Fitness has taken over my Christmas List!!

So, what does a twenty-something ask for for Christmas? Well, I mean other than abs? ok, ok, I know, I know, I have to work for those! Well, let me tell you what I’m asking for for Christmas! Basically inspired by the fact that I registered for the Winter Warriors Half Marathon Series, and that I need to get my butt into gear and start training for summer triathlons.

1. Underwater Audio‘s waterproof iPod. Talk about having a great time in the pool with this!

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2. The Original Buff. Need to keep that neck warm on those cold runs!

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3. Allied Medal Display, medal hanger. It’s just too perfect.

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4. Running gloves from Target. No need to get all fancy. (As will be with most of the clothes.)

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5. Active Headband from Target.

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6. Compression tights from Target.

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7. Compression Long sleeves shirt from Target.

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8. Some socks more ‘specific’ for running, from Target.

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9. And JUST added this week, Saucony Women’s Guide 6 GTX. To help keep my toesies warm while running in the snow!

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If it’s not obvious, my mom got a part-time job at Target this Holiday season.. SO it just made sense to try to find as much of the gear that I wanted at Target.. Saves money! =D

In no way am I expecting to get all of this stuff, but I just gave my parents a large list of ‘wants’ and am letting them choose what they want to get me.

 

I’m a dabbler..

Well that just sounds a bit ridiculous doesn’t it? But it’s true.. I like to dabble in a bunch of different things.. Let me list the different things that I’ve done (mostly fitness related)..

Taekwondo– Ok, I was like a LOT younger, but still.
Track/Golf/Cheerleading– Those were the high school sports.
Soccer/Basketball/Volleyball/Track-Those were my middle school sports.
Wall/Rock Climbing-Β The Rec at school has one.
Golfing– Still enjoy it from time to time, though I suck.

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Rowing– One year in college.

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Cycling– Now part of triathlons.

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Marathon running– Got hurt, so I’m trying to stick to 13.1 or shorter now.

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Triathlons– Still fun, but I’ll never be ‘great’ at them.

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Swimming– Only thanks to triathlons.
Ironman 70.3– On the schedule for next summer.
Snowboarding– Had my own for four years, finally sold it to buy skis.

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Skiing– The snow kind.. Fun winter pastime.
Yoga– Bikram just wasn’t for me.. Too. Hot!
Group Fitness Classes– I try, I really do, they just don’t seem to sit well with me.. I always find a reason to hate them.
Solar Car Team– Ok, so I have the T-shirts from MSU.. I was never REALLY involved.
Volunteering– I like to volunteer; Hospitals, teams, etc.
Mountain Biking– Still enjoy it from time to time, also have a huge scar thanks to it.

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Cyclocross– Still TRYING to try this out!
Mud Runs– I’ve done the Warrior Dash, but still plan on doing a Tough Mudder.

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Hiking– Something I’d love to do if I lived someplace with mountains!

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The way I see it.. The more things that I try out the more I’ll know what I’m interested in.. But, it also means that I get infatuated with something for a short period of time.. Luckily, for me, I usually end up coming back to it, or it’s something that I can lots of use out of.. Like my road bike, I’ve been able to use it in triathlons, group rides, and just to ride for fitness. Running is an easy one, everyone needs running/gym shoes (plus running is the one thing that I fell HEADOVERHEELS in love with!)

But it means that somedays I just REALLY want to join something.. Like yesterday it was the Detroit Boat Club Crew.. I loved rowing in college I only left my spring semester at MSU because I didn’t have the same connection with the people that I did when I started rowing at CU-Boulder. But I miss rowing.. I was in great shape and I loved the people.. Sometimes teams/clubs are about the people more than they are the sport and I think that’s what I’m missing in my life.. I need a team/club to be on.

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Yes I know, I’m a bit crazy. But I think I’ll keep my money for now and save it (this is the morning after the initial thought talking…). It would be a nice thing to actually save some money up.. plus, when I’m older and have a ‘real person job’ at that point I’ll have the money to join a boat house if I want to, and it won’t keep me from buying groceries for the week! πŸ˜‰

Future Ironman…?

