Sunday, August 12, 2012

Race Results for my first Olympic Triathlon

I finally went on line and got my race results. I was surprised at the results.

The first event was the one I'm most excited about, and that is the swim. My swim time was 29 minutes and 36 seconds, but I waited at least two minutes to enter the water so my time was actually closer to 27 minutes or less. I am so excited about that! My goal several months ago was to swim the mile in 35 minutes. The last couple days of June I swam a 28 minute mile so I just decided to set the goal to swim a mile in about  25 minutes or less. I am excited to see what I can do and now plan to start training in the water again. I wonder how much faster I can go. I wonder if I can do the mile in 20 minutes. I know, it is a tall order. But why not try? After all, the swim was by far the easiest part of the race for me. I am SHOCKED at how easy it is for me, especially given the fact that I just started learning to swim and training to swim this March - 6 months ago! Maybe this is a talent I didn't know I had. :D

The second part of the race was the bike. This part I LOVED!!! But the surprising thing is how much faster some of those women are on bike compared to me. Nevertheless, I was also surprised at the fact that I was most of the way through the bike portion of the race before a woman passed me on the bike - and incredibly startled to find myself saying, "What? A woman just passed me on the bike?" I know I sound conceited here. Trust me, I'm not. I was surprised to find myself thinking that because it occurred to me that it was the FIRST time to my recollection that a woman had passed me on the bike. THAT is what surprised me. I was further surprised when we left the hills and finished the course on flats - only to have several women creep up and pass me. I seriously need to train on flats! :o I don't know why I am so bad at flats. Maybe I need to gain some muscle in my legs. I know I have lost a ton of muscle over the years (haven't weight lifted in years). I may have to do a little strength training to improve my performance on the flats. By the way, it took me an hour and 24 minutes to do the bike course. This was clearly my weakest area. The 4 of the 6 women in my age group who were faster than me were MUCH faster on the bike, one as fast as one hour and nine minutes (WOW! She had to be a serious racer!!!) I will say though, that I really enjoyed riding the bike - even if I was 18 minutes slower than the first place "wonder woman!" :) And even if deep down inside I'd like to be a "wonder woman" too. :)

By the way - For the last part of the race I rode neck-in-neck with woman who later tracked me down and exchanged phone numbers with me; I pointed out to her while we were riding that we were clearly a good cycling match and could train together if she were a local. It turns out, she does live in the area, and we are going to train together! Yippee! OK, moving on...

I did the 6.2 mile run in 54 minutes and 31 seconds, giving a pace of about 8:46. I know I can do better than that, but it was OK. One of the things I like about the run is that we are all going slow enough to socialize some. :D Yes, I love to socialize, even if just briefly! I love to encourage other runners and then find them again after the race and congratulate each other on a job well done. We both worked hard. We both know it. And we truly are happy for each other! That mutual appreciation and exchange of smiles feels great!

I know I wrote something about the run (after talking about what a "blast" I had swimming and cycling) in the blog post I just posted, but I'll reiterate it here for those who didn't read it, since this is the section about the run, and because I like being a geek now and then. :o LOL - see the last post if interested in the rest of what I had to say...
I'm not sure if I can say the run was a "Blast" but I had fun socializing some more and encouraging people who were struggling. One man told me I was "way too happy for this!" After we chatted I passed him but later saw him again after turning around at the end of mile 3 and coming back to finish the last 3 miles of the run. He then hollered out to me, "And you're still  smiling! ;)" Yeah... I think even the run was a blast! :)

As it turned out, there were a lot of people there (544), and while I only got 93 place in my division, I was in 7th place out of 26 women based on age (40-44), and 14th out of 51 for gender (14th out of all women ages 40 and up; one woman was 60 - so WOW to the 7 older women who beat the younger ones... very cool!). I don't think these statistics say anything at all about how I did, however, as they compare me to other women - not to myself. How did I do? I improved. :) I had fun and worked hard. I did good. :D And as long as I keep working hard and being consistent - I'll keep on doing good! :D

Bellow are my results (bib 410) as found on the following website: http://atltiming.com/results/2012/cda-triathlon.html ...

