My Next Race

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What if I Can't Wait...

My next race isn't for 4 more months!!! That seems like an eternity away! What if I can't wait four months?

However, I do have some pretty cool races planned for next year. I plan on doing a 1/2 marathon up in Seattle (I can't wait!) and I plan on volunteering at the St. George Ironman!!!

4 months just seems like an eternity. Gah! I hope I make it that long without going through race withdrawls. Lol.

My Last Race of 2010

My last race of 2010 was on Thanksgiving Day. It was a 10k (6.2 miles) at the local rec. center. I'm sad that my last race is over.

The race was ALOT of fun. It was hard, it was cold, but it was alot of fun. Because it was so cold (high teens) I made sure that I layered my clothing that morning. On the bottom, I wore leggings and sweatpants and then on top I wore a long sleeved thermal underwear shirt, a regular long sleeved shirt, and then a sweatshirt. I also made sure that I had gloves and earmuffs too. However, about 2 miles in to the race, I started getting pretty warm, but it would've been too big of a production to stop and take my sweatshirt off and keep my earmuffs, gloves and earphones on, so I just decided to deal with the heat.

Thankfully, when I got to the finish line, my dad was waiting for me with a giant cup of coffee and the race organizers had little bonfires in fire pits all around. :)

My final time was 1:05:14.4, which ends up being about a 10 1/2 minute mile. I'm pleased with this time; however, I think I would've done better if I would've remembered to eat my Jelly Belly Energy Beans before the race. Ehh...oh well.

My dad was going to record the beginning of the race, but he accidentally pushed the wrong button, so we just have the one picture of me standing in line waiting to pick up my packet, and then he recorded me crossing the finish line.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Workout Music

Just thought I'd let ya'll know that down at the bottom of my blog I've now posted a music player that plays some of the music I LOVE to workout to. It's all got a good beat to it & these are songs that definitely keep me motivated when I'm running or biking or I'm in a race.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Why Do You Run?

Why do I run?
-Because it gives me a sense of accomplishment.
-Because I feel like it is something I'm good at.
-Because it relieves stress.
-Because it helps with my depression and anxiety.
-Because I can.
-Because it gives me an awesome adrenaline rush.
-Because there is no excuse not to.

Those are just some of the reasons. Please watch this video. It is very inspiring. It gives me chills and a lump in my throat every time I watch it. All of the reasons they list in this video are also reasons why I run.

After you watch the video, I would LOVE to know why you run too!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Guess Who Has a Personal Trainer?

Guess who has a personal trainer? Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!!!

Last month, for my birthday, my mom and dad gave me 2 sessions with a personal trainer named BJ Christenson at the South Davis Rec. Center. Before my birthday, I told my parents that if I were to ever have a personal trainer, I would want it to be BJ.

BJ is a freakin' machine!!! He does the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii! He did it last month I believe.

In the Ironman Triathlon, they give you 17 hours to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. BJ did it in a little over 9 hours!!! He swam 2.4 miles in less than 1 hour.

My ultimate goal is to do the Ironman Triathlon over in Hawaii. Currently, I've only done sprint triathlons. And, for example, where it took BJ less than 1 hour to swim 2.4 miles, it takes me about 50 minutes to swim just 1 mile!

Eeeek, I've got a long ways to go, but I know that BJ can help me get there.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Best Time Yet

This last Saturday, 11/6/10, was my last triathlon of the season. It was down in Orem, UT. I've done this triathlon 2 times before.

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and had a couple of pieces of toast and yogurt and me and my dad got on the road to make the 45 minute drive down to Orem. As we were driving down there, I felt like I'd forgotten something, but I couldn't figure out what.

We got down to the Orem Rec. Center and I'm walking my bike over to the transition area to put my bike there and guess what I forgot? My helmet!!! Damn!!! I started freakin' out. Cuss words were flying out of my mouth cause if you don't have a helmet, you don't get to leave the transition area on your bike, therefore, you don't get to race.

Thankfully, some guy heard me going off about this and he told me he had an extra helmet I could borrow! Thank God!!!

This triathlon is done in the run-bike-swim order (my favorite). The run is kind of hard, but it's not too bad. You have to run up a medium sized hill. I knew I could do it. Come to find out, I ran a 9:36 mile! I've never run that fast before in my life! I was ECSTATIC!!!

This particular triathlon is a little bit harder because you have to climb 2 HUGE hills on your bike. I've NEVER been able to climb the hills on my bike before. I've always had to get off and walk my bike up the hills, but this time I was able to stay on my bike the whole time! I was SO excited.

It was AWESOME because during the bike when you're climbing the hills, everybody is cheering everybody on. Your fellow bikers are giving you words of encouragment, it's just awesome. I love it.

On this particular triathlon, you have to do a total of 2 laps on your bike to complete your 10 miles. I was doing really good. I didn't know what my time was, but I felt like I was doing good. I was able to climb the hills on my bike both times and I was on the home stretch. I was about 2 1/2 blocks away from the transition area and being able to go swim, and I was downshifting on my bike chain fell off!!! CRAP!!! I got off my bike and for a brief second I thought I'd try & figure out how to put my chain back on, but figured that would be a waste of time, so I just grabbed my bike and started running. While I was running back to transition I just kept thinking, if I was ahead of time, I wasn't any more. I thought I'd be lucky if I finished in 1:30.

So, I finally make it back to transition, hurry and take off my shoes and put my goggles on and book it over to the pool (about 50 yds away). As I'm running over to the pool, I realize I still have my tank top on, so I just yank that sucker off and throw it on the grass. I jumped in the pool and I was bookin' it.

I finally crossed the finish line!! Yay! I was going to stick around and see what my time was, but it wasn't posted yet and I was tired, hungry and wanted to get home, so I looked up my time on the internet later that day and it was....1:24:57!!! It was 30 seconds faster than my best time! Can you believe what my time would've been if my chain hadn't fallen off!!! I was SO happy!!! What a great day!

Me before the race:

Here is the start of the run:

Coming in from the run and heading to transition:

Heading out on the bike: