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.

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See Amy Tri

Well, based on the title it should be obvious that I have completely gone insane. For those who dont get it, Tri is short for Triathlon. Catching on now? 

Last Thursday evening I committed to participate in the

GJCC Memorial Day Triathlon!

It’s a sprint tri held at the Gordon Jewish Community Center here in Nashville – so May 2009 will be the big event!

How did I get myself in to this? Well, a couple of friends and I were discussing the half marathon that I’m doing this fall and how I’ve received such great support and training advise from Ironman, Dan Perkins.  One of the girls said her husband was training for an ironman and did triathlons. Then she went on to talk about the one this past year at the GJCC and how much fun it was, etc. My other friend, Nicki Robbins, started the discussion of how fun it would be to do one, but she doesnt run. I laughed at the notion, because I dont swim. Alas, this one can be done as a relay team. So that was where we started – Nicki and I participating together as a relay team. That lasted about 5 seconds. New idea… she would help me swim, I would help her run and we participate separately. So, there you have it!  Just a couple of friends hanging out getting laser hair removal (that’s a different post), drinking pomegranate margaritas and when I leave the building I’m going to move to the next level of endurance sports.

But did I mention that I swim like a drowning cat? Literally, I tried twice this summer to swim laps at the pool and I simply can not swim freestyle anymore. I dont know what happened. I took all the swim lessons as a kid. Lived at the pool. Mastered all strokes except the butterfly (coordination issue). This is the result of years of performing a modified breast stroke with my head out of the water as to not mess up the hair (come on, a lot of you went through that phase in high school & college). Apparently, I cant seem to stand putting my face in the water and turning to the side to take a breath. I can do it maybe twice and then I’m freaking out needing to stop. So, that presents a little bit of a challenge.

But guess what?  I LOVE CHALLENGES!!!Ever since I got my rear off the couch and started running, I’m tackling life in a new fashion. I mean, I’m not a super woman, I know that. And I’m not even a very good runner, Lord knows I know that. But I went from not being able to run a mile to running 3.2 in less than 4 wks of training. My next leap in mileage was from 4 to 7 miles in 4 wks. And I’m ready for more! My TNT coach has actually stopped me from going extra miles. So training for the half marathon and figuring out my style, pace and issues, has really taught me that I can accomplish anything. 

Does the idea of a half marathon scare me anymore like it did when I signed up? No. Even the idea of a marathon doesnt make me shake in my shoes. There is a saying, “If you can run a mile, you can run a marathon”. Now I get it! I didn’t understand it until I started with my longer training runs. And now it makes we want to do more.

So, can I do a sprint Tri? Yes, I believe with 100% confidence I can. I would have never had the courage to make that statement a year ago, even 6 months ago. But today, I am a woman who is learning that I can trust God and trust myself and make good decisions. That brings about a confidence and peace that I’m not really sure I’ve had in my personal life before. And that’s pretty cool.

So, I can’t swim. I dont own a bike. Dont have the money to outfit myself with the latest and great equipment that I have been surfing on the web all night long (literally all night long – no sleep for the pup). But I will share with you what I do have: Drive, Confidence, Support and Will! These things you cant buy. The rest will work itself out.

I’m so stoked to get started training, but first I have this little half marathon thing I need to do. =)