bumpy ride

“The course doesn’t make it hard, the athlete does.”

~Unknown

Cliff Notes Version: I GOT to race Tri Clear Lake Olympic distance triathlon Saturday, May 28! 💙💛

  • the air temp at the race start was about ~60*F with mostly clear skies and strong winds (sustained at 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph throughout the race)
  • the water temp was 61F
  • the swim start was a wave start
  • the majority of the road surfaces on the bike course are smooth
  • there was no water/aid station on the bike (as is pretty typical for shorter distance triathlons)
  • there were four self-serve aid stations on the run (volunteers were filling cups, but not handing them out)
  • volunteers took our timing chips off of us after we crossed the finish line and put medals around our necks
  • there were little insulated bags with deli sandwiches and chips for each athlete
  • there were individually wrapped cookies to select from for each athlete
  • there was plenty of beverage options (water, different flavors of soda, chocolate milk, and beer)
  • there were lots of door prizes that were given away
  • spoiler alert:
I GOT to play at Tri Clear Lake and do a little speed work in the midst of IRONMAN training. I’m SO DAMN PROUD of my effort, my execution, and my mental endurance.

2 weeks to IMDSM #LFG ⚡️

Longer Version: With the strong winds, I knew this was going to be a bumpy ride, but I was so stoked to play and test my fitness in an Olympic distance triathlon on Saturday, May 28! We parked about 2 blocks from the transition area, which was super convenient. We walked to packet pick-up (by transition), got checked-in, picked up our timing chips, then walked back to the car to get all of the stickers on the bikes + helmets and headed to transition for body marking and to set up our spots.

Choppy + Cold water = LFG!

As we were setting up our transition area, they made the announcement that the water temp was 61*F and that it was only one degree warmer than wetsuit mandatory, so wetsuits were STRONGLY encouraged. After setting up my transition area, chatting with the USAT official (whom we’ve gotten to know from doing/directing local races), doing the neoprene shimmy in my Roka wetsuit, and taking in a gel, I was ready for a practice swim. Easing my way out into the water from the beach was a bit shocking, but not nearly as shocking as putting my face in the water. Hello brain freeze! I did a few bobs in the water to get my face and brain use to the cold water. I swam almost completely out to the first buoy as the water was pretty choppy and I wanted to make sure sighting and breathing wouldn’t be much of an issue with the rough waters. I found my Coeur Sports sisters, Jess and Char, and we made our way over to the start area after listening to the National Anthem and pre-race announcements.

Chatting with the USAT official pre-race

Swim: (27:52 for “1500 m” at 1:51/100 m average pace…2/5 F45-49, 12/47 F, 66/162 overall)

I lined up at the front of our swim wave because that’s where I belong. As previously mentioned, the water temp was 61F with serious chop due to the strong winds, but that didn’t stop me from having an amazing swim! I swam a straight line, I remained strong, confident, and certain in the water, and put out a solid effort. ⚡️ Oh…and I put 1500 m in quotation marks above, because this was the advertised race distance, but I think the buoys may have been blown in closer to shore making the distance closer to 1200 m as this is what multiple people reported their Garmin recorded (mine recorded 1318 yards).

Let’s get this party started!

T1: (2:47…2/5 F45-49, 15/47 F, 60/162 overall)

As I exited the swim, the boat ramp was VERY slick with algae growing on it, so I cautiously walked up out of the water until my feet hit dry ground. I got my wetsuit off just below my hips and removed my goggles + swim cap as I was running to my transition spot so that when I arrived to my bike, I could quickly get my legs out of my wetsuit. As I was putting on my socks + bike shoes, I realized I had forgotten to take my Roka sunnies out of my transition bag, so I wasted a few seconds digging for them. I donned my helmet and Roka sunnies, grabbed Mojo, and off we went!

Bike: (1:16:24 for 24.8 miles at 19.5 mph average speed…1/5 F45-49, 5/47 F, 56/162 overall)

After crossing the mount line and getting on Mojo, we cruised our way out of town (with some turns here and turns there). This course was a relatively flat course, so I just put the hammer down and went. I didn’t look at my power output/speed/cadence at all during this ride. I was so grateful to be racing that I only focused on playing and having fun. As I played chase trying to catch different people in front of me, I kept asking myself if I could go just a little bit harder in that moment. Racing from a place of gratitude and fun removed all of the pressure, which set me up for success as I cruised into T2.

