A Van Awesome Journey

Hi thanks for finding my blog! I am a wife of an awesome husband and proud mother to two amazing boys. I just quit my job to stay at home with our children and now have all the time in the world to play play play!!! Play with my children and play some games of my own...hence this blog. I entered a contest to be part of an Adventure Race something I have never done before. So I am required to blog weekly on my journey...so here goes..thanks for sharing it with me :).................So what has started out as a blog for reasons mentioned above has now continued into an on going journey that I have been asked to continue to share...and you with me! So thanks for coming along for the ride :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tri Tri again!

Ok so today was the Sprint Triathlon that I have been training all summer for with Mommy's/Babes in Motion :) (670m swim, 20k bike, 5k run)

It's double the distance I did last year and for some reason I wasn't very nervous about it...I was pretty calm...in fact too calm! LOL! I was so busy taking pictures and video for our video I'm making and talking to another first timer that I almost missed my wave going out! I noticed a lot of purple caps in the water and I was purple. When I went to check I was told "You need to be in the water NOW!!" and they were on the 30sec count down.....so no chance to get nervous or care if the water was cold or not.....3..2...1...GO!!!! OH OK! :S

So the swim felt great and even though I was being passed by some people who started in the wave behind me I didn't care. Hopped out onto the bike and for the first 20min the energy chew I took sat like a rock in my stomach :S....but after that I was ok....LOVED the down hill coming back and of course let out a big, "YAAAAAAA HOOOOOO!!!" and also every time I saw another red shirt of a teammate we gave out a holla!!! It was great we were hooting and holla-ing to each other all through the race course :)

Now when I came in from off the bike Oh BOY!!! my quads were like, "OK I'm done!" This is the 'brick' part of the race. As I was getting ready I couldn't help but dread the VERY hilly run ahead. As I stood up from tying my shoes I just had this split second moment were I wanted to bend down and cry....but instead I started out on the run course.....ok around the first loop...I stopped and walked where I needed to and didn't care...I was going to finish this sucker running, walking or crawling. I really don't know how I got through it without listening to any music, but I did the hilly loop twice for my 5k....I am sure it was seeing all the other Mommy's in Motion girls out there pushing themselves too that kept me going.....

I finished sprinting faster then I planned cause Coach Nancy was running beside me saying/yelling, "COME ON GAIL UNLEASH THE FIRE!!!!!!....pass that girl in front of you....ok now lets go get another one!!!!" LOL!!!!....When I was done I thought I was going to throw-up and I was seeing spots...so I sat down not even caring where me family was.....my 4yrs found me and ran up to me with a big hug saying, " Mommy you were the fastest!!!" I replied with, " Thanks buddy, but I wasn't the fastest and that was ok because it was really hard and I did my very best and I am happy with that....and look they gave me a medal cause I had so much fun"

Ok so I must say...That was fucking hard!!!! I think the hardest thing I have done so far...I was totally not prepared for that and I am very proud of myself cause I was pushed way outside my comfort zone and I still kept moving. Last year the race I felt was a cake walk so whenever anyone heard I did a Triathlon and said, "Oh wow that's really great" I kind of just surged it off as no biggy.... BUT now when people say, " Oh wow good for you" I will reply with, " Yes thank you!!!!" I earned that baby!!!

Hardest thing to date..........

Also the video will be posted in a few days stayed tuned :)

'Live in YOUR Awesome'


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