Friday, February 14, 2014

Getting it done!

Back in January, I gave myself a challenge - I wouldn't cut my hair until I lost 17.5 total pounds. I've had a few really good weeks and I've currently lost a total of 9.5 lbs! I could have lost more, though. I've had a few bad days of being snowed in the house and a few days of being sick in the past month. But, it's time now to get back on track!

With the Fatbet challenge, I'm 33.3% of the way to my goal of losing 28 lbs in 13 weeks (that's 2.1 lbs/week for those of you interested in my muscle loss...) and I'm a little behind on my goal. So, for the next 52 days (or 7.43 weeks) I have to lose another 18 lbs (2.42 lbs/week). That's going to take some focused effort and mostly in tracking my food.

I'm back in to the swing of things with my workouts and I'm getting in some really strong efforts! Spin class has been kicking my butt! Now I need for the sun to start shining so I can get OFF the dreadmill and get out into the beautiful outdoors for some runs.

...if only...

What challenge have you set for yourself recently that you are trying to still reach or that you have successfully been able to accomplish?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's in store for youth triathletes?

On January 16th, NCAA Division I Legislative Council approved triathlon as an emerging sport for women. This decision will create great opportunities within the Olympic pipeline for athletes. Other sports which have succeeded by their approval in the Women’s Emerging Sport program are: water polo, bowling, ice hockey and rowing.

Triathlon is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement and scholarships for triathlon will be available as early as September of this year. 

The youth and junior elite races will follow InternationalTriathlon Union (ITU)  rules which include draft-legal cycling. Being a strong swimmer is very important in an ITU race. The reason is simple: Let’s say you are a mid-pack swimmer in triathlon. The first triathlete out of the water hops onto their bike and makes it around the first loop of the bike before you complete your swim. At that point, your race is over and you aren’t allowed to finish the race. This makes triathlon a great place for athletes whose first sport is swimming. While it takes having a good bike and run, having a strong swim can potentially be the key to winning the race.

The amount of youth involved in the sport of triathlon is greater than it has ever been in the past. Local youth races are filling quickly and some even have wait lists. This is great for the future of the sport!