13 weeks ’til #IMLou – push out of the comfort zone

Last week was gross! The dew point was above 70*F (in the tropical range) for the majority of the week. It felt like running through a tropical jungle (not that I know what that is like, but I have a REALLY good imagination)! The good thing about this week?!?! I pushed myself out of my comfort zone many times and performed better than I expected for the majority of this week’s workouts despite the gross, tropical conditions outside! When I push myself out of my comfort zone, I always learn and grow…SO REWARDING!!

Swim: 8775 yards

Some days you’re the tugboat and some days you’re the mermaid, but any day I GET to swim with the sun on my back is a good day!!
Starting the day off right with a little #swimlove!
Just keep swimming!! Just keep swimming!! Just keep swimming!!

Bike: 82.9 miles

Easy spin in the a/c now that the tropical conditions have returned.
Starting the day off right with a little #bikelove!!
The only way to make dreams come true is to do the work!!
Putting hay in the barn for race day!

Run: 24.1 miles

I felt so good for my 14 mile long run this week despite the higher heat index. I felt like I could have run forever!!
“Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.” ~Denholm Elliott
Today was a soggy, gross run, but I surprised myself and ran faster than it felt!!
Somedays the heart says yes, but the body says no.

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily + 1 hour & 15 minutes full body strength 

Building strength!!

Weekly Totals: 15 hours & 8 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~Brian Tracy

Attitude of Gratitude:

My helper!! Love her to pieces!!
How we roll!! My fave riding while I recover in my Normatec Recovery boots!!
So grateful for my friend Robin!! She surprised me with the perfect motivational gift from Hawaii…an #IMWC visor (don’t worry…it doesn’t say finisher or have a date on it…she made sure of that)!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!
SO grateful to Nick at Vitality Massage for beating me up…I mean working the kinks out of my muscles so I can keep chasing my dreams!!
Celebrating the end of a work week with my fave!!
So grateful that I got to spend the morning with my colleague at the Accel Triathlon cheering on my fave and friends!!
Cheering, spectating, and Sherpa duties were a BLAST at the Accel Triathlon!! Congratulations to all who participated!!

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! How do you feel when you push yourself out of your comfort zone?!

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14 weeks ’til #IMLou – Confidence!!

Last week was full of many opportunities to push the envelop and see where my limits were with different workouts and in varying conditions. My self confidence was challenged many times last week, but each time it was challenged, magic happened. This week put so much confidence in the barn for race day, which I am very excited (and nervous) about!! Self confidence really is a super power!!

Swim: 7093 yards

A BEAUTIFUL day for some #swimlove!!
Jumping into today feet first!!
Doesn’t everyone play in the water after they swim?!?!

Bike: 68.4 miles

So much of myself to explore and learn from!!
1 hour ride between runs on July 4…look at all of that sweat on the ground!!
ALL. THE. FEELS…starting with fear, distrust, disbelief, and doubt in myself and my abilities before starting this brick. I was scared and full of “Can I really do this?” I hopped on my bike and told myself to stay in the moment. Focus on this interval. Don’t give up! Explore your limits! After nailing all of the bike intervals, it was time to see just what I was made of on this run.

Run: 33.7 miles

Running into a new week with some pace work!
Run #1 on July 4 was SOGGY and GROSS, but the first 6 miles were decent!!
Run #2 on July 4 with a dew point of 75* and heat index of 91*F at 9 am when I finished sweating out all of the fluids + electrolytes. The last 7 mile run didn’t go as planned, but I got it done!!
Running into the weekend with my fave by my side!! Today marks 100 days until #IMLou!! So grateful for the nice summer weather during my 10 miles of pace work this morning!!
This is where I turned the fear, distrust, disbelief, and doubt into COURAGE, TRUST, BELIEVE, and CONFIDENCE!! Now I don’t simply BELIEVE I can, I KNOW I can!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily + 1 hour & 15 minutes full body strength 

The only way to get stronger is to do the work!
Atomic push-ups using the SBT Extreme Suspension trainer!! I LOVE this device!!

