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- First paragraph - overweight not over weight

- Section about coaches - "you lesson" -> "your lesson"

As someone who has contemplated triathlons, but the closest I've been is doing a running only race as part of an event where Triathlons are also happening:

- In the section where you talk about different distances, it might be worth distinguishing between the very standardized distances (e.g. Olympic, Iron, half Iron), and ones that are less standardized. Sprint seems to be "somewhere around half of an Olympic Tri", but here a lot of them are a 500m swim rather than 750m; in my area I also see stuff as "Try a Tri" and "Super Sprint" (where the distinction is more about newbies vs. people who want to be competitive over short distances, though the Super Sprint's are usually a bit longer in at least one section).

- I know for the running races I've done (some of which have used the same run course as a triathlon), it's basically expected that you throw your cup on the ground when you're done (and volunteers will pick it up), and there's not really any effort to have trash cans around. It's the one time I intentionally litter ;)

- I think there's a lot in the "Time for your Triathlon" section that might be better separated out into a "Training" (or "Before the Race") section (Bricks, coming up with a strategy for run/walking if needed, etc)

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This morning I gave my first cycling class a try.  It was the RPM class at the gym, and my god was it difficult. But I survived.  I will admit, I lacked the ability to do some of the moves, but I did what I could and plan to go back again. I'm thinking I may trade my Monday morning swims for this class.  It's 5:15 to 6am, and I think I'm going to have to start bringing my clothing to the gym and showering there then heading straight to work, but a lot of people do that. 

 

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Thanks. :)

 

Last night I attempted the spin class.  I wanted to see how it compared to the RPM class I had taken in the morning.  Big mistake. I was way too sore from the class that morning, and I had to leave halfway through as I was in too much pain. I am going to see if the offer the spin class at another time this week so I can give it a try, but two in one day is too painful for me right now.  I'm just not used to those little bitty bike seats or the pedals.  My feet end up cramping really quickly from them, which I find weird because I do fine on the normal bike pedals. I think I may have the bike settings wrong, so next time I take a class I'll ask the instructor about it.  I'm used to pedaling with the middle of my foot over the pedal, but the way these are set up you have to use your toes. Is that how you are supposed to do it? Or is my foot simply too big for the net cage around the pedal and that's why it's making me use my toes?

 

It was a bad rain last night, so I ended up going to sleep super early, yet for some reason it was still difficult to wake up this morning.  I eventually got myself together and to the pool.  It was really cold and the wind was blowing.  The gym pool is heated, but the heat wasn't yet turned on. I was determined to get my swim in though and got in to the water anyways. It was so cold. I'm thinking that until they turn the heat in the pool on I may start swimming in the afternoon instead as it shouldn't be as cold then. I managed to swim about 20 minutes, then my goggles started leaking.  I rubbed my eyes to get the water out and ended up knocking one of my contacts out. I tried to keep swimming without it, but not being able to see is a bit disorienting, so I called it a day and headed home.  Took a while, but eventually I found my glasses, so I have them on now. After work I have to do my scheduled workouts.  I have my rowing class, which I'm looking forward to, then some strength training on the cable machines which I've never used before. R said he'll go over everything with me as long as I don't mind waiting until he finishes a session with someone else. I figure depending on how long of a session it is I'll either swim or walk on the treadmill. 

 

