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Chula Vista Challenge 2018

DUATHLON. The Chula Vista Challenge duathlon was the MOST “challenging” event_for me this year. It was hot, humid and just freak’n CHALLENGING! 

I wasn’t familiar with the course but my first running mile? No problem. The start of the bike? My first turn on the course, I fell. The next mile? A bus comes out of no where (even with cops and volunteers directing traffic) and nearly hits me a few other cyclists.  

Next, my second run. It was so HOTTT and sticky I had to stop and walk a couple of times (this part is also true but also a bit dramatic on my part).  I had no idea what place I was in until “the girl” (my main competition) past me with about 40 meters to go! 

I was shocked but I had nothing left in the tank and sometimes it 🐝 that way! 

 

You know what? It’s OK. My competition deserved to win. She didn't give up and I learned something that day...STOP FALLING, STOPPING and train harder for the next race! LOL!

Also, I don’t claim to be the best but I do claim to have the best time. One thing I know for sure, just like in life, you will fall, crash, people will pass you and sometimes you will even stop. You will win and lose some but what’s important is that you do not give up.

Love yourself, surround yourself with good people and stay strong & focused. As long as you are doing what’s right, do not apologize for who you are and what you want out of your life. Just like a race, put one foot in front of the other, learn from each step and start building your best “self”, your best life one step, pedal or stroke at a time.

SOLANA BEACH TRI | DU EVENT

My duathlon racing continues. I had a another great weekend hanging with some amazing athletes. Solana Beach Triathlon/Duathlon is by far my favorite event of all time and I've run A LOT of races. The athletes are amazing, the spectators are super supportive and Solana Beach is beautiful. The ONLY thing I didn't like was the humidity but you can't fight with Mother Nature, so you push through it!

The first mile run felt pretty good. I had no problem getting out and making my mark. The first transition was quick, I didn't mess around and shaved 6 seconds off my transition time. The bike is usually my handicap but I refused to let the bike get the best of me. I pedaled and pushed all 9 miles. I have to say, when you train on a bike, you get comfortable on a bike, and you ride better on a bike...GENIUS...WHO KNEW?! Guess what, I shaved 8 minutes off my bike time! Second transition went well AND THEN THERE WAS THE 5K RUN. AHHHH!

OH MY GOODNESSSSSS! This time it wasn't my legs, I mean, they felt like jello but I was able to handle that...it was my darn breathing. With the thick air and being an asthmatic, it was a little difficult. I literally stopped, got my mind right, got over myself, put one foot in front of the other and pushed through it. 

So, I am VERY happy with my results. I received 4th overall and won my age division. No complaints when your competitors are 10-20 years younger than you. Happy Running!

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy:  manual manipulation of soft body tissue (muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well being.

Athlete: a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. . .that's you!

If you are an athlete, how often do you get massages? Once a week, month or once every 3 months? Well, I am here to tell you that you should get a massage as often as you can and add it to your fitness routine. If you workout 3-6 times a week, you need to make sure that someone is massaging those muscles once every two weeks OR at least once a month!

Massage therapy has been used by elite athletes for many years.  So much so, massage therapists are a specifically hired to be a part of their athletic staff. Even some of your favorite rock stars that live on the road, working concert to concert have their own personal massage therapist to keep their muscles in mobile and prevent future injuries while performing.

Whether you are a runner, multi-sport athlete or a rock star, getting a massage will keep you moving and performing at your best.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Provides a better range of motion
  • Relaxes clenched muscles
  • Helps to prevent future injuries
  • Reduces the intensity of DOMS-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Increase the number of white blood cells that help fight off infection
  • Decreases the "stress hormone", cortisol
  • Increases the balance of your body

Massage therapy should be a part of your regular fitness routine.  I would suggest booking an appointment after one of your harder workouts or big event (marathon, 5K or athletic competition). If you can afford a massage every week or two, that is fantastic! I highly recommend that you get a massage 2-4 times a month.  It's a great way to get your body moving in it's full range of motion and familiarize yourself with what your body can/can not do! 

Please note if you have chronic back pain or imbalances in your body, seek professional help first.  Talk to your doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer.  They can direct you to a massage therapist that can work for you!

Raising Female Student-Athletes

First of all, raising a kid is a challenge. From being an infant to the terrible 2s AND 3s (!), elementary school to hormonal teenagers! Yep, parenting is a challenge but SO WORTH IT. B U T when you add in athletics and extra curricular activities, life gets really busy really FAST! My girls started their athletic careers in ballet and tap classes once a week (oh, the good old days), now it's soccer, soccer and SOCCER and lots of running and track strategies to discuss.

Remember when you were a kid and you could try out for your favorite sport at the local high school? Everything was right there, with very little travel unless you won the conference title. Now, there is a club for every sport imaginable and clubs require dedication, time and money. 

For me, raising young female student-athletes was a requirement. If they wanted to do theatre or music, no problem, but in the meantime I wanted a sport to keep them physically challenged. 

 All American 800m/Ivy-League Champion | Regional Soccer Champion/National Runner-up Surf Soccer

All American 800m/Ivy-League Champion | Regional Soccer Champion/National Runner-up Surf Soccer

Even though there's a 1 in 3600 chance of becoming a "professional" female athlete (in basketball alone), the benefits of being a female athlete are awesome.

BELOW I HAVE LISTED 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN RAISING FEMALE ATHLETES:

  1. Find a sport that your daughter loves to participate in. When your female athlete loves her sport, she will perform better, learn new techniques faster and will constantly search for ways to improve.
  2. Be supportive. This is always a hard one for parents (even myself at times). Whether your girl wins or loses, she has to know you still support her. As a parent, we will do anything to protect our girls but when they under-perform, parents can display disappointment quickly. Let it go and love them anyway.
  3. Wins are AWESOME, loses are learning opportunities. My girls LOVE to win and HATE to lose. That's normal. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, I have them write down what went right and what can they do different next time. It holds them accountable and helps shape what they want out of the sport.
  4. Allow rest, recovery and "girl-hood". When your girl finally gets a break, LET HER TAKE IT or in my case, MAKE HER TAKE IT. Between school, sports, peer-pressure and parents...it takes a toll on our girls. When they get a day off, let them sleep in, hang out with their girlfriends and do things they love to do. This will prevent burn-out, injuries and melt downs.
  5. Stick to the plan, schedule and goals. This goes back to being supportive. This is also where a lot of sacrifice happens with both parents and the student-athlete. Your student-athlete should have a clear plan, schedule and goal they want to reach. It's up to the parents and the student-athlete to stick to all three and if something doesn't benefit them, then do not allow "whatever it is" in their life. 

Remember, being a student-athlete is hard but extremely beneficial. Student-athletes learn time management, a solid work ethics, team work, physical endurance and responsibility. These are all great aspects they will carry with them in their future, real-life settings. 

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.