Hello Team Blazers, welcome to 2013. Since we are two weeks in you’ve had a little taste of how it might be. The world didn’t end as the Mayans predicted so you might be left with “what do I do now?” kind sort of questions (we’re not all type A-plan-everything-ahead types as stereotypes might suggest ). The first thing to do would be to make sure you signed up or renewed your Team Blaze membership (http://www.teamblazespokane.com/memberApp2.html).
Now that you are a member you can use the forum to see things like this http://teamblaz.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=discussion&thread=3232&page=1 thread that has a searchable document put together by Suzanne (the magnificently organized) Smail that contains all of Coach Scott’s posts on various topics including how to set and achieve your triathlon goals.
As a member you can also see the Team Blaze workout calendar on the forum with many of the group workouts and educational opportunities from our sponsers. Thank you to Tobin Smail for keeping this current and organized.
If you need inspiration to set your goals you can read race reports from other members such as Tristin’s Ironman Arizona recap found here: http://teamblaz.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=raceresults&thread=3222&page=1. Since Some of you reading won’t be able to see this (sign up soon so that you can log in to the forum :) ) I’ll add an exerpt of her story:
At Ironman CDA I bought myself a I two piece Ironman swim suit and told my
friend that I was going to look good in it by Arizona!! I decided if I wasn’t
going to be in the best shape I could be in I was going to be as light as I
could so I didn’t have to carry as much weight during the race. I started eating
less and healthier. Hummus and veggies was what I really started to love to eat.
I was also actually mad that when I ate bad food I would feel not so good
because I like to eat bad food. Yes, I actually like McDonald’s, Taco Bell,
Zips, Panda, etc.!! I know crazy!! Everyone always thought that Scott and I ate
so healthy because we did all the training but actually we liked fast food.
The weight slowly started to come off and I started to follow a very
minimal training plan. It was the Ironfit Book and I had decided that I would do
the just finish plan. I thought I would be able to do that and if I felt
ambitious I would add a little. It took me a little time to be ok
with that because in Scott’s blog he said that he wanted to do Ironman Arizona
to his best ability and I felt like I should do that. I finally let go of that
and said I would do it to the best ability I could with the current situation
that I was in!! I also would yell at Scott on different days and tell him, “I AM
NOT ENJOYING THE JOURNEY!!”
I was so glad to have my neighbor Kimberly
also doing the race. She was actually follow a much more structured plan that
Scott wrote and she would tell me that she was going on a 5 hour bike ride. She
would invite me to go with her. Thank goodness for her making me do a few long
I did one 5 hour ride and one 70 mile ride. It was suppose to be
100 miles but I got a flat and it was pouring down rain. I did a few other 3 +
hour rides on the weekends but I was still pretty sporadic! My longest run was
the Spokane 1/2 marathon where I ran under 2 hours and I was very happy with
that!! Thanks again Kimberly for running that with me!! I swam 1 or 2 times a
week and I think a few weeks I didn’t swim at all.
You know how they say
that Ironman is a lot mental?? Well, I say it is 75% mental!! Yes, you have to
be in good condition but you have to believe that you can do it!! I never
doubted that I would not finish. I just wasn’t sure how long it would take me!!
When I booked Reece and my ticket to Arizona I don’t think I realized
what day it would be when we left to fly to Arizona. It was November 15, 2012.
That would have been Scott’s 2nd bionic birthday. That is what I called it. I
called him the bionic man since his surgery on Nov. 15, 2010.
in Arizona and the weather was great. I was excited to do the race. I had lost
20+ pounds since the beginning of my training and journey and felt ready! There
was so many things going on it was a little over whelming but no one pushed me
to do anything I didn’t want to do. Scott was always the organizer and I felt
lost not having him there to help me pack my transition bags, special needs
bags. I had trained a little with Carbo Pro on some of my long rides back home
until I ran out. I told myself I would just buy some in Arizona and use it for
the race. I have been blessed with a stomach of steel. I seem to be able to eat
what ever I want and not really have problems. I bought about 6 gu’s at the
ironman store and filled two bottles with carbo pro. I decided I would just do
the rest of what was on the course. Suzanne teased me about doing the absolute
opposite of what Scott would do. Yes, that is probably right!! I thought special
needs?? I don’t have special needs!! What should I put in those bags?? I put a
few pretzel in the run special needs and a bagels and pretzels in the bike
special needs. Well the bagel made the pretzels soggy so that wasn’t good.
