Ironman North Carolina race recap.. part 1

It came in like a Hurricane, literally. Hurricane Matthew hit the east coast of the United States about two weeks before Ironman North Carolina, actually it hit my Wedding Day, October 8th! North Carolina saw a lot of devastation and even some death.

As I drove down to Wilmington, we used Waze, we drove through some more of the middle of the state and we saw the devastation to these small towns, still under water 2 weeks later. It made receiving the dreadful email a little bit easier to digest. These towns had bridges out, roads flooded and washed away, and home and business still under water – 2 week later!

We arrived in Wilmington Thursday around 4:45pm! Just enough time to get into the check in line and pick up my packet, bib, and fancy Ironman bag. I checked out the expo and bought myself a t-shirt with my name on it! We then went and got dinner with my bestie who happens to work at PPD. We found some good pizza place, the husband and bestie shared a pizza while I had a whole calzone to myself and of course some pumpkin beer! We went back to the besties house who lived about 45 minutes away and I began to prepare the “bags”. The bags included a T1 Bag, T2 Bag and a run special needs. Typically you would get a bike special needs but since it was a shorten course they cut that out. There was also a morning special needs bag which I opted from using since the Husband was there to take all of my stuff. I layed all of my stuff on each of my bags, ensuring that I could double and triple check for everything that I could possibly need. I also duck tapped my bags orange to easily spot while running through transitions. We went to bed kinda early to ensure that I could get up and get those bags to the correct spots for the next day!

So Friday the eve of the Big Day comes and we wake up, have some coffee and load everything into the car for the race (Bike & Bags) and head back to Wilmington. First stop, T1 to drop the bike and bike bag off! My bike ends up being near the bike out portion of T1, I see the changing tents, and drop the bag off. I should have previewed the changing these to get a better idea. We then head to the Convention Center where the expo and T2 can be found.  At the expo we wander around to find some Honey Singer Pomegranate Passion Fruit Chews because I underestimated how many calories I needed to intake. We found them, so I was a happy almost ironman to  be, my husband then found BASE salt and made a sign that they would late put in the ground for the run course!

We then head over to T2, drop off the run bag, and are checking out the logistics of the whole thing. There is gravel from the bike in, and are we really going to be coming into T2 downhill?! We move along to the PPD Heros event that my bestie got us into. We watched an awe inspiring film on what PPD does exactly and how it helps our community and people. Then we got to hear from some of the PPD Heros! SO AMAZING, INSPIRING and certainly tear jerking! If you ever have the opportunity to hear or talk to any of the PPD Hero’s, I encourage you all to. They are amazing! After the event the bestie takes us up to her office and shows us a birds eye view of T2 and we talk grocery list for tonight’s early dinner. We leave the bestie at work to finish her day.

The Husband and I, of course find the local bike shop and check it out. The manager of the Bike Cycles was competing in the IM and had bought his employees some of the cool IMNC shirts! We leave there and head to the grocery store for pasta, chicken, veggies, coffee, coffee creamer, peanut butter  and some snacks for the husband. We leave there and head to the besties house only to find ourselves locked out. Of course I was upset, because I had planned everything out and everything was going smoothly, I needed to decide if I was going to wear a bathing suit or tri kit Saturday, eat dinner, and go to bed early, and being locked out was not in the plan. We decided to take a walk on the beach and get a donut at Dunkin Donuts to pass the time. She got to the house about 45 minutes later and everything was okay. After that everything went smoothly, a quick dinner, lots of water, and off to sleep I was. I woke up a few hours into my sleeping as my friends from NOVA had arrived to come cheer me on for Saturday.

Part 2 coming shortly! 🙂

 

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Wow-sers! You all must have been sitting on the edge of your chair for a while.. Thank you so much for hanging on! I had a few trips to Richmond recently, a 103 mile bike to raise money and awareness for diabetes oh and a 10k! 🙂

If you haven’t already seen the title of this post… then I’ll tell you now! I got selected to be a Sports Backers Ambassador!!! YIPPIE!!!!! I could not begin to tell you how excited I was when I got the phone call that day. Well maybe you can somewhat tell from my previous post! Anyways, Sports Backers is awesome! Talk about getting Active… they know how to make you run, jump, bike and boat through Richmond!!

