Friday, June 29, 2018

Half Iron Man

So it's been a hot minute since I've updated this bloggity. In May I reached my goal - I did the Run for Water in Abbotsford, BC. A half marathon (21km) and got my best time yet! 2:05:30

I also have been playing softball. We've done really well this year. Not undefeated but pretty darn good. I had a tournament the same weekend as the half marathon. I played 3 games saturday then ran the half and played  2 more games. To say the least, I was tired the next day! My legs were so tight and sore and I was only 7 days away from the Oliver Half iron man!

In a previous post I mentioned that I purchased a road bike. My trusty Norco (named Marco) and some outdoor training, recovery and focusing on sleeping I was ready!

Ok, so I was a little nervous the week of. I was SO sore from the run and nervous that I had made a poor decision in doing a half marathon the week before a half iron man. I booked a massage with the local RMT (she's located across the hall from my main office) and she's great

So, get through the work week and my legs feel... OK. Friday comes and I leave work and head for Oliver, BC. We (my husband and I) met everyone who had come up earlier in the day. Saturday was for attempted rest and checking into the event. The bikes spend the night before race day.
I had been getting up at 530am all week to prepare for sunday (race day) the race start time was 7am which means we're up pretty early to eat get settled and head down to the race.

To say I was nervous is a bit of an understatement. We had a friend race the day before (the standard and sprint distances race on saturday) and he WON the entire race! That was pretty badass. His transitions are so smooth and he's so quick at all three disciplines. He claims to not be good at swimming but he was awfully fast to me!
Derek, won a sprint triathlon the weekend prior in Vancouver. The weekend in Oliver he won the standard distance in approx 2 hrs. It took me 1:45 to finish the sprint distance! He's a machine. One of the most positive people I think I've ever met.

Ok, race day. Attempted to eat breakfast. Honestly I chocked down some overnight oats and was super nervous about the swim. I did my first triathlon last year at this exact event. WCOC - Dynamic Events. At that time it was the biggest endurance event of my life. It was as huge deal to me that required training and practice and I beat my goal of 2 hours when I finished in 1:45

After we finished the sprint, my gf challenged me to the 70.3 (half iron man) the following year. I said .. ok sure. Thinking no way, I'll never do that. Its more than double the distances we had just done. How could I get to that point in only a year?

Prior to the race I got pretty sick. I had a sinus infection that gave me quite the run for my money. I also discovered my fear of open water. Kind of a big deal when you're planning on competing in a race! So once I committed to actually doing the iron man (roughly Jan this year) I got into the pool at least once a week. Closer to the race I was in the pool twice a week and I even hired a trainer to help me with my form. It made a huge difference!

The half iron distances: 2km swim 90km bike & 21 km run

My goals were: 1h or less for swim. 4hrs or less bike and.. I didn't actually have a goal for the run. I just knew that it was going to be slow and hard after 90+km prior. 

My times were: 53 mins swim. 3:50 bike and 2:37 run

Final finish was time was 7:41

I was right on course! My run did feel slow and borderline painful. My hips were starting to hurt and I def didn't drink enough prior because I was thirsty through most of the running portion. It was also my slowest half to date. My swim went super well! My best time for 2km in the pool was approx 46mins so being only 7mins slower in the open water is really good! the water felt good and I was in my wet suit which can restrict your arms somewhat and it went so well. The ride was also pretty good. I want to get my ride average faster. My goal would be 30km /hr but right now I average overall around 22km/hr. I've def got some growing to do.
During my ride I was getting close to the end, approx 88 km and I was hitting a mental wall. I knew I was close to the transition but there were some steeper hills that really take their toll. I got to a steep part that I had a really hard time catching my breath on. The breaths I was taking weren't satiating and started to come out more like sobs. I resolved that I would be crying today. I was ok with that

Once I transitioned again I changed into running short. I was wearing bike shorts. I reapplied my suntan lotion ( I still got a sun burn) and ate a snack. I managed to get through the run OK. It felt so slow.Two loops 10.5km each. Afterwards I checked my times and I did manage to jump 10 spots on that run. I felt so slow, but actually I moved up in the race. I ended up placing 200 out of 250 participants. Pretty decent for my first half. 

Would I do it again? I would not be opposed to doing another half iron man.
I would have to spend some time (arguably years) to speed up in each discipline. 

