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The "Beast-Mode" Syndrome

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Beast Mode Syndrome is a real thing. Really. Just “read me out”.

This past weekend was an active one. On Saturday, I hosted a 30 mile bike ride and Sunday I participated in a 15K run. Not too bad, right? Yeah, right. My legs LOVED me by Sunday afternoon…that’s not 100% true. None the less, I had a great time hanging with the San Diego Chapter-Black Girls Do Bike and running with all the crazy St. Patrick’s Day runners in Temecula the very next day. It was a GORGEOUS weekend.

I have to admit, I was surprised at how good I felt after my 15K run. Granted, I was a little tired and hungry but it wasn’t until I headed back to my car, I was waiting for traffic to die down and it hit me. It hit me hard! I suddenly felt like a BEAST! I felt strong, unstoppable, hard core and kind of amazing all at the same time! I could not believe I survived such a high impact weekend! OH YEAH, I had all the symptoms of BEAST MODE SYNDROME.

Have you ever had a time in your life when there was A LOT going on and you had NO IDEA how you were going to get through it but you did? You made it to the other side and accomplished more than you expected. It could have been a project at home, work or some kind of physical activity. Take the time to pat yourself of the freak’n back, be proud of yourself and tell somebody “I got that BEAST MODE SYNDROME going on!” and keep pushing forward.

It’s OK, bask in it, baby!

Posted on March 19, 2019 and filed under Women, Women's Fitness, Fitness, Cycling.

A GREAT YEAR full of GREAT STUFF

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I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I can’t keep them. I have these great ideas and then they fizzle after the first couple of weeks of the new year. Having typed that, 2018 showed me something new. It showed me that staying focused, staying on top of what’s important and being a little proactive will make for a great year full of great stuff! In 2018, goals were made along the way. Professionally, personally and athletically…mainly to handle my anxiety but it turns out, my goals handled my life!

This year, I decided to really think about who I want to be, where I want to go and how in the heck am I going to do it? I didn’t want to just write down and study a list a year, I wanted a realistic plan. I found a pretty cool tool on LinkedIn from the pages of Tony Robbins called Goal Mapping. You may have heard of it. You not only write down your goals_you answer two major questions, WHY is this goal important to you and WHAT STEPS do you need to take to get there?

This is a great tool to be alone with. Try and fill it out when you are alone, there are no outside influences and really try to make your dreams become reality. Goal Mapping is also an awesome tool for athletes, a sales office, a small business owner, even an active mom/wife who’s busy within her community. Goal Mapping puts things into perspective and sets you up for success.

Each year, my daughter and I have a “goal mapping” conversation, at least twice a year. She looks at accomplishments and mishaps in the past year, I tell her to write them down. Then we go through the “should-of, could-of, would-of” conversation to get all the gunk out of her system. Then I ask her, “What do you want? What do you want to accomplish? and How bad do you want it?”. I tell her to WRITE IT DOWN. Then, we come up with a plan on how she’s going to get there. It’s very effective. Again, student, parent, working-joe…you can use this tool!

For me, 2019 is the year of BUILDing. Each month, I want to build something new. Whether it’s organic, financial, relationships…SOMETHING. I don’t care, as long as I am builder great things in my life, that’s the theme for 2019 for me!

What is your word of he year? STRENGTH? FIGHT? WORK? GUIDE? FAITH? HOPE?…Before starting my Goal Map, I wrote the word BUILD at the top of the page. I have a new life right now. I am on my own, I am not looking back and I am excited! What’s going on with you? Write it down? Why is it important to meet that goal? Write it down…etc etc.

Even though I’ve been running for years, it’s like starting a brand new race. I am not familiar with the course, the people or the area the event is being held in but I’m ready. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time. My heart is beating fast, the gun goes off and I am out there with hundreds of thousands of people who are also trying to make it to the finish line. You know what? We will all get there in our own unique way and when we do, it will be fantastic!

So, if you are looking to start something new, start writing it down, ask yourself why and what are you going to do to get closer to your 2019 goals!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tony Robbins | Goal Mapping

Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018 - SD Tri Series

What a surprise tonight! I was named the “Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018” by Koz Events and San Diego Triathlon Series. I am in shock and honored.

If you know me, you know I had a rough couple of years_personally. At the beginning of this year I decided I needed a good distraction, so I committed myself to train for AT LEAST 3 duathlons and couple of running events. I surrounded myself with other multi-sport athletes ended up doing 7 duathlons, 3 5K runs and 2 half marathons this year!

Yep, I desperately needed strength and positivity in my life and I got it. As each month flew by this year, I was getting stronger mentally and physically. I was not going to be stopped.

I want to thank all my parents, daughters and close friends for their support and motivation to keep going this year. Thank you KOZ events and the San Diego Tri Series from the bottom of my heart and "sole" for pushing this old-girl forward and making 2018 a fantastic year! So grateful. 

KOZ EVENTS | San Diego Tri Series

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!

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.