HOLD ON! This is going to be a bumpy ride (thanks to the STRONG winds)!

The bike was amazing! Yes, I was nearly blown off the road multiple times (hello 30 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph), but staying aero, strong, and confident allowed me to have the fastest bike split in my AG. ⚡️

Cruising into T2 with focus, determination, and a new bike split PR for the Oly distance!

T2: (1:27…1/5 F45-49, 7/47 F, 29/162 overall)

I quickly racked Mojo, changed into my running shoes, grabbed my visor + race belt, and put these on while running out of T2.

Run: (49:16 for “6.2 miles” at 7:57/mile average pace…2/5 F45-49, 8/47 F, 60/162 overall)

This run was ~1.5 miles out and back that Olympic distance athletes got to do twice. It was fun to see other athletes and cheer them on. During the run, I continued to race from a place of fun + gratitude. I kept asking myself if I could go just a little bit harder. I spotted Mark (someone I typically see at the pool at least once a week) and had the goal of keeping him in my sights. Just after the 1/2 way point, I passed him. With about a half mile to go, he passed me back and I just focused on keeping up with him and staying strong through the finish. Oh…and I put 6.2 miles in quotation marks above, because this was the advertised race distance, but I think the turn around may have been inaccurately located as multiple people reported their Garmin recorded closer to 5.9 miles.

Don’t lose Mark!

That wind on the bike felt amazing on the run! I remained strong, confident, and present in the mile I was in while chasing down one athlete after another all the way to the finish line! ⚡️

Overall: (2:37:46…2/5 F45-49, 7/47 F, 49/162 overall)

Testing my fitness by doing an Olympic distance triathlon at the culmination of peak Ironman training was AMAZING! I’m SO DAMN PROUD of my effort, execution, and mental endurance! Taking 2nd place in my AG, setting a new bike split PR, run split PR, and overall PR for the Oly distance (previous was 2:49:04) was icing on the cake! #LFG ⚡️

Who’s ready to quadruple this in 2 weeks?!

Gear: Coeur Sports triathlon shorts, Coeur Sports triathlon aero top, Roka X-1 Goggles, Roka Women’s Maverick X Wetsuit, Specialized Transition tri bike, Specialized S-works Evade helmet, Specialized Torch 2.0 Road Shoes, Coeur Sports visor, Newton Gravity running shoes, Roka SL-1X sunnies

2022 week 22: tapering like a pro

How on earth is it already IMDSM race week?!?!?! Last week I tapered like a pro…lowering my volume with bits of intensity popped in to keep the body sharp and race ready!

Quote of the week:

“Taper like a pro…keep the body sharp, get lots of rest, fuel and hydrate well, relax, and enjoy your “extra” time.”

~ME

Swim highlights: 13,593 yards

Thursday I had my last long swim (5000m) and was SO DAMN HAPPY to be swimming outdoors in the 50m pool that I didn’t even care that the air temp was 48F and the water temp was 68F. I mean, yes it was chilly, but totally tolerable.

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
    • 100 kick
    • 200 drills
    • 200 pull
  • Main Set: Each set of intervals should get slightly faster in pacing than the last set.
    • 500 (10 sec rest)
    • 2×400 (15 sec rest)
    • 3×300 (20 sec rest)
    • 4×200 (25 sec rest)
    • 5×100 (30 sec rest)
    • 6×50 on the minute
    • 4×50 sprint (10 sec rest)…in a 25 yard or meter pool, this would have been 8×25 sprints
  • Cool Down:
    • 300 any stroke
Last long swim before #IMDSM is in the bank! It is SO awesome to be back swimming in the outdoor 50m pool! • I am R E A D Y to toe the start line of IM #9 and test my physical, mental, and emotional fitness + endurance!

10 days until #IMDSM race day! #LFG ⚡️

Bike highlights: 68.3 miles

All of my bike miles were indoors last week and I got to put in my last brick session on Saturday before the big dance!