Race date was Sunday June 3rd. Since I've been back I actually haven't gone into the pool OR done an outdoor swim. The weather hasnt been super great, so no outside swim. The pool at my gym is "under maintenance" which is kind of lame. IMO. I have biked to/from work and gone on the odd solo jaunt with Marco. I have also gone out for runs etc and obvs ball season is still happening

I have signed up for another triathlon. Apparently, my tri season has just started
I'm looking at a Sprint Triathlon in August hosted by MEC
I've signed up for a Standard Triathlon (olympic distance) in Sept hosted by Dynamic Race Events 

We also own an actual computer again so, hopefully, I'll be updated more frequently 

This is the "try-athlete" crew. Derek, in the tri- suit, was the winner of the standard distance triathlon (1.5km swim / 40km bike / 10km run) and the rest of us ran the Half Iron the next day!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 fitness goals

Considering this blog is " diary of a fit girl" fitness resolutions seem appropriate

So, for 2018 here are some of the goals I'm currently working towards

- the run for water, abbotsford bc (may)
- WCOC half ironman,  oliver bc (june)
- hiking a volcano, mt st hellens Washington (oct)

So ...some big shit
I have bought a bike! It' a 2012 Norco I got it second hand (TY Pinkbike. Com) & when the weather was a little friendlier I went out for some road rides.  Unfortunately it has been snowing quite a bit recently and I'm not into riding in the snow haha I have been going to spin classes spending some time indoors on the bikes and attending a running group. There is a lovely (free) group of ladies that meets in the tri cities on tues nights and it's nice to commit to the training be outside and have some other people for safety. I even ran in the snow last week
I've got my sights set on the run for water next May.  I've done one half marathon before and was wanting to do another
It is one week prior to the half iron man and I'm hoping to use it as a pace run for the following weekend. My gf has already signed up so it's a go!
I have not signed up for the half iron man yet but I do have the time off and a place to stay
Wish me luck friends!  Ill keep you updated how things progress

Sunday, December 17, 2017

I don't know how much I weigh

Yes. You read that correctly. I do not know how much I weigh. I stopped weighing myself at the end of September. This was also the time I did my final check-in with my fitness Coach. I quit my fitness team at the end of Sept. Blessed Bodies.

I have weighed myself on and off for the past 4 years or so. Started before we got married, I weighed approx 135 lbs. I had started following a "diet plan" that I had bought from an online coach that I'd seen someone else using for a fitness competition. I had not yet started training for competitions but it was def on my radar at that time.

2013 - the year that I got married, and the year that my "fitness journey" really started. It was the year I trained for my first half marathon with two girlfriends. It was the year that I saw the "I want to look like that guy" documentary and the fall of 2013 I contacted my fitness coach Fatima to talk to her about taking me on as a client.

From Jan 2014 to Sept 2017 I took measurements, photos and recorded my weight every two wks for check ins. When I was competing it was weekly, and when it was show week (aka Peak week) I weighed in daily.

I also started a food diary or journal at that time. Now, prior to competing I 'watched what I ate" but never actually tracked my food. I had to purchase a food scale and the sheer surplus of foods (protein was most noticeable) I had to literally choke it down at first.

When I got married I was sitting around 135 lbs. In my first competition season I got down to 124lbs at my lowest and around 14% BF. After show rebounding I got up to 159lbs at my highest.

There was a very large learning curve in these numbers. I've since dropped some weight since then and sit more comfortably / look best around 140 so that's my current goal.

In terms of weighing myself its simple: I own a scale, obviously. I have been tempted to know what I do weigh. I think about stepping on the scale. But, if the number that's reflecting back at me has the ability to make me upset or feel bad or fat shame or whatever other negative response. Then, I do not step on it. Simple. I do want to have some numbers for the new year so I will be weighing myself soon ish for that purpose. Otherwise, if it could possibly make me upset. I do not do it

Its the holiday season and eating in abundance is def a thing. I have certainly been indulging lately and thats fine. I've had the least amount of food guilt these past few months than I have in the past three years.

I've certainly made leaps and bounds but there's def some work to be done still.. Always a work in progress. I'm much kinder to myself in terms of how I look. I even take days off from the gym (gasp!) and try to focus on spending more time with friends and family. I also am more lenient on what i'm eating and how my body looks.

As I said, I'm a work in progress and I certainly have goals for the new year. both for my body and for personal goals ...that can be in a new post though

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and gets to spend some time with loved ones, and with full bellies

Happy Holidays

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sprint Triathlon - RECAP

Well... I finished my race on June 3 2017.
Today is August 13, 2017

So, it's been a minute since I've been online. At least in blog land. I did, however update another thoughts post from before the triathlon.

To recap .. I was sick right before my race. It really messed with my mental game. I was unable to donate blood before hand too which had been a personal goal of mine. I had been 'meaning to' donate for (literally) years and never did. I finally did last december and then proceeded to get quite sick afterwards with a head cold.

I had what I think could have been a sinus infection. I had zero fluid movement from my face and it was stiff and hard. Not able to taste for almost a week. I had to hold my breath in order to eat food, because my face was so stuffed up

I looked up any and all remedies! I did sinus massages, espsom salts, essential oils, diffusers, hot compress, eating whole cloves of garlic..