This has been in my mind since Ms Cori over at Olive To Run told us that she’s signed up for Ironman 70.3 Raleigh.. I NEED to race an Ironman!

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So I’ve been stalking Ironman.comΒ in search of the perfect Ironman 70.3 to do.. But before that, let me explain what the insanity of an Ironman is.

Alright, so there are TWO distances in an Ironman, one that we call the “Full” Ironman (IM), then the “Half” Ironman (HIM). I’m looking at doing a HIM which is the 70.3 distance.. So let’s talk about how those 70.3 miles breakdown.

 

The Swim

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So as part of an IM or HIM you’re putting yourself in a lake/ocean/sea/body of water with MANY other swimmers.. Where you’ll likely be kicked, pulled, grabbed, hit, smacked, etc. Yes, we do this willingly.. I should note that this is the same with ANY triathlon, however in something as big as an IM or HIM it’s likely to happen a bit more. (My waves weren’t usually bigger than 40 people at a time this year.)

So, as part of a HIM I would be swimming 1.2 miles. Yes, ONE point TWO miles! So that’s the equivalent of 21.12 American football fields.. Don’t believe me? Google says I’m right.

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Like I said.. 21.12 football fields! So yea, you swim forever then you get to run out of the water and go to the next discipline..

 

The Bike

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If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times, the bike is my favorite.. Except a HIM really takes it to a new level.. After you swim 1.2 miles you get to get on your bike and ride.. Wahhoo you say.. UNTIL you realize that that bike is going to be 56 miles.. Uh huh.. 56 miles.. that’s 4 miles more than the distance from Ann Arbor, MI to Toledo, OH. (As if you didn’t know I lived in Michigan before, you do now..) Oh, as if that’s not enough, you get to ride into T2 then go onto the NEXT discipline…

 

The Run

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So the last (but definitely not least) part of a HIM is the run.. This run is a half marathon, 13.1 miles.. You know, sometimes when I get off of the bike in a race this summer I’ve told to myself, “Alright, you only have a 5K run left, you can do this..” Yea, I’m not really sure that that will work when racing a HIM.. I don’t think that telling myself, “You only have a half marathon left to do,” is going to be helpful.

 

So lets do the math really fast: 1.2miles + 56 miles + 13.1miles = 70.3.. Hence Ironman 70.3.
(Pst, multiple everything by two to get the distances for a full Ironman!)

 

Why The Insanity?

So the next question people ask, after I explain to them WHAT a HIM is, is WHY would you EVER want to do that? But to me, that’s an easy question.. And the easiest answer is, “Because I want to.” I know I know, that’s like your mom telling you “because I said so” but really, it’s true. I want to run a HIM, heck I want to run an IM but I’m not sure that my knees would be up for it.. Or my arms yet for the swim.. But yes, I want to run a HIM because I want to. Because I want the sense of accomplishment of finishing a race as long and as mentally and physically brutal as that. I want to know that at the end of the day I have my training (because you train for MONTHS for a race of this distance) will get me through to the end. Because I know that I CAN do it!

 

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So What’s Next?

As I’ve stated I’ve been stalking the Ironman.com website in search of the Ironman 70.3 that I want to do next summer, and I’ve narrowed it down to four.

Raleigh, NC: June 1st 2014
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Muncie, IN: July 12th 2014
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Racine, WI: July 20th, 2014
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Lake Stevens, WA: August 17th, 2014
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So there are perks of all of them.. But I’d say I’m leaning more towards Raleigh or Muncie.. I have to say that the DOUBLE out and back of the run in Racine just seems absurd to me! But Washington would be a nice vacation, however getting my bike there and back would mean flying it which is about $150 each way.. Where as Muncie or Raleigh I could drive to!

 

So there you have it! You all finally know how crazy I actually am!

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