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Last night was a very busy night. When I got home from work I changed into my gym clothing and headed straight there.  Rowing class was fun as usual. It wears you out, but it's nice to push yourself and see how many strokes per minute you can do.  I've been trying to pick a number to stay above, some classes I can, some classes I pick a number that's too high. Yesterday R walked around the room and kept changing the settings on our machines so that some rounds it was easy, other times it was very difficult. After rowing I headed to the treadmill for a bit. R had assigned me a strength routine I didn't know how to do and so after his class with another client he was going to walk me though it.  Instead he decided to combine the lesson and walk her through the strength drills too.  As he had us swapping machines each time we did something we had to keep adding weight for me a lowering it for her, so it got confusing at times, but I enjoyed the workout.  This was the first time I did a non-swim/bike/run lesson with him. It was good. If is wasn't for the fact that sessions are expensive (roughly $30 for a 30 minute session) I would actually consider having two lessons each week, one for the swim/bike/run and one doing other stuff. Instead I'll likely just add the things he covered last night to my weekly routine. Right now he has me only doing one strength session each week, alternating between upper and lower, but I feel like I should be doing more.  Don't get me wrong, I have a pretty busy schedule from him, but I wonder if I'm doing enough strength exercises by only doing it once a week.  Even if he doesn't schedule it I may add some more.  As the weather is getting chilly here it's going to become more difficult to do my swims in the morning, but I don't want to get out of the habit of exercising then. I think this might be a good replacement.  I'm trying to stick fairly close to what he has for me though so I'll discuss it with him next time we meet. After we finished the session he gave me my new flippers I had ordered from him. They feel a little tight on the top of my foot, but I suspect they are supposed to be tight so that they don't fall off. Swimming with them this morning was interesting.  He's been attempting to correct my feet when I swim, but hasn't had any luck as I regularly fall back into bad habits. (kicking with knees instead of hips.) The flippers don't allow me to do that anymore.  When I try they slow me way down due to the resistance. I actually did 500 yards LESS this morning from wearing them because they slowed me down so much. I'm going to have to keep practicing with them so that I can fix what I'm doing wrong.  Tonight I have a two hour bike ride and another swim.  He scheduled me for a 1800 yard swim, but as I only managed 1,000 yards I'm going to make myself do it over tonight. Tomorrow I have a 6 mile jog and a 1,000 yard swim.  Then Friday my next lesson, then Saturday my next Triathlon. :D I'm looking forward to it. :) I can't wait. :D It should be really fun.  I just hope the weather is decent as it's another open water swim.  I also looked over the course description they gave us and the bike/jog seems to be a mix of flat and hills.  It'll be interesting as I've never had to worry about hills while jogging before as all the past ones have been very flat. I'm looking forward to the challenge though.  It is roughly the same length as the last one I did, with a little more bike and a little less run, so my goal is to complete it in the same time or slightly faster. But as long as I finish I will be happy even if the hills do slow me down.

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For some reason pushing myself to exercise this week has been tough. I've been sleepy all the time, and I wanted to quit so bad during my bike ride yesterday. I only made it 30 minutes before I was ready to go home.  Not good as I have a race Saturday. I pushed through it and made my two hours, but it was tough. I then headed to the pool for my swim and got the 800 yards in that I needed to hit my full 1800.  It was chilly again this morning, but I did my swim anyways.  Managed my 1,000 yards but no more.  Last week I could swim 1500 in the same time.  I don't get it.  It doesn't feel like I'm swimming any different. I suppose it could just be the cold making me sleepy.  I'm going to talk to R after my lesson tomorrow to see if maybe changing up my routine will get me back on track.  I know my half Ironman isn't until April, but I want to be ready and that means I need to be training for it now. 

 

Looking forward to my triathlon this weekend. I'm still a bit nervous about it, but I suppose it's normal to have butterflies before each race. At least I've reached a stage where I know I can complete it, I now want to complete it a little quicker than the last one. Got to get out of this sleep funk to do so though. :P

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Yesterday was a very bad day.  The nerve pain in my face came back and I had to leave work to go to the doctor's office.  The pain stuck around for 3 1/2 or 4 hours before finally easing up and going away. They have put me on new medication and I've an MRI scheduled to see if they can figure out why it is acting up. Once the MRI is done I'll go see a nerve specialist in November. My biggest concern (once the pain went away) was if I'd still be able to do my triathlon this weekend.  The doctor said that I should be okay, but the the medicine makes you sleepy (just what I need as I'm already half asleep this week, :P ) so on Saturday instead of taking a morning and an evening pill I am to take them both at night. I hope that they are able to figure this out, because it's really freaking me out. I ended up stressed out from it and eating everything yesterday which meant my weigh in today was very bad.  I'm up several pounds to 298. :( I know that it's because I made very bad food choices. I've got to really focus on eating better.  I'm going to start on it right away and make it my main quest for next challenge. 