I did get a bit better before the race. I also had a few warm up swims in open water and it was quite an eye opener! I'm have anxiety in open water apparently. What a time to find this out!
Swimming in the open water is very different than the comforts of a swimming pool, to say the least. When you attempt to swim with a wet suit (because it was very cold still) and you cannot breath through your nose gets really intense really quickly. Granted I don't actually breath through my nose when I'm swimming at all. It just really messed me up

I went back again the following week. Now 8 days pre triathlon. The second session went a lot better, I was def on the upswing health wise but not perfect. Excpet this time I was soooo gassed. I felt like I could just pass out. Light headed, dizzy, nauseous. It was terrible. I remember telling my friend that had she not been there I would have been on the phone with my husband crying because I was distraught over how poorly that session had gone

Well, the sprint came and went. I was able to swim. I got my best time to date in the open swim. 25 mins. Almost half of what I'd been doing in practice. I kept my head above the water for majority of the swim. I was a lot better by the time we raced, not perfect but certainly in a way better space to race. I also went off course by a fair ways (sigh) but still made a personal best for time

I met my friends boyfriend (Taylor) for the first time the night before. He's completed a half iron man. He knows his Sh!t and he looked over my bike and did some tweaks that i think really helped me out. He was also available throughout the course for support. Which was super cool

Next was the bike. I got out of the water, was a little tired. I could hear my people cheering. Disrobed the wetsuit threw my shorts, shirt, socks, shoes and a hat. Unhooked my bike and made my way to the start of the bike

Bike was 20km. It went really well, minimal hills which i appreciated. There was a car show at the same time and we were riding on the streets so that got interesting at times.
I had such a good time on the bike, I was able to push but not too hard. I felt like all the nights I spent on a spin bike, although not the same as a regular bike, really helped my mindset for the longer ride

Finally was the run. (5km) As I was transitioning from bike to run the only thing I needed to do was re rack the bike throw a hat on quick SPF application and some juice and I was off!
I finished the 5km in 29ish mins. Which is right on par to what I would do if I ran only! Now I had completed 5km within 30 mins after having swam and biked

I was in the 30-35 age group. The woman who won the entire race, was in my age group. She's pretty badass. Didn't even need a wet suit, she just swam in her Team Canada bathing suit.

She crossed the finish line, as I was starting my run. 

She beat my time by 30 mins

My personal goal to finish was 2hrs. 2 1/2 maximum. I finished my first sprint triahlon in 1hr and 45mins.. Needless to say I was pretty jazzed

I had a smile on my face the entire race. The smile stayed all day. My girlfriend who also raced. Got 1st in her age group and won an etched wine glass! Appropriate at the race is called WCOC - Wine capital of Canada. 

Then came the celebrations! My hubby, sister and bff came with me. My friend had her bf and room mate and we all set up shop in our VRBO rental in Osoyoos. There was a pool and a bbq and we feasted!

But first -- wine! 5 of us went out to 5 wineries between Oliver and Osoyoos. It was fun :) There was a wine map. Similar to a lot of placed in the okanogan. There were 30 wineries to chose from in a radius near out rental. We did 5 then headed back to epic bbq. 
We did big bbq meal and then we did group breakfast the next day, and made our way home

I'm so happy that I acheived this personal mile stone. Between the trials of getting so sick beforehand and accomplishing my race in a way better time than I had expected it felt really good.

This was my goal for my bday this year. The race was June 3 and my 31st bday was June 10

My next goal you ask? 
 I'd LOVE to do another spring triathlon but I do not own my own bike. I am currently setting some monies aside so that I can be in a position to buy one hopefully sooner than later. I've recently been considering doing another half marathon in the fall. The same girlfriend that did the sprint with me asked me to join her in a Trail race for her bday

I've never done a trail race before. It's only 30$ (the sprint was 150) and its on sunday so I dont even need to book a day off of work. So much win

Current short term goal --- 10km trail race in october. 

I'm also considering the Run for Water in Abbotsford next may. Hopefully with a few girlfriends 
I mentioned in my very first post about a girl who was part of my fitness lifestyle being born. Her name is Sara and she's part of SJ2 

Long post! But that's the big update for now 
Thanks for reading 

2 wks till Tri time

*Back dated post

so SPRINT triathlon is this weekend.. I have to get through tmrw at work then the extended drive and then the big race day! There's a level of stress that's rising.. I haven't gotten better. I'm also not worse either. I am nervous about the swimming 

I went swimming again with my gf on sunday and it was hard. not as bad as it was the first time but I still had a really hard time. I think part of it has to do with being sick but the other part is in my head. I have some anxiety about open water and not being able to see everything like you can in the pool. I'm going to go swimming in the pool tonight to just settle my nerves and otherwise I've been taking it really easy. I still did weight training on mon and tues even though I was pretty tired on tues. I did a brick workout on tues also where I biked 19 km and then ran for 3 km so that was good because I felt really good afterwards. 

