What I have in common with J.Lo

Well, other than brown hair and plenty of bootie! LOL! J Lo trained and completed her first triathlon this year and I am starting to train for my first as well. (Officially, of course, once the docs release me to do so!)

This morning I went to the Music City Triathlon. I decided since it was so close, it was a perfect opportunity for me to support my friends and see this thing up close before I compete in one.  I’ll sum it up by saying it was a brutal event. Not normal triathlon brutal; it was conditions brutal. The wind was strong, blowing white caps on the lake, and little sand storms on part of the run course. Apparently it was so bad they stopped the swim portion of the race after a few waves started. I was amazed and in awe of the people participating. 

I knew about 8 people competing and was fortunate to be able to talk to all of them. It was really great seeing some of my old GM/Saturn coworkers battling through this monster of an event. Shelly Collins is one of them. She’s a mother of 2 little girls and works full time. And, get this, she is training for an Ironman next year. That’s the 140 mile event that requires about 20 hrs of training weekly. Another friend is training for one of them this fall. She was supposed to complete today, but had to withdraw. You can read about this extreme endurance event from Ironman Dan Perkins here

It was energizing and inspiring and really got me psyched up to start training for next year. I will also admit that it was a little frightening to see the athletes in pain. Yes, it was painful for some, not so much for others. I would’ve died.  But what I loved so much about being there and talking to my friends like Shelly was the level of concentration and focus and determination that it brings to each individual. According to Shelly she basically doesn’t sleep. She instead chooses to get up at 3:30 in the morning to train. Wow, talk about dedication and inspiration!

People dont get it. I didn’t get until I got the running bug. Now I get it. It’s a need. It’s a religion. Well maybe that’s a bad way to put it. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a disciplined lifestyle. I read it over and over again in blogs, forums and magazines. It’s a healthy, intentional, and productive way to live. All within balance of course. My challenges will be training because of my circumstances of being a single mom. But I am going to do my best and hopefully be a positive, healthy, and inspiring role model for my kids.

Read more about JLo’s experience below.   


entertainment-eonline-20080914-b28916J.Lo, McConaughey Rise and Shine for Malibu Triathlon

Wedding Planner costars Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey reunited on the shores of Malibu on Sunday morning. The two were among the hundreds of participants at the annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which benefits Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program. 

The 39-year-old singer/actress finished the half-mile ocean swim, 18-mile bike ride and four-mile run in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds, according to People

magazine. Husband Marc Anthony cheered from the sidelines and escorted Lopez to the VIP area after she crossed the finish line.J.Lo, who gave birth to twins Max and Emme in February, enlisted the help of trainer-to-the-stars Gunnar Peterson to prepare for her first triathlon.

Plenty of other stars also competed, including Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Scott Foley, Monique Coleman, Jon Cryer, Anna Kournikova and The Bachelor Andy Baldwin.




Courtesy of E! Online Entertainment.


3 thoughts on “What I have in common with J.Lo

  1. The only thing I have in common w/ jLO is the Latino buttocks and a last name….well, and certainly the Cha Cha upbringing complete with Catholic guilt. 😉

    I wish I could have what you have in common w/ her….but right now…I’m praying I will make it 25 minutes straight on my eliptical tomorrow morning.

    Rock on sister friend. You are such an inspiration….and you don’t need to have the LO at the end of your name to inspire.


  2. I’ll join you on the list of people getting ready to start training. I’ve been reading a ton of cool blogs by triatheletes lately, and it is really inspiring. I’m hoping to try my first early in 2009.

    Keep us posted on your training!

  3. I’m sorry I missed Music City this year – sounds like one to remember for sure…or maybe forget. Triathlon training is great, you’re gonna love it. Just as you get bored with one thing, you’ve gotta get on to the next! One piece of advice for training – never skip a workout because you ‘want to’ or ‘don’t feel like it.’ There will be times that life will throw you a curveball and you will HAVE to miss something. Save it for those times, the times when you have to miss. Next up, Ironman Florida, holy !@#.

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