me gauge how my body responds to doing all three sports, plus I could try out transition ideas and my food and drinks.  Those worked well.

I can tell what I need to work on my run, more than anything else. Adding more mileage to my program... Check....

I couldn't have done it without the credit of my favorite guy, he tuned my bike and got it ready the day before and was at the event all day running around taking pictures. :) And of course Coach D and Andy my master swim coach, both who have been supporting me with my swim.

I’m starting to feel more confident on my run. Funny how the run was my strongest, but since I’ve been focusing on my two weaker sports, the swim and bike for the past 6 months, my run got a little off. It was good to do the olympic triathlon this past week because I got a feel for what I need to work on, and I need to add more running miles. Which I am in small increments.  It’s working, I’m feeling better running, not strong yet, but getting better.

Final results Olympic distance triathlon 2017:
J-Hawk Olympic triathlon
1000 yard Swim: 22:56 T: 2:18 (1150 yards)
26.2 mile Bike: 1:38:02 (Pace) 17.7 T:2:03
6 mile Run: 1:10:22 (Pace) 10:50 per mile

Total: 3:15:41

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Flatlay ready first Olympic triathlon of the 2017 Season #IMWI2017

Ironman Wisconsin Sept 10th, training update..... Today I swam my first 2.44 miles in the pool. It was one of those types of workouts where you liked it and in the same breath didn't. The drills were sprint drills with stops in-between sets; but, I did 4300 total yards, nonetheless. I love seeing progress in my swimming because, I literally did not like the pool or swimming, for that matter and my mindset has flipped a switch, within 6 months, I feel good in the water. There are days when I have a choice workout, and I actually choose to get into the pool rather than running or cycling. Now, "that" amazes me. Finally, moving forward and getting fit.

Flatlay ready for my first Olympic triathlon of the 2017 season, J-Hawks Spring Sprint. πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle #crazyrunninggal#crazyrunninggirl

Sunday, April 30, 2017

IMWI May 2017 Lesson learned πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️ Morning fix ☕️

Quote for this month: "The only real conflict you will ever have in your life won't be with others, but with yourself." - Shannon L. Alder

Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….
  1. Just remember, BE NICE, an ugly personality, destroys a beautiful face. It shows up in the run, believe me! 
  2. Go where you're celebrated not where you're tolerated. Haters are a fact of life and not everyone is always going to be a fan of you or what you are doing, especially with an Ironman. That's just the way it is. At the end of the day, you are the one doing this! You’ve only got one shot at this so you gotta focus on you and do what makes YOU happy. So, have the audacity to go for it because no one else will have the audacity for you .. You have to do this for yourself.
  3. Consistency, do something each day. Your time, strength and endurance is improving.
  4. Don’t forget the simple things. Focus on the simplest tasks, adjustments.
  5. Consider order in the chaos of internal feelings. 
  6. See myself on the course, each day. Think it through. Keep adjusting those thoughts, memorizing, visualizing; because how you're feeling and thinking, the strategy of moment and movement: this is the mindset which will get you through training and the day of the Ironman.
  7. Follow the plan... YOUR Plan! Know the Course. Listen to your body. Avoid overtraining. Schedule a “Rehearsal” Days and Pace yourself.
  8. Stay the course. Things don’t always turn out as planned or people don’t always come through. Focus on the Ironman Wisconsin and your training.
  9. There are no limits to what you can accomplish, accept the limits you place on your own thinking.
  10. Training is all about balance.