Weekly Totals: 15 hours & 1 minute

Quote of the Week:

“Self confidence is a super power. Once you start believing in yourself, magic starts happening.”

Attitude of Gratitude:

The only way to recover…Tart Cherry Juice + Normatec Recovery Boots!!
Sushi FTW!!!
So grateful for summer break and morning walks with my two favorite fur babies!! #thattail
So grateful to have Coach Kelly in my village, helping me get stronger, believing in me (even when I don’t always believe in myself), and guiding my ship through unchartered waters. #trackcatstrong
So grateful for this much needed epsom salt + lavender bubble bath soak post brick workout!!

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! How do you put confidence in the barn to tap into on race day?!

What’s Up?! – June 2018

I’m not sure how summer is already 1/2 over!! Once the 4th of July comes and goes, it is usually a FAST downhill slide to the start of the school year. This makes me sad, but I’m choosing to continue to soak up each and every moment of summer break!!! Here is a snapshot of what I was up to during June…

Training:

Swimming away from the school year and into summer break!! #schoolsoutforsummer
FINALLY nailing goal watts on an outdoor ride!!!
Super happy to pound the pavement for another 8 miles (including pace work) with my favorite girl this morning!! #basillovesrunning #lovemybubblegumtongue

Swim: 20,742 yards (11.8 miles)
Bike: 339 miles
Run: 61.5 miles
Monthly Totals:46 hours & 39 minutes

My Solo 70.3 “Race”:

In case you missed it, I did a thing…the Flatlander 70.3. It was INCREDIBLY challenging, but loaded with lots of learning experiences. So grateful to my fave for making me feel like a champion after a really tough day!!

I did a thang! The #flatlander703 was the TOUGHEST race I’ve ever done, but I learned A LOT and got 1st place overall!! Thanks to my fave for the award ceremony and making me feel special!!

Reading:

Breathing and Relaxation: Control your Breath to Control your Body by Seth Rose is part 2 of one of my articles I posted last month. If you missed part 1, check it out here. In part 2, he addresses how to learn to control your breathing to reduce anxiety and/or tightness on race day. Everyone wants to have less anxiety and tightness on race day, right?!?! Practicing diaphragmatic breathing and using this technique on race day is sure to help!! He also addresses how to use mental rehearsal to help us achieve what we want to happen or feel. This is different from visualization. “While visualization is focused on seeing things in our mind’s-eye, mental rehearsal involves us using as many of our senses that are appropriate to make our image as real as possible.”

The One Thing Every Athlete Wants: Confidence by Carrie Cheadle is spot on!! Even the best athlete isn’t 100% confident 100% of the time! One of her favorite quotes struck home with me: “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick
WOW!!! Truth!!! Most endurance athletes want to “feel” confident, but confidence isn’t simply a feeling, it is also an action! I’m definitely looking forward to part 2 of this blog post to learn ways to increase my own self confidence!! Aren’t you?!?!

Listening to:

The IronWomen Podcast NAILED IT with The Cyclist Lawyer – Megan Hottman!! This is a MUST listen to for ANY cyclist or motorist on the roads. Megan is a lawyer in Colorado who specializes in cases involving cyclists. She discusses the laws of the roads (not just in Colorado, but all states), how to better protect yourself as a cyclist, and insurance options to better protect yourself if you are a cyclist who crashes or gets hit by a motorist. WOW!! SO MUCH INFORMATION!! I listened to it 3 times to make sure I grasped it all!! Definite 5 star rating here!!

KonaKamps has uploaded some new listens with Brenda Bettencourt, Amy Javens, and Amy Farrell (one of my AWESOME Coeur Sports Teammates). These ladies have worked hard and climbed the ladder to place in their age groups!! If you haven’t taken a listen yet, I HIGHLY recommend KonaKamps!!

