Ironman Louisville I’m coming for ya!

After Ironman Wisconsin 2011 (my first Ironman), I decided I would NEVER do another Ironman. That was one of the HARDEST things I’d ever done and I wanted to let it rest. I was certain I was one and done! These thoughts lasted about 2 years and then I decided I wanted to have a happier Ironman finish (not necessarily a faster finish time, but finishing in a better physical + medical state). So, in 2013 I signed up for Ironman Wisconsin 2014. I had so much FUN + finished HEALTHY! This is when I realized that Ironman could be a lifestyle for me. I have come to learn that I am better suited to long distance racing. I love testing my body physically + mentally and for me, there is a spiritual component to training and racing. It is one of those things that you have to “experience for yourself.”

Since Ironman Wisconsin 2014 (swim, bike, run race reports), I have raced Ironman Boulder 2015 (race report), Ironman Wisconsin 2016 (race report) and Ironman Mont Tremblant 2017 (race report). After Ironman Mont Tremblant, I thought I wanted to take a break from Ironman training + racing in 2018. I was WRONG! I thought I wanted to focus on getting faster at the shorter distances, including the 70.3 distance. And I do! I am excited to work on this goal in 2018! I want to get substantially faster at the 70.3 distance, but as I’ve sat with this idea for the last 5 months, I’ve come to realize that the Ironman lifestyle + race really makes me happy! I want to be true to myself + follow my heart + dream big + have fun in 2018! For me, that includes an Ironman in 2018! I find so much joy in the pursuit of the Ironman finish line!

So…after lots of thought, conversations with the Iron Hippie and Coach Kelly, I’ve followed my heart and signed up for Ironman Louisville in 2018!

 

There are many people that put Ironman on their “bucket list” and when they cross the finish line, they never do another one. In my opinion, they are missing out. Each finish line is a different journey with different lessons learned. The body and mind get challenged in new and different ways each time. The Ironman lifestyle allows you to experience so much more with each and every Ironman experience. I want to ride this wave and enjoy the Ironman lifestyle as long as my body + mind allow me to!

With that…cheers to another journey to an Ironman finish line with more chasing dreams + following my heart + having FUN in 2018!

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15 thoughts on “Ironman Louisville I’m coming for ya!

  1. Whoohooo!!! I always believed I was one and done also. Now that I “have” to go back for IM #2 and IM finish line #1, I might be two and done. Lol. It’s nice to hear you were much healthier and happier for IMWI #2. That’s my goal too. I love seeing your journey!

  2. Good for you for following your heart! If full distance is what makes you happy-then GO FOR IT! I’ll enjoy following along as you train and prepare 🙂 Woot woot!!

    1. I’m excited to follow your IMAZ journey this year! We WILL meet again at an Ironman race! Cheers to an amazing year of new adventures + more finish lines! ❤️

  3. I was surprised to read about your “change of plans”, but good for you!!!! I have spectated this race twice (my hubble did it a number of years ago before they changed the time of year) and then in 2016 and the weather that year was just beautiful!!! The finish line atmosphere is really cool!!! This seems to be a much later race than you typically do, but I bet you will like it!

    1. It took me some time to truly decide what my schedule was going to look like this year. It is a later race date than normal for me, but I really wanted to mix things up this year. I’m excited for new races and finish lines! It looks like a fun race and venue!

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