The more triathletes I meet, the more incredible the stories I hear about people coming into the sport or continuing on in it after, a horrible car accident (Coach Josh S), a terrible bike crash (Dannie), even cancer (Brittany). Triathletes are resilient people! Which is why I wanted to tell you all about my friend Monique. She's someone I like to think I had a little bit to do with getting started in the sport ;) Check out how far she's come.
|Monique and her new bike!|
|Monique at a 5k with her son, Liam|
In March this year, I was training for the Crescent City Classic, and my long run was up to 10 miles when I learned about the New Orleans Rock-n-Roll marathon/half marathon in 10 days. Somehow I got it in my head that this half marathon was Mine, something I wanted all on my own with no help from anyone. So I ran it! I would’ve done better if I had actually trained for it, but it was incredibly fun and I was stoked. [Run time = 2:16:17]
|Post race with Nick and Liam|
[Laura's] blog and watching several other of my friends find time to progress in triathlons really inspired me to be part of that too. It’s amazing to see how successful you are all the while excelling in school, getting multiple degrees, and teaching! The final straw was finding out about “The Big Cajun,” an Olympic distance triathlon taking place on my 35th birthday; to me it would be a great symbol of how far I’ve come since my first 5K that would be exactly 1 year prior. I have a lot of work before I’m ready, but I think I can do it! I Could be watching TV, or playing video games, or out partying, or whatever, but that would get me nowhere fast. This is something I can improve on over the next few decades.
I’m in love with racing; it’s my way of dealing with the incredible amount of stress in my life. I’m not as fast as I’d like to be but I improve all the time, and the changes to my lifestyle that I’ve made to become faster have all been positive. My 5-year-old now already makes incredibly healthy decisions about his eating habits and stays very active. The hardest thing, of course, is finding time to balance it all. Maintaining strong relationships with the people important to me is my top priority, especially my son and Nic, so in order not to lose any quality time I start with the time I have with them and work around that. I make sure I don’t sit too much at work, I stand up at my computer, and I do a lot of drills and stretching in my office since I can’t get a lot of practice in some days. Maybe it looks silly to my coworkers but I honestly don’t care; it’s such a small sacrifice to maintain that important healthy balance in my life!"
|Ready for her first open water swim!|
5K run 9:14/M 28:38.0 - I was tired. It hurt. And it started again immediately on that same overpass and I almost walked but couldn't quite bring myself to do it. That's all I really remember about it, just being freaking tired and remembering that no matter what running off the bike always feels sucky so might as well go fast. My second best 5K race time (next to the Turkey Trot) but I've been doing much better than that training lately.
Also, this race I finally had my transitions timed: T1 I was 1st AG, 2nd OA by less than a second, and T2 was 2nd AG 5th OA (I struggled with my race belt.) If my transitions weren't so good there's a chance the next girl would have beaten me, so I'm glad I worked on them so hard! And even though I didn't get anywhere near placing, for me this was my biggest personal racing accomplishment to date!
|Gold medal winner !|