Working on:

My nutrition and hydration plan!! This has been an ongoing process since…well, always!! Just when you think you’ve got your plan dialed in and working, something changes or your wrong. Maybe the weather has drastically changed. Maybe what your body once loved, it no longer likes. Maybe your tastes have changed. Maybe your just wanting to try something different. Maybe what you thought worked really didn’t work in the first place. I am working on a separate blog post specific to this topic as I have encountered some real nutrition and hydration obstacles that I’m working to overcome, so stay tuned for more on this soon! For those that have shared hydration and nutrition tips with me. Thank you!!

Grateful for:

Grateful to have these two monkeys come and visit us this weekend! Life is always better with ice cream!!
Incredibly grateful to live in a neighborhood that comes together to help each other out. Our neighbor’s tree was struck by lightening during a storm and everyone came together to help clean it up.
Turning social friends into real friends!! So grateful to meet Beth in person!!
So grateful I got to meet up with Steena my Coeur Sports teammate!! Love this pretty, badass lady!!
Volunteer lead bikes at the Hope Run Saturday morning! #givingback
Incredibly grateful that my fave walked away from a solo bicycle accident with lots of road rash and NO head injury (despite cracking his helmet in 2 places). Wear your helmet people!! It saves lives!!
So grateful for cooler temps so this bubble gum tongue could run 10 miles with me this morning! #basillovesrunning
Completed my American Council on Exercise Personal Training Recertification with 5 days to spare!! 🙂

How was your month of June?! What hydration and/or nutrition tips do you have and/or use?! What were you grateful for last month?!

15 weeks ’til #IMLou – Mixed Bag

Last week was a mixed bag! I had some breakthrough sessions and some sessions where I rode the struggle bus. On Thursday, I went out for my ride and got REALLY dehydrated. While it was my fault for not stopping on the way home to refill my bike bottles, I didn’t want to ride 2 miles out of my way to refill them when there were some SERIOUS storms rolling in, so I kept rolling toward home. My pace kept getting slower and slower and slower. About 7 miles from home, I called for a ride. Not only was there thunder and lightening in the area, but I was very dehydrated. Time to call it a day! I kept riding toward home until I met my ride about 5 miles from home. Thanks to George for coming to pick Mojo and me up!! This little bump caused me to miss a couple of days of training, but I learned a couple of lessons…stop and refill the bottles (I may have actually made it home before the storms if I had been hydrated) and don’t wear arm coolers when it is SO HUMID (they don’t allow for evaporative cooling when it is in the tropics zone). #alwayslearning

Swim: 6032 yards

“Consistent hard work is what yields success, not perfectly nailed sessions!” ~Hailey Manning  #breakthroughsession
#swimlove #happyheart

Bike: 128 miles

FINALLY nailing goal watts on an outdoor ride!!! #breakthroughsession
Coach Basil wasn’t keen on the easy, recovery ride. She likes it better when I push and sweat all over…tasty!! 😉
Today I tried to outride the “storm,” but the “storm” won.
Recovery ride post dehydration

Run: 15 miles

Double run day!! I pleasantly surprised myself today!!
Double run day!! I pleasantly surprised myself today!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily + 1 hour & 15 minutes full body strength 

Strength training post ride!! 🙂
Mya was “coaching” me while I did SBT Extreme this week.

Weekly Totals: 15 hours & 1 minute

Quote of the Week:

“Life is a mixed bag of blessings and disaster.” ~Brandon B.

Attitude of Gratitude:

SO GRATEFUL to Nick with Vitality Massage for keeping me healthy and active!!
I was DREAMING about these AMAZING fish tacos ALL. DAY. LONG!!! #getinmybelly
Grateful to have Sound Probiotics in my village!! #winningtakesguts
Recovering on a double run day with avocado toast and Normatec Recovery boots!
Epsom salt + lavender bubble bath = grateful
My dehydration craving of choice was pickle juice!! So grateful we had some in the fridge!!
New Roka Sports wetsuit day!! So grateful to have Roka support this crazy journey and help us #findfaster!!

