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I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Little Q&A

So, the three questions I've been getting asked the most recently are:

1.) So, what race is next Lil Miss Ironman??? (they usually don't call me Lil Miss Ironman, but I've kinda taken a liking to the moniker)

2.) Now that Ironman is over, are you two EVER going to have kids??

3.) Does your husband have a brother and is he single??

First of all, my husband does have a brother who is an Attorney. (Yeah, one brother is a Doc and another is a Lawyer. Christmas dinners are real fun in their household! At least Mom and Dad are proud.) He's also happily married to an amazing woman and lives in Orange County, CA. Sorry Ladies...

As for the kid question, who the heck knows?! (But thanks for your concern and pressure) We've only been married a year! Can't we at least have our first fight?? :-) Ultimately, it's out of our control right? Plus, I have extreme faith that what's meant to be will be. I wish I could wave a magic wand or see into the future, but I can't! In the meantime, I will continue to work, exercise, train and travel the world like every day is my last. Believe me, my hubster and I don't train to avoid the issue. We train to make ourselves happier and healthier people, which will only make us better parents. Don't worry, I promise to put as much effort into children as I do my fitness regime! Besides, we're both Catholic. Isn't it a law or something to have kids?!? (so is confession, but who's counting?)

In the meantime, I woke up last week and asked myself the same question that everyone else is asking.

"What's next?!" (Lil Miss Ironman)

I'm in that weird phase of being so relieved that the intense MANDATORY training is over, but also not wanting to lose all of the fitness gains I've made over the last few months. I'm anxious to focus on running again, but I also don't want to lose the progress I made in both swimming and cycling. What's a girl to do?! Find a race, of course!

Shawn and I both signed up for the June 29th Buffalo Springs 70.3 Half-Ironman in Lubbock!! I'm so excited to be able to do this race with him because it's such a great bonding experience. Our weekdays are hectic, but we get to run and cycle together on weekends now. These hours are so valuable and are much better spent on the roads than in front of a TV or our laptops.

In addition, we're also looking at a few smaller tris throughout the summer: Lake Pflugerville in mid-June, Couples Triathlon in July, Marble Falls Tri in July, The Austin Tri in September and the Longhorn 70.3 in October. I'm also looking for a Fall/Winter Marathon because my goal is to hit the 3:20 mark someday.

I headed back to full workouts this week and it felt good knowing that I was doing it more for maintenance than anything else.

Monday: Gazelles Wilke Hill Repeats (5 forward, 3 Sprints, 3 Backwards). This is always very humbling. I felt like I had never climbed a hill in my life! Nothing like coming back to Gazelles with the hardest and most dreaded workout of the bunch!

Here's the M/W Morning Crew at Wilke

And we're off! That chick in the red hat "pretending" to sprint is me

Tuesday: AM T3 Swim workout and PM Core/Indoor Cycling. It felt great to spin the legs and get back in the pool!

Wednesday: Gazelles 800 meter Track Workout, including a mile warmup and cool down (6 repeats: 3:33, 3:23, 3:23, 3:23, 3:23, 3:18). All were very much in my comfort range and I certainly had gas for more. It's just not necessary in this phase of training. I'm happy to realize that I haven't lost any running fitness.

Thursday: AM Indoor Cycling with Maurice. It was a toughie, but good to get the cobwebs out! Lots of short heavy/gear intervals

This weekend: Friday Open Water Swim, Saturday 14-Mile Run, Sunday AM Swim and bike ride

The other thing that's next for us?? TRAVEL!

We're hitting Italy for two weeks in May and other trips this year include California, Hawaii and somewhere warm near Christmas.

So, don't worry. I'll find ways to fill my days :-)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Ironman! How the heck do you stay injury free??

cindy said...

Hey...I'm doing Buffalo Springs, too! It will be my first 70.3. I'm sure you will be finished, showered, and enjoying lunch by the time I cross the finish line...hehe.

I really wanted to do the Longhorn 70.3, but both our boys play HS football so Oct. is pretty busy for us.

We love Austin!! I did a Danskin sprint tri there at Decker Lake last year. The hubby and I live in Albuquerque, but are both originally from Texas. His folks live in Kerrville.

Have fun with your new goals and traveling :)

ShirleyPerly said...

Never a dull moment! Great that you and Shawn will get to be training together some. My relationship with my husband improved dramatically when we started enjoying bike rides together. Ooh, a 3:20 marathon sounds good to me. I have yet to break 3:25, though ...

Viv said...

The 70.3 will be awesome with the hubby. Sounds like fun training time. What a better partner, right? I am thinking of volunteering or something or just go spectate.

J. Garry Power said...

Nothing like jumping right back into it! Pretty impressive workouts.
It must be fun to have your training partner be your partner. Enjoy your travels and good luck in Buffalo Springs.

triguyjt said...

i am catholic and i remember a couple months into our marriage i was wondering why the bride wasn't preggers yet?? as it stands we just had the kids real quick.
daughter was born 2 weeks before our first anniversary...
we sometimes think how things would have been if we waited a few years..but hey, once your skip the rock, it doesnt return to your hand....

i figured you would jump back in full bore.... enjoy italy...
watch those over zealous gents in naples...

michelle said...

I know jealousy is not a good thing, but I AM!!! :) You guys have put together an incredible life and you couldn't be nicer people if you tried! You deserve all the good the world has to offer!

WADDLER26.2 said...

Just keep doing what you are doing. Everything always falls in to place. Most importantly-live every day like it's your last.

Kathy said...

Sometimes I think I'm glad that I had kids before I got into Tri's, otherwise I might have struggled to "get around to it"

Sounds like you have some great plans going on - ENJOY!

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