Where is My Mojo

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Mojo. Where are you?

In Bike, Marathons and Half, Run, Swim, Triathlons on September 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

It’s been long since I last wrote. And it’s been long since I last trained. Since the “Hell City” race (a.k.a. Ironman Florida 70.3 in Haines City) it’s been really hard to get back on the training wagon. Hell City, as renamed by my friend and teammate Karla, was… well? HELL. She couldn’t have given it a better name. The heat was excruciating during the run and doing three loops with two climbs each for a total of 6, was… ahem… HELL. To me at least.

Since after the race, back in May, all up to maybe a month ago, I was feeling terribly guilty because I was not training properly. I would maybe go out for a long run on a Sunday, but skip the previous Saturday brick workout. Or vice versa. And during the week, I couldn’t find the strength to get out of bed at 5am. Then it wasn’t even not training properly, it was not training at all. The guilt trip I submitted myself to was horrendous. Many Friday nights I packed my transition bag for the next day’s brick workout. As soon as the alarm would go off at 5:15am there was no incentive attractive enough to get me out of the bedsheets. Not even if I was told that Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp were all waiting for me at Alien Endurance Beach. Turning off the alarm had become my new sport.

The interesting thing about this funk I was (and still) going through, was that it was not physical. It was worse. Mental. I was mentally broken into pieces. My body was strong. My mind and will power, frail.

The guilt trip went on for quite some time, until my friend and teammate (also Hell City finisher) MyMultipersonality returned from her summer gig and were talking about what we were both going through. She made me realize that I had been going non-stop (and so had she) since January of last year. More or less this is what I’ve been up to for the past year and a half (or more):

  • January 2012 – ING Half Marathon
  • April 2012 – Nautica South Beach Triathlon/Classic Distance
  • April 2012 – Key Biscayne Half Marathon
  • May 2012 – Tri Miami/Sprint Distance
  • June 2012 – Trilogy #1/Sprint Distance
  • June through September – Training for my first 70.3 (Augusta)
  • September 2012 – Escape to Miami Triathlon/International Relay – Bike
  • September 2012 – ESI IronMan 70.3 Augusta
  • October 2012 – Started training for a full marathon which then I downgraded to a half after running 20 miles of physical and mental pain
  • November 2012 – Miami Man Triathlon/International Distance
  • November – Turkey Trot/10K
  • January 2013 – ING Half Marathon
  • February 2013 – Chapman Partnership Run Wild/5K
  • February 2013 –  Disney Princess Half Marathon
  • March – May – Training for my second 70.3 (Hell City)
  • April 2013 – Nautica South Beach Triathlon/Classic Distance
  • May 2013 – Ironman 70.3 Florida (a.k.a. Hell City)

I’m completely out of breath from just writing all of the above. Mind you, this does not account for 2011 which was my first year of triathlon-ing. Click here for full list.

Thanks to Edith I purposely began to skip training all together and give my mind and body the rest it needed, guilt-free. I haven’t bothered in setting the alarm at 5am, much less on a Saturday. I’m listening to my body, and I am really enjoying it. At one point I felt I was going to be left behind. But now I’m certain that when I get back I will pick it up very quickly with a stronger body, and a mind that will not be sabotaging me along the way.

I now feel so good, that tonight I went out on a one-hour run with Karla and I felt like a million bucks. Body responded well. My mind was at ease. Now my soul is at peace. Little by little I think I’m getting my mojo back (yeah, baby! In the words of Austin Powers).

For what’s left of the year, I will not race. I’m done. I’m hoping to be at full throttle by October as I’m already signed up for the ING Half Marathon 2014 and will be doing my first Ragner race with my friends and teammates a week after the ING. Those are the two races I am registered for early next year. Soon I will look into doing a couple of 70.3s for 2014, to prepare myself for 2015 when I plan to do a full Ironman once I have turned 50. I hope by then I am still kicking and stretching and kicking like Sally O’Malley.

Good night, folks!

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What makes us triathletes?

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on February 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

A team member posted this morning the following question to our coach Andy Clark on our Alien Endurance Facebook Group Page:

“Coach Andy, at what moment are you considered a (true) “triathlonist”?”

And this was his response:

“There will be a moment immediately after you cross the finish line … The announcer will call out your name, a volunteer will place a medal around your neck, and you’ll see other athletes in the finishing chute trying to catch their breath. At that moment you’ll realize what you just accomplished. You just did something only 1% of the population has done. At that moment you have arrived as a triathlete! Then you’ll smile!”

For any of you who has doubted for a moment if  you are a true triathlete, these words should clear it all up!

I love my coach.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Aliens Run on Newtons

In Marathons and Half, Run, Triathlons on July 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Last night, after our Track workout session, I went to Fresh Market to grab some fruits, nuts, vegetables, and gluten free crackers and chips.

While waiting in the cashier’s line, a woman approached me and asked “Are those shoes good?”

