Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I made a last minute decision yesterday during my second 3 mile run of the week and decided to sign up for a 22 mile no-drop ride today with complete strangers. I had heard about these types of rides before and was hoping that I could get someone to go with me. No luck there... a 22 mile bike ride isn't on most people's to do list so I packed my bike and my extra workout gear into the truck and made my way to AJ's Cyclery. I was nervous at first but once the other riders began to show up I felt instantly at ease. I was talking with other people who I consider to be athletes. They have been riding for many years and have some pretty impressive athletic abilities. After talking to them for a while I started to share a little bit about myself and the triathlon training groups I am leading for beginners. There were many people who looked at me like I was the big shot and people began seeking my advice. Before I knew it I had two people eager to join my training group and wanting to compete with me in upcoming events. It felt great... but I was still pretty nervous about the long ride on a hilly road during rush hour traffic.We headed out on Parmer and I had a few moments where I felt like a kid riding my bike for the first time. I soon fell into the rhythm with the other more seasoned cyclists and began to appreciate the abilities God has given me.
I ended up getting a screw in my tire a mear 4 miles into my ride... but I was able to overcome that obstacle thanks to some help from my new cycle buddies. I patched up my tire and began making my way back to the shop for a real repair when I realized I was riding alone and I was kicking but. I got back to the shop at which point I realized "I'm a real athlete!" I instantly thought of the conversation between Pinocchio and Geppetto about becoming a real boy. I have been working hard for a long time to help not only myself but others reach their fitness goals and it is finally paying off. I can hang with the big dogs and can take care of business on my own as well. I decided it was time to go all or nothing and really commit to this lifestyle. I asked the bike mechanic to spruce up my tri bike, throw on some new clip less pedals and bought some new tri-bike specific shoes. I am so excited to continue my training and continue to be a REAL ATHLETE!!!
I am not sure why it took me so long to realize that you don't have to play on a team or have to have won anything to be considered an athlete. The dedication to improving yourself and to motivating others is what really makes you an athlete. Winning something now and then wouldn't be too bad, but that will come in when the time is right. For now I feel like a winner just making it to where I have.
Side Note/ Shout Out- On a regular basis I hear the Sparrow/Meyer team shouting out inspiring words. "Get it Goodman" and "Yeah Goodstuff... You've got this!"
That inspiration sticks with me even though I haven't actually heard your beautiful voices in many months.
The high fives, constant motivation, and the amazingly motivating pictures from the Raines family also stay fresh in my mind. I would never have signed up for a Triathlon if it weren't for the invitation from you Suzie and the continued support from you and Cosmo.
I wouldn't be where I am today without these two amazing couples and I thank you with all my heart!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The last few years I have been learning more about proper nutrition for daily living and have been researching the proper nutrition for different physical training plans. I am learning so much about the types of foods that your body needs, the specific benefits of certain foods, and the importance of having less processed foods in your diet. I am excited to get the opportunity to share what I have learned so far with my friends and family and look forward to dedicating more time to further my education on this subject!
Here are a few links to some pretty interesting articles about the power of a few of my favorite foods! Check them out and tell me what you think... or share some of your favorite healthy foods.
Cayenne Pepper- I am a true Texan that loves to add this spice to any dish.
Avocado.. AKA the Alphabet Fruit... There are so many nutrients in this fruit it is amazing!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I am very happy that I was able to complete a race 11 months in a row and that I was able to increase both my skills and my love for fitness. I found out the hard way (like I always do) that running shorter distances now and then was far better than doing nothing at all, but that it takes much more dedication and training to be able to reach the 13 mile marker!
This year I am not focusing on the number of races I compete in or a specific distance , but increasing my overall fitness level and working towards being a healthier happier me!
I will still be encouraging all of you to join me for workouts, and would love to have your continued support!
Cap10k- Last year I got SMOKED by a good friend at this event and although I am not competitive with other people that experience did show me that I could do better if I just had the same amount of heart and dedication that she did! My goal is to complete this race with an average of 10min mile pace... which is actually pretty fast for me! I am also SOOO excited to have both co-workers and close friends training with me for this race. Check out the Motion Round Ups (Provided by Medicine In Motion)that I am leading with co-workers each weekend to get prepared !
May- The Rookie Triathlon
This was my first TRI and I Loved it. I will be competing in this again.. but I have yet to begin my biking and swim training. I better get on it. I also hope to find another Mother Daughter race in either this month or May. I am so fortunate that I have such a supportive and dedicated mother and really love this fairly new tradition!
Monday, May 9, 2011
My parents came into town this past weekend so I took a break from training. A few years ago my Mom and I started a tradition to have a mothers day/birthday getaway. We started out doing a race together each year on mother's day weekend, but this year we just couldn't find one that worked. Dad bought us tickets to see Lucinda Williams for our special weekend, so we set a date for our mother daughter race in June! The concert was AMAZING, and we had a great weekend hanging out with Mom and Dad.