How was your week? What are you grateful for this week?! What do you crave when you are dehydrated?!

16 weeks ’til #IMLou – ✓, ✓, ✓

Last week was a week of checking tasks off the list. One step, then another. One box after another. Seeing the check marks kept me focused and brought a smile to my face. Swim =✓ Bike =✓ Run =✓ Strength Training =✓ Substitute TRX Instructor =✓ Volunteer =✓ Complete course work =✓ Personal Training Recertification = ✓

Swim: 10,164 yards

The peace and quiet in the calm water is just what I needed today!
Swim…done!
Happy summer solstice + #nationalselfieday!! #coeurfie

Bike: 65.5 miles

Bike…done!!
Putting more hay in the barn today!
Super easy recovery ride!!

Run: 20.6 miles

Run…done!!
So grateful for cooler temps so this bubble gum tongue could run 10 miles with me this morning! #basillovesrunning
Super happy to pound the pavement for another 8 miles (including speed work) with my favorite girl this morning!! #basillovesrunning #lovemybubblegumtongue

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength daily + 1 hour & 15 minutes full body strength 

Basil and Mya helped me with my strength training today!!
Substitute teaching for TRX this week!!

Weekly Totals: 13 hours & 39 minutes 

Quote of the Week:

“I started calling my ‘to do’ list my ‘taa daa’ list. Now when I cross things off, I’m like, ‘taa daa!! Getting shit done!'” ~Unknown

Attitude of Gratitude:

Love my girl!! So grateful for her snuggles and unconditional love!!
So grateful for the post workout squeeze from my Normatec Recovery boots!!
When it storms, the babies want LOTS of snuggles and to be in the basement…I’m glad I get to comfort them!!
SO INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL to have Breakthrough Nutrition in my tribe!! With all of the heat + humidity lately, I’m excited to give the Preload a try!!
Grateful to get the opportunity to be the lead bike for the local 5K + 10K race to support Iowa Able!! My fave directed traffic at the finish area!!
Completed my American Council on Exercise Personal Training Recertification with 5 days to spare!! 🙂
A sweet reward for finishing my personal training recertification.

How was your week? What are you grateful for this week?! How do you feel when you check a task off your “taa daa” list?!

17 weeks ’til #IMLou – Race Week Take 2!!

Last week was RACE WEEK Take 2!!! In case you missed it, I pulled out of Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 last Sunday before the start due to the weather, delays, and my safety. I’m very happy with this decision. My goal for that race was #sub6orbust and you can read more about how I planned to achieve this goal hereCoach Kelly had me do a solo 70.3 “race” on Tuesday, so the #sub6orbust was still my goal!! This was a different kind of 70.3, but since I was trained, tapered and mentally ready, I went out and gave it my ALL!! You can read about my solo race experience here. If you want the short version, the #sub6orbust goal is still alive. 😦 The positive…I learned SO much during this solo race!!

Swim: 2187 yards

Race morning! Ready to swim my 2000 meters (just over 1.2 miles) for the #flatlander703

Bike: 126 miles

I made the decision yesterday to pull out of #IMWI703 before the swim start due to weather, delays, and personal safety. I am confident I made the right decision for me. Tomorrow I will embark on a solo 70.3 to prove to myself that I am strong and can unofficially break 6 hours at the 70.3 distance! In preparation for my solo #flatlander703 tomorrow, I did an easy spin + mental training for a little #mondaymotivation!!
Trying to smile through the discomfort in my gut during the #flatlander703!
Heat/humidity training post #flatlander703 because the heat index is 100*F.
42 solo miles on a VERY HOT + HUMID day!!

