Mastering the Journey

What exactly does “Masters” mean when it comes to sports?

For most endurance sports, running, cycling, swimming and triathlon, Masters means 40 and up.. and Yes, I am 40. Born May 6, 1970. In my iRuniTri Blog I will be writing about my own journey as a “Masters” athlete as well as other information I think can be used to hopefully inspire others on their own journey, whether it’s Master’s or younger. First timers or veterans to endurance sports.

The JOURNEY: World Championships 70.3 Clearwater November 13… Then my Road to Ironman Texas. Within my journey, I have the challenge of being a wife, a mom, and a coach. I have the hopes of not just finishing, but being competitive against top level athletes.

In a summary I will go through what has gotten me here so far. My last Ironman was Ironman Brazil 2003. I took over 6 year off from triathlon and spent those years running road races and taking care of my family. Last year I decided since I was coaching some athletes for triathlon, I would try racing again as well. Little did I know what I was getting myself back into.

My first triathlon back was Couples Triathlon July 2009.. I had a great race until my knee gave out and was in agonizing pain to the finishline, then was carried to the Med Tent.. 4 days later I had my 3rd knee surgery. My knee surgery was on Thursday, I was on my bike on Friday. I was not going down with out a fight. Within 2 weeks I was riding outdoors again and gaining strength. By September I competed in the Austin Triathlon, October I competed in Lifetime Toyota Open Championship doing well in both races. I felt strong and ready for my next race.

Longhorn Half Ironman 1.2 mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run. My nerves got to me and I raced hard, by the time I got to the run. I was in a bit of pain but pushed through managing to finish 5th in my Age Group. This set me up for a slot to the World Championships 70.3 in Clearwater. I was esctatic, and completely surprised.

I had over a year to train and compete in various races and distances. I felt great and ready to train. A big bulk of my training came around the time I was turning 40, which if you go through my you can read about.

Since then I have continued my training and racing, as well as my coaching.

I was 2nd Masters at Captex Triathlon which was a Championship race; I got a 4th Place Age Group finish at Buffalo Springs Half Ironman;won Regional Champion Xterra Trail Series, finishing 10th overall at Nationals,
I was 1st Overall Amateur and Overall Master at the Austin Triathlon. It has been a very busy year for me.

So now with 43 days left until World Championship, I will try to share not just the physical challenges, but also the emotional and mental. Then going into Ironman training and hopefully “Mastering” what it takes to compete with the best.

Through this journey, I will go through some of the ways I am training myself as well as coaching others. How I manage my nutrition, recovery, and sleep. Keeping in mind it is a fine balance with my family. I am a full time MOM, full time Coach, and full time Athlete. May you enjoy the JOURNEY…



    September 30, 2010

    wow, 43 days to Clearwater, I had almost forgotten that. You really didn’t have any break on your training/racing schedule during the year. To me, the 20/10 bike/run is still fresh in my memories.

    Jason Bahamundi

    October 2, 2010

    I knew from the moment I met you that I chose the right coach, but after reading your determination and will to succeed coupled with the notion that you are a Mom first is inpsiring.

    Life is about balance and you have hit the nail on the head when it comes to balance.

    I specifically want to tell you thank you. Thank you for all that you do for me.

    I wrote an email to a friend who is a coach in New Jersey and it included the following:

    I have a Coach down here and she is the one thing I will never give up in terms of triathlon. You can take my sneakers and I’ll run barefoot, take my Specialized and I will ride my Trek road bike but do not take my Coach. She is a counselor, motivator, inspiration and all around wellness guru for me. I can say this with confidence that your athletes think the same of you.

    Keep on having fun Coach….it is motivating and inspiring.

    Cindy M

    October 2, 2010

    Look forward to following your journey Claudia!


    October 2, 2010

    I’ll be right behind you at Championships Coach! Okay, may not right behind, but not too far behind :)
    Looking forward to the next 6 weeks!!

    Claudia Spooner

    October 4, 2010

    Thank you so much Jason!!! It’s words like this that keep me going!!!

    Claudia Spooner

    October 4, 2010

    It’ll be FUN!!!

    Claudia Spooner

    October 4, 2010

    You’re going to do AWESOME!!!!!

    e insurance

    October 16, 2010

    Great writing! You might want to follow up to this topic :P

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