Still not stellar, but I shocked myself with a 7:33/mile at a sprint tri this year, so there's hope that there's a faster runner in there, somewhere...
So, this gets me to my point. I was thinking that it would be nice if there was an adjustable scale for Boston Qualifying. They adjust for gender... they adjust for age... why not other factors?
My age jumps up next year to the 3hrs 45min qualifying category, so that's a start.
Kids? +10 min/ each
Child not potty trained? +10 min/each
Handle the majority of the grocery shopping, pay bills, cleaning, etc.? +5 min
Work full-time? +10 min
Commute time in excess of 30 minutes? +5 min
Triathlete? (Have to split time between sports) +5 min
That would get me to a 4hr 30min qualifying time, which I think is definitely doable. Sigh. :)
Or, I'm just going to have to break down and buy myself some "En Fuega's" like Jason's!
Ok, I absolutely adore this movie. It has nothing to do with triathlons, kind of like my entire holiday. Ha!
Big fat zero's on the training schedule for 5 days straight. The majority of that issue was a bad case of the stomach flu that made its way around the entire family. Almost thought we were going to have to cancel Christmas! Oh well. Hopefully I'm getting all my sickness done and out of the way and I'm off to a fresh start. Made it to the pool at lunch today and am hoping to get a trainer ride in this evening.
Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!
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It is the first song on my running playlist on my iPhone and starts out every run, I do. (I <3 Aerosmith.) It has always been one of those "Pump me Up".. Rocky-esqe type songs that inspire me to push myself in my workouts and continue to tackle goals.
One of my co-workers told me that she saw this sweatshirt at a local Aeropostale and wanted to buy it for me, but they only had super large sizes. I was so excited about it, I went online immediately and guess what... it was on sale for $20, down from $49.50. And, I love that the letters are green! A sign? I say, yes.
So, today, I'm officially adopting "Dream On" as the Iron Texas Mommy mantra. Look for the new sidebar graphic, coming soon! What's yours?
(And, I apologize for deleting my "Putting the Oh! in OMG" post. I decided at 3am, because the nature of the post was bothersome and possibly offensive - as funny as it may have been, that I would take it down. I didn't need that one to be THE post that went viral.)
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The race is being hosted by Luke from The Super Fatlete and it was my favorite So. Cal Multi-Sport racer, Patrick that gave me the heads up.
Between Monday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 24, each entrant must swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.
I've already got this in the bag. ;)
I got the swim in on Monday (and I didn't even know about the race). Have a 6.2 mile run planned for lunch today. Bike trainer tonight. And, we're only on Tuesday, folks!
It's small and works just like a race belt, and has these wrap around pull cords/ toggles that actually hold your race number (sold separately) and the model I purchased has six individual elastic sections to hold gels. Then on top of that you have the zippered section to hold whatever your heart desires. (Although the pouch looks tiny, it can actually fit quite a bit.)
I purchased one of these at the Dallas White Rock Marathon expo. The particular sales lady that I had was umm.. how do I say this nicely... not in a good mood? I was very close to walking away, but I could see the benefits in having one of these puppies for IMTX. Since the course is a three-loop course, I think I'll just be carrying my hand held water bottle as normal instead of having some monstrous Fuel Belt attached to me. I figured I'll have my gum stash, a couple "keep me motivated snacks" and whatever else I deem necessary at that point.
Plus, they make my abs look good. See photo. Alright, I'm lying. Not my abs, yet.
I tried it out at the DWRM and it bounced a little, but I was able to tighten it up and barely noticed it. Overall, pretty happy with the little bugger. Even if it is a fanny pack.
How awesome would it be to tour the coast of Italy? Throw some cheese and crackers in the Bento Box and fill my aero bottle with Chardonnay. Ciao baby! (Hmm.. possibly a new racing strategy for the 70.3??)
Here's the link to the WomanTours website.
They have a blog, too. And, I noticed they're giving away some free subscriptions to Adventure Cyclist Magazine. So, if you're interested, check it out.
What does the trip price include? All lodging, most meals, van support, supportive leaders, maps, gratuities for restaurants. Not included are alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, cost of van shuttles to and from trip starting points, and airline tickets.
It ALMOST makes me want to bike more. Yeah, yeah... who are we kidding? :)
(And no, I am not affiliated or they did not contact me in any way shape or form to promote them.)
|Sorry, dude. You're DQ'd!|
6.1 Permitted Conduct. A participant must run or walk the entire portion of the run course. Except for reasons of safety and when no advantage is gained, all runners shall follow and remain within the prescribed course. A participant who gains forward progress by crawling or otherwise violates this Section shall be disqualified.
So, that got me thinking whether or not the same rule applies to the ITU. Sure enough. As plain as day, they say:
1) May run or walk
2) May not crawl
They also go on to say that you can not run with a bare torso (seriously, these people have no sense of fun at all.)
But, here's my point. Arguably the most infamous Ironman finish was in 1997 where Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham do everything in their power to finish and duke it out by crawling to the finish line. According to today's rules, they would have been disqualified. As far as safety goes, I understand wanting everyone to be trained to a point where they don't have to crawl, but if you pull a hamstring with 300 meters to go - you can't gut it out and crawl yourself to finish?