I started my intense training for the Danskin Triathlon today. I am excited.... but I wish I had more time in the day to train. For the next month I will either be doing two a day workouts or brick training. I did learn today that the swim is only 1/2 mile... and I am VERY happy about that. For some reason I was thinking the swim was going to be a full mile.
I am looking forward to taking off early on my birthday so I can do a ride on the actual race course... hopefully there wont be too much traffic!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Unlike the first two days of beautiful weather Saturday was filled with heavy rain and strong winds. I was a little bummed because Saturday was also my race day, but it turned out that the rain slowed just enough for us to still be able to compete safely. I had originally thought the race was going to have around 200 competitors... when in actuality there were 50 people that registered and only about 20 that showed up on race day. I was cracking myself up during the beginning of the race thinking to myself what I might post on face book after the race. Something along the lines of “Coming in last might be hard… but someone’s got to do it” was on the top of the list. Much to my surprise I was able to run the entire race even though the so called “rolling hills” were more like mountains to me. Somewhere during mile 3 I realized that there were still a few people that were behind me! I was able to finish the race in 43 minutes putting me at 10.75 minute miles. With all the elements and the major hills I am very pleased with that time! I came in 2nd place in my age group…out of the 2 people in my age group J but I still won a trophy!
Sunday we took a tour of Alta Vista and Gretna. I LOVED LOVED LOVED seeing my Aunt Shirley and my cousins… some of whom I have only heard about. Aunt Shirley lives on a farm and my cousins live close by on many acres of beautiful land. I got the tour and history lesson of the land they have lived on and worked for many years. Uncle Wesley showed me the town where my dad grew up and most importantly the YMCA where he still works out at on a regular basis. I met my second cousin who is also named Lindsay Marie, her husband Matt (so strange that they are the 3rd Lindsay and Matt in our family) and their precious baby boy Luke! Being here with all my family in such a warm and loving place sure makes me think about adding to my own family ;) I want the farm house to go with it though…. So I might have to wait a little bit longer before Matt and I can afford that!
The only things I missed this trip were the wonderful men in my life. I sure wish my husband, dad, and papaw could have been here on this trip. I can appreciate so much more this trip vs. the last time I came to Virginia. I didn’t have the opportunity to know my grandpa, but he sure sounded like a good man that would have had so much fun with his grand baby girls!
Monday, March 28, 2011
This was my favorite sign. Somehow it motivated me!
I was right behind that guy at some point during the race. He passed me and I was instantly angry that some Aggie was kicking my butt!
I was able to keep a steady pace of 10 min miles for the first 3 miles... but every mile after that was a little slower. Towards the end of the 6th mile I was hurting, but I was happy to see Susan wiz by be and give me a bit of encouragement that gave me the ability to keep pushing to the end. 1 hour and 8 minutes was my finish time making my average mile right at 11 minutes. I am pretty pleased with this time since I havent run more than 5 miles since December and there were some pretty killer hills that I had to walk the last time I did this race.
This is by far my favorite race of the year. Austin is full of crazy fun loving people and this is one of the many opportunitues I had to join in on the fun. Maybe next year I will enter the costume contest!
For more pictures of race day visit http://galleries.statesman.com/gallery/2011-capitol-10000-032711/#162888
UP NEXT..... VIRGINIA!!!!!!!
I am extatic that I only have 3 weeks until my next race in Virginia! I leave for Lynchburg on Thursday April 14th and my race is Sat. the 16th. My mom and sister will be joining me on this trip and we will also be celebrating my grandmother's and my sister's birthday. This race is sure to be the most important race for me this year because I get to share it with with the most amazing women! It will be the female portion of the Goodkernsmcbuttholer reunion.. HAHA only a small few of you may get that... but the rest of you will at least find it funny to read!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
My race for February went great. I made a last minute change because the couples race was more expensive and it conflicted with the Hyde wedding. I ended up choosing the Run For the Bluebonnets in Bastrop, Tx. It was a 5k and I was able to finish a little faster than the 5k I ran in January! I shaved about 30 seconds off each mile. Such a small improvement, but it made me happy!
I am now preparing for the CAP10K at the end of this month. I have not been running more than 2-3 miles at a time.... so this one is going to be a challenge. I am working on my speed and my distance this month so I am looking into Fartlek Training Drills and hoping the weather stays nice so I can get motivated to run farther distances! If anyone has any tips, or wants to join me for a run sometime soon let me know!
I have also finalized my plans for April. I booked my plane ticket to Virginia and registered for the HCM Smith Mountain Lake 4 Miler! I am very excited about this race and the trip with my family. I think my sister is going to join me for this race so we both better start working on hill training :) I suck at hills!
I am still looking for a Mother Daughter race in May. My Dad bought tickets to see Lucinda Williams in concert mothers day weekend so our plans will have to be made around that!
Matt and I had dinner with the Jacks last weekend and Danielle has put an idea in my mind that is very exciting. I wanted to run the Marine Corp Historic Half Marathon in May this year... but it is in Virginia and I can't afford two trips to VA that close together. Danielle wants to run the Marine Corp Full Marathon in October. It is also in Virginia... so I would have to save up and really jump start my training. Maybe I will save this one for next year:)