Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gray

This isn’t a happy post, if you’re looking for inspiration, this is the wrong place today.  As most of you know, I have been struggling to find my inner fire and motivation to train off and on all season.  Its time for me to be honest and face the facts of why this year has been so difficult.  I don’t talk about real emotions much here.  Mostly because I’m not an outwardly emotional person, it makes me feel weak and vulnerable.  I’ve wrestled with the notion that this topic may be a little too personal for me to talk about, but really….I broadcast to the world most everything else….why not this???

I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety off and on for most of my adult life since my late teens.  I’ve been off and on many many antidepressants and anxiolytics, and very little seems to help.  The side effects of most of them outweigh what little relief they bring me.  In all these years of this loosing battle, I have never tried counseling.  The idea of talking to strangers about my problems give me anxiety in and of itself.  I barely talk to my family about my problems, talking to a therapist seems impossible.  Maybe its time to try something new.  I really REALLY don’t want to go back on meds that aren’t going to work anyway.

To most outsiders, my internal struggles may not be visible.  I hide my emotions very well.  Most people would look at me and see a happy and healthy 30 something mom.  I have a nice life.  I have a beautiful daughter, a wonderful husband and supportive family, a lovely home……I should be happy.  I do have things in my life that are difficult…..a career that I have hated for 10 years, the frustrations of having a special needs child, among other things.  But I don’t feel like my problems are any worse than anyone else’s, I could certainly be MUCH worse off.  So why am I so miserable?  I may appear happy on the outside, but my insides are writhing in misery. 

I had my longest hiatus from depression beginning in 2009 when I started running again.  Consistent exercise seemed to be the one thing that really made a difference in my battle against depression and anxiety.  I did very well up until last Fall.  I can pinpoint it to a couple of incidents, one of which being watching one of my dogs die in front of my own eyes.  I’m probably suffering a little bit of post traumatic stress because of that.

I am exhibiting all of the classic signs, I am very well aware that I am in the middle of a depressive state.  I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster for 8 months.  I have erratic mood swings ranging from extremely happy and hyper to lashing out irrationally over minor things.  I have lost interest in things that I LOVE (i.e., running, cycling, training, racing).  All I want to do is sleep and eat.  I have difficulty making decisions.  It is very clear what I am dealing with.  

So why am I talking about this today?  Partially because I don’t think depression is talked about enough.  Its still a “dirty” word.  To admit you are depressed, is to admit weakness….hence the reason I have difficulty discussing it with those closest to me.  Maybe if I get it out I will be able to overcome this episode a little more quickly.  Maybe it will help someone else out there to know they are not alone in their struggles.  I’m also talking about it because it is very relative to my training.  It has obviously affected it, I’m considering scrapping any near future race plans until I get my mind back in order.  Maybe the stress of training for a purpose (racing) is adding to this exacerbation of depression.  It will be disappointing to bail on the races I have planned.  But, it really was nice to hang out this weekend with no plans or schedule to adhere to.  Being mentally “injured” affects your performance just as much as being physically injured.  I wish I could RICE (Rest, Ice/ibuprofen, Compression, Elevation) my brain.

I don’t like that I have taken the blog to such a dark place today, but that is really where my mind is (and has been for quite a while) and I’m sure you all could see through my “faking it” Its difficult to blog like a happy person when you really aren’t.  So, bear with me on this part of my journey.  I hope to be back to “normal” soon, I’m just not sure how I will get back to that place.

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Fallen Off the Wagon

I have fallen off the proverbial workout wagon HARD.  Like fallen off, rolled down a steep hill and landed in a 20 foot deep ditch with an empty bottle of margarita mix in my hand.  This holiday weekend has proven very difficult in keeping to my workout schedule.  I have brushed off my training everyday since Friday.  I have missed 65 miles of riding and 8 miles of running.  Because….well, I just don’t care about my “schedule” right now.  But you know what, I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I have been spending time with my family and friends and that is more important right now than getting my workouts in.

