Ironman #1 is done – and what an amazing experience!  I’m just barely coming of the high I felt post-race.  I now understand what everyone has been telling me, describing to me – the ups and downs, the wide range of emotions, and how tough those last 90 minutes were going to be!

I’m sitting here, on the eve of my first Ironman, in my Normatec boots (aka my space pajamas, as my BIL would call them), and figured I owe you guys an update!   After spending much of 2014 prepping for Ironman Chattanooga, it is finally here.

The 2014 edition of the Musselman Half, my first time at this race, was one to be remembered!  Here are my top 5 memorable moments from the day.

I had a really awesome trip to St. George.  St. George 70.3 is one to put on your race bucket list  – a really tough but stunningly beautiful course.  The swim is in a (usually) calm and clean lake, and the bike and run have incredible mountain and desert views.  But, it is hilly, hot, and can be windy.  This course is no joke!   Pat, Doug, and I also got to stay… Read More

Hey y’all! I am thrilled to have been chosen as an ambassador for BIC Bands for 2014!   I’ve been wearing these headbands since I spotted them at a marathon expo years ago.  Though there are a number of companies that make non-slip headbands now, Bic Bands has such a wide variety of sizes, colors, and patterns, and they never move from your head.  Even more importantly, Bic Bands is dedicated to giving back -… Read More

I kicked off the 2014 season with Ironman 70.3 Texas, held in Galveston.  I did this race last year, and was happy to see it was a QT2 key race again this year.  Last year it was my first race with QT2, where I got to meet a ton of my new teammates.  This year, the race also had some significance – it was my first race competing as a Pro!

So, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I was really happy with how my first race as a pro went yesterday.  The short – I grabbed 5th (a podium spot) and a 7 minute 70.3 distance PR (15 min better than this race last year).  There were certainly some ups and downs in the race, and I’ll give all the details in a race report coming very soon…… Read More

A great quote from one of my favorite movies. Talking to a teammate about Ironman racing yesterday made me think of this quote. Good to remember as the miles begin to pile up, you’re in the middle of a tough training session, or gearing up for a race!   This one is going up next to my trainer :) Congrats to all my QT2 teammates who raced this past weekend – and good… Read More

All my training and racing for 2013 was basically a build-up to the 70.3 World Championships, held in Las Vegas.  I first qualified last year, finishing 1st AG at the Timberman 70.3, but I declined my spot.   At the time, I didn’t really know where I was going with triathlon, and having just finished my first 70.3 – it was a bit overwhelming to have to make the decision to race… Read More

Last weekend, I got a chance to race an Olympic distance triathlon (0.9 mile swim, 26.2 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run).  I’ve only done one Olympic, as my second triathlon last year.   All of my races this year have been sprints or 70.3’s, so I was excited to take a crack at the Olympic.

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