As you already know, I'm probably on the beach sipping a mojito right now ;) I didn't want to skip over Motivational Monday, however, so I prepared this one (and next week's) before I left. Some great stories today!
Last weekend, Rhonda (on the right) completed the IronGirl Sprint Triathlon in Seattle! This was her fourth year participating in the event, and each year, she's improved her times. Her girlfriend, Joyce (on the left), did the event for the first time this year, and Margene (center) placed third in the 70-75 age group. They are all members of Sunset Family Fitness in Seaside, Oregon, and are grateful for the help to get in shape and complete this race!
Sharon did great at her triathlon recently! It consisted of a 500 meter swim, 15 mile bike ride, and 5K run. Her main goal for the race was to simply do her best and pace herself, and not worry about where she stood in relation to the other competitors. She went slow and steady in the swim, didn't rush through the transitions, and finished by giving it her all. It turned out that she ended up going faster on the bike and on the run than she had in her previous triathlon, and this one had longer distances. She even ended up taking first place in the Athena division (women who are 165+ pounds)! (Sharon's race report)
Deb had a scare during her pregnancy when she discovered that she was hypertensive, and that was the push she needed to start eating healthier. Her pre-pregnancy weight was 315 pounds, and she started using My Fitness Pal in December of 2013. She started running in mid-March, and ran her first 5K in May. She now logs 20 miles of running per week, and is just 10 pounds from a "healthy" BMI. Her photos show her at 277 (she didn't think to take a photo at her heaviest) in size 28 jeans, and now at 180 in size 12 jeans! Her children are 5, 4, and 10 months, and this summer, she was thrilled to be able to really enjoy playing with them.
Bergen accomplished a HUGE goal recently--a chin-up! If you've ever tried one of these (other than in elementary school) then you know just how difficult they are. She does Crossfit, and has been working hard to do this for about five months. Usually, she practices with bands to help her, but when she was at the park, she decided to give it a try--and she did it! In her words: "There is something really liberating about being able to grab a bar and pull yourself up, especially when you used to weigh 320 pounds." Amazing!
Meg and her friend completed the Running Through the Vines Half-Marathon in Michigan last weekend. It was much hillier than they expected, and they had a few minor set-backs, but they finished within the course time limit (with seven minutes to spare), with a time of 3:23:52. (Meg's race report)
Congrats to everyone on some awesome accomplishments!