Run: 22.1 miles

I was very happy to be done with the #flatlander70.3 race!!
9 GROSS miles in the heat and humidity ending in dehydration… 😦

Strength Training: hmmm…this fell by the wayside this week. Time to get back on track!

Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 43 minutes 

Quote of the Week:

“When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting.”
~ Doris Brown Heritage

Attitude of Gratitude:

Grateful to Nick, with Vitality Massage, for flushing all of the stress from my body IMMEDIATELY after my solo #flatlander703 race
I did a thang! The #flatlander703 was the TOUGHEST race I’ve ever done, but I learned A LOT and got 1st place overall!! Thanks to my fave for the award ceremony and making me feel special!!
Flushing the legs with my Normatec Recovery boots!!
So grateful that with the 6.5 inches of rain that fell in Ames on Thursday, we didn’t experience flooding at our house (this is the backyard of some of our dear friends…grateful their basement stayed dry as well).
Grateful to give back to the sport we love! Volunteer lead bikes at the Hope Run Saturday morning! 
Grateful to cheer + spectate at the Ames Velo crit races…so much fun!! #crazyfastriders
Incredibly grateful that my fave walked away from a solo bicycle accident with lots of road rash, but NO head injury (despite cracking his helmet in 2 places). Wear your helmet people!! It saves lives!!

How was your week? What are you grateful for this week?! Have you done a solo race that challenged you in ways you never thought possible? If so, what lessons did you learn?!

The Flatlander 70.3 – the good, the bad, and the ugly

On Sunday, I was ready to race Ironman Wisconsin 70.3. Mojo was set in transition on Saturday and I was excited to test my endurance and push my limits on race day! I woke up to severe thunderstorms on race morning and a note from Ironman Wisconsin:

So, with no real hurry to get to transition only to stand around in the pouring rain, we opted to sit in the car for a bit at the Alliant Energy Center before boarding a school bus to transition.

Sitting in the car while it POURED buckets outside!!

Once in transition, we set up our gear (trying to find ways to keep it as dry as possible), donned our wetsuits in the mud pit that transition was, and 3 minutes before transition closed made the decision to pull out of the event. We loaded up our gear, trudged through the mud pit, and headed back to the Alliant Energy Center where the car was.

Hmmm…is this a Tough Mudder Triathlon?????

My fave decided to take a quick shower to get all of the mud off of him before getting in the car…

So grateful to have my fave by my side and help make decisions that are right for us…this was the weather on race morning.

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon…

I talked on the phone with Coach Kelly. She really wanted me to test my fitness since I was trained, tapered, and super jazzed to test my endurance. I immediately got excited about the idea of doing a solo 70.3 race! Coach Kelly encouraged me to come up with a name for my event and reminded me to mentally prepare to crush it! She may have also told me not to get a drafting penalty on a solo race! 😉 I came up with the name “Flatlander 70.3” for my event since our terrain in central Iowa is pretty flat compared to most locations and MUCH flatter than the IMWI 70.3 course!!

Fast forward to Tuesday morning…race day!!

Swim: The Good…
I felt the normal “pre-race butterflies” as I ate my breakfast and drank my Karma Kombucha. I set up my run transition in the garage, and headed to the pool where I would begin my Flatlander 70.3 adventure! I set up my bike and transition area inside the gate of the aquatic center, started my RoadID app so people could track my progress, and hopped in the pool at about 6:05 am for 2000 meters (just over the 1.2 mile distance). I felt like I was working hard and swimming at a good clip, but I was burping A LOT!! I never have this problem, so I wasn’t really sure what was going on. My swim ended up not being as fast as I thought or hoped for…41:48 for 2000 meters (1:55/100 yard swim time) + 1st overall 🙂

Race morning!