 

The good news: I got a pay raise, and they back dated it to July, so I am able to go ahead and pay for my bike in full. :) R's going to go over everything with me on it this weekend and then he'll start putting it together.  I'm really excited about this.  I'm looking forward to having this bike.  I will also admit, I've been thinking about what he had mentioned in passing about being able to get it painted and I am seriously considering it.  I mean I'm already paying a lot for this bike, why not go all out and make it completely mine.  He said that it will be one I can use for years provided I take care of it, so the money spent on the paint job won't go to waste.  I'm going to ask for information about getting it painted and find out what all they could do.

 

Today's swimming lesson was okay. My flippers have come in, and I'm not doing so well with them. Okay.  I admit it.  I'm doing horrible with them.  R finds it extremely amusing. I was telling him that for some reason I felt like I was swimming slower with them, so when we started out lesson he had me put them on and swim from one end of the pool to the other.  As I started across I heard muffled laughter.  When I made it back he told me to try again but to actually move my legs this time instead of just wiggling my feet.  :lol: Evidently when I wear them I get so focused on trying to make my feet move in them that I forget about the rest of my legs. We went over several drills today, some successfully, others not so much.  There were a few times that I didn't get what he was telling me to do as I got my drills mixed up.  At one point I was so confused I though he was trying to have me use a drill where you swim without moving either your arms or legs. Eventually we got everything sorted out and I managed to get things right. It's going to be interesting to see how things go tomorrow.

 

Tomorrow is the Hub City Hustle.  I'm looking forward to it.  I know I've had a rough week, but I'm still hoping that if I push myself I'll be able to equal or possible better my time. It's a 1/3 mile swim, 16.5 mile bike, and a 3 mile 'run'.  I've read the information about the course and it is an open swim, the bike portion has both hills and flat areas and will be open to some traffic, and the run will take part on the same trail as the bike where it begins, meaning it will also have hills and I'll have to keep an eye out for runners as I start my bike.  I know I'm slow, so there will e lots of people working on the run while I'm still on the bike. In fact, I'm so slow that R was joking the other day that if either of us forgets our shoes for a race we're both doing we could share as we have the same foot size and he'll be finished with the run while I'm finishing the swim and starting on the bike. :lol: I have to admit, I'm quite glad he and I have become friends instead of him just being my coach.  It's nice to be able to joke around with him so that I'm not worried as much about the race coming up. And his wife is really cool too, she's great about keeping track of everyone's races and sending us encouraging messages as they come up. :) It's awesome to have such great people supporting me.

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Sounds like you've been doing a LOT of training (and racing!) lately, which could explain the tiredness. If it keeps up, you might talk with your coach about scaling back for a week or two and let your body recover a bit before pushing it more.

I did a yoga workshop a few months ago and the person who was leading it does triathlons. At one point she said that she does yoga all year and weights during the off season for triathlons.

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Good luck on your tri from me, too!

 

I agree with Kaylya. I think it's time for an assessment of how hard you're pushing yourself. You don't want to hit the wall and go kersplat. I think the stress-induced eating is a sign of how hard your body's working right now. I'm busy working on listening to when my body needs to rest and rejuvenate, so I could be bringing that bias here. Anyway, awesome progress and best wishes!

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Hello all sorry I'm so late getting this posted, but it's been a busy few days! 

 

@Kaylya and Harihead - My trainer agrees with you and he's given me a pretty 'easy' week this week with orders that if I add anything to it, it should only be swimming. He's still got me doing lots this week, but not nearly as much as the last two weeks when I was getting ready for my race.  I think the stress eating had to do more with class and work though than with the exercise.  It was a chaotic week as I had midterm exams, a huge job decision to make, and was ill.  But this week is shaping up to be much better and I plan to make much better food choices.