So what do you do when you’ve abandoned your schedule for 4 consecutive days?  You either dust yourself off and get back at it, or reevaluate your priorities and motives.  This always happens to me, when I miss a few days I get down in the dumps about myself and feel like I want to quit.  But not this time folks!!!  I’m going to spend today REHYDRATING (a few too many margaritas and beers have been a big contributor in my missed workouts) and get back at it tomorrow NO MATTER how badly I want to keep my lazy ass in bed.  I WILL get up and I WILL workout!  But today….TODAY I will be hanging by my pool with my fam, enjoying this last day of vacation!!!!

I also slipped a little on my vegetarian diet.  Our neighbor cooked (read: FRIED) some locally caught striper…..no not a stripper…..STRIPEr.

This (aka striped bass)

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I crumbled under the peer pressure of my husband’s relentless offers to “just try it”.  I won’t lie…it was good.  I don’t feel great about eating it though, but I’m not going to beat myself up about that either.

I’m also slipping in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Health & Fitness Blogs.  I know this incessant begging for votes is getting old.  Believe me, I’m tired of it too!!!  I held strong at 6th and 7th place for almost a week.  Now all of a sudden, I am hanging on to the top 10 by a thread.  Seriously, where did some of these other blogs come from?  They just zoomed to the top in a matter of 12 hours!  So please keep voting for me.  My original goal was to be in the top 10, now I’m worried that this mass influx of people voting for the other blogs will knock me off the list all together.  Thanks!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.  And if I’m not back tomorrow hitting my workout schedule hard….somebody come smack me and drag my ass out of bed!!!!!

Project “Go Veg” 1 Month Update

Its been a month since I said adios to meat.  My last carnivorous meal (which I didn’t know it would be at the time) was my all time favorite, Chick-fil-a.  It just happened to be Earth Day, which I think is kind of cool, but totally coincidental.

Spinach quiche and butternut squash

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So, how has it been going for me?  Some days are easier than others.  I honestly haven’t craved meat until this past week.  Going out to eat is very difficult.  I’m a creature of habit, always ordering the same meal every.single.time, never straying from my favorites.  So that has been hard to break the tradition of getting my favorite chicken chimichanga, or fish taco, or shrimp and scallops, or chicken parmesan…..ok, I gotta stop, my mouth is watering!!!  But I have found some surprisingly good veggie alternatives.

Eggplant parmesan, quinoa, and asparagus

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Meal planning at home is also very difficult.  I hate…no, DESPISE cooking.  Now, not only do I still have to cook a meal including meat for my hubs and kid, I now have to prepare a (sometimes completely separate) meal for myself.  Cooking two dinners sucks when I hate cooking in the first place.  I try to find meals where I can just sub tofu or beans or some other replacement for whatever meat I make for the rest of the clan.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it goes terribly wrong.  It’s a learning process.

Vegetarian chili and cheese quesadilla

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I also have actually began to worry about whether I am getting the proper nutrition.  I have a known history of borderline low iron from time to time.  But I do take a multivitamin with extra iron.  I felt like I was doing a good job of getting plenty of quality proteins for the first two weeks, but this last week I have fallen into old bad habits of eating empty junk foods.  I’m also getting tired of tofu and beans!  I’ve got to explore my options.  

MONSTER salad with grilled tofu

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I get a lot of questions and criticism, but for the most part people are supportive.  The worst is when SOMEbody (you know who you are) says “OH, you should try this —enter meat here—- it is to DIE for…..oh wait, you don’t eat meat”  That is so mean!!!!  You know I love scallops.  At which point I began to question if a scallop was really meat.

Tofu parmesan with whole wheat noodles, asparagus, and whole wheat garlic bread

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As of right now, I plan to continue on my vegetarian quest.  Hopefully this rough patch of meat cravings will subside….but if it gets to be too much then I will reconsider my options.

Have you voted for me recently???  I will be (and I sure everyone else in the blogosphere will be) so glad when this is finally over!!!  But until then, I tirelessly beg for votes.  Thanks!

Thumbs Up! Thursday

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Alright, stop whatcha doin’ cause I’m about to ruin the image and the style that ya used to…….

name that tune???

