Wednesday, June 30, 2010

...and the Rev3 Cedar Point Giveaway winner is...

Well, before I tell you, let me say I had a great time with this giveaway.  There were 35 entries, and so many of you had such great reasons for wanting to win.  I so wish that I could give away more!!  I always choose my winners using random.org, but I would be lying if I didn't say I almost just chose the one I wanted.

BUT, that wouldn't be fair, so, after I counted up the entries and said a little prayer that the entry would go to just the right person, I hopped over to random.org and this is what came out.


True Random Number Generator  11Powered by RANDOM.ORG


That means the winner is...Mark from Journeys of a Triathlete Father of Five (yes, you read it right...he's got FIVE kids...clearly his wife is a saint).




Mark said...






1) Follower

2) Um, do I really have to go into how cool of a prize this would be for the Olivieri clan?

Triathlon and roller coasters? I am actually doing this event to raise money for the YMCA's Invest In Youth Campaign. If I won, I could take the entrance fee money and invest it into our campaign. Excellent.

3) Will link it up today.

4) As someone who went to school in northwest Ohio, I am familiar with Cedar Point. The best roller coaster by far is the wooden Mean Streak.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta: Pictures and Thoughts

Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta is finished, but I will long remember what a great day yesterday was.  As always, I was moved to tears, my cheeks hurt from smiling, and my throat was raw from cheering.  It is such an honor for me to share this event with all of the participants and with you, my readers.  I posted some pictures in a post that previewed  the women I interviewed for the webisode.  Be sure  to check on the Aflac Iron Girl Event Facebook page for the webisode.  It should be up mid-week.

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from the race.  Congrats to all!!


Next up is Aflac Iron Girl in Racine, Wisconsin on July 31.  Registration is open until July 11, so it's not too late!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Update


I spent the afternoon at the Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Expo meeting with some amazing women.  Here are just a few pics to whet your appetite for the great webisode we'll have up on the Aflac Iron Girl Event Series Facebook page next week.

Annett will be participating in her 4th Aflac Iron Girl event tomorrow.  She has multiple sclerosis, and despite her daily obstacles with her disease is able to overcome.

Lee Ann wasn't able to race Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta last year because of a sudden cancer diagnosis.  This year she is racing, and she is racing cancer free.

Mishael lost her husband and mother in 2007, while pregnant with her second daughter.  She wants to show her daughters that, despite your circumstances, strength comes from the Lord.  She is celebrating life by pushing beyond what she thought she could as an Aflac Iron Girl.

Martha celebrated her first year being cancer free at last year's Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta.  She is unable to race tomorrow due to a sudden heart attack earlier this year, BUT she assures me that even though she is not racing physically, she is racing in her heart and will be cheering every woman out on the course tomorrow.

Lorna is racing tomorrow and then on Thursday, packing up what is left of her personal belongings and heading to Africa with her husband to begin serving as full time missionaries at the Children of Zion Village Mission.  They will be caring for 57 children from the ages of 5 weeks to 20 years who have been orphaned due to AIDS.  You can follow their journey here.


I also ran into fellow blogger, Stephanie, and her triathlete husband, Kenny.  Her first tri was Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta 2009, and she's back with a beautiful new bike and the great attitude and sense of humor that I love from her blog, The Princess Runner.

I also got to spend a little time with Cali, future Aflac Iron Girl.  Her mom is racing tomorrow, but somehow I think Cali just might steal the show.  (Kel if you see this and change your mind about one more, just let me know.  I think I look good with baby, no?)


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P.S.  Don't forget about my Rev3 Cedar Point entry giveaway which ends on Tuesday.  I've gotten quite a few entries already, and I want everyone to win!  I love all of the comments so far...totally inspiring to me.  

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hotlanta!

I arrived in Atlanta this morning, boys in toy, at 8 a.m.  The first thing Ryan said when we walked outside was, "wow, it's warm here."  Master of the obvious, my eldest child is.

I'm here for the Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta tri on Sunday.  It just so happens that my best friend in the whole world lives here, so I decided to descend upon her family with not only myself, but Ryan and Noah.  She has two little girls ages 4 and almost 3.  Ryan is 7 and Noah is almost 4, so there is a whole house full of energy here.

