You are going to disappear!

I often get ask the question of why I exercise the way I do, why so much? Some people think it is too much or that I am looking to lose weight, may be I am too skinny for the amount of exercise that I do. The reality is that I have been in the weight since 2001 and I am one of this people that don’t gain much weigh but when I do is because I am pregnant :). I don’t gain weight very easy but I do lose weight quiet easy, which sometimes, it is not that great to be 5’6″ and 155 lb and looking sickly.FullSizeRender.jpg

The other day in the lockers room a women came up to me and say “why do you swim so much, you look great and you probably have not kids, you are going to disappear if you keep it up” My husband thinks it is a compliment but I don’t think the same way since it is not the first time people think I swim, bike and run because I want to lose weight.

I do it because I like to swim, bike and run. I do it because I feel good and I do because it is my gateway of stay sane in my insanity world of do it all.

I wonder if people will get offend if I tell them that they need to lose weight. That they are too fat and they better start swimming, biking or running… What do you think?

For some people exercise is to lose weight, for me is feel good.

 

“Don’t let the noise from outside disturb your peace inside”

 

Till the next!

Linette

 

Five Mistake I made while training for my first triathlon

When I started training for my first triathlon, I made many mistakes along the road. I try to be knowledgeable about the sport but the bike was and still is my biggest challenge.

I purchase a bike with very little knowledge about the component and parts and whatever else makes bike. My brother, who is a former elite athlete in triathlon gave some tips about the bike and sometimes about the whole sport, but he’s in Germany so everything is over a brief conversation.

I knew I did’t have to worry about the swim so I focus on the bike and the run, big mistake.

  • Neglecting the swim was my first mistake. Yes I am in deed a very fast swimmer… in a pool, with lines and clear water no in the murky  water of New York City. My last swim before my first triathlon was a year before in Coney Island which also was done without any training. I did’t know how to stay straight and how not to get off off course and I did because I didn’t train for it and actually I thought I didn’t need to.
  • Not practicing any bricks. Actually, I didn’t know what “bricks” was till I finish my first race and I was talking about it with some team mates. They suggested I practice some bricks and transition. When I got off the bike into transition, my legs felt like gel and it took and good half of mile to start feeling some what normal.
  • Knowing absolutely nothing about your bike or how to change a flat. Well, I have been very lucky to not have a flat in any race but if it does happens, I will just call some one to pick me up because I have not idea how to change a flat. I have few opportunity to attend seminars on how to but, time is never on my side. YouTube for now will do the job. All I know about my bike is that it is a Specialized and its components are Shimano, it is black and red but’s about it. Sorry! 😦
  • Hydration was a big issue till very recently. I did the entire race, an olympic triathlon without drinking any liquid and by the time I was done, I paid the price. I was very dehydrated. Massive migraine and the feeling that I was about to die. But I didn’t learn from that. I keep doing the same for few more races till I couldn’t take the massive headaches and my doctor recommended to hydrate better while on the rides and runs.
  • Last but not least is poor sleep. For my first triathlon my youngest son was 18 months and my oldest 3 so my sleeping habits was very crappy. I was fighting to stay awake to clean up and catch up with house chores and I was also in the process of finishing my Bachelors in Business. If I slept 4 hours straight, it was a “good night of sleep” at least on my mind but I was tired physically and mentally. Not that It has change much but I at least I am done with school, my kids are bit older and they sleep through the night so I get a good 7 hours in a good day but the last year has been a big struggle with solo parenting.

I think at the end of the day I am grateful that I am able to get out do what I love. I have a long way to go, specially on learning the sports as a whole and learning my bike and how to train smart.

Before you do your first race, research about common mistakes so you don’t end up like me lol. It will make you feel good that you did it.. trust me.

Till next,

 

Linette

Paleo diet update… The struggle.

Well, well, well!! Paleo diet is going full speed now. On day 18 I can say I have finally come to terms with its process and understanding it much better.. Not 100% yet lol. It is harder than what I originally though, for sure. I don’t think I took into consideration the fact that I am an endurance athlete and may be carb is a big part of my diet.

The first week was really hard, I was having withdraws and headaches from the lack of sugars and process food. I was craving bread and rice but stay strong. I learned to plan better my meals and to insure I have healthy snacks whenever I go.

But not everything was going smooth…. I cheated on day 15th! It was just a crazy day running around, no lunch and

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no snacks, I was starving and feeling crappy. I had the slow cooker going so I knew I will have a good, nutritious diner waiting for me at home. I made a delicious beef stew in the slow cooker and I made rice for the family.. I was so hungry that I ate rice.. less than half a cup. kill me, I know!

 

Another huge challenge is eating out. We eat out often enough that, for me is a problem. I have ask for just meet and veggies everywhere we go and the thought of not knowing what on my food, kills me.

I am big fan of my fresh squeeze  juices. I love my carrot, beets and apples.. yum!! so there is always some fresh juice in my fridge.

So a day of food will look like:

Breakfast 8:00am:  Sweet potatoes (boil) two eggs and bacon with black coffee and juice.

Snack 11:00am: Protein shake or smoothy

Lunch 1:00pm: Grill Salmon with greens/avocado and fruits.

Snack 3:30: fruits and almonds or smoothy.

Diner 6:pm: steak with lots of veggies and avocado and juice.

Snack 10:00pm: protein shake 🙂

I am still learning the process and like I say before, it is not so easy. I know I have to make some changes, specially the days that I have longer rides and long runs. I still will have to do some carbs but so far is working.

I will keep you posted on how and when I will introduce carbs.. probably this weekend 🙂

 

Till then.. Cheers!!

