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Happy 2012!!!

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 1, 2012

It’s a new year and a new start! Like 2011, I’m ringing in the new year with a month-long triathlon challenge! Our new team name is The Incredible Machine and so far we have 14 members. The goal is to complete as many Long Distance triathlons as we can this month, as a team! Last year, our team of 23 completed nearly 10!!!

The official distance (Iron Man distance) is 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running. This year, each member has a goal of completing one of these themselves, or you can barter your miles with teammates. For instance, I’m more of a swimmer than a biker, so I might swim the miles for a couple of other people who don’t swim at all in exchange for them biking a good chunk of my bike miles.

This year is going to be great! I’m back!!!

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Remember January?

Posted by iwanttodothat on September 23, 2011

Hey, friends! Long time, no see.

I have fallen and am having a terrible time getting back up. I’ve gained almost all of my weight back. Disappointing, I know. I’m incredibly pissed off at myself and am feeling like I can’t get my mojo back.

A few updates…

The challenge my friends and I did in January turned out to be an awesome experience! I personally swam over 12 miles that month! What have I done since then? Absolutely nothing.

Cut to the present… I’m back up to 3xx lbs (don’t make me say it) and one of my fitness buddies asked me to swim on her triathlon relay team. She will bike 10 miles, and another friend will run 3 miles. I will be swimming .33 miles in the open water at Ft. DeSoto. This is one month from now. What was I thinking? I should be swimming 4x/week, hardcore, to meet this challenge. So, I will be posting my swimming log here for a little bit of accountability. It would be great if I shed 20 pounds this month, too, but I’m just going to go for the swimming bit right now. My goal here is to finish the swim, alive.

That’s all there is to report at this time. I’m trying to get back in there. I just feel so damaged by some negativity that occurred during the last go around, that the little voice inside my head that whispers “you can’t do that” gained some ground. It’s incredibly frustrating. I can do any damn thing I want to do. I don’t know why it always has to be about competition with me, but it does. I was raised to be competitive. I was also raised hearing a little voice that said “you can do better” or “you’re not good enough.” I’ve been torn with this conflict as long as I can remember. Why don’t I feel like I deserve the absolute best? What is it that makes me not finish things? Why can I start like a rockstar and turn into an also-ran?

Dear God, help me accept the people I cannot change. Help me finish what I start. Forgive me for being a huge pain in the ass, a liar, a manipulator, and a procrastinator. Thank you for your mercy and grace, even when I am too self-involved to see it and accept it. I will try harder in the future to understand this. I will stop apologizing for myself and take responsibility for everything I say and do. I can get through anything with You beside me. Help me finish strong. Amen.

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Happy New Year!

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 4, 2011

Happy New Year, Dear Readers! I mentioned in my last post that there was big news coming, and there truly is!

21 of my friends and I are competing in the Iron Distance Challenge this month! This is a month-long distance challenge where individuals and teams compete by completing as many Iron Mans as they can (2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, 26.2 miles running.) This particular challenge is being held by the TriGals out of Westchase. They seem like a wonderful group of women striving for friendship and fitness!

I hosted a little gathering at my house on December 29th and invited a bunch of friends who have been very supportive throughout my fitness journey. Since I fell off the wagon last year, I had to analyze why that happened so I wouldn’t repeat that mistake. Last year, I got started on my journey alone.  Yes, I had the support of my husband, but we weren’t doing it together; it was my new thing. I took that experience with having a personal trainer 3x/week and learned everything I could from her. I have to say that the most important thing I learned was that I CAN do it! I ran, I boxed, I jumped, I skipped, I lunged, I lifted, and I lost a lot of weight. It is not impossible for me to move it and lose it! I also discovered that I enjoyed it. I love to feel the muscles developing in my body and the greater ease of movement all over. I enjoyed the aspect of running that I was actually moving my body faster than ever. I was doing that. I also started fencing. That’s something that I never thought I could really do.

So, the morning of my gathering, I got out all of my race bibs, medals, and pictures, and made a collage. This was an extremely emotional activity for me and I realized I probably should’ve done it six months ago. It was very motivating and hopefully it was motivating for my friends.

As you can see, I was busy last year! I had a great time and am looking forward to my next race!

I just want to give a huge shout out to my teammates! Thank you to Jon, Karla, Bryan, Laura, Clyde, Patrice, Hugues, Robin, Crystal, Dale, Terri, Fontaine, JoAnn, Shari, Shirley, Michele, Sharon, Traci, David, Melissa, and Carrie! Y’all are truly wonderful friends! Let’s do this!

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Day 3

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 24, 2010

Today was weird. I had breakfast, then I grazed a little bit, and had dinner. Here it goes.

