Back in 2008 when I attempted and FINSIHED my first ever Ironman in Coeur d'Alene Idaho... I had a chance to meet the Professional Triathletes after the Pro Panel the Friday before Race Day!
The ONE Pro I met that I immediately fell in love with was Heather Gollnick! She placed second that day among the Pro women... right behind Heather Weurtle of Canada and right ahead of Tina Boman of Finland! Race Day... I remember seeing Heather running back into town on her second loop of the run as I headed out of town on my first loop! I shouted a LOUD "Go Heather" and never saw or heard of her again! Or so that's what I thought!
Just a few months ago... well ok back in mid September I went up to Atlantic City to volunteer at Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City! Right before I left I remember seeing Heather Gollnick tagged in a picture on Facebook! Then I saw something she wrote about heading out to Atlantic City for the 70.3! OMG... Would I by chance just happen to see her again? Being me and the person I am... I messaged Heather! I told her I would be in Atlantic City to volunteer for the race both Saturday at the Women for Tri tent and Sunday at Body Marking and at the Run Aid Station at the far end of the Boardwalk near Mile 11 with Women for Tri and Jersey Girls Stay Strong Multisport! Well can you guess who just happened to message me back? The reunion that afternoon at the Women for Tri tent... well I'm still speechless on that one! The moment for me personally was priceless and it's something I'll never forget! Heather raced that Sunday... as an age grouper! I must say... she's still kick ass and bad ass! In fact... when she ran through the aid station... I might have used the hose and sprayed her to cool her down but I'm not sure she wanted it! So Heather... if I did by chance cool you down and you didn't want it... I'm sorry! Thank You Heather Gollnick for being a role model... a sweet person... and someone who I will ALWAYS look up to for the rest of time!
I think this screenshot says it all. “Results are great but this sport is supposed to be fun.” This conversation came after my triathlon season opener at Rev3 Montclair Triathlon in Montclair, Virginia. Going into this triathlon; my first since Ironman Lake Placid which was last July, I wanted to do well. The goal was to have a good swim, CRUSH the bike, and just get through the run pain free (that story will come up at some point). Well I did just that this past Sunday. Something I didn’t tell a single soul was that all I could think about leading up to the race was placing in my age group and standing somewhere on that podium. When I finished and got my results to find out where I stood; 6 out of 19 in the female 30-34 age group, I was truly BUMMED until I saw results online and had to take that screenshot and send it to Heather. I had an amazing swim, a fierce bike, and well my run needs some work in the speed department. But the fact that I had the SECOND FASTEST swim and the THIR…
Today was good; real good. I've trained my heart out for months for the moments I had today. I really wasn't sure that the moments I had today were possible until I looked up at the time board at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. My mouth dropped open so wide and there was this smile. The smile of a champion. The first and second in age group really don't matter much either. My new personal bests matter but in ways are just numbers. As a swimmer; I trained and saw results. But results again are just numbers. Today I found a love for swim meets; masters meets to be more specific. My friends cheered for me and I cheered for them. I just LOVED today. As I said today was good.
I was debating on writing a full race report for last Saturday's Monster Mash Marathon in Dover, Delaware; but then I realized there was ONE thing I took away from running and completing my NINETEENTH marathon.
I Am Giving Myself credit for my 19th marathon finish. Sure my new buddy and the 5 hour 30 minute pacer Ken helped and encouraged me along that way; but I was the ONE who accomplished a 19th marathon finish. By mile 6 my Gu Hydration Electrolyte Tabs made my stomach upset and I was close to calling it a day. I dumped the electrolytes out of the bottle and replaced it with just water. So then I continued. The country roads were in the middle of nowhere and the sun came out as quickly as it could. As much as I don't prefer to walk; Ken had the small group do a 3 to 4 mile run with a 30 sec to 1 minute walk. It really helped especially when it got real warm outside. By mile 18 mentally I did not want to be out there because of the sun. With encouragement from Ken I …