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Valencia Triathlon 2011

Posted in Travel with tags , on December 31, 2011 by grandersons

My friend Nadia and I began training for the Valencia triathlon in May and discovered that we actually enjoyed heading to the gym every day for a swim, bike or run…apparently having a ‘workout buddy’ is the only way to go!

We were lucky to have a pack of cheerleaders to support us – Kyle, Lalit, Greg, Michelle and Steve – and they even cooked us a gourmet pasta dinner the night before the race.

Our training hit a bit of a wall in August when we began travelling and weren’t around to stick with our regular schedule.  I hit a total road block when I hit week 6 of my pregnancy (just 2 weeks before the triathlon) and could hardly bear the thought of food, let alone running without wanting to vomit on the side of the road!  We had been working so hard up to that point that it was a little disappointing to see our training slip, but when the day of the race came we felt ready – terrified, but ready!

Swim… (we think that’s us in the picture below but I’m not positive…)

Bike…

Run…

And we did it!!!  I never would have finished, let alone made it to the starting line, without Nadia and am so proud of our accomplishment!

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Kickin’ it in Gear

Posted in Life in Madrid with tags , , on July 17, 2011 by grandersons

Back in May, after 7 months without seeing the inside of a gym, Kyle and I finally decided it was time to join 02 Wellness and get our lazy Spanish behinds in shape!  I also wrote about this experience on the Guiri Guide.

I had sworn by my pedometer and walking 10,000 steps a day for almost a year (thanks to our friends Dave and Greer!) and truly believe it’s one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle that exists.  I was vigilant about getting my steps before we moved, even going so far as running in place to hit the 10,000 step mark before going to bed.  I even set a rule that if I missed a day that I had to walk 20,000 steps the next day to make up for it!  I’ve never been so committed to something in my life and I loved it!

Kyle ran a 1/2 Marathon in April (more on that here) so when we joined the gym in May I decided I wanted to set a goal that I could work for too.  My dear friend, Nadia, and I  decided to train and compete in a sprint triathlon in Valencia this September and haven’t looked back since!  It has been incredible to have a training buddy and I’ve been so impressed by how hard we’re working while still having fun!  Now we dream of choosing a yearly triathlon to train for and meet for in some new city around the world – one, to keep in shape, and two, so we can guarantee to see each other at least once a year!

Another 7 weeks of training and we’ll be off to Valencia…pictures and stories of our race to come!