My all time favorite “Humpty Dance” Digital Underground…..heck yeah…I can recite the lyrics from heart!  Oh, yeah…it’s a whole bunch of randomness today folks!

Welcome to Thumbs Up! Thursday my peeps.  The day that I discuss all the awesomeness going on in my world and the world around me.  Thanks for dropping by!

So why the random Humpty lyrics?  Well, its my “Friday” song.  You know, the song you blast on your radio driving to work on Fridays because you’re so stinkin PUMPED its Friday!  Thursday’s are usually my FRIDAYs (Thumbs Up! to that!) so I play my Friday song on Thursday.  Completely random, I know!

It’s also Memorial Day weekend, which means and extra day off work, cook outs, time with the fam, but also a time to honor all of the soldiers, past and present, serving for our country.  A special Thumbs Up! to you all!

I decided to see how far I could continuously swim yesterday and made it a whopping 1000 yards without stopping.  That’s 40 loooong laps.  I could have gone farther, but I had to pause to work out a kink in my neck.  I really must work on that bilateral breathing…..eventually.  Thumbs Up! to swim distance PR!

I’m still really enjoying the H2O Audio waterproof iPod case while swimming.  Thumbs Up! to music in the water!  I just wish the lifeguards would quit stalking me, I’m afraid they may tell me I can’t use it.  They get all bent out of shape about the weirdest things!  I also wanted to share with you all a coupon for “Buy One Get One 1/2 Off” H2O Audio products.  Just go to their Facebook page and find the “coupon” tab on the left hand corner.  Your welc!

Thumbs Up! to my neighbor and her MAD photog skillz!  She took a couple snapshots during a recent playdate that turned out incredible.  These are just snapshots, imagine if she did a real shoot!  Once upon a time, I was interested and played around with photography.  I was never this good though! I heart bokeh!

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Thumbs Up! to all the Ironman Texas finishers last weekend.  You all are amazing!!!  Not only did you finish an IRONMAN, but you did it in the brutal Texas heat.  All these 70.3 and IM race reports are making me want to put one on my (way distant) race schedule (I’ve been perusing 2012 races.  Shhhh don’t tell anyone, its our little secret!)  I can’t imagine the accomplishment one must feel after completing one!  Thumbs Up!!!!

My friend (and swim mentor) is swimming the Cooper River Bridge Swim in Charleston, SC this weekend.  Its an iron distance swim (2.4 miles).  She tried to talk me into doing it with her.  NO WAY, maybe next year.  Thumbs Up! to you Kqisha!!!  You’ve totally got this!

I can’t even begin to give enough Thumbs Ups! to all the awesome people voting for me in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Health & Fitness Blogs.  I’m in #6, but have some pretty awesome blogs chasing me down.  But in all honesty, I wouldn’t mind being passed by a couple of them, they are great blogs….way cooler than mine.  And even though they are technically “the competition”, I’m still voting for them.  But keep voting for me as well, my goal is to be in  the top 10!

Don’t forget to look me up on Facebook too!

Soooooo, what’s going on in your world that deserves a Thumbs Up!?

H2O Audio. Best. Invention. EVER!

As most of you other swimmers out there can sympathize, swimming can be just dreadfully boring. Its lonely. Only a black line to stare at (or worse, muddy water if you’re in a lake), and the sound of your exhaled bubbles to keep you company. It doesn’t even console me to do swim workouts with other people because you can’t talk and swim simultaneously…duh!!!

I have been intrigued by H2O Audio products for some time now. A few weeks ago, I received and email asking if I would like to try out and review their Interval 4G for an iPod shuffle 4g….um, HECK yeah!!!! I was so eager in fact, I went out and bought a shuffle the next day!

Although I don’t normally run with music, the thoughts of being able to swim with music made as giddy as the day I thought miniature giraffes really did exist! (yes, I am that gullible!)

Opulence….I has it!

