Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2014 – 5 months out

Ironman Coeur d’Alene is a little over 5 months out now. While my training is better than it was a month ago, I do feel pretty “behind” where I should be. However, I have learned in the past that stressing out about it is not helpful. Instead of stressing, I am trying harder and harder.

Right now my biggest focus is on losing weight and increasing strength. My right foot is still bugging me. I’m doing my best to train without irritating it. Even walking on it for 15 minutes at a time makes it feel like there are daggers in it. On Monday I had a massage with acupuncture. I plan to go back in a couple of weeks.

Weight-loss is not easy for me. Never in my life have I “had” to lose weight. Generally I’m steady at around 130lb. Usually my race weight is closer to 125 or less. I have no shame in admitting that right now I’m hovering around 140. A few months ago I was 142 and on Sunday I weighed 138. That’s not bad considering the Christmas season was in there and I basically didn’t exercise other than walk (when I could without my foot hurting) and ate constantly (although almost no desserts and not as much alcohol as I could have).

My partner and I have a weight-loss challenge/bet going on. It’s just what I need to give me incentive to lose this weight fairly quickly. My goal is to lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks in order to get down to 128. The sooner I get under 130 the better. So far I’m being extremely careful about what I consumer as nutrition is 80% of weight loss, and spreading out my calories over the day, and trying to make all the calories count (ie. no empty calories). My protein goal is 50g per day. I’m using MyFitnessPal to help me out with keeping track of calories, although I might switch to Beginner Triathlete because their relatively new layout is pretty awesome.

The other part of this is that I have decided to eliminate one of the medications that I’m on. It is a med that has caused weight gain in a major way. I’ve been on an extremely low dose for several months, a dose that most doctors would say isn’t effective. Since I’ve been off it for a few days I have felt more energized and alert. We are watching my moods carefully in the hope that it doesn’t affect me too much. I’m planning to blog about my new-found mechanisms later on.

I’m hopeful that all of this will result in weight loss so that I don’t have to lug around these extra 10 pounds in the peak months before Ironman. Here is a comparison of my weight-change in the last 1.5 years. The “old” photo was taken in 2008, but that’s about the weight I stayed for a while. Actually, in 2009 I was about 5 pounds less, which is a lot for a 4’11” person. The photo from last summer is probably the least flattering photo of myself. Since then I’ve lost about 5 pounds, which already feels a lot better.

Crystal weight-loss challenge


2 thoughts on “Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2014 – 5 months out

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Crystal, way to hang in there with the injury. As athletes we have to deal with this so often. I have a left foot pain and am training for a half marathon now, something I said I would never do after my lst half 2 yrs ago. I think being a competitive athlete is like child birth, you forget the pains you go through because of the endorphin rush. Good luck in getting ready for your race. Listen to your body. You know a good vs a bad pain.

    • January 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Hi Rebecca! Triathletes/runners are pretty famous for saying “Just one more.” I said that after IMCDA in 2009, then I didn’t finish so I knew I had to do another one. So I did Ironman Canada and I said that I had unfinished business in Coeur d’Alene. I’m fairly confident that this is my last one. I also say that about marathons. I think half IM and half marathons are more my style and are the longest that I should go. Doing Ironman 3 times is more than enough, considering I never thought I would do it once! Very much like childbirth in that we forget because when we cross that finish line it feels so good that all of the pain of training and racing that day is erased! Of course, like childbirth, the pain for the next month and more for recovery is often what is remembered.


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