Saturday, June 15, 2013

From Couch to Triathlon

Who would of thought 2 years ago that I would now be 60 lbs lighter and a triathlete!  At that time if someone would have taken bets, I would have laughed and laughed and grabbed a beer and maybe some chips and laughed again!

Well here I am from 220 to 160 and from couch to Triathlon:)

August 2011

June 2013

Don't might if I do pat myself on the back:)

There is no crazy diet thrown into this mix....believe me, I have tried them.  And have always gained back as many of us have.  This time I decided that the key word in the journey was going to be "fit," not "skinny."
So about 2 years ago I started.  I joined a gym and very painfully stepped onto the treadmill, plagued with embarrassment of my current weight, wearing spanx under my workout clothes, and pressed "GO."  I hired a fantastic trainer, Jesse Johns, and worked out with him once a week.  I decided to set physical goals for myself that would force me to train.  My first accomplishment was last spring when I competed in the Warrior Dash.  It was the first competitive race I had ever done and it was awesome.  I was hooked.


Lynn & I

I proceeded to compete in 2 additional mud-runs last year.  One being the Muck Ruckus to benefit MS, for my friend Shannon.
Team Red Hot Mama!

Me & Gina

I actually made it!

And also conned my husband, Brett, into doing the Gladiator Rock and Run with me!

Brett & I

He may or may not have been channeling his inner Old School's "Frank the Tank" (love you ,Brett!)

Do I go to the gym everyday?  No.
Do I eat perfect all the time? No.
I do what I can each week putting forth as much effort as I can depending on work, kids & Brett's travel schedule.  I make working out a priority each week and pre-plan as to when I can fit it in.
And I always tell myself that a 20 minute workout is better than no workout at all.
I eat better.
I feel better.

So coming into 2013 I began the search for a new challenge and in February I signed up for the "My First Tri." I got my friend Nicole to do it and another friend, Erin, had registered as well! We gave ourselves a little over 3 months to train and on Saturday, June 8th, we did it!

Erin, Me & Nicole

I still can't believe it. I became a triathlete.

I'm a purple hat somewhere up front on the right. I came out 3rd in my age group for swim!


Nicole & I coming in to the transition

start of 3 mile run

almost done!

And I can't wait to do another one.  Actually, I have already scouted one out for September!
My time was 1 hour 40 mins and I am super excited to see how I can beat this now knowing what to expect.

Of course, there are always a few lessons learned.....

  • In that quarter mile swim I couldn't help but wonder where that wall was that I so graciously pushed myself off  during practices into each lap went.  Note to self, practice more open water swims. There is NO wall to propel yourself forward.
  • When you are kicked in the head, don't freak out.  Lifeguards are are not going to die!
  • Must figure how to grow gills to flush out gallons of consumed water. Lake water. yuck!
  • Must practice cycling on hills. Period.
  • And why, OH WHY, is running so boring to me????  Seriously, I get annoyed with myself and how I can't get over this.  Must learn to sing and run so that I can entertain myself although others might find my mix of Jay Z, Maroon 5 & Gotye confusing and a bit psychotic.

And my favorite part crossing the finish line was my cheering section!  Super thanks to Brett, Braxton, Wyatt, Ken, Barb, Caleb, Maddie, Leigh Anne, Shannon, Jason, Jack, Dawn & Riley for the support.  It was an awesome feeling crossing that finish line and having you all there!

Nicole & I....mission accomplished!

Me & My Boys

Wyatt, Ken & Barb

Sweet Jack

Me & my Red Hot Mama (Shannon)


  1. So proud of you! Can't wait to see you kick booty in the next MS MuckFest Oct.5th!!!!

  2. Very inspirational! Love how you say "the key word in the journey was going to be "fit," not "skinny." Keep it going!