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December 2007 @ 202 lbs



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Is "marathon" a word in the dictionary?

I have been overweight most of my life. I exercised on and off throughout my life but didn't get into intense exercise until about the year 2000 (just after my first child) when I began martial arts (Tae Kwon Do). I had been training in TKD for two years when I was just fed up with not losing weight. I spoke to an exercise physiologist friend of mine who encouraged me to begin running. I had to laugh at her because just jogging around a small high school wrestling room 4-5 times before TKD made me so exhausted I could barely begin my training.

My friend suggested I begin slow. She said when I go out for my run just run to a certain spot in the road - a tree, a crack in the sidewalk, a house, etc. then stop and walk for a minute or so and do it all over again. Well, I took her advice and my first time out I ran/walked two miles!

I was so excited about my two miles that I called my friend and shared my story. She was such a huge encourager as she said "GIRL, YOU ARE A RUNNER!" Again, I had to laugh!

Well, the following year I ran my first 5K, 10K, and half marathon! Who would have thought years down the road I would be where I am now. I joked that the word "marathon" wasn't even in my dictionary. Well, guess what? It is in my dictionary and I have "visited" the word three times!

In 2008 I decided to explore the world of triathlons and what I realized is that I love racing triathlons even more than foot races. During 2008 I raced 5 triathlons. I was 6 second shy of getting 3rd place in my age group during my first tri so, of course, I had to add more to my schedule. During 2008 I ended up winning 2nd place in the Athena (over 150 lbs) division in two triathlons - one a sprint tri and the other an Olympic-distance tri.

My weight journey

I reached my first big goal of being in ONEderland (the 100's) the first week of 2008. However, during 2008 I ended up going back up the scales to 202 lbs (where I sit today - March 25, 2009). My goal is to reach 155 lbs by the end of August 2009 so I still have some work to go.

The following was written in early 2008 when I updated my page last: "As a runner I have found I wasn't eating enough calories and just couldn't get past the 200's. Once I increased the calories, added some variety (cross training) and added bursts of higher intensity interval training (see my favorite articles below) I feel I may have found the key to my weight loss plateau issues. Time will tell and I'll be sure to update you all here!"

Blessings to you all!

Tracy

My goals for 2009:
1. Lose weight to 155 lbs by Aug 31, 2009.
2. Participate in my first metric century bike ride.
3. Exercise 10,000 minutes
4. Do strength training at least 2x/week

Races for 2009:
1. Mark Waller Memorial Family Fun Run, Reston, VA - April 19
2. BRATS Salute to the Military Tri, Warrenton, VA - May 24
3. Tour de Cure, Reston, VA - June 14
4. Iron Girl Triathlon, Columbia, MD - Aug 23
5. Reston Triathlon, Reston, VA - Sept 13th
6. Brierman Triathlon "Half Lite 50," Boonsboro, MD - Oct 4th
7. Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Washington, DC - Oct 25th




Member Since: 1/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,667

My Goals:
1. Lose to 155 lbs
2. Participate in a "HALF LITE 50" triathlon in Fall 09 to get one step closer to an Ironman
3. Ride the "Tour de Cure" Metric Century (63 miles) in Jun 09.
4. Race at least 5 triathlons in 09.


My Program:
My rewards:
Lose 10 lbs - new coolmax shirt
Lose 15 lbs - new exercise pants
Lose 20 lbs - new cycling jersey
Lose 25 lbs - new bathing suit
Lose 30 lbs - New outfit
Lose 35 lbs - New outfit
Lose 40 lbs - Celebration party!



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I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC (on the Virginia side - the good side!).


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  • v TDSLOVEY
    Hi Tracy,
    Great!! Iron girl rocks!! I registered for the Mini-Tri on June 15 in Manassas. I wasn't confident I would be ready for the March 30th Tune-up Tri. I am so nervous. I barely swim, don't bike and hate to run. I woke up this morning wondering if I lost my mind. But I am determined to get there. I signed up for a Triathlon training course that runs 14 weeks. I really need help on the swimming (& biking), so I have an experienced swimmer working with me once a week as well in addition to the triathlon training class. One sport at a time.
    What race category did you sign up for?

    Lovey

    4868 days ago
  • v NURSEMOMOFTWO
    I was just reading your page from a post on virtual racers. Looks like you're doing a great job! Keep up the good work!
    4870 days ago
  • v GLADGAD
    Thanks for the swimming gear! I'll be sure to use it this weekend. :-)

    --Carolyn
    4872 days ago
  • v ABIKER
    I think I have picked out my tri. There is one at the beginning of August which will give me plenty of time to get my swimming together. I don't have access to an indoor pool, so I'll need all the warm weather I can get.

    I'm trying to decide whether to go sprint distance or olympic. hmmmm.....
    4872 days ago
  • v WYULTRARUNNER
    Tracy - I am so pleased that spark people has been helpful and inspirational for you. Thanks a bunch for the spark goodie - I had no idea that was even out there and I've been on the site well over one year. whow - how fun is that???

    Relentless forward motion!
    Katy
    4872 days ago
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