Bike: The Bad…
I quickly jumped out of the pool, jogged to my transition area (and was asked by the lifeguard not to run in the pool area…LOL…don’t they know I’m racing?!?!), and transitioned to my bike gear. As I exited the pool area, I quickly dropped my swim skin + swim goggles + swim cap in the car before heading out on the bike. It ended up being a bit foggy, which was a good indicator of the humidity levels, but I could still see at least a mile out in front of me, so I wasn’t worried about vehicles being able to see me. As I pulled up to the first stoplight leaving town, I realized that auto pause was set to “stop mode” on my Garmin. As the light changed green and I rolled ahead, I tried to change this while riding, but accidentally pushed the “lap” button putting my data in T2 instead of on the bike. I kept rolling, but stopped the triathlon mode and just set my Garmin to the bike mode and stopped messing with it. I was still burping a bit, so I drank water and pushed on. As I left town and went west, the sun came out, but when I turned around and went back east, the fog was still hanging on. It was weird. About 30 minutes into my ride, I took my first round of nutrition (Salty Balls) and nearly puked. My stomach didn’t want them, but I had no other nutrition with me, so I forced them down (gagging the whole time), drank a lot of water, and kept moving forward. Each time I tried to consume nutrition, I thought I was going to puke…my stomach was not happy, but I knew I needed nutrition to have any chance of finishing the day, so I kept forcing it down little by little every 30 minutes and drinking all the fluids I had. With about 1 hour ride time left, I knew I had to stop at the gas station and refill my water bottles since I was completely out of water. I could feel the temperature + humidity rising and there was no breeze! About 5 miles from home, I had to stop for a train…I think the race director for the Flatlander 70.3 forgot to inform Union Pacific Railroads that there was a race going on…LOL!! 😉 As I was rolling back into town the fog lifted and the sun beat down just in time for me to transition to the run. My bike was not as fast as I’d hoped (and my watts were lower than I’d wanted + expected them to be)…3:18:43 for 57.1 miles (17.2 mph average speed) + 1st overall 🙂

Trying to smile through the discomfort in my gut!

Run: The Ugly…
I quickly put my bike in the garage and transitioned to the run. Basil was barking at me from inside the house…clearly VERY upset that I wasn’t taking her running with me! Within the first few steps of the run, I knew this was going to be a long run. My calves were on the verge of cramping. I knew this meant I needed to drink a LOT more water, so I started downing my handheld water bottle. By mile 2, I was run/walking…the cramping was awful, I was HOT, there wasn’t even a breeze from the fart of a nearby animal, the humidity was 70* (which was on the border between “uncomfortable and tropical” according to our local meteorologist, which I found out when I was done), and there was no one there to encourage me to keep going. I SERIOUSLY considered quitting! I decided to keep run/walking + drinking all the water I had to Moore Park where I would refill my water bottle and then head back home calling it a day. I had made the decision to quit. By mile 3, I was so sweaty that I had sweat squishing out of my shoes with every step I took. At about mile 4, a Spring Green Lawn Care employee saw me hobbling by with my Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 race bib on (I figured I had it from Sunday’s race that I didn’t do and I was racing, so I should wear it). He asked, “Did you race on Sunday?” I told him I opted not to start the race due to the weather, which is why I was doing the distance today instead. He said, “That was a wise decision. That race was one of the stupidest things I’ve done. I couldn’t see the swim buoys because of the chop on the water, the transition was a muddy mess and then when I got to the bike, people were crashing all around me. I just held on during the run trying to get to the finish line.” I said, “Congratulations on finishing!” and ran on. He gave me the motivation to finish the whole 13.1 miles even if it was going to continue to be a run/walk due to the cramping and feeling defeated (as I knew my sub 6 hour goal was gone). I consumed some fruit snacks (which I always use while running for nutrition), but my stomach was still off and I was gagging on them. I forced them down and washed them down with water. I refilled my water bottle at Moore Park, drank the whole thing, then filled it again before going on. I drank the whole bottle again before mile 7. I took in more fruit snacks, refilled my water bottle at a different park, and forged on. I made it home at about mile 10.5, where I consumed more fruit snacks and refilled my water bottle again (using the outside spigot…I knew if I went inside where there was air conditioning + puppy snuggles I’d be done) before heading back to the pool where I’d left the car. It was a struggle and I was very disappointed that I wasn’t going to meet my sub 6 hour goal. At mile 12, I was jogging and sobbing uncontrollably because I was so disappointed in myself. I decided to change the channel and set a new goal for the last 1.1 miles. I had just over 12 minutes to finish the 13.1 miles in under 2 hours and 30 minutes run/walk time (my actual run time was 2:52 something with stopping at the drinking fountains all over town). When I hit the 13.1 miles, I immediately started crying…I was done. I was so happy to be done, but also very disappointed in my performance. I was upset that my stomach wasn’t cooperative. I was crushed. My run time was MUCH slower than I’d hoped for (and much slower than I know I’m capable of)…2:29:45 for 13.1 miles of run/walk (11:26/mile pace) + 1st overall 🙂

