BISD Tri Recap 2017

So this past weekend I participated in the BISD Sprint Triathlon. This race is special to me because it was the first triathlon I had ever done back in 2011.  It lit the spark inside me and I had absolutely no idea back then how important triathlon would be to my physical, and more so, to my mental well-being!

You want to see some funny pics? These are the true definition of a tri-rookie!

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Did you check out the cotton shirt and mountain bike? 🙂

I was hooked on entering this race and have done so every year since (except 2016 when I was in the depths of Ironman training). So, this year would mark my 6th time to race this fun little race.

I was glad that I was able to convince most of my friends to sign up last minute; it’s always more fun to have your people there with you!

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I woke up from a very restful sleep and was excited to get the day started. Since this race is located in my hometown it was nice to have a 6:00am wake up call. I was also excited to finally be able to race in my Big Sexy Racing kit. This kit feels absolutely amazing. I love my Betty kits, but this one is actually comfortable. I never once had to readjust or even think about any discomfort from the moment I put it on.

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We arrived at the pool just as they were opening the gate to set up our transition area. Soon, all of our friends started showing up and everyone started getting ready. Once we were all set, we took a few pre-race photos and said a wonderful prayer. Then it was show time!

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SWIM:

I was seeded as the first female to enter the water for the sprint division (no pressure). I love this pool. It’s the same pool I used to swim/train/compete in with my high school team, so it is literally my comfort zone. As soon as Coach told me to go, I started my watch and I was off!

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The swim is a 400 meter distance where we zig-zag between all of 8 lanes (set at 50 meter length). Not too much to report about my swim other than I felt great and passed quite a few male swimmers as I made my way through.

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Out of the water and onto T1!

BIKE:

Living in Brownsville, it is a given that it will be a windy day every day in the spring time. I was not surprised to feel the wind coming in from all sides;  just your typical weekend riding weather. I had completely forgotten about my watch and figured I’d just use it to keep my pace when I hit my run.

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I knew the route of this bike course (13 miles), and so was not worried about getting lost. However, the roads that we ride on have a bit of unpredictable traffic and several traffic lights, so I spent most of my time praying to get all green lights.

Bike ride was over before I knew it and it was time to run!

RUN:

I knew I had worked my quads pretty hard trying to ride fast through the wind, so I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel during the run. What I did know, was at this point I was still the first female off the bike!

Keep in mind, in all of the years that I have done this particular tri, I have placed, but never won. I was always passed up on the run. I was determined to keep my lead this year.

I was surprised to find my legs felt good, I was not overheated, and almost feel light and bouncy as I ran (which never happens). When a race volunteer rode by me on his bike at about 1.5 miles into the 5k, he said, “You’re the first female I’ve seen on the course!” At this point, there was a bridge that allowed me to make a turn to see if anyone was behind me. No one in sight. This got me excited, “I think I can pull this off!”

Rounded up into the finish line and booked my butt through.

A wonderful little race to kick off my tri season 2017.

Once my own race was over, I got to cheer on the rest of my crew through their finishes. Of course Mike had finished way before me, and our friends who were volunteering told us they were pretty sure he and I were the first male and female finishers.

What do you know, when they announced awards the Gutierrez’s were first male & female! We knew this would be a moment that would most likely never happen again, so we took in our moment (even if it was at a little local sprint race, haha).

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My beautiful mother and other girlfriends flew through the finish line, and wouldn’t you know it, practically every one podium’ed!

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Of course celebrations were in order that evening!

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Up next: Ironman Texas is on April 22, and we are planning a road trip to spectate and cheer on all of the amazing people racing to become Ironmen that day. I can’t wait! We’ll be there in all of our Big Sexy Racing glory!

TRI WITH JOY!

Jenna

February Updates

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This month sure is flying by, and it’s been quite an eventful one!

Kicked off the first weekend of the month with Les Mills SPRINT training. Mike & I had both signed up in December, and were excited to take our cycling teaching to the next level. Another plus was that it was hosted in our home gym, so we didn’t have to travel.

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Let me tell you, Les Mills weekend trainings are no joke. I first got RPM certified in April of 2011. It was an all-day Saturday, and all-day Sunday training. I remember being so exhausted and sore when it was all over. It was no different this time. Here’s how the website defines what SPRINT is:

“LES MILLS SPRINT is a 30 minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, using an indoor bike to achieve fast results. It’s a short, intense style of training where the thrill and motivation comes from pushing your physical and mental limits. A high intensity, low impact  workout, it’s scientifically proven to return rapid results.

The 30 minutes you put into a LES MILLS SPRINT workout drives your body to burn calories for hours. You combine bursts of intensity, where you work as hard as possible, with periods of rest that prepare you for the next effort. The payoff? You smash your fitness goals, fast.”

I am excited to teach it. The training was pretty tough, and we finished on Superbowl Sunday. I tried my best to stay awake to watch the game, but was sound asleep by 8:00pm.

The following week I attended my TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) convention in San Antonio. I traveled up with my dad, and then my mom joined us the next day (which was a nice surprise because we weren’t sure if she was going to be able to attend). I always thoroughly enjoy this convention and was overjoyed to be able to see my TLU choir director as well as my co-op teacher who I student taught with back in 2009.

