I am inspired by the variety of multi-sport. I need the constant change of sport and focus. There is so much to learn about each discipline and I love to learn what my body can do at the race venue, based on the race distance There is a lot of growing through the sport. All the variables keep me motivated. Plus the age groupers running with the pros is so thrilling.
My kids have gone open water swimming with me (or paddling the SUP), they have been on bikes while I ran and did core work with me. These are the moments that give me the fuel for the long solo training or racing day.
My husband is wonderful! We are celebrating our 28th year together! He supports me and encourages me to do triathlon. He and I will run 1/2 marathon events together and he will bike with me during my longer workouts when I ride in my easier zones. He is a pilot and he is gone 3-4 days a week so I make those days long, if possible as I like to train harder and longer when he is away. If I need to complete a long day of training with him in town, I will get up early and knock out 50% while he sleeps and then when he wakes up, he may join me for the rest.
I raced the Watermans Tri in Oct as a late season race (thanks to the push from coach Marni) She reminded me that I had fitness and confidence from completing my Ironman in August (IM Mont Tremblant). She gave me a lot of confidence going into that race and I raced really well and was first in my AG and I PR'd! I would not have raced at all because I thought my season was complete after the big Ironman distance, but she was right. I had the fitness, confidence and race mentality to do well. Triathlon is a true metaphor for life...so so many lessons learned about yourself that help you grow throughout life!
- Remind yourself of the "why."
- Smile and be joyful.
- Power nap.
- Trust the plan (following a plan works).
- Have a mantra that is simple so that you can repeat it over and over on race day.
- As my body ages I do more stretching and yoga than ever before.
- Thank your body!
Rockhall triathlon, MD International tri, Trimarni Camp, and Ironman Atlantic City 70.3
I want to stay fit and healthy in my 50s so I plan to continue to race in triathlons. This sport is fun and challenging. I also want to knock some time off of my 70.3 and olympic distance events over the next few years, and race in a few different locations.
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