On my way to September!

I made a plan to tackle this 10K run coming up. I’m determined to not let it beat me! Knowing that I needed to feel more prepared for it, I was thinking ahead to how hot it will be then. Mid September in the OBX is really, really humid. Last year it was around 90 degrees at the finish and very humid. And that was just for the sprint distance, so add on a chunk of time to the finish line & it will be crazy hot.

I decided I needed to get one of those hydration belts, or something similar. With the shorter distances I haven’t really been concerned about needing fuel, but for the longer one & the heat I need to consider how all of that will work. The belts seemed really clunky & just in the way. So the person at the store recommended this little thing.

I was definitely skeptical. Do I really want to hold this thing through the run? Do I need it? Is it really worth the money? $30 seems a little excessive for this little “toy” to go run. Right? WRONG! It was soooo worth it! This is 12oz and it’s insulated so it’ll keep the drink cold. It’s also the perfect size for a Nuun tablet. The spout is easy to use with your mouth, you don’t need your other hand to open/close it. It doesn’t spill. And the hold on it is ergonomic. You can run with an open hand. It stays put. Maybe if I had this thing earlier I would have enjoyed it more! Probably not but I can think that. It’s made by Nathan.

So off I went! I did 4 miles with 1/3 of it running and 2/3 of it walking. I need to shift that ratio in the other direction eventually, but at least I’m working towards the distance. My goal is 6-7 miles by the beginning of September. It’s the most excited I’ve ever been about running so it’s nice to feel the potential. Moving forward is always good. Another 4 on the schedule for tomorrow. Woohoo!

NEVER STOP. EVER.

I AM VELOCITY

Strengths Finder – do you know yours?

strengths finder

Have you heard of “strengths finder”…?? It’s one of those personality assessments that ask you lots of questions like – on a scale from 1 to 5, rate your most/least likely agreement with the statement. I took it last year and here is what I got:

LEARNER 

MAXIMIZER

CONNECTEDNESS

RELATOR

DEVELOPER 

Have you taken that test or something similar? I think I’ve taken so many over the years that they all blend together. On many of those tests, like the Meyers-Brigg, I seem to be on the fence with my traits – a good example is the introvert/extrovert. I really straddle that fence…seem to be really comfortable in either situation, for a period of time, then I need to go to the other side of the fence. In the Enneagram I don’t seem to dominate in any of the categories, 1-9. I think I’m #10….which doesn’t really exist in their paradigm, so I created my own category: I’m a 10 on the Enneagram scale. There are others too, but that’s just a small sample of where I fit & where I don’t.

How does this relate to triathlon? 

 

Learner: There’s a HUGE learning curve in triathlon! Always something new to learn, a new goal to achieve, a new swim technique to try, a new pair of shoes or orthodics, a new swim cap, you name it. Always something new, no exaggeration.

Maximizer: (not sure this is accurate, but it’s how I use the word here) Being strategic in your form, improving skills, or being more flexible will maximize your results in any leg of the triathlon. We athletes are always looking for ways to maximize your time, energy, and increase your capacity for endurance.

Connectedness: Even though this is mostly a solo sport, there are so many connections that have come from this sport that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve made friends specifically due to this sport, found other women in this area through a familiar kit (clothing at the tri) that caught my eye and knew we were in the same tribe! I’ve found similar people through the TriMafia at Velocity Sportswear. It’s nice to find those connections and similar mindsets through this sport.

Relator: To me this means being able to intentionally build a community around a common energy. I’ve pulled a lot of people into this sport! Helping people see the greatness in overcoming obstacles and doing things that are hard is very important. Being able to relate to those feelings and encouraging others to move forward despite the discomfort is a great skill to nurture.

Developer: When triathlon becomes your thing, you are always looking to build on what you have. Developing skills, developing technique, improving form, and similar things. It’s a little like creating a really fun meal. Each part needs to compliment the other, and they all work together for a great taste.

I also think these things are just part of how I’m wired. For a long time I assumed that most people naturally have a growth mindset…….. apparently that’s not true! I can’t imagine going through life & thinking that things should always be the same. How boring would that be!?

 

 

 

 

 

Ramblin Rose Raleigh 2017

Ramblin’ Rose Raleigh was on June 8, 2017. This is such a great venue for any woman starting out in the triathlon world, wanting to just try it out and see what happens. It’s also great to come back repeatedly to grow in your speed and ability. Can you really do this? Is it impossible? Is this the last, or is it the beginning of something bigger…the initial steps to a life long relationship with endurance sports (like it was with me).

Rose Raleigh 2017

Ramblin Rose Raleigh – June 2017

Doing things that feel impossible are such amazing growth tools. It’s hard to get out of our comfort zone, holy moly that is hard. Ditching the bed for an early swim, or running/walking knowing it might rain, or keeping a commitment to yourself or someone else to meet for a ride is not easy. But those things do get easier. They do. And the more you do, the more you can do.

The Rose event was great!! I had coerced, I mean wrangled, a few friends into doing it. Most of us did it as a team, with each of us doing one or two legs. And one person who does not see herself as a triathlete yet did the whole thing! (You know I’m talking about you Lady J…) This year the swim was outside which meant that it was easier to watch everyone. The bike was really, really hilly. And then the walk/run – and it was done!

Bling!!

Here are the bigger accomplishments, progress, & outcomes from my friends this weekend, using just initials for privacy:

  • TN is talking about ways to improve her swim and be less uncomfortable in the water
  • KP learned how to swim about 2 months prior and finished the swim!
  • CS is considering doing TWO more triathlons this summer – one with an open water swim!! And she’s getting a road bike this week!
  • JH just signed up to do the October Ramblin’ Rose event!
  • AK volunteered to learn more, and is committed to the October Rose along with several others who didn’t participate in this particular event

…but the biggest outcome is the belief in progress and the believe that they can move forward in a challenging sport. A sport that can be very tough on long courses, and one that can be very hard to get comfortable in. You have to learn how to be ok with being uncomfortable, sweaty, and tired – but in the best and most accomplished way!