 

Now, on to my triathlon!

 

I woke up at 3 am and grabbed my gear.  This time I had planned ahead and set everything out the night before.  It was so much easier to get ready. I still worry about my bike the whole ride, as I don't have much faith in my bike rack.  I know that I've secured it properly and I've never had any accidents with it, but I still spent the whole drive to Mississippi worrying my bike was going to fall off the back! 

 

I arrived around 6 am, and had no trouble finding the place.  However, even though they called it a subdivision it was really more of fields with a few houses. It so so beautiful. I love the country side. :) We parked in a field near the rode we would be racing on, and when I went to get my bike out I stepped in a huge hole, but managed to catch myself without getting hurt.  (It was still dark so I didn't see it, when the sun finally rose I saw there was a marker there warning about it, :lol: ) I brought my bike to the sign in area, then realized I had left my license in the car, so I had to go back to get it. Then back to the sign in table.  Picked up my swag bag and t-shirt.  I have to admit, these shirts are my favorite triathlon shirts I've gotten. The front just says swim, bike run, with the date and a set of stripes running down the front, then the back has the Hub City Hustle logo and sponsors. And it's really comfortable. I wish I had taken a photo of it. They also gave us a gel sample and an anti-rub-burn lotion one that I forget the name of. I didn't want to try anything new the day of the race, so I left them in the bag for later. I then brought my bike into the transition area and set it all up.  They had the rows labeled, and you just put your bike anywhere on your rack.  As things got crowded later this made it a bit chaotic.  I was better prepared this time and had worn different clothing over my swim suit so that I was able to set up my bike/run things ahead of time.  Same with shoes. Once my transition area was set up, I got marked with my numbers.  Because it was chilly out they were letting people wear wet-suits, and as a result they also wrote our numbers on the backs of our hands. 

 

Photos of the lake and transition area

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Now I had about an hour to kill before the race started.  I spent it talking to the people around me.  This was the first triathlon for lots of people in this area.  The organizers had arranged everyone's number according to how many triathlons they had completed and how long they thought the swim would take, so i was in the three or less triathlon group, although we did have several late registration people with us. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was actually able to help a few people out because I knew more than they did.  It was an awesome feeling. :D We all chatted and managed to calm each other down as most of us were nervous.  Then when transition closed we all had to walk along the levee to the far side of the lake where the swim would begin.

 

At the lake we lined up according to our numbers. It took a while to get everyone sorted, but eventually we all figured out where we were supposed to be.  At 8 am all the really fast people were allowed to enter the lake at the same time as they were competing for first place.  Then the rest of us entered the water one at a time at five second intervals.  Even though we entered one at a time the line still moved very quickly.  I was number 246 and entered the lake at 8:16. The water was chilly, but actually felt warmer than the cold air we had been standing in.  For the first little while you could run, then when you reached the first buoy you flopped down and began to swim.  The water was very dark and muddy, but that's to be expected in a lake. It was a little chaotic, and I was hit once and accidentally kicked the person behind me, but we eventually spread out enough that it calmed down.  As I'm not a fast swimmer I was soon left behind by everyone else, but I chose to view this as more lifeguards for me should I mess up. :P I was the last to exit the water, although there were one or two people who elected not to go further. I spoke with one later and she said her back started acting up and she couldn't finish.  Had to be a big disappointment to have finished the swim and realize you couldn't do more. :( But she's cool with it as her back is fine now and she's doing a half ironman this coming weekend.