I am right where I’m supposed to be and just 8 days away from #IMDSM race day! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 9.17 miles

Wednesday was Global Running Day, which was perfectly timed with my split run day. Five easy family miles to start the day and 2 speedy miles to end the day.

On this Global Running Day, I GOT to run twice today…am endurance miles and pm speedy miles. I’m incredibly grateful for the community, freedom, therapy, self confidence, mental fortitude, joy, and so much more that running has brought into my life. ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 58 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 22 of 2022?!

Snuggles and a good book during the taper…YES PLEASE! 🐶🥰
Thank you to Nick with Vitality Massage Ames for flushing out all of the peak training and Oly racing to help get me ready to race IMDSM!
Look at what is open! Our favorite place to swim!
Sooo grateful to get to spend the morning cheering on our niece, Isabella, in her first swim meet in a 50m pool!
Dog walks FTW! 🐶🥰
Snuggles and Squeezes! 🐶🥰 Normatec Recovery boots are the best!
There are two pups here who weren’t impressed with the storms and wanted all the snuggles and reassurance we could provide.

2022 week 21: race week

Last week I had my first triathlon of 2022 and was SO excited + ready to toe the start line of a triathlon! The Clear Lake Olympic Triathlon was a good test of my fitness before IMDSM race day! I’ll have more on that race in it’s own post coming soon!

Quote of the week:

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.”

~Bonnie Blair

Swim highlights: 6500 yards

Tuesday I did a 1000 yard time trial focusing on my effort and laying one more brick in the foundation for IMDSM coming up in just over a week.

  • Warm up:
    • 400 swim
    • 8×50 easy down, strong/fast back (15 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 1 min rest
    • 1000 time trial (20 sec rest)
    • 100 easy (20 sec rest)
    • 5×100 at IM effort (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Proud of my execution and effort for my 1000 TT while carrying LOTS of fatigue from peak IM training.

Bike highlights: 143 miles

My favorite bike from last week was during the Clear Lake Triathlon. Let’s just say that I am SO DAMN PROUD of how I executed the day in the conditions we were given. Sadly, I don’t have any pics of me riding last week.

Run highlights: 28.6 miles

Wednesday I had a double run day with both runs on the treadmill as the weather wasn’t super cooperative (we had thunderstorms on and off throughout the day and I am not one to be out in lightening if it’s preventable). These runs were kept at an easy pace allowing me to kick it up a notch (or two or three) at the Clear Lake Triathlon on Saturday. Making sure to keep the easy days easy allows you to go hard on the hard days…aka race day! Sadly I don’t have any pics of me running last week.

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 29 minutes
30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 21 of 2022?!

Thank you Kyle with Kyle’s Bikes for giving Mojo your race blessing!
All the SBR love in one day!
There is beauty even in the midst of the storm.
Squeezes and Snuggles 🐶🥰
Look at that blue sky and sunshine! Vitamin D for the win!
Getting to meet up with some Coeur Sports sisters, race, and test the fitness for IMDSM was SO MUCH FUN!
I GOT to play Saturday at Tri Clear Lake and do a little speed work in the midst of IRONMAN training. I’m SO DAMN PROUD of my effort, my execution, and my mental endurance.

2 weeks to IMDSM #LFG ⚡️

2022 week 20: spectacular views from the peak

Last week was the pinnacle of my training for IMDSM. While it doesn’t exactly feel like I’m tapering just yet, it is nice to see less volume on the calendar for this week. That view after you reach the peak and can see out over everything is so spectacular! Now it’s time to gradually back off the training, stay healthy, and let my body soak up all of this training so I can make a massive withdrawal in 3 weeks! ⚡️

Quote of the week:

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

~unknown

Swim highlights: 12,700 yards

My swims last week felt a bit on the sluggish side, but that is kind of to be expected as I was/am carrying a lot of fatigue. We’ll see how the swim feels in the coming weeks as I start to shed the fatigue in preparation for IMDSM race day!

