Triathlon Training Update & No-Binge Bracelet

I can’t believe it as I’m writing this, but the triathlon is two weeks from this past Sunday!

On Sunday, our family was invited to go out on a friend’s boat which gave me a wonderful opportunity to do a practice swim in the open water, a lake. Once again, a whole other animal than swimming in the pool with it’s tidy clear water, walls and lane markers.

I was scheduled to do a 5-mile run, so I did that before we left. I won’t bore you with the details but I ordered asked nicely for my husband and our friend to please do certain things to help make this swim close to the conditions I’m going to face at the actual race – like having to swim out and having to navigate around an object that will be like a buoy. Besides rounding up 400 other people to swim around with me, they did a great job.

It was actually kind of interesting to have my husband and my kids in a boat 10-20 yards ahead of me watching me in case I showed signs of drowning. My 8-yr old son asked me about three times if I was OK. I told him I was OK, but it was really hard. The fact that I could even respond was quite a feat.

Since the boat doesn’t have an odometer, we marked the distance based upon my swim time from the duathlon. Bottom line – I did it and I didn’t stop this time (like I did at the duathlon)! My husband was kind enough to jump in the lake with me with about 1/3 the distance left, and swim in my proximity to help me experience another swimmer in the water. While we were out there together, with my head above the water doing breaststroke, I asked him if the dock was getting further away or if I was somehow swimming backwards. Funny how that phenomenon happened during the duathlon too. Anyway, he assured me that was not the case.

Unbeknownst to me, he had decided to race me in to the finish. I somehow beat him! A little while later he told me that his arms were pretty sore. Um, really!?!?!?

While on the boat, both kids told me, after one of the times they were out swimming/playing around in the lake, that they could never do a triathlon, which of course led me to my – you can do anything you set your mind to speech.

On another note, I have realized that I don’t push myself enough when I’m swimming. In both training in the pool and swimming in the lake Sunday, I easily give up on freestyle and go to breaststroke to give myself a break. I’m not sure why that is. As competitive and athletic I’ve been my entire life, I guess the older I get, the less I seem to push myself.

It’s weird because I know darn well that freestyle is a lot faster than breaststroke is. It would help me finish the swim portion of the triathlon faster to get me on to bless-ed dry land. It could also keep me from getting trampled by the stronger swimmers who start in the wave after me. So I REALLY need to remind myself, both during training in the pool and when I’m out there for the race and I get that feeling of needing to take a break and go to breast, that I truly can push myself a little harder.

On an entirely different note, I just hit the 31- month binge-free mark and put another bead on my bracelet. Whoot!!

Last, but certainly not least, I am fortunate to be doing a two-part guest blog on the fabulous Healthy Girl blog today. Part 1 is running today. Check it out if you have a moment.

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  1. Shannon
    03 August 2010, 5:18 pm

    Congratulations on 31 months! That seems so foreign to me – you are an inspiration!
    Shannon´s last blog post ..Goodbye Zumba

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, shannon! i’m glad you stopped by!

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  2. Karen @ Waisting Time
    03 August 2010, 5:25 pm

    31 months! Good for you:) I don’t remember, how long do you need to swim in your triathlon? I have not swum in years. Not counting just playing in the water. But seems to me that the freestyle is much harder because of the breathing and lifting your arms out of the water.
    Karen @ Waisting Time´s last blog post ..Public Service Announcement

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, karen! the swim is 1/4 mile which is about the shortest sprint triathlon swim distance. that is equal to 16 lengths of a typical 25 meter pool. freestyle is harder because for the reasons you said, but with breaststroke (not the kind serious swimmers do) i don’t put my face in the water so i can breathe easier.

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  3. Melinda Neely
    03 August 2010, 6:14 pm

    Congrats on the successful lake swim. Way to go! I am just like you in this portion of the race – I swim slowly and I just don’t care if I go faster! In fact, when my husband and I went to swim together last week, I tried to swim faster on the second lap and went the same speed without trying. So what’s the point in expending the extra effort.

