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Day 5 – I can do this!

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 26, 2010

It’s Day 5 on the Paleo diet. I’m not perfect and hardcore, but here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: handful of raw almonds, 5 prunes
Lunch: Wendy’s California Cobb Salad (it had bleu cheese on it), pomegranate vinaigrette dressing (processed), and a Diet Coke.
Snack: handful of raw almonds
Dinner: 2cups of homemade shrimp gumbo (no rice), tabasco sauce, 8 fresh Black Turkey Figs (yes, 8).

I admit that I pigged out on figs. Who can blame me? They are BOGO at Publix this week, and they are perfectly ripe. Nobody else in the house eats them, and they don’t have much of a shelf life at this stage. I will be eating the other package tomorrow. Yep. That’s what I’m doing.

Breakfast was rushed and I didn’t get up earlier and cook something better. One kid’s doctor appointment ran late and we had a very short window of opportunity for lunch before we had to be at a robotics field trip across town. The kids decided on Wendy’s, so that’s where I had to make some decisions. I did okay on carbs, including the dressing, but I had some dairy (bleu cheese) and a Diet Coke. Is that a crime?

Almonds, again. Love those little babies! They are life savers for me. Truly.

The Gumbo veggie mix I use has some corn in it. Not a ton, but it’s still there. Other than that, it had a ton of shrimp, tomatoes, peppers, okra, onions, and parsley in it. I added about 10 good drops of Tabasco to mine, and that made it sing!

Enough of the food journal postmortem for today. Even though I felt a little out of control today, I still kept my food journal. Knowing that I’m documenting each bite I put in my mouth wields a lot of power with me. I am reminded of my commitment to this program and, moreso, to getting my hormones and weight under control.

Today, I continued to notice a sense of mental clarity. I was able to be present and focused. I feel good.

Girl Talk: As far as my cycle goes, I didn’t sleep all morning, take a nap in the afternoon, or inhale carbs all day long! I felt normal. I’m interested to see how my cycle day 4 is going to turn out this weekend. That will tell me a lot.

It seems like I had some other things to say today, but mostly I’m just looking forward to the weekend and spending time with the family.

Today’s Takeaway: Focus on the general before the specific.

I can’t beat myself up for drinking a Diet Coke or eating bleu cheese on a salad one day. I did choose a very low carb Cobb salad, and Diet Cokes are calorie-free. I could’ve had a triple Baconator with fries and a Coke. I didn’t do that. My family had ice cream tonight. I served it, but I didn’t even taste it. I’m making meals for my whole family, not just me. This is progress. I’m looking forward to seeing some results!

Thanks to all the new Twitter followers! Glad to have you along for the ride!

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Day 4 – Paleo Rocks!

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 25, 2010

I’m totally digging the Paleo Diet. Already, weight is coming off. (Yes, I know this is the water-weight-loss stage, mostly due to lowered salt intake, but I’m taking it!) I’m drinking more fluids. I’m going to the bathroom every 1-2 hours it seems, just like I did when I was in major weight loss mode last Fall. The reduction in my salt intake is already making a difference, too. I swam 14 laps today (better than nothing) and my wedding ring was not staying on. During this past year’s weight loss, I had to take it off because it kept falling off every time I washed my hands, and it also flew off while I was playing the piano. I put it back on a month or so ago, and it’s been staying on. It’s back on my jewelry tree. I just don’t want to lose it.

Basically, I’m already feeling better. Is it this specific diet? It’s early to tell. My caloric intake has been between 1300-1400 calories each day, and that’s about where it should be for my weight loss plan. My protein intake is also high enough to sustain substantial physical activity (which I really need to get busy with!) I’ve also been able to stop eating for at least 4 hours before bed.

Today, on my diet tracking, which I do on SparkPeople.com, my total calories were divided almost equally over the 5 meals/snacks today. If you’ve never tracked your food, the Nutrition Tracker there is really something. When you’re done with entering all of your meals for the day, you can get a final report that breaks down the numbers in several ways. This is very useful to me. I was beyond thrilled to see my five meals coming in equally like that. I’m retraining my body’s eating schedule properly. I’m also trying to get most of my carbs before noon, with a piece of fruit in the afternoon.

One other noticeable thing tonight… I felt very clear-headed while I was at work. What work? I am church musician, and we had choir rehearsal tonight. I could notice a difference in my ability to focus and let my fingers do what they are trained to do. I wasn’t second-guessing myself so much, and I didn’t have any moments where I thought, “Where am I on the page, and what am I doing? What key are we in?” Not that I think like that all the time, mind you, but I do have moments like that. I’ll admit that I don’t think as clearly when I’m all sugared up and full of carbs.

Anything that helps my ability to focus is worth a second look.

My sleeping is better this week. When my eating is out of control, I stay up way too late, sleep like the dead, and stay there way too late, too. I also want to take a nap after sitting still for 15 minutes. I haven’t had any of that this week.

Female business ahead. You’ve been warned.

Today is only Day 4 of doing the Paleo thing, and I completely managed to stick to the plan even though I started my monthly cycle today. (Mom, if you’re reading this, yes, I’m talking about my period on my blog. Deal.) Normally, I would’ve been carb-loading like a Sumo wrestler at the state fair, and I didn’t do it this week. This may not seem like a big deal to a lot of folks, but it is to me and the people I live with. I’m sure they are appreciating this change right now.

I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but I’m really digging Paleo. One more thing, compliance has been easy.

Click here for a great definition of Paleo Nutrition. I like to think of it as pre-technology food. If a food needs to be processed to be digested (ground, boiled, etc.), then it’s not on the list. Right now, I’m not hard core (aka NeanderThin folks). I’m just trying to get a handle on life without dairy and grains. We’ve been legume-free for years due to an allergy in the household. For that member of our family, I’m wondering if this might help with other health ailments.