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 1T salsa, 4 slices Canadian bacon (not the greatest in the salt dept.)
Grazing: honeydew, 3oz roast beef, handful of raw almonds (2x)
Dinner: pork roast, broccoli, 2T Amish apple butter (on my pork)

Truth be told, I was hungry at breakfast, but I haven’t really been hungry enough to eat a big ol’ meal. In fact, I only ate about 2/3 of what I served myself for supper because I was stuffed. I didn’t exactly have a full plate, either. I know that I need to drink a lot more water because (1)I’m feeling a little dehydrated, (2)need to help my liver out with all the protein processing, and (3)I had a charlie horse in my right calf this morning that left it feeling bruised and sore.

One area that I really need to work on is the amount of Splenda I’m consuming. I want to wean myself off of it, but it’s difficult. I love to put Crystal Light in my water bottle. I’m trained to expect it there. I also chew a lot of Extra gum. I agree that chewing gum is a bad habit, but right now it’s helping me. One thing at a time, right?

I didn’t get my cardio in today like I thought I would. We had a torrential downpour most of the day. (Plenty of excuses. I have a Wii Fit Plus, jump ropes, weights, Jillian Michaels DVDs, etc. I could’ve done it if I’d put forth more effort.) I’m planning to swim tomorrow, and Thursday, I’m planning to go to a beginner spin class at the YMCA. Today, I did stop by the Y to pick up my Tampa Tri Team dri-fit t-shirt. Maybe I’ll put it on with some workout clothes tomorrow. I’m hoping for a little external motivation there. There’s a sprint triathlon coming up at the end of October that I could aim for. It’s not too far away to lose sight of, and it’s not too soon that I couldn’t be ready for it. I’m thinking about it…

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Mad Beach Mini Triathlon

Posted by iwanttodothat on May 26, 2010

I just got my race results from my triathlon this past Saturday. I’m encouraged by them, and have learned a great deal from them as well!

Place O'All No.   Name                    Age City                 St Time    Rank Swim    Tran 1  Rank Bike    Tran 2  Rank Run
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    1    20    32 Jacqueline Dupuis        44 Tierra Verde         FL   37:04                         1   17:31
    2    23    39 Gladymarie Feliciano     40 Riverview            FL   37:27    8    5:11    1:46    2   17:36
    3    32     1 Julie Abbruzzi           40 Ocala                FL   38:08    4    4:53    2:12    6   18:56    1:26    1   10:42
    4    36    34 Jackie Eckman            41 Tampa                FL   38:33    2    4:32    1:54    3   17:45    1:47    6   12:36
    5    48   108 Karen Van Wert           40 Tampa                FL   40:16                        14   20:37    1:12    2   10:48
    6    50    68 Kristin Leary            42 Saint Petersburg     FL   40:24    5    4:56    2:38    4   17:57    1:55    9   13:01
    7    56    27 Betty Jo Conner          43 Orlando              FL   40:47    7    5:05    2:35   13   20:28    1:05    3   11:35
    8    58    13 Laura Billiris           40 Safety Harbor        FL   40:55    1    4:03    2:51   12   20:25
    9    60    96 Judy Scavino             42 Wesley Chapel        FL   41:05   14    5:37    2:31    7   19:42
   10    61     3 Kim Agresti              44 Clearwater Beach     FL   41:19   10    5:24    2:00    9   19:47    1:15    7   12:54
   11    75    56 Vanessa Hom              40 Brandon              FL   42:18                         5   18:23
   12    82    72 Sonja Lonadier           43 Ocala                FL   42:40    6    4:57    2:07   10   19:53
   13    95    67 Trista Kuhn              40 New Port Richey      FL   43:42   13    5:30    4:27    8   19:43    1:52    5   12:13
   14    99    35 Michelle Eliason         40 Tampa                FL   43:49   11    5:24    2:57   15   20:46
   15   100    71 Ellen Little             42 Palm Bay             FL   43:52    3    4:47    1:50   16   21:21
   16   103     8 Laura Bagshaw            41 Toronto              ON   43:57                        17   21:46    1:08    8   12:55
   17   113    63 Linda Knight             42 Fort Meade           FL   44:55   12    5:24    2:13   11   20:17
   18   138    82 Ruby Nieuwendam          42 Tampa                FL   50:34   16    6:04    7:19   19   24:08    1:04    4   12:01
   19   141    19 Josee Campbell           43 Temple Terrace       FL   50:48   15    6:03    3:51   18   22:42    1:47   10   16:27
   20   151     2 Ann Adair                43 Tampa                FL   59:34    9    5:21    4:31   20   25:49    2:07   11   21:47
   21   153    76 Kelli Moore              40 Anthony              FL 1:11:06   17    8:38    3:42   21   34:32    2:02   12   22:15