I did have my doubts. Would it actually work, would I be able to hear it over my roaring exhalations, would they stay in my ears, would I be electrocuted, would by iPod get waterlogged??? I tested out the water seal prior to putting my precious new shuffle into the case. I submerged it for 30 minutes, as per the instructions. I opened it cautiously……great….no water….time to go into your case little iPod…stay dry!

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I couldn’t get to the Y fast enough. I was so excited! I got in the water with my iPod safely strapped to my head and put my earphones in. Pearl Jam was blasting in my ears and I was so excited to get started that I forgot to put the actual goggles over my eyes and I started down the lane without my goggles on. Embarrassing, what a tool!!

I was shocked at how clear the music was! I could still hear a little bit of my bubbling down the lane, but I didn’t mind that. I think it would be a little too surreal to not hear some of the bubbles. Music + swimming = Heaven! I do have to do a little work on my swim playlist. Most of my songs are better suited for a run cadence, and it got me a little too amped and off my rhythm. I was probably going a little faster than normal.

The earbuds fit surprisingly well. And I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t fit in EVERYONE’s ears. The case itself comes with 4 different sizes of earbuds, surely there’s a size for everybody! I (ahem) had to go with XL, for my GInormous ear holes. But I was also sent the Pro Fit Kit to try which comes with 9 sets of different size and shape earbuds. Once they are in and you get a good seal, you are good to go. OH!!!! And another plus….the earbuds keep the water out of your ears by default. BONUS!!!!

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As for the overall fit, I was worried that the unit on the back of my head would drive me crazy or slide down. NOPE, neither of those happened. I actually couldn’t feel it at all. And the cords to the earbuds are so short that they easily tuck under your cap and are completely out of the way.

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The lifeguard was eyeballing me curiously. I’m not sure what he thought of me, I tried to keep my new goodies as inconspicuous as possible. I’m just hoping that he didn’t call and put in bug in the aquatics director’s ear about electronics in the pool.

H2O Audio also sells other waterproof cases for various electronics, iPhones, iPod Touch, nano, other MP3 players, waterproof armbands for running. I will definitely be getting a case for my iPhone, it will sure beat the ziploc bag it resides in while cycling!

The only negative I can think of is how boring swimming will be in circumstances that I can’t carry music i.e., races. That will be a bummer! This is honest to goodness one of the best pieces of gear that I have. I literally can’t wait to go swimming again. I swear, I never thought those words would come out of my mouth!

And for your viewing entertainment, a short clip of me swimming in my pool at home. Feel free to critique my stroke LOL!

I give H2O Audio Interval 4G a very enthusiastic 5++ LB Parachute Jacket Seal of Approval!

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So, pop on over to H2O Audio and pick yourself up an Interval 4G or a waterproof armband case. You will NOT be disappointed!!

*Disclaimer: the Interval 4G was provided to me by H20 Audio for review, no other compensation was received. The review is entirely my own opinion.

The Spinach Quiche Recipe

Since several of you emailed and commented on yesterday’s post, wanting the spinach quiche recipe, I thought I would share it with the masses. Its by no means a low fat meal, but delish!!!

Enjoy!

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  • 1 package chopped frozen spinach
  • 1 deep dish pie crust (the regular one just isn’t big enough!)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups cheese (I use 1c colby, 1c mozzarella)
  • about 1/4 cup each (or to taste) of diced onions and mushrooms sautéed in balsamic vinegar

Mix together and pour into pie crust. Bake at 350-375 for 30-40 minutes (or until the middle is no longer runny)

Have you voted for me today??? Please do, vote daily for 8 more days!

Lincolnton Biathlon Race Report

Spoiler alert!!!!!

3rd female OVERALL and…..

1st in Age Group!!!!!

Saaaweeeet!!!!!

Yesterday my triathlon club hosted their very first event, the Lincolnton 5K, Biathlon, and Kids Biathlon. And I must say, that this is one of the best races I have been to…..ever! And its not just because my club hosted it, or I helped out with it a little, or because I did so well. It was honest to goodness just a great race. We had a great turn out and it was a good mix of small town race with great support, great race atmosphere, and sweet schwag.