I’m going to keep reading and researching and hopefully will have some interesting things to share regarding our “allergic” family member.

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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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Paleo Day 2

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 23, 2010

Breakfast: 4 eggs and some salsa
Snack: handful of raw almonds, a few prunes
Lunch: Roast pork and honeydew
Snack: handful of raw almonds
Dinner: (this is not great) We went to a little tasting party at The Melting Pot where I had 1 “Love” martini, raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, raw apples, maybe 1/4 cup of spinach artichoke cheese dip (dairy – booo…) and a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate. We went to Longhorn for a real dinner, since we were having a date night, and I had the 7-Pepper Steak Salad, no dressing, and about 3 glasses of water.

Overall, it wasn’t too bad. I had The Melting Pot party on the calendar for a few weeks, got a babysitter, and took my husband out alone! I know my weakness was the martini, cheese, and chocolate. The good news is that I cheated in moderation. You should have seen the huge mound of marshmallows, pound cake, and chocolate fondues! I also avoided the croutons, and bread chunks. I had an absolutely lovely time with my husband, and I don’t feel bad about any of my food choices.

Today, I started using a diet compliance chart from the Health Habits blog. I went back to yesterday’s food journal and checked off my meals. I wasn’t compliant tonight for dinner, so I’m giving myself an “x” for that meal. Otherwise, I’m staying on track!

Keeping a food journal is critical for success. Even when you are not following a diet, writing down what you eat will keep you honest.

Tomorrow, I plan to get up and get in an hour-long walk/run. How hard is it going to be to drag my butt out of bed at 6am? It’s going to be pretty awful if I stay up much later. Good night.

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Paleo Diet Day 1

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 22, 2010

Breakfast: 4 scrambled eggs with some salsa
Snack: handful of raw almonds, a few bite-size prunes
Lunch: Roast beef, 1/2 honeydew melon
Snack: handful of raw almonds
Dinner: pork loin, little blob of bbq sauce, green salad, scallions, grape tomatoes, Italian dressing
No more eating tonight!

Today was pretty decent, although, I need to read more about seasonings, etc. My whole family gave me some grief about the bbq sauce asking, “Where do you gather bbq sauce?” Very funny. I’m not on a slippery slope here. It wasn’t a bag of chips, piece of cake, or loaf of bread! I probably need to work in more veggies.

I know it will take my body a few days to get used to this. I know I’ll be feeling pretty good by the end of the week, so I need to hang in there.

Back on the workout wagon tomorrow morning.

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I’m going Paleo!

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 21, 2010

Tomorrow, I’m going totally Paleo. I will be posting links, recipes, helpful hints, and pictures of what I’m eating. It’s going to be interesting. What does this mean? I’ll be gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free, grain-free, sugar-free, chemical-free, process-free…

Why am I doing this? It seems pretty drastic, I know. Well, studies show (my life study) that I cannot control myself with starchy foods, sugar, grains, etc., and I think this is wreaking havoc with my hormones. I am a food addict. I cannot have even the tiniest bite of cake and my impulse control is gone. I’ll eat the whole piece and while I’m eating it, I’m trying to figure out how I can score another piece. Nobody needs 2 pieces of cake. I will definitely be writing more about this new chapter as I travel down new paths and carve out new ways of managing my eating.

Yes, exercise is important and I’m not going to neglect that part of it, but for me, conquering the food problem is the worst of it.

Here’s a general picture of a paleo ingredient list:

YES

  • All kinds of meats, poultry, and seafood
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables (NO potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, starchy foods)
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Fruits (in moderation)
  • Wine (in moderation)

NO

  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar
  • Added salt
  • Starchy vegetables
  • Grains (including rice)
  • Grain-like seeds (amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa)

Breakfast:
1/3 protein
2/3 fruit

Snack 1: handful of raw almonds and a small apple

Lunch:
1/3 protein
1/3 vegetable
1/3 fruit

Snack 2: handful of raw almonds and some dried fruit

Dinner:
1/3 protein
2/3 vegetable

No eating 4 hours before bedtime.

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Day 300

Posted by iwanttodothat on June 26, 2010

I’m glad I had Day 300 marked in my calendar. I’ve been doing some thinking about the last 300 days and realized I did 100 days of really hard work and 200 days of sitting around on my butt. To end the year with a bang, the next 65 days are going to be a mad dash to finish the year strong. I know it sounds crazy, but I plan to lose 50 pounds in 65 days. Let the games begin!

Day 300

8:20a Breakfast. 1/4c steel cut oats, 3/4c egg whites.

11:20a Snack. 1 small apple, 1oz raw almonds.

2:00p Lunch. 3c 50/50 Baby Spinach/Spring Mix, 6oz albacore tuna, 1c brown rice, 1T evoo, 1T balsamic vinegar, 1c watermelon

4:30p Snack. 1 Chobani fat-free Greek yogurt cup, 1/2c fresh blueberries.

Okay, here’s where it gets tough… We’re going to a Tampa Yankees game tonight for Boy Scout Night, and we have wristbands for all-you-can-eat. The only one in our family that should take advantage of this is the 6 year old Cub Scout. The rest of us need this like we need another hole in the head. My plan is to drink a lot – water, diet Coke, etc. I am considering having some popcorn, but I might just have to say no. I’m not sure what all is included in this deal, so I’m not sure what to do tonight. I will add to this post with what I actually end up doing.

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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!

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44
Place O'All No.   Name                    Age City                 St Time    Rank Swim    Tran 1  Rank Bike    Tran 2  Rank Run
===== ===== ===== ======================= === ==================== == ======= ==== ======= ======= ==== ======= ======= ==== =======
    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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