  • Warm up:
    • 300 kick w/ fins (20 sec rest)
    • 300 pull (20 sec rest)
    • 300 swim (20 sec rest)
    • 4×100 descending (20 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 2×800 Z4 effort (30 sec rest)
    • 400 Z4 effort (30 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 100 any stroke
Peek-a-boo…it’s peak week for #IMDSM with all the feels (hunger, excitement, hunger, exhaustion, hunger, pride, hunger, joy, hunger, readiness, hunger…did I mention hunger?! 😜) #LFG ⚡️

Bike highlights: 167 miles

Sunday I got to preview a large portion of the IMDSM bike course with my Coeur Sports sista, Michelle! What a day! It started off with 36F windchills and slowly climbed to a high temp of 66F throughout the day. And boy was it windy, but the blue skies, sunshine, and smiles for miles made it all worth it!

Any day on two wheels and the open roads is a great day! Sunday I had the privilege of previewing a large portion of the #IMDSM bike course with Michelle ⚡️

3 weeks ‘til IMDSM! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 41.4 miles

Wednesday I did my last long run. I felt strong and even felt that I could have ran a few more miles when I was done. This is a great feeling and a solid boost of confidence going into the taper!

I am R E A D Y to test my limits as I continue to create my next level! Awww yeah! #LFG ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 23 hours & 34 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training
2×30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 20 of 2022?!

Starting peak week off right with a massage from Nick at Vitality Massage Ames!
All of the SBR!!!
Open water swim season is here!! 🐶🥰
Miles with our baby girl…she loves running SO much! 🐶🥰
Homemade pizza on the grill is the best!
And that’s a wrap on the really big training. Now to taper…even though it doesn’t feel like it yet.
So incredibly grateful for the massive support from Tim on Sunday as he drove the IMDSM bike course leap frogging us, made sure we didn’t miss a turn, carried extra water + nutrition, and stored all of the extra layers we had to shed as the temp climbed from 36F to 66F throughout the ride. He’s the BEST! 🥰
Thank you Normatec for all of the good squeezes!
We had some tired girls (including our neighbor dog…look closely) after a big weekend! 🐶🥰

2022 week 19: climbing the peak

Last week was more peaking for IMDSM! We are officially 4 weeks out from race day and our weather went from the 60s to the 90s overnight, so we got a good dose of heat + humidity acclimation while making lots of deposits in the bank last week. I am getting excited to make a massive withdrawal from the bank in 4 short weeks!

Quote of the week:

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

~Andy Rooney

Swim highlights: 4000 yards

I only got to the pool once last week. After getting sunburnt a week ago, I decided to stay away from the chlorinated water as it really dries my skin out and I wanted to keep my skin as hydrated as possible so it could properly heal.

  • Warm up:
    • 300 mix in some strokes
    • 6 x 50 (as 25 fast, 25 easy) (10 sec rest)
  • Main Set: (***Note: PBB = paddles, buoy, band)
    • 5 x 100 descend 1-5 (15 sec rest)
    • 500PBB trying to hold same pace as last 100
    • 4 x 100 descend 1-4 (15 sec rest)
    • 400PBB trying to hold same pace as last 100
    • 3 x 100 descend 1-3 (15 sec rest)
    • 300PBB trying to hold same pace as last 100
    • Rest 2min
    • 800 swim holding best average possible
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Putting in the work!

Bike highlights: 236 miles

I got out on the open roads for a few long rides last week and I am pleased to report no more sunburns because I coated myself in Zealios sunscreen (which is the best stuff out there)!

This is who I am. ⚡️
This is my happy place. ⚡️
This is everything! ⚡️

4 weeks to IMDSM! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 31.4 miles

Sunday I had my longest run of the week and did it off of a shorter ride with intense intervals (oh and a big brick on Saturday). Needless to say, I was carrying a lot of fatigue in the legs. I realized on the shorter ride that I was in need of more fuel than I had planned for. Thankfully my ride was on the trainer at home, so I was able to load up before heading out on the run. I took Jersey with me for the first 1/2 of the run and did the last 1/2 of the run solo. Because of my increase in fueling coming off the bike, I was able to execute a much stronger second 1/2 of the run and turn what started as a REALLY. TOUGH. WORKOUT into a strong finish.

Grateful for beautiful weather on a long run day!

