Category: Triathalon

Chopped Oak Triathlon 2015

One thing I wanted to do during this pregnancy was to complete a triathlon.  Call me crazy!

Almost 2 weeks ago, before our beach vacation, I completed my goal by competing the Chopped Oak Triathlon 2015. I competed in this triathlon last year, except I did the longer distance. I knew this year I couldn’t do the longer distance because I just couldn’t get comfy on the bike. There was no way I was going to make 16 miles on the bike without a few issues, it is amazing how pregnancy changes your body. This year I chose to compete in the super sprint with consisted of a 250 yard swim, 8 mile bike ride and 2.25 mile run.

Swim (250 yards) – 5:21
This was probably one of my slower swims, but I was happy to have completed it and didn’t get lapped.  It is the small things.

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Transition 1 – 1:58
My transition time was super slow, but due to my pregnancy I couldn’t comfortably fit into my tri shorts so I swam in a swimsuit.  So when I got out of the pool, I put on a running skirt, cause I am not comfortable running in a swimsuit. I also chose to put on my tennis shoes to ride my bike instead of my bike shoes.  I am absolutely terrible at clipping in and out, thus I was concerned about falling.

Bike (8 miles) – 32:46
The bike was ok. The ride wasn’t terribly hilly for north Georgia. There were only two downsides, first, the turn around was at the bottom of a hill. So you are going down the hill, getting good speed and essentially you have to come to a stop to turn around and head back up the hill.  Not Cool! The second downside was throwing up in my mouth a little bit, probably a little bit TMI, but hey, this is one of the things I am having to deal with this pregnancy.

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Transition 2 – 0:39
Yay! Why can’t all my transitions be this fast.  Oh yeah, that’s because I usually have to change shoes.

Run (2.25 miles) – 25:47
My run was slow, but I knew it would be. I don’t run fast in the first place and then lets add a big ‘ol belly to the deal. It was getting hot, but I had planned ahead and brought my own water on the run, so I wouldn’t overheat. There was also a big hill that had many people walking up it, but I kept running.

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Total Time – 1:06:34
I finished 1st overall female by 11 minutes.  I was really surprised about that, because honestly I was just going out there to have fun. I was the 5th finisher overall.

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Despite doing well, I think my favorite part of the experience was the stares I was getting from everyone around me. There was one woman who kept staring at me whenever I was in her sight. Even my husband, who typically wouldn’t notice something like that commented. I don’t think she could decide if I was pregnant or not.

However, the best part of the day was that Thing 3 and I both placed (he got 2nd)!

Chopped Oak Triathlon 2014

On Sunday, the whole family headed to Clarkesville, Georgia for the Chopped Oak Sprint Triathlon.  Let’s be honest, the only reason I signed up for this triathlon is because it also had a kids triathlon that even Thing 3, my 3 year old could, could participate in.  Although I only signed up for this triathlon because of the boys, I did actually train a good bit for it, which is more than I can say for any other tri I have done this year.

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Swim

The swim consisted of a 400 yard pool swim where you go out and back in the same lane.  Not ideal because the lanes were narrow, but at least they were starting people every 30 minutes.  I did pass three different guys on the swim.  Sadly, I have no idea what my swim time was because the event didn’t have time by event.

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Bike

This was the best bike I have had since I moved to Georgia.  It was also the ride with the least amount of hills.  Yay!  It was also one of the longest I have done since we moved, at 17 miles.

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Run

The 5K run was probably my weakest event of this triathlon.  I struggled.  My legs were tired, it got hot, and there was a big hill that we had to run. Lots of people were walking up that hill.

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Overall my time was 1:38.  I place first in my age group.   However, like I mentioned before the main reason I was doing this triathlon was because it was one all three boys can do.

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I’m not sure what is up next for me.  There is a triathlon in a month that is really close to our house that I am thinking about doing, strictly because it is close.  It is in Athens, which means there will be hills.  Ahhh!  Who know

Old Capital Triathlon 2014

Last weekend I competed in my second triathlon of the season.  To be honest, I haven’t been training very hard, or even in some cases at all.  For one, I just haven’t been motivated.  I have also had some crazy things, like some pretty wicked poison ivy that kept me from training.

So now that all my excuses are out of the way, let’s get down to the details.

Swim (500 meter open water) – 12:26

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This was my second open water swim ever, so my time was pretty good.  My pool times are faster because I am really good at pushing off the wall.  I was first out of the water for my division.

Transition 1  – 1:38

This was a pretty fast transition for me.

