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Alien Endurance Tri training kicks off tomorrow… officially!

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on February 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Officially Tri season training starts tomorrow for us. With the ING in our memories, we now move forward to other important things. We kick-off with a bike-run brick. And I confess I haven’t been on the bike since Miami Man… I lie, actually I was on it once after that race, riding in Shark Valley… but never again!

Shark Valley lies in the heart of the Everglades, and that means only one thing: alligators!!! Well, mosquitoes too. There’s a 15 mile loop trail for biking, running and tours on a tram. I’d do the tour on the tram next time. I have no desire to run that trail. Although the gators are in the water, probably profoundly asleep, sometimes they get out for a walk. Ok, I’m sorry… clipped to some pedals riding by them is not something I want to do. I went with two friends, and one of them is an extremely obsessive animal lover. At one point she tells me “Carola, go to your left and just head straight”… of course I knew there was something… and that something was a huge long tail getting back into the water, which meant, that that alligator was actually out of it. This is the same friend that got me into triathlons… I should’ve learned my lesson… never trust her again!!! Anyway, as safe as they put it… “Oh, I’ve taken my kids to ride there thousands of times”, “If there were some kind of danger, they wouldn’t have it open for the public”, I was not comfortable. Especially with the thought of getting a flat tire and having to change it… there… in the middle of nowhere! And I need to remind you I’m not the fastest when it comes to changing tires… at least not yet. I’ve changed a couple and it’s taken me forever.

Anyway, I have no clue how I ended up talking about gators, when all I wanted to say is that tomorrow we are back as a complete group getting ready to tri season 2012… exciting times!!!




Goggles Maintenance 101

In Swim, Triathlons on January 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

1) Don’t leave them in your car.

2) Don’t leave them in your car.

3) Don’t leave them in you car… ESPECIALLY if you live in Miami.

The rubber that suctions to your eyes begins to loose its “grip”… This has happened to me three times already and I don’t learn the lesson.

By the way, these are the ones I use and you can order them online at Trijungle. They are pretty cool and fit perfectly.

I think I’m an athlete…

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on January 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

… cause I already lost a toe nail. Yes. The nail that corresponds to the middle toe on my left foot. Not sexy at all. But the good thing is that it’s such a small nail, you can’t tell there’s something missing, unless I put some nail polish on them… like. let’s say, red nail polish. The problem now is that I have the feeling (because I’m literally feeling it), that my big toe nail on that same foot will eventually say its goodbyes to me. I can feel how it’s separating from my inner skin. It’s an odd sensation. Now, that’s a BIG toe nail. Even in the dark you can tell if it’s missing. Again, not too sexy. But I will deal with it when the time comes.

9 Secrets to Sighting

In Swim, Triathlons on January 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I thought this was interesting, so I’m sharing it…


Memories of Miami Man 2011 – International Distance

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 PM

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Escape from Alcatraz

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on June 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

And so I wonder if I would ever have the guts to do this… and, for now, I can only say: Hell no! The swim looks like it’s never ending. And if no desperate prisoner was ever able to escape Alcatraz, what makes me think I would? Could? I’ll continue to focus on my little goals… 🙂 BTW, last week I met a Venezuelan guy at my local LA Fitness who told me he was doing it. Kudos to him!

Trilogy Series

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on June 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

So this is the next race on my calendar. June 19th! I can only hope I do all three events plus the bonus round. My objective for this one: 1) Swim all 400 meters freestyle… No back stroking; no life saver, although it seems I’m done with using this floating device. 🙂

Two days to go!

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on April 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

While preparing both mentally and physically for the Egg Hunt Triathlon on Saturday, I can only think about the support I’ve gotten from my loved ones, team mates, regular friends. This is something that if you get the right moral support, it helps you get through. Hopefully it’ll get me through the swimming… if only this support would work as a live saver to keep me afloat in the water!!!

But no joke, to know that people are cheering for your efforts makes a great difference! My #1 fan, I must say, is The Garmin Dude, a.k.a. The Dude. Even when I told him I sucked BIG time during my first tri he said “I’m so proud of you”. He wanted to hear everything about it, because he couldn’t be there with me on race day. That was the weekend we had the kids, and to drag them to a race at 5:30am or even 7:00am was just a crime. He was so excited for me, it was like he had done the race himself. I sometimes wonder where he gets all his excitement and energy! I need to get me 100 pounds of that at times! I love the Dude, no doubt, and it really makes a difference knowing he supports me in this crazy affair I’m beginning with the tri world. Of course, he’s a triathlete too, so he clearly understands my new addiction.

I’ve also found a lot of support from my friends at work. Words like “The fact that you are doing it” “… trying to”  “… is a huge accomplishment.”  They keep me going in the right direction.  And also, my team mates. They suffer as much as I do, so we are constantly helping each other anyway we can. I’ve been extremely lucky in the swimming department because some of them go at my pace during the open water group sessions so I can build my confidence and avoid another panic attack… cause you know how that can go!