Hard Work, Passion and Getting Things Done

#MondayMotivation

This weekend was a great weekend for my girls. An awesome 800m win and a brutal win for my soccer girl and her team. But the weeks leading up to this weekend included a lot of tears, injuries, breakdowns and good old fashion hard work. They made it and this weekend proved that their passion and hard work would pay off. Now we can move forward with bigger and more challenging goals. Remember to be realistic, believe in yourself and never EVAH give up! Happy Monday!

LEARN - Monday Magic

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I know that most running bloggers, fitness experts and motivators share things that are positive, forward driven and full of happy thoughts. I know because I am one of those bloggers. I love reading a perfect training session and unicorn fitness dreams. But what happens when our favorites make a mistake or fail at something? Do they admit it? Do they share on Facebook? or Instagram? For the most part, probably not and I get it. I H A T E admitting I made a mistake and I definitely don't want to share it with the world. BUT...

This weekend was an eye-opener for me. I will TRY and admit what I failed at. U G H!!! Ok, I went to take another "Health Expert-type" exam and let's just say I missed the mark. #mad_emoji_face #embarrassed #frusTRATED

Yes, the trainer, the runner, the sports-mom and the coach has to re-take an exam on something I ALREADY KNOW! Let me just type, that was hard to type.

I could give you a ton of excuses but what good...OK...I didn't get enough sleep CRAMMING for the darn thing and I allowed LIFE to take over my study time. Excuses, maybe. Consequences, predictable.

Ok, back to LEARNING! What did I learn from this experience? Well, that I (singular) wasted A LOT of time not studying and allowing external situations to take over. Also, it's no one's fault but mine. Yes, I am a busy, working mother but if I want something bad enough, I KNOW how to make the time and space to get it done. NO EXCUSES.

The moral of the story? There are NO mistakes, NO failures and NO ONE ELSE to blame for your own short comings. Yes, there are things in life that may slow you down but it doesn't mean you can't get back up and try again. That's what I am going to do. TRY AGAIN and PASS with flying colors. 

MY LESSON in all this?

  • BY-GONE. I can retake the test.

  • STILL CERTIFIED. I am certified in 3 others Health Certifications.

  • HUMAN. Yes, life gets in the way because I am human.

  • MOTIVATION. This weekend has really pushed me to re-organize my life and keep going, now with a little fire under my pants.


LEARN - lərn/

verb

  • 1.

    gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.

    synonyms: acquire a knowledge of, acquire skill in, become competent in, become proficient in, grasp, master, take in, absorb, assimilate, digest, familiarize oneself with...

  • 2.

    teach (someone).

WANDERLUST. Run. Yoga. Meditation.

WANDERLUST  is a wellness event that includes Running, Yoga and Meditation.  Click 2 Register

WANDERLUST is a wellness event that includes Running, Yoga and Meditation. Click 2 Register

In the past 2 years, my life has completely changed due to a divorce and one girl off to college. In my head, I understand that change happens but when it's quick, harsh and life changing it can definitely blindside you. For me, it was like ripping a band-aid off an open sore that was too big for the band-aid to begin with. OUCH!

Well, I made it to the other side, so-to-speak, and there were three things that got me through it all...running, yoga and meditation, in that order. When I heard about this Wanderlust event, I signed up right away! This is one triathlon I will definitely participate in! 

I am excited to meet new people, see new faces and learn from each experience. You can register today at WANDERLUST-SanDiego . It's easy and there are various packages you can purchase that fit your budget. Wanderlust is happening on Saturday, April 14th starting at 7:30AM.

Running. I have been running for nearly 30+ years and one thing I know for sure, running is therapy.

  • Running has helped me organize thoughts, ideas and situations in my life.
  • Running has fueled my self-confidence.
  • Running has also kept me from doing or saying things that I would regret later...for the most part.
  • All-in-all, running has kept me in the best shape of my life before, during and after children. 

Yoga. I have been doing yoga off and on for nearly 8 years. For me, yoga always comes around when I really need it.

  • Hot yoga helps me focus on the present. I am so afraid I will not make it through the heat, I am paying close attention to how much my body can tolerate in 90+ degree temperature for more than an hour.
  • Yoga keep me flexible. Yoga moves are the best moves to after a nice long run. Yoga is also know to relief back pain and prevent future injuries if done correctly. 
  • Yoga centers me. Yoga, mentally for me, is like running. Your brain tends to talk to your body and vice versa. Yoga centers my mind, body and soul. Running is very straight forward. Yoga is challenging and helps you embrace the functionality of the human body. 

Meditation. I have been meditating for about a month or so now. Mediation is changing my life.

  • My brother introduced me to meditation. I was skeptical but found an app that I use daily. 10% Happier by Dan Harris. You can do 5 minutes or try 60 minutes of meditation. 
  • Meditation calms the voices and running thoughts in my head. Voices and running thoughts are a consistent in my head. I have so many ideas, things I want to do and plans I am trying to make. Meditation helps me slow things down and find quiet, even for a few minutes.
  • Meditation allows me to approach challenges differently. Now don't get me wrong, I can still get worked up over some things but not as much as I did a few months ago. I can't explain it but I hear something that would trigger a feeling and it's just not there any more. TRY MEDITATING no matter how busy you are.