Bike (14 miles) – 1:00:28

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Oh, were to start. Well, let’s start at the beginning, I fell off my bike less than 50 yards from the bike out. It didn’t help that the first half mile was straight up hill.  Once I got on my bike things were going pretty well, until the last 7 miles when there were some pretty big hills.  Yep, more hills.  I am just not in condition to riding my bike, let alone riding some big hills.

Transition 2 – 1:12

Run (5K) – 34:32

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Oh, you know, if there are hills on the bike course, you know there are hills on the run course too.  So between the hills on the run, not training and the bruise I can feel forming on my butt from falling off my bike the run was awesome.  Not.  This is by far one of my slowest times ever.

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These awesome times landed me 3rd place in the Athena division.

So, basically I need to train more.  I need to ride my bike more, than say never.  Then I need to get out and ride on these stinkin’ hills.  Secondly, I need to keep running hills, more often and faster.  Oh, and I probably need to lose those 10 pounds that I have gained since last November.  I just need to get moving.

Next up, I will be competing in another sprint triathlon on July 13.  However, what I am more excited about is that all three boys will be doing competing in their first triathlon.  So not only will I be training hard the next six weeks, but the boys will be doing some training also.  It’s an exciting time in the Cameron household.

What’s up next for you? 

Early Bird Triathlon 2014

On Sunday morning the family and I got up early to head to my first triathlon of the season and my first one here in Georgia.  Now you may remember that I signed up for this only 2 weeks ago.  I have not swam since November.  I had only ridden my bike 8 times.  My running had been slow and sporadic.  Yep, not exactly a winning combination. 

I had decided to get to the triathlon earlier than normal so that I could get in the pool and swim at least one length before I tried to swim 400 meters.  Oh and did I mention that I had only swam more than that 400 meters once, that was 500 yards, open water.  My second longest swim until this weekend was 300 meters.  Still not looking too good.  Anyway, I swam that one lap (100 meters) and my arms were already tired.  Yep.

Swim (400 meters) : 9:58.  That also included about a minute and a half run to transition.

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T1 :  2:14

Bike (12 miles) :  46:49

Holy hills batman!  I was way undertrained to take on the hills that waited me on the ride.  Out of transition, straight up hill.  First mile, up hill.  Oh, a little downhill.  Turn, straight up hill.  And so on.  I’m telling you, I felt like every time I turned a corner, I was heading straight up a hill.  Back in Texas, I would easily past people on the bike.  I rarely got below 15 mph. “Texas hills” were nothing.  On Sunday, there were time I would be peddling up hill at like 5 mph.  I got passed left and right.  Humbling.

T2:  1:43

Run (5K) :  32:24

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So after enduring the wrath of a hilly bike ride, I was not looking forward to the run. Honestly my goal was to just finish.  I didn’t care how slow it was I just wanted to finish.  Oh and I didn’t want to see another hill, but wait, the first part of the run was uphill.  Another thing I wasn’t prepared for, part of the run was on trails.  I didn’t know that.  Oh well.  At least the last ¼ mile was down hill.

Total Time:  1:33:07

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In all honesty, I was just happy to finish this race.  I had no time goals, no nothing.  I just wanted to finish and hopefully get back on track with my training.

Over the next 6 weeks I will be working on riding hills.  Biking the hills is where I lost so much time during this triathlon.  I am going to have to learn how to use my gears better as well as strengthen my legs.

Oh, and I will continue to run those hills, because that can only help me continue to improve my run, which has always been the slowest part of my triathlon.

Week 1 of Training Done!

I wish I could say that I hit all my workouts and felt great at every one of them, but that just wouldn’t be honest.  So let’s see how the week went.

Sunday:
Yoga  – Didn’t Happen
Run (3 miles) – Completed

Monday:
Yoga – Didn’t Happen
Weights : Chest – Completed
Run (2 min slow, 1 min fast interval) for 4 miles – Completed

Tuesday:
Yoga – Didn’t Happen
Weights: Back – Completed
Run (hill repeats x 10) – Completed, Thing 1 joined me

Wednesday:
Weights : Legs – Didn’t Happen
Bike (30 minutes) – Completed
Swim (30 minutes) – Didn’t Happen
stretch – Completed

Thursday:
Yoga – Didin’t Happen
Weights : Shoulders – Completed on Friday
Walk 1 hour or OFF – Completed, Walk

Friday:
Weights: Biceps/Triceps – Completed
Bike (120 minutes) – Completed
stretch – Completed