A couple of observations so far:

  1. People who have four or more kids are at least two things:  crazy and patient beyond all imagination...mostly crazy, though, I'm pretty sure.  Clearly, I am lacking in the patience department, so it's probably good that I have only 2 children.
  2. I think my two children equal at least 3.5 of most children. Not quite 4, but definitely close.
  3. Girls are different than boys. I don't care what you say to try to convince me otherwise.
  4. I love Chick-fil-A.  Especially the ones with a playground.  What does Chick-fil-A have against New York?  There is definitely a need...are you listening, Chick-fil-A?
  5. Iced tea and diet lemonade taste great, especially at Chick-fil-A.
  6. It is really hot here...not sure when I am going to run, but it will have to be when the sun is not out.
  7. Whoever invented portable DVD players probably had 4 or more children.  Genius.
  8. I just want to apologize to the person sitting in front of Noah on the plane this morning (that would be the plane that took off at 5:50 a.m....I know, not sure what I was thinking with that one.)  I think Noah opened and closed the tray table at least 94 times.
More to come!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Trimommy Giveaway: Rev3 Cedar Point

Well, a few weeks ago in this post, I asked your advice as to whether I should race Athena at Rev3 Quassy.  Many of you commented, and overall, I felt encouraged to race Athena, and, ultimately, won the division at the Quassy HalfRev.

Well, thanks to your wonderful advice I have something to give back to you.

One of the awesome prizes I won was a free entry to Rev3 Cedar Point, either the FullRev or the HalfRev.  Both take place on Sunday, September 12, however,  I will not be racing on September 12, because I will be at Aflac Iron Girl Seattle.


So, one of you will have the pleasure of racing at one of the premier triathlon events in the country!!  I realize this is not a giveaway for everyone.  With the race being just shy of 12 weeks away, clearly this is not the best time to decide to do an Ironman distance race if you haven't already been training.  On the other hand, though, if you have a mid-season full or half planned, what a great way to end the season!!  And if you have quite a lot of fitness built up right now, you would definitely be able to pull off a half in twelve weeks!!

Anyway, I think it will be interesting to see how many takers we have on this giveaway!!

There are several ways to enter.  Please leave a comment for each entry.

  1. Become a follower of this blog.
  2. Follow me on Twitter @TrimommyKelly.
  3. Link to this giveaway on your blog.
  4. Tweet about this giveaway with a link.
  5. Leave a comment telling me why you should win this giveaway.
  6. Tell me the names of all the roller coasters you will ride at Cedar Point if you win this giveaway.
I will choose a winner next Tuesday, 6/29.  Good luck!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Sunday Report

Well, today is my 36th birthday, and I celebrated with a 3 hour ride early this morning.  It was so gorgeous out.  There is just something so special about being outside early in the morning.  The air is clean, and everything is so peaceful.  I also love riding at that time because there is hardly any traffic.  I might pass by someone in their jammies getting the paper, but hardly ever any cars.  I'm not a fan of the getting up part, but besides that I think I am definitely a morning person!

Anyway, despite my foot issues, I managed to pull of a pretty big week.  After my run on Monday, I did 2 more runs in the pool, and I changed my long run to a bike.  Here are the numbers:


Swim:  2h 35m 6900 yds
Bike:  10h 8m 41s 124.32 mi
Run:  2h 30m 35s 4.72 mi (1h 45m aqua jogging)

Total:  15h 14m 16s

I also did two 90 minute yoga sessions this week which was amazing.  I always forget how much I love yoga until I come back to it.  I might try to get even just 10 or 15 minutes in daily and see how that works in my schedule.  I have a feeling it will be worth it.

I know I said I would include my new giveaway in the Sunday Report today, but I feel it needs a post all to itself, so be sure to stop by tomorrow!!

Happy training this week!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Trakkers Visor Giveaway Winner


....and the winner is....


HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

This visor would make me faster because it's green, and according to my 3 year old "green means GO FAST!" Ok maybe that's only in the car, but we can apply it here too :)

Congrats to Heather at RunFasterMommy !!  Heather has an awesome blog and is a marathoner but is just starting to dip her toes into the crazy world of triathlon.  Be sure to stop by her blog!!

Stay tuned tomorrow, because along with my Sunday report, I will have a HUGE giveaway.  It's not a giveaway for everyone, but I have a feeling there are a few people out there who will be very interested in this one!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fear

Last night to enter my way cool giveaway!!

