(More pictures to follow...)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
AND BY BECOMING MORE, I AM CHALLENGED TO CHOOSE SUFFERING,
TO ENDURE PAIN, TO BEAR HARDSHIP…
AT FIRST, THE GENTLE SWELL…
BUT GRADUALLY THE HILL DEMANDS MORE AND MORE.
I HAVE REACHED THE END OF MY PHYSIOLOGY,
THE END OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE,
AND NOW IT IS BEYOND WHAT I CAN STAND.
THE TEMPTATION IS TO SAY “ENOUGH.”
THIS MUCH IS ENOUGH,
BUT I WILL NOT GIVE IN.
I AM FIGHTING GOD.
FIGHTING THE LIMITATIONS HE GAVE ME.
FIGHTING THE PAIN.
FIGHTING THE UNFAIRNESS.
FIGHTING ALL THE EVIL IN ME AND THE WORLD.
AND I WILL NOT GIVE IN.
I WILL CONQUER THE HILL
AND I WILL CONQUER IT ALONE.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
We are all fangirls - in fact I just order a tri top today! Because, as Leslie says even if we pass out on the finish line, we will look cute doing it.
Friday, July 10, 2009
As we are now about three weeks out (see countdown below) the nerves are starting to set in. She and I both have adopted an attitude of “what’s the worst that could happen? So we walk.” I don’t know if this is defeatist, but for now it sounds like a good enough mental strategy to keep me going.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we all feel super energized and ready to go after tomorrow. Maybe the sight of Matt in the rowboat will be enough to get us through!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Debbie (my newfound masseuse and personal pain guru) told me I'd need to ice tonight and treat myself as though I had an intense workout. Massage = Workout- Now that sounds pretty good, but trust me, it's most definitely a workout! Don't let the relaxing Yanni music or aromatic essential oils fool you...my body is hurting! Despite all my complaining, I've already made an appointment to see her again in 2 weeks. After all the pain comes the glorious release of all that tight tension in my muscles. Plus, she kept calling me an athlete- I like the sound of that ;)
If I haven't convinced any of you out there yet that A) you should go get a massage and B) do it on a regular basis, here's some more info on why it's so important!
- Loosens muscles, elevates pain, and increases mobility – all significant benefits for an athlete
- Stimulates circulation and increases blood flow
- Breaks up scar tissue and thereby restores normal movement to muscles
- Improves posture, especially for those who sit at a desk all day
- Sufferers of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, edema, muscle cramping, and even carpal tunnel syndrome may find significant relief!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My first open water swim is behind me - thank god! I had just a slight freak-out, nothing too major. I felt confident that Patti was prepared to save my life if I were suddenly pulled under by the Shawnee Mission Anaconda. There was sand between my toes, not mud. There were other swimmers who seemed as uncomfortable as me. No one touched me, no one yelled at me "off course". No one really came near me now that I think of it ??? Anyway, this one is behind me!! I feel much more relaxed. I am ready for the next open water swim and kind of looking forward to it.
Ok Ladies & Coach - On my BMX bike, which weighs at least as much as I do, and has tires almost as wide as the ones on my car. And all of your snazzy new bikes with the bells and the rear view mirrors and the water- bottle holders (show offs) - we knocked out 9.39 miles in 53 minutes. Our average speed was a little over 10 mph probably due to all of those F- ing hills. Our top speed was 31.7 mph, going down those F-ing hills. We burned 815 calories, not including the swim. I think we all did GREAT! I'm anxious to see how fast we are on the Smithville course. I think we'll fly!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
So, Coach Sosa (Matt really needed a role in all this training) will be out on Saturday, July 11 with the Sevylor 9000** complete with new paddles and a flotation device and the GPS to guide our next swim. Plan to meet at Paradise Point/Sailboat Cove in Smithville at 9 a.m. We can try to bang out all three events if you want, otherwise we can swim and take a leisurely bike on the roads. It’s a great route, the 10 miles will fly by. Let me know if you can be there! Happy training!
p.s. Congrats to Hannie. She rode in her first group ride on Sunday and finished strong after loggin 25miles!!
**Matt’s inflatable boat, also known as our safety craft, and I’m not kidding here.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
My best friend Angela lives in St. Louis and while we both make the trek to visit each other several times a year, we thought meeting halfway for a weekend would be a fun idea. Here the Rocheport Weekend was born. Rocheport is a sleepy, adorable little town right along the Katy Trail. It boasts several cute art galleries and antique stores along with a small cafe, general store and the Les Bourgeois Winery (http://www.missouriwine.com/). It's a perfect weekend getaway, about 2 hours from both KC and St. Louis, where you can be surrounded by nature and all it has to offer. The bed and breakfasts are where it's at (we stayed at the School House) and if you do the "dorm" you have the flexibility of checking in and out at your convenience.