I went into the race wanting to do well, but didn’t know if I wanted to put in a full “race” effort or just have fun. I had lots of friends coming to this race and didn’t want the pressure of having to perform well. My plan was to run conservatively and save my legs for the bike (it was a run then bike format, a little weird for me since I never workout in that order).

My old running partner in crime, Trail Girl Ashley, ventured out of the woods and ran the race with me. She is an excellent person to pace off of, especially for someone like me who tends to start out too fast. So I stuck with her for just a little bit, but before then end of mile 1, I decided to let her go on without me. I had to save my legs. I would have been happy with a 9:30ish pace. I had my Garmin set to multisport and for some reason, my pace wasn’t showing on the screen. I had NO idea how fast (or slow) I was running. I ran this course last weekend, and I remembered it being MUCH easier that day. On race day, it was a slight challenge. The last mile was on a packed gravel road at a slight incline. Those long inclines are hard for me! By 2.5 miles I started thinking to myself that my legs were a little tired, I was going to be hurting on the bike! I was thinking “can I RIDE now???”

Run start

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Run finish

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Look at hub’s MONSTER stride!

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Run Time

26:05 / 8:24 pace (5K PR, without even trying to!)

I ran into transition, ripped my hat off, threw on my helmet and then struggled with my bike shoes for a few seconds. They just didn’t want to go on. It felt like I was in transition FOREVER, but I wasn’t….definitely pleased with this time as well. Getting better at transitioning.

Climbing on my bike, then fumbled around with my pedals for a few seconds

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Transition Time

53 seconds

Leaving transition

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Ahhhh, sweet relief of the breeze on the bike as I zoom down the road. It was starting to get hot and the cool air was wonderful! I have ridden this route soooo many times, I could do it with my eyes shut. My bike seemed to know when to change gears before I did. I love this route! I passed two people pretty quickly and was only passed once during the whole ride. I had my handy dandy Gel-Bot with me, but was afraid to reach down and grab it because I was riding just a tad faster than normal and didn’t want to slow down. But I knew I would need to fuel soon, I was starting to feel the hypoglycemic shakes coming on. So I slowed a bit, sucked down some Roctane Gu and water. So glad I did. About 15 minutes after eating, I hit zoom mode and was picking off people pretty regularly. Even passing people on hills! I’m so glad I know the route as well as I do, I knew exactly when to push and exactly when the painful hills were coming. By mile 15 I was beginning to hurt. The fronts of my shins were hurting for some reason, does this happen to anyone else???? I was so glad to see the sign “just 1 more mile” (thanks Kqisha!). I hunkered down into a, somewhat, aero position and hammered it all the way home. But I must have missed the memo on where the exact finish line was because I slowed and clipped out as soon as I got into the parking lot……WAY early and just coasted across the finish. I was just so darn ready to get off the bike!

Unofficial Bike Time

1:03:22 (19.1mph average)

Coasting to the finish….”Can I stop yet?”

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Unofficial Total Race Time

1:30:23

We stood around and socialized for a while, cheering for riders as they were coming in and waited for the results to be posted. Hubs did the race as well. Not sure of his splits but his overall time was 1:27. If I could only run as fast as him I could have beaten him! LOL!!! I was super shocked and excited when my name was called for 1st place in my age group!!! And, yes, there was more than 1 person in my age group haha!

Haley immediately commandeered my medal

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Overall, I am SUPER happy with my performance. I maybe could have pushed a little harder on the run, not sure how much harder I could go on the bike though. But I definitely has some gas left in the tank to use somewhere. I was nowhere near puking.

The race was very well organized, especially for a first time event. After the 5K and adult biathlon, there was a kids biathlon. This was a big part of yesterday’s race. The race directors really wanted to emphasize promoting health and fitness for children. It was awesome to see such a great turn out for the kids biathlon!

A HUGE thanks to Kim and Cameron for putting in so much time and hard work in to planning such a great event, thank you to all the volunteers, and to Parkin Lot Peloton for keeping us safe out on the course. Amazing race, can’t wait to do it again next year!!!!!

