Iron Girl Triathlon Recap: Cleremont 2013

I am not sure how in the world I forgot to recap this race, but I did! Bad Jenny. BAD BAD BAD!!

The race was held the last weekend in September so I'm going to do the best that I can to remember what happened oh 4 months ago. Surprised

I was excited to do this race. I had several buddies from CrossFit doing it (and for two of them it was their FIRST tri ever) and I had Denise, Chrissy, Megan, there as well.

This wasn't my first triathlon, but it was my first one of 2013!

Denise, Chrissy and I went up the day before the tri so we wouldn't have to worry about driving up in the wee hours of the morning. We wanted to make sure we were well rested!

The Cleremont course also promised hills, so we wanted to drive the course and see what we were up against.

After packet pick-up and the "expo" (which really for expo standards, was quite lame) we grabbed the map and off we went.

Yes there were hills. The largest hill was up Jalarmy Road. It looked steep but I had no idea how steep until I actually tried to ride up it on my Trek!

Photos courtesy of Denise is Run DMT

We also got a peek at Lake Minneola. I wasn't concerned about the lake swim at all, and thought that it looked like a pretty decent swim course.

It was the run that I was most worried about, so I knew the swim and the bike would have to be my saving grace for this race.

As we were walking to put our bikes in transition, I was checking out the swim! 

Throughout the course of the summer I had been cycling and rowing. I swam twice, and ran a handful of times. But cycling was really the only activity I had been doing in addition to my normal CrossFit workouts.

We had a carb loading dinner at the Olive Garden, and went to bed at a decent hour!

Our alarm went off, we changed, grabbed breakfast and headed down to the course which was only a few miles from our hotel.

We were there before the sun went up! Thankfully I had an extra Polar shirt to keep on over my tri suit!

My age group was set to be the second group in the water at 7:33am. I was ready. Again, I knew I'd have to do well on the swim and the bike to feel like I had accomplished what I set out to do.

The swim was GREAT. I went in the front to the far right side and when we were ready to go, off I went. I veered off course just a tad, but overall it didn't impact me at all. I finished the 1/2 mile swim in 18:26, made it through transition in 3:09, changed into my shoes, put on my helmet, and off I went.

The bike course was GREAT. This is where I made up a lot of time. I was passing riders and feeling really strong. I even managed to tackle those hills. I also realized that I need to have my bike adjusted. I mean, I already KNEW that I needed a tune-up and had mentioned it to Denise on several of our rides, but did I do it. No. I could have done better on the bike course if my bike had been properly tuned.

It was a beautiful course (no photos...I forgot my phone charger, so it died very early on) and I finished in 48:52. Again through the transition and dreading the run. I got off the bike feeling strong. Changed shoes, took off my helmet, put on my visor and I started off.

I didn't make it far before that dang right piriformis muscle started bothering me. I wogged for as long as I could, and I knew I'd be getting passed soon by Denise. That girl can run. And yup, right near mile 1 she came up behind me! I hollered to her "I knew you'd pass me on the run" and off she went. When I got to the mile 1 water station, I asked if I could shorten my planned 3 mile to the shorter 2 mile without being disqualified and they said yes. So I turned around and finished with the 2 mile distance.

Overall the event took me 1:41:18 and I really did love every second of it.


And I'm glad I got done first because it meant I could cheer Denise, Chrissy, Megan, Jen, Amanda, Renee, and Chris through the finish line! Watching them finish was inspiring.

This was a great race, well organized and super fun.

I even had people cheering me on that I didn't know!

Too bad it won't be coming back to this location in 2014. The closest race will be in Atlanta. Maybe I can go? We'll see! I know that there are several Tri's I want to do in 2014, and I really need to train the run, but it HURTS. And not the good kind of hurt. Ugh.


I was happy to be able to participate in this race on behalf of Polar Heart Rate monitors.

Eating to Perform for the Diablo Games and beyond

I am gearing up for my first CrossFit competition.

That's right! A COMPETITION. Anyone that knows me knows that I am super competitive. Not competitive like "in or to win it or else" but I love the feeling of pushing myself to do my best knowing that there might be a prize at the end. Tongue Out

When I was a kid I was always the top-reader in the class and won awards for reading the most books. Those crazy little paper bookworms weaved their way all around my bedroom!

As I got older, lost weight, and discovered fitness, I'll attempt anything if it involves receiving a medal or a t-shirt. Wink I have dozens of race medals, and more race shirts than I can count.

When I started CrossFit 6 months ago, the CrossFit Games were just starting. I had no idea that CrossFit was a "real sport" with televised events, sponsors, world class athletes, etc...

Fast forward to today. I have watched in awe the CrossFit Games, I have seen the amazing athletes at my box training for local competitions, and secretly I scour the internet for competitions that are close to me. I check out their standards, and I balk. I want the shirt, but I feel like I am not quite to the caliber of the other athletes. Even choosing the "scaled" option of a lot of these competitions intimidate the hell out of me. I actually had on my bucket list to compete in a CrossFit competition one day.