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 21 hours & 43 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training

Attitude of Gratitude:

Jersey loves to lay in the sun 🥰
This is a privilege! ⚡️🔥
We finished another puzzle!
All the snuggles 🥰
Double rainbow (look closely…the top one is faint) 🥰
Normatec squeezes are da 💣
A solid day of SBR!! ⚡️⚡️⚡️

What were your highlights from week 19 of 2022?!

2022 week 18: peaking in progress

Last week began the last big push into IRONMAN Des Moines. We are just under 5 weeks away, which doesn’t seem possible since this spring has been uncooperative to get outside much for training. Thankfully I think we may have hit a turning point in our weather during this last week…just in time for the final push to IMDSM race day!

Quote of the week:

“I am in progress of being the human and athlete I am becoming.”

~Me

Swim highlights: 12,750 yards

I had some good swims last week, with Monday’s swim being the largest swim of the week. Ya know when you’re 5 weeks out from Ironman, in peak training, always hungry, tired, and don’t know which direction you’re going most of the time as you juggle all the things?! Yep…that’s where I’m at.

I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, which has me swimming into lane lines. 😜
  • Warm up:
    • 400 easy swim
    • 300 pull
    • 300 as 25 drill/25free
    • 300 build by 100
  • Main Set:
    • 4 Rounds of:
      • 200 Fast (20 sec rest)
      • 150 Moderate (20 sec rest)
      • 100 Fast (20 sec rest)
      • 50 Moderate (20 sec rest)
      • 100 EZEZ (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 100
    • 200 any stroke

Bike highlights: 158 miles

Saturday we FINALLY had some decent weather to get outside and ride. With 5 weeks to IMDSM I’m SO grateful to be healthy, able, and fit enough to be able to make some big deposits in the bank! And I’m even more grateful to finally get outside on two wheels with blue skies, sunshine, warmer temps, and the freedom of the open roads. Oh…and the wind was an added bonus…both a bit challenging and loads of fun!! LET’S GOOO!! ⚡️

Even the wind couldn’t wipe this smile off my face for 105 miles. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’ll never take riding outdoors for granted. (and look at all of that salt on my face + jersey 😳)

Run highlights: 26.7 miles

Wednesday was a nice day for a long run, focusing on covering one mile at a time.

Making deposits in the bank one dollar at a time. So grateful for one of the nicest days we’ve had in a long time + Jersey running some miles with me! ⚡️💛💙

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 21 hours & 32 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
3×30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

Getting to cheer Laylah on during the last track meet on Monday, which was cancelled right after this event due to cold, rainy weather.
Thank you Nick! I attribute my healthy body in part to you and the wonderful work you do!
I love a day that has all the swim, bike, run love!
Jersey is determined to help Laylah with her homework, but finds this particular assignment boring. 🤣😜
Getting snuggles from Basil during thunderstorms on Sunday. She HATES storms, so snuggles are a must in her mind. 🐶🥰

What were your highlights from week 18 of 2022?!

2022 week 17: being vs. doing

After racing the Drake 1/2 Marathon in a state of complete discomfort, Vanessa Foerster presented a timely reminder for me last Tuesday. “More is not better. Intentional is better. Stop believing you have to do more to be more. Start believing that your training is working and be more present in it. Results, on and off the race course, first come from who you are being before what you are doing.” Thankfully this reminder came at just the right time. Lately I have gotten sucked into the doing instead of focusing on the being in all areas of my life…personal, relationships, work, training, etc. It has felt pressure-filled and out of alignment with my core values.

Quote of the week:

“Stop believing you have to do more to be more.”

~Vanessa Faye Foerster

Swim highlights: 7400 yards

Tuesday I had the following workout, which is good to see how body position impacts efficiency. My pacing was spot on in both sets! BOOM! 🥳

  • Warm up:
    • 300 easy
    • 4×100 descending (20 sec rest between)
    • 100 easy
  • Main Set:
    • 4×500 with at least 30 seconds rest between structured as:
      • 500 use pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
      • 500 NO pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
        • Which was faster? What can you do to bring up the speed of the slower 500? If pull buoy was faster, work on body position in the water and kick timing. If swimming was faster work on catch and pulling more water…grip it and rip it!
    • The second round try to get the times closer together with the same effort level. Don’t work harder…just smarter!
      • 500 use pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
      • 500 NO pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke

I must have been tired during Thursday’s swim as I struggled to count correctly. 😬 😜

40x50s was on tap Thursday morning.