And if you’ve got just a few seconds, please go vote for me again. I’m in 5th place right now!!!!

Gel-Bot Winner

Ok, after the great blogger outage of 2011, I had to get out my abacus and use complicated equations (aka: counting on my fingers), but I finally calculated the number of entries based on my email notifications for the Gel-Bot giveaway.  Hmmmm, I swear I thought I had more than 41 entries, are water bottles really not that desirable?  Well, this one is no ordinary water bottle, if you didn’t enter….you really missed out.  This thing ROCKS!!!!  I’m pretty sure it saved my life on more than one occasion (ok a bit dramatic, but it DOES ROCK!).

With out further ado…..the winner is none other than the “non giveaway enter-er” BDD!!!  Its your lucky day!  Congrats BDD, I’m passing your info to my peeps.

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And just in case you haven’t been reminded enough….please vote for me!!!  Thanks!

Thumbs Up! Thursday

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What up my bloggy peeps!?  Its that time again….time for Thumbs Up! Thursday, the day I post about all the awesomeness going on in my world and the world around me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thumbs Up! to me getting back on track with my training schedule.  I sat down late last week and mapped out a training schedule for the next 3 months using BeginnerTriathlete.com’s training plans.  Crazy, I know, but it will hopefully keep my on track.  The plan it spit out for me seems to be a tad low on distance for me, so I have been doing a little extra….such an overachiever!

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Thumbs Up! for getting see some major swim stars again this year at Charlotte UltraSwim……it was super fun last year!  This was this swim meet last year that gave me the itch to swim again.  Hub’s company is a sponsor at the event and last year we got to hand out awards and take pics with the winners….love me some swimmer boys!  Last year I literally stood 3 feet from Micheal Phelps (and managed not to pee myself).  He actually seems a little douche-y in person.  IDK.

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Thumbs Up! again to Thursday being my FRIDAY….horrific work week…done…..checked out!!!!!

Thumbs Up! for finally getting around to making a new blog header.  I’ve just been too lazy to work on it and felt like my little corner of the interwebz needed to be spruced up.  What do you think?

Thumbs Up! to my mom who will be participating for her 3rd or 4th (or 1000th, I’ve lost track) Relay for Life event this Friday night.  Go {here} to donate if you feel so inclined.  She walks in honor of my grandmother, her mother-in-law, who passed away after battling multiple myeloma in 1981.

4,444 Thumbs Up! to EMZ.  I know its not news to anyone that she totally ROCKED her 24 hour treadmill ULTRAmarathon and surpassed her 100 mile goal.  I just feel the need to give her more Thumbs Ups! because….well, she’s awesome, that’s why!  (P.S. there is still time to donate to her cause!)

So what’s been going on in your world that deserves a Thumbs Up!?

What is a Triathlete?

I read a post recently that has made me question myself.  The author wrote that she had competed in a couple triathlons, but didn’t consider herself a triathlete because she did not put in the proper (well, more like ZERO) training into preparing for those races.  That just because you finish a triathlon doesn’t make you a triathlete

This post has given me a lot of food for thought.  At first, I agreed, you shouldn’t be able to show up at a triathlon without putting your training time in and be able to call yourself a triathlete at the end of the day.  Anyone in reasonably good shape, could show up to a sprint triathlon and at least finish, even if they doggie paddled the whole swim or rode an old beach cruiser.  They finish a triathlon, but are they triathletes?

But then I started to remember what it was like during the early days of my running career.  I have heard it time and time again “You’re a runner as soon as you take that first stride, no matter how far or how fast you run….you’re a runner”.  So why doesn’t this apply to triathletes?  If you can all three sports, shouldn’t you be a TRIathlete???  I secretively considered myself a triathlete before completing my first actual triathlon.  I just didn’t announce it to the public.  

The more I thought about it, I began to question my own athletic status…..”am I a triathlete?”  After all, I have only completed one triathlon, a pool sprint triathlon at that.  I started to become insecure in the fact that I haven’t done an open water tri, or a longer distance tri…..what do ironmen triathletes think about us newbies???  I train in all three disciplines, but have I put my time in?  I started to feel like an imposter next to some of the more seasoned triathletes. 

