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Austin, Texas, United States
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

Monday, April 27, 2009

ME, ME, ME!! :-)

This pretty much sums up my weekend of training!


Shawn and I are doing a live interview tomorrow night 4/28 at 8pm Central for a podcast called "Consumer's Guide to Health." We'll be discussing our Ironman journey together :-) Go to http://www.smartsportintl.com/ to listen or use the media player on my sidebar to the right. Here's what the Host Allan has to say:

Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday April 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health" as I discuss "The Ironman Journey". Training for your first Ironman triathlon is an adventure. The 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run challenges you not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Join me with special guests Shawn and Carrie Barrett as we discuss what it's like to prepare for the adventure, and how it affects you afterwards. This husband-and-wife triathlon combo are preparing for Ironman CDA in June. For physician Shawn, it will be his first, for marketing mastermind (funny gal, and one of my fave bloggers ) Carrie, she's making a return to the Ironman adventure.

The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abesselink and also download this and previous episodes here as well.
I hope we get some good phone calls!! You hear me Mom?!?!

And now, a recap of the weekend Ironman Endurance Challenge!

A great time was had by the crew that headed to Johnson City for 100 miles of hills, wind and some rain. OK--the bike ride may not have been the fun part, but the picnic and wine afterwards were certainly worth the time in the saddle. I actually felt great the entire bike ride (shocking!) and really only started to get fatigued towards the end when I stopped taking in nutrition. Val and I hopped off the bikes and went for a 30 minute run...both feeling pretty damn strong. My tummy was actually growling on the brick so I knew Mama needed some food!

On Sunday, I tackled a 19 mile run at an 8:15 overall pace...slow start, but my legs found me eventually. It was great to see Anna, Katy, Vegas, Priscilla and a few others gutting it out as well in the humidity! Finished with a great soak in Barton Springs while waiting for Hubster to finish 20 miles!!!

This morning, I headed to Barton Springs for an early morning 4000m open water swim! While my times were oddly slower than usual, I still got it done and chalked it up to a level of fatigue...duh...

Now, it's time to cut it back this week and prepare for quite possibly the hardest race of my "career"--the Wildflower Half-Ironman. Hubster and I watched a documentary about the race last night and I officially became nervous and excited all at the same time. Totally felt like race morning! If I go 6:00-6:30 on that course, I'll be content. Just watching them run up a set of stairs coming out of T2 made me tired. This was shot 5 years ago, but I'm assuming the course is virtually unchanged.

Let the excitement and nervous energy carry me through this wonderfully busy week! I can't wait to meet some of my Erin Baker's Tri Teammates and make contact with some of the other sponsors. Bring it on!

The Johnson City Crew Post-Ride: Val, Katy, Jerry, Nancy, Alisa, Rhonda, Me, Shawn
Post-Ride Bliss

Not sure what I was lecturing about, but I'm sure it was riveting!


greyhound said...

Same course. And of you 6:00 or 6:30 on that course, you should break your own arm patting yourself on the back. It is HARD. Even the swim is hilly.

CoachLiz said...

Why do I suddenly feel lucky that I did not sign myself up for this triathlon???

Runner Susan said...

I heart you! You are awesome.

21stCenturyMom said...

I'm with Greyhound - a 6 or 6:30 would be awesome. It's a hard course but it will be fun. Enjoy!

Richard said...

"Content"? You'll be "content" with a 6:00 half at Wildflower?

Damn... that's all I'm saying. Damn...

And your running's gotten hella-fast, too. But then, we all knew that :)

triguyjt said...

caption for last photo

"then you put this rubbery thing on and it helps you stay up in the water, but its a bee-yotch to get off"!!