Tonights goal is just to be in the water and practice calming the F*ck down so that I can prepare for race day

repeat repeat repeat

I'm doing this race for ME
I'm in competition with NO ONE
I have loving friends & family watching in SUPPORT

A friend of mine is also racing, she's done one sprint prior and shes super supportive. She's also a stronger all around athlete than me and I do NOT need to be in competition with her! It doesn't matter what time she gets or what time I get we're doing this for fun.. or at least I am haha 

She's so great, and when I mentioned to Blake that shes going to be finished before me I meant it as a statement of facts I wasn't looking to be comforted but he did all the loving husband things and reassured me that I'm still good too.

I am still good too! her abilities don't change that. 

repeat repeat repeat

I'll let ya'll know how it goes
Wish me luck

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

4 weeks out

less than one month till tri time!

I've been swim training once weekly in the pool doing 1000M each time (20 laps)
Each lap is 50 M total (for there and back). Yesterday I implemented "sprint swimming"
25M all out 25M recovery /slower and then the remainder of the min to calm down ... usually about 40 seconds

first 10 laps are for pace and the second 10 laps are the sprint/recover laps

I also got outside sat and sunday in the sunny sunshine to get some road bike action
I had a baseball game on sunday and we WON! Our first win this season, it feels good
**Season just started, it was our third game
This week I'm going to see the massage therapist (yay) and do my first open water / lake swim with my gf.  I'm signed up for the triathlon (sprint) and accommodations are booked! Its coming closer!

I'm weight training four times  a week right now, and on those days I do a conditioning workout.. aka a version of hiit style cardio. On the OFF days I implement my tri training .. swim/bike/run
Sometimes I like to just do a random cardio machine, because its nice to change things up and still get a sweat. Right now my main focus is primarily of the three triathlon disciplines.

Wish me luck! Hoping to post pictures of the race once it's all finished

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Maintenance eating ... BINGE or PREP

Things have been up and down with me.

Had a real BINGE style eating / untracked meals on Saturday night. I knew what I was doing and didn't stop. Weight is only slightly UP from last check in (approx. 1 pound) I've also been stressed at work and have some personal things going on are needing attention

It really throws a person off. I like to be in control, I want to know what's going on and how to deal with it. I like to educate myself and I'm a chronic over thinker. I can be critical, of myself and others and I spend a lot of time in my own head

Being a Gemini I go back and fourth on opinions a lot. I'm not a liar, I just have a genuinely different opinion than I did last week.. I'm sure that can be annoying or look 'two faced' to people.

I'm sensitive and takes things personally before I think about it rationally.

I'm human.

Weird right? haha I do honestly have so many good days, I work hard at loving myself and need to work harder on giving myself a break. I am constantly over worked and over training. I 'thrive' on stress. Less sleep? that's fine. Extra shift? sure. I've already worked 6 days this week but I can stay late. Friends in town? I'll head out and stay late eventhough I'm so gassed, and feel a large amount of guilt if I can't be there

These are my CHOICES. I CHOOSE to do these things, and I don't see results as a part of it.

I know better, I know rest is best. I know in order to see changes I have to LET them happen!

I eat the foods, I lift the weights... why don't I look like _____ fitness model?

Could I if I actually rested? I really don't know, I've never done that

It's hard because people are engrained that working harder means more suffering, I wont get fat by sleeping in that extra 30 mins instead of walking on the step mill. I can write it down and even say it out loud. But, when thurs comes and I've been at work till 11pm and my alarm goes off at 545am I still think I need to get up and out the door so that I can get that sweat in before I head to work
I wake up excited, I have that energy to move and get going. I watch youtube videos while I'm on cardio machines. I really enjoy it. Sometimes I'll even stay longer on a machine because I want to finish / watch a new video

These are the things that I enjoy ... I don't have a family (babies or pets). My spouse and I don't NEED to spend every minute together. I work three jobs play sports and visit with friends and family every week. I have a very fulfilling and blessed life.

I get tired, I think negative thoughts, I can be short tempered from time to time

but I'm TRYING. I'm trying to better my personal thoughts, I'm trying to see the big picture. I'm trying to see things from another persons perspective

I'm making strides but these things take time and effort every single dam day
today was a long day, tomorrow I have the day OFF from all work and I have a weekend away with my hubby
no workouts, no tracking, just going to try and enjoy it

wish me luck!
And thanks for reading :)