Tuesday, July 26, 2011


It's getting closer and closer to Timberman 70.3
just a bit over 3 weeks
25 days
I am excited, nervous and ready for this.
Some nights I lay awake thinking about the swim or planning out the bike course in my head. I think about the run and debate over using my Nathan fuel belt vs. the *new* hydration toy. Am I going to wear club colors or a Tough Chik tri top for the race. Going over the minutia of each and every detail.
Have I trained enough?
I feel ready.
I am going to be smart on the course.
In the words of EMZ
I've Freaking Got This.
That'll run thru my head many times come August 21st.

This is the last hard week of training and then things taper out. Today is an active recovery day and I am taking my butt down to the beach to swim. and swim. and swim. and swim some more.

2500 yards today
and then a swim/bike brick tomorrow.
Final race simulation this weekend followed by a 14 mile run the next day.

Yesterday was a speedwork session that I had to take to the treadmill
warm up then 3x15 mins in Zone 4-5 with 2 mins recovery then cooldown
8+ miles with an average pace of 7:55
It was hard but I thought a lot about this journey and how far I have come in just a few short years.
It actually gave me CHILLS even while I was running so hard.
and to think, this is just the START of things to come.

I sat there looking at some old fat pictures of me this morning. I remember how sad and empty that lost little girl was -it just makes me thankful that I have struggled. That I felt that low. That I was that miserable.

Without that I could not truly appreciate the journey, TODAY and how wonderful life really is.

No matter what my future may hold I know I am strong. I know I am capable. I know I am worthy.

What would you say to YOURSELF if you could go back just five short years?
Did you enter my GU-tastic GU Giveaway??


Finallyfit2011 said...

You are an animal girl! You look, and I know FEEL, amazing!!! I will be thinking of you during your tri!!! Hmmm, five years ago? "What are you waiting for? GET HEALTHY!!!" What do I always think now? "JEEZ, I could have felt this good all along (kick in the pants)!!" :) :)

Emz said...

GIRL. You are amazing. Seriously. Please don't ever get tired of hearing me say it.

Freaking. Amazing.
You have trained your a$s off.

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Keep it up and Good Luck! You'll do awesome!

Jason said...

Oh baby I can't wait to get that bib number and track you and update twitter and facebook all at the same time. You are going to be amazing out there.

And Chuck Norris NEVER did Timberman!!!!!


Just view race day as a training day.... no big deal (easier said than done).

Today going back five years I would say to my 2006 self ...."Hey fat ass, you gained 30 pounds in two years. What the hell happened"

Katie said...

i'm so excited for you, you're going to DESTROY this race. the. end.

Molly said...

You are SO ready for this one, I'm excited for you!!

and btw, I have a second giveaway going on, you get bonus entries since you donated to CTF!!!

(Thank you again)

: )

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

I was just looking at the fat photo of you yesterday and realizing that you were likely, at one time before I followed you, a slow runner. As a slow (and overweight) runner, do you have tips on what to do to become faster? I'm working my way up to an olympic distance tri but it's the run I'm most afraid of. Thanks! and yes, You DO have this!

HD said...

So proud of you! I feel kinda blessed that I got to witness this amazing transformation take place! You are inspiration to so many people, myself included. And you totally Freaking Got This!!!!! I can't wait to read this race report :)
Five years ago.... Wow. I'm not sure what I would've said to myself.

Caroline said...

new follower here...wishing you all the best
I also have before and after pics and me...wasnt 100 lbs...just over 70 but still a different person for sure. I admire what you did and are about to do!

5 yrs ago....I had less energy and I was not doing ANYTHING that was just for me. I was the same person I think but a slower version, like I was stocked.