Friday, April 25, 2014

It's almost show time

... and by showtime I mean raceday

I still here writing his and it is just about 36 hours until I get into that water to start the 1500 meter swim for St. Anthony's Triathlon.  

So many thoughts are going through my mind right now I don't really know where to start nor am I going to put them out here.  My anxiety is elevated but I do know however long it takes me to finish.. I will finish.. Unless there is a flat tire then I really do not know what I am going to do, besides cry.

So here are my goals

1.  Finish
2.  Not die
3.  Be able to function on Monday :)

Ok, so here are my other goals.


I want to make it out of the water and not be the last one out.  I have never done a tri before so I ideally have no idea how long it is going to take.  1500 meters, can I be out in 45 minutes?  I hope so.  

The Bike

Not fall or break the bike.
The Bike is 40k which is about 25 miles.  I am not a strong biker (yet) so I am hoping to finish under two hours.  There are turn on the course and well, knowing me, I will fully unclip for those and slow down.  Better safe than sorry in my book.

The Run

I am looking forward to this run.  I am looking forward to being done with the swim and bike and just going.  The temperate has been on the rise for the last few days and by the time I am ready to run it will probably close to 11:30?  My original goal was sub 11 min miles but with the temps being close to 90, I really don't know what will happen.  I will still strive for that goal..

so Final goal.. Finish around 4 hours.

And there you go ladies and gents, my very high goals for my first triathlon.

Also, thank you to everyone who has donated and supported me along the way.  This was NOT an individual effort.

What are your tips for my first tri?
How much am I completely forgetting?

Thursday, April 24, 2014



Too Inspired By What's Transpired.

This is Michelle.
Picture from facebook 

Michelle is a local runner (Tampa) who just completed her first marathon in February.  On March 14, 2014 she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The prescribed 42 days of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments started on April 16th. During the week between brain surgeries Michelle realized that there was only one way to face this challenge and it is the same way she has approached her life: with a positive and selfless attitude focused on using her experiences to help others.  Just one of the many ways she inspires and is a FIGHTER is by providing daily insights and inspirations throughout this journey @ 

Michelle is part of the running group I joined a few years ago when I was training for the NYC Marathon (the first time) .  The group of people I have met through this organization are remarkable.    Her husband Ryan created a Miles for Moffitt team for the Miles for Moffitt race here in Tampa on May 10th.  Anyone can join to show support for the fight and I encourage you to do so and if you can't, feel free to make a donation. They have banned together to try and make the largest group and raise the most amount of money as a team.  There are distances for everyone to join.  8k, 5k, and a fun 1 mile!!!  I already signed Behn up for this race because I committed to another team previously (#TeamJudy for Steph's Mom).  We are excited to do the 8k this year.  

They are also selling shirts, news channel 8 will be there featuring Michelle before the race.  Gaspars grotto in Ybor is sponsoring the after party.  (They pulled out all the stops)

Barre Fitness-Friday, May 2- all classes will be donations classes only IF you will BE the change! If you attend class this day and decide to donate a minimum of $20, your account will be credited a free class! Donations will go to Michelle Boyd DeJong John's location will donate 20% of total sales between 3-9 tomorrow, April 25 for the Miles For Moffitt team.  (Downtown Tampa)

Team Webpage to sign up here