If you are thinking you want to run Richmond and need a deciding factor … let this be it! The Richmond Marathon is the Friendliest Marathon! It’s a wonderful fall race, and actually has been the one thing I’ve committed to year after year! Okay I have volunteered as a course marshal, finish line volunteer and where ever they will let me for the past 10 years, I LOVE IT! The neighborhoods, the people are so supportive of this race! I can not say enough great things about it!! Just sign up, oh and did  I mention they have the best prices around for race entry fees!?

My next race is going to be the a part of the Richmond Dominion Riverrock Festival. I’m pretty excited about going to my hometown for one, if not the largest, outdoor musical festival! I am running a 10k rock scramble.

Anyways, it’s time for the count-down to register for running the Disney 10k in January! Hoping that we all get in!!

I live at the Beach, and the weather is far from Beach weather. Okay this past weekend, seriously beach weather 50’s & 60’s, but now it’s raining, gusty winds, and oh yeah 30 degrees! Ugh. No I do not want to play outside with you Mother Nature! I will write to my people instead!

Friday after work I attended my first Barre class. It was unlike most other group fitness classes I have done before. They were very friendly there, welcoming and showed me around. For the next 55 minutes I had a mat, a small ball, 3lb free weights and an resistance band. There was music, and the instructor and everyone around me was “tucking”! I didn’t know what I was tucking where! It was pretty hysterical if you ask me. I finally got some of the exercises only for them to move onto the next one. I highly suggest you try a Barre class if you have never done it. I believe people get great results and that is why they are so very popular, at least around here.  For me, I can not justify spending $22.00 a class for 55 minutes being confused and receiving little instruction. I prefer my instructor to be at the front of the room showing/telling me how to properly do the exercise. I signed up for this class because they have $5.00 Fridays, and I couldn’t resist trying something new! I think I may try it again with another instructor just to give it a fair chance! Have you ever done a Barre class? What was your favorite thing about it? What does the little ball get used for, we did not use ours!

I was able to get outside this weekend and get some bike miles in! I was happy to be on the saddle, well not so much. I was just super uncomfortable, so I only did 15 miles. It was really windy… this makes me feel better about only doing 15 miles!  Sunday we cleaned! Have you ever noticed the more you train, the less you clean? What a horrible correlation. I usually try to get some things done quickly in the morning so that I can spend whatever other free time training.

I have some very exciting news to share with you guys in the coming week, as I just got off of the telephone and accepted my FIRST ambassadorship! (that’s a word right?!) I’m so excited I can barely sit here! I’ve applied to many and well, just haven’t been able to articulate my thoughts into the right words and there are lots of awesome people out there! But I got this one! I will announce this on Friday! Stay tuned!

Have any of you applied and not been accepted as an ambassador before? Did you apply and get accepted? What have you learned? I’m super excited to be a part of a team of highly motivated and like minded people!

What  a week it has been! Well I suppose last week! I’m so glad it is a new week, and a fresh start. Last week flew by, and I didn’t hit my mileage that I had hoped for – I felt like I sandbagged my workouts. I’m admitting this to you, so this week, I can hit my goals, kill my workouts, and make improvements… but first I have to go to the grocery store. I need the right fuel to do all of this!

Saturday I had the wonderful privilege to attend the Richmond Endurance Symposium and Expo that was in Richmond, VA. WOW! I have seen the light, the motivation, and am ready! There were many amazing people that spoke at this event, along with attending. First off I heard from Any Potts, Professional Triathlete and world renowned fanatical attitude athlete! Andy recounted a story on the field with Craig Alexander when they were on the bike during a race- what a highlight to see into a day in the life of a professional athlete battling against himself, the elements and his competition. Another favorite story from Andy has to be his complete, endearing , fanatical attitude about being positive! It was amazing to hear him talk with such a grin, and happiness. Can you just come to the 757 and do some trail runs in the State Park, since you don’t ride outside!? Please! This area could use some more positive people like you!

Next up was Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CCSD, CSCS, from Fuel4mance, who spoke on Nutrition Periodization. I may not have never heard of Bob Seebohar, but now he’s a man who I want to know more about, and want to get his books!  This was a great concept, which I believe that a lot of us fall victim to keeping our eating the same while our exercise levels change through the year.

Hunter Allen from Peaks Coaching spoke about using power meters and other test to measure performance. This was pretty enlightening as well, although I wish I could relate to it more. The only awesome technology that I have to use and measure my performance is my Garmin 910. No heart rate monitor, no power meter… no anything else 😦 One day I will get these,  I hope. 😦

And last but not least, Christain Vande Velde was there for a question and answer session. He was a pro cyclist for most recent Team Garmin-Sharp! He seems to be enjoying retirement, and the family life for sure! He had some wonderful stories as well! We hopefully will see him at Richmond 2015 Championships, in some capacity!