4x(1, 2, 3, 4 hard)✔️ 4x(1, 2, 3 hard)✔️ 4x(1, 2 hard) 😬 lost count & missed a 2 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4×1 hard ✔️

Apparently counting was a bit too difficult for my tired brain at 5 am. 😜 Oh well…brush it off and move on.

Bike highlights: 186 miles

I will never take for granted any time I GET to ride outside again. This spring has been less than ideal for outdoor rides from a safety standpoint…IMO it is not safe to ride in 30+ mph sustained winds with higher gusts (I’ve been blown off the road before & I’d rather not have it happen again) and/or on open roads in rain where drivers may struggle to see me. As a result, I have spent WAY more time training indoors this spring than any other spring that I can remember.

With IRONMAN Des Moines less than 6 weeks away, I had 4 hours on the bike indoors Friday and another 4 hours on the bike indoors again Saturday (with a 40 minute run off the bike both days on the treadmill). Here are my thoughts around why indoor training is “perfect” for me and how Mother Nature had me in mind when she threw this weather our way:

  1. All of this indoor training is making me stronger physically and mentally
  2. My indoor training is much more focused work than when I train outside
  3. I am getting more heat acclimation by training indoors since our outdoor temps have generally been below normal this spring
  4. I have more intentional and focused thoughts when training indoors (since I write them out and post them in front of me while I train)
  5. I am creating my next level and am going to be SO prepared for race day

#LFG ⚡️

Seeing Vanessa’s post Tuesday was exactly the wake up call I needed to get me to refocus on being intentional and let go of the pressure to do more. In doing so, I felt free of the pressure-filled shackles holding me back, I felt more aligned with my core values, I finally nailed my incredibly challenging workout (that I have failed multiple times in the recent past), and I had fun doing it! Focus on BEING intentional! It works! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 22.4 miles

Wednesday, I went out for some mile repeats. It was full of discomfort, but going through that discomfort was SO worth it!

Don’t avoid the discomfort. When you navigate through the discomfort, you come through it stronger. Sit with the discomfort, feel all the emotions, free up some mental space, and come out ready to create something new on the other side. The discomfort is worth creating your next level! ⚡️ #keepgoing #LFG

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 18 hours & 47 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

So grateful for refocusing my energy and getting some swim/bike/run fun in the same day!
It has been a hot minute since I’ve had a soak!
Thanks Normatec for helping me recover between long sessions!

What were your highlights from week 17 of 2022?!

hard and heavy racing

“It can be hard and heavy, but still be right.”

~Vanessa Faye Foerster

Cliff Notes Version: I raced the Drake 1/2 marathon on Sunday! 💙💛

  • This was my first race of 2022
  • At the race start, the windchill was in the upper 30s with actual temps in the mid 40s, it was sunny, and SUPER windy (~30 mph sustained winds with higher gusts)
  • This is a hilly course
  • I felt “heavy” with pressure going into this race…pressure I was inflicting on myself
I am here for it! #LFG ⚡️

Longer Version:

After a shake out run to warm up, I made my way up to “corral A” shortly before the official race start. I barely heard the National Anthem (and I’m quite certain the people behind me had no clue it was being sung) due to the high winds and poor speaker quality/positioning. While standing there waiting for the race to start, I realized something was missing…excitement. The excitement I typically feel before the start of a race was absent. I felt “heavy.” I was carrying the weight of so much unnecessary pressure on my shoulders…pressure I was inflicting on myself. Pressure of needing to do more. Pressure of needing to be more. Pressure of needing to be somewhere I’m not yet. Pressure of thinking I should be…blah, blah, blah. I was in a state of discomfort before the race even started.

When the horn beeped to signal the start of the race, the “elite” + “corral A” runners were set loose. Having run this course multiple times in the past, I know the terrain, turns, etc. throughout the course, so I knew to take it easy out of the gate as the start is uphill with a right hand turn a few blocks into the start of the race.