Sigh. I'm joking about my training plan. But some of the best stories in sports are those that defy the odds and push themselves to achieve when everyone else would have quit. I'm not a proponent of crawling, I just think that as long as you're making forward progress without assistance, I don't care if you're doing the worm to get there. Thoughts?
It's about time we give up the plain ol' white shoes and let our overworked feet have some sassy fun.
|2010 Race Medals|
This year I competed in:
- 3 Sprint-distance Triathlons
- 3 Olympic-distance Triathlons
- 3 Half Marathons
- 2 Bicycle Rally's
- 1 Adventure Race
- 1 Half Ironman
1. Supporting first -time races is good for the community and for our sport.
2. Adventure racing is a heck of a lot of fun.
3. If you want to race fast, you have to race smart. (And that means slowing down for sharp left turns)
4. After finishing my first 70.3, I realized that I had the drive, the will and the sincere desire to tackle a full Ironman.
5. Bike rally's are not to be feared. Personally, I felt they would be filled with a bunch of peloton-riding hard core cyclists. But, everyone is so friendly and they didn't even laugh at my aero bars (at least not in front of me) And, rest stops every 10 miles... with cookies?? Seriously? Made me question being a triathlete.
6. If the race you're going to ride / run in has hills... it's best to train on hills. Trust me on this.
7. No matter how far you are out of your league you feel in any race, you still belong there. There is room for the person who finished first, just as much as there is for the person who finished last. Don't let anyone tell or make you feel otherwise. No one can take the experience away from you.
8. Always double check the race signs.
9. Bloggers are a great source of inspiration, motivation and experience!
10. I can't wait for the 2011 season!!
So, I've been down the last few days about my taking the wrong course at the White Rock Marathon. I had trained for and was mentally prepared to go 26.2 and with one simple mis-read of a sign, I was robbed of a marathon finish. I felt that I wasted valuable training time, I didn't complete what I set out to achieve and well, just wanted to go back in time and fix it.
As most of you fellow triathletes know, we can easily obsess on just about everything race-related. How to drop seconds off our transition times ... Will that aero helmet really improve my bike time? ... How can I improve my nutrition plan? We want to be the best that we can be at a sport that seems to give back to us as much as we put into it.
But, seriously. What do I have to complain about? I realize that I should be so thankful for my health and that I was able to complete a half without any problems or injuries. I will go on to run more marathons, triathlons and the like. I should be thankful and not dwell on the mistake. In the scheme of things, it's just not that big of a deal.
I came across this movie trailer for a movie called "ATHLETE" - a documentary that profiles four individuals - a cancer survivor, a blind senior citizens and two twin sisters who compete in marathons and triathlons. I haven't seen the movie, but the trailer already has me inspired. Enough of my pity party.
Or, shall I say 1/2 marathon? Yep, that's right. Somehow I screwed up the turn off for the marathon and ended up taking the half marathon course. And, I had NO IDEA until about mile 12. There was no differentiation in the course signs and unless you were passing people and then doing a 180 to look at their bibs, you just figured you were going along the course as normal. At about mile 12, spectators started saying "You're almost there." and I started thinking, "Where the heck is the lake?"
|I will NOT be running with these guys.|
For the first 20 miles, I enjoy the scenery, the people watching, the atmosphere... then I'm sure I'll dive into the "Seriously, why am I doing this?" mode. Then I'll finish. I'll hurt. I'll hate the idea of running.
Then, within about a 24 hour period of time, I'll be thinking about my next run. It's a sadistic cycle and it's why I'm on Marathon #6. "Marathons... I can't quit you." (That's an obscure movie reference that makes most Texas guys a little nervous.)
So, enough about me.... I'm excited that I have friends running marathons & half marathons in three different states all on the same day!!
Craig - Looking to BQ at the California International Marathon
Mike & Katrina - Running at the Rock N' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
Jason & Karen- Running the Dallas White Rock Marathon -- Karen's first!!
Marcy- Running the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon
And a special good luck to my co-workers and friends that will be participating in the relay at the White Rock Marathon and pushing Jackie Murphee in her modified jogging buggy. Two years ago, 23-year-old Jackie Murphree was in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Murphree was left paralyzed and with brain damage. Murphree can no longer talk, walk or feed herself as a result of the accident. She receives physical therapy at the hospital that I work at and this is the second year they have participated in the race.
So, if you see a group of 2-3 people pushing a beautiful young lady in a jogging stroller/ buggy, please yell out your words of encouragement to them!! Go Jackie and Team Fit-N-Wise!!
"Call Your Lifeline! – New to the MetroPCS DWRM this year: make a call to a loved one while you’re running! A MetroPCS volunteer will run alongside you as you call so you never have to stop. Look for MetroPCS calling stations along the course (one on half course, one on the full). Calls limited to 30 seconds. May call any number in the continental USA."
Seriously, folks. I couldn't make this up!! I'd like to see one of those "volunteers" keep up with the Kenyans!! Ha!!
And, if you're shooting for a specific time, don't forget to download one or two (if you want a back up plan) of the free pace bands from Clif Bar! I love 'em. No math required! Woo hoo!