Ironman Louisville: A Training Update

It’s hard to believe that I’m down to only 75 days before I take on Ironman Louisville.  Having missed the first two months of my training because life got in the way, the past two months have been spent trying to make up for lost time.  Well, sort of.  I’ve been working hard but careful not to do too much too fast, in hopes to avoid injury.  I just hope that I’m doing enough.  And, with only 75 days to go, there’s not a lot of room for error.

So, what has training looked like over the past two months?  Well, obviously there’s been quite a lot of swimming, biking, and running.  Probably not enough swimming as there should be, but I hope to change that this week.

Starting out, I spent a lot of time on the struggle bus.  Luckily, I expected that, so I rode that thing like a champ.  A positive attitude is everything!

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And then there have been moments like this.  Moments where you just question everything in life.  These moments are good for the soul and personal growth, although at the time they may not seem like it.

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Finally, there have been moments like this.  Moments that make me feel good.  Proud.  Strong.  Courageous.  Moments that remind me that the tough chick I once knew is still there.  I just have to keep working hard to bring her to the surface again.

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Just finished a 90 mile bike and 20 minute run off the bike.

Oh, and there have been animals, too.  Some people stop to smell the roses.  I stop and talk to the animals.  It’s quite therapeutic on long training days.

 

All in all, I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, and quite honestly, I’m just happy that I get to swim, bike, and run!  There’s certainly more work to be done and I’m up for the challenge.

75 days until IMLOU. Tick-tock, tick-tock…

 

My Next Comeback

It’s been quite some time since my last blog post, but I’m ready to break the silence.  It’s no secret that 2016 got off to quite a rocky start for me, and it has been that way up until just a few weeks ago.  Between losing a loved one, family stress, and work-related stress, I was in a complete whirlwind, and I was quickly losing sight of everything I once knew.  Exhaustion to the max!  Everyone says that working out helps relieve stress, and while that is true, sometimes the stress is so great that you don’t have an ounce of physical or mental strength to do it.  At least that’s the pit I fell in to, along with caving in to one of my former bad habits – stress eating.  Nearly 15 pounds gained and about as out of shape as I have been in years, I no longer recognized the woman looking back at me in the mirror.  However, I recently found the courage and strength to close the chapter on my so far disastrous 2016, and I’m ready for my next comeback.  I’m ready to fill this chapter with some amazing stories.  And, while this chapter may not include some of those goals I set for myself back at the start of the year, I’m determined to make this one of my best comebacks yet.

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