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Four Month Hiatus

My last post, written four months ago, was a little intense, Catastrophe Before and After Ragnar Relay, and I took a break from blogging for a while. The good news, well at least for me, is that I’m back, and making a commitment to update regularly. It’s been a busy four months, and all of these updates, probably deserve their own post, but for now, let’s do a quick re-cap:

Racing continues. As soon as I got the clearance to run, once my ectopic pregnancy had finally terminated, I hit the ground running…

Coaster Run 5K at Knott’s Berry Farm on March 8th

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Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation 10K on March 29 (Go Team Brody – Reaching For A Cure 2014)

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Ragnar So Cal – April 10-11 – Team Name: Great Bowels of Fire (1st Place in our Division)

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland on May 10. (Finish in 1:58:42)

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On May 3, my friend, Stacy, and I were baptized at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, and our amazing group of friends were there to support us. We were also photo bombed by Pastor Rick Warren himself!

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I celebrated a wonderful Mother’s Day with my beautiful family.

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We went on a 4-day Carnival Cruise with our good friends and our girls’ bff’s! Together, our two families had 5 girls within 14 months of each other! We had a blast!

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At the end of May, my brother and I were able to pull off the surprise of the century, and surprise my dad for his 60th birthday! He had no idea we were coming (I live in California, brother in North Carolina and dad (and sister) are in Maine).

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I also got to visit my mom and some of her family in Maine. It was an amazing trip!

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I surprised Trent with a “day date” on June 12, our 6 year wedding anniversary, and we played Foot Golf! Possibly, a new favorite sport!  

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Katelyn and Chelsea turned 4 in June and we celebrated their birthday, with good friends, at Pump It Up!

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The family celebrated Father’s Day one week early, and headed to Angels Stadium for our first family game of the season! Katelyn says “Mike Trout is the best baseball player ever.” I have to agree!

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The girls completed their last day of preschool and officially start pre-k this fall! They are growing up way too fast!

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At the end of June, we traveled to Pismo Beach to visit Trent’s family. It was great to see everyone in one place!

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This summer, we’ve spent a lot of time in the pool and the girls have come so far with their swim lessons! I am so proud of them!

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It’s been a busy 4 months, so this update seems action packed! I still can’t believe the girls are four. They make us laugh every day and our family is truly blessed. I promise our next update will not be 4 months away, so stay tuned!

Cal Elite Kids: The One Stop Shop

I’ve been excited for the girls to turn three because I have wanted to sign them up for gymnastics or dance class. They are old enough to be in a class with just the teacher, and not a mommy and me class, and they are old enough to tell me what they do and do not like, which they happen to be great at!

The mommy and me classes do not always work for a mommy of twins. I could never do the parent and me swim, because I was outnumbered. We tried a parent and me soccer class, but when they knew I was there, one would get clingy and one would get crazy. The mommy and me gymnastics was hard, because while I was helping one, the other one was probably jumping off the highest balance beam she could find. Mommy and me classes typically equaled stress for Mommy.

Finally, they could be in a class, that they picked themselves, and I had the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy watching them do something they love.

We stumbled upon a wonderful facility, Cal Elite Kids, in Rancho Santa Margarita, that offers a variety of programs including dance, gymnastics, swimming, tumbling, preschool and so much more! They also allow you to try your first class for free, which was magnificent!

First we tried gymnastics. My girls are balls of energy, so I was certain this would be the class they would choose. They were in the Tumblebees program, which is a 45-minute class designed for 2.5 to 4 year olds. It was absolutely adorable and I was pretty sure the deal was sealed when they saw the long trampoline they got to run across! But of course, I wanted to give them the opportunity to try the dance class before we made a decision.

So we did a trial class of preschool dance. They were in the Twirly Bees class, another 45-minute class designed for 2.5-4 year olds. The dance class started off with ballet. It was super cute, but I was still sure the trampoline from gymnastics would win their vote. Then, they got to put on tap shoes. Contest over. Dance wins. Shoes, that make music, on the floor? They were over the moon excited. All they want to do is wear their tap shoes now.

