I guess the Tri Gods are actually in my corner these days. I continue to stumble across motivational websites when I need it the most. Today's lucky find? Chasing Iron. Go check it out! Talk about inspirational...it definitely put me in my place. I threw a tantrum because I hate the way my thighs look in my new Speedo suit and this iron girl is rounding out '08 with triathlons and marathons!
I wonder if humble pie is low in points?
Anyway, tantrum is officially over. My thighs are ginormous not petite, but these bad boys are going to get me through the triathlon. What's not to love about them? Go Team Thunder Thighs! Convinced? Me either...but I'll get there.
Ok, not really, but he coached me through a workout today and it kicked my ass. He was a competitive swimmer all through HS and college and he's still pretty fast. His warm up was practically a full workout for me. But it was a great swim, and he even said that I was a "strong swimmer" and that I'll "have no problem with the swim". It felt good to hear that :)
Oh, and I biked home today too. Needless to say I'm pooped.
I just wanted to post a link to the Athena & Clydesdale Forum. There's a lot of good information on the site. FYI, if you don't know what athenas and clydesdales are, you probably don't qualify. LOL Kidding...here's the official definition:
"Clydesdale" athletes are generally those men over 200 pounds, while "Athena" athletes are generally women over 150 pounds.
Train for a triathlon - or any sport - and you'll hone fitness. But there's more. You'll pick up self esteem, coping methods, management skills, and team-building skills ... maybe even a new career option. Who knew?
By Karen Weir-Jimerson
Getting physical comes with surprise benefits that will serve every aspect of your life. Don't believe it? Figure magazine talked with several Seattle-area triathletes, each of whom reported that the determination, strength, and coordination they gained in pursuing their swim-bike-run event served them with skills they bank on every day.
Faith in yourself. Competing and completing an event builds self esteem. "Once you get one thing under your belt," says triathlete Angela Meeks, "you know you can accomplish anything." And the glow of great self esteem shines on past the finish line, no matter how you place in the race. "If you finish the race," says Angela, "you're a winner." Start but don't finish? You're present and accounted for, working toward a goal, while many people are simply in bed, saying to themselves, "I couldn't do that, I won't even try."
A better choice, a better road. Making positive choices in the face of adversity is a learned behavior. "When my mom died, I thought, 'Well I could (comfort my grief and) gain another 60 pounds, or, I could (train for) a triathlon,'" says Linda Keeney. "It was the first time I decided there was another way to grieve." A year later Linda's sister announced her own cancer diagnosis. Linda immediately signed up for another triathlon, relying once again on her new found method-of-choice to process her feelings about what was happening to her family.
The ability to divide and conquer. "You break it down," says Anne van Leeynseele, of training for a triathlon's components of a swim, bike, and run. She found focusing on each step was the path to bigger things. After all, a mile is just a series of steps. Breaking big things down into smaller do-able components is the essence of project (and life!) management, and Anne taps this now-honed skill frequently in her legal work. Angela Meeks, as well, says this break-it-down skill has served her well in work and home life.
Team building. Trainer and triathlete, Patty Swedburg, explains that training triathletes for event participation has offered her a fulfilling career path. Her method combines working with individuals who are part of a larger team. "I think I've found my life's work here," she says. "I love community building. I love finding a way for folks to connect." Team building creates positive ways to get things done-in family and community. Who knows, what opportunities might be awaiting you?
I am a 32 year old new mother to twin boys! I participated in the Danskin Chicagoland triathlon in July 2008 and I look forward to the '09 event with all of these wonderful ladies.
I'm Courtney. 32 years old, single, no heirs to the throne. I completed my first triathlon in July 2008 and fell in love. I look forward to continuing the multisport journey with my fellow Tri Divas!
Donna "Cassie"s Mommy"
A 40 year young Mom, Wife and student who enjoys taking on new challenges, but often needs needs a lesson or two in balancing between work, school, home and training. My words of wisdom, "Do it while you're young -- it doesn't get any easier later, and there is NEVER a good time."
My name is Jenn, I'm 35 years old and live in the Chicago Suburbs. When CoCo talked me into this Tri thing, I thought she was nuts, but I'm so glad she did. I've caught the Tri bug! I even became a certified tri-coach through HeartZones and will be Team Administrator for the NW Suburban Trek Tri Training group again this summer. I am also now a member of USAT! I've also rejoined Weight Watchers and am determined to not let my extra fluff or my fibromyalgia hold me back! Happy Training!
I am a 36 year YOUNG, single mother of two (very grown) teenagers, and grandmother, to the most perfect little boy ever born. I am currently on a mission to break an image that no longer defines who I am!!
I'm Julie. I'm 33 years old, and single... and can finally claim a medal... it may not be a gold one, but I can now show off my finisher's medal, my finisher's hat and my finisher's towel...
I'm so excited for new and different events and my next attempt, after Sweet and Twisted booze and cake, will be an Olympic distance.
I'm Lesli. 33 years old. Single with two furkids. I am a systems librarian for a group of medical libraries. I joined Weight Watchers in 2001. Left in 2003 b/c I wasn't happy with the direction my journey was headed. Coco convinced me (finally) that a triathlon was just the thing to kick my butt in gear...that was 2008. It's 2009, I was crazy enough to tri it again...and have the finisher's medal to prove it.
My name is Lynn, I'm 32 years old, single with no children. I'm embarking on this mission to become a triathlete because I want to prove to myself that I am strong enough. I'm also looking forward to seeing my fellow Tri-Divas achieve their goals!