Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How far you have come!

I cant believe we are already at the end of our first winter session! You all have done so incredibly well! I have some before and after photos, and just can not believe my eyes! Not to mention, that some of you have done your first 5k's, 10k's, half Marathons, Full Marathons, Ultras, and Triathlons! You have gotten personal bests, and some of you have shed a few pounds as well! I think you should all be very proud of yourselves and your accomplishments you have attained in 12 weeks! WOW!

This is our last week of the session, and our new session does begin on Monday April 2nd. We have a few new things we are introducing, like our point system. Please, when you are checking in with me at an event or training session, make sure i write down your points next to your name. This is how it will work...

1 point for wearing our hat
1 point for wearing our shirt
1 point for coming to a training session
1 point for every mile during a race...5k = 3 points, 50 mile = 50 points, triathlon by mile as well.

by the way I will also deduct points...
2 points for wearing other club logo clothing
2 points for bad behavior (negative talk)

I will have a spreadsheet with everyone's points, and at the end of every session the top 3 individuals with the most points will win prizes. Remember this is for fun, and to motivate you to do your workouts and keep on track.

If you don't have your beautiful orange Road Runner/OC Trail Tales hat, please see me, maybe you didn't get your goody bag when you signed up. Maybe you have not signed up, then when you do, you will get your hat and goody bag. If you need an extra hat, they are $12.00, and if you would like a very soft comfy silk OC Trail Tales shirt, they are $25.00, i have them always at training sessions.

Speaking of the new session, we have new members, and its always nice to introduce our coach's....

Kim Degen is our Ambassador, and coincidentally she will be our "walking" Coach, and helping all of you that are not quite ready for our "off the couch" program. Kim Started with me back in 2009. She is awesome and has had many accomplishments such as 10 half Marathons or so, 4 Triathlons, including her recent International distance, and would like to do her first Half Ironman next year! She has also since i met her lost 74 lbs! Way to go Kimmy!

Peggy Loveless is our "off the couch" Coach, and Peggy has been with us now for about the same time. Peggy has had many accomplishments as well, and i think her biggest one for me is her getting over her fear of the trails, or whats on them (bugs and critters). :) Peggy was not a runner, but has become one, and has run several races now, and even some on trails, which she never thought she would do! We are so proud of you Peggy!

Donna Reed is our "Ultra Marathon" Coach. Donna was a Marathoner, who decided to try trail running, and fell in love with the trails. She has since completed several 50k's and two 50 mile races, and i am sure that a 100 miler is next! Donna is an awesome runner, and i hope you will all get a chance to run with her on the trails.

I think you all know Pete and I, but if you would like more info, you can go to the "about us" or Coach's tab on our site, and read up. :)

Again, we are so proud of everyone, and proud of our coach's to get you guys to where you need/want to be for your goals. Thank you for being such great athletes!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Our Newest Triathletes!

Congratulations to our newest triathletes! Great job on your accomplishments this past weekend! Everyone did a great job, and Pete and I are so very proud of each and every single one of you!
We would also like to thank EDGE Cyclesports and Road Runners Sports and TRISWIM for opening their doors to our students. Thank you.

If you didn't know by now, we not only have students running, they are swimming and biking too. Some of them, did not know how to ride a bike, and some did not even know how to put their head in the water, let alone swim! Guess what? They have been training and learning, or learning and training, and this past weekend busted out their first Sprint Triathlon and or International Triathlon!

We also had our first grandma and grandson team! Randy is Connie's grandson, and he had kind of a rough morning. What a sport he is, and so tough! Randy had a bike accident the morning of his race, before his event. He got pretty scrapped up on his chin, knee, and hand. Blood was everywhere! He went to the medical tent, and the medical guys couldn't believe Randy still wanted to compete after his mishap. Not only did he compete and finish, but finished with a great time and 7th in his age group! Great job Randy! I cant even imagine how he would have done without being hurt and in pain.

When we first started out, we started because we wanted a group that could help "average people"accomplish whatever goal they had. Not to say we know everything, or we are the best at everything, because we are not. What we are, is average. We believe that if we can do it, so can you, and you are all worth it! Any dream is achievable, and we like being a part of your dreams and making them happen for you. Thank you for letting Pete and I be a part of your lives and sometimes seeing the bare rawness of it.

Here are the Sprint results...
1602Weiskittel, RandyMission Viejo, CaM15Sprint Distance IndividualM15-19725736101:35:1400:09:17

1550Visconte, ConnieMission Viejo, CaF59Sprint Distance IndividualF55-591122357302:19:1000:11:50

1521Mcquiston, AnnLaguna Hills, CaF52Sprint Distance IndividualF50-541819453201:58:1900:10:15

1494Turner, TraciLake Forest, CaF47Sprint Distance IndividualF45-491819954202:02:2200:12:23

1694Vara, PeteCoto De Caza, CaM39Sprint Distance IndividualClydes35Over1926637601:36:2800:11:26

Here is the Duathlon Results...
1549Rudolph, SueHuntington Beach, CaF59Sprint Duathlon IndividualF50-597379301:42:0400:09:08

Here are the International Results...(yes, Pete raced both days)
903Vara, PeteCoto De Caza, CaM39International Distance IndividualM35-397145664703:08:0000:12:59

103Degen, KimAliso Viejo, CaF36International Distance IndividualF35-394224072503:44:1200:15:41

368Leigh, BrandonFoothill Ranch, CaM31International Distance IndividualM30-347340052302:47:4200:09:07

152Wallace, CorrinneF43International Distance Individual2618062803:01:5900:11:52

244Fleming, ElizabethIrvine, CaF52International Distance IndividualF50-541719465103:08:3600:10:33

Great job everyone! We are looking forward to more adventures with everyone!