  11. Swimming 🏊 & Cycling 🚴 fears slowly dissolve. I joined a master swim course. I try to never miss, swim at least 4 sessions, and chip away at technique and breathing. The only way to the Place beyond Fear is to do the thing you fear most. Swimming 🏊 and biking 🚴 are this place for me. 
  12. Surrender, as I go.... this teaches me my best destiny. It is a daily mindset and practice.
  13. Setting daily goals, you can’t tiptoe around them. You must do what you set out to do. It's as simple as that.
  14. With training, you can't keep a low profile. You get out there, on the course and train. 
  15. Training is one leap of faith after another. Keep doing, keep learning.
  16. Things come up, stay the course. Life keeps going while you train.
  17. As I get stronger and more in shape, there is a sharpness in mind, spirit and body. A new feeling of euphoria.
  18. Being an ironman is not being gifted, an ironman “in training” works hard, then succeeds on the purpose of the end goal, “running STRONG across the finish line.”
  19. I'm absolutely amazed at what my body is capable of doing. When I'm on... I love every part of training. Today is an on day....I have no doubt I could have done another massive session today, but it’s a rest day for me. My body seems to thrive on it. 
  20. I see the finish. Part of training is to visualize actually doing the course, at the start, getting in the water, swimming, getting out of the water, transition, bike, transition, run and then crossing the finish line.
  21. Training has taught me to be proud of who I am and not ashamed of how someone else sees me. People will walk out, act like children, not talk to you, because of reasons never understood, but, stay the course, because sticking to the path because it’s doing the right thing will make me stronger on race day.
  22. Training for an Ironman is another reminder that there are only ever 6 degrees of separation between people. …C O M M U N I T Y • I've spent so much time this past year of Triathlon fixated on the end result (signing up for the right race, focusing on the image of getting to the finish, the PB, beating my time, beating another persons time). So much so, that I think I've lost sight of why I signed up for the Ironman sport to begin with. If I can take anything away from the last 36 hours it would be this: Triathlon isn't always about the victories or beating that person who just seems to get away from you. It's about the COMMUNITY. I read this incredible quote on the back of a Triathlon suit when walking through a bike shop waiting for bike repair, it said, "If Triathlon was easy, everyone would be doing it". That's exactly right. It takes a unique person to give this sport a shot. There are mental, emotional and physical tests we face, we can be described as different from others but similar amongst our own. We share stories, we provide each other support and encouragement and we show each other respect ✊. It might be offering coaching, sharing a similar tale, offering to provide company on a swim, bike or run, or just providing those words of comfort. That is what Triathlon is all about. It may be an individual sport, but it is a TEAM effort •  • ❤️🏊🏼‍♀️🚴🏽‍♀️πŸƒπŸ½‍♀️
  23. Ride the course, at least once.
  24. 🏊Keep Balance! Training is not done in isolation. 🚴‍♀️Complement each other, nutrition, fitness. Not overloading. Is the way to go.
  25. 🏊‍♀️Be Consistent! The best way to improve swim technique and speed is get in the water more frequently. Swimming speed is 90% technique, 10% effort level in my experience and a higher frequency of getting in the pool helps the body learn that. 3-4x a week at 2500-3000 workouts are normal.
  26. 🏊‍♀️Good stroke mechanics is huge and keeping the technique the entire 2.4 miles is key. Swim 3+ days a week Intervals. 
  27. 🏊‍♀️ Pull with paddles helps stroke technique and upper body strength.
  28. πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️Cover the distance as quickly as possible. Prevent injury.
  29. 🏊‍♀️Be adaptable within races in difference courses, climates. Personally in life, life circumstances change.
  30. πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️Don't forget to Recover! Recovery is most overlooked.  And mostly learn this month. Between sessions from week to week.  Taking rest and recovery must be the top priority. It is important to get through sessions, hit benchmarks and recover for the next session.

That is all...

Stats to date are... 
1108 total miles to date swim, bike, run/race walk.
257 miles run/race walk
726 miles bike
115 miles or 182400 yards swim

Added goal, beat mileage for month from last year.  I didn't quite make the goal for April, 480 in 2017 and 542 in 2016. 

2017 Goals! Swim ✔️36800 yards (MADE IT this ones done), Bike 4600 mi (726 mi), Run 2017 mi (257 mi). First #IMWI2017! Train wisely, and injury free. Keep swimming, cycling and running.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrating my special daughter today. ❤️πŸ’–

I am writing this only because you are on my mind, each moment, in the pool, on my bike, on the road when I run, when I listen to music; every moment. Not that it is a birthday, but, only just because… I celebrating you, how much you are to me. 

You are my favorite daughter after all. 

Yes, you! 

Your spunky personality brightens up the room when you are in it. 

Never in a million years did I think I would walk your shoes, but I am... Swimming after all... 