    I’ll be watching you in two weeks. Good luck!
    Melinda Neely´s last blog post ..What to eat during a long run or race

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, melinda! during the tri, i will be just going along at my own comfortable pace. i told my husband that i will probably be one of the last ones out of the water. =) hopefully i will make up some time on the bike and run. i’m only competing against myself anyway.

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  4. Gina Fit by 41, Maybe 42
    03 August 2010, 6:49 pm

    I feel like I got a workout in just by reading your post. That is wonderful.

    I was just thinking about your bracelet a couple of days ago. I never put mine together because I couldn’t figure out the right kind of clasp that I could slip normal-sized beads over. Do you untie yours each day?

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i don’t untie it each day these days, i put one on per month, but when i first started it, yes, i did have to untie it each day. the black cord has some kind of coating on it so that if you just do a single or lightly-doubled knot, it stays in place. it’s not too hard to untie. good luck!! it’s a great way of wearing your progress each day.

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    Gina Fit by 41, Maybe 42 Reply:

    Thank you.
    Gina Fit by 41, Maybe 42´s last blog post ..The Silver Lining Without My Lining

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  5. Diana
    03 August 2010, 7:21 pm

    Contrats! Thats awesome 🙂 You will do (and aré doing!) great.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, diana!

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  6. Jody - Fit at 52
    03 August 2010, 7:56 pm

    Congrats to you!!!!!! 31 months.. you are going to have to reward yourself with a non food reward like a manicure/pedi or a new workout outfit or whatever floats you boat! 🙂

    As for that training, I am in AWE!!!!!!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog post ..Weight Loss &amp What You May Be Ignoring

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, jody!!! hmmm…. i like the idea of a reward… i think 3 years (did i really type 3 years!?!?!!) would make sense. figuring out what to do would be the hard part, but you give some great suggestions, thanks!

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  7. Kyle
    03 August 2010, 8:14 pm

    yay for 31 months! I may have to make up a bracelet version for myself.

    2 weeks…very exciting.
    Kyle´s last blog post ..When the going gets tough

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, kyle! i’m sure you can come up with some form of a masculine type of ‘thing’ to keep a count of your progress and can be used for inspiration.

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  8. Food Addict
    03 August 2010, 9:59 pm

    First, great job on the swim! That’s awesome that you have such a strong support group to help make conditions as close as they would be in the actual swim. you’ll do great.
    Also, I love the bracelet. What a great idea!
    Food Addict´s last blog post ..Game Plan

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! trust me, i was very close to flagging them to throw me a life preserver to hang on to so i could rest, but i bit the bullet and chose to keep moving.

    the bracelet came out of a brainstorm with my therapist who suggested that i find a way to mark each binge-free day. that turned into marking weeks, months and now years. who knew!?!?!

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    Food Addict Reply:

    That is so awesome. So awesome, that I may steal it… if you don’t mind.
    Food Addict´s last blog post ..One Way or Another

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    go right ahead!!! =) i’m flattered!

  9. Lisa
    03 August 2010, 10:00 pm

    Wow!! Congrats on being binge free that long!! You truly are such an inspiration to me.

    I love that you beat your husband. Yay!!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks, lisa!
    pssstt… i love that i beat him too, especially after i swam so much further than he did and he is in good shape. =)

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  10. Rita @ The Giggly Bits
    03 August 2010, 11:04 pm

    I look entirely forward to celebrating 31 months. How incredibly fantastic for you. And I’m so glad you got the swim in, that must feel so much better so have that under your belt. Glad you gave you kids the pep talk!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks across the board, rita! i’m a little too focused on other things right now to celebrate the 31-month mark. adding the bead was good enough for me.

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  11. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    04 August 2010, 1:48 pm

    I can’t say it enough: you are SO amazing! And incredibly smart to think of creating an event-similar situation for training.
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..One More Degree

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, cammy, but i’m not amazing; just setting goals and trying to reach them, just like you and a lot of people do.

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  12. MB
    05 August 2010, 10:06 am

    I think I need to make a bracelet. Congrats on 31 months! That’s awesome!
    MB´s last blog post ..A New Challenge and Another Late Update

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i thought my therapist was a genius when she came up with idea of me doing something to mark each day that i was binge-free. somehow it became weeks, months and then years. who knew!??!!? =)

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