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Rock The Bay Triathlon | Duathlon Event

Another race down and one more to go before the season ends. Rock The Bay San Diego Triathlon was a nice, challenging race. Loved it! The course was simple and straight-forward. Next year, if you decide to do a KOZ event for the first time (beginner) do the Solana Beach Tri|Du event in late July. If you can not make that event, Rock The Bay would be my second suggestion.

Of course, I participated in the sprint duathlon this weekend. The sprint duathlon consists of a 1 mile run - 10 mile bike - 5K run. For me, it is such a challenge and keeps my mind moving the entire race.

The course for Rock The Bay was pretty easy with a few exceptions. There was only one turn that was a little too tight and part of the road for the bike was SOOOO bumpy and rough, I think I did AT LEAST three “wheelies” just to avoid a flat tire.

There were only 31 participants in this particular event but nearly 900 participants overall.

I love these multi-sporting events because it brings so many people together. Like running, everyone has a reason why they participate and for some, it’s simply to challenge themselves mentally and physically. It’s like going to a rock concert and all the athletes are rock stars because they not only ran, they jumped on a bike or swam in the ocean. It amazes me every time!

After each race I check my time, think about how I felt and ALWAYS try to learn from my mistakes. My first lesson on Sunday was the first transition. It sucked! I thought I was organized but I wasn’t. I spent WAYYYY too much time in transition messing around with my shoes, helmet and hat.

The next lesson came from the bike. As I mentioned before, parts of the road was very rough. My back wheel got caught in a crack in the road, the potholes were so big, bad or packed all wrong I literally lifted my bike over the terrain! It was crazy! I was little scared too. LOL! No, seriously.

The third lesson, I will not doubt myself again. I saw an opportunity to beat someone, a man, who beats me every time. I was too scared to make a move too soon, so I waited. Once I found a little confidence, I gradually picked up the pace and when I was ready, I took off and I got him! LOL! If I would have made the move sooner, I could have shaved off time lost in that first transition. But, it’s all good!

So, there you have it! I have ONE MORE race of the season and I will be ready. What a year it’s been and I am so happy I made duathlons a significant part of 2018! I hope this inspires you to get out there and find something you can do athletically. Remember, being an athlete is anyone who moves and challenges themselves mentally and physically.

RESULTS: 1st place overall female | 1st place age division | 4th overall men and women | 1:02:57

PROUD TEAM MEMBER OF HEREVOLUTIONS 2018

SD TRI SERIES

KOZ EVENTS

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.

Carlsbad Duathlon

Run Bike and Run again...

The Carlsbad Duathlon has come and gone. As always, I had a great time and I am so happy to finish with no injuries or regrets. I am already training for my next event in July.

Check out my lists of what I loved, my "not so much" list and training tips for those considering a multiple sport. Oh and next time, someone gotta let a gurl know...I tried out a new headband that covered my entire head and let me tell you, it did NOT help my overall aesthetics this go-round. Hey, I gotta look CUTE! LOL! Thank the Lord for my team gear.

LOVED

  • The course was fast. 
  • The duathlon contained a small group of people, both men and women.
  • I loved that I ran stronger, after the bike, in this event than I did my last event.
  • I placed 4th overall female. 
  • The weather was perfect. 
  • I love being around other runners, swimmers and cyclist. It was great to see my friends out there competing and cheering each other on!

NOT SO MUCH

  • Not a completely flat course
  • Transition to bike was good but the start of the bike, not good. It was up hill.
  • I need to be faster on the bike. I need more bike training. 
  • The duathlon course was not easy to understand. 
  • I was not happy that the three ladies in front of me were in MY age category! LOL!

TRAINING TIPS

If you want to be good at this event, it's important to be strong. Strength training 2-3 times a week is A MUST.

Brick training is necessary to prepare your body from transitioning from the BIKE to your RUNNING FEET.

Track workouts are beneficial in improving your speed and maintaining your race pace.

Here is your Brain on Exercise

5 Ways Exercise Helps the Brain

When you feel slow, tired and unenergized, check your schedule, did you get a workout in today? 

As an athlete, trainer and worry-wart extraordinaire, I already know exercise is good for the brain! Exercise releases endorphins and hormones that help improve brain function. There are actually 10 hormones that have a direct physiological effect when a person is exercising. Your brain is always at work, so why not exercise so it can work at it's best.

 

Here are 5 ways Exercise can Improve Brain Function

Increases Your Focus

When you exercise on a regular basis and you have a goal in mind, you are disciplining yourself to focus. Focus is bringing attention to one particular thing and that "thing" is YOU! As you see yourself improve, the focus you have created can be harder and harder to shake off and that's good!

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Makes You Happier

I don't know about you but when that workout is over and I have survived, I am very happy! Last week, I did my first real track workout in 20 years! When I saw what I had to do, I almost walked back to my car. I did the workout and I walked away happy. When exercising, endorphins are released from the pituitary gland in the brain and act as a pain killer. 