What does all of this mean? Let's take a look at the breakdowns. In the first column, I finished in 20th place in my age/gender group. Overall, I was 151st out of 153 competitors. The next column was my bib number (2), then name, age, city, state. My total time was 59:34. I'm happy that I beat my St. Anthony's time, and got in under an hour, especially with the hideous run in the loose sand. On to the good stuff! I totally rocked my swim, coming in at 5:21 and in 9th place (although some of the splits were lost, I still finished strong!)!!! Yes! T1 was TERRIBLE. 4:31! I got to T1, rinsed off my feet (and here's where it went bad) I thought about going sockless. Mistake. Couldn't get the shoe on, so I grabbed my socks, and put them on wet feet, then put my shoes on. Ugh. Bike gloves wouldn't go on easily, either. It was so aggravating to lose so much time there. After the 25:49 bike, I was in 20th place. I think I could've done better on the bike. T2 was too slow. I could've done better there. The ranking for the run (and the swim) is not accurate because there was a malfunction with the split timer and they lost some of the split results. I'm clearly still in 20th place. The 1.2 mile run was a whopping 21:47 because over half of it was on loose sugar sand. I walked a great deal of it because I was afraid I would twist my ankle.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my performance! I did incur some injury to my right plantar fascia and strained my left ankle during the run. I'm not happy about that, but I wasn't expected a sand run at all. I probably would've gone barefoot had I known. I'm totally happy with my swim. Clearly not my weakest area. I need to really work on my run and my transitions. I need to remember NO THINKING in the transitions. Don't second guess my decisions.

I've already signed up for another super-sprint distance triathlon at my YMCA next month! I'm already training for it!

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Triathlon this Saturday… really?

Posted by iwanttodothat on May 18, 2010

Oh, man. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Help!

I am seriously struggling with my eating and exercising plans. I’m thinking about how I can come up with the cash to go back to Maggie.

I have not been training at all. I’ve joined T3 – Tampa Tri Team – at my YMCA, and I’ve yet to make it to a workout. I’m planning to go to a swim workout Thursday morning, but it’s almost as if the planets need to be aligned for me to get there.

I’ve missed fencing for 3 weeks now. That’s a symptom of my greater problem of lack of motivation. I feel like I haven’t moved forward for months, and I don’t like that. My eating is not good. My stomach feels totally out of whack and I just don’t feel great.

The past couple of weeks my family’s life has been completely disrupted by having our house foundation stabilized. We have sinkhole activity under the house, and so we’ve had a ton of activity involving our house this week. This has, in turn, put a major cramp in our eating. The last thing I want to do is grocery shop, cook, and clean with all of this mess and stress all around me.

I’m also feeling frustrated and derailed by my frenemies. I know that I need to just block them out of my head and ignore their influence, but on the flip side, I’m trying to stick to program to hopefully influence them. I’m not ready to give up on them just yet, but they aren’t making it easy.

I will be posting pictures and a recap of the triathlon next week… if I survive!

On a more positive note, Biggest Loser is on tonight!

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St. Anthony’s Meek & Mighty Triathlon

Posted by iwanttodothat on April 29, 2010

I did it! I finished my first triathlon. Here’s the proof!

I experienced great conflict about posting these pictures, only because I’m just a teeny bit vain. I managed to overcome that defect in favor of the possibility I could inspire someone to get out there and try something new!

Just look at me. If you ever let your imperfect body prevent you from doing something, reconsider your position on that.

I look at my swimsuit picture, and I can’t help but be happy. Seriously. I was so happy in that moment that I finished the swim and that I was really in a triathlon. You can see it. There’s nothing fake about these photos. I’m a real person with a real body. I’m proud of that body. It works pretty darn good, and I’m thankful to have it. I am unhappy about my flab hanging out there for the world to see, but I’m not going to look like that forever. It’s a good reminder and motivator to keep me moving forward in this journey and not look back. I do want to mention that I got my awesome swimsuit from Junonia. They are a plus-size activewear company. Thank God for them! The suit was the perfect thing for this event, and I felt like I fit in with all the other triathletes! Yay!

Race Journal

The night before the race, I went over a number of checklists to make sure I was ready to go:

  • inspected bike, loaded it into the van
  • breakfast for race day
  • race gear: swim goggles, swim cap, tri-suit, running shoes, socks, shirt, race belt with number, sunglasses, bike helmet, bike gloves, water bottle, towel, timing chip, additional clothes to change into afterwards

I had planned to have a relaxing evening preparing mentally for race day, getting good sleep, etc., but I received an incredibly negative comment from someone intended to induce guilt. It took me awhile to snap out of that vortex of negativity and focus on my business. It affirmed the “right-ness” of doing this triathlon. I’m not just doing this for myself, I’m doing it for the people I love, and the people who love me.

