Top Ten

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to complete a triathlon. And guess what?? I did it! My resolution is resolved(?) I’m not sure that’s the correct word, but you know what I mean.

 Last weekend I completed the Lake Padden Triathlon, 1/2 mile swim, 21 mile bike and 5 mile run. Whew! It was super hard but well worth it.

I have a ton of pictures taken by all of my adoring fans, aka my friends and family, that I will share in another post. But today I give you…

 

The Top Ten Things I Learned While Training For A Triathlon

 

1//  Trying to fit in swimming and biking and running is a challenge.  It definitely took a lot more planning and scheduling for three sports than it does to just get out and run!

2//  Gear. You need so much stuff for a tri! Bike, helmet, swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, running shoes, wetsuit, towels, water bottles… When I packed my bag(s) the night before the race, it looked like I was going away for a week.

3//  Swimming and Biking use different muscles than Running…..You will be sore!

4//  Go jump in a lake! Literally. Do it. More than once. The only way to get comfortable swimming in a lake, in your wetsuit, is to just do it. I went for two lake training swims before my race and I felt so much more relaxed and comfortable in the water the second time around.

5//  It feels so weird to run right after you ride your bike. Your legs will feel like jello and I imagine I looked like Phoebe in that Friends episode when she runs through the park.

6//  Swimming in a huge group of people is intimidating. I was nervous about this part, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought. I had read all kinds of horror stories tips about how I should be prepared for being kicked and bumped and nearly drowned, but none of this happened… thank goodness!

7//  Biking in the race is WAY different than biking while training. I never pushed myself in my bike training because I thought the bike portion would be the easiest. Boy was I wrong! It was the hardest. I was doing all I could to keep up with people who passed me, but couldn’t even come close. Note to self: Train more and harder on your bike.

8//  If you are a triathlon novice (as I was) go watch one to see how it all works. Pay attention to the transition area and how people do things. I watched a tri the weekend before mine, and I felt way better going into it knowing a little about how it works.

9//  Make a friend suffer train with you. Bribe, beg, lie, cheat and steal if need be, but it will be way easier if you have a buddy (or 2!) to train/race with. I had two great friends with whom I trained and it was fabulous! One is an experienced triathlete and the other, a newbie like me. Having someone to train with makes all the difference. Thanks Nina & Lance!

10//  Have fun! There were many times (especially at the start of the race) that I had to remind myself that I paid money for this and was choosing to do this for fun. I think that nervous/excited energy is helpful and makes the feeling of finishing that much better.

 

Where do I sign up for the next one?!?!?

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Take A Seat

About a month ago, my mom gave me two old lawn chairs that she no longer needed.

I wasn’t about to say no to free patio furniture, so I took them home and in the garage they sat….Until I stumbled upon this blog–Button Bird Designs. Angela has all sorts of amazing ideas for transforming  thrift store treasures.

While reading this post in which Angela paints a leather/pleather/vinyl chair with paint! Did I mention she painted it, like right on the leather! Wow! I was inspired to transform my old chairs.

Off to the hardware store to buy some of the best spray paint ever…seriously it will stick to/cover anything!

A couple of coats of Sunshine Yellow…along with a few comments from the nay-sayers, “that won’t work, it won’t stick to plastic.” “It will crack as soon as you sit down.”

Well, look here all you non-believers. My chairs are awesome! And no cracking or paint peeling!

I am so excited about how they turned out and how they brighten up the patio. Mom was so impressed she almost asked for them back!

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Thanks for the inspiration, Angela!
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woo-hoo friday!!

Oh, Friday! How happy I am that you are here again so soon. After a week of cold, wind, rain and nastiness, even the sun has come out (barely) to celebrate! Here are my top 5 things  that made me happy this week. I’ll be linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk, so go check her out!

one//

yummy smoothies for lunch

two//

It was my roommate’s birthday, which meant cupcakes and cake! Can you tell that the 4 yo was in charge of sprinkles?

So beautiful!

three//

I made chicken, brown rice and roasted veggies for dinner.

Delish. Healthy. Leftovers.

four//

Today was the first day all week that I woke up and it wasn’t pouring down rain.

Maybe June-uary is almost over and we can get a move on to SUMMER!

five//

NEW RUNNING SHOES!!

I’m pretty sure they made me faster.

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Lame-O

Okay, so I know I’ve been totally lame about posting and I apologize. I got a little thrown off-track from my vacation to the sunny sun in Arizona. I guess all that wonderful desert air affected my blog-writing brain.

Anyways, on to a running update. My triathlon training is in full-swing! I have been trying to squeeze in swimming and biking along with running, which is a challenge all on its own. Swimming is definitely my weakest link so I am making extra effort there.

Last weekend my tri partner-in-crime, Nina, and I did a 14.5 mile bike ride immediately followed by a 6 mile run. Holy Cow! What a weird feeling it is to run when you can’t feel your legs! It took about a mile to get our legs back under us, but surprisingly we were keeping an amazing pace. Go us!

On the sched for this weekend-

Friday- Get my bum of of bed and run before work…ugh that means getting up @ 4:30! (The one and only reason for this is so I can go to Happy Hour after work and not have to worry about getting a run in.)

Saturday- Long bike ride. Possibly a run.

Sunday- Long run, 10 miles.

Monday- Trial-run lake swim…burrrrr!!!

 

If you wish to join us in this Tri-craziness, just click here to register for the Lake Padden Tri.