Triathlon 40+

Race Standings

270
93
14
7
410
F
41
  
07:10:00
00:29:36
00:04:31
01:25:02
00:01:24 
Run
         00:54:21
02:55:04
: Triathlon 40 +
: F

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My First Olympic Triathlon! :D

Click on my number for race results...
Hi! :D Today I participated in my first Olympic distance triathlon! I have only been training for this for a short time so I have to remember that when comparing myself to the top racers (I started running in March of "11, but began learning to swim with my face in the water 5 months ago, and began biking again two months ago). Considering this - I am happy with the results! :) I have a couple of friends who have (at my request) been praying for me concerning the triathlon I did today. This post is a letter to them as well as to the rest of you who are interested in how things went today...
Thank you for your prayers, they were answered! (Especially the one about not having problems swimming in the crowd. ;0)
About the crowds... I didn't have to worry about the crowds for the swim at all! :o I was doing what I do best (socializing) when I said goodbye to a couple people so they could catch their wave. I decided to go get a drink of water and get back on time for my wave 10 minutes later.
As I walked back to my water bottle I decided that as thirsty as I was, I should watch the current wave go so I can see what the start is like with 200 people and decide if I wanted to just wait a minute to start behind the rest of the wave. By the time I got to the beach everyone was out there swimming full force and I didn't notice anyone swimming over the tops of anyone else. But , something else caught my attention... NO ONE ON THE BEACH HAD A CAP THE SAME COLOR THAT I HAD! AHHHH! Only I would do this - and I seem to make sure to do something like this with this blond head of mine regularly!!! Long story short, I had a TON of room before me, with NO ONE in the water around me; it took a while to catch up with part of the crowd... :o
Despite the several minute delay, I had a blast swimming! :D 
And I had a blast biking (it was quite fun passing people when we went up hills - despite the fact that some caught up with me on the flats)! :D  
I'm not sure if I can say the run was a "Blast" but I had fun socializing some more and encouraging people who were struggling. One man told me I was "way too happy for this!" After we chatted I passed him but later saw him again after turning around at the end of mile 3 and coming back to finish the last 3 miles of the run. He then hollered out to me, "And you're still  smiling! ;)" Yeah... I think even the run was a blast! :)
My time was nothing to write home about (though to tell you the truth, I don't actually know what it is yet exactly - but think it was just under 3 hours); however, I gave it a good effort and felt really good about that. I earned my first professional massage, and a nap, and took both of them with gratitude and gladness! :D
Now, I hope all is well with you. As for me, it is time to go catch another nap before getting together with friends tonight... :)
 Hugs... Corine :D

PS. I just remembered a favorite video of mine that I want to add to this post! :D Here is a man with a story to write home about!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Achieving Athletic Goals - Lessons from Gardening...

I realize this is a Triathlon Training Blog, and one might expect to read about triathlon experiences ONLY, but I have learned about many different facts of life through gardening, and one of those lessons actually applies to attaining goals like being ready to participate in triathlons... :)

So here I am, copying and pasting from my personal life blog about gardening, and about having the faith to get out of bed and go work out - believing that it is possible to attain your triathlon goals. :) Here are my gardening lessons...

This year I have learned some very different things from before from gardening, and I think it's worth remembering, so here I am to tell the tale! :D

First of all, this year is the year I thought I would plant early and have a huge crop (since my garden beds were finished - with exception to getting new soil for the planters). OK, so I think that every year! :o LOL But you know what? This year, I didn't even FINISH planting. That's right. In addition to the planter boxes having nothing done with them, there was an entire bed that I had not planted it, with exception to one small corner. In that corner some of the plants died. I had many plants die this year... But I also had some unexpected pants come up as well. I think I'll tell you about the plants that died first, then about the plants I didn't plant...

It was really important to me to have GOOD SOIL, so I would not start my garden until I could get fertilizer for the soil. This is good, but I made a couple mistakes...