I am in my 5th week as triathlon coach at my local YMCA.  I am really enjoying it.  I am leading a 12-week group of 11 women who are training for Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse.  I have also been doing some one-on-one coaching sessions.


As I work with these women, I am finding that despite their age difference, body types, level of fitness, ability, and anything else, they all have one thing in common.  It is not a good thing, and I guess it's not surprising, but it is debilitating for most of them.


Their common trait is FEAR.


Almost all of them are afraid.  They are not all afraid of the same thing, but they are afraid of something that keeps them from seeing themselves as they really are...strong, powerful, athletic women.  I speak of these women in particular, but I think this is something that we all face.  Our fears may not be of swimming in a lake, or hopping on a bike, but we have them.  Right? 


I ran in the pool for an hour yesterday and an hour today, so I had a lot of time to think about this.  The cycle we fall into is some sort of fear keeps us from believing we can accomplish something, which in turn makes us doubt ourselves, which brings on negative self-talk, which creates more doubt.  Over and over and over.


For many years I have practiced speaking positively about myself and my life.  I am not always successful, and there are some areas of my life I still struggle to put a positive spin on, BUT I know from experience that the first step to believing something is possible is to stop believing it is impossible.  


WHAT?


Okay.  So if you go around all day long telling everyone you are terrified of the water, what are you going to believe?  You are going to believe you are terrified.  What if, instead of telling everyone about your fear, you said, "I am a swimmer.  I am working to become strong and confident in the water."  Do you see how saying that is going to reinforce your confidence in yourself?  It takes the focus and the attention away from the fear, and shines the light onto a better truth...that you are a swimmer and you are strong and confident.


So, I challenge all of you to take your fears and turn them into better truths that are worth believing in.





You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.  
~Mary Manin Morrissey

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.  
~Usman B. Asif

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.  ~Brendan Francis

There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  ~Frederick W. Cropp

To fear is one thing.  To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.  
~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved 

Fear cannot take what you do not give it.  
~Christopher Coan

He who fears something gives it power over him. 
 ~Moorish Proverb

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.  
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

No worries, all action

Just a quick little post tonight.  I'm a little worried...

I'm a little worried about my feet.  The back of my heels on both feet have been acting up.  I didn't run at all last week after Rev3 Quassy, and yesterday I ran for 45 minutes.  This morning, I could barely walk, and they were really touchy all day.  According to my internet diagnosis, it's either achilles tendonitis or bursitis or both.

Generally, I don't consider myself to be a worrier.  Nothing ever good comes from it.  EVER.

So, I'm going to take a little bit of action instead of worrying.  It might involve a visit to the doctor - I'm hesistant to go because almost every doctor immediately resorts to "quit everything".  It will definitely involve a lot of aqua-jogging, ice, advil, stretching, and prayer over the next couple of weeks.  Not to mention a bit of research.

So no worries, all action!!

Speaking of action...don't miss the action on my giveaway.  You have until Saturday morning.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Sunday Report

Ahh...it has been a great week.  I could get used to this recovery thing!!  Then, of course, I look at my Training Peaks for next week, and see that recovery is definitely over!!  Time to get back to work.

Here are the numbers for this week.  I definitely took my recovery seriously.  It wasn't until about Thursday that my legs were feeling back to normal.


Swim:  46m 2000 yds
Bike:  3h 13m 58s 49.19 mi
Run:  30m  Aqua Jogging

Total:  4h 29m 58s

Be sure to enter to win the coolest giveaway EVER!!  I'll draw a winner on Saturday morning.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Trimommy Giveaway

So, I think this is a pretty cool giveaway, and I'm really tempted to just keep it for myself, BUT, because I love you guys, and clearly you love me (check me out...over 100 followers!), I will part with it.

Here it is folks...



A brand new, Trakkers Headsweats visor, signed by:

Mirinda Carfrae, Ironman 70.3 World Champion
Craig Alexander,  2x Ironman World Champion
Dede Griesbauer, 3x Ironman Champion
Heather Gollnick, 5x Ironman Champion
Jordan Rapp, 2x Ironman Champion
Bjorn Anderssen, ProTriathlete and Cycling god (check out this cool pic)!!!
Michael Lovato, 2x Ironman Champion
Amanda Lovato, 4 top 10 Ironman finishes
Carole Sharpless, Professional Triathlete and Team Trakkers leader extraordinaire!!!