Ang and I met up at about noon on Saturday and hit the trail! Our orginal thought was to bike to Boonville, about 17 miles away. However, our stomachs got the best of us about a mile or two into it...plus we had both had a rough week and decided that it would be a better idea to bike over to the winery and check it out! So that's what we did. Four hours on the winery porch, overlooking the Missouri river with bottles of local Chardonel and Labelle white wine, fabulous fresh food and wonderful girly best friend conversation, the sun shining down- we were in heaven.
Although we didn't quite bike with the intensity we intended on, it was a great "break" for both of us. Ang is training for the San Francisco marathon in October and had even ran 7 miles before she hit the road that day! So okay, I guess I was the only one who really took a break. Either way, we both agreed we MUST do again and the next time we really would make it to Boonville. I recommend the Katy Trail and Rocheport to anyone that needs to get away from the city and indulge in Mother Nature. It's family friendly and pretty romantic too!
Bistro grub with the world's BEST margarita!
We'll be back Rocheport!!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- Paper reduction through online registration
- When paper materials are necessary, all printing is done on recycled paper using soy ink
- Encourage carpooling to race course
- Recycle all plastic bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans
- Use of biodegradable materials for pasta dinner, pancake breakfast, and at the aid stations
- Utilize race supplies from local sources
- Educate race participants on living green
- Where possible, provide post-race fruits that are organically and locally grown
- Provide food scraps from the event to local farmers for composting
- Use cleaning products that contain the Green Seal certification
Just another reason why I'm a proud participate in the WIN for KC Triathlon!!!
We're 8 weeks away folks!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Every triathlete in training needs a day of rest. In fact, it's mandatory. However, consuming several alcoholic beverages probably is not mandatory, but I am a firm believer it helps to achieve full relaxation mode. Thankfully, my co-workers and team members support this ideology.
Curious as to why rest is so important during training? Check out this article: http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/sampleworkouts/a/RestandRecovery.htm
Our boss, Jill (aka- coolest, most awesomest boss in the world!), came up with a fabulous idea to shut down the office and take us all to the Royals game! It was a great break for me both mentality and physically with the training and with the beautiful spring weather I think we were all dying to get out of the office. We made some new friends while tailgating, played washers & bagg-o, checked out the new stadium, laughed endlessly thanks to all the wacky KC Royal fans...oh, and somewhere in there caught parts of the game!
Barbara showing the guys how to tear it up on baggos!
Patti, Zangi & Barbara kickin' back!
Jill and Maggie are all smiles :)
Amy and Hannah cheering on the Royals!
Awesome seats- thanks Jill!!
NOTE TO SELF: Next tailgate at the Royals, bring only girls!! Apparently an all girls tailgate is quite the phenomenon and as a single lady lookin for love, they flocked to us like bees to honey!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I had to share with you some funny comments I've received about my nervousness of the swim portion of the triathalon. Please keep in mind, they are all trying to be supportive and helpful.
- Open water swimming is a breeze if you are the only one there.
- I would remind you - the swim is the smallest portion of the triathlon.
- I really have no fear in the water except for lakes.
- Line up in the back, out of the fray.
- My only goal for the swim portion is "don't drown," and a few times I've almost failed!
- Don't do the breaststroke in a crowd cause kicking someone in the head is a bad way to start a friendship.
- You might see a fish which is a strange feeling when you are used to seeing only tile in the pool.
- The bottom of the start or finish may be icky and slimy.
- You may swim through lake weeds/grass. It is usually hydrilla or duckweed. This stuff will freak you out!
- I know I looked like I was drowning especially since I was saying, "Excuse me...Hello...I need some help!"
- You'll need to confirm whether you swim in a straight line in the open water.
- Just hang back a little and relax and enjoy your swim!
- I knew if I saw bubbles right in front of me then veer right or left. Bubbles meant feet and someone in front of me.
- I had a full blown panic attack after the start of the race mainly because I was in over my head.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Leslie Adrian #410
Barbara Keller #420
Anyone else up for the challenge!? It's not too late!!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Nancy was our dear colleague and friend who passed away this January after a terrible battle with lung cancer. Today we walked in her honor and celebrated her life, her legacy and the importance of good health. I miss so many things about Nancy, but mostly her words of encouragement. She supported me in everything, including work issues, love life dilemmas, family conflicts and especially new workout regimes. As Patti and I would leave over our lunch hour to go for a walk or run, she'd always yell after us, "Hey! Be sure to exercise some for me!" Her passing was a huge wake up call for me- anyone of us can get sick at anytime for any reason or for none at all.