Mistake # 1: The reason that part of the garden was planted REALLY LATE and part of it WASN'T PLANTED AT ALL was simply because I was determined not to plant until I had fertilizer to create the "perfect" soil... even though it was way past time to plant. Looking back, I think the bare sections would have produced more than the nothing they are producing now even if I hadn't added fertilizer; don't you agree? So my first mistake was allowing high expectations that I didn't think I could meet - keep me from planting.

Reflecting on this, I realize I have entirely missed out in a few things in life waiting for the "perfect" opportunity - or the perfect situation - or the perfect "whatever" - I missed out on the first Annual Sprint Triathlon in Hayden (2011) on account of not being "perfectly ready" (I could have swam on my back in a wet suit! :o done it). It is good to have high expectations, but even better TO LIVETo DO our best and be content with our best whatever it may be.. NOT ALLOWING HIGH EXPECTATIONS TO KEEP US FROM LIVING!

 


Mistake #2: Once I obtained the fertilizer I OVER APPLIED it. There was a time when I thought "more was better" and though I thought I learned that lesson I have come to realize that I had much more to learn on the matter. :o When I first created my garden I followed instructions and placed the fertilizer down before the soil. This kept the fertilizer deep in the ground as the foundation, but away from the new young plants. I mixed a little compost soil with the fertilizer just up from the fertilizer, then had compost soil on top without fertilizer. This worked very well and none of my plants ever died. This year I had to dig down into the soil to add the fertilizer, then place the soil back on top. When doing so, I decided to mix a little fertilizer in with the soil on top... I did not realize it at the time, but the purpose of having the fertilizer down deep is crucial to the plant's development. FIRST it encourages the plant to grow the roots DEEP to get to the fertilizer, thus making the plant stronger. SECOND, a new plant doesn't have the strength of an older plant and the FERTILIZER actually BURNS AND KILLS young plants! Young plants are NOT READY FOR FERTILIZER until they have grown some, which is another reason the fertilizer needs to be deep in the soil so plants can grow sufficiently strong before the roots reach the fertilizer. Just as babies need milk before meat... All thing need to be done in wisdom, order, and with patience. My friend Valerie kept me from injuring myself multiple times when I first started running with her. She knew that I needed to work my way up and train with wisdom and patience. Thank you Valerie!  :)

In addition to my garden having it's down's to learn from, it also has it's up's! :D (And these are my favorite lessons of all! :D) Since I knew I had only planted in a small corner of one of the beds, I only watered one corner of the bed. A few weeks went by and that corner began to grow while the rest remained barren. Then it began to rain - on the entire garden bed - including on the area in which I did not plant... To my surprise, seeds had spilled and were sprouting up. They were all in a little cluster with no room for the plants to grow large, but they were growing, and I hadn't even planted them! I was excited and hoped they might have time to grow produce, so I transplanted them, covering most of the rest of that garden bed. Now the plants are growing quickly and strong. And here are two more life lessons to be learned from my garden:

 *Like the the rest of the garden, these plants required very little effort on my part, 
and yet, I know they will give so much back. 


*Despite the fact that my garden isn't perfect and still has a couple barren spots,
  it is still beautiful and good!









I think the natural man in each of us can get overwhelmed rather easily. We see the BIG results that we want and we sometimes imagine that we will have to give up our entire lives and work harder than we have strength to work to make them happen - BUT IT ISN'T SO... Just as Heavenly Father sends the rains, He sends the experiences we need in life, and people who have been there before and can show the way. All we have to do is BELIEVE Him, enough to obediently follow the few simple instructions He gives us, and He will cause our small efforts to produce great blessings! Here again is one of my favorite quotes...
"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities... God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe."
PS. I think all of this applies to my triathlon training as well as to any other goal or ambition in life. As I set aside a small amount of time to consistently train, my skills and strength improve and I am able to do and be more than I was before. Isn't it awesome the way big results come from small daily actions? 


Have an awesome day!
Corine :D

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Second Annual Hayden Triathlon - My Experience :)


Hi! :D I wrote a little about the weather already, and now it's time to tell you about my experience in the Hayden Sprint Triathlon...

