In June 2013, I completed my second 70.3 race in Norwalk, CT.  I made a commitment to myself to train smart and train efficiently.  My first 70.3 in June 2009 was not a great experience.  I was a bit cocky and didn’t “respect the distance.” I vowed that wouldn’t happen again. 

Fast forward to June 2013.  The weather was muggy and the run was a double loop where you ran by the finish with 7 more miles to go. I was NOT happy.  I eventually finished and I’m proud of myself for training well and being upright at the finish. Most importantly, I incurred no injuries during the training and was able to compete in 2 more triathlons and a half marathon in the following months.

The day after the race, I told Leland that I didn’t think there was any way I would or could do a full Iron distance triathlon.  I predicted that if I did do it, I would finish and say, “Okay…done. Never Again.”  So, if I knew that’s how I would feel, why even try?

But something happened during the summer of 2013.  I’m not sure exactly what it was.  Over the next few months as I reflected on my accomplishments, I thought that I needed just one more distance to complete my triathlon experience.  I started to feel that I needed to KNOW what it would FEEL like to train for and participate in an Ironman distance triathlon.  Once that thought started rolling around in my head, I knew what I had to do.

After much deliberation and discussion, I decided that this would my Iron Year.  One time. One race. Done.

This blog will be a diary of my training, my thoughts, my ups and downs and ultimately my elation at crossing the finish line.

My hope is to look back at the end and read how I was feeling (physically and emotionally) along the way.  I will do my best to be honest and not sugar coat the experience.  I imagine this will be hard, but hope it will be worth it. 

The race: Ironman Mont Tremblant, Quebec Canada
The date: August 17, 2014

Stay tuned…

Day One

Last night I was getting ready for bed and I felt a twinge in my throat. No!!! I cannot be getting sick. That is just not fair. I’ve been traveling a bit more than I would have liked in the month of January and maybe it was starting to catch up to me. So I took some...

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Is She a Young 88?

Two women were having a conversation in the locker room of my local pool.  One woman, who had just finished her shower, was explaining to the other woman, who I never actually saw, why she hadn’t been at the pool lately.  She had been traveling a lot for...

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S.I.C.K.

Ugh. I’ve done everything I could to avoid getting sick. Nasal rinses, nettie pots, zicam, high does of Vitamin C, and rest!  Most times it works (and it even works for my kids).  But this time, I got beat! I was forced to my bed at 7:00 p.m. with the worst sinus...

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Brrr

I just uploaded my workout to Garmin Connect and the temperature recorded was 1 degree!  One degree!  Holy crap. It felt pretty cold out there. My hands and feet were numb and my unprotected face was bitter. It was the first time in a long, long time I wish...

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I Love Swimming

I really never thought I'd ever say those words.  In 1992, I was living in New York City working at the Women's Sports Foundation.  My paths crossed with Sally Edwards, one of the members of the Board of Trustees. She started telling me about this women's triathlon...

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Like the Back of My Hand

I’ve been running in Central Park since I moved to New York City in 1990. This includes 6 New York City Marathons and too numerous to count races from 5k to 20 miles. I know every up and down, every incline and decline. I know when the crest of the hill is coming so I...

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Test Week

I’ve never been a great test taker. I was always the kind of student who got her work done on time, or early. But the tests, especially the standardized ones, were slightly above average, nothing spectacular.  When I decided to work with a coach to improve my overall...

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Dream or Nightmare

This post will be short. I just feel like I need to document that the dreams (or nightmares) are beginning.  A friend of mine told me that after she signed up for her first Ironman Race, she would have crazy dreams that involved the big race in some way....

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Melt Down #1

I promised myself that this blog wouldn’t always be about the “good stuff.” I wanted to be able to look back after I completed the race and see what I went through (training, emotions, the whole kit and kaboodle) to get to the finish line. So here goes… Today was a...

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Will This Winter Ever End?

Okay. I didn't have any melt downs today...but I am sooooo sick of this cold weather.  I even saw flurries on my way to taking the kids to school today. And the wind...the nasty wind just won't let up. Anyway, no moaning and groaning on the bedroom floor. ...

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