She was referring to my blue and orange Distancia Newton Running shoes. Newton Running Shoes… You either LOVE them or HATE them. Us Aliens are OBSESSED with them… I won’t speak for all the Aliens, but the a vast majority wears them. Some of us have started our little own collection. I have four pairs… Three that are active and one retired… my first pair, the “Lady Isaac”. She and I ran my first half marathon together, and did all the 2011 tri races I participated up to the November Miami Man International Distance. During the run I broke the news to her that it would be our last collaboration together. We had shared so many moments, and we were almost one, but it was time to let her rest. Since then, she has been the first, and still only, inductee of my Newton “Hall of Fame”.

After a pause, because I had to access my hard drive to find a good answer, I told the lady “It depends. I LOVE them”. And then I went on explaining the front logs, and what they were for, etc. The man behind me in the line was caught in the middle of a conversation he probably didn’t care for, but ended up asking if there were any “neutral” colors for men. After thinking for a micro second I said no, but then I said yes, there a couple of neutral colors… black… white… but always with some flashy, colorful accent.

He made a comment about me probably having several pairs to match my apparel, to what I answered “not really”, but actually I do have an orange colored pair, the Gravitas because 1) They match my Alien Endurance uniform and 2) They were on sale. But these I don’t really wear for races, because I run better on the Distancias. I think Distancias rock, especially going up the Key Biscayne bridge. I feel I’m catapulted with every stride.

The lady was very happy with the info I gave her, so I can only hope we get a new follower. And for the gentleman behind me, I think he’s a closeted Newton fan. I hope he gets the strength to come out soon and get a pair as well. Newtons ROCK!

My little Newton collection

Florida. The Sunshine State.

In Bike, Triathlons on June 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Not really! While we can’t complain of the beautiful weather we have down here in Miami all year round, our summers tend to be very wet… It’s Hurricane Season!!! So, when you get up at 5am to meet your teammates for a 6:30am bike ride and it’s starts drizzling, you really don’t know what to do. Should I just abort the plan and get back into bed? Is the rain going to get worse? Do I wait until it’s 6:15am to see if it actually stops? If it’s not THAT bad? Should I just hit the gym and bore myself to death on a stationary bike? All very valid questions, especially the first one!!! I decided to make an executive decision this morning and just go to the gym. I changed my “Lady” Alien Endurance Uniform (“Lady” because this one is pink; our official one is orange & black which I TOTALLY love) for regular shorts and t-shirt (I was NOT going to the gym with a tri uniform to sit on a bike that was not going to take me anywhere!!!) and out the door I went.

Several months ago, to not say just weeks, I would’ve gotten back into bed. But this “new” me didn’t think twice to get the workout done whatever way it was necessary and in the morning. Yes, “in the morning” because tonight we have track workout with the team, and it’s a pretty awesome workout I don’t want to miss.

The reality is that the “new” me signed up for a Half IronMan, the one in Augusta on 9/30, and I need to get my act together. This is not material to fool around with. This is big. So, I really have to train. I won’t be able to wiggle it like I had done in a couple of past races. This is grown up stuff, so I have to grow up.

I’ve been sticking to my program as much as I can. I’ve been actually doing all of it except for the strengthening workout which I know I need! I know! I know! I can hear my coach repeating this to us constantly, and I have yet to pay attention. Shame on me!

So, I know I shouldn’t complain because of the weather… some folks have it worse living in cold areas, high altitude, etc… but it really sucks when you are scheduled for an outdoor workout and you are stuck in your house wondering what to do.

Below a shot of my “fun” bike ride, watching CNN and hoping my one hour workout flies…

Stationary Bike - Boring piece of equipment but saved the day.

Just an Observation

In Swim, Triathlons on June 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

For some reason it never occurred to me that my goggles could split in half. This morning during my 2,450 yard workout, these things were pending from a little thin piece of the rubber that makes them a whole. Luckily I had another pair of Barracuda HydroBat Racing Goggles in my swim bag. These are my favorite brand and model of goggles by far… not that I’ve used them ALL, but so far, these make me happy.

Anyway, some reason I never thought these little things would break, neither swim caps. Yes, swim caps break too, if you didn’t know. I’ve already broken one of my favorites… it was neon green and said “Got Chlorine?” The cap, too, split opened in half one day after a swim. That’s why I always carry two of everything that has to do with swimming, especially two pairs of goggles for races. However, I often wonder what can I possibly do when the swim starts and I have a goggle malfunction… it’s not like I can yell “Wait! Stop the race! I need to rush to transition for an extra pair of goggles!” I think at that point I’d be pretty much screwed and would have to suck it up.

So here’s to my mirrored Barracuda’s. Thanks for training and racing for me for the past…??? six months? Now it’s time to go to Trijungle and restock before my next swim.

My Barracuda Goggles

The Countdown to 47!

