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06-23-2014, 09:10 AM   #451
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Thats great Dave! I don't mind you chipping in at all

So my Tuesday evening swim has unbelievably been cancelled again as I am working slightly different hours tomorrow now, which is later. Going to go for Sunday now I think!!

Also in other news I have another interview tomorrow! Its for a graduate entry level role for another food company, in Newbury, where I often go for work now so it would be great! Only issue is that it is a 6 month contract at the moment. But anything in the right direction is better than nothing!

So fingers crossed with this one!

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06-23-2014, 12:42 PM   #452
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Sheesh, that's unbelievable that your swim has been cancelled yet again! Are you still doing pool swims or are you trying just for lake swims at this point?

Good luck with the interview! That sounds really promising! Presumably, if you got the job and did well during the 6 months, would they hire you on for longer? Is the 6 months like a trial period? Anyway, keep us posted on how the interview goes! Fingers crossed for you.
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Good luck with the interview.The lake training time is being as elusive as a speedy answer from a Dr..Usually if you tell someone to go jump in the lake your telling them to push off...in this case,I hope you will be able to go jump in the lake soon and get a swim in.

I hope your sister is doing well and is still able to train with you.Keep us updated.
06-27-2014, 03:20 PM   #454
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Thanks everyone!
Interview went well, it was really straight forward. They said there will be a second interview so waiting to see if I get through and I imagine this one one will be more challenging!
Still on track for the next swim on Sunday Morning. I'm starting to feel like I am losing motivation for training now. only two weeks to go. But do you know when you have an exam and you have been preparing for ages... and its the day before and you really want to do well and keep revising but you are bored of it and are struggling to keep going? I think its like that. I am looking forward to the training being over and being able to do different things!

I also got the race information today and discovered my start time is 2.30pm due to all the heats and various distances that are going on that day! So a bit disappointing in terms of what do I eat in the morning and it will be hotter at that time...

Oh well... just got to stay positive and try to enjoy it!!
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2:30, it probably will be pretty warm out at that time of day. Perhaps you could do a few training sessions at that time of day to get accustomed to it? It's funny, I decided to ride my bike to the gym yesterday afternoon, and I actually got on my bike at 2:30. It was warm, and it was kind of tough, but it was also totally do-able. Honestly, there was a strong wind that I was riding into the whole way there (4ish miles), and that to me was harder to work through than the heat was. And I'm not a person who enjoys or does well working out in the heat! So anyway, yes, it might be a bit more difficult, but I think you can do it. It might be wise to train at that time of day a few times though. That way you could figure out what & when to eat, as well. (Personally - and this may just be me - I have to eat at least 2 hours before a workout, so I had eaten lunch at 12:30 yesterday which is what determined that I could go work out at 2:30.)
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I'm sure I don't need to say this,but...don't forget to hydrate.I agree,maybe some training at the time you will be competing will acclimate you a bit.Anxious for it to be over?

Getting closer and closer...I'll be rooting for you.
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Thanks for the support you two!

Couple of updates: Swim was successful on Sunday Morning! Was actually quite funny coz me and my sister were a bit nervous about it. The two guys there who were watching over the lake and supposed to be life guarding (basically just having a chat) didn't seem to be used to having nervous people that actually needed their attention! As I was getting in I wanted to know if I was on the last step (water was murky) because I didn't want to just go in as a shock. I was like... "umm.. excuse me??" think they thought we were making a bit of a fuss! especially as my sister started panicking when she realised she wouldn't be able to touch the bottom! I had got into the water first and she was crouching on the last step probably up to her waist, breathing so deeply and fast in a mix of panic and cold! I had to talk her around and get her to slowly get her chest into the water and calm down! Think these two lifeguards were shocked there was any kind of commotion! haha... We suggested she just went about two meters into the lake where she could hold onto a kind of jetty. I said, I'm going to swim now I'll come back and see you in a min. So I went off, and I was just going to the first bouy which was 100m out and coming back again - my 200m swim. And I was surprised when I turned around to see her not too far behind me! She said once she was in she realised it was ok and just kept going!! So we were really happy after that, that we had done it. We practised swimming the 200m twice. So I was glad to have an idea of what swimming the triathlon distance in the lake felt like.