As you can see, I was # 278. I'm sorry I don't know how many participants there were, but probably around 300. (Yes, I procrastinated signing up - secretly hoping to get out of it. J.K. ;)


The biggest thing I did to prepare for this was learn to swim. I had an incredible challenge of learning to be comfortable with my head down in the water so I could swim efficiently. When I first started it seemed impossible; I was a terrible swimmer! :o From March through June I swam three days a week most weeks. At first I could only swim the 25 yards to the other end of the pool in a hyperventilation type fashion (I knew the life guards were secretly "on guard.") My head was up, and I held on at the other end for dear life as I rested and waited to be sure I wouldn't drown on the way back to the other end of the pool.

Me and Columba Aguilar. :)
And people watched me, a lot. In fact, people actually laughed at me... I recall writing about it as I posted my swim workout on "Daily Mile." I'll never forget the encouraging comment left there from a man I have never even met who agreed to be my "friend" and help me out, "You'll show them!" Douglas is his name. "One day you will be a better swimmer than they are!"  I couldn't help smiling and thinking of that each day as I went back to the pool. Douglas hadn't even met me, and he believed in me. I could believe in me, too... (In the above photo on the right... Me and my amazing friend - who unbeknown to her, was about to win third place in her division! :)  PS. I'm the one in the pink.)
 
My husband spied and took photos before the race started.
There were others too, who saw me faithfully returning time after time and cheered me on. They became my cheer leaders. :) (I had more cheerleaders during training than I had for the event.) Valerie has been my biggest cheerleader, and the one who got me going. I could also always count on some of the life guards to clap for me and point out that I was improving. Many regulars at the pool also complimented me on my progress and gave me tips to improve further. I joked that I must have a sign on my forehead that said, "teach me, I want to know!"  I was blessed by many kind people with regular reassurance that they knew I could do this. :) About a week or two before the triathlon I started swimming in the lake. That required a major mental adjustment that shocked me into further procrastinating signing up - wondering again if I could do this (I was sure I could before I got in the lake. I began to believe again soon after I kept swimming in the lake).


Me and Valerie Johnson. :) Valerie got first in her division!
Though when I first started out training at the pool I was sure the swim would always be the toughest part of a triathlon... I WAS WRONG!  :D Though it was somewhat challenging psychologically swimming in open water around a mass of people and getting my face kicked, thanks to many hours of training AND the wetsuit (not to mention I swam slowly ;) I found the swim to be, physically, the easiest part of the race; and I didn't panic. :) I did swim on my back a few times, but not to rest from physical exhaustion. I did it to help me relax and to prevent myself from panicking. If ever my heart rate raised from stress or worry, I would roll over, relax, and tell myself to just swim on my back and relax until I felt calm. Despite the delay from swimming on my back and swimming out wide to get away from the other swimmers, it only took 21 minutes and 40 seconds for me to do the half mile swim.  I look forward to improving my time drastically as I progress further psychologically so I can swim a more direct course. :)

Me waving to my family as I got off the bike... :)
My transition times were terrible, but I learned from them. I learned I needed new toe clip straps (and was given some yesterday when I met up with a friend to bike with her); I learned that I need to have a water bottle ready there with nutrition in it to quickly drink so I don't have to chew on food during the bike ride; and I learned that I need to go a lot faster during the transitions if I want to make good time overall. :o

I also learned that I need to train on flats if the race is on flats (would you believe that of the small amount of training I did since I got my bike assembled a month before the race was all hills? I assumed this to be a good thing but was surprised that my legs had no idea what to do on flats! WEIRD!) Consequently, my time on the bike was awful! Almost 43 minutes - ouch! I think I was trying not to use too much energy on the bike to save it for the run (I did this on the swim as well). That was nuts, considering the run was only 3 miles long and the bike is where I could have shaved the most time had I pushed myself on the bike. Oh well... Live and learn. :) I had no chance of winning that race anyhow with "wonder man" and "wonder woman" there. ;) (Seriously, the first place man and woman flew with amazing speed! They both finished the entire race in just minutes over an hour.)

