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