#IAMLIMITLESS in 2018 and beyond

It’s been a rough end to 2017 and beginning of 2018 with the natural disasters (fires & mudslides) in my area. Thankfully my family is safe, but I haven’t escaped the effects of the devastation. It’s hard for me to put into words the heaviness I’ve carried in my heart. It’s made it difficult to stay excited and focused on my goals for the 2018 triathlon season.

When Fit Approach invited me to partner with Gixofit for the #IAmLimitless campaign it couldn’t have come at a better time. I wasn’t looking to make any resolutions for 2018, but I do have goals and changes I’ve been striving to make a permanent part of my lifestyle. The word LIMITLESS just really resonated with me.

Anxiety, whixh I’ve battled with for years, slowly begin to rear it’s ugly head again. It got so bad I ended up in the ER (as shared in this recent Instagram post) on New Year’s Eve. In the past I would let anxiety take me to a place where fear took over and would stop doing the things I loved. I REFUSE to go down that path again. I worked too hard to get where I am today….listening to the desires in my heart and acting on them, rather than staying stuck somewhere I am unhappy and letting the fears in my head rule.

This blog follows my triathlon pursuits. I believe triathlon (along with my husband and family) are the reasons I’ve been able to overcome anxiety and limitations (which all stemmed from fear). I overcame my fear of open water swimming, sharks, riding a bike on the open road, and probably the biggest thing holding me back… fear of FAILURE.

I went to film school and earned a degree in Screenwriting. Rather than following my dream of becoming a writer and penning a screenplay that would someday make it to the big screen, I took the safer route and got a job at an agency. I spent years working my way up the ladder and settled for a career I was not happy with (although I tried to convince myself I was). I realize now I had convinced myself I wasn’t a good enough writer, I’d never make a living or become successful at it…I was scared I would FAIL, so I never even tried.

I have since learned through triathlon that I AM LIMITLESS despite my fears and that it doesn’t matter if I fail. I DNF’d my first 70.3 attempt. In the past I would have been ashamed to admit this and would have moved on to something else silently. Hell I might have never even attempted one…it took 5 years in the sport to work my way up to believing I could do that distance.

I didn’t let that “failure” stop me from pursuing my passion. Less than 6 months later I attempted a 70.3 again and it was one of the best races of my life… setting the tone for an amazing 2017 season where I set new PR’s and competed at the USAT Age Group Nationals. Overcoming that failure helped me to really believe that I was LIMITLESS and could achieve anything.

I’m taking that attitude and mindset with me into 2018. I have even bigger goals and dreams now. I want to make it to the 2019 70.3 World Championships in France and complete a full Ironman in 2019. 2018 is about continuing the journey to these goals and putting in the work while knowing I CAN and WILL achieve them.

I even believe I can get to the ultimate dream of KONA and on a more personal level, I have plans to complete that screenplay that I’ve held onto for almost 20 years and actually do something with it.

What perceived limits have held you back?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gixofit and Fit Approach . The opinions and text are all mine.

What’s Next

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Hello friends!

Now that I can put a check next to Mountains 2 Beach Marathon (wahoo!) on my bucket list, thought I’d discuss what’s next.

Up next is my second “A” race of the year, Ironman 70.3 Arizona. Ever since I first took up triathlons in 2011, I have dreamed of doing an Ironman event and I’m so excited that this is the year to make it happen! My training has been focused on building endurance for the marathon, so seems like a natural transition to build upon that solid base to segue into training for my first half Ironman. For those not familiar with this event it consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (half marathon) run. Fun! Fun!

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not this is the right time to take on a coach and ultimately decided (to K’s wallet’s relief) that it wasn’t worth the cost right now since my main goal will be to just finish. I’m an ambitious person by nature, so after that, I know I’ll have new time related goals (as I already do for the marathon). Maybe I’ll hate it and never want to do another one again (not likely, haha). After this season I will reassess and think about getting a coach for the 2017 season. In the meantime, I’ve been scouring TrainingPeaks for the best 70.3 training plan.

In terms of running, I’m super excited to join the first ever RADrabbit team! Rabbit is an awesome new running apparel brand started right here in Santa Barbara by two local competitive runners who happen to be women!

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This summer, K, the boys and I are doing the entire Nite Moves series (a weekly 5k race through August). I also plan on doing a couple local 10k races and a sprint and Oly tri as part of 70.3 training.

As far as marathons go, I’ve been considering the California International Marathon (CIM) in December, but not ready to pull the trigger and sign up just yet. I know I want to do another one for sure, but also think my body deserves a break from heavy training after Ironman 70.3 AZ. We’ll see!

A question I get asked frequently.

How do you find the time to train as a working mom to twins?

Family time comes first. I get the majority of my workouts done super early in the morning before everyone else is up, during my lunch break (there is a pool right next to my office) and at T & C’s nap time or after tucking them in bed at night. And runs pushing them in the BOB stroller are my favorite! If I miss a workout because one of the boys is sick or wakes up early from a nap, I don’t stress over it. I’m also fortunate to have a mother-in-law next door who comes to watch them if K is at work or out doing errands. K supports my passions just as I support his and together we make it work. We do our best to balance our individual hobbies and passions so that they do not take away from our family time.

What’s next for you?

Happy training!