 

Anyways, back to the race.  After the swim we had to run up a pretty steep hill to transition.  I assumed I'd be the only bike there, but I was wrong, there were actually a few people getting started. They all beat me out of the area, but I still did pretty well with my time. :) Leaving transition there was a really steep downhill slope with a sharp curve that made me very glad the race ended in a different direction. I doubt I'd have been able to make it up that hill! The first mile or so was nice.  A few hills that gave me trouble, and I did have to walk my bike once, but I was doing pretty good.  Then at about mile two I met the first racer coming back. There was a curve on to a different road, and the pavement changed from smooth to rough.  We were both swinging wide to round the curve and for a second I was sure we'd collide, but he turned sharper than I expected.  I did slide a bit changing to the other pavement, and almost crashed myself, but I managed to keep the bike up right.  At mile three I noticed I had a problem.  My tire was loosing air. I though it had gone completely flat but was told later that it was just really really low.  Anyways, I had to make a decision, keep going on a flat even though it would be really tough or give up and walk back while I wasn't too far away.  Naturally I decided to keep going.  The next few miles were very rough.  A race official stopped by to see how everything was going and I told him about the flat.  he said I was the third one so far and that he'd send the truck out for me.  I told him that I wanted to keep going and he explained that I still had many miles to go.  I kept going.  Eventually I reached a volunteer marking a turn and asked if he had an air pump, but no luck.  He told me that I still had about 10 miles to go, and offered to call the truck.  Again I refused and kept going.  After what felt like a year, I reached the half way point where another volunteer and the ambulance were waiting for me.  I asked again about an air pump, and amazingly this volunteer had one! Yay! But it didn't fit my tires...noooooooo!!!! :( So I had to keep going on my flat.  By this time I was crying (I cry under stress) and seriously considered just giving up, I told myself that I had gone so far, and giving up wouldn't be that big of a deal, there would be more races.  But I'm really stubborn and I kept going.  A mile or so later the volunteer from earlier caught up with me, and told me that there was a time limit on the race and that I needed to give up.  I told him I didn't want to quit, and he agreed that as long as I stayed on the bike I could keep going.  So I did.  It was very difficult as this meant I couldn't get off to push the bike up hills.  Another volunteer caught up with me, and told me that he was going to stick with me for the rest of the bike.  He offered to let me put the bike in his truck and just walk the remainder if I was determined to do so, but I didn't want to as to me that would have still felt like giving up. So I kept going. It was tough.  He told me to go ahead and walk the bike up hills if I needed to and to take as much time as I needed. He got a photo of me riding. It took around two hours, but I eventually reached transition. By this time I was an hour behind the last person. (Who actually finished two minutes after I started my run. :lol: )

 

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I was afraid that they wouldn't allow me to finish the race, so I staggered as quickly as I could to the transition mark.  I was determined to finish this. Later, I found out that they would have waited for me no matter what, the timing people said that they don't mind the wait and the organizers was so happy to see me keeping going that they didn't mind either.) The run followed the same path as the bike for a bit, then took a sharp turn down a different path.  One of the volunteers walked with me for a while to make sure I made it to the water station.  It was very nice of him.  His daughter competed today too. :) After the water station I felt good enough to attempt a jog, and even though I was still slow it felt good to do so.  A neighborhood dog joined me for about half a mile till I reached the next turn.  Now I was headed back out on the highway. The ambulance was waiting for me again, and they told me to run in front of them so they could keep traffic away from me.  Many people were leaving by this time, so as I ran they passed and yelled for me to keep going.  it was good.  Each time I felt like slowing down a car would pass telling me I could do this and I'd managed to jog again.  After what felt like ages I reached the parking area where a few people were waiting for me.  A couple of them walked with me as by this time I felt to tired to run.  Again, the support was so amazing.  There are so many people out there who just want to see people finish. Eventually I reached the last turn and saw the finish line.  I pulled together the last of my energy and manged a half jog to the finish line.  It felt great.  It had taken me 3 hours and 24 minutes to complete, but I finished.  

