My Favorite Things: 2016 Edition

As the year quickly comes to an end, many people are already looking ahead to 2017.  From goal setting to resolutions, it’s all about making the next year bigger and better!  For those of us who are athletes or who … Continue reading

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…

 

The Countdown Begins….Again!

That’s right!  Ironman Louisville is just over a month away.  After returning from Canada, I took a week off to help prepare myself mentally and physically to continue my training for L-ville.  This is the longest I’ve trained for a season, for long-distance racing.  Typically once August arrives, my “A” races are complete.  At some point last year, though, I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for two Ironman races for this season.  I have since questioned my sanity.  🙂

So where am I?  I seem to be asking myself this question a lot lately. A LOT.  To be honest, I’m tired of training.  Yes, I said it.  I’m done.  Mentally and physically.  I have lost my swim, bike, run love, but I am trying to remind myself that it’s times like these that I will learn the most about myself.  I’ve had some great training sessions and some that have me questioning why I’m toeing the line at another IM.  I know when it’s all said and done, I’ll be able to reflect on this tri season and everything that has happened will all suddenly make sense.  Right??  Right – that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.  In all honesty, though, I’m really looking forward to IMLOU; I just have to make it there without crashing and burning beforehand.

Stay tuned…..