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San Diego International Triathlon Relay

 
 Ondry Leavitt-swim | Martina Maddox-bike | Nicol Hodges-run 1st Place Women 4th OVERALL RELAY TEAM

Ondry Leavitt-swim | Martina Maddox-bike | Nicol Hodges-run 1st Place Women 4th OVERALL RELAY TEAM

 

My duathlon training continues.  This past weekend I participated in my first Triathlon "RELAY". The last time I ran a relay was Big 12 Championships back in 1991? or 1992?. Let's just say, it's been a minute! The distance for this event was a 1K Swim, 30K Bike and 10K Run. I, of course, ran the 10K and I have to say I was a little NERVOUS. There were a total of 12 relay teams and, I THINK, 5 all female teams.

I was nervous about the run because I wasn't sure how long I could hold a fast pace for a full 10K run. I did surprise myself by clocking a 7:34 minute pace and my team won the female category! The ladies and I placed 4th overall! So, that was pretty exciting! 

While running the 10K, I mentally broke the race down mile by mile and chased a lot of ponytails. I felt really strong and I kept telling myself "do NOT slow down"! 

The athletes that did the full event on their own, I have so much respect for. It's not easy to jump on a bike after a 20 minute swim and then switch out of your bike shoes into running shoes and run like the wind after being on the bike. So, the pace is different, the mentality is different and it's challenging in a good way! 

When competing in endurance races, it takes a toll on your body...quickly. Here are a few suggestions that I recommend AND have worked for me.

5 THINGS TO DO POST-EVENT #selfcare 

1. Protein. Your muscles need protein and oxygen to rebuild and recover. Yogurt, smoothie or your favorite protein powder will do the job.

2. Vitamin C. Your immune system breaks down after every endurance event. Vitamin C builds and repairs tissue. Talk to your doctor first but it's a great way to keep you on track and in front of those minor colds after a big race. 

3. Massage. Oh my goodness! Your muscles will L O V E you post race if you can get a massage. This is a great way relax muscle tissue, improve circulation, remove toxins and improve your range of motion.

4. Pedicure. Not only is this a great way to get good looking feet, it also helps improve blood circulation in the feet and calf muscles. Your feet and legs take a beating when competing, say "thank you" with a nice pedicure.

5. Hydrate. Before, during and after an event DRINK WATER. You lose so much water while racing. To prevent muscle fatigue and de-hydration, you need to drink as much water as possible post workout. 8-10 cups a day on average, athletes 10-13+ a day.

Pushing Through and Running Everything!

My legs are so skinny, I had to make sure both were in the photo so you can actually read what these old socks have to say!

I feel like I am coming back. Now that there is less stress on my body (really in my head), I can push through and get back to training.

If you know me, I train like I am heading to the Olympics in 2020. I love running and staying active. It's like breathing_literally for me! I must have it to SuRvIVe! LOL!

Now that I am healthier and have officially fought off that nasty cold/flu monster, I am ready to get back out there and compete. The journey back has been challenging but I am happy that I am moving and grooving again.

My goals are to increase my upper body strength, endurance and running performance. I would love to go for Team USA in my age division for duathlons but I still have a lot to learn when it comes to road cycling. So, time will tell. 

Whatever your goals are this year, I hope you are taking significant steps (big or small) to get yourself closer to your goals. There will be setbacks but that doesn't mean you are set...back! It's just a little bump in the road, a lesson to be learned or simply a time to completely rest your body. Keep your eyes on the prize, don't look back and keep your goals close to your heart. You will get there!

This week's workout included the following:

  • Monday: 2 mile run and upper body workout with 8 flights of stairs.
  • Wednesday: 30 minute run 60 push-ups
  • Friday: 3 mile run 60 push-ups and upper body workout
  • Saturday: Goal 20 mile bike ride. Accomplished 14 mile bike ride 60 push-ups and upper body workout
  • Sunday: Easy long run. Goal 6 miles. Accomplished 4.35 miles

3 Exercises 1 Workout

 
 

Looking for a simple exercises you can do almost anywhere? My 3 n 1 Workouts are a perfect way to get moving and get in shape on your own. You will see results within a month if you pick 3 videos you like and do them consistently for 3-4 weeks. Find a plan or video at seenicrun.com/workout that will work for you and start moving now!

Absolutely free and if you have questions, look to your right and email me! Good luck!

THIS WEEK...RUSSIAN TWISTS / LEG EXTENSIONS / SIDE PLANKS

SUPER FOOD - FLAXSEED

Flaxseed: Great Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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FLAXSEED is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1 and fiber, just to name a few. Omega 3-fatty acids are a polyunsaturated fatty acids that are needed for numerous normal body functions such as controlling blood clots and building cell membranes in the brain! In my kitchen I add flaxseed to my pancakes and homemade apple pies. The high temperature of the stove or oven will NOT effect flaxseed or alter the effects of flaxseed. So, BAKE ON! I always find awesome recipes for flaxseed at flax.com...particularly the Black Bean Burgers! Happy Eating!

Always check with your doctor or dietician before adding something new to your diet!