This was the second Endurance Symposium held in Richmond. I can’t believe that I missed the first one!! I would love to go next year, so I am hoping that they keep this going strong!

Nonetheless, my goals for this week is to get about 20 miles running in, get two swim workouts, and some time on my trainer in! Also to eat more vegan-like because I feel so much better when I do!

Get out there and get some base miles in everyone!

Wow, it is Sunday already and I’m not ready for the weekend to be over.

This week has been pretty great as far as training goes! I’ve run, rode, and swam, all while maintaining my Full-Time job, and my part-time job! (I’ve got to buy myself a new Triathlon bike somehow!?!- and before season gets here cause I need to train on it)

I set a goal to run 20 miles this week, and I hit it! FANTASTIC! I got intervals, speed training, a little “hill” workout on the treadmill -woof!, and even a long run in on Saturday! I have got some biking in on the upright bike while on my lunch break as well as a swim one day!  This is purely amazing of how much I have accomplished while being a full time employee, having a boyfriend and a 3 year old German Shepard.  I used to drink coffee two or three times a day- oh the withdrawal headaches I suffered through!

I have had an abundance of energy through work and working out – no tea or coffee! It’s great! That was until today. It was a wall- and boy did I hit it hard. I woke up early, having slept so sound and peaceful, and about an hour into my day I was exhausted! The boy made a spinach and tomato scramble for breakfast, along with OJ and my mufti-vitamin.  I have taken two long naps, and feel like I could have just stayed in bed. My doctor has told me I am boarder-line amemic, but today I felt like it was full swing. Recovery. I listened to my body and rested. Had all three meals, even went out to look for a new pair of running shoes, and got some veggies at the store to come back and nap!

Does anyone else battle anemia? It is very common in runners, especially with have a low meat diet!  What do you do?

Do you set weekly goals for training?

I’ve been on a roll the past two weeks with working out. Not only doing cardio, but weight lifting as well. I figured if I am going to do a 140.6 triathlon, I might as be little tougher too, or so I can at least crawl to the finish line! haha 🙂

In my attempts to stay motivated I can proudly say I have been winning against my mind. I ran 15 miles in last week, and even took the bike off of the trainer and got another 22 miles. A long distance (6 mile) run on Sunday followed by my very fashionable bike ride! And I have to think to myself if I am sandbagging my workouts, or if I am recovering better. I upped my weights at weightlifting, and even pushed myself on my long run and when I cycled… I am NOT sore! What the heck? It hurt when I did it, what is going on?! This has been mind boggling for me. I’ve been doing really good at stretching before and after all activities, and even doing some protein shakes after long hard workouts. Have you improved in recovering to the point of not being sore?

Fashionable & warm

Fashionable & warm

My goal for this week is to run 20 miles, this is 5 more miles than last week. Weight lift 3 times this week. Also a swim workout would be great as well. What are your goals this week?

Oh and I’m only 9 months and 5 days from my iron distance tri!! EK! I should probably go run, bike, or swim right now!

Okay okay, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus, and first off I apologize. Please forgive me my dear readers. Working a full time job and like 2-3 pt jobs, and trying to stay motivated in the cold months to exercise can really be difficult!

A lot of awesome things have been going on here at the beach. First off, the man moved in with me. I could not be more excited about the transition, and of course the pup loves him. Secondly, I’ve started my own sole proprietorship so that has kept me very busy gaining clients and getting business going.

And what you’ve actually clicked on my page for to hear the CRAZY, exciting, emotional news… I signed up for a full ironman distance triathlon! 140.6!! I’m excited, nervous, and everything in between. And oh yeah, the bike envy set in about 2 hours after I registered!

My 140.6 is on October 17, 2015! I have about 10 months to train for this, and kick it’s butt! I am going to need all the motivation to get through the winter months, and hours spent training. OMG! I’m doing a full ironman! 😀

Here are the details:

PPD Beach to Battleship is THE EVENT!

October 17, 2015 is the WHERE!

309 days till I tri the hardest challenge that I’ve ever paid for! haha
My goals:

1st and foremost, save up and purchase a TRI BIKE immediately!

2nd Finish the 140.6 and enjoy the journey

3rd, if I can finish do so in 12-14 hours!

Okay, i’ll be back on here much more, swear, I have to keep myself accountable for the 140.6!