All those years, you swam in the pool. You were always my little fish, gliding smoothly through the water, quick without a wince. And I realize how much it takes to swim. 

Your precocious personality, you have a way of talking your way into doing things you want. I remember your coaches telling me how you would coax them into doing a workout they never planned for. Your fun-loving personality keeps everyone amused. You have a way that wins people's hearts. 

When you were little, everywhere we’d go, someone would know you. They'd say, "Hi!" And knew your name. It didn’t matter if we were in your hometown, or other towns and cities. We would always bump into someone. 

You have a way with words that delicately broach difficult situations, approaching the matter at hand, as if it were a dance. Just like when you danced for ballet, point, jazz, and the ballet classics. You physically danced with ease. I always loved watching you, your beautiful lines; as they called it in gymnastics. You are my heart and, you know this, and I can’t ay this enough. I love you, my special daughter.  

Have a beautiful day! 

Love always and forever, Mom! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Morning Boost: Retirement... It's a Chess Game

"A hero's not somebody who's unafraid, it's the guy who's scared to death and does what's right anyway."~unknown

The Big "R" for Retirement. Just recently my significant other of over 30 years, decided to retire and I on the other hand have at least 15 more years of work to do.

Even the decision to make the change took over 3+ years to take the plunge! He loved his job. There are not many people who can say that "their career gave them that amount of purpose".

Four months after leaving the profession, the honeymoon is starting to wear off. For a while, it felt like a week off or vacation, but it appears there might be a big hole that work carved out.  As we talk through this together, he jokes, “I lost my purpose.” And I can tell, he’s starting to get bored, he'll say Time sure does go fast," even though his days are full. Some things stay the same, like routine; but, others are in flux. 

Retirement is a goal, lifestyle, process and mindset, here's what's shifting:

MEALS: I am served gourmet and homemade meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. He has always been the “cook” in our home.  

YARD: Our yard has looked even more vibrant than ever. The lively plants only enhances our yard. 

FISHING: We have more fresh fish in our freezer. I am sure he’s out on the lake at least 3 times a week for long weeks, either solo or with a buddy.

HEALTH: Always a gym goer, he continues to go to the gym. I'm happy about that, it keeps his heart pumping and muscles strong.

MORNING MUFFIN: I have had more fresh muffins and my favorite hazelnut coffee, because he likes to visit the local shop that has fresh bakery and coffee. He knows he will run into a buddy or two and catch up. He has a lot of local friends and I like to see him staying connected.

LESS STUFF: Our journey to downsize for the summer months started two years ago. Clearing out rooms, searching for the right place, and planning to build a smaller home in the door county area. The many unknowns continue to stifle us. We carry on.

What still remains uncertain is the direction to go. The plan was to take trips; like, enjoy scuba diving, hiking in the mountains, or painting on rooftops in Italy. 

That was the initial plan. But health issues got in the way. Health is a major consideration in all choices we make. 

The plan was to get a place warm for the winter months. But this too, is another "tweak" in plans. Lucky to have the choice, but the real-estate market in the southern states is different. Even the international islands considered, are not the best for medical emergencies. This is something we have to consider at our age.

We move forward, take two-steps then one-step-back, making big strides, then get stuck in another area. We focus on goals, even though they shift slightly. Our lifestyle is constantly changing. 

The walk continues. Knowing it’s a process. Right now the goal is to keep our mindset in check daily.

Monday, April 17, 2017

IMWI2017 Guesses #Crazyrunninggal

I have been imagining myself running across the finish line in the Ironman Wisconsin. Before that, I see myself dipping my toes in the water, ready for the swim, I transition to the bike, then ride my bike, mile by mile with cadence ease. Then on to the run. I image the times I cross the finish line are to be between 13 1/2 to 15 hours.  

You probably are saying, "That's quite a range!" But, I'm giving myself leeway. Here are my guesses for times as I continue to train.

Swim: I have to swim 2.4 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes.  That's the cut-off. This converts to 3:37/100 pace in a  yards pool.  My pace 01:47/100yd to reach 4224 yards in 1 1/2 hours. Out of the water no later than 9 AM (8:30 AM at the earliest) with a 7 AM start.

