Butler YMCA Sprint Triathlon

One of my brothers texted to let us know he was going to do this Tri… so my sister and I quickly signed up too!  I love doing races especially with family and friends! IMG_9681.JPG

I get super excited that this race is an open water swim (even if it is only 400 meters)!  The fact that it is open water seems exciting, even though I had a hard time getting into a good rhythm.  My swim was over in 6:21 (too short!) 🙂  IMG_9689.JPG

Then the bike was VERY hilly!  I feel that I need to use my brakes on the downhills more then most racers do 😉 but the 7 miles went by really fast!  My bike time was 29:52.IMG_9703.JPG

Before I knew it… I was running my bike back to the transition area!  IMG_9732.JPG

I took a Huma gel and a quick drink (while running) to give me some energy for the 3.2 mile run!  IMG_9734.JPG

I felt (mostly) great on the run!  My run time was 23:47.  IMG_9760.JPG

My total time was 1:02:27.  This was almost my exact same time as last year!
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It actually felt like we were racing together because my sister and I were in the 2nd heat and my brother was in the 4th heat.  He caught me and passed me halfway through the run!     IMG_9776.JPG

They both got 2nd place overall and I got first in my age group!  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

I’m thankful for these goofballs too!  They were able to cheer me on, take lots of pictures, AND fight with sticks! 🙂  IMG_1335.JPG

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and playing!  It was a great day!   FullSizeRender-2.jpg

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Anniversary Bike Trip

Every year we try to do something really special for our anniversary.  To be honest, a bike trip is my (and I think his 😉 ) FAVORITE way to celebrate.  This was our second overnight trip for our anniversary (we also did it to celebrate our 5th).  I’m sure we would have done it more often… but a lot of the past years I had a big pregnant belly or a new baby that we couldn’t leave.  (7 years ago was my first overnight bike trip and I was pregnant… but was super careful not to overdue it!)

We started in Ohiopyle with everything we needed – bikes, a change of clothes, packed lunch, snacks, and water.   IMG_3544.jpeg

Some parts of the trail were harder than others.  (Thankful that he carried my bike through this!)IMG_7121.jpeg

We drank Hydrate (Beachbody Performance- the official sports nutrition supplement of Ironman Triathlons) which really helped us feel good the entire way, especially with the heat and humidity!  Oh, AND check out my new Garmin watch!  For our anniversary we gave each other matching watches!IMG_7151.jpeg

There are so many awesome bridges and tunnels along the way… IMG_3249.jpeg

And lots to see!  IMG_3152.jpeg

Sometimes we went slow… IMG_9831.jpeg

and sometimes faster!  IMG_3465.jpeg

He started to get a little crazy…IMG_5463.jpeg

and I got a little goofy towards the end!  IMG_3602.jpeg
But we finished the 57 miles on the first day strong!  You can check out my Strava data here.  I know part of the reason we felt so great is that we had Beachbody Recover as soon as we checked in to our bed & breakfast.  It held us over until dinner and helped our sore/tired muscles (plus it tastes like a delicious treat)!  IMG_9534.jpeg

We walked to the most perfect Mexican restaurant and took our time eating (something that would be hard to do with 3 littles)!  I even had a frozen margarita!  IMG_2767.jpeg

The next morning we left our cute little bed and breakfast to do it all again 🙂  IMG_0358.jpeg

I could ride over these bridges all day!  IMG_9718.jpeg

But maybe just a few tunnels… they FREAK me out!  Especially the ones that don’t have any lights!  IMG_2900.jpeg

I love the fact that everything we need for the 2 days fits on our bikes.  We will definitely be back for more!  It was the best way to celebrate 8 years together.     IMG_3612.jpeg

Someday we want to go all the way to DC (like my parents did a couple of weeks ago)!  IMG_5775.jpeg

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North Park Triathlon

Ok, I’ll admit that today I thought, “Why am I waking up before 5am?  Why am I getting into cold water at 7am?  Why am I going scary fast on the bike?  Why am I running when my legs are tired?”  Once I got these negative thoughts out of my head… I had the best day, felt great, and I already want to do it again!

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I have done this same triathlon in high school, college, after one baby, after two babies, and now after three babies!  I am so happy to say that today, 3 babies later, I got my PR time of 1:18:27!  That is almost 9 minutes faster than the last time I did it, two years ago!  I got first in my age group… I am liking my new age more and more! (proudly sporting age “30” on my leg!) I was 6th woman overall and 31st out of 230 finishers.
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Everything went really well for me today.  I was out of breath pretty much the entire race, but I still felt great!  I ended up swimming faster than all of my practice times.  My actual swim (not including transition) for 700 meters was 12:55.

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Then I transitioned from the swim and started biking at 15:24.

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I felt great on the bike and tried to really push it!  My bike time was 39:44 (including transition) for 12.5 miles.IMG_1444

After biking, I was about to start my run and my current favorite song (Fight Song) came on the loudspeakers!  I really don’t know if I’ve ever been more pumped… My legs didn’t even feel like I had just biked!  Haha… and my run went great!

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I felt strong with a time of 23:20.  I’ve done this Tri a handful of times but I’ve NEVER felt good on the run until now!  It also helped that I passed a bunch of people on the trail!  IMG_1482

I love it when my husband and kids can come to watch!  And when some of my family does the race too!  My sister and brother got age group awards also!

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I know I say this a lot but I am so much stronger now!  This is the first time in my life that I am consistently lifting (my DVD workouts) and it shows!  Being stronger is awesome… I feel great while doing really hard things!

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