The Metabolife Triathlon Blog

In the spirit of “I start now”, our Metabolife Marketing Director, Niki Simoneaux, has decided to do her first triathlon this year. She, along with two other women on her training team have agreed to track their progress and experience through this blog in the hopes that it might inspire others to take on healthy lifestyle changes and challenges. As you can imagine the process has its ups and downs, but you will get to hear it all right here.

Kim - June 17, 2010

Posted at 10:23 am on June 17, 2010 by Kim

What a work-out. We biked today in the spin room and it was 85 degrees. I never knew you can incorporate Bikram temperatures into tri training. Perhaps our coach should have us perform odd movements on the bike.

After pushing myself for a hour- I may say I am improving my cadence- I...

Kim - June 17, 2010

Posted at 4:07 pm on June 17, 2010 by Kim

What a work-out. We biked today in the spin room and it was 85 degrees. I never knew you can incorporate Bikram temperatures into tri training. Perhaps our coach should have us perform odd movements on the bike.
After pushing myself for a hour- I may say I am improving my cadence- I...

Kim - June 10, 2010

Posted at 3:04 pm on June 10, 2010 by Kim

I woke up at 5:30 this morning and immediately rushed out of bed. I didn't think at all because I was still asleep but I managed to get out of my apartment and hailed a cab. To my surprise I arrived in time to get the full cycling work-out. My coach kept repeating to increase my cadence but I...

Kim - June 9, 2010

Posted at 1:57 pm on June 9, 2010 by Kim

I woke up in a fog and made a choice to take the day off from tri training. I wrestled with the guilt of not being on my bicycle but I decided that I have the next 7 days to work out so why on earth would I feel as though I am behind. There is nothing more difficult than training my brain to not...

Kim - June 8, 2010

Posted at 1:39 pm on June 8, 2010 by Kim

Speedwork was more than what I could handle. I decided to go rogue and create my group. Maybe I was in a state of limbo, but I could not keep up with Group 2 as they breezed across the field. As we kept increasing our speed, I kept looking at my heart rate. The first five drills had my bpm's at...

Kim - June 7, 2010

Posted at 1:37 pm on June 7, 2010 by Kim

I woke up at 4:30 this morning to prepare for the morning group ride. It was dark when I awoke and I scrambled to get ready after enjoying a cappuccino and oatmeal. (I even squeezed in enough time to read the depressing news.) When I looked at my watch, I realized that I had ten minutes to get...

Niki - May 14, 2010

Posted at 3:45 pm on May 14, 2010 by Niki

The indoor tri is tomorrow. I was so bummed to be sick last time that I am actually excited (and nervous) about this one. I need to try on the wetsuit tonight. My actual race is one month away and things are really starting to get momentum. I have been out on the bike a few times and am...

Niki - May 12, 2010

Posted at 4:59 pm on May 12, 2010 by Niki

I finally started doing swim lessons on the side. We set up a small group and it makes me wonder why it took me so long. Everything costs money, but really…this should have preceded spinning shoes, heart rate monitor, and a lot of other things. It did amaze me that the things your body does...

Niki - April 23, 2010

Posted at 4:58 pm on April 23, 2010 by Niki

This is the first real vacation (Jazz Fest in New Orleans) I am taking since I started training and my goal is to workout at least 3 of the 5 days I am out since I will be missing three of our sessions. I can’t do the same stuff, but I can run and for the couple days I have access, I can swim...

Niki - April 20, 2010

Posted at 3:58 pm on April 20, 2010 by Niki

So apparently everything I have procrastinated about has some element of fear attached…even in places I didn’t realize. I went to try out different bikes today. The guy at the store told me to take them out on the road and test them out…I realized that it had been about 4 years since I was on...

Niki - March 27, 2010

Posted at 2:02 pm on March 27, 2010 by Niki

So, to end the first 8 week training we have an indoor triathlon, which happened this morning. For the first time since we started training, I am sick. Really sick. So, while it may sound like I managed to eek out of an indoor tri and a grueling workout, the truth is that I watched, totally...

