Monthly Archives: October 2015

About me.. part dos (2)

I couple of years ago I ventured on my own to blogging. I had been part of the blog my hubby and I started and I’m still part of it but this time I wanted somethings different as I wanted to share my journey into my new me.

If you have read my About Me you probably have seen a little about my background and the beginnings of my journey. Sometimes I get the question a lot about why I do all these crazy things and those always make me think about the whys. I mean we all do these for fun and if it wasn’t fun then we are paying a lot of money to be miserable. I’ve compiled a few of my motivation tips around my blog and you can take a look around. It is the psychologist in me that keeps popping out and of course I have to apply my own psychology a lot of times. 

IMG_6622I also serve as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and I tri to live by our mission and core values. Our mission reads: “…to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.” I live by it because I believe in it, I’m a firm believer that we can have a healthier Nation if we all put a little of our own into this cause. Of course, I am in the frontline of this, but with my job I try to raise awareness about how being active and in general living a healthy lifestyle can lead to many more positive things. I also tri to lead by example, being to my team, my co-workers, my patients, in and outside of work, even with my own family.

I didn’t find out about being healthy and active until well into my 30’s and I wish I had found it earlier, I didn’t dislike exercise, I paid many months of some unused gym memberships through the year and maybe I went to the gym for the wrong reasons. A lot of times was so I didn’t feel guilty for not throwing my money away. Nowadays, we have a membership and we know we have a purpose, we go and we have our mission when we go, finisherpix_0823_028792and best of all, it doesn’t go to waste. We feel accomplished and good when we go to the gym. I still probably haven’t stepped in the weight room in a long time, mainly do swimming, cardio, spinning, but now I see the gym as a fun place, of course I tri to do as much as I can outside, now with the winter is getting harder to do it outside, so the gym is our training grounds.

I hope to continue inspiring and motivating others with my journeys and crazy (for some) lifestyle. I’m sure it isn’t for everyone, but like I always said, if I can change one life at a time I think it’s one more life that we got on the right track. Make sure you follow me on Instagram, Twitter and like my Facebook page, links are on the right hand side of your screen :).

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Time goes by so quick… when you are having fun

It is scary to see that 2015 is coming to an end. It will soon be Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner. I’m sure I will have my end of the year recap, but for the time being this has been an awesome year. I will leave the details for that post, but in the meantime all I’m saying is that when you love everything you are doing, have your loved ones close by (or at least closer), your training is filled with fun places and beautiful scenery, jobs are what you wanted, I’d say you are in a pretty good place. The most important part of all is that you are having fun in general. Not that we didn’t before. We miss our tri and non-Tri friends but it just seems like we are in a better place in our lives.

Enjoying a run across Brooklyn into Manhattan

Enjoying a run across Brooklyn into Manhattan

You haven’t seen much of our Ironman Cozumel training, not because I don’t have anything to share. Mainly because I just didn’t want to bore you with the details of our daily grinding. Our weeks are filled with work, swim, bike, run, eat, sleep, repeat. Some weeks are better than others, we try to #WinTheDay on a daily basis. We have been at it since July and to be honest with you, haven’t been feeling as burnt as I was last year at this time. Raceday is 35 days away, and while our bodies feel the load of the peak weeks, our minds are there. We got some weak times but in general we both know how to deal with those and push through or simply help dig each other out of those dark places that Ironman training can throw you in. It happens when you are doing 6 hrs of a bike ride in your basement watching Netflix. As entertaining as it can be, it gets old after the first hour. In general, the weeks go by relatively quick, the weekends too and honestly I can’t believe that in 4 weeks we will be packing to get our bodies to the start line. In two weeks we drop off our bikes to get shipped and that’s when it get real :).

Awesome views

Awesome views

Anyways, didn’t want to bore you with many of the details, but all I have to say is have fun, enjoy the day and you will see how day by day the time goes quick. Your body and mind tend to respond better when in general you are happy. Always remember why you do all this. Being healthy, active and find your motivation. You will be surprised how a bad day, a crappy workout, a dragging swim can turn to a pretty good one because you go back to what got you started in the first place.

 

 

 

Having a good time with my #partnerincrime

Having a good time with my #partnerincrime

 

A hill… A mountain… Only way is up 

One of the things that I found out quickly after starting our #Adventure2015 journey was that the flatlands of Texas were left behind and that our new home was filled with gorgeous hills, mountains, false flats, you name it, anything but flat.

IMG_6354Over the summer our bike rides were pretty awesome, however they weren’t easy. We joined a local cycling club and it has been a great help to push me out of my comfort zone, also getting my riding skills sharpened which has also been a good thing. After riding for so long kind of by myself in Texas, riding in a group has been a different experience that I’m learning to enjoy. I’m not a big fun of pacelining yet but trying to learn to draft for sure.