Saturday:
Bike (60 minutes) – Completed
Run (4 miles) – Only managed 3 miles.  I had to take my boys to soccer.
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I was able to get almost all of the weight and cardio done, but I struggled with the yoga.  However, I should have done more because I my body was struggling this past week.
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I am not exactly sure what my training will look like this week. I have a plan, similar to last week.  I am trying to decide whether I look at this weekends triathlon as just part of training or do I rest up a little bit and try my best.  I know if I complete all of my training this week my body will be sore and tired because I am working hard and building up to an olympic distance triathlon.  If I rest a little bit, I will get a good gage of exactly where my fitness is at this point.  So who knows what I will be doing this week.

On the diet front, I had great plans, but it just didn’t happen.  I have found that when Daddy Cameron is home I tend to eat more, because I am cooking more than when I am just cooking for the boys and I.  However, we would rather have him home, I just need to learn to control myself more.

I honestly think that if I would eliminate gluten from my diet I would feel so much better.  Any time I eat something with gluten my stomach immediately starts hurting.  However, it is just so hard for me to give up something that I have loved for so long.  Also, I sometimes just don’t realize how many things have gluten in them.  So while I don’t think I can go cold turkey, I am going to start eliminating most of the gluten that I can from my diet.  I really just want to feel better.  I don’t know how my boys are going to feel about the changes.  🙂

 

2 Weeks & Training

I did something a little crazy and maybe a little foolish, but I decided it might be the best kick in the pants to get me moving.  Last night I signed up for a sprint triathlon that is 2 weeks away.

Granted I haven’t been in a pool since last November.  I just started riding a bike again last week.  My running has been sporatic, at best.  Oh, and I weigh 10 pounds more than when I last competed.  But hey, why let that stop me?

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I see this as a great way to get my butt in gear and start training, because we all know that I need a swift kick right about now.  Thankfully, the weather is going to be wonderful this week so that will help.  I hate getting up early to exercise when it is freezing outside.

So here is my training plan for this week, we shall see how this goes.

Sunday:
Yoga
Run (3 miles)

Monday:
Yoga
Weights : Chest
Run (2 min slow, 1 min fast interval) for 4 miles

Tuesday:
Yoga
Weights: Back
Run (hill repeats x 10)

Wednesday:
Weights : Legs
Bike (30 minutes)
Swim (30 minutes)
stretch

Thursday:
Yoga
Weights : Shoulders
Walk 1 hour or OFF

Friday:
Weights: Biceps/Triceps
Bike (120 minutes)
stretch

Saturday:
Bike (60 minutes)
Run (4 miles)
stretch

On top of all of this, I will be cleaning up my diet.  I am contemplating taking the Whole30 challenge.  Basically, for 30 days I eliminate sugar, grains, alcohol, beans, dairy, and white potatoes.  I haven’t completely decided if I will go cold turkey and do the Whole30 challenge, or if I will gradually eliminate all these things from my diet to see if my body feels better. Knowing me, I’m one to go big or go home.  So there is an 85% chance that I will start the Whole30 challenge tomorrow.  I really want to start feeling better and to have the energy that I had last summer.

Wish me luck!

My Ultimate Goal

While I love and enjoy doing triathlons, I am going to be completely honest and say that losing more weight is my ultimate goal.

Back in 2010, I started running to lose weight.  For over two years I ran, a lot and ate healthy, however the nothing changed.  My clothes were still tight.  I was uncomfortable in my own skin.  I was unhappy.  My husband would see how hard I was working and was as baffled as I was about why I could not lose any weight.

At the end of 2012, I competed in my first triathlon and loved it.  While training for my first triathlon I loved the forced cross training.  I loved getting in the pool and swim because I wouldn’t get out all sweaty.  My body felt better because I wasn’t putting it through so much pounding as I was when I was just running.  I enjoyed the new challenge.

So 2013 was spent competing in triathlons.  It was also the first time in 3 years that I was able to lose weight.  Last year from March to November I managed to lose 25 pounds.  That was a huge feat for me.

Sadly I gained 10 pounds of that back during the move and holidays when I wasn’t exercising.  However, I am excited to get back to training because I know that I can lose at least that much, if not more this year.  Slow progress is better than no progress.

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It is time to get started.

 

 

Upping the Distance

In 2010 I only competed in 5Ks and 10Ks.  In 2011 I moved onto half marathons.  In 2012 I focused on half marathons and competed in my first triathlon.  Last year I only did triathlons.  There is a pattern here.  Every year I up my goals a little more.