I kept a comfortable (ish) pace in the beginning miles while looking for carrots…people to pick off in front of me. At around mile 3 there is a significant downhill that is about a mile long. I used this stretch to check in with myself…how is my effort? How is my fueling? How is my body temperature? What do I need in this moment? The emotional discomfort was still there…”I’m not enough.” I decided not to fight or ignore these thoughts causing me to feel insecure. Instead, I “sat” with them and tried to move through them. Why am I having these thoughts? Where are they coming from? How can I change the way these thoughts make me feel?

As I started the climb back up at mile 4, I removed my gloves and took in a gel. I was starting to heat up just a bit with the winds at my back, but decided to keep my long sleeved tech shirt on for a while longer. I kept picking off people one by one in front of me, but those thoughts of “I am not enough. I am not fast enough. I am not good enough. I am not strong enough. I should be x, y, z” were still plaguing my brain, so I continued to “sit” with them. Why am I having these thoughts? Where are they coming from? How can I change the way these thoughts make me feel?

Somewhere between miles 5 and 6, I was feeling really warm, so I took off my long sleeved tech shirt and tied it around my waist. I tried strategies I have used in the past to try to pull my brain back in the present moment and enjoy what was left of this race experience, but they just weren’t sticking.

At about mile 9, I took in my second gel. And then as I crested the last big hill at mile 10, I reminded myself that I GET to do this. Sadly that was a fleeting thought that didn’t stick and I was back to feeling the heavy weight of “I am not enough” shortly after. My legs toyed with the possibility of cramping multiple times from this point through to the finish line. As a result, I slowed my pace a bit to allow myself to continue running and avoid cramping which might cause me to walk (or worse…completely stop moving).

As I made my way back toward the stadium and the finish line, I had so many emotions…I was sad, disappointed, and humiliated with myself and my finish time. I had spent the majority of this race in a mental space that I don’t typically experience on race day; the discomfort was real.

The Drake 1/2 Marathon had loads of discomfort, burning in my legs, a pounding heart, heavy breathing, salty sweat in my eyes, exhaustion, emotional discomfort, challenges, learning, and growing, AND you know what?! I’m S O D A M N P R O U D of experiencing all of it because all of this helps me create the best version of myself! I am here for it! #LFG ⚡️

As I walked to the car, I thought about and processed the emotions I was feeling. I thought about what I had overcome during the race and found a whole list of things to celebrate:

  • I showed up to race despite feeling “heavy” the week before…therefore, I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH!
  • I was full of discomfort for the majority of the race (physically, mentally, and emotionally), but I didn’t try to fight the discomfort or put a temporary blanket over it to hide it…instead I sat with the discomfort and moved through it (and I continued to process the emotional discomfort yesterday at counseling)…therefore, I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH!
  • I didn’t quit…therefore, I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH!
  • I didn’t walk except for a few steps at aid stations to avoid spilling my water while drinking it…therefore, I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH!
  • I problem solved to fight off the possibility of cramps in my legs…therefore, I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH!

While this may not have been one of my best races (physically, mentally, or emotionally), it was the race I needed in this moment on my journey to my next level. And ya know what?! I’m SO DAMN PROUD that I allowed myself to experience all of it, to “sit” with it, and to move through it because I will be so much stronger for it. This experience will aid in my ability to create the best version of myself that I can be because I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH!

Finish time: 1:59:55 (9:09/mile average pace) AG: 7/30, Females: 121/360, Overall: 390/793
Gear: Coeur Sports fitted run shorts, Coeur Sports triathlon tank with shelf bra, Coeur Sports visor, Newton Kismet running shoes, Roka SL-1X sunnies

2022 week 16: speed bump during race week

Last week was race week! Sadly I hit a massive speed bump in the road early in the week that derailed me for the majority of last week. Mentally I was in a funk, but thankfully race day was a turning point for me.

Quote of the week:

“When life’s road has pot holes and speed bumps…it makes you a better driver.”

~unknown

Swim highlights: 0 yards

I hit a mental road block last week with the swim. I am so disgusted with our pool situation that I just couldn’t force myself to go swim.

Bike highlights: 0 miles

I had big bike plans for the week, but my body and mind had other ideas.

