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Turkey Triathlon

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American Fork,UT,

Member Since:

Nov 27, 2009



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon

2011 - 4:11:52 

2017. -4:01:17

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

Antelope Island 50 Mile

2015 - 10:10:00

Antelope Island 100 Mile

2018 - 26:53

**Personal Best 



Short-Term Running Goals:



Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston


Married for 18 years. I have 14 year old triplets and a 11 year old. I love to sew, garden, and run!

Favorite Running Quotes: 


"Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people.

Some call it euphoria. Others say it's a new kind of mystical experience that propels you into a elevated state of consciousness, a flash of joy.

A sense of floating as you run. This experience is unique to each of us, but when it happens, you break through a barrier that separates you from casual runners. Forever. And from that point on, there is no finish line. You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you."  

~Nike Poster

2.           A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


You’ve no doubt heard this.  And you’ve probably recited it in your mind on a run or at the gym when you’re just beginning to get in shape.  You have a goal in sight and this quote brings you back to the current moment.


But the problem is that many runners forget all of the steps between the first one and the goal.  If your goal is to run under two hours for the half marathon then you need to be honest about all of the little steps to get to that goal.


…and what I’d rather see you do is to get the goal out of mind completely, but rather focus on the process, not the outcome. -Jay Johnson Process orientation, not outcome orientation.


You should have goals, but you should take it one step at a time.  And you should be honest about the fact that you don’t know how many steps it will take to get there. ~ Vernon Gambetta


3.  Human beings are made up of flesh, blood and a miracle fiber called COURAGE! ~ George Patton 


4.   Find the courage to be patient.

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My ankle was still sore, so I did 30 minutes on the stair climber (which personally I think is equal to running) and a 10 minute hill climb on the bike (level 20).

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40 minutes on the stair climber and did 4.5 miles.  Felt good and was sweating like a banchee (do banchees sweat?).

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Race: Turkey Triathlon (3.1 Miles) 01:13:55, Place in age division: 6
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My attitude going into this race was SO completely different than any other race I've ever done.  I'm usually a stress mess - I let the race get to my head and I psych myself out.  But this is why it was different:

1.  This is my first race since December 31 - Beat the New Year.

2.  I've been battling this stupid stress fracture since January 2010 and consequently haven't run a consecutive 3 miles (I usually have to walk a bit in between each mile to give my ankle a rest).

3.  I've never done a triathlon before.

4.  I felt like I really didn't "train" that hard for this race (these past few weeks I've been so preoccupied with getting a gazillion articles of clothing sewn).

 I had an open house last night for all my children's clothing, but was able to get to bed by 9:00pm.  Oh....it was so nice to sleep!

I went and picked up the babysitter at 7:00am and Tim and I headed off to the Orem Rec Center.  Though it was warm, there was still a bit of chill in the air.

We dropped off our bikes in the transition area, picked up our race packets, timing chips and got our arms and legs numbered (that by far was the coolest part of doing a triathlon!  I felt totally official).



We went back to our bikes and I started watching all the "PRO'S" hang out by their gear.  I felt like such a fish out of water - I had NO idea what I was doing!



 We went for a quick potty break (having to take off all the layers of clothes over a swim suit was a PAIN).

We took a quick spin on our bikes.  It felt good to warm up, but then I started to think how out of shape I really am!  How slow I am on a bike and what a terrible swimmer I was.

My main goal during the run was to help Tim run a consistent race.  But silly me, I didn't bring my Garmin and they didn't have mile markers.  I felt OK during the run, but I could feel that my lungs were sucking air.  Definitely need to bump up the miles.

As I rounded the corner to the finish...I kept thinking "I still have to bike and SWIM".  But quickly took off my shoes, put on my helmet and swore because Tim was already gone.  So I ran through the transition area and clipped into my peddles.

When I train on my bike, I am SLOW SLOW SLOW!  But today, I was a lot faster.  I consistently passed people.  We had to go up this GIANT hill on 400 south in Orem.  Though it was hard and I was really sucking air, but I didn't die and was able to recover quickly.  That was a real confidence booster.  We had to do the bike loop twice.

 I quickly dismounted from the bike, threw my gear down and headed to the pool.  Running in a swim suit to not fun! That swim was the STINKEST thing I've ever done.  There were so many people in the lanes and I kept getting kicked and hit.  In the shallow end, I ran faster than I swam.  My goggles were constantly foggy and my contacts were getting messed up.  I just kept thinking, 5 more laps to go, 4 more laps to go....But then I was done.

 Tim was at the finish with his parents. He finished 3 minutes ahead of me.  I'm so competitive, who cares if he is my hubby, it made me mad he beat me!  I told him it was "GO TIME" at the next tri!

We dried off and got dressed.  They had posted the results and I had to do a double check.  I placed 6th in my AG - but there were 3 of us that finished at 1:13:00, so if I would have been 2 seconds faster, I could have come in 4th!   Given my training for the past several months, I feel ok about the race (I can definitely run and bike faster).  I definitely want to do another tri!


Run:  25:35

T1:  1:54

Bike: 34:04

T2:  1:17

Swim: 11:03


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