Another year is ending? When did this happen?! Wow. 2015, you were a wild one with so many ups and downs. Work chaos and the emotional stress associated with said chaos, winding down with my last job, starting a new job, moving and then of course, general buzz of my over scheduled life! I’m sure that many of my fellow type-A triathletes are in the same exact boat.
I recently saw this on social media and could not help but share it immediately, as I felt that it captured my year so perfectly:
2015 certainly was not what I was anticipating it would be. Don’t get me wrong, there were amazing bright spots and happy moments. And the down periods, they have helped me learn so much about myself over the past year. One thing that has become painfully clear is that I really only have one speed, and that is all in and 100% committed. I have learned how to operate without completely burning myself out moving forward, which will be incredibly helpful in the year ahead and beyond. So, just as the above quote states, I am exactly where I am meant to be.
One of the most exciting things to look forward to in 2016 is that I am finally making the leap to the full ironman distance at Ironman Lake Placid July 24, 2016. For those who know me well, it comes as no surprise. I have frequently told the story about watching the Ironman World Championship footage in elementary school and becoming entranced by the athletes pushing themselves beyond their limits. Many athletes were actually crawling over the finish line! Some people would say “no way”, but instead I instantly said “they are insane…I want to do that someday.” And, nearly 20+ years later, after many hours of number crunching, discussions with medical professionals, lifestyle conversations with my husband, course research, question and answer sessions with my BTT teammates — it all led me to signing up for Lake Placid.
I now feel more dialed into my body than I ever have before. I can’t say I am happy that I have had so many injuries and the fact that I am prone to injury, but with each day I learn more and more about my body and the right way to approach each workout. Over the past few years I have acquired a “care team” that is determined to get me to the start line by being proactive and addressing instabilities and weaknesses before they become a major issue.
One incredible learning experience over the past year has been working with my coach, Kim Webster from Breakthrough Performance Coaching. My schedule was so variable over the past year due to work chaos that it was difficult to achieve the consistency that I crave. Luckily, I have a more reasonable work schedule with my new job and training is one of my biggest priorities in 2016. Working with her over the past year has taught me a great deal about the sports of cycling and running, most specifically how to train as efficiently as possible. Additionally, she has her masters in Sports Psychology and is always there with a helpful tip or strategy for race day. One extra special awesome bonus is that Kim is actually racing at IMLP as well! I am looking forward to going through this journey alongside my incredible coach.
In preparation for this journey I have been doing a few upgrades to my gear in anticipation of my journey, most namely I have a new trusty steed: a Guru Cycles CR 401!
Special thanks to the patient and extremely knowledgable staff at Fit Werx for setting me up on this incredible rig. If you live in New England and are in need of a bike fit on an existing bike, or are in the market for a new bike, I highly recommend reaching out to them about as their “fitting first” services. They are extremely knowledgable, patient and have absolutely no ego or high pressure selling tactics. I also bought my first aero hydration system, a new ROKA Maverick Elite wetsuit and my first ever Power Meter, a Stages unit. Over the past year I have spent a lot of time using Trainer Road with “Virtual Power”, which is a good affordable (read: FREE) solution for power measurement, but I have personally found it to be incredibly inaccurate. So I am thrilled to have this tool in my back pocket.
So there it is! The year of Mission: Ironman Lake Placid is about to begin and I couldn’t be more excited.
Have you done an Ironman before? Or, do you aspire to do one someday? Do you have any recommendations for a first time ironman triathlete?