I was full of nervous energy all evening, and was so anxious about my early morning alarm, that I woke up about every hour throughout the night.

Race Day

4:30a Woke up, took meds, took shower.

5:30a Ate breakfast – 1 banana, 1 slice whole wheat bread, 1T raw almond butter – and got on the road.

6:00a Arrive at the race venue and found a parking place a block away. I had everything I needed in my backpack so I could bike to the venue.

6:05a Went through body marking. Race volunteers with big fat Sharpies wrote my age on my left calf and my race number on both of my upper arms. They checked my timing chip (which you wear on your ankle with a velcro strap) and my race numbers. They assisted me with my bike and bike helmet race number tags. They were experienced triathletes there to help the kids and novices get situated. The volunteers were awesome!

6:15a Found my bike rack, or at least thought I did. I discovered I was in the wrong spot when I realized there were labels on the racks with your name and race number. Doh! I had to move my bike one rack over and redo my setup. This was easily accomplished with help from a friend. (Big shout out to Cynthia! Thank you for everything!)

6:35a Walked around the venue and checked out the pool deck. I wanted to make sure that there were steps at the swim exit, since I absolutely cannot hoist myself out of the side of the pool yet. Steps out, check! After that I was so much more relaxed! The crowd was definitely picking up around this time and the bike corral was filled with competitors and gear.

6:50a Pit stop while the lines were short.

7:00 Watched the sun rise over Tampa Bay. It was stunning! Walked back to the bike corral to leave my running shoes and socks set up for T1 (transition 1 – swim to bike). I double-checked my gear: shoes, socks, bike helmet, race belt, sunglasses, bike gloves, shirt. I took my swim cap and goggles with me as I walked barefoot back to the swim venue. I was ready!

7:15 Competitors were filing in around the swim holding area to wait for the start. Music played over a lound speaker, and a race host interjected chatter keeping the crowd entertained. It was pretty cold standing out there in a swimsuit for half an hour. Race ceremonies commenced around this time and included an excellent performance of The Star Spangled Banner. Competitors 1-50 were then asked to go to the pool deck and line up in numerical order. 51-100 had to line up just off the pool deck, as well.

7:30 The race began! For this leg of the race, you approached the starting position and crossed a timing mat to jump in (feet first only.) Some people had crazy entrances like cannonballs! They released racers into the water one at a time, about 10-15 seconds apart. I was so excited when my turn came. I jumped in and was unprepared for how deep it was at that point in the pool – much deeper than I expected. Anyway, I started my swim and it took me one lap to relax and get into my stroke groove. I swam freestyle using my arms almost exclusively. I’ve read that you should maximize your stroke power and capacity without the benefit of kicking so that you have relatively fresh legs for the bike. I’m not sure about this strategy in the future, but this day, I was glad I did it. I felt like I had a decent swim. The people cheering at each lap turnaround were wonderful!

I finished the swim and started hustling to T1. I tried to jog a bit, but running in a parking lot barefoot was painful. I found my bike quickly and began the transition. I put on my shirt, race belt, helmet, sunglasses, socks, shoes, bike gloves, then walked my bike quickly to the bike start. The bike leg was much harder than anticipated. Between with high winds, mountain bike, and cobblestone portion, I felt like I was fighting a battle the entire ride. The scenery was spectacular, though, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

When I finished the bike leg, I racked my bike, took off my helmet and gloves, grabbed my bottle of G2 and headed out for the run. Within the first 20 yards, I started getting a cramp in my left calf, so I took a little time to stretch it and drink. I walked for a little while, making sure to really stretch my legs and feet before I picked up the pace. I eventually got into a groove, but it was a slow groove! As I got closer to the finish line, the crowd started getting bigger, and some real cheering was going on! Pretty soon, I heard the announcer say “Ann Adair from Tampa, Florida! Great job! You’re going to come back for the big race next year!” I waved to the crowd as I ran through the finishing chute. It was so exciting! I got my medal, and they took my timing chip off of my ankle. I met my race neighbor, Kim, #120, and my friend Cynthia. We had a round of mutual congratulations, then headed to the post-race food. It was decent: pasta, Gatorade, water, bagels, fresh fruit, muffins, cookies, chips, etc. I ate a little bit, then it was time to head home. We had to wait for the last wave to finish before we were allowed in the bike corral. I packed up all my stuff into my backpack, hopped on my bike, and headed to the van. I felt pretty darn good.

That’s pretty much it. One down, and one to go on May 22nd! I’m really looking forward to it!

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