So then today I did another run - bike - run. As you say I need to be practising in the heat. Its hard for me to be doing it at 2.30 though, because of my work hours. I have been going at about 10/11am and finding it hard enough. The bike part isn't so bad, because of the speeds and the breeze you get, its the final run I am struggling with. just the second half of it too. I started trying to trick myself today and when I was in a sunny part saying to myself "that warm sun is nice" and breathing slowly. But I still get to a point where I am gagging...
I've decided I'm going to try and find out if I can carry water with me on the day during the run part. It isn't a far run but if I can just drink a bit on my way/pour water over myself to cool down a bit maybe I will be able to do it without walking!!! That is all I ask for! Thats all I want from this triathlon!
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I would think they'd face trouble if they said you can't carry water with you on the race - if you passed out or something, it'd essentially be their fault and you could probably sue them. My mom just ran a marathon and she carried a refillable drink bottle with her the entire way - and I know most marathons have regular water stops so that the runners can have a drink and/or pour water over their heads. I know your tri will be shorter length/time than a marathon, but even so, with the heat and the exertion, I would imagine they have to allow you to have water! That seems dangerously reckless if they disallow it.

If they don't allow you to carry water and you're afraid you'll overheat during the run - this is what my mom does, she carries a little bag of ice cubes with her and she sticks them under her hat and inside her sports bra, apparently that really helps her cool down. She recently ran a marathon in Puerto Rico, and she said it was so so hot there that she was afraid she wouldn't be able to finish the race. But then someone gave her a little bag of ice, and that was all she needed to cool down enough to finish. So, maybe stash a little baggie of ice with your bike? Or perhaps your sister or boyfriend could give you some ice and/or water as you start the run part (presuming they'll be there to cheer you on)?

Less than 2 weeks to go now, right? I'm glad you finally got to do a practice swim! It sounds like the water is still really cold though if you were worried about going into shock! Hopefully it warms up a bit more before your tri!
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What a pleasant surprise to discover your sister swimming with you.I don't think I could swim that far! It sounds like you should have no problem.

I can't imagine a rule not allowing you to carry water.It must be allowed,like cat-a-tonic said,the legal ramifications would be something.Five K's and tri-athalons are popular around here,they encourage proper hydration.

You train when you can,right? I'll have a smile on my face thinking of you running with a bag of ice on your head the day of the race.
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Its tomorrow! I haven't had time to do a proper update recently. Had a lot going on. Its my sister's birthday today so we just went out for dinner and now I'm getting into bed! When I think about how I'm going to feel when its over I get excited, but when I think about the actual race I'm nervous! I have been training hard for this though. No reason why it won't go well. Just going to focus on that sense of achievement at the end! I'm also looking forward to coming back on here and telling you all about how it went and posting up my pic of me afterwards.
Wish me luck guys!!! Got to try and forget about it now and get a good nights sleep!
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LMV,I am very excited for you! You have put a lot of effort working towards this goal.I will be rooting for you and anxious to hear how it goes.I know you want to do well,but please have fun and enjoy yourself.

Good luck!!! I look forward to a finish line pic...and happy birthday to your sister too.

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LMV, I saw your finish line photo on facebook - very well done! Did you manage to run the whole time without stopping to walk? It looked to me like you were running across the finish line. And it also looked like there were people behind you - so you didn't come in last, as you had feared. I can't wait to hear more about it, but from the photo it looked like you did great!
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Hi everyone!

I have only just had a chance to get onto crohns forum, as you can imagine yesterday was busy and then I have been working today.

So yes, I completed the triathlon! Unfortunately I did walk a tiny bit, the run section was quite busy when I was on it and I was obviously tired. There were other people walking and that made it too easy for me to as well! Also, I think I might have taken it a bit too fast. So my time was 41min29sec which I am SO happy with!! I was hoping for less than 50mins so that is great.

So I have looked at all the results online and 159 women did the novice distance, and I came 98th! So thats not bad.! Also you can break it up into age group. So in my age group 20-25, there were 7 people, and I was 4th out of them!

These are my times for each section: Total 41:29 Swim 5:23 T1 2:24 Bike 16:12 T2 1:05 Run 16:25

Anyways, I would love to tell you more but I am tired from work and want to unwind for a bit before bed. I will come on soon to post pics. Ask me any questions you have!
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4th in your age group is fantastic! Your time is excellent as well, beating your estimate by 9 minutes is awesome! I can't wait to hear more about it and see more pics.
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LMV I saw your Facebook photo near the finish line. Congrats to you, dear! What an awesome thing to accomplish and quite the inspiration to others here on the forum! I know you worked really hard towards your goal. I'm really happy you were able to make it happen!
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So happy for you! You deserve to take a breather,I'm proud of you.I have to ask,did you have the ice bag on your head?