In Bike, Life, Run, Swim, Triathlons on June 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Tomorrow is my birthday. Right now I’m saying goodbye to my 46th year on this planet. A year filled with amazing experiences, great challenges and incredible sacrifices. It brought the best out of me and the worse. It taught me a lot about myself. Of what I am made of… and I can still stand tall and proud. A year that brought me right to this place. Right now. The good. The bad. It was all a blessing, because of all of it I am who I am in this moment. And yet I feel eager to see what the road ahead of me has instock.

I can continue to write nostalgically, romantically, spiritually, deeply, or real corny… But not today. Maybe tomorrow. Today I will tell you this as the most profound thought of the day: Tomorrow I will be 47 and as far as this blog is concerned, that only means I get to remain in the same age group (45 – 50) I’ve been in since last year… So the trauma of moving into a new age group will have to wait three more years!!!

Send me love tomorrow!

 

Juicing

In Triathlons on June 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

It’s been a while… since last I wrote. But I don’t want you to get excited because I’m not sure if tomorrow I will come back to continue here. Let’s play it by ear and hope I do come back. But I’ve been keeping myself very busy aside from training, so writing is not in the back of my mind… it’s more like in the basement.

BUT, I do want to share with you my new addiction… juicing. I bought myself a masticating juicer for my 47th birthday, which is next June 5th, and I’ve been juicing (or is it milking?) that thing every morning, and sometimes at night. If I could live from juicing, that would be the only thing I would ingest. But I highly doubt athletes can sustain endurance this way… or maybe I’m wrong? I need to research this extensively!!!

Anyway, I wanted to share a recipe that’s got my own juices in heaven… I call it “Carola’s Morning Delight”, and this is how it goes:

  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1 little piece of ginger
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 of a cucumber

Today I made a variation that had me up there in the stratosphere… I added to the recipe above:

  • Parsley (small amount)
  • Wheatgrass
  • Green Grapes

I wish my Alien Endurance teammate mymultipersonality would be in town so she could try this elixir. I know she would appreciate it. But I guess we will have to wait ’til fall for that to happen.

Enjoy my friends! If you do this and you like it, or not, just drop me a note! Love to hear what you think!

A triathlete’s best friend

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on May 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I never imagine I would get used to getting in and out of a porta-potty like if were walking into the most amazing place. Well, of course, it is clearly not the most amazing place, but come race morning butterflies start rambling around, your digestive system decides to deliver the results of your breakfast, and all that water you’ve been drinking to maintain yourself hydrated before the swim start kicking in. At that moment, a porta-potty can become a triathlete’s best friend.

When you get into this sport, you need to leave behind your girlie fashions and be happy with putting your socks on feet filled with sand, with mounting a bike all wet, with hair all tangled or just puffed up, legs marked with grease from your bike, get bitten by mosquitoes, getting the most terrible tan you can ever imagine, and many, many other things you can imagine. And yes, getting into the most disgusting place ever: the porta-potty.

But do not fear! You will get used to it.

No Excuses

In Bike, Life, Run, Swim, Triathlons on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote. More than a month, probably? I’ve been trying to write the reasons why I haven’t done it, but I just don’t like how it comes out and just the thought of having to change the copy around to make it sound perfectly “sound”, means digging again into wounds that are still very sensitive to the touch. So, I will let that draft sit in its designated box until I have the nerve to rescue it and make some sense out of it.

What I wanted to share with you today was this picture of Hector Picard and myself.

Tonight I had the honor of meeting this inspirational Triathlete at Miami Pace‘s monthly event. I had seen Hector in many of the races I’ve been in, but it was on the Egg Hunt Triathlon this month that I was able to see him up close, as opposed to the usual glimpse you typically get at a race while crossing paths at transition, on the course or at the finish line. That day I didn’t race. I was asked to help out with photographing the triathletes at the Finish Line and the Awards Ceremony. I was literally and figuratively watching the race from a different lens.

Through my lens, I saw Hector get in the water. I saw Hector get out of the water. Then I saw Hector come through the finish line. Then I saw Hector on the podium receiving a medal. Believe me, I saw Hector.

I will not tell you the details of why Hector is an inspiration to everyone here in the Miami Triathlon community. I will not bore you with my reasonings. I will let you see for yourself.

This beautiful man, has the energy and will power to move mountains, with an incredible sense of humor and that great childish smile you see on his face.

I urge you to check out Hector (click here, and here & PLEASE click here too) and report back. That means, leave me a note.

There are no excuses to live life at the fullest.

Seniors Train for Their First Tri

In Bike, Run, Swim, Triathlons on March 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

You might want to keep on eye on THIS group on July 28th!!! They are doing their first Sprint Triathlon.

What I love about this sport, apart from hosting an environment filled with people who will support and encourage you all the way, is that age is not a barrier. I hope I reach 70 and more racing my butt all the way.