I did a google search for “signs of a triathlete” and found this list on Tri Juice and found that I can check off over 90% of this list.

  • 25 – One of your goals this year is to be faster at getting out of a wetsuit.
  • 24 – You talk about a “hammer” and “brick”, but you’re not referring to construction.
  • 23 – You spend 7 days going to 8 stores in 4 malls before buying a pair of running shoes but you take 1 afternoon to go to 1 car dealership and walk out with a new car 4 hours later.
  • 22 – That charming “cologne” you wear to work is chlorine.
  • 21 – You have more water bottles than glasses in your cupboard.
  • 20 – You have enough pairs of old running shoes sitting in your closet to open your own shoe store.
  • 19 – You immediately bow down before someone with the Ironman “m dot”tattoo.
  • 18 – You have NO idea what to do with yourself on your off day. You mowed the lawn, cleaned the house, washed the car, and there’s STILL 4 hours of daylight left! Aarrgghh!
  • 17 – When you’re always showing up to work in the morning with goggle imprints around your eyes.
  • 16 – You have so many tan lines you look like a zebra (running socks, bathing suit, jersey, biking shorts, tri shorts, sunglasses, gloves, watch, etc).
  • 15 – The first three items on your grocery list are Gatorade, power bars, and gels.
  • 14 – You get funny looks when putting on Body Glide on your neck because people think it’s deodorant.
  • 13 – About half the shirts you own have at least a dozen logos on the back of them.
  • 12 – You wait a couple of days to take your car in when the “check engine light goes on, but when your bike needs a tune up you take it right away.
  • 11 – You refer to the front hall of your house as the “transition area”.
  • 10 – The one “suit” you own has a QR on the chest.
  • 09 – When you get home from a training session, the newspaper is just being delivered to your house.
  • 08 – You consider work, regeneration time between training sessions.
  • 07 – Your bicycle is in your living room.
  • 06 – Your car smells like a locker room.
  • 05. There’s a separate load of laundry every week that is just your workout clothes.
  • 04 – When asked, how old you are you answer 30-35.
  • 03 – Your first thought when you wake up is how high your rest HR is.
  • 02 – Your spouse cried during Terms of Endearment; you cried during the television coverage of the Hawaii Ironman.
  • 01 – Most of this list doesn’t seem like a joke to you.

I admit, I have not fully embraced the triathlete lifestyle.  I still resist early morning workouts, and sometimes resent my crazy schedule.  But today, as I gutted out a run under the midday sun in 82 degree heat, then hopped on my bike for more pain and torture, nearly puking from exhaustion and too little fuel…….I realized…..YES, I am a TRIATHLETE!  You can’t quantify what a triathlete is by how many workouts or how many races or what distance races a person has done.  I think I became a triathlete the moment I decided to do one.  It was more than just deciding to do a triathlon on a whim.  I was fully enthralled and mesmerized by all things triathlon from day 1.  My transformation was a slow one.  Being a triathlete is a state of mind.  I no longer think of myself as a runner.  (I won’t say just a runner, there a plenty of just runners that I idolize and could eat my triathlon butt for lunch any day!)  I am a triathlete.  I am obsessed by the multisport lifestyle.  

And then I thought back to the atmosphere at the ONE and ONLY race I have done, and thought of my tri club.  I realized how silly this whole internal debate was.  Triathletes (for the most part) are the most un-judgmental and supportive group of people I have ever known in my athletic endeavors.  Sure they are competitive, but the tri community has been very welcoming and supportive to this newbie……never once questioning my so called status.  I have been welcomed with open arms, and recognized as a real triathlete.  Thank you! 

So to those of you who feel like they are imposter triathletes…..I say it’s a state of mind, not merely a title.  If you love the sport and and are working towards a multisport goal, it doesn’t matter how much (or how little) training time, how many races you have under your belt, or if you have even completed an event…..you are a triathlete. 

I am a triathlete!

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