Seriously, this visor has got some serious mojo!!  And since, if you win, you might not want to get it all sweaty, I'll throw in an unsigned Trakkers visor for you to train in!!

Jordan Rapp, Amanda Lovato, me, Michael Lovato, and Bjorn Andersson.

Heather Gollnick, Mirinda Carfrae, me, and Craig Alexander, signing away.

You have several ways to enter to win.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Become a follower of my blog.
  2. Follow me on Twitter @trimommykelly
  3. Link this giveaway to your blog.
  4. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.
  5. Leave me a comment saying why this visor would make you go faster.
This giveaway will run through Friday, June 18.  Good luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

TRISWIM Giveaway Winner


The winner of the TRISWIM giveaway is....Caroline from I wanna be an iron mommie.

Congrats, Caroline, now you won't smell like pool!

Stay tuned because tomorrow I have another awesome giveaway for you guys...Here's a hint...it involves a few of my favorite professional triathletes...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rev3 Quassy HalfRev Race Report

For some reason, I have been putting this off...not really sure why.  So here goes...

Pre-Race


I was awake before the alarm, although I was in bed early the night before and slept well.  I was a little worried that I had overdone it the day before the race.  It was really hot on Saturday, and I spent the whole day outside. I tried to sit and put my feet up when I could, but I was tired by 6 p.m. on Saturday.  I made it a priority to get to the hotel, get off my feet, and get to sleep as quickly as I could.

I made my typical pre-race breakfast of a chocolate banana protein shake and an EFS Bar (I love these things) and began sipping on EFS drink right away. Kel and I were on our way to the race sight by 5:15, and I got to transition, got set up, and was ready to go with plenty of time for a photo op.


Swim


I was in the second to last swim wave, so after a quick warm-up in the warm lake, I waited with some of my Trakkers teammates.  We were each worried about different things, so we had a collective pep talk with some positive affirmations.  Mine was:  "I love hills.  I eat them for breakfast."

The swim was a beach start, and I started kind of in the middle of the pack.  I went out strong and didn't have too much trouble with being crowded.  I tried to draft, but I'm really not very good at that yet.  I always seem to pick someone who is either going way too fast for me or way too slow for me, so I was happy just to swim my own swim.  I felt very strong and very smooth.  I started running into the slower swimmers of the waves before me, which is kind of a pain, because inevitably I get in the way of a man doing the breaststroke.  I probably passed about 10 or 15 men this way.  I also started getting passed by the super fast swimmers in the last wave.  I was sighting really well, and after the last turn buoy I was able to hop on someone's feet for a short ride, which was nice.  I did veer off course a little at the end, only because I was sighting on the swim finish arch and didn't realize there was a dock in the way...oops.  I don't think it cost me too much time.

Although my swim felt comfortable and strong, I was a little disappointed with my time, but I try to not place too much emphasis on the swim time, because they can be so variable.

Swim:  38:39

T1


If you look really closely, you can see me smiling and finishing a wave to 
Kel at the bottom of the big blue giant slide.


Long run up to transition, but I knew exactly where my bike was.  I had a bit of trouble getting my wetsuit unzipped, but it finally gave, so all was well.  I didn't rush because sometimes my adrenaline can really get the better of me.  I was calm and smooth and very pleased with my T1.  I actually gained one position here.

T1:  2:49

Bike


I felt super strong as I started on the bike.  My plan was too take the bike a little slower than I felt I could go. The course was crazy hilly, and I knew that since Kel and I had driven it the night before.  I tried to work the downhills as much as I could, then spin nice and easy up.  This worked most of the time, but some of the hills were so long and steep, it was just a long haul to get up, so my cadence dropped at those points.  I got passed by about 20 women on the bike, but I also passed a lot of the slower men with their tricked-out bikes, so that was fun.

I knew my Trakkers team was waiting for me at the mile 29 aid station which was at the end of a 4 mile climb.  Boy was I glad to see them, and really appreciated the pick-me up!!  Here is a pick of pro Amanda Lavato heading through the Trakkers station.


During the bike, I stayed on top of my nutrition with 2 bottles of EFS drink (about 400 calories), water and a flask of EFS Liquid Shot (another 400 calories).  When I realized I was going to be out there for close to 3.5 hours, I added in a GU that I had brought just in case.