Wish me luck! Give me advice on a Tri bike, I currently only have a GT Road Bike. And any training advice, I’m still without a training plan….. 😦

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My very first marathon, done! Wait, what, I waited all this time to do that, and it’s done. Okay, time to sign up for another!

Here’s how it went down… Friday night, I went to the Expo, you can read about it here.

Saturday I spent all day watching the boyfriend do a bicycle race, or crit for those of you who know the lingo. I volunteered at the checkin table after he was done racing. Once I got home, I cooked myself some tortellini with some pasta sauce, nothing to crazy. I assembled my race bag, including all the extra clothes because down here in Virginia Beach you never know what type of weather you are going to get. Layed out everything I would wear and I went to bed around 8pm.

Sunday morning! The day I’ve been waiting my entire life for..it was finally here. I was sure I was not going to allow the clock to win this one. I was not going to be late to the start line by over sleeping or getting held up in traffic. Sooo I ensured the boyfriend that we needed to leave the house around 7am, that the race was at 8:30am. I had two banana english muffins with pumpkin butter on them, my normal cup of coffee, and we left the house.

Brandon would bike this event, and meet me at certain mile markers which we had mapped out throughout the entire race. I was ready with my iPod and iPhone, and everything else that I could think of. We arrived at the oceanfront at 7:30am, with plenty of time to spare. It was really windy and staying warm was a difficult task. I found myself in the atrium of a hotel near the start line until the last 15-20 minutes before the race began. I had a plan of what I was going to do throughout the race, and was sure that my music would last the entire 8 hours that I would take to complete my first marathon… untrained. The race started promptly at 8:30, the first two waves would go and then myself.

The first 3 miles would fly by, and I was amazed how quickly I warmed up. I took my hat, gloves off immediately, and put them in my jacket for safe keepings.  Between  miles 4-5 I would meet three amazing women, named Diane, Maggie, and Diane. They were my saving grace. I turned down my music on my ipod, took of my jacket, and we became quickly acquainted as we jogged through the forts for the race. Through the first fort there were hundreds of military out in their gear cheering us on, high fives, and lots of encouragement. We were out, of there and back on the road to head up the bridge again, this time I was not looking forward to the bridge, I wanted to roll down it… I wanted to swim through the water instead of climb that bridge. I surely did not train for this at all.

Once we were over the bridge, it was smooth sailing. I ran my first half marathon in a personal record time of 2:11! I had no idea at the time of course, I was listening to my body, my watch every 45ish minutes to consume another gel, and carrying on a conversation with my new friends from PA.  Around mile 15 Maggie, and Diane left us, and the other Diane stuck around with me which I will be forever grateful for. Through out the race, Brandon would find me and offer his water bottle that wasn’t Gatorade or water but instead something much better, electrolytes. Between mile 16-18, after I had realized this is the furthest I have ever run in my entire being, my left leg muscles began to cramp.  A slow walk, then a run, and a walk followed by stretching would continue on for about a solid mile. Was this the wall they were speaking of?! Because it surely hurt like I ran into a wall! This part of the race was beautiful, it was down Shore Drive in between tall trees which would shelter us from the harsh winds.

We would turn off of this road and turn into Fort Story where I would really hit the wall. I became cold, tired, upset, and had to mentally talk myself back into the race… numerous times. This part of the race was the hardest, it was cold, extremely windy since we are only hundreds of feet off of the beach, and it was quiet. There was no raving fans, no crowds, no houses, no one on bikes, just me the marathon, and other people around me fighting the same conditions, oh and the two water stops. I finally made it out of fort story, and was so ready to be done. I could actually picture myself finishing this race now. It was more of a possibility now after I suffered through that portion than it was the first 16 miles! Brandon was waiting for me as we exited the fort, and he took some awful pictures.

We were at mile 22 something. I knew I could run 4 miles… I run that easily around my neighborhood weekly! This is something I had to prep myself for. I was still fighting the cramps in my left leg, but I wanted more than ever to finish! As Diane and I would wind down the street headed back to the oceanfront, the crowds grew larger, and the spirits were high. For the first time in the day I looked at my watch and knew that I could actually achieve my goal of running a 5 hour marathon. One of the worst/best things about running in the town you know, you know the landmarks, and exactly how far it is until you are done. We finally hit the boardwalk, and I could see King Neptune in the distance, but for the first time in forever, I could not sprint to the finish line, and even though I just ran 26 miles…. that point two was killing me. I finally made it. I made it to the finish line and I saw Brandon running around on the side which just elated my spirits! Diane and I high-fived as we crossed the finish lined exhausted. We got out medals, banana’s, water, pretzels ( I was most happy about the salt here), and our finisher hat’s and beach towel’s…  and we were able to get a picture together before we headed out of the finisher shoot.