It's like my box read my mind when they announced recently that they would be hosting a member's only competition. I kid you not when I tell you that I was the FIRST person to sign up. Tongue Out I mean really, have you seen the design of the shirt?? It's so cool!

I signed up for the scaled division before I even read the standards. Scaled means that it's not quite as difficult as the RX division. These are the scaled standards that could be included in the competition.

- Ring Rows
- Single Jump Ropes
- Box Step-Ups
- Hanging Knee Raises (Knees above hips)
- Sit-Ups
- Wall Balls (Men = #15, 10’ / Ladies = #8, 9’)
- Deadlift (95/65, working weight)

Everyone should be capable of completing these common CrossFit movements:
- Air Squats
- Rowing
- Running
- Push Presses
- KB Swings
- Front Squats
- Thrusters
- Burpees
- Walking Lunges
- Sumo Deadlift High Pulls

The competition itself will be made up of 3 (or maybe 4???) different WOD's. Our coach will release one WOD at a time in advance of the competition so we can freak out mentally prepare ourselves.

I'm feeling pretty good with everything. Everything except one thing. Hanging knee raises. I can do them, but they rip the heck out of my hands. Badly. Very badly. I've been practicing good hand care, but at today's WOD we had to do 55 of them and I couldn't complete the last 19 because I was in so much pain. I did wall balls instead which is what my coach had me do the last time that I ripped badly.

But I'm pumped. I'm excited. I've re-vamped my diet and am now eating to perform with a custom plan developed by WBFF Bikini Competitor,  Theresa Depasqual. I have seen amazing gains at CrossFit in my strength, but I am still struggling to lose fat and as well as I've done on my own, I certainly don't know everything about nutrition!! Theresa does. And I'm counting on her to take my fitness to the next level. But I know in the end it's up to ME! Theresa can design the plan, can be there for me to talk to, and coach me, but I'm the one who has to be in control. As she said to me "Jenny, how bad do you want it??" I want it. BADLY. But what's IT? Your it will be different from my it. CrossFit has shown me that the sky is the limit. There are so many "ITS" that I want. This is just the beginning.

How bad do you want IT? Are you competitive? As an adult have you ever participated in an athletic competition (CrossFit, running, triathlon, etc.??)

Getting my running groove back

I started running in 2009. I've run in dozens and dozens of races. I have a wall full of bling, and a photo book that holds all my race bibs. But in late 2012, my body just started to revolt against running, and so I stopped doing it unless I HAD to. I still ran races, (mostly 5K's) but my times were horrible.

I swam, I cycled, I did Body Pump, I did a host of other activities to keep my body active. But I started to lose that sleek runners physique. I noticed it, not sure if anyone else did, but I did and that's what matters.

In February 2013, I decided to run the Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon on a whim. I hadn't run more than 6 miles at one time in over a year, and here I was signing up for a 1/2 Marathon. Talk about peer pressure. Tongue Out

My best 1/2 Marathon time is 2:17. I finished Gasparilla in 3:17. Almost a full hour slower than my best time. And in the process I lost 2 toenails and hurt my butt and while it hasn't been confirmed, I'm pretty sure I have piriformis syndrome. Since February I've been rolling out my glutes and hammies like crazy, and I've been running with more frequency. But I'm still not as fast as I was. It still hurts when I run. And I've pretty much decided that if I don't commit to running WITH someone, or meeting up with someone, running is just not going happen for me. I just don't love it like I used to. But Triathlon season is upon us, and I've committed to three in the next few months. I need to get this run figured out, and figured out PRONTO!! I'd like to place like I did last year.

For the past 2 Tuesday's I've been meeting up with Denise from RunDMT and we've been running. Not together mind you because she is wicked fast, but she's making me accountable, and that's what I need at this stage of the game.

We ran this morning, meeting at 6:30am. It was hot, my butt hurt, but I got it done. Alternating between walking and running and I got in my 3.3 miles. I was happy with that. Denise did sprint work, and I tried my best. Some laps I attempted sprints, some laps I walked fast. It wasn't pretty but I got it done! 3.3 miles. The most I've run at one time since March 17th when I did a 4 mile trail run with Ella, and thinking back on that, my butt didn't hurt then. Denise mentioned that maybe my shoes had something to do with it. I wasn't wearing good running shoes, and I haven't been wearing my normal Brooks, so maybe she's on to something, huh???!!!

So I'm working on it. I'm working on getting my running groove back. I have a great team of people supporting me, and cheering me on. Their belief in me inspires me to want to do more, be more.


Have you experienced Piriformis Syndrome?  How did you overcome it?

Have you come back from injury to become a faster runner?

What types of shoes do you run in??