Kim - March 18, 2010

Posted at 2:49 pm on March 18, 2010 by Kim

Barf. That is all I can describe what is going on with my body. I want to throw up but my stomach is fine. My entire body wants to throw up and pass out. I didn't anticipate feeling this way post work-out but I am now without any regrets, of course. This morning we cycled for a solid 60 minutes...

Niki - March 3, 2010

Posted at 2:23 pm on March 3, 2010 by Niki

So, I officially got my first triathlon training injury today. Unfortunately, it was nothing spectacular like trudging up a mountain on a bike and falling. It was slipping on the wet floor in the locker room. Luckily, I was in a swim suit, not naked, but as I am sure you can imagine…...

Niki - March 1, 2010

Posted at 2:23 pm on March 1, 2010 by Niki

We did speed work today for our run. After warm up, we did 8 laps of 400 meters…a total of 2 miles with a rest between each lap. I am not sure how it will translate when I run straight through, but I shaved about a minute off my mile, which felt great. I don’t know how to explain it, but I...

Niki - February 28, 2010

Posted at 1:24 pm on February 28, 2010 by Niki

What a gorgeous day! I hosted a few friends from training to do their long run down in Battery Park and then come to my place for brunch. We basically had a blizzard this week, so I figured we were toast and would have to cancel. But, a couple warm days melted the snow on the path along the...

Niki - February 23, 2010

Posted at 10:24 am on February 23, 2010 by Niki

So, I finally talked to my trainer about diet since I am still exhausted all the time. I expected to be tired for a bit, but geez….it has been 5 weeks of training. I figured I should have worked through some “hump” and have some energy high from the increased workouts. But no.

In...

Kim - February 22, 2010

Posted at 1:04 pm on February 22, 2010 by Kim

A few years ago, I witnessed participants of the Nautica NYC Triathlon in Central Park. I was amazed at the number of people who were participating including many with disabilities. I was truly moved and inspired by the sheer power and commitment each one of the participants possessed. I knew...

Anne Marie - February 21, 2010

Posted at 4:58 pm on February 21, 2010 by Anne Marie

Today is a rest day. I am starting to learn how to really listen to my body. I am also feeling, in a bizarre way, what a well-tuned, fine sports car must feel like…putting the best possible things in my body and totally taking care of myself. I am able to perform so much better that I ever...

Anne Marie - February 18, 2010

Posted at 4:43 am on February 18, 2010 by Anne Marie

Just finished cycling training in the Spin Room this morning. I had a mental block or dislike or angst (not really sure what to call it) about spinning classes up until very recently. I always thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up in a spin class & used to be afraid of them…give me a...

Anne Marie - February 16, 2010

Posted at 2:22 pm on February 16, 2010 by Anne Marie

Group run this morning…we start out the morning with a quick ‘warm-up’ mile. I laugh at this, because a few months ago that would have been my workout. Maybe add 15 minutes on the elliptical, throw in a few crunches and call it a good day at the gym. My frame of mind has completely changed....

Niki - February 16, 2010

Posted at 9:39 am on February 16, 2010 by Niki

So, instead of being annoyed by no results, I decided to be really strict about everything this week. Workouts on my own are easier too because now that I have to wake up at 4:45AM two days a week, I am naturally waking up by 5:30AM on the other days. No late nights…no drinking. I am lucky...

Niki - February 13, 2010

Posted at 8:24 am on February 13, 2010 by Niki

So, it is week three, which feels like almost week 4, which is 50% of the 8 week training…and I am freaking out a bit because I have only lost about 2 lbs. Which, for all intents and purposes, is nothing, since that could easily be water weight. I am working out 7-8 hours a week vs. 3 hours a...

