Well....this happened yesterday and it was amazing, scary, challenging, & fun all at the same time! The swim for me was the scariest part. I have to admit it did cross my mind that I could easily swim to a boat and give up right then, but it was such an irrational thought. I was swimming great...a few bumps and kicks had me a little nervous, but I knew I could do it. My heartrate was definitely more elevated as I turned the corner to make it back to dry land. I had to flip on to my back once or twice just to get my panicked breathing back in control, but was able to recover and return to a front crawl. I actually finished the swim 7 minutes faster than I anticipated. (I was in the last wave and anticipated dead last if that tells you anything.) Getting out of the water and running uphill to the transition area may have been the hardest part. I was full on hyperventilating. I yanked off the wetsuit, threw on cycle shoes & helmet and ran on my merry way to the bike mounting area. I was so relieved to get on the bike & get into a rhythm where my breathing was controlled. About 10 miles into the ride, I realized I had passed a bunch of people (most were in mountain bikes) and there wasn't anyone even close to being behind me. It was quiet, and I started to feel emotional having already completed the swim and most of the bike. I was actually doing this and was going to finish! My eyes actually welled up a bit thinking about it. As I was coming into the finish of the ride, I made sure that I was in an easy gear with fast RPM. I jumped off the bike (ok maybe not jumped, maybe it was more like a cautious dismount) 😜 and ran with the bike up to transition area, changed shoes, took off helmet, threw on hat and off I went in the run. I really had very minimal of the awkward post bike feeling that you get going into the run. I think the high RPM and easy gear significantly helped with that. 2 miles into the run I started feeling a heaviness in my legs and I realized that I had not taken any gels like I should have. I only drank a half bottle of tailwind the whole time!! I stopped at the two mile stop and took a Gu. About 5 minutes later I felt great and was able to finish!
"It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now."
Wonderful weekend in Coeur d'Alene, the highlight of which was not 6 (oof) hours of generally undercooked swim-bike-run but rather spending time with some of the amazing people who have made room for me in their lives.
CDA 70.3 2017, done and dusted! Not quite my best but certainly not my worst. Happy with a relatively solid day, good enough for 5:14 and 8th place AG, thanks to some seriously speedy ladies out there! I have so much respect for these girls who continually motivate me to improve! 😉 Biggest thanks to coach @ironworkstriguy and @inertia_performance as well as my team @team_wattieink (and tagged sponsors)... Always lighting that fire, supporting and inspiring me! 🔥(Extra thanks to @lnkim077 for all the cheers, and this photo! 📸) Now time to get home, pack and move into the new house, and buckle down to really bring my A-game to Chattanooga for the 70.3 World Championships 💪🏼 #im703cda
Bieganie, ćwiczenia z wykorzystaniem schodów amfiteatru, ćwiczenia z taśmami, tabata z podporami też zaliczona, tym samym obóz sportowy w Augustowie z moją szkołą pływania @academyofhasten uważam za oficjalnie rozpoczęty. Jak widać po koszulce, zapowiada się moc sportowych atrakcji. Podobno jutro mam pływać w jeziorze 🙈
Jim Carrick is all smiles on the run portion of #tribythebay by @raceawesome 😁😁😁 @lovethepain_official @brickwellcycling @drinkarizona @runners_edge @gocryofit @blockwellness @rokasports @coach_jaxs @theinfinitloop @nypd
Endurance sports is exactly that: endurance.
It's accepting the grind; it's a commitment to pushing yourself when no one else is around; and it's understanding there's no shortcuts in this sport or anything else worth doing in life. If something matters enough, you'll find a way to build endurance to succeed in it. #MyTribeSwimBikeRuns#MondayMotivation#LeifThoughts
Exciting afternoon in the windtunnel at @flandersbikevalley with @ridley_bikes .
Free watts and a lot of knowledge are the result. Thanks @itzutriteam! 🙌🏻 @bioracerspeedwear @ffwdwheels @endlesspools @cepsports @hiddit_nutrition @gocontigo @zone3official @clublasanta @lazersport @pioneercyclo @rideshimano
Medal Monday! 🥇 🏆 Saturday's race was just what I needed to feel "normal" again! I'll admit, the marathon had left me feeling a little defeated and unexcited to race. It was so hard on me physically and mentally. My intention on Saturday was to just go out and have fun. No pressure to go super fast or PR or anything. I had so much fun and of course, did push myself--hard not to when you are in a race! I was so surprised when they announced my name for second place overall female! It was a huge boost in confidence and made me want to work harder. It was the race I needed to get my mind back to where it was! 💪🏻🏊🏻♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ #daybreaktri#medalmonday
Today was Jeff's first time lap swimming ever. The only goal was to learn how to breathe, and I am one proud wife! Lots of work to be done before his sprint triathlon in August, but he's well on his way! #triathlontraining#triathlon#swimminglessons
It's taken me nearly 40 years to believe this but...I am an athlete. Not because I'm the fastest, strongest or most competitive but because:
📍I show up. To my workouts, to classes, to seminars. I don't always feel like it but I do it anyway. 🏊♀️
📍My success is based on beating my own personal bests. Not anyone else's. 🏆
📍I do things athletes do like plan my nutrition and plan my training sessions. 📒🥗
📍I make goals and go for them. Sometimes I crush them. 😉
Admittedly, the athletic world is not filled with people who look like me. But I am just one of many who enjoy staying active and being in the game. Don't let appearances deceive you- athletes come in all shapes and sizes!
What a weekend full of racing!
First up power couple Jim and Julie raced Tri Muskoka (750m, 30k, 7k) - In preparation for Ironman Muskoka 70.3 in just a few short weeks. Jim finished in a time of 1:54 PR'ing on the course by 20 minutes. Julie finished in a time of 2:17 also PR'ing on the course by 22 minutes! All of this in the freezing poring rain🌧️ no less!
Matt C. raced Duck Lake Triathlon. Finishing in a time of 1:30 and smoked his time last year by 20 minutes! So proud!
Jen C. ran the Glacier half marathon with a challenging beginning to the course she crushed it! All in preparation for her marathon in a few weeks and 50 miler in the fall!
Georgina L. ran the Charlevoix 5K getting her first race of the season under her belt and looking ahead to a half marathon in the fall!
Megan N. competed in Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene. Tacking her first 70.3 distance and coming in the top 40% of females. Way to go!