Monday, November 20, 2017
As I said in yesterday's blog post; I made this list. Yesterday I blogged about my favorite professional triathlete. Today's blog post gets more into the "who" that made me think about doing triathlon back what seems like ages ago. I have two triathlon idols. This first one is no one other than...
Sunday, November 19, 2017
I decided to make a list some time ago of my favorite professional triathletes. When it came down to it; of all of them, I only have one. Can anyone guess who it is? I know such a hard question; LOL! The truth is my all time favorite professional triathlete out on the circuit right now is...
Friday, November 17, 2017
After a good and bad week of swims with L4 Swimming Masters; I had a GREAT swim today. My third swim of the week is always from my triathlon coach. I was concerned that today my body was still recovering and still be shot from Tuesdays L4 Swimming workout where I swam almost 1300 yards of butterfly at practice. Last night at masters I felt defeated only doing 2000 slow yards at a slower pace than normal. I was worried to day my mid distance swim from Heather would be the same.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
So ever since I hired Heather to be my triathlon coach back in October; I've been using the hashtag #coachable. Maybe I think to much about things but I really like being coached; especially by Heather. Getting up every morning; it's great to see workouts in TrainingPeaks that I must accomplish at some point. Especially right now; it keeps me accountable and keeps me from being lazy in the offseason. Though I decided to just go short next season with traithlon; I have some HUGE GOALS to get done. I'll share those goals after I talk about them with Heather; but I do have some in the making already. I like the variety in my so called Heather workouts I get for the week; which include Tuesday runs, Wednesday bikes, Friday swims, Saturday bikes, and Sunday bikes and runs. I have to say as much as I complain about the Friday swim workout sometimes; I do enjoy that one the most once I'm done. I also just like having Heather in my life to be brutally 100% honest. Even though I've only known her for a few months now; she's able to understand that sometimes I have tough days and my workouts may not get done all the way as planned. We've talked about this more than once but she's happy that I'm making it through on tough days. It's good to have her support; it's something I haven't always gotten when I've been coached. I'm committed to being coached by Heather through October of 2018 but something tells me this is just the start of an awesome journey (and a blooming friendship) with Heather.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Which I need to remember. A good swimming friend of mine, Sarah, suggested I share my story with the Triumph Project (because she shared her story and was featured a few weeks before me). Jeff Fairbanks; uses the the Triumph Project to have triathletes share their stories to help inspire him and other triathletes. My story was featured last week as the Weekly Rockstar.
I was diagnosed with depression during my senior year of high school in 2002. I didn’t find the sport of triathlon until the start of 2004 when I was sophomore in college at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas due to the fact that I grew up as a competitive swimmer. Before triathlons came into my life I didn’t have a good medicine to rely on except the medicines I was taking that my psychiatrist prescribed. The medicines kept me stable but I didn’t have anything that made me happy and brought me joy. For the first several years as a triathlete, I didn’t realize what a big impact the sport had on me or on keeping my depression at a stable level. The summer of 2008 was very tough. I had several intentions of taking my life and one very bad attempt that could have accomplished what I was trying to do. I was in the Dallas, Texas area at the time but my family was in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC where I had grown up. After the suicidal intentions and that one attempt I had to pack my bags and all my stuff to move home to be closer to my family that fall. The day after I got back to Maryland I went to seek out a therapist (psychologist) to talk to on a daily basis. The first therapist I went to see started asking me about what brings me happiness in life. Right there and then I told her all about triathlons and my time in sport and the accomplishments I have so far achieved. She was the one that told me the sport of triathlon has definitely helped save and shape my life as well as becoming my best therapy and medicine. Through the years, I have gone through so much tough stuff- like losing my mom in an accidental fall to losing some part-time jobs to finding what I am meant to do in my life. The sport of triathlon has given me a reason to believe I have achieved something great and worthwhile. Even if it’s hard to get in the pool with my masters swim team, get on the bike to do a training ride, or even lace up the shoes for a long run- once I get started and get moving I feel so much better. I don’t know if it’s the endorphins or just the fact that I’m in the moment that helps me. I can truly say, I have achieved greatness in the sport. Over thirteen years I have completed dozens of Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, eight Half Irons, and three Full Iron distance triathlons. Also, I can’t forget to mention, NINETEEN marathon finishes since 2011! If that doesn’t say much, I don’t know what does. My therapist is sure correct; triathlon is the my BEST medicine and therapy for keeping my depression from spiraling down to rock bottom. It keeps me going and I am grateful and thankful for it.When things get bad and life seems tough; I need to read this and remember this.
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Friday, November 3, 2017
HERevolution Team for the 2018 Running and Triathlon season. I am very excited about this opportunity. I've seen the brand but have not worn it but I believe highly in what HERevoltion is all about (at least in my words). With the sport of triathlon and running evolving so much since I started back in 2004; its great to see so many brands that are catered just toward women. The colors and designs look fun and exciting. I can't say so much now bu I'm honored to be part of a team where us women support each others endeavors that makes all of us feel good. More to come as I find out more about this amazing team.