Anne Marie - February 13, 2010

Posted at 5:29 pm on February 13, 2010 by Anne Marie

I have always loved the water & swimming. My Mom put my brothers & me in swimming lessons soon after we started walking. Luckily, I have never had a problem with the breathing and actually enjoy doing laps. Saturday mornings have become my favorite. The team has access to the pool on...

Anne Marie - February 9, 2010

Posted at 1:28 pm on February 9, 2010 by Anne Marie

Okay, so far, so good. Two months & two days, the countdown has started. Getting into a routine and actually enjoying it! Even the early starts. I never was one for working out in the evening, but this has changed the way I go through my day & week. I am seriously starting to plan...

Niki - February 4, 2010

Posted at 1:04 pm on February 4, 2010 by Niki

It is week two and a couple things are sorted out. Running and swimming are going to be tough. Cycling seems easy or at least doable for now. But, I don’t have my heart rate monitor yet and I have a fear that maybe I need to push harder when spinning to make it worthwhile. I am starting to...

Anne Marie - February 2, 2010

Posted at 12:38 pm on February 2, 2010 by Anne Marie

The Coach, Andrew, has a plan for us…us being the 25 members of the Level 1 Team. Tuesdays will be dedicated to running, Thursdays on the bike and Saturdays in the pool. What we just found out is that he has added other workouts for us to do in addition to the team training. Andrew has warned...

Niki - January 26, 2010

Posted at 12:23 pm on January 26, 2010 by Niki

The 8 Week Full Throttle training officially started today. Running today was a bit humbling. First, I am the slowest. I shouldn’t care, but, I still have an ego. I also think that my nerves get to me. I run longer when I train on my own than I was able to do today. The group is great...

Niki - January 10, 2010

Posted at 2:21 pm on January 10, 2010 by Niki

Training was awesome. Exhausting, but awesome. It made me realize that I am toast if I try to do this all by myself. Not that I couldn’t, but the risk of getting hurt or not being ready are too great. We spent time in the training doing each element – running, cycling and swimming. At least...

Niki - January 8, 2010

Posted at 9:19 am on January 8, 2010 by Niki

As fate would have it, I told my boss today that I had submitted my video to be chosen, that it wasn’t, but that I still planned on doing a triathlon. He told me that an endurance team we sponsor, Full Throttle, was holding a ½ day training session at Chelsea Piers in New York this Saturday and...

Niki - January 6, 2010

Posted at 1:17 pm on January 6, 2010 by Niki

So, the CNN Fit Nation website just posted that there would be a “sneak peak” at the chosen participants this weekend. Since I was not called and asked to be part of the “sneak peak” episode, I am guessing that means I was not picked. A little bummed. I think the added pressure of being part...

Niki - January 3, 2010

Posted at 5:15 pm on January 3, 2010 by Niki

First swim. Ugh. I hope it isn’t too cliché to say I felt like a fish out of water. My goal was to simply go from one side of the pool to the other – any way possible – for as long as I could. I managed 25 minutes, but gave up on freestyle swimming quickly. I feel like I have been in water...

Anne Marie - January 1, 2010

Posted at 5:44 am on January 1, 2010 by Anne Marie

So, I will start with a brief introduction and let you know who I am & what I am about to do. My name is Ann Marie Delaney, I am a native New Yorker and live and work in Manhattan. I have decided to do something that I never dreamed I would ever do and to be honest, I never even thought...

Niki - December 14, 2009

Posted at 1:57 pm on December 14, 2009 by Niki

The video is up! And honestly, I have no idea how these will be picked. I told my trainer what I was up to. He asked the obvious, but surprising question…are you going to do it anyway, even if you don’t get picked? I hadn’t really considered it, but it seems a little lame to only be willing...

Niki - November 28, 2009

Posted at 3:34 pm on November 28, 2009 by Niki

A little about me. My name is Niki. I work as Director of Marketing for the Metabolife brand. As you may or may not know – Metabolife creates weight management products - so, if I didn’t already have reason enough to think about my weight and health, this job keeps it on my mind all the time...