I finished the entire race in an hour and 34 minutes and 21 seconds, which I wasn't too happy with because I knew I could do better and regretted not pushing more on the bike or in the water. I clearly didn't "sprint" :o on the swim or bike, but I ran fairly well (for me) at about 26 minutes and 24 seconds. It was almost all flats with just one or two small hills, and I was happy to discover I ran those three miles in 8.5 minutes each. Nothing like the first place finishers, but at least I did it! :) By the way, the toughest part for me was the transition off the bike. The first few minutes of the run were painful. I stopped to visit with a couple friends and stretch for a few seconds - twice. :D LOL (different friends)


Before I end this post with a copy of my official results, I have to say something about what I witnessed from seeing the results of this triathlon.
*YOU CAN'T TELL HOW WELL A PERSON WILL DO OR HOW IN SHAPE THEY ARE BY LOOKING AT THEM! seriously... I absolutely loved watching unsuspecting individuals pass people who you would think might do better. And when it came time for awards, I LOVED seeing a women go up when called to stand on her first place throne (she was wearing an outfit which clearly showed off her amazing abs, etc...) - followed by the second place person, wearing an outfit almost identical to the first with almost identical amazing abs... - followed by a new mother with a modest outfit, and a precious little baby in her arms... :) I couldn't believe I didn't think to take a photo until it was too late! Darn! But here is a profile of the young and unsuspecting winner among the crowd after she received her metal. :) Doesn't she rock? :D And, I have a friend who won third place in the Althena group - also a new mom... She seriously rocks! I'm inspired! :)

Here is a website you can go to to see every one's results: www.haydentri.com

Here are my results...

Corine MOORE

2012 Hayden Triathlon

07/14/12

Racer Number: 278
Gender: F
Age: 41
Representing: HAYDEN ID US
Chip Time Information
Actual Start Time: 00:00:00.000
Stop Time: 08:40:21.676
Chip Time: 01:34:21.6
Gun Time Information
Assigned Start Time: 07:06:00.000
Stop Time: 08:40:21.676
Gun Time: 01:34:21.6

Final Time: 01:34:21.6

Race Distance: Sprint
Overall Placing
Place: 168
Time Back: 00:30:36.700
Gender Placing
Place: 50
Time Back: 00:30:06.000
Division Placing
F 40-44 Place: 11
Time Back: 00:16:54.100
NoNameInterval TimeTotal Time PaceOverall PlaceOverall BackGender Place Gender BackDivsion PlaceDivision Back
1Swim00:21:40.36300:21:40.3632:42.5182+9:58.265+9:58.212+7:02.4
2T100:03:03.57300:24:43.936
177+2:08.768+2:08.712+0:47.0
3Bike00:42:00.53201:06:44.46817.1177+11:19.651+11:19.69+6:08.2
4T200:01:13.29101:07:57.759
140+0:28.558+0:28.59+0:21.7
5Run00:26:23.91701:34:21.6768:30.9131+8:44.135+8:44.16+3:12.7

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tender Mercies for the Hayden Sprint Triathletes

Yesterday was the second annual Hayden Sprint Triathlon. This year, the event has again come and gone, but not without me! I PARTICIPATED IN THE HAYDEN SPRINT TRIATHLON! :D There are so many cool things to share... where to start? :o

First of all, the weather was amazing! But you have to know about the days before and after to appreciate the weather that day...

Two days before the race the weather was well over 100 F (If the billboard I drove past was correct, it was 108 F when I went by around 2:00, and I ran the day before in similar heat for just 27 very long minutes!)

The day before we had thunder and rain storms, greatly cooling off the air and making the temperature feel fabulous. 

The morning of the triathlon the storm was not 100% over, but it was miraculously held off - this simply could not be a perfect coincidence! There was a ton of wind and the water was very choppy (due to the wind and waves, several participants freaked out and quit the race the first few minutes of the swim). But it didn't rain, and it wasn't hundred degree weather either; the temperature was PERFECT! :) Even the water was warm, at about seventy some degrees. :) Honestly... I was super happy that the water was choppy because I figured it would take me that much farther OUT of my comfort zone and give me greater progress. :)

By the end of the day (long after the race and all the celebrations were over) the thunder storm resumed, all night and into the morning. It is the morning after and rain is still falling from the sky, reminding me of what we could have raced in - but didn't... :) Some people call it an amazing coincidence. I see it as just one of many tender mercies which I am so thankful to such a kind Father in Heaven for! :D  I wonder how many people prayed for such mercy...