Bike: I have to hit the 112 miles by 5:30 PM to meet the bike cut-off, and 2:45 I must hit the 60 mile cut-off (11.43 mph for 10 hours). My fastest goal is 6 1/2 hours, at a 18 mph bike pace, to arrive in transition by 3:30 PM and latest would be 5:30 PM at a 8 hour 14 mph pace.

Run: My goal is to run a 5 1/2 hour 26.2. The cut-off  requirement to pass the 13.1 mile mark by 9:45 PM, a 14:53 min / mi pace. Let's say I start the run at 3:30 PM, and I run an overall 11:00  min/mile pace, I would cross the finish line at 9:10 PM.

If I calculate my previous and only half-ironman completed in 2009, I would make it across the finish line at 8:30 PM. This was over 8 years ago, and I didn't train for the swim or bike. These are my estimates from above:

Estimates (These are my fastest estimates)
  • Race starts 7 a.m.
  • Done with swim at 8:30 AM: estimate 1 1/2 hours
    • 10 Min - Transition
  • Start bike 9:00 AM
  • Finish bike 3:30 PM estimate 6 1/2 hour 
    • 10 Min - Tranisition
  • Start run 3:40 PM
  • Finish run at 9:10 PM: estimate 5 1/2 hour 
Let's see how close I come.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IMWI Lesson learned for April 2017

After SALTY swim
in the ocean,
fighting the waves. Tulum Mexico
Quote for this month: “Run with your heart instead of your mind. When you think with your mind, you think of the things you can and can’t do. But when you run with your heart you forget about what you can’t do, and you just go out and do it. RUN!”

Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….

  1. Ironman training can be tough, and teaches immensely tough lessons.
  2. Some people will stick with you and some won't. Keep looking at the end goal. You know where it leads.
  3. Want to be great at something, OWN YOUR MISTAKE.  You need to embrace failure. “The conventional wisdom is that these people overcame their failure to become who they are or are famous despite their failure. The exact opposite is true: these people are famous not despite of their failure, but because of it, and because they embraced it” (Petrone, 2017).  What I attribute my failure to be is dropping out of the Ironman Wisconsin in June last year, 2016, because I believed I was not trained enough to do it. Today, I learned to put that expert support structure in place early and that has made an immense impact.
  4. Burpees Hate You Too! Do them... ;) 
  5. Ironman training can teach you something, stay strong, be in it, listen to your instinct. Sometimes, even with wisdom you will still make mistakes.
  6. Be careful the drama you create, it may be unnecessary. All one needs to do is stop, breath and possibly even say No. 
  7. Know to focus. Stay the course. Keep with the routine, no matter where you are at and what you are doing.  
  8. Either win or learn.
  9. Keep it fun! It's a tough road. We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
  10. Do it piecemeal. Note to self…. I don't have to take training all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time.   
  11. Why complicate life... Adjust and readjust as necessary. Things will always come up, remember... 
    1. Missing somebody? train, get on your bike, run, swim. 
    2. Wanna meet up? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    3. Wanna be understood? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    4. Have question? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    5. Don't like something? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    6. Want something? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    7. Love someone? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
  12. Take time to look how far you've come. It’s hard to believe a year ago I could barley doggie paddle, never did a flip turn, butterfly or backstroke, never dove off a swim-block and only did “one side” freestyle breathing. I've come along way! #imwisconsin2017 #triathlontraining #trainIntent #triathlete  #IMWI2017 #crazyrunninggirl #crazyrunninggal
  13. Do not get so focused on body image, it's about strength, endurance and consistency. 
  14. You can do this, stay with it. Incremental tasks and if it's a miss, it’s okay, you always have tomorrow!!! πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸ™πŸ»
  15. Don’t let anxiety take over. There’s a lot that will come up, stay focused, you know exactly what the end goal is.
  16. Take time and breath!  And breath again. 
Stats to date are... 
660 total miles to date swim, bike, run/race walk.
147 miles run/race walk
390 miles bike
87 miles or 153120 yards swim

2017 Goals! Swim 36800 yards, Bike 4600 mi, Run 2017 mi. First #IMWI2017! Train wisely, and injury free. Keep swimming, cycling and running.