Run highlights: 14.1 miles

I got to race for the first time in 2022. I will have a full race report soon, but for now, just know it was a tough day, which I am SO grateful for!

Sunday was my first race of 2022. The Drake 1/2 Marathon had loads of discomfort, burning in my legs, a pounding heart, heavy breathing, salty sweat in my eyes, exhaustion, emotional discomfort, challenges, learning, and growing, AND you know what?! I’m S O D A M N P R O U D of experiencing all of it because all of this helps me create the best version of myself! I am here for it! #LFG ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 4 hours & 26 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Thank you, Nick with Vitality Massage for getting me race ready!
So much love! 🐶🥰
Walking with my sister’s dog and trying to get them more acclimated to each other (Jersey is afraid of Jasmine).
Hanging out where it is safe during a storm with rotations overhead.
Recovery at its finest thanks to my Normatec Recovery boots.

What were your highlights from week 16 of 2022?!

2022 week 15: build it

How are we less than 8 weeks out from IMDSM?! Considering it was snowing here on Easter Sunday, this just doesn’t seem possible. Last week I put in some solid training as I continue to build to race day in less than 8 weeks. Did I mention IMDSM is less than 8 weeks away?! 😜 I guess the saying is true…time flies when you’re having fun!

Quote of the week:

“Dream it. Believe it. Build it.”

~Unknown

Swim highlights: 9350 yards

Thursday’s swim was a nice long build with a 300 best effort at the end. My goal was a sub 5 minute 300, which I just missed as I finished in 5:00.2. And ya know what?! I still view this as a win! I stayed curious throughout, focused on my effort, and had my own back no matter what the results were. I may not be there YET, but I will be there soon!

  • Warm up:
    • 500 easy to warm up
  • Main Set:
    • Increase the effort as the distances get longer.
    • 5×100 (10 sec rest)
    • 4×150 (15 sec rest)
    • 3×200 (20 sec rest)
    • 2×250 (25 sec rest)
    • 300 BEST EFFORT
  • Cool Down:
    • 100 easy
Stay curious! Stay connected! Don’t miss it! Lay this brick! How’s my effort?!

Bike highlights: 201 miles

Over the weekend, I did a 4 hour ride + 40 minute run off the bike on both Saturday and Sunday. Sadly my bike rides were on the trainer in the basement as the weather was not at all conducive for a long ride outside either day (ummm…did I mention we got snow on Easter Sunday?!). I know these sessions will make me that much stronger on race day…physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I am here for it! All of it! The fun, the joy, the discomfort, the challenges, the exhaustion, the learning, the growing…all of it! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 27.5 miles

Thursday afternoon I did a one hour bike workout with intervals and followed it up with an 11 mile run outside. There was sunshine, but the temps were chilly and the winds were 35 mph sustained with gusts at 50+ mph. Thankfully Jersey went with me. At one point, we were blown to a complete stop and Jersey looked at me like, “Mama, what just happened?!” It made our 11 mile run the perfect combination of challenging + fun!

I am here for it! ⚡️

I am here for all of the discomfort. I am here for the burning in my legs. I am here for the pounding heart. I am here for the heavy breathing. I am here for the sweat in my eyes. I am here for the exhaustion. I am here for the emotional discomfort. I am here to learn and grow. I am here for the challenge.

Because all of this leads to being S O D A M N P R O U D of who I am, what I’ve already accomplished, and what I will accomplish in the future! #LFG

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 20 hours & 57 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

We got to go cheer on our nieces at their first 7th grade track meet. So fun!
We got to go cheer on our nieces at their first 7th grade track meet. So fun!
There was a hot air balloon that soared over us at the track meet. Look at that bluebird sky!
Soaking up all the sleep!
Any day I get to 🏊🏻‍♀️ 🚴 🏃🏻‍♀️ in the same day is a GREAT day!
Getting my squeeze on with my Normatec Recovery boots to help me recover from the last workout and prep for the next one to come!
Time flies when you’re having fun! And last weekend was full of lots of 🏊🏻‍♀️ 🚴 🏃🏻‍♀️ fun!
All the snuggles! 🐶🥰

What were your highlights from week 15 of 2022?!