Welcome to my journey! I created this little space on the Web to share my struggles with living a healthy lifestyle and becoming the best “me” possible.  As you may have guessed, this is not something that comes naturally!

This will allow me to think about and share my experiences as I train for events (running and triathlon), and work towards achieving a body composition I will be comfortable with.  My goal is to make small changes that will ultimately lead me to the best me, and in the process, inspire others to be the best they can be.  You gotta start somewhere, right?

You can read more about my background in the About Dee section, but here is where I’m at right now:

I completed the Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 triathlon in September – my first half.  I finished my 17th marathon a few weeks ago in Tucson, Arizona.  After a several weeks of recovery, I’m focused on getting back into a regular routine as I prep for the 2018 season.

I’m blessed to have an amazing triathlon coach, Coach K.  She introduced me to heart rate (HR) training over the summer, which led to enjoyable experiences for my fall races.  While I’ve been running consistently for nearly a decade, I’ve never been one to say, “I love to run.”  Once I slowed things down and stayed within my target heart rate, I began to enjoy working out so much more!

Today, Coach K. prescribed the following test set for my swim workout:

3 x 100 @ 2:05
3 x 100 @ 2:00
3 x 100 @ 1:55
Repeat until you can’t make the time any more
Minute rest in between sets
Then 400 for time all out

The  goal was to see where my fitness is to establish a baseline for future workouts.  I was excited about the workout, but didn’t do as well as I thought I would.  Coach K. expected me to make it through 3 or more sets; I couldn’t get past the first one.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t go any faster.  My 400 ended up being a 2:17/100 pace.

While disappointed, I know this is just a starting point. It’s a new season, and there is work to be done.  After all, you gotta start somewhere!