Friday, July 29, 2011


Yes people, I do know how to spell - strategery IS a word, Wikipedia tells me so here.

So I have a dirty little secret that very few people know about - I'm signed up for a 70.3 in September. Yes, as in a Half Ironman. No, I haven't done a single triathlon in the year 2011. No, I haven't ever done a triathlon longer than a sprint. These are all facts. However, with the Ironman fires burning in my brain again, I'm going to finish this damn race.

*picture courtesy of*

I'm training hard for Chicago as my "A" race on 10/9/11. Pumpkinman 70.3 is 9/11/11. I am keeping perspective - Chicago is #1, and my goal is to finish the Half Iron with a smile on my face, and not injured.

*finishing happy rocks*

Cue strategery. I have 3 weekends before Pumpkinman that will allow for high volume of training. That allows me 3 more big rides (which would double the amount of times I've been outside on my bike this year - don't you dare judge me), and an opportunity to really build strength for Chicago.

My plan is to back up my Saturday 20-22 milers with a 50-70 mile ride on Sundays of those big weekends. Are you done laughing yet? I said STOP LAUGHING! This will allow me not only the confidence of the 20+ milers for the marathon, but knowing that I can complete 56 miles on the bike without going into cardiac arrest.

My plan for the swim - channeling my inner Natalie Coughlin, and hope I don't have to backfloat during that 1.2 mile swim.

I don't know about you, but I see a STRONG resemblance between the two of us.

Happy Training!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dusting This Thing Off...

*cough cough* god it's dusty in here - this blog has cobwebs all over it!

I'm going to give it the ole college tri (get it, get it??) to bring this thing back from the dead.

Whats happened in the past 14 months? Well, I have run 3 more marathons (LA Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, and Big Sur Marathon). And conveniently, every single one slower than the last. Don't judge, I'm working on that problem. Caitlyn has had 2 birthdays, completed 2 5K's, and her first triathlon (insert collective "awwwwwwwwwwwww...")

I'm currently signed up to run the Chicago Marathon on 10/9/11, where I hope to FINALLY shake my BQ demons, and my drive for Ironman now is stronger than ever.

I promise to be in here way more frequently (I know, HUGE sigh of relief to ALL of my THREE followers) - so buckle up and enjoy the ride!