All in all, I feel like I executed my bike plan extremely well.  I felt like I was in Zone 2 for most of the time.  Maybe I could have pushed harder, but I knew what was coming on the run....HILLS, HILLS, HILLS.

Bike:  3:33:45  15.72 mph

T2


Smooth and easy.

T2:  2:25

Run


My initial plan for the run was to take it nice and easy during the first 5 miles with a 9:1 run walk strategy.  The first 1.5 miles are downhill, so I felt great and decided to wait until the first aid station for my walk.  I knew the hills were going to begin around mile 2.5, and I was prepared.  Last year I did this run as part of a relay, so I knew what it was like, although the course was changed a bit this year, and I think it became a little harder.

As soon as I started hitting the hills, my plan changed.  I was only at mile 3, I knew I had another 5 miles or so of hard hills, and if I ran up the hills I was totally redlined.  I felt that probably wasn't the way to a strong finish, so I power walked (I mean, really fast walking) up the steepest part of the hills, and started running immediately after cresting each hill.  I continued to walk the aid stations, taking water to drink and to pour over my head at each one.  I was taking in a Clif Shot Block about every 1.5 miles or so.

This was where it became interesting because I started passing people while I was walking!  I passed a lot of men at this point, and tried to encourage everyone around me all the while.  I had the honor of getting to run with James Brown, not the singer, but a soldier in the US Army.  I found out he's doing Lake Placid this year before heading back to the war, and this was his first real triathlon!!  Amazing!  Thanks, James, for the encouragement along the way.

James and I at the finish...he finished a bit before me and is going to be strong at Lake Placid for sure.

At mile 8 there was another long steep hill.  For some reason, I did not see the mile 7 marker, so I was pleasantly surprised to be at mile 8.  I declared, out loud, at that point that the hills were officially over.  Everyone around me laughed, but I was actually serious.  In my mind, the hard part was over...now it was time to head home.

The rest of my run was strong.  I pushed on the downhills, held steady on the flats, and actually ran some of the more gently rolling hills.  At mile ten I turned my Garmin to HR and decided I would try to stay in Zone 3 for all of my running if I could.  At this point I started to catch quite a few women, including one woman who had passed me at the very beginning of the run.  I did have to walk one last mean steep hill before the finish line, but I finished strong and was glad to be done.

Run:  2:13:03  10:09 min/mi

Total:  6:30:41

Post-Race

When I went to check my results, I was excited to find that I placed first in the Athena division.  After going through the results, I realize that I would have been 21st out of 38 in my Age Group.  I was 94th out of 172 among women.  I was a little discouraged with that, but this was a big race that brought out a lot of tough competition.  It also started a fire in my belly.  I have work to do before Syracuse 70.3, and I am excited to get going on that work!



One of the things I am most proud of about this race is I stuck with my racing philosophy of encouraging the people around me and trying to have fun.  Even on the hardest hills, I tried to have a smile on my face and keep my sense of humor.  I know it helped me, and hopefully it helped some of the people around me.  I may not ever win first place overall, but I think I might have a shot at friendliest racer overall!!

Kel and I headed home on Monday, and I think we look uber-cool with our bikes on top of the car.



When we got home, of course there was the aftermath of two races in one weekend:


Whew, this was almost as long as my race...if you are still here, thanks for sticking with it to the end!  I'll have the winner from my TRISWIM giveaway tomorrow!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Quick Quassy Update

Thanks to all of you who left such kind and encouraging comments on my last post and facebook.  It really does mean a lot to me that I have friends rooting for me!!

I had a great race today.  I'm totally spent.  It was a long day on a ridiculously hard course. I did the best I could, which just happened to be good enough for

1st Place Athena!!!!


Definitely made a good call with that one (thanks, S.!!)  Here are some quick pics thanks to my better half.  He got a couple of great pictures of the pros, and some not so great ones of me...

Craig Alexander checking in this morning.

Matty Reed, pre-race.

Bjorn Andersson...I just think this is a really cool pic.
Compare his bike mounting form to mine...

It's all good, right??

Heading into T2 from the hilliest bike ride EVER!

Now heading out (with a shot block in my  mouth) to the hilliest run ever!


The pro winners got their fat checks way before I even finished.

Into the finish chute, 

and onto the podium!!

I will have a full race report in the next couple of days.  Right now I'm climbing into bed with a huge slice of chocolate cake.  I may or may not share with Kel...



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