 

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Once across the line I was given a chair and some water where I promptly collapsed until I felt a little better. This is when I found out that they would have waited for me to finish no matter how long it took. I talked with some of the race officials, and the time keeper, other racers, and the ambulance drivers while I got my breath back.  It was nice.  I was so happy to be done, but felt so great even though I was tired.  Crossing that line just feels so amazing each time.  After a while I managed to pull myself together, load up my things and head home.  I texted my trainer and told he that he needs to teach me how to air and change a tire, so we'll be going over that soon.  Each race teaches me something new, and this lesson clearly had two points, learn how to air up tires, and don't quit no matter how much you want to. :)

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So Yesterday was pretty chaotic, and today is shaping up to be the same. Too much to do.  Woke up yesterday and headed to RPM class first thing.  Managed to get the bike adjusted correctly, so even though the class was tough (I honestly think it was tougher than completing the triathlon with a flat tire) I didn't leave in pain like I did the time before.  I'm still sore, but not ready to swear never to go again. Made it home and went to grab my wallet when I realized it was missing. Thought about it and realized I hadn't brought it to the gym with me.  Searched the house.  No luck.  Searched the car. No luck. Spent ages looking.  Texted my friend that runs the D&D game to see if I had left it at her house when I left Sunday night.  No response as she wasn't up yet.  Searched the house again. Emailed my bosses saying I'd likely be late for work as I couldn't find it.  When looking up email addresses I saw on my calender that I had to drop Noodle off at the vet. Decided that even though I shouldn't I'd drive him to the vet anyways, then come home to look for the wallet again. When I got back home from dropping him off I finally found my wallet. By now I was late for work, so I headed straight there and managed to arrive only an hour late. So glad I didn't have to spend the day at the DMV, instead I got to spend it in meetings at work, :lol: . Yesterday evening was awesome though.  Spent it texting with R, and we got all my bike stuff together, yay! I'm dropping off a check to pay for everything Wednesday, and then once all the parts he had to order arrives he'll build my bike for me.  :D It's going to have blue tires, which I think is pretty cool. :) We debated the pedals that hook to your shoes for a while, and I have agreed to try them eventually, but only on the condition that until I am used to all the other changes on the bike I get to use the same pedals I'm using now. It's going to be different handlebars, different seat, and I have to learn changing gears.  I'm simply not willing to add learning to clip in and out of pedals to that at the same time no matter that he says it is easy.  The good thing about the shoes/pedals he want me to get though is that he's planning to get me ones that will work with the exercise bikes the gym has so that I can use the same shoes for that. (The spin bikes are set up so one side is flat and the other is for cycling shoes.) I'm looking forward to getting my bike. I can't wait to get it and start using it. 

 

Today is shaping up to be equally crazy. I started my day off with strength training, so my arms are a little sore from the cable machines R had me use.  Also I have a huge bruise on one arm that I have no clue how I got.  I have three meetings at work today, then when I get home I have a midterm and a group project due. Plus rowing class.  I don't want to miss rowing, but my class work is more important to me.  I'm hoping I can get everything I need to do done at work today so I can still make rowing.  And I have to pick Noodle up from the vet. Shaping up to be a crazy day today.

 

The rest of the week should be okay.  Tomorrow I have to do a two hour bike ride and a 2,000 yard swim.  I prefer to bike outside, but as I've not yet aired up my bike tire I'll have to do it at the gym.  Plus I have to stop by R's to pay for the bike and I've two more group assignments I have to start for class. Thursday is doctor appointments in the morning, and an hour and a half walk.  Friday is my lesson with R and a new project I'm starting on at work. Saturday I have more strength training (legs this time), a 30 mile bike ride, and an hour and a half walk.  Ironically, I'm not dreading the 30 mile bike ride. I'm hoping that I'll have my tires aired up by then and be able to do it outside. A few weeks ago I would have swore that a 30 mile bike ride would kill me.  Then Sunday I will finally get to rest a bit. It's going to be a busy week. 