Time for me to get ready for church. I'll write more ASAP.

Corine :D



Friday, July 13, 2012

EXTREME ADVENTURE RELAY - Hayden Idaho


Jumpin' Beans Adventure RelayHayden Idaho, 2012


Some friends invited me to run with their family in a new local (Hayden Idaho) community running relay event which took place last Saturday. The terrain consisted of dense back woods and barely identifiable courses covered in pine cones, sticks, logs to dodge and jump over, trees to duck under; the 10 K course also had a rock wall to climb AND a few mud puddles were part of at least two courses… I’m used to road running, so cross country was quite intense for me and I found it easy to miss trail markings while running intently. I wasn’t alone… It was quite common for runners to pass a mark then have to turn around searching for markers to know which way to go (I was rescued a number of times by a fellow runner who called out to me and other runners ahead of her when we would miss pass our marks; yeah Alyssa, Just met you and I already love ya! :D).

Since terrain was so rough and rugged, the founder renamed the event, "Jumpin Beans Extreme Adventure Relay;" which fits perfectly. :)  Each course began and ended in the same location so there was a very fun gathering place with good food, drinks, music, and chairs to relax from. :) And though the woods were dense and too thick to see the social group while out running, the entire wooded area was only 1 square mile (amazing to be so close to town and feel miles and miles out of town; super cool safety feature for an adventure trail! :)

First of my two runs…
I ran the 10 K and the two mile courses for my team so these are the courses I can tell about. Both courses were covered in pine cones, sticks, logs to dodge and jump over, trees to duck under, AND even a few mud puddles… One puddle seemed impossible to dodge so I was covered in mud from my knees down. I also missed the marks a number of times (as mentioned above) so finally stayed with the girl who kept rescuing me until we got to a bunch of down hill running, in which I simply had to go for it! J The down hill running took me back to childhood when I would go up in the mountains with my brothers and run around making forts and such. J OK, back to the run…

My time for the 10 K (6.4 miles) was only one hour and two minutes - awesome time for the terrain, I think! :) (Though I must admit that flying down the steep hill side at the end is what shaved several minutes off the run. I LOVED the end of that course! :)

Second of my two runs…
On the two mile course I ran in circles (the course crossed over itself) and considering the fact that I ran for 50 minutes (in the heat and on rough terrain), I probably ended up running about 5 miles rather than two (LOL...so sorry team! :o) - I either ran slower due to high temperatures and no water on that run, or I ran farther than 5 miles - who knows! But I must say, I got a KILLER workout! And I am so much stronger now because of this awesome event! 

HOW WAS THE RUN OVERALL?I LOVED IT! Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY (It’s probably a new annual tradition! :D) I’m very excited to have this awesome event added to my very own community, and so thankful to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a great success!

PS. My team came in last place in this event. :o But that's OK. The important thing is that we all got a great workout and had a great time... right? :)

PPS.  Yesterday I overdid it running. It was a short run, half the length of my usual runs, but felt very intense (the heat didn't help). I can't believe I did that two days before my first triathlon!!!! :o My legs just seem to be getting sorer (I hope they feel great by tomorrow morning!), and my chest hurts a little; I may have overworked my heart, darn! Therefore, today I am simply relaxing, and STRETCHING - A LOT. I'm taking a break but wonder if I need to work it out with a gentle jog, or wait to work it out at the triathlon tomorrow morning. Agg! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why Train for a Triathlon?