Cant beat this view

Cant beat this view

Going back to the hills and mountains, I’ve  definitely gotten the work in. We were riding with the group every Saturday and their loop isn’t flat. We ended up also signing up for the New Jersey Gran Fondo, we didn’t do the whole 107 miles but we did the Medio which is 67 miles and over 5100 ft of climbing. That was a first for me. The biggest earnings for me had been a little over 4000 ft last year when we did 117 miles from Waco to Austin. I was definitely scared, was nervous all week. Knowing that 2 of the climbs were timed had me even more scared since these were categorized climbs (felt like I was going to fell off the bike). Anyways I tackled the ride, Felipe promised he would be with me or at least close to me. He did that. Of course on the climbs he will take off but he loves the climbing and makes it look so easy. I simply took it one by one and tried not to give up.

Definitely not walking

Definitely not walking

I didn’t give up, it was hard, legs burned, saw people walking up the hills but I wasn’t going to be one of them. It sure wasn’t pretty but I had conquered the hills. Loved every moment of it and at the end I couldn’t believe I had finished it. So 67 miles later and 5100 ft of elevation gain I had finished my toughest ride ever.

Now fast forward a couple of weeks to 2 weeks ago, the road kept going up literally. I had to work in Lake Placid for a week, so Felipe had this great idea to make it a weekend of training. It sounded like a great idea at the time, except I wasn’t sure what he had in mind for our bike ride. We were enjoying some awesome weather and he had planned a ride up Whiteface Mountain.IMG_6119 I honestly didn’t know how it was going to be, all I knew is that it might be a bit hard. I’m kind of glad I didn’t know in advance what I was walking into (almost walked) so off we went. The ride started at our hotel in Placid and we went out of town, we had done that road before so I knew that part wasn’t too bad. We also got to see the Ragnar Adirondaks runners that were finishing their relay run. It was fun to cheer them. Once we made it to Whiteface Memorial Highway we started heading up to Whiteface. By up I mean 10% up, we made a stop at North Pole, NY where I told Felipe to go up alone, he of course wasn’t going to do that but wasn’t going to let me quit either. He said that the gate

My look at the gate

My look at the gate

(I didn’t know there was a gate) was only a mile up the road and that he knew it was easier from there (boy had done his research). Almost half a mile up the road I had stopped again, I was not happy as my legs were burning and I was just thinking how am I going to make it up there going 5 mph. We got to the gate and paid our toll fee (bikes pay the same as cars) and we continued our treck up the hill. It was 7.9 miles of relentless climbs which didn’t seem easier than the first 2 miles, they were as hard. I managed to go up, made a few stops in between to enjoy the view and catch my breath in between, took my time. Even texted Felipe from one of the rest stops and his reply “see you when you get up here for lunch” then I knew he wasn’t coming down anytime soon and if I wanted lunch I needed to get my butt up there.

One of the many rest stops, until I got the txt

One of the many rest stops, until I got the txt

So up I went again, once I made it up there I got to see why Felipe wanted to do that ride, I wasn’t the fastest ever, I didn’t care, all I was amazed was that I managed to go up one of the toughest climbs in the east coast and one that is compared to Alp D’Huez which I’ve said while watching on tv that seemed like something I could never do… I guess I know now that I CAN. Of course it wasn’t until I had climbed and we were back to the hotel that I started finding out about how epic it was. I even found one description as:

world_climbsRide Description: Whiteface Mountain, NY is the easternmost of the 5 Top 100 U.S. Climbs that are within a 150 mile radius in the northeastern part of the United States (#3Mt Washington, NH, #18 Mt Equinox, VT, #57 Mt Auscutney, VT and #81 Burke Mt, VT). Wikipedia has an excellent description of this route.

Statistics and Details

Distance: 7.9 miles    (From the gate)
Beginning elevation: 1,040′
Ending elevation: 4,571′ (3,509 gains) at 8.3% avg. grade

Got to pet some awesome guiding dogs in training along the way

Got to pet some awesome guiding dogs in training along the way

So, yes a hill, a mountain, a false flat whatever you want to call it, if it has a grade change you might be scared, legs might scream (scream back at them), the sense of accomplishment after climbing is incredible. One thing is that you always get to go down, so after each climb typically there is a downhill, I’m scared on those too but it’s like the reward for a job well done, you have fun. It has made me appreciate the bike a lot more and in general I feel more confident that regardless of my speed I can accomplish anything I set my mind to do. Even if it is after attempting to quit, but lunch date with my love atop the highest peak in NY State can’t be taken away from us and I loved every minute of it.

Lunch with the best view of NY

Lunch with the best view of NY

At the end of the day is all about the attitude you have towards the challenges and how you make opportunities out of them

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