Taking A Look Back Before I Go Forward

A year ago, I couldn’t imagine sitting at my kitchen table, writing my first half iron race report. Sometimes, when things are that far away and you don’t have the skills or equipment to do something, it seems impossible. But it was always my goal, to finish the B2B 70.3 with a smile on my face.

Off the subject, but speaking of smiles, I got my race pictures back this weekend. Oy. Can you say GOOBER?

Ok, back to it. I remember last year, when I ran the half marathon for the B2B relay, and I knew I wanted to do the 70.3. I knew I wasn’t interested in doing sprint triathlons, but endurance events. I didn’t want to make a “thing” of it and do them all the time, and I still don’t, but I knew I wanted to give it a try. If it all went well, I was planning to do a full iron distance, and I still am. But as I did do the race report, I thought back to events over the year that led me to a pretty good finish for my race.

I made my goal and I focused on it. I started swimming as marathon cross-training. I figured out what bike I could piece together, got it adjusted, greased up, and started riding it. My time at the pool was long and tedious. I swallowed a lot of old-lady aerobics water. I became friends with Endurolytes the hard way at the Boston Marathon. I ran the BOSTON MARATHON. I learned how to change a tire on my bike. I drew a cat on my PT bruise. I got a half marathon PR. I figured out how to unclip my shoes so I wouldn’t fall over at a stop light. I learned how to hydrate with EFS. I ate while riding my bike. I got a trainer so I could do bike workouts inside. I cried. I deferred a marathon. I ran. I ran more. I got a wetsuit. I swam in open water to practice. I got a swimming lesson. I met a lot of people along the way. I worked pretty hard along the way. I did the 10×10 challenge. I laughed a lot. I sweated a lot. I swore a lot. I ate a lot. But I had fun. It was an adventure. It was something new and an experience I was enjoying, beyond my expectations.

Here’s two pictures. The top one is of me running the B2B relay last year.  The bottom one is of me running B2B this year. I’ve come a long way. But I’ve got a long way yet to travel on this journey of mine!

Running the relay October 2013