I was very happy to be done with the Flatlander 70.3 race!!

Overall I finished in about 7 hours and 10 minutes of total time + 1st overall. Sure, I did what I could and I finished, but no where near how I had hoped. This was THE TOUGHEST RACE I’ve ever done!

Disappointed in my day

After taking some time to think about my race, I have so many take aways and lessons learned!

  1. When my stomach is off (even just burping in the water) take Tums! I had them with me, but didn’t consume any. Don’t know what I was thinking…oh wait…I clearly wasn’t thinking!!
  2. Because of my stomach issues, it is time to start practicing other nutrition options. This isn’t the first time the salty balls have caused some GI distress for me during a race, so I need to start practicing other options.
  3. I am a VERY heavy sweater (not the kind you wear in the dead of winter either)!! My body requires a LOT more salt + water as a result. Don’t skimp on the water/hydration consumption…especially when it is so humid! Drink it all up + take my Base Salt!
  4. Self supported races require a lot of planning to try and get all of the hydration/water you need on your own.
  5. Having no volunteers, spectators, cheer squads, and other athletes on the course is SO HARD!! I’ve had some races in worse racing conditions that I THOUGHT were miserable, but they weren’t compared to this! Having friends, family, and random strangers around you, supporting you, pushing you, encouraging you, and cheering for you makes tough conditions much more bearable!!
  6. My mind is so much stronger than I think it is. I have to believe in myself even more than I already do! I have come a long way in this department over the last 15 years of racing, but I still have a long way to go! I am strong! As a friend said, “NOW you know what you’re made of…pretty amazing ain’t ya!”
  7. My body allowed me to keep pushing it even when my stomach was upset, my legs were cramping, and my mind wanted to quit. Sure I was cramping a bit on the run, but I KNOW I used that as an excuse far more than I should have during this race. I definitely could have run more than I did + I should’ve and could’ve pushed harder than I did in every discipline throughout this race.
  8. I am beyond blessed to have a village full of amazing people who were behind me in this crazy adventure!! Thank you to Coach Kelly for believing in me + pushing me out of my comfort zone to have me complete a solo 70.3!! Thank you to Coeur Sports for making super comfortable apparel even when I saturate it in sweat and for connecting me with such an amazing + supportive team of women!! Thank you to SBR Sports Inc. for keeping me chafe-free (even in all of that sweat) with the use of Skin Slick…or should I say skin saver!! Thank you to my cheer squad for encouraging me to keep going and finish this crazy feat…my fave, Ruth, Robin, Liz, Beth, Sara…your social media posts brought a smile to my face when I was done!! Thank you to Nick at Vitality Massage for working out all of the mess RIGHT after I was done racing!! Thank you to my FAVE!! You are my rock…your unwavering support and encouragement help me achieve the impossible!! I’m so grateful to have you by my side!!
I did a thang! The #flatlander703 was the TOUGHEST race I’ve ever done, but I learned A LOT and got 1st place overall!! Thanks to my fave for the award ceremony and making me feel special!!