As I exited the finish line, Brandon and his parents were there. And I couldn’t be happier to have all of them there for the support and love. The first thing I did was take my shoes off, my feet were swollen and hot! (My feet swell, so I run with locklaces so that I can loosen my shoes throughout the race without taking much time.) The next thing to happen was to put my finisher’s hat on, and take a picture with Brandon.  Oh boy, I wish someone had told me my hat was messed up looking. There were plenty of pictures taken, and my legs were in extreme pain at this time. The finish line party was on the beach, and walking down the steps and through the sand took a while…

Well, here we go… my very first marathon is in the books. Done, not even 5 hours long. Wait, you mean I waited like 8 years to do a marathon that I was terrified of, almost deferred it, and it only lasted 4 hours, 54 minutes?! I will do a race recap later this week, when I have my lovely pictures.

I’m stoked what can I say. Sign me up to do that again! Okay let me train this time. Maybe I can PR by an hour? 😀

Here is how it went down… I’ll start from about 4 months ago, right when training first started.

It’s October, I’m getting started with my training… Running, cycling, and maybe even some swimming. I hit a high of 65 miles that month of training. AMAZING. The highest mileage I had ever hit, and I’ve been running for about a decade now.  Now start the coughing… It is cold and I’ve been coughing for a month straight. Little exercises that I’ve been doing forever are now difficult and I’m having a difficult time breathing. I could not stand it so I took myself to the Dr… my worst nightmare. I hate going to the doctor, the dentist, the car shop, places where you rarely here, everything is great!

My doctor prescribed me an inhaler to help me with this breathing issues, this was after I was checked for pneumonia.  I have now had an inhaler to help me breath during the cold weathered months so that I may continue to exercise and breathe.

Well this took me off of my training plan, and then it was the holiday season. Cue the Christmas cookies, and my personal favorite, PUMPKIN MUFFINS! I wasn’t very active, other than eating and my 10 miler race that happened in December.

Well the new year came and I am determined to complete a triathlon so I’m back in the pool, swimming, getting my flip turn down! Cycling indoors on my trainer and occasionally outside when the warm weather has come. I have run a few times this year, no more than 4 miles I would say.

The boyfriend and I spoke of deferring the marathon until the next year, that way I would not injure myself, well that all sounded great and very convincing. I would go to the website, and would start entering my information…  and then I would wander off. I just could NOT bring myself to finish that deferral process. I did not want to hurt myself, but what if I walked/run it… A possibility. My goal then changed from 5 hours to FINISH.

You have to do what is right for yourself. I am so happy I did not defer my marathon, and now I ask myself, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG to do a marathon!

Stay tuned for the Shamrock marathon recap!

Keep running!

Yesterday I went to the Shamrock Expo basically right after work because I could not contain the excitement and could not wait any longer. I picked my t-shirt and bib. Had to ensure my first marathon t-shirt fit. I have had many races where the t-shirt is to big and I do not wear it. I am so wearing this shirt Monday to my new job all day long. (I think I may wear my medal too. we will see.

I spent almost 3 hours at the Expo! I lost track of time, talked to a lot of vendors and talked about new races! I am so pumped! Just to name a few: Ragnar Relay (recently added to my to do), OBX Tri ( I just signed up for), Richmond Marathon, Garmin, SPIbelt, and a local bike shop. I talked to te Garmin people about watches and all of the different functions. I think I am sold to the 910! Now I shall wait till my birthday to get this… 😋

I did manage to get a picture of me and the SPIbelt girls Rita and Anna too!

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They were so helpful! I found the race toggles I looked all over for a the expo at their booth! I told them of my adventures with my current belt, including my blog, and they let me have a new one!! 😁 It is orange, which if you don’t know is my favorite color! I am tempted to wear both on Sunday!

So let me know what your tips for running a marathon are. Do you train with a heart rate monitor? Which are your favorite?

Enjoy your weekend and wish me luck on my adventure tomorrow!

Beach to Battleship 140.6

Beach to Battleship 140.6October 17th, 2015
Time to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge !

Mileage 2015

Running 2015
(does not include treadmill)

Miles this Month: 12
Miles this Year: 88.5

Cycling

Miles this Month: 120
Miles this Year: 381.2

Swimming

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