I am new at triathlon training (about to be in my first official community triathlon this Saturday on July 15th), so my journey is only just beginning, but I have already had so many wonderful experiences and had some amazing discoveries - just from training (...amazing to me, since I tend to not give myself enough credit :o). Contemplating my surprising small victories, I know I will one day come to wish I documented my progress if don't - so here I am! 
As I contemplate the reasons for why I train I find it interesting to note that one of the very reasons for training is the very same reason I have now and then contemplated NOT training. There have been so many struggles, moments of self doubt, and moments when I truly wondered if I could succeed at being ready for an event, or even if I could do any more than I had already done (especially that first event - the half marathon that I did in May of 2011, just two months after I first started running - I had such pain in one of my knees that it felt like a total miracle to me that I made it). I've been repeatedly surprised as I look back and realize how capable we human beings are. Because of this I found my self silently reminding myself "If I don't know what I can't do... than I don't know what I can do either."  I would then press on out of curiosity to find out if perhaps I could do more than I supposed I could. :) I will tell you more of why I train in a minute; first I want to tell you how I got started...
How did I get started???

I had the desire to participate in triathlons for many years. Somehow the desire was always in the far back of my mind, burning ever so dimly that I seldom remembered the desire, until I found myself speaking to triathletes and catching their contagious enthusiasm. At which point the desire would bubble up through me and come out exploding like a fountain - only to come down again for hibernation - never materializing into action...

Then one day it finally happened. I was incredibly blessed with an amazing new friend, Valerie, and she was is a triathlete... :) As soon as I told her of my desires she informed me, "I'm training for another half marathon; want to train with me?" I immediately jumped on board. :) 


When I first started running with Valerie my heart would sometimes ache. I have had heart pains when exercising or working extra hard it since I was a little girl, so I wasn't alarmed. I just used a heart rate monitor and when it would beep twice, I knew to slow down a bit but keep moving (OK. I did and still do let it beep a little off and on when running up hills :o). I had biked a ton in years past (in my 20's), but running was incredibly difficult for me (I began running after age 40) giving me new challenges I never imagined. And despite additional troubles with an inflamed knee and wondering many times if it was even possible for me to run 13 miles, I completed my first half marathon in May of 2011. Aloe Vera juice saved me from severe lactic acid buildup right after the run, but I did it! And it got WAY EASIER as I continued running! By the way, the knee troubles of those early days are a thing of the past! (Ask me about what made them end if you want to know)

It wasn't long before Valerie and I talked about triathlon training as well as running (she had done several already), but my bike had been disassembled for many years and I was a terrible swimmer! Even still, I really wanted to be in the first Hayden Triathlon in 2011. Race day came and went without me... I still hadn't taken swimming lessons OR had my bike assembled. Valerie was in the race. I wasn't. I was crushed... I recall vividly experiencing that horrible feeling of emptiness inside - that thought of "what could have been" was most agonizing

A couple months later - the day before Labor Day 2011, a flier was passed around at church. There was to be an informal sprint triathlon the next day. The moment I saw the flier I knew I had been given A SECOND CHANCE. Ready or not, I was going to take it! Valerie also participated, and loaned me both a bike and wet-suit so I could go too... And so the triathlon journey began! :) I swam on my back the entire time giving instruction to a teen boy on a kayak; "stay beside me and  do NOT let me drown!" A friend and I came in last place together, but I was there, and it was a great experience... :)

Despite the rough and crazy beginning, thanks to Valerie, I moved from "thinking" to "doing;"  I was on my way to becoming a triathlon, and my life will never be the same again! :D
The one and only Triathlon I have YET been in - a sprint with 9 people who were given one day notice of the event!

I knew I wanted to do another triathlon, a formal, community triathlon with many people, and be ready for it... So in March of this year I got a membership to a fitness club and began swimming three days a week. At first, if I resolved not to swim on my back, I could only swim the length of the pool one way... And, I couldn't put my face in the water. Valerie gave me tips and I asked other swimmers lots of questions as well (free mini lessons! :) After 3 months of just swimming and asking people questions, I finally got a little formal swim training by taking a triathlon swim class (June 2012) About the same time, my husband finally re-assembled my wonderful old hot pink bike that he bought for me when I was 18. This was the beginning of the romantic journey of riding with my husband again, like we did when I was in my 20's. :) It was also the beginning of training for all three sports at the same time; I finally began triathlon training!! :D

With my membership at the fitness club came two free visits with a personal trainer, Dale, and I finally met with him. One day in June, I saw Dale at the gym, and as he always did he greeted me with an big smile and a sincere and enthusiastic, "How are you?"