 

I've been thinking about next challenge and have my ideas for what I'm going to focus on. This challenge my eating habits were horrible, so next challenge I will focus on what I eat.  For my first quest - I've been reading several diet (meaning lifestyle eating) books and will decide to pick one to follow for the six weeks of the challenge. After the six weeks if it doesn't seem to be working for me I will try something different.  My second quest is that I will log my food. I haven't been doing so for this challenge and I've eaten more than I intended many days and completely unhealthy on other days.  When I logged my food I will admit, there were some days that I said hey I've got 300 calories for supper I'm going to have ice-cream instead of healthy food, but at least I didn't have both supper and the ice-cream. I'll admit, I don't like having to log my food, but it's something that looking back did help me in the first challenge. I may also make myself post my food log.  Going to think about that. For my third quest - I'm going to follow my trainers plan.  I have a bad habit of adding in extra stuff like triathlons and classes that he didn't have on my schedule, and as a result I've over loaded myself.  Between all the exercise, work, and class, I had way too much going on.  If I have a day where I feel I have to do something extra, I will allow myself to swim.  If I see a race I really want to enter I'll talk to R first and see if it fits with the plan he has for me.  Now, that being said, I've already signed up for three walk/runs next month. November 1st I have a 10 mile, the 9th I have a 5K, and the 16th I have a half marathon. I'm going to tell him about these so he'll know to put them in my plan ahead of time.  For my life challenge, I'll be repeating the same quest from my last two challenge, to put $1,000 in savings and keep it there.  Last challenge I took the money out to pay for camp, this challenge I took it out to pay for my new bike, next challenge I'm going to put it there and leave it there. It's something I really need to do. 

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Goodness, I am shocked you haven't keeled over in exhaustion!!!  Adding my voice to others' - get some rest, dear!

 

A diet quest seems like a great plan.  In some ways, it's the most important thing you can do to assist your body in transforming into a strong tri-speedy machine!!!!!  I used to hate logging, but 6 months into it, it feels so natural that I don't think about it anymore.  Like any other habit, it just takes time to become second nature/not annoying.  I do hope you stick with it!  The results can be awesome. ^_^

 

I have such a hard time saving money, so I feel you on the life quest, sister!!!!!!  I'm tackling finances somewhat with this challenge's life quest and I've noticed there's definitely more in my accounts than usual....

 

Good luck with week 6 insanity, I know you can finish strong!

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I just read the write up on your tri - YOU ARE AMAZING AND AN INSPIRATION!!!  If my bike had a flat like that I would have given up, but you kept going. Whether you mean to or not, you inspire a lot of people and teach them a lesson about not giving up.  Hats off to you, my friend!   :triumphant:

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Congratulations on triumphing over your triathlon obstacles! (I got a flat once: not fun! :P)

 

And especially on all the amazing work you did/are doing to prepare for it -- and all those other races you have queued up! (A Half Ironman! Wow!)

 

It sounds like you have a great plan for next challenge, too: particularly working with your trainer to make sure the races, etc. that you're motivated by are accounted for in your training plan, which sounds (to say the least) INTENSE anyway.

 

And food logging really can be super-helpful: I stopped for the summer and will therefore be focusing MY next challenge on getting back to that/dealing with the consequences of that :P (Now that I'm feeling motivated enough to challenge myself again :))

 

I look forward to pictures of your new bike! It sounds AWESOME!

 

Great, great work.

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Getting some rest is one of the reasons I'm going with a diet quest next round.  By making myself limit my exercise more I think it'll help me get balance back into things.  Also, I'm fairly certain that what I'm eating has a lot to do with how tired I'm feeling.  I think that by eating a healthier diet I'll have more energy and not be so tempted to go back to the sodas.   :)

 

I have the frame for my bike, and R sent me a photo of what the tires will look like, so I have a basic idea of how it will look, but I want to bad to see it finished. I'll post photos once it's done. He says that once he orders the parts they should arrive fairly quickly, then he'll have to build it.  He claims that it'll only take him a few hours to have it all put together once he gets everything, so it's possible, that maybe if the parts are delivered quickly and he has time to work on it soon that I'll have it in just a couple of weeks. :) It's going to be very blue.  It's a blue frame, and blue tires, and he's using blue tape for the handlebars. (He said something about you have to put tape on them for a better grip?)

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