I’d like to mention that this is a type of sport that is better to do with team mates. I cannot imagine trying to do this on my own. And for those who do, I have the utmost respect for them. You are my heros. But for those like me, I think the best way to go about is to sign up with a training group, with coach included. And if not, there are many groups that although do not have a coach, are very well organized and members train together. I belong to both types of groups. I train with Andy Clark, Alien Endurance and Lee Zohlman, BodyZen who joined forces and created “THE Group”… that’s us, the triathletes training under them. We follow a daily program they give us, and also have group training sessions with them on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Additionally, I belong to a tri club named Miami Pace whose founder, Tachi Llamas, puts her heart and soul out to get the group hyped about training, competing, having fun during the process, and even socializing. I signed up with them because it’s a huge group that additionally goes out every Sunday on bike rides. Everybody in the group is at a different level,  so I can always find someone who rides at my slow pace and have company through out the ride. Being part of a group not only pushes you to train, and train the right way, but it gives you a sense of belonging… belonging to a community of people who you can share learnings from and have fun. You can only get better!

As I told my coach yesterday, my objectives for Saturday’s race are: 1) to be able to swim all the way without the need of a floating device, no matter what my pace is, and 2) pay more attention to the signals so I don’t get disqualified for stupid mistakes. I came in second to last on my first race and got disqualified. I think I have nothing to loose this Saturday! I feel I have improved, gotten better, just by the fact that I had the ovaries to sign up for another race!!! Yet I do ask you to wish me luck and keep me on the side of your brain that stores the good thoughts!!!

Getting ready to hunt some eggs!

In Bike, Swim, Triathlons on April 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Not really. But that’s what the name of the tri I’m doing on Saturday implies… Egg Hunt Triathlon (http://egghunttriathlon.com).

Excitement and fear are the two sensations that have been accompanying me for the past months both on the relationship and training levels. On the relationship level I’m on cloud 9. I cannot complain. I finally found a pair of shoes that fit my big feet. The Garmin Dude is all I dreamed of and more. Yet fear hits every now and then, and the anxiety of what the future will bring, or not, crawls up my throat and asphyxiates me for seconds. Yet I repeat to myself: “Live the moment. Don’t think about the future. All you have is today. Enjoy every minute with The Dude.”

On a training level, I’m doing the race this Saturday, and you all know how the first one went. And if you don’t, click on: https://iwanttobeatriathlete.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/egg-hunt-triathlon/ for more info on that little chapter in my life. Excited because I want to race, I want to do this, I want to do this with my team mates and my coaches, and have fun with them. Fearful because of the swimming… enough said. The bike, even though I haven’t been on it as often as I should, doesn’t worry me. As long as I don’t fall off the bike with those terrible click shoes, I will move forward with everything that is inside of me, even if I don’t hydrate myself during the ride.

I’ve been swimming. Yes I have. On Saturday we trained with my coach, and on Sunday one of my friends and team mates went with me for an open water swim. She was there every step of the way, making sure I knew she was there next to me, ready to help in any way she could. Thanks Karla! I did good. Very good. On Monday I had planned to go out for a swim at the pool with The Dude, only to come home and find that one of my Pochos (that’s how I call my dogs), the oldest of all, had had a bio accident which even resulted in a full bath for him. This kind of wrecked my mood for a swim, so we stayed home and opted to eat cereal.

Yesterday, I went for a bike ride with The Dude. I grade the success of my rides based on my ability to not fall from it when I stop. Basically, on my agility to un-click myself from the pedals. So, on that basis it was a very successful 6 mile ride. Not much, but something to get into the race mood.

Tonight… agility training, and then some swimming with my coach. I can’t wait! I’m sure, and hoping, he will push the hell out of me without mercy so I can get better and leave my anxiety at home on Saturday!

Wish me luck!

Egg Hunt Triathlon

In Triathlons on April 16, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Because suffering through the swim during my first triathlon two weeks ago was not enough, I just signed up for my second. Addiction is a bitch… and throw in some peer pressure, cause you don’t want to be left out of the fun, and you have a 45 year old woman thinking “what am I thinking..” all over again! At this point the only thing I can repeat to myself, like an on going mantra, is “I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.”

If you are wondering what happened during my first race, I can tell you right now. I panicked! I panicked in the water. I could not put my head into it without my heart pounding. I couldn’t breathe out. I tried floating on my back but then again panicked by the thought of the next wave of swimmers coming my way. I seriously thought they would run over me and of course pull me down.

If you’ve never done or seen an event like this, you might not know there are lifeguards on surfboards surrounding the swimmers in case people like me need help! I yelled “lifeguard!” and he threw me a lifesaver! I hung to that thing for a while until I caught my breath again. Bravely, I threw it back only to be yelling for it five minutes later. At that point I realized my life was more important than making another attempt to gracefully swim to the shore. The truth is I’m a conservationist… I’m all about conserving my life!

With the panic attack I exhausted all my energy, and my only chance of making it through was on my new BFF Mr. Life Saver. I had no clue if I would be disqualified for this, but I really didn’t care. My objective at that point was to finish the race and have a taste for what a triathlon was all about. My strategy was to move forward no matter what.

I made some other mistakes that at the end disqualified me. Additionally, I came in second to last. However, I felt like a champ. From the minute I entered the race my hopes of winning or averaging were null. I’ve never been a delusional person. But to suck the way I sucked was not a fantasy I had dabbled with! Nevertheless, the experience was one of the most incredible ever lived, and still today after registering for my second race and not 50% there with the swimming, I have a big smile on my face… The smile of a huge achievement in my life!

P.S. I’ve learned through the years that success is relative… Relative to you!

This is me coming out of the water with a smile on my face.