Transformation Thursday!

I’ve had random strangers ask me workout questions. I’ve had friends and family ask me for health related advice. Somehow I must be projecting an image that I’m athletic or look fit, yet I struggle to see myself that way all the time. Growing up I never did sports or was physically active so it’s hard for me to consider myself an “athlete”. As I continue to live a healthy lifestyle and workout, I try to tell myself that I am “athletic.” It’s hard for me to see myself the way others do. It’s just been recently that when people ask me if I’m a runner, I’ll say yes. Before I would answer that I liked to run, but was not a “runner.”

It’s important for me to stay positive and see myself realistically because I don’t want to be the only person holding me down. I have so many workout/health goals that it’s easy for me to feel so inadequate. It’s at those moments that I look at how far I’ve come and the accomplishes I’ve made.

Slow and steady has always been my motto. I used to say it to compensate for placing last or not hitting my weight loss goals in the span of a week. Now I say it because I know that I’ll get there. I just have to be consistent, eat right, workout, stay active and limit the times I indulge. By doing those things, and really enjoying it, at some point I hit my goals. Sometimes I also realize I hit goals I didn’t initially think about. Ex: Eating healthy fats like EVOO, coconut oil, avocados, and nuts helped me to stay fuller longer, be more satisfied and leaned out. Or that the goal I thought I wanted isn’t that important compared to other things I gained. Ex: weighing 120 lbs. I’m 135lbs ave but my body fat is at a fit 23%. I am concentrating more on getting to 20% body fat than 120 lbs because that’s more realistic.

Looking back on what started this all: my first triathlon. My only concern was to finish. Here are my results, which I am really proud of. I don’t swim, have only ever biked on those little BMX bikes and never run/walked more than a half mile because I was forced to at school.

CapTexTri – 1st Tri

05/25/2009

Austin, TX

CapTexTri - 1st Tri

Triathlon
Summary

Total Finishers: 256
Men: 135 (01:14:00 avg)
Women: 121 (01:22:00 avg)

Gun Time Chip Time Bib First Name Last Name Quick
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City State Division Class
Position
Overall
PlaceName
Age Zip Country Gen
Place
400m
Swim
Rank
400m
Swim
Time
400m
Swim
Pace
T1
Time
10K
Bike
Rank
10K
Bike
Time
10K
Bike
Pace
T2
Time
5K
Run
Rank
5K
Run
Time
5K
Run
Pace
01:33:38 01:33:38 4048 Linda Yang Search for  Helotes TEXAS 1st Tri F 0-99 101 222 28 78023 United States 101 234 16:00 4:00/M 05:54 206 27:51 13.4MPH 04:45 212 39:06 12:32/M

As you can see the ave time to finish was 1:22 and I did it in 1:33. I ranked 222 out of 256 for men and women and 101 out of 121 for women only. I didn’t care because I had finished and my personal best was not walking the 5k run at all. It’s something I had never done before, even in training. I’ll take the 12:32 pace.

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Even though I was happy to just finish, seeing the results really made me analyze where I can improve. I saw that I was able to do something I thought was just for “athletes” and now I wanted to see where I could take it. I continued to do other races and see improvements. The next year I did the same race but the longer distance to compare results.

Gun Time Chip Time Bib First Name Last Name Quick
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Race
Photos
City State Division Class
Position
Overall
Place
Age Zip Country Gen
Place
Tot
Div
Tot
Gend
Tot
AG
750m
Swim
Rank
750m
Swim
750m
Swim
Pace
T1 20K
Bike
Rank
20K
Bike
20K
Bike
Pace
T2 5K
Run
Rank
5K
Run
5K
Run
Pace
02:12:04 02:12:04 2668 Linda Yang Search for  San Antonio TEXAS Sprint F 25-29 68 822 29 78240 United States 297 836 338 76 917 45:27 6:04/M 04:19 548 43:20 17.2MPH 03:18 611 35:39 11:26/M

My swim was not very good. I struggle with some anxiety in open water swim but it’s all about not giving up. Yes it was a blow to my pride taking 45 mins to swim 750m when most people can easily do it in 15 mins. Even at 30 mins that’s a really slow time and I took way longer than that. What I was proud of was that I didn’t give up. I pushed through the fear, disappointment and held on to the life boats twice, but I made myself finish. I tried to focus on my successes. A 17.2 MPH pace for biking is really fast for me ranking 548 out of 927 men and women. My run pace also improved to a 11:26. 27970_10150182276470034_4530884_n

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It’s hard not to feel bad that my friends have to wait for me at the finish line but I also realized that the only person complaining about that was me. My friends have only ever encouraged me no matter what. I need to remember that we are all just trying to do our best. In 2011 I really trained hard and saw even better results. I finally was 10 out of 18 in my category and swam my best 400 m time at 13:50. 40467_392137214057_64646_n40948_416398547212_1738835_n41223_416099742212_853831_n

 

More races and healthy life changes later….

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I ran my best 5k pace on a duathlon at 8:54 and ranked 2nd in my division for the bike.

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I finally placed first in my category at 8:20 pace for a 8k and did my best 5k pace of 7:54. It is nice to place well but I see more of how far I’ve come and how hard I’ve worked to get to where I’m at. It’s easy to want to work out and eat healthy because I see such positive outcomes. 408001_10151331894147213_621040461_n74491_10151295684042213_1799937585_n

So though I still struggle to see myself as an “athlete”, I do take pride in the hard work and dedication I put in. Slowly but surely I do improve and accomplish my goals. It’s important to remind yourself that it’s a life long journey and you will get there. Plus it’s a lot of fun along the way. See a hurdle? Just jump over it. Burns more calories and builds more strength 😉

 

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