Look forward to your post and the pics.
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Omg, I can't believe it has been a month since I updated on here!

A month has passed since the triathlon and I wanted to account it to you in detail while it was fresh in my mind. And now its not fresh in my mind!

At least it has reminded me I need to put the pics up for you! And no dave - I didn't have ice on my head!

Its just been a fairly busy month with my friends wedding, the holiday, then getting back into the busy work routine. I think because I work evenings I don't come on here very much anymore because I just chill then go to bed when I get in.

My training has stepped down a lot since the triathlon. I ran twice on holiday which I thought was quite good going!

And now I'm just trying to work out what to do next, starting to step up the training again to work into my weekly routine. I've decided to change my gym which is a bit sad. I have an odd emotional attachment to my gym. Anyway I have decided its too expensive for how often I'm using it and it is actually a bit geographically out of my way. So I'm going to join my boyfriends gym now which is 15/month cheaper. Plus it means I don't have to pay extra when I go along with him.

So I went to the gym yesterday and I'm off on a bike ride today!
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I would feel a bit sad about changing gyms too! I go to 2 different gyms (free little gym in the basement at work, and a big paid membership gym) and I would feel sad about leaving either one. The gym is my happy place and it would feel a bit odd to start going to a different happy place! I hope your boyfriend's gym turns out to be a lovely change though. Saving that much money per month sounds like a good plan to me! I only pay $10 per month for the gym I belong to (the price was my main reason for joining that particular gym!).

How's everything else going in your life? It sounds like things with the boyfriend are still good? How about work, have you had any other interviews or are you still at the same place (and is boyfriend your boss now, as I seem to recall something like that)?

I'm glad to hear you're still exercising! I was a bit afraid that you'd be too burned out after the tri and would just stop altogether. I'm very pleased to hear that you're still working out and are stepping things up a bit again! So proud of all the work you've done and continue to do!
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I'd be HAPPY about changing gyms. LA Fitness is not the greatest place in my opinion but it's the only one near where I live and there's no excuses because it's two blocks away.

It's really good to hear you are still well and willing to challenge yourself even outside of the marathon. Very inspiring
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Chicago, is there a Planet Fitness near you? That's the gym I belong to, I really like it for the price (only $10 per month, no contract, and it's open & staffed 24/7). It's not fancy, there's no pool or anything like that, but it's got tons of cardio machines and weight machines which is really all I need. And it's like 4 miles from my house, so I can get in a nice little warm-up by riding my bike there, and cool down by riding my bike home (much slower ).
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Hi everyone! So long since I have been on but life has been busy!
Just wanted to give a quick update.
My crohn's started to slip in the wrong direction a little recently so in the last few weeks I have had a colonoscopy and an MRI scan to try and see whats going on. They have also done a blood test to see if the infliximab is having the same effect.

I now have a NEW JOB! Finally! I have been looking for ages! I am now an office administrator for an ingredients broker near where I live. So its a food industry type job which is where I was trying to get work as it is related to my degree. Its a great starting point and two weeks in I already feel quite settled. Its actually strange but my crohns has really improved since being in this new job...

We actually had my work xmas do on Thursday and they put me and bf up in a really nice hotel, we played bowling and went for a meal. We didn't have to pay a thing all night apart from the taxi home. Was a really nice welcome to the company.

In other news I am still training to be a fitness instructor as I am still going to work on the weight loss programme a couple of evenings a week. So I am currently spending my weekends revising anatomy and physiology, nutrition and coming up with aerobics routines!

Now I am in a job with normal office hours I am trying to come up with a new exercise routine so that I am exercising in the evenings after work. I am trying out a few classes to see what I like and have been to the gym the last two saturdays with BF.

So a bit of a mix of news really but overall I think I am happy. Just waiting on the results of these tests now. I wish everyone a happy xmas and new year x x x x
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It sounds like all good things except for the Crohn's making a bit of a comeback. I hope the test results are good and that things can be brought under control again quickly & easily. Congrats on the job!!! I know you've been looking for a new job for a while now so this is fantastic news! It sounds like a good job too so that's great, I'm so happy for you. And that's awesome too about you training to be a fitness instructor. Please let me know how that goes, I've been toying with the idea of getting certified as a personal trainer so I'll be eager to hear how you do.
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