XO,

Christina

Marathon/Tri Training Recap: Week 7

It’s race week! This week is going to be interesting as I balance tapering for my triathlon on Sunday while keeping marathon training on track. The race is a sprint distance and even though it’s been over two years since my last triathlon, I feel pretty confident and excited about what this body can do! SuperSEAL is not technically one of my “A” races for the year, but I know I’m still going to race my heart out and gun for a new PR.

This past week was pretty tough as I increased my running mileage again while maintaining my planned swim and bike workouts. It’s been a good preview of what’s to come when half Ironman training starts this summer.

Lesson of the week: Fueling and nutrition really ARE important and not just during workouts.

Here is how this week played out:

Monday35 minute ride on the trainer. T & C had a doctor’s appointment which required me to leave work early, so switched my usual lunchtime swim for a trainer ride during their nap time. I was only able to get 35 minutes in before C woke up and was clearly not going back to sleep. My first priority is them, so I always bend my training schedule to adapt to whatever changes are happening in their schedule. Most all of my training is done while they are sleeping (early in the morning before they wake up, nap time or after they go to bed at night) or with them in the jogging stroller (the best)!

Tuesday6 miles at the track and 902 yard swim. This week’s workout was 1 mile @ 5k pace (7:25) followed by 6×800 slightly faster. Usually by the last 800 I’m hurting and struggle to finish it. Not this week. My last 800 was faster than the previous 800. Yay for progress and squeezing in a short swim on my lunch break!

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Wednesday – 1,804 yard swim. Solid last big swim workout prior to the triathlon. 6x50m fast (1:02, 1:01, 1:01, 1:01, 1:01, 1:01) 100m, 150, 200m x2. Again progress, as I stayed consistent with my pace through each interval. Followed this up with a 20 minute easy stroller run date to the swings with the boys in the afternoon.

Thursday6.6 mile run. This was my first HRT (Hope Ranch Thursday) group run. Apparently there has been a weekly group run right in my neighborhood for years and I just found out about it. Hope Ranch has lots of hills which used to intimidate me, but now I just have fun with them.

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Friday – REST DAY. It rained so it was a good day to take off.

Saturday – 1 hour ride/20 minute run brick. I haven’t done many brick workouts this training cycle. My legs felt a little like jello the first few minutes of the run. It’s always a weird sensation going from the bike to the run.

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Sunday – 15 mile long run. This was my longest run to date. During all my half marathon training cycles the longest training run was 12 miles and then the half marathon itself is 13.1. One area I’ve never paid proper respect to in my training is nutrition. I try to eat healthy in general, but know I could be doing much better in this department. For long runs, I take a couple gels with me and use a mix of Nuun and water for hydration. The water fountain I usually refill my bottle at twice along this long route was not working, but fortunately K’s office is nearby, so I made a quick stop there to refill. I took my first gel 40 minutes in and a second at mile 10. I felt great the majority of the run, but started to feel I was losing steam the last mile. A few minutes after finishing  I felt very lightheaded. Long story short I realized right then I can no longer wing it with a few gels. I think it was my lack of a proper prerun meal coupled with not cooling down properly that caused my dizziness. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter for breakfast at 8:00am, a few bites of a croissant and 2 Honey stinger chews 15 minutes before the run. I start my long runs right after the boys go down for nap around noon. I usually wait until after the run for lunch. Mistake. I should have had something more substantial at least 1 hour prior to the run. I expected that toast with peanut butter and a few bites of a croissant to fuel me for 4 hours prior to the run and the 2 1/2 hours during?? I mistakenly thought the big pasta dinner the night before would be enough to get me through and I don’t like to eat too much prior to a run/race. I always have toast with peanut butter the morning of a race, but most races are early in the morning. Since my long runs are now mostly mid-day, I need to rethink my fueling plan. All part of the trail and error of training right?

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I have more thoughts on nutrition and my prior issues with it, but will save that for another day/post.

All in all, it was a great week and I feel good about where I’m at in my training. I have a tri to look forward to and family fun time in San Diego this weekend. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Total time: 7hrs 33mins

Happy training!

XO

Christina

 

Oops! I Did It Again!

Tapering can bring on moments of temporary insanity. I signed up for a marathon last weekend.

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Mountains 2 Beach Marathon in May 2016 will be my first marathon. I tend to do this sort of thing a lot. If I have a big event coming up, I do something drastic to deflect my attention. Right after I got engaged and started planning my wedding I decided to sign up for my first triathlon. I gave birth then signed up for a half marathon a few weeks later. Maybe its a defense mechanism of sorts. Like signing up for a marathon is so big time that it doesn’t matter what happens with the race this weekend, there are bigger fish to fry on the horizon.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been wanting to sign up for a marathon for a while. I had been eyeing both M2B and the LA Marathon as potential firsts. M2B registration opened first, so I pounced. Who knows, I may even sign up for LA too. Registration opens the day before we leave for Spain, which will be our first time on a plane with the boys. I might need to do something drastic to take my mind off that. 🙂 I’m super excited and (not going to lie) a bit terrified to take on a full marathon. I have no regrets about signing up. I can’t wait to start my marathon journey, but first I have a triathlon relay to run!

Did a little 2 mile shake out stroller run this morning, then picked up my race packet.

I won’t officially meet my relay teammates until tomorrow just before the race starts, but we’ve chatted over email and they seem like two bad ass chicks.

I haven’t done a relay since Jr. High and this is my first triathlon relay. In some ways I’ve put more pressure on myself for this race because I’m not just running it for me, but two other people. I’m going to try my hardest to bring my A game for them.

Happy racing!