The Courage to Start, Again

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Burnout. Yep. I’ve got it. After completing 3 Ironman races in 2 years, and following that up with a Fall marathon, I gave myself the green light in October to take some time off from serious training. It wasn’t really that my body needed a break (thankfully), but mentally I needed to remove the constant, daily pressures of completing workouts …

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IM Switzerland — When finishing is victory (Race Report)

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“When someone can turn around their personal worst and make it a win, this is the true test of character.” — AJ Morrison (coach) Ironman Switzerland is a fantastic race with a breathtaking course that can test the limits of any athlete. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the oldest IM races. But this year’s heat wave in Europe …

8 Tips to Making it Work

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Just about every day, someone says to me “I don’t know how you do it.” And, on the surface, I get it. My husband, Greg, and I both work full-time. We have 2 young children (ages 6 and 2.5). And, we’re both training for an Ironman this summer – actually, for the second year in a row. Yes, we’re crazy. …

Ironman Maryland (Part 2): Getting a PR (Race Report)

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Race morning, we left Simone and my mother at the hotel (it was 4:30, so a wise decision all around), and Greg (my husband), Sasha (oldest daughter), and I drove to the race site. Ironman Maryland seemed to be smaller than other IM races, and we easily found a parking spot within a few blocks of the transition area. Fellow …

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Ironman Maryland (Part 1): The Inaugural Race

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Ironman Maryland was my Ironman mulligan. The do-over that typically takes years to pull off. And I did it in just 8 weeks. And, I had a PR in Cambridge. Even months later, it’s hard to fathom. Here’s how it happened. The Background Greg and I were fit from Ironman Lake Placid training, and eager to race a better race …

IMLP Race Report: I saw the lightning & heard “all swimmers to shore”

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This was my second Ironman  race — and finish — at Lake Placid. The first was in 2006, just two weeks before Greg and I were married. Then, I can remember thinking two things: (1) don’t fall off the bike, and (2) don’t get bad tan lines for your wedding dress. This time around, all I could think about what …

What a Sherpa (or Spectator) needs to know

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This year’s Ironman adventure marks an interesting turn for our family – it’s the first time that Greg and I are racing the distance together, which means that after nearly 15 years of triathlon racing history, our parents will be unaccompanied spectators. And at an Ironman. For triathletes, understanding how to spectate at this kind of venue is part intuition, …

Watering Down Ironman – the Rolling Swim Start

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I’ve been out of the IM racing circuit for 6 years, and a lot has changed. Some things are good, some not so good. The one change that has me the most irked (thus far) is the Rolling Swim start. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, here’s the background. That was Then Historically, at all the Ironman races, …

Athlinks – my new favorite website

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Now that I’m back to more serious training and racing, it’s been fun to compare my current performance relative to the same events in previous years. That’s where Athlinks comes into play. According to Athlinks, I’ve covered 1,224 miles across 48 races since I started my athletic ventures in 2001. Athlinks aggregates race results (marathons, triathlons, open water swims and …

The $500 Workout

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Last Saturday, I answered the question “how badly do you want to complete a key workout.” Greg and I participated in the Total 200, a bike ride that left Washington DC and ventured into the rolling terrain of Maryland’s farm country. It was a well-supported ride, and provided diversity from our usual rides. More importantly, it provided a way for …