I got to have a camera on me all morning of the race for the iron heart
team. It was nice because I brought Reece in the transition area with me and no
one asked any questions. I brought some of Scott’s ashes with me and Reece and I
threw some in the water before the race. Reece threw some out into the water
rights as the wind caught them and blew them in my face. Reece thought it was
very funny. I didn’t really think it was that funny. I took a small hand full of the
ashes in my hand and jumped in the water with them. I swam out and let them go
once I was in the water. I wore my sleeveless wet suit. The swim went good. It
felt very crowded but I didn’t really get beat up. I almost felt like I could
stop swimming and the group would just pull me along. I had told myself that I
wanted to be done by 1 hour 30 minutes. I got out of the water at 1 hour and 19
minutes. I was excited to be 11 min. fast than the time I had given myself.
Ironheart had put a camera on the front of my bike. They said just talk
about what ever. Well who knows what is on that camera!! The bike seemed pretty crowded but
not bad. I had another bag of Scott’s ashes that I wanted to spread on the bike.
I told myself that I had 3 loops so just watch the first two laps and decide
where I wanted to put them. As I was riding along I felt something slip out of
my back pocket. I looked back and realized that it was Scott’s ashes. Oh crap I
thought. I can’t leave him on the rode. I stopped my bike and ran back for the
baggy while all my water was draining out of my front water bottle holder. What
were you thinking Scott?? You were slowing me down!! I took my phone with me and I was
updating my Facebook page along the way. When I stopped to use the port a potty
I would make an update or text a friend. After the first loop on the bike I
calculated and thought that I might be done with the bike in 6 hours and 30
minutes which was 30 minutes faster than I had told myself. I think it was the
second loop when I heard this lady call out for Advil at an aid station. I
caught up with her a little while later and said did you get the Advil? She said
no they didn’t have any. I told her that I had tylenol and she was like that
would be great. So we pulled over and she said she owed me!! I told her no I was
just glad I could help and then we continued on the journey. On the last loop of
the bike I stopped at the turn around and spread Scott’s ashes by a big cactus.
I finished the bike in 6 hours and 20 min. and felt awesome. I know Scott was
pushing me along!!
There is a lot more to this story. Tristin did amazing and set a great new PR be sure to follow the link and read the rest. Tristin also recently wrote us a letter in her capacity as president of Team Blaze. If you missed this by email, please take a second to read it:
Dear 2012 Team Blaze Members,
I want to thank you for being a club member in 2012. I know that there have been questions about the club and what it will be like for 2013. I want you to know that our club has continued to grow with members and activities each year. This year will be no different. The Team Blaze board has a lot of amazing things planned for 2013. We will be having a kick off party in March and will send the date out very soon.
On April 29th, my husband Scott Roy, the co-founder of Team Blaze Spokane, died. This has been the hardest thing that I have ever had to go through. I also know that this has been a very hard thing for so many Team Blaze members. We are all grieving in different ways. Scott was an amazing husband, father, coach, friend, etc. He will never be replaced. Scott did so many amazing things for Team Blaze Spokane. He was an amazing coach and mentor for so many people.
I realize that you have not received as many e-mails and communication as you did before April 2012. I also realize that some of you may not have gotten e-mails back or phone calls back. I apologize for that but this has been a process for me and the board. I sometimes have a hard time asking for help and people don’t want to step on my toes. I am learning that I can not do everything that Scott and I were doing for the club and the board is stepping up to help. You will be receiving monthly e-mails about things going on in the club. We also have a team forum, blog and Facebook that you can look at to get up dates. The forum has a calendar that you can look at to see the things going on.
I would hate for anyone to not rejoin Team Blaze Spokane because you think it is not going to continue. Team Blaze is going to continue and we will continue to add awesome workshops, mentoring, mini triathlons, amazing sponsors, etc.
I know before the death of my husband I had no idea about grief or what people go through. I was one of those people who just thought well it’s been a few months they should be fine now. Well, that is not the case. It changes you and your prospective on everything. I apologize again if your e-mail/phone calls were not a priority for me. I in no way wanted you to get a bad impression about Team Blaze it was just that I had so many other things going on in my life. I would really appreciate if you have questions or complaints about the club that you send them to the firstname.lastname@example.org Suzanne Smail and I both check that now and you should get an answer within a few days.
I know you will not be disappointed about the opportunities that will be offered to Team Blaze Members in 2013. I hope to see you all at the Team Blaze functions in 2013.
Thank you for your understanding during this major changing in my family.
Team Blaze Spokane President and Co-founder