Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tri-Friend #10- Amanda Remlinger

Excited to feature another Tri-Mom as a Tri-Friend. I loved reading her story about how she got into triathlons and admire her for sharing her story and hope other mothers find similar inspiration!  

1. Tell us a little about yourself in a few sentences
I grew up in the suburbs of San Diego but recently relocated to Northern Arizona. I prefer the mountains over the beach. I am a stay-at-home mom to two spunky boys and wife to an airline pilot. Becoming a mother was the single most challenging thing in my life but opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I have a slight obsession with workout clothes, cheese, wine, and reading celebrity gossip magazines.

2. Congrats on recently completing a half Ironman!  What was the most rewarding and challenging part of the race?
Thank you! The most rewarding part of the race was when I came up on mile 10 of the run and only had 5K to go. At that point I choking back tears and quietly crying to myself. I knew I could finish a 5K and that was all I had to go. I couldn’t believe I had come that far and now it was almost over. It made me both happy and sad at the same time that the day was almost over. The most challenging part of the 70.3 was trying to stay cool on the run. The race was near Napa and vineyards are not exactly know for their "shade." The run was hilly and by the time I even got to the run it was in the warmest part of the day. I stayed cool by walking a lot and really staying on top of my hydration.

3. You have written about how exercise has helped you overcome Post partum depression, what was it that appealed to you about triathlons? 
Prior to 2010 I had no idea what the numbers 140.6 even meant. In the fall of 2010 I stood along the sidelines of Ironman Arizona waiting for my little brother to cross the finish line of his first full Ironman. I was a fairly new mother but suffering on the inside of post partum depression and anxiety. I stood there feeling worthless as a mom and human being and was hoping for something or someone to guide me. As my brother came down the chute looking tired and beaten after almost 12 hours, I saw something in his eyes and that was utter joy and I longed for that. I wanted to feel the sudden rush of emotions he was feeling. At that moment I made a vow to do a triathlon. From that day forward I started training and when I felt like giving up I pictured my kids waiting for me at the end of the finish line. I did complete my first triathlon and experienced that rush of emotions that I had longed for. And having my family with me meant everything to me. Something else happened with all the training I was doing- and that was weaning off my medicine. It was a slow wean but eventually I found that I no longer need any of the drugs that had been prescribed for me to help with the depression and anxiety. As long as I trained I felt happy and actually slept at night (something that didn’t happen easily).

4. What is your favorite go to workout?
My favorite workout has to be Spin class. If I am having a bad day one hour of Spin class makes the world of difference. I can zone out to the music and crank up the resistance and sweat out all my worries. I can always count on a great nights sleep with a Spin class earlier in the day.

5. Now that you have tackled the 70.3 distance, what is next?
Next on my race schedule is the Women's Half Marathon Scottsdale, AZ. I have never run a half marathon just by itself and I really want to focus on being able to run the entire distance. I walked quite a bit in the half marathon portion of my 70.3 so my goal is to really increase my speed. I do plan to sign up for another 70.3 next year but am not quite ready to tackle a full Iron distance just yet. My kids are still young and I know how time consuming training for a full would be (as if a half wasn't long enough).

6. Where do you do most of your training?
I belong to the local Y because they have a pool and childcare. I don't know what I would have done last year without the childcare. Having the pool right there makes it so easy to get in my swimming training. I also love the Spin classes and have met some wonderful triathlete friends through the YMCA.

7. Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Yes I have to eat the same meal the night before my race. It's always a chicken breast, brown rice and salad and Nuun water. It sounds boring but it has worked well for me. I also have to have my toenails painted some really bright funky color (usually one my 3 year old picks out). When I am out of breath getting out of the water and completely disoriented, I always look down at my toes. Seeing that bright funky color (like fluorescent glitter turquoise) brings me back to reality and reminds me of my kids. It makes me laugh on the inside and helps calm me when my nerves are racing a mile a minute!

Follow Amanda at  www.momwhotris.com 
Twitter: @Momwhotris

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