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To top it all off, I got to see my Gamma girls and meet mi Raspita Lexie’s baby Korben! He is the most precious little thing! When I drove back home that Saturday, my heart was fulfilled to see so many people who mean so much to me. 🙂

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Back to work and started this week off getting into the routine. But on Wednesday morning at around 3:30am Mike & I woke up to quite a scare. We discovered masses amount of blood all over our living room and kitchen floor. Our poor Sandie baby! Long story short, Wednesday morning was a nightmare. Rushed her to the vet and thank God our veterinarian is so wonderful. She took care of her right away and hooked her up to an IV.

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It turns out Sandie got HGE, which is a bad bacteria that caused her bleeding, vomiting, drop of body temperature, among other scary things. They kept her on an IV overnight Wednesday. Yesterday during my lunch break I rushed over to check on her.

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She already looked so much better. They told me if she continued the way she was going, she’d be able to come home that night. Praise God, when I got home from work, Mike had brought her home. I am so grateful she’s going to be okay.

Because of all of this, Mike and I are/were on the fence about the Austin Half Marathon this weekend. As of right now, if Sandie’s doing okay when we get home tonight, we’re going to drive up to Austin tomorrow, run the race Sunday, and head back home that same day.

I am not by any means trying to PR this race. This will be the 5th year I run it, and I feel the most unprepared because I haven’t really dedicated enough miles and time in training. Plus, those hills are BEASTLY. But, I’m just going to have the mindset of running to finish. I’ll be happy to collect my medal and be on my merry way, haha.

So there’s February life updates so far. And the month isn’t over yet, we still have Charro Days coming up!

Jenna

 

 

California Christmas Trip & Life Updates

Took a long blogging break, but I’m back! The last couple months of 2016 flew by and were full of some wonderful times including my best friend’s wedding, Thanksgiving break, my school choir Christmas programs, and an amazing trip to California for Christmas.

img_0343Sandie girl was the lucky dog picked to travel along with us! We had her registered as an Emotional Support Animal, and so she was allowed to fly with us. I get anxiety while flying & she really did help calm me down. She was an angel the entire trip.

img_1035We landed in Oakland at midnight Cali time, and after getting the rental car, didn’t get to bed til 2:00am (4:00am Texas time)! The next morning we woke up, had breakfast, and headed out on the drive to Yosemite.

The drive is about 3.5 hours from Oakland up into the mountains. We enjoyed passing the time by singing Christmas carols the whole way. Mike is obsessed with Christmas music; he even listens to it in the summer (I’m not kidding).

When we arrived to Tenaya Lodge (which is where we had spent our honeymoon 3 years before) there was no sign of snow. It was in the 40’s and I didn’t think we’d see any snow on this trip. But Mike swore to me it was supposed to snow the following day.

We got to our cute little cabin and got settled in. Then we headed to the beautiful lodge to see my favorite part:

img_1072img_1037This amazing Christmas tree! (I know the 2nd picture is crooked, but I wanted to show the scale of it next to a person standing). It’s huge and real and beautiful!

img_0348We found a couple of chairs right in front of live music and enjoyed a glass of wine.

img_1066We got back to the cabin, lit a fire and relaxed the rest of that evening.

The next morning we took turns walking to the gym because we couldn’t leave Sandie alone in the room. Mike went first and when he got back he told me it was getting colder out and to bundle up. I walked the half mile to the lodge’s gym, which is very nice. I did about a 45 minute workout and as I made my way back to the lobby I saw that Mike had been right, it had started snowing! And it was snowing HARD. I was so excited we were going to have a white Christmas.

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I was in awe of the beauty. Seriously breathtaking.

On Christmas Eve we got to take a wagon ride & Sandie came along too. They stopped at a beautiful little area where we enjoyed hot apple cider and roasted marshmallows.

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That afternoon the 49ers won their 2nd game ever and Mike was ecstatic. Sandie & I were super into the game too:

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We enjoyed the snow on Christmas day, taking Sandie around to take pictures and play in the snow.

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We had planned our trip to end with a couple of days in San Francisco. I was excited to head back to the city.

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We found a dog-friendly Happy Hour at this place called MoMo’s . $1 oysters, yes please!

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The next day we decided to drive to Sonoma (my happy place). It was as beautiful as ever. We were just going to go to Sonoma Square, and as we were about to pass Viansa (my favorite winery) I made a comment that I’d wished we could stop there. Mike made a quick right turn and took me in! I was so happy!

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It was a perfect sunny 60 degree day & this place is just so gorgeous!

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Enjoyed some delicious wine & headed into the little town for lunch.

On our drive back we stopped at a lookout point for a Golden Gate Bridge pic too. 🙂

img_1260It was an amazing trip that I’ll always remember & cherish.

And now…2017 and almost one month in! I’ve been back to work for almost 3 weeks and back on the regular routine. I’ve started tri training again, but I am not signed up for any triathlons yet. I am, however, signed up for the Austin Half Marathon on February 19. Need to start racking up some running miles on these legs!

I’m excited to represent Big Sexy Racing team this year, and was super happy to find out that I made Bronze All World Athlete status for 2017! So I HAVE to sign up for some Ironman-sanctioned events to enjoy my perks ;).

So there’s a quick little trip recap and life update!

TRI WITH JOY!

Jenna