His mouth dropped a little as I responded back with less than happy news. I had been in a lot of chest pain all weekend and had begun to wonder if I could do this. I told him of some health problems, and he encouraged me to take a short break from training, see a Dr if I needed to to figure out what was going on with my body, and also suggested I “get to know myself” through meditation and introspection and to ask myself "WHY" I want to do Triathlons. 

Dale's advice couldn't have been better. I took a WEEK OFF of training (this was so challenging!) and was blessed to realize what was was going on with my body and how to get through it. During that week of rest I also did some thinking, praying, and meditating. I wasn't sure I ever even consciously knew WHY I wanted to do triathlons so badly (except to see if I could do them). So with Dale's suggestion, I found a quiet spot in my bedroom next to a computer, and and with little bullets in front of each idea as it came into my mind, I wrote in my journal the reasons WHY I wanted to do triathlons... 

It hasn't been long since I wrote this list, but already it has been a source of strength for me when ever doubts begin to surface. I'd like to share that journal entry with you now...

Why Train for Triathlons?
  • I desire to let others know that ordinary people can accomplish things they may not have supposed they could do. When I started training this March I didn't know how to breathe while swimming or swim with my head in the water and probably could not tread water for even 3 minutes; I was a TERRIBLE swimmer, and am still trying to train myself to swim with my head in the proper position. I only knew one stroke (though I couldn't have told you the name of it) and was terrified of drowning! If I can work hard and get to where I can swim a full mile, with strength and around a mass of competitive swimmers – anyone can! :) LOL - I pray to be successful in proving this to be the case!)
  • I desire to show gratitude to Heavenly Father for blessing me with a healthy body by making my body healthier. I have had health issues all my life but the Lord has blessed me that my health has not been a burden. As I do my part to take care of myself with proper eating and exercise He has blessed me beyond imagination. I feel very fortunate and do not take this blessing for granted. I once heard a body builder express why he stays so fit and immediately adopted the philosophy and way of living myself; it went something like this… “My body is a gift to me from God. What I do with my body is my gift of gratitude back to Him.” I live this way not only with how I eat and exercise, but also with conducting myself in a chaste and virtuous way. I also apply this not only to my body but also to my mind...
 
  • I desire to push myself and do things which are truly challenging, reminding myself that I can do hard things and to reach for the best that is in me. I desire to live an exceptional life – not a mediocre life – and doing so requires that I take care of both my spirit and my body in an exceptional way. It also means that I don't give up when the going gets tough...
Here is another note from one of my journal entries (written during the week in which I was resting and trying to figure out what my body needed)...


"I talked to a couple of friends who are training for the same triathlons I am training for at church today... One of them told me of the local Olympic course and of how of the 27 or so miles of biking, about 10 of it is a continual and very intense up hill climb (more intense than the Hayden Lake course that I ride). In contemplating the PAIN I might have to endure over the course of 10 miles of all uphill biking - and anticipating that I may really struggle to keep riding, I immediately became so overwhelmed that the thought came to my mind that perhaps I would not do the Olympic Triathlon after all; perhaps I would not be ready on time."  
But as I reflect upon these reasons for training, I am renewed in my determination TO TRYTO NOT GIVE UP – AND TO DO MY BEST, AND FIND OUT JUST WHAT THAT BEST CONSISTS OF…

And so, as of tomorrow, this week of rest is over! I will be wise. I will listen to my body and not train harder than I have strength. But I will not give up... I am thankful that the pain in my chest has subsided, and know that my heart will continue to be made stronger. I pray that I will have wisdom as I train and strengthen my heart, veins, and all of my body, that I might perform the coming triathlon(s) safely and well, and once again show myself that I CAN ENDURE HARD THINGS – AND ENDURE THEM WELL!
I decided to go public with this goal to keep training - thus this blog - as reminders to myself, and also to be an encouraging support to others who are going through some of the same challenges that anyone who trains for a triathlon may go through. If you need a cheerleader or would like to be one, please comment here and count me in!

I hope you enjoy following along my journey with me and that we can be inspired together to keep moving forward.

And together...
Let the training resume! 
Corine :D