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Pokagon State Park Sprint: BOOM


This weekend brought my first Sprint tri of the season (and only the second triathlon of my life). It was the Pokagon State Park Sprint Triathlon on Lake James. I am now a big fan of Pokagon State Park, WOW is that place awesome. For a girl who grew up camping at Turkey Run and a hubs that grew up boating at Racoon Lake, this state park combines the best of both worlds. It has water, beach, trails, pure beauty and will be visited again by the Kaufman crew!

However, back to the tri…I finished first in my age group, WOOHOO! Now, for full disclosure, there were only 4 women in my age group, but first is first so I’ll take it! There were a total of 55 participants in the sprint and I finished 27th overall, nice and solid in the middle. The swim was 750 meters and it took me 14:02. That’s pretty slow, however it was mostly breaststroke, so really that’s pretty good. Though I still haven’t conquered an open water swim and been able to freestyle the whole thing, I’m counting that swim as a win because it was an improvement. I didn’t have water panic. This is only my 3rd open water swim, but it’s the first time I wasn’t overcome with a significant panic. As I entered the water, I prayed that God would replace my fear with his unwavering Spirit and He did. He is ever faithful and removed the fear.

The bike was REALLY FUN. Apparently I love rolling hills because that’s what this course was and it was awesome! I normally don’t really enjoy biking, but it was my favorite part of the course. Averaged 16.9 (42:30 total time), which is ok, felt like I was doing much faster than that, but whatevs. I came in before Jason was expecting me, so that at least felt good to surprise him.

Then came the trail run, 3.1 miles int he park. It was T.O.U.G.H. I enjoy running, it’s usually my favorite part, but this run whipped my tail. 3.1 miles of what felt like hills, hills, and more hills. The downhills didn’t even really feel good because you were so tired from just running up that form was out the window and I likely looked like a toddler coming down. Despite the toughness, I still managed to pull a 27:44 run, which was an 8:57 average.

I ranked 36th/55 on the swim, 26th/55 on the bike and 17/55 on the run. I think we can all see where my weakness lies. Plus my first transition was 3:15! I don’t remember camping out there, but apparently I did. I’m going to blame part of it on the wetsuit, trying to get out of that thing is a workout in and of itself.  My total time was 1:29 which I guess is ok. The female winner got 1:16, so if I’m shooting to be numero uno, I’ve got some work to do.

We spent the rest of the day hanging out at the beach, letting the kids play in the water, taking in a trail, eating at the Inn and then headed home. Great family time!


Where has the time gone?!?

You know how there is hurricane season and tornado season, well this is busy season for the Kaufman household. Jason started a new job in March, this blew our routine out of the water. No worries though, we established a new routine, however then came changes at work. Training on a new system for 2 weeks, meant I was glued to my computer/headset. Boy was that challenging. I have a lot of freedom in my job and it’s very flexible and this took all that away. The same week this training started for me, Jason moved to start working from home. Which is a big YEA, however it again blew our routine up. We both realize this is a busy season, mostly just a busy month or 2 and it will calm back down as things stop changing. I had a realization while on a run the other day that this is not sustainable for us.  Jason and I both recognize this is too busy for us, it’s not sustainable. This would be a trap for our marriage if things continued down this path. If we stayed at this level of busy, we would wake up strangers one day and that is not an option! My attempt at balance is to cut some things off the short list. The short list includes the ‘have to’ things in life and everything else gets pushed back. I have to work, have to feed my kids, have to tend to their needs. I choose to train for an event that is now 2 months away (yikes!). I choose to sleep less, sweep less, let the kitchen dishes pile, not get a haircut (yikes again), have dirty windows, unfinished house projects, the list goes on and on.  I’m not upset about the piles or dirt or even complaining about them. The piles mean I spent that time in a tickle fight with my kids, or sitting on the back porch with my husband drinking coffee, or blowing bubbles to a 2yo that thinks they are the funnest thing in the world.

So, enough about being busy and all the reasons it stinks! I have put in almost a month of training since my last post, I’m on week 11 now, which means next week is a recovery week. That should buy me about 15 mins extra each day, WOOHOO! We head to our first tri even next weekend, to Pokagon for Jason to compete. Should be fun, we are spending the night at the park Inn along with some friends and plan to hit up the park for some outdoor fun after he rocks it.

My training feels like I am starting over. I got a chest cold, which I’m pretty confident was bronchitis and did almost nothing for a week. I did a crossfit workout on Sunday, that evening felt rough and didn’t sleep well and was hacking my lungs up for the next 8-10 days. It wasn’t pretty. I tried to run and coughed so much I thought I might pop a lung. So, I rested and coughed and rested and coughed a little less and rested some more and finally got back to it this week. My times are slow and I haven’t re-entered the pool yet, plan to on Monday. I had such a bad first run back earlier this week that I caught myself thinking, ‘if I break something (ie a bone in my body) then I can stop running and put myself out of this misery.’ Yes, you read that right, I was wishing a fracture on myself in order to stop the physical and mental agony of a bad run. And to top it off, I was only running 3 miles! That’s how much this illness sucked the health right out of me. But my next run was 4.5 miles and felt much better and no coughing was involved. Just to be clear, I didn’t pray for a fracture, I was hurting, but it wasn’t a true wish for physical harm to come my way.

The busy, the pain are the bad parts of training…what are the good?

I’m loving that it’s light enough at 6am to go for a run and not be in the dark. It’s peaceful and calm and beautiful in the early morning and I wouldn’t be running then if I didn’t have a goal.

I’m loving the new friends I’ve met throughout this process and look forward to encouraging each of them in their upcoming events.

I’m loving that tri season is upon us and I get to start cheering on friends I haven’t seen all winter long.

I’m loving that I can finally understand some of the lingo hubs uses.

I’m loving my new Brooks running shoes which will hopefully see me through this summer.


That’s all I got for now, need to escape to the great outdoors.

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