I am finally signed up all my races for the 2017 Marathon and Triathlon Season. Now I can really get into the business of training and being race ready.
First up on April 30; which is approaching very quickly is the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon. This will be a super special marathon for me. Not just because it's marathon number 18; but I will get to run through my dad's childhood and my Grandma Ruth's life when they lived on the Jersey shore. I have a time goal but if I can get through the marathon without being an emotional wreck I should be just fine.
First triathlon of the season is the Rev3 Montclair Triathlon on June 18. I have missed doing shorter distance triathlons so much. I feel with focus the last few years on the 70.3 and 140.6 distances I'm ready to see how fast I can go in a short amount of time. This is a true sprint distance; 750 meter open water swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. I get to race alongside a bunch of my masters swim team friends from L4 so this should be a blast.
It's about time I do an all girl triathlon; haven't done one of these since the early years of my triathlon career. Irongirl Columbia should be a blast on August 20. Columbia Maryland is a great venue for any triathlon. I'm ready to embrace some girl power as I face a challenging 1000 meter open water swim, 16 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The swim is flat; lets hope the swim happens unlike last year. The bike and run are somewhat hilly; but if I can take on the hills of Ironman Lake Placid; I can so do this. Excited to race among awesome ladies all morning.
My "A" race for the season; Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City on September 17. This will be my first ever branded 70.3; and it only took 13 years and 8 of the distance to do it. I went up to volunteer and cheer at IM 70.3 AC last year and had a blast. Stephen Del Monte and his crew are super duper amazing and a put on a fantastic race. The 1.2 mile open water swim in the salt water bay should be interesting. The 56 mile bike course should be interesting going on the Atlantic City Expressway and the 13.1 mile run; mostly ran on the Atlantic City Boardwalk should be something of a treat. I'm happy to have chosen this as my first branded half. Can not wait.
To wrap up my 2017 season; I will head up to Dover Delaware and run the Monster Mash Marathon on October 21. This will be marathon number 19. Its a very small low key marathon; but I'm excited to run around the Dover International Speedway to start the race. It should be interesting and I'm looking to really be trained and prepared for this marathon; unlike past marathons.
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…
Sometimes you never know who will walk into your life and how much it will end up affecting you. I have to say how lucky I am that I found a friend in Moira. The affect she has had on me is something that is very hard to explain. Friends are there when you need it most; and well Moira has been there when I’ve needed her most. I am grateful and thankful for her. Unfortunately I found out sometime ago that Moira is about to battle the greatest battle of her life... Breast Cancer. Come Tuesday Moira will start her first round of chemo. If you ask me; well don't because it brings tears to my eyes and I cry to think and hear and say that of all people... this my friends is happening to Moira.
I first met Moira in July 2016 when I tackled Ironman Lake Placid. Women for Tri had a practice swim Thursday and Friday morning down at Mirror Lake where the swim of Ironman Lake Placid takes place. I thought “what the heck” I’ll go down because what other things do I have to get done at 7am.…
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.