Thursday, August 27, 2015

MY SLEEVE-IVERSARY!


Last week was my 4-year sleeve-iversary! It seems like yesterday when I found out that I needed to have gallbladder surgery and thought why don’t I just remove some of my stomach too. I’m happy to say that I’ve successfully maintained my weight. I’m holding steady at 140 and I like that.



During these 4 years, I’ve realized that I’ve gained much more than I’ve lost. One of the most significant gains is time with my family. Gone are the days when I couldn’t race up 3 flights of stairs with the kids to visit daddy at work. Or when I couldn’t go to a baseball game or the zoo without taking breaks because mommy just couldn’t walk anymore. It’s much easier for me to keep up now, and that makes me happy.

GETTING BACK TO THE GRIND
Speaking of being able to keep up with my kids, we just came back from our summer vacation at Walt Disney World. What made this trip so exciting was that this was our first BIG family vacation. For the kids, it was their first trip out of state and their first time on a plane. The last time I went to Disney I was 14 years old, and I forgot how much fun that place can be. We all had a blast and are ready to go back!




Since Disney, I’m finding it hard to get back into my routine. It also doesn’t help that school has started back up again. On Monday after we returned from our vacation, I set my alarm for 4:15 a.m. and headed to Crossfit. It was just what I needed to get me out of my rut. That evening I ran 5 miles, and the next day I did my brick workout. I felt good, like I was getting back in the swing of things—then BAM, I slipped and fell on my ass (coccyx is the technical term). 


The good news is that I didn't break anything; the bad news is that I need to take it easy for the week. Not something you want to hear when you have an Olympic distance triathlon in 5 weeks. Right now, running is the only activity I can do that doesn's hurt my bu, or coccyx :). So that's all I've been doing.

Workout song of the week: Work B**ch, Britney Spears

Inspirational quote of the week: "Its kind of fun to do the impossible,"--Walt Disney


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Nutrition and Three Wild Dogs!

Food and nutrition have always been a pain in the ass for me.  I mean, seriously, I needed to have medical intervention to stop stuffing myself with food.  Even though my weight loss has been successful, thanks to exercise, I still struggle with eating.  Here’s the funny part.  Before, I only worried about what to eat so I didn’t gain weight.  Now, I worry about what to eat so I can be a better athlete.

When I eat what I’m supposed to, I feel great.  I have energy all day, my mood is better (at least I think so--you may need to confirm with my husband), and I sleep like a baby.  My workouts also benefit from my food choices.  I’m faster, I’m stronger, and I don’t feel like I’m running on empty all day.  But when I don’t eat smart, it all goes to hell in a heartbeat!

So now, with Galveston 70.3 in my future, it’s time to consistently make better food choices.  I recently visited with a nutritionist, and she advised me to start with breakfast.  This is easy for me because I love breakfast!  My typical breakfast used to consist of a waffle, peanut butter, and honey.  Now, it’s hardboiled eggs, bacon, and an avocado--and if I’m working out that morning, I’ll throw in some carbs too.  So far my breakfast is on point.  My next meal to tackle is lunch.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.



My workout week started with a terrifying bike ride.  I’ve been riding for a while and this Sunday was the first time I was chased by dogs.  Not just any dogs, but big Twilight wolf looking dogs who may or may not have been foaming at the mouth.  While these vicious beasts were trying to bite my ankles, I panicked, but then remembered what someone once told me: “if you don’t want to get bitten by dogs, just pedal faster.”  So pedal faster I did.  After what seemed like miles, but was more like yards, we finally lost those wild dogs! 



The dog experience prepared me for something even scarier: my lactate threshold heart rate test.  This test helps determine my heart rate zones for when I’m training.  On Tuesday I went to my spin class, strapped on my heart rate monitor, and set up my bike computer.  I warmed up for 10 minutes on the trainer and then the pain began.  The clock started and I had to ride hard and keep my cadence at 90 rpm for the next 30 minutes.  I felt pretty good at first, but then my legs started to burn and I started looking for a bucket.  Thankfully, with the help of my coach and my team encouraging me, I finished the test.  The bad news is I have to do it all over again in September.  See y’all next week!



Workout song of the week:  Kick Start My Heart, Motley Crue

Inspirational quote of the week:  “If we let our head drop, our heart drops with it. Keep your head up, and your body is capable of amazing feats.” --Chrissie Wellington

Monday, August 3, 2015

Setting Goals

I recently set a new goal for myself: I signed up for the 70.3 IRONMAN Texas! Yes, I – the one who hated running, the one who had a panic attack during an open water swim, the one who fell and chipped a tooth during a training run – am going to compete in an IRONMAN.


How exactly did this happen? Well, it really began when I volunteered as a stripper for the 70.3 IRONMAN Texas this past year. And before you ask… No, I didn’t dance and take my clothes off! My job was to take the wetsuits off the athletes as they came out of the swim. Seeing these guys come out of the water – some excited and others discouraged – and encouraging them to keep going was so exciting for me. During those moments, a little voice inside my head whispered, “I want to do that!” And so the goal was set. Every day since that experience, I stalked the IRONMAN website to see if registration was open. On Tuesday, it finally was. Now here I am officially training for a 70.3!


As many of you know, I love Meredith Atwood and her blog Swim Bike Mom. In her book, Triathlon for Every Woman, she talks about the Three Tiers of Goals. They go something like this:

Goal
Time to Achieve
Quick Goal
1-3 months
Main Goal Race
6-12 months
Crazy Goal
2-25 years

According to the book, your Quick Goal should be completed in 1 to 3 months, and you should actually have several Quick Goals in mind. Next, there’s your Main Goal Race. This is the race – you know, the scary one that gets you out of your comfort zone. As Meredith says, “When people ask you what you’re training for, the Main Goal is the race you shout out.” Finally, there is the Crazy Goal. This is the race you dream about… the one that seems impossible.

My Three Tiers of Goals look something like this:

Goal
Time to Achieve
Quick Goal
Olympic Triathlon
Main Goal Race
Half IRONMAN
Crazy Goal
IRONMAN

I already have one Olympic tri under my belt, and in October I will be doing my second one. My October tri will be different, however, because now I have a coach helping me out. I’ve been training with my coach for over a month now, and am already starting to see results. In fact, I completed the Shadow Creek Ranch Sprint Triathlon and I PR’d by 20 minutes! So, as you can imagine, I’m really excited to see how I do at Mammoth Lakes on October 3rd!

Training this week has gone well. After taking a few days to recover from my tri, I did a Magic Mile and finished with a time of 9:01. This was 37 seconds faster than last year. I ended my training week with a 27-mile bike ride and a 20-minute run. Until next week!



Workout song of the week:  “Fire Woman” – The Cult

Inspirational quote of the week:  “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story.” – Cheryl Strayed