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So you might be asking what is in store for 2014, well, I am going to move from doing only sprint triathlons to doing one or two olympic distance triathlons.

I remember watching the olympic distance athletes compete last year at the Disco Triathlon and thinking that I wanted to try that at least once.   It is kinda like I think I want to do a marathon, just once.  So I decided that this year was going to be the year.

My A race for the year is going to be an olympic distance race in June.  Depending on how that goes, I might try a second olympic distance race in September.  We shall see.  Currently, I have planned one sprint triathlon about a month before each olympic distance race as way to check myself and see what I might need to focus on that last month.  It sounds like a good plan, in theory.  Now I just need to come up with a training plan.  Wish me luck.

Are you upping the distance this year?

Best of the Best Triathlon 2013

This morning I had my last triathlon of the season.

To be honest, I was not excited about doing this triathlon.  The last few days I have been wondering why I signed up for this triathlon in the first place.

The last two weeks have been crazy busy.  I have spent the last two weeks scrubbing my house from top to bottom so that it would be picture and show ready.  Since the Monster Triathlon 2 weeks ago, I had run 3 or 4 times and rode my bike twice.  Needless to say I have not been training, unless you count scrubbing grout on my hands and knees as training.

Putting a house on the market is both physically and mentally stressful. Needless to say I was exhausted this morning.  I just wanted to curl up on the ground and go to sleep.  I wasn’t feeling the whole triathlon thing.

However, I paid money to do it.  I qualified to run this race (you had to finish in the top 10 of your age group of one of the Dallas Athletes Racing events this year).  So I was going to do it.

Swim (250 yards) 4:46
(2nd in my age division)

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I’m the capless swimmer and my mom is in the white cap.

So I was a little concerned about the swim.  As I was standing in line and going to put my swim cap on, it tore in half.  Nothing like your swim cap tearing before you start a race that you weren’t that excited about doing in the first place.  To be honest, I wanted to cry.  I am just that tired and stressed that a torn swim cap could make me cry.  My mom was sweet enough to offer her cap, but I just didn’t care.  I would do what I had to do.

At the start of the swim I was feeling pretty good.  75 yards in I am coming in to the wall to turn and my mom, who started before me this race, was pushing off just as I was coming up for air and I inhaled some water.  I tried to keep going and turn but as I came up from the turn I had to stop and tread water as I tried to cough all the water up. For a few seconds I thought I was going to have to stop, because I could not breath.  However, I finally hacked up the water and was able to keep going.  Luckily the girl behind me was slower so she didn’t even come close to catching me.

Probably 125 yards into the swim I caught up with my mom who was having trouble getting around a guy who was swimming the breast stroke.  For the last 125 yards, it was a struggle to find a place to swim as we tried to pass.  Finally the last 25 yards I was able to bust by a couple of people who were slowing me down.  I was happy to get out of that pool.  However, the cool air that greeted me as I headed to transition was not so much fun.

Transition 1 : 2:04

Not the fastest, but not the slowest for once.

Bike (16 miles) 54:00  avg. 17.8 mph
(3rd in my age division)

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Ok, so my husband took better pictures by my eyes are closed in one and I look drugged or drunk in the other.

Not my best bike by a long shot, but I got it done. I definitely needed to spend some more time in the saddle.  I really need to work my hill climbing, I guess moving to Georgia will help with those hills.

Transition 2 : 1:07

Right in the middle again, but way faster than last time.

Run (5K) : 29:23  avg. 9:29/mile  (A 5K PR!)
(3rd in my age division)

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Getting high fives from my boys as I begin the second loop.

Yes, you read that right.  I set a 5K PR, by over 30 seconds after swimming 250 yards and riding 16 miles.  I am weird!

My left calf started to cramp halfway through, however, my husband has been all over my about running faster, so I was determined to run faster so I didn’t have to hear anything from him.  Apparently it worked.

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I finished 3rd in the Athena 39 and under.  I would have finished 4th in the 30-34 age group, which is pretty good since some of those girls weigh 30 to 40 pounds less than I do.  So for a race I was not that excited about doing I did well.  Maybe my grout cleaning cross training helped…not.  And even if it did, I will not be doing that again.

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For the next few weeks I am going to be focusing on moving and that Thanksgiving holidays.  However, while I am packing endless boxes I am going to start thinking about my off-season training plans and what I where I want to focus my energies.

What are you focusing on during the off-season?

 

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