I want to wake up every day and not only try to be the best person that I can be, but the healthiest person too. When Patti presented this triathlon challenge to me, I knew if Nancy was here she'd want me to try and do this. When the runs get hard and the hills get too big, I try to reflect on her words and think of her up there pushing me on. I know while she may not be at the finish line physically in August, she'll be there in spirit with her loud cheers, her big smile and her huge heart. We miss you dearly Nancy...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
It got me thinking though of all the barriers to exercise, real or imagined that we use. I am definitely a goal orientated person & this long range one has been a good and consistent motivator to get out there and, as they say, “just do it”. Also, now that I’ve publically declared that I am doing the tri, public embarrassment is as good of reason as any. Also, I really am digging on my nike+/iPod “trainer”. It tracks all my runs and updates you along the way with how far you’ve gone and how much you have left. In fact, today I got a congrats from an Olympian for my farthest distance yet…that's not saying a lot but it beats a kick in the head!
So, kids here is your question for today – why do you strap on your running shoes every day? Or conversely, if you’ve not been as consistent what do you think will get you back on track?
See you Saturday for Nancy’s memorial run at Macken Park!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This week (May 9-16) is the Greater Kansas City Bike Week 2009!
Click here for more info: http://kcbike.info/bikeweek/
Join Patti and I on an 8-mile ride this Thursday, May 14 at 6:30pm at 63rd Terrace and Brookside Plaza- beginner friendly! There's 14 & 16 mile routes for the more experienced.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I was thinking the other day about how I need to start to wean myself of my iPod as they are no-no’s on most road races and definitely a no for the tri. As Hannie and I have discussed running for us is such a mental game. I’m sure I can always run more that I think- so the iPod is a must have.
So until I absolutely have to quit you IPod…I’ve got some new items for you. Since I love themes, I was working on “tri” songs – one somewhat workable mix starts with the following:
Cannonball – The Breeders (“crash on the last splash”)
Bicycle – Queen (“I love to ride my bicycle”)
Running on Empty – Jackson Browne (and well, there just may be nothing left when I get to this point)
So I want to hear from you, give me your best swim/bike/run song list or whatever your inspiration is for that last mile!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
So I awoke this morning with a fresh outlook on my quest and after venting to my super supportive sister, Breeze, and best friend, Katie, I sat down at the computer and did a little research. I decided ultimately on Sunflower Bike Shop in Lawrence. Not only were they extremely helpful on the phone, but I left a piece of my heart in that town. It dawned on me, what better place to make such a meaningful purchase? I jumped in the jeep and an hour later found myself in the good graces of Steele and all his bicycle expertise. It was a tough choice between the Trek 7.1 and Specialized Globe Vienna, but after a couple cruises down 8th street I knew the Vienna and I were meant to be. Sunflower hooked me up with a $25 store credit and free tune-ups, plus excellent warrenty coverage. What more could a girl ask for?
So here it is folks...the grand introduction of my new baby, the 2009 Specialized Women's Globe Vienna 1, in all her gorgeous glory!
Features for the bike enthusiast...
- Lightweight A1 Premium Aluminum trekking frame features ergonomic and stable geometry with low standover height for added security.
- Women's Body Geometry Comfort grips with integrated bell (!!) prevent hand pain and tingling fingers.
- Triple-chainring Shimano crankset provides ample gearing for climbs and descents.
- Nimbus 700x35c tires give a well-cushioned ride and feature Flak Jacket anti-puncture protection.
- Women's Globe saddle features our scientifically proven Body Geometry design, which provides added protection for your soft parts
- The Shimano Acera rear derailleur gives sure, precise shifts.
Friday, May 8, 2009
For the last 15 minutes he had me do 20 reps on a couple machines. I thought I did pretty well! We did some leg lunges- knee alllll the way to the floor- that left my knees buckling by the time I left. Some meathead on a machine yelled to me, "It's good to be sore!"- thanks buddy. Was I really that obvious?
Anyways, now I have a second goal stuck in the back of my mind...Chicago Marathon 2010?? Dang, Kevin, you're good.
Only a couple hours till that big bike purchase! Wahoooooo!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
- The challenge- To prove to myself I can do anything I set my mind to
- I'm a single, young professional who spends too much time either at work or the bar and I need a new passion in life
- Lose 25 lbs.
- It's item #14 on my Bucket List
- To meet other fitness fanatics and make them my friends :)
- To support Patti, my co-worker who got me in this mess in the first place
- To exercise for Nancy and make her proud
- To learn about a hobby that quite frankly, is foreign to me at this point
- I get bored easily- I need the variety of a Tri to keep me going!
- To be happier- there's a fitter, healthier ME inside and she's ready to come out and live