 

Linette

 

Solo parenting and training.

Training for a Marathon or 70.3 is not an easy task to take on. You have to dedicate a lot of time and you need to have the dedication to take on the task and grueling hours ahead, but when your husband goes away for what seems like ALL the time, it is even harder, and when one of the kids gets sick, whatever plan you have, it goes out of the window. It is not easy but it has to get done.

I know I married a military/FDNY man and I knew from the early years that he will be gone for long periods of times. Having a plan to do what you need to do is where your success will lay.

I make a lot of mistakes training for my first marathon because I was more focus on putting the miles than putting the work. Quality vs quantitive. I didn’t run smart and that set of mind got me hurt. This time around I am trying to not stress out about the run, swim that did’t happen, instead I am trying to focus on being proactive. I know my husband is going away and I know he has to work so I will just have to plan accordantly with that. I don’t own a treadmill or pool big enough that I can do laps, and remember I live in NYC, outside pool is closed, so the run and swim will happen when Lucas goes to pre-school, which allows me two hours. The bike can happen in the basement with the trainer and when I can’t get to the pool or run, I can always lift and work out in my basement while my kids play.

when I am scheduling training, I also have to take into consideration that my kids play sports, not one or two but four and that’s not counting school activity.

Relying on others so you can train, can be very stressful since everybody works and after coming home from a long day at work, no one want to watch two kids that will give you a run for your money so you can “train”. I am very lucky to have grandma and papa that will take my boys any day when I resee-opportunities.jpgally need them and usually I will go for a run but this is not an everyday thing.

But it is not about making the excuses of how it is going to get done, it is about getting it done and the 70.3 miles are not going to swim,bike or run themselves. So lets get it done!

 

“It is your decisions not your conditions that truly shape the quality of your life.” —Anthony Robbins

 

Linette

 

 

 

Going paleo

For the month of April, I am going to try going Paleo. According to Robb Wolf the Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf

I am food lover and Spanish/Latina (yes I am both) so I love everything bread and rice with beans, so this will definitely be a huge challenge for me. Another big one is coffee. I like my coffee with cream and sweet so black and a bit of raw honey would be the way to go, at least for now.

Today is day 3 and for some reason I am starving, I have to eat more often and stock my fridge with the “Paleo approve” food. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and few little things for snacks.

The reason why I am doing this, is to get lean, I am skinny and tall but I am lacking on definitions, such as my stomach and my legs. I work out very regularly and I feel my body should be looking “hot” but it is not the case. I have two kids and you can tell when I take my clothes off. I feel that may be my diet is not helping me get lean the way I want. So I will give a month for trial and if I see good to great results I will stick to it. I have never diet before, when I was a swimmer I used to consume over 4,000 calories and it was a lot of pasta and pancakes. But I don’t want to look good, I want to feel good and strong and I am hoping Paleo diet will help me get there.

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This was lunch: One whole chicken breast with mushrooms. sweet potatoes and half avocado. Protein shake on the side. It looks like it was small portion but I was really full.

I am ready to see results. Summer is just 3 months away, meaning that triathlon season will be at its peak.

What about your diet? do you follow a diet because of health issue or because you are just like me and want to be a hot mama that wants to tri. keep me posted and commend.

Cheers!

Linette

Coming off of an injury.

FullSizeRenderLate 2014 I told myself that it was time to run a full marathon and for me the ideal marathon was NYC, so I blindly put my name on the lottery and to my surprise, I got in!

I was excited beyond words but never cross my mind that my husband was getting deploy overseas for 6 months and before that, he spend 4 months away.

So what do you do? I didn’t want to give up the race that I wanted so much, so I thought to myself ” I am doing this”

Training was somewhat all over the place. I ran 3x during the week and that’s including my long  runs on Sundays. Must of my runs were rush and not well planned. Hydration was a huge issue and time was near non existent.

I try to make the best of it but I was still the mom and dad. My kids were having a hard time dealing with daddy being away. Meltdown after meltdown, must of them were during the AM hours (2,3 and 4am). They was no recovery. I would go for a run and comeback to entertain my boys, to do homework, to make sure things were not falling behind at home, running was definitely not a priority at this point and my body took a bad hit.

Six weeks before marathon day, I went for a long run when I felt like someone hit me on my knees with a bat. The pain was excruciating. I knew at that point I was injure and I need it take it easy. I took two weeks off from running and try my best to stretch. I swam and bike so at least my muscle were still moving but with little effort.

Marathon day came and I started positive and feeling great till mile 17 when the pain returned and I have to walk and drag my leg to the finish line. I did finish under 5 hours (4:56.38) I cried because I was so disappointed. I cried because this was not how I picture my first marathon and because my biggest cheerleader was tracking me from 7,000 miles away.

I picture crossing the finish line grabbing and kissing my kids and my husband and I guess because it didn’t happen that way, I got extremely sad.

I DID have awesome friends that were with me all the way, from start to finish and without them it would it be just not possible. They help me mentally and their moral support was just what I need it at the time. I am forever grateful!

It is very hard to stay injury free when you don’t train the way you should or you don’t pay attention to recovery. Recovery is one of the must part of your training.

After all, I got MRI. My knee was in knee brace for almost two months and when for physical therapy for couple of months but I am still dealing with the aftermath of that injury. Because my right knee got dislocate, it is till possible to get discomfort after a run.

I am learning to be more strict when it comes to recovery and stretching. I am learning at better planing my runs, rides and swim without the stress of having to rush home.

What’s your trick to stay injury free? Do you stretch before and after a ride or run?

Hope you enjoy it!

Linette