One thing I definitely don’t do enough is stretch. So today, I’m going to force myself to stretch for longer than 5 crappy half-ass minutes and reward myself with that *gourmet* (jk) plate of cheese and glass of screw-top wine and continue rewatching GOT! Almost to season 4, and still can’t remember the main characters names 🙄😀
🖖 Only fell once. First time on a bike back in September of 2018 (by this I mean, not a mountain bike or @citibikemiami )
Back to the beginning- the moment I signed up for Ironman Ireland in August, my immediate reaction was, “holy shit, what did I just do”. But, that feeling quickly washed away once I realized they already had my money and I posted it on Instagram and now I had to do it. I didn’t own a bike, I couldn’t run distance at all, and my stroke of choice was the good ol’ doggy paddle. I ordered a @garmin watch that night and went the following weekend to purchase a bike. The bike shop only had one bike in my size, a navy blue @cervelocycles P2. I purchased it without hesitation because I’m impulsive and I WANTED to start riding ASAP!
I had everything I needed to start running, biking, and swimming, but I had no idea how to start. Justin graciously taught me the basics of riding (video above) in a vacant parking lot nearby. But, I needed help since I was in no physical shape for a triathlon. I was connected with Javier @javionepedalstroke at @dbcfit who specializes in injury-free endurance training and has helped transform my body into an efficient machine. I still remember the day I called him and bravely asked if he was interested in training me. This guy competed in many Ironman triathlons as well as a million other things, and here I was, this aloof girl going from 0 to 100 in less than a year. Javier then connected me to Andreas, who is my tri coach that also has a cool Cycle Studio @crankhaus that I visit weekly for cycle strength training. Neither Javier nor Andreas questioned me and they gave me a shot. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to work with them and prove myself. Everyone deserves a chance!
These past months, I’ve learned to swim, decreased my average run pace by a minute, and increased my power on the bike. And made a lot of friends!
I’m looking forward to the future! Accomplishments are great, but setbacks help you grow.
🍟24 weeks down, 18 weeks to go (and I have a long way to go!)🍔
This was a generous taper weekend so I’ll use it as a time to play catch up on another post. Today’s ride was over an hour shorter in time and was a lower than average pace due to traffic from the A1A marathon which I had no idea was even taking place this weekend. Woke up at 2AM and never fell back asleep. Should have just gotten the ride over with on empty and runner-free roads but waited for Justin to wake up because I knew he was *dying* to ride with me. One thing we learned today, we won’t bike together anymore 😂. @justin.aiello and I are both stubborn and competitive (relationship goals! Lol) and Justin is half deaf. We do almost everything together, but cycling won’t be one of them. Happy we are mature enough to laugh about it instead of hold negative feelings. For the run I felt great because I ran by everyone running the marathon and I cheered them on. It was a faster than normal pace, and so was my heart rate! But I didn’t care- just felt so good so I went with it.
🏊♂️🚴♀️🏃♂️Triathlon workshop done and dusted. 😎 Class bunch of athletes. 👍
Swim, bike, run sessions plus nutrition, strength and conditioning, equipment selection, season planning, race tactics and the importance of a good proper bike fit 🚲🏊♂️🚴♀️🏃♂️🧘♀️🧘♂️ Last one of the season on Feb 24th.
With this being the first year dipping my toe into the world of triathlon and being crazy/stupid to kickstart that with a full Ironman and my training starting to pay off somebit, here are a few of my thoughts I've discovered so far....1). Wheras when I just ran, I measured my training in miles. Now it's in hours. I'm training 4-5hrs more nowadays than when I used to just run only and up to about 12hrs pw currently.....2). It's so important to find the right plan with the right volume for you and I think I'm lucky that I have. Where I'm always tired but never fatigued that I can't get a good training session in....3). This to me is the most important of all and it is to surround yourself with positive and knowledgeable people where when all of a sudden the impossible becomes possible....4).With all the calories burned I get to eat as many hamburgers I want🍔😀....As the weeks and months get closer to the main event, I'm finally looking forward to it🏊🚲🏃👍 #challengeyourself#IMCork2019#IronmanCork#ironmanyoughal#anythingispossible#newgoals#newdaddy#positivitybreedspositivity#needtoswimmore#cyclestrong#runstrong#trainingmates
“If you knew success was a certainty, what would you attempt to do?”
2018 has been absolutely incredible. It was the year of going for it, branching out, asking for and going after what I want and seeing where it takes me. Professionally and personally it’s been a phenomenal year. 🦋
Racing was a little anti climatic not having a big goal race but still managed a couple of Overall Female Wins, a World Champs qualification, numerous podiums and took 10 minutes off my 70.3 PR. I also got a glimpse of what I’m capable of if I can tie it all together. 🦋
What stood out this year was the opportunity to start traveling again, but more so the amazing people I met along the way. I love that this crazy sport brings all types together and it’s been such a pleasure finally meeting long time online friends in person, people I’ve admired and seeing good friends from around the world. Social media is a mixed bag, but it really does make the world a smaller place and gives the opportunity to connect with people. 🦋
Thank-you to everyone who cheered me on this year and the companies that have supported my dreams. @triitmultisport@teammaccax@on_running@ventumracing@lolalashbar@velofixcalgary@wickedaudio 🦋
Here’s to keeping to going in 2019, being bold, and always asking - limits...what limits? 😉