Most people think of triathlon and running as individual sports. Although we participate as individuals, most times, it takes a village. I have had so much help along the way from so many people. I need to thank these people as I wouldn’t be writing this blog if it weren’t for them!
My parents have been huge supporters of mine. Coming to as many races as possible. They were unable to join me for my first Ironman in Australia but they would not sleep until I was out of the water and then watched the live feed until they saw me cross the finish line. They have been my biggest cheerleaders throughout this journey into endurance sports.
My friend and first triathlon coach, Eddie Herd, was a huge influence on me and a huge inspiration.
My husband, David, has been amazing support. Not only does he encourage and inspire me everyday but we get to spend a lot of time training together. Not sure I could have done a lot of this without him.
More recently, as I get older, I have also needed more help staying healthy. Kinetic Sports Rehab has helped me change my story. When I first saw them several years ago I thought my days of endurance sports was over. Well, here I am many marathons, ultras, crossfit comps later, and I am now having the most amazing year ever, so thank you.(https://www.kineticsportsrehab.com/)
G4 athlete came on board more recently and has been an amazing supplement to Kinetic, with more directed physical and massage therapy. ( http://g4athlete.com/ ) Then came my friends at Superfeet who have been so amazing and supportive, making sure my feet as well as my body stay healthy. ( https://www.superfeet.com/ )
I have been through a few crossfit gyms since living in Seattle. My first experience was with Mike Ross from Sodo Crossfit Endurance, now part of Crossfit RE. Mike, along with Darrick and BeckyJo of RE have always been huge supporters of mine. ( http://sodocfe.com/ ). Currently I belong to Crossfit Felix and have met some amazing people there. (http://www.crossfitfelix.com/ )
My current coach, Complete Human Performance coach Jon Fecik, has been pushing me to be the best athlete I can be and preparing me for the biggest race of my “career”. Ironman World Championship in Kona on October 14. Thank you Jon for your guidance in this journey. (https://www.completehumanperformance.com/jon-fecik/ )
So, when you are riding, or running or swimming or whatever your sport of choice is, don’t forgot all the people that helped you along the way.
Thank you to all of my friends and family for all your support, past, present and future!
David and I are always looking for our next fun adventure, something new, different, exciting and challenging. We came across this inaugural race for 2018, SwimRun Lake James. SwimRun is not a new sport to Scandinavia but it is in the US. This race is by invitation only, the application requires a “race resume” and then you wait to see if you and your partner are accepted to race. We applied on Sunday and today David got the coolest email from the race director. We are super excited to take on this new adventure in 2018.
Check out the origins of SwimRun. http://otilloswimrun.com/
Super excited to make this my inaugural blog post! Great day today out at the West Seattle Beach Run. Low key race with many distance options-13.1, 25k, 26.2 and 50k. Great support for a low key race and the registration fee goes toward the aid stations and the rest is donated to charity.
David did the half marathon and kept me on pace for a 2 hour half then left to go to work. I was feeling that the second loop would be a bit slower but somehow I managed an even split. My second fastest marathon to date, behind my Boston qualifier, and a huge confidence boost.
One month until our “A” race to try and qualify (again) for Boston and 83 days until Ironman World Championship race. Hard work is paying off and it doesn’t come without some suffering.