We also did a trial class of preschool swimming. The Waterbugs class is a 30-minute class designed for 2.5 to 4 year olds. There is a 4:1 student / teacher ratio in the class. They are introduced to age appropriate skills, that will progressively teach them how to swim.

Cal Elite Kids is fabulous and the prices are definitely competitive which is super important when you’re paying for two! It’s your one stop shop for classes, open gym, and yes, even parent’s night out!

Every Saturday night, parent’s night out is offered for children ages 3 and up, who are fully potty trained. You can drop them off from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. for $22 per child or 5:30 – 11:30 p.m. for $32 per child! If you haven’t had a night out in a while, here’s your opportunity, and you know your kids will be having a ball while you are gone!

We are so glad we found Cal Elite Kids and look forward to watching our girls faces light up with excitement, every time we walk in their front door!

Cal Elite Kids
22982 Avenida Empresa
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. 92688
Ph. (949) 589-1512
http://calelite.com

My First Tri

Five weeks ago, I signed up for the Los Alamitos Race on the Base. I had not even purchased my bicycle yet. A sprint triathlon sounded like so much fun, that I knew it was something I wanted to “tri.”

BikeI purchased an awesome mountain bike, from a good friend (Thanks, Lauren!!), shortly after signing up, and immediately took it out for a spin. I did not get a mile down the road, before I over shifted and realized all of the chains were now dragging on the ground. I called my husband, waited for the “laugh” on the other end,  and walked my bike back home. He fixed my bike, gave me a shifting tutorial, and then I was off again, on my first “real” ride in years.

Training had officially begun. I was focused and determined to get ready in the short five weeks I had to train. I trained Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings, when the girls were in preschool, and on the weekends, when my husband watched the girls. I ran, biked, and swam laps at Waterworks Aquatics, 3-5 days a week. I did have a minor setback of about 10 days during my training, due to illness, but I was not going to let that hold me back.

Today, was the BIG race. Surprisingly, I was not nervous, but excited! I felt very prepared after attending 2 of the 3 triathlon clinics that were offered at the base. I felt like I knew the course, what to expect, and was mentally prepared, and I think that was 90% off the challenge.

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There were two waves for triathlons, and the second one included the “newbies,” so my race started at about 10:15 a.m. My goal was to finish in less then 1 hour, 30 minutes. When I arrived at the base, I set up my bike, on the end of my rack, in the transition area. I was psyched.
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This sprint triathlon was in reverse, so the order went, run, bike swim. The Los Alamitos Race on the Base is the largest reverse sprint triathlon in the country… so it’s kind of a big deal! You start with a 5K (3.1 miles) run, 13.1 mile bike, and end with a 200 yard swim.

I made my way to the front of the pack to start the race, and when the blow horn went off, I was feeling good, up until about ¼ mile when I was hit with dry, cotton mouth. I was over the moon to see a water station at the ½ mile mark! Thank you ROTB… you’re a lifesaver!

I was kind of nervous about this run, because it was my first run without my GPS or music. No inspiration in my ear and no way of knowing how much further I had to run. I tried to make up for that by wearing a watch with a stopwatch. That way, I’d at least know how long I had run. It worked out pretty well, because I actually ended up running next to a guy who was wearing his phone on his sleeve, and since headphones were not allowed,  I was able to listen to his GPS tell him his pace every now and then, which was reassuring!

I have always wanted to run a 5K with a pace under 8 minutes, and surprisingly, with no music or GPS, I hit my personal record on this run, with a time of 24:40 and pace of 7:57. Does this mean I will run with no music or GPS in the future… NO.

I made it to my transition area, and jumped on my mountain bike. We rode 3 laps around the airfield, which was such a fun ride! I was pedaling as fast as my legs could go, but no matter what I did, road bikes were just breezing by me. I started to say in my mind, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,” but no matter what I did, my bike was not as fast as those thousand dollar bikes zooming by me. I decided to just do take it all in and enjoy my ride. I finished the 13.1 miles in 48:17.