Increases Resilience To Stress

When you workout on a regular basis and exercise becomes a huge part of your lifestyle, there is no more room for a lot of stress. As mentioned above, you are releasing stress fighting hormones every time you work out. Also, as you see your body change, all you care about it feeling better and being at your best. Exercise builds you UP mentally and stress is reduced significantly.

Improves Your Quality of Sleep

If you have a terrible time falling asleep, workout at medium to high intensity. Sometimes we do "just enough" to say we worked out. I have to tell you as a trainer, if you are not getting proper rest, you need to "up the ante" when working out. Always check with your doctor first but don't cheat yourself. Get  good solid workout in and GET SOME SLEEP!

Lowers Your Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

When you exercise a chemical in your body known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, stimulates the growth and increases the number of brain cells. The more you exercise the more BDNF you produce which helps with memory function. It's easy to chill and live a sedentary lifestyle because it's easy. Everything you need is right there in the palm of your hand thanks to technology. GO OUTSIDE, be around people and build your BDNF so you won't forgot who you are those who love you! 

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. 

Exercising Your Inner-Strength

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Exercising your inner strength. I am happy to see black people, young people and women standing up for what they believe in and exercising their voices.

When you exercise your voices, you are exercising your inner strengths openly.

Same holds true for women who have been broken down through relationships, jobs and/or health-related issues. Being broken should not stop anyone, especially women, from moving forward. I believe things happen in order for people to see the world differently.

As human beings, we are so use to seeing a bad situation, as a bad situation instead of seeing it as part of a learning process. I'm not saying getting abused or sick has the golden answer to life behind it but when sh$t happens, reality sets in and things HAVE TO CHANGE. Yes, the process can be hard and sometimes unbearable but when a person decides to push through, other people are inspired to do the same.

WHEN YOU ARE "BROKE DOWN", I suggest...

  1. Write down what/who broke you down.

  2. Write down how it made you feel and just sit with it.

  3. Sit with it for an hour, half a day OR a week, but don't forget to write down WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT. There is a solution! 

  4. Find the solution, a healthy solution that will benefit you mentally, physically and spiritually.

  5. Do the work and believe in the process. Even when you feel like crap, keep moving forward.

  6. GOOD OPTION. Don't fight your battles alone. Find good, positive and trust-worthy people to help you. YOU CAN DO IT!

Resistance Band Workout

When I travel, I always grab my favorite resistance band and throw it in my suitcase. Resistance bands are light, easy to pack and very effective. I don't always have the time to hit the gym in a new or unfamiliar city. So, I have my little bands just in case. Here are 3 exercises that will work the entire body if done right. 

TAKE NOTE

  • Watch my posture
  • Do 3 sets of each exercise for 45 seconds - 1 minute each
  • 1 minute rest w/water break between each exercise
  • Pace your workout with a nice pace and
  • Do NOT rush through the workout

EXERCISES

  • Squats with overhead press (legs, shoulders and triceps)
  • Bicep curls with side steps (strengthens IT band, biceps, gluteus minimus)
  • Leg extensions with overhead press (legs, shoulders, triceps and abdominals)

GOOD LUCK and EMAIL ME if you have any questions!

MONDAY MOJO

When you are different from everyone else around you, it's easy to get discouraged and feel the need to change_change in a way to fit in or make yourself look like everyone else. But you are not like everyone else, you are YOU and I am ME. There is no one like me and there is no one like you. That's what makes life around US unique and interesting. Once you start to understand that your uniqueness is what others need to grow and expand their minds to new ideas, you will thrive in being yourself and you will no longer worry about being someone else.

Lena Horne was an international jazz superstar and a dynamic performer of striking appearance and elegant style. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. In May 2010, Horne died at the age of 92.

Posted on February 26, 2018 and filed under Motivation, Health, Fitness, Exercise.

THREE exercises ONE workout

 
 

This workout is perfect for busy professionals and crazy, busy moms. Get ready to work your upper and lower body while challenging the core at the same time. Go at your own pace, watch my moves in this video and do what you can. Email or comment below with questions. 

Let's get you moving!

  • Push ups w/knees to toes - 1 minute
  • Chest press w/legs straight and lifted - 1 minute
  • Sumo squats w/wood chops - 1 minute
  • 4 to 8 rounds with 15 second break between each exercise 1 minute rest per round

Motivational MOJO

#SMILE

If you know me, I am usually always smiling. No matter what's going on in life, I find a way to smile.

Smiling is part of my daily exercise. When I smile, I feel good. When I run, I feel good. When I complete a workout, I feel good.

When I read this quote from the great Serena Williams, I knew EXACTLY where she was coming from! 

Life is not always easy but if you can face the facts, come up with a solution and keep smiling_things will work out. #blackhistorymonth