2 Week Recap: 1st Place, Certified Swim Instructor, New PR in 15K

WP_20150321_18_19_40_ProLife’s been really busy here as I started my schooling with the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, Certified Personal Trainer, Ironman training, and my day job.  As I read and learn more about foods and the food industry it absolutely amazes me that our government is essentially allowing the corporate food industry to poison the American Public all in the name of greed.  For the first time ever back in I think it was 2011 there are more overweight people than there are underweight people on the planet!   American’s are in an over abundance of food and we are the most wasteful country on the planet when it comes to food.   So what can be done about it?  It starts when the consumer and their level of knowledge.   In America most people know that the food they buy is killing them but they simply don’t care or they don’t have enough money to eat right.   That’s right they don’t have enough money to eat a healthy diet!!!   So because they don’t have enough money to survive there are going to now be sick and now cost more in healthcare!   The healthcare industry and food industry is in the business to make money and it’s at our expense.   So that’s been the breadth of my school the last 2 weeks along with learning the muscle system, skeletal structure, and nervous system.  Let’s just let that one sink in for a bit.

WP_20150315_13_08_02_ProOn March 15th I did the Olympic distance Super Seal Triathlon and got first place in the Clydesdale Division.   This race is a small event maybe consisting of 500 athletes.  I didn’t have an overly great race.  I was literally in the last wave starting at 9AM.  We had to be out of transition by 7AM so I had 2 hours of standing around twiddling my thumbs.  By that time the sun was out in full force and I was standing in the bay just to keep cool.   Anyways by the time the horn blew we were off and I was holding what seemed to be an extremely slow pace (1:35 min/100yrd).  Pulled out a 24 min swim (rounded up) which is the typical for me.  Decent transition from swim to bike, when just as I was about to mount my bike the guy ahead of me essentially cut me off by not turning is bike to go out the shoot before mounting.   Either way once on the bike I started settling in and putzing with my HRM since it showed 0 for my HR which wasn’t good.   Had what seemed to be a headwind the entire time but I was still able to churn out a 20MPH avg.  At the 2nd turn around though caught some tail wind and was able to crank it up to 27 MPH at least for 2-3 miles before the headwind got us again.   Since the sun was essentially baking us I was completely dry, the sweat was evaporating just as fast as it was coming out.  I was popping salt every 15 minutes or so, and then I took a salt stick right up the nose.   That wasn’t fun, but what race wouldn’t be fun without surprises.   The run was just a sufferfest trying to stay hydrated (went through 4 water bottles) and keep the legs going.  Special thanks to the supporter who let me swap my empty water bottle for her full one.

The following weekend I had my US Swim Masters Adult Learn To Swim Certification class.  I was excited to take the class and actually learn the steps and processes of teaching adults how to swim.  I’ve been a swimmer since I was 5-6 and while I can’t remember the lessons I took if any, I certainly know that swimming comes naturally to me now.   So it’s hard for me to understand how a person just doesn’t know how to swim and then the steps it takes to teach them.   So I figured since I help out with the Triathlon Club of San Diego’s Beginner Open Water Swim why not learn and truly help people not be afraid of the water?   So I did it and I had a lot of fun.  I even now have to find a pool to teach in for one-on-one’s as I’ve had people ask me to teach them.

The Hot Chocolate 15K – This is a fun race and the course is challenging as there is not a single flat on it.  Last year I ran it 1:31:32 with a 9:47 avg and felt like I was going to die.  I was also in much better training shape as I was peaking for Ironman Oceanside 70.3.   This year though I ran it in 1:26:46 with a 9:21 Avg.  I felt great during the run and after run outside my hip flexor being super tight since I haven’t been stretching or doing Yoga.

All in all though it’s been a great last 2 weeks. 

San Diego Half Marathon Race Report – 2015

V__2F3EThis is my second year running this race.  Last year I ran it as my last real long run before my first half Ironman.  I ran it in 2:12:xx.  This year I ran it in 2;06:08 and felt really good the entire way through.  Honestly I didn’t really have a game plan going into this race, at least a solid one anyways.   The schedule called for a long training run which usually means at my Z2 pace which is about 10:20 or so.   Then I figured I’d see what I had in me and went to see how fast I could do it without totally wrecking myself.  I felt really good with training going into the race.  I had ran every day in February which was an all time high for me.  I completed a 10 mile run and a Ragnar Relay.

So race morning went like any other morning.  Had my pre-race breakfast of PB & banana sandwich.  Set off to the start with my coach and her husband who gave me a ride.  Got down to the venue and did quite a bit of walking around and talking with fellow TCSD members.  I looked at my wave and it had me in wave 12.  I was pretty ticked that I was stuck back here.  When I registered I put 2:15:xx as my finish time and figured I’d be put towards the middle waves finally.  Well nope they had me back with the 2:45 and 3 hour finishers.  So what does this mean?   It mean’s that I’ll be battling the walkers and zig zagging in and out of the walls of walkers who are there taking up the entire running lane.  So anyways the waves rolled through very fast from the start.  Then I was running the race started.  I was cruising a really good pace through out the entire race.   My coach ran the rest of the race with me from mile 3 to the finish line.  It was fun.  Right about mile 9 right before the run up Washington St. my right hip started to act up and it’s been a bit tender lately.  Queue not enough stretching and yoga.  During the race I took in 3 GU’s and was popping some Base Performance Electrolyte Salts.   I didn’t take any of the on course Ultima electrolyte drink since I can’t stomach the stuff and will throw up  about 1 minute after it goes down.    The weather was awesome with the sun out and it wasn’t too hot either.

Thanks to everyone for their support and what a great race to run.  Can’t wait till next year.

What a Couple of Weeks!

WP_20150221_18_09_30_ProIt’s been a busy last few weeks here for me.  I had 2 weekends of racing back to back and I’ve signed up for school to become a Health/Life Coach.  Also finish off getting my certification in Personal Training.  It was that time for me to make my move and get things going to really build my health coach business and be able to not just help them from the outside but actually be able to help their over all fitness.  Oh yeah I forgot to throw in Certified Nutritionist as well.

So what is a “Health Coach”?  A Health Coach is a mentor who works with clients to achieve their wellness goals.  They do this by addressing all the facets of health in addition to your eating, relationships, exercises, career, and spirituality.  Health Coaches help people become healthier and happier in their life.

Why did I choose to go after this you might ask?  Well as most know my day job just isn’t rewarding or fulfilling in the least bit.  It does allow me to go do the stuff I love doing and that’s helping people and racing.  I’ve always been one who leads by example, and I feel that because I was fat at one point and struggled the hard way to not just lose the weight but to make those lifestyle choices and sacrifices that this will really help me connect with people.

On top of that I raced in the California 10/20 and did my first Ragnar 203 Mile Run Relay.  What an experience with a great group of people.  I can’t wait for my next one.