Transition 1

I was feeling pretty good…up until this point. When it was time to dismount my bike, I jumped off, and suddenly, both my feet cramped up. My legs almost buckled underneath me because I was not expecting that to happen. It felt like my feet just folded in half. I started to run to my transition spot, but realized a hobble was more realistic.

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I think my body was dehydrated at this point and I’ve always had a history of severe cramps in my feet (ask my husband about me waking him up out of a dead sleep, because I just leaped 4 feet off the bed in excruciating pain).

I hobble-jogged to the pool, thinking, “Oh my gosh, I am going to drown now.” By the time I got to the pool, my left foot felt okay, but my right foot was in a lot of pain. Moving it sent crazy sharp pains, so I knew swim was going to be a struggle.

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If you saw my swim, you may compare it to a cat in the bathtub, a little scary. You would probably be very concerned to learn that I used to lifeguard and was responsible for the safety of your children. I promise, I really can swim. In my practice laps, I was swimming a 200 in just over 4 minutes, but in the race today, I finished in 5:41. I’m not even sure what stroke I used to get to the end, but thankfully, I finished the race, did not drown, and finished within my target time.

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Triathlon MedalSo.. here are the overall results:

-5K Run – 24:40 / 7:57 pace* (*Personal Record)
-Transition 1 – 1:35
-13.1 mi Bike – 48:17
-Transition 2 – 2:46
-200 m Swim – 5:41

Total Time: 1:23:00

Overall Place  – 79/474
Overall by Sex – 13/250
Division F 30-34 – 4/26

I am definitely happy with my overall time, because I completed the triathlon within my goal, but still a little bummed about the swim portion, thanks to the unexpected shooting pain.

I had a lot of fun with my first triathlon and will definitely be signing up for this race again next year!

Big shout-out and congratulations to my friend Jenny, who placed 1st place in our division (F 30-34), and 6th female overall, with a time of 1:19:11! You were awesome!! So glad we were able to do this race together! Twin mamas ROCK!

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And another BIG shout-out to my wonderful husband! Thank you for being so supportive in all of my training. I am so thankful to have such an amazing man by my side. Also, thank you for being my official photographer today! You ROCK!

My next race is just a week away at Knott’s Berry Farm, the Coaster Run 10K!

Fear will pass…regret is forever.

POLL: Should Pregnant Women Wear a Bikini on the Beach?

Pregnant women are often told their belly is beautiful and they should embrace their bump. The question remains, is it okay to flaunt it and rock those curves wherever you are?

It was not until recently that I learned about the great bikini debate when I was reading through a baby forum on BabyCenter. I discovered that women have very different opinions on what is appropriate for a pregnant woman to wear to the beach.

Some women feel that a pregnant woman should never expose her belly and should keep it covered throughout the entire pregnancy; while others feel that their bump is beautiful and they should show it off to the world.

Living in Southern California, we are fortunate to be surrounded by sun and surf year round. When you are pregnant, what can be more relaxing then floating in a nice cool body of water on a hot summer day?

No matter what the world is going to say, it is important to wear what you are going to feel comfortable and beautiful in.

Whether you are wearing a one piece, bikini, or covered up completely,  you are still likely to get extra looks because you are sporting the beautiful baby inside of you.

I say, if you are comfortable in your skin, wear your bikini proudly and show off that beautiful pregnant belly!

Since I came across this big debate on the baby forums, I want to ask you what you think…and of course this is assuming mom is wearing plenty of sunscreen and re-lubing every couple of hours!

What type of swimsuit do you think is most acceptable for a pregnant woman to wear to the beach?

  • Either is fine, as long as SHE is comfortable in her skin (78%, 90 Votes)
  • Tankini / One Piece (15%, 17 Votes)
  • Bikini (8%, 9 Votes)
  • None. She should be covered up. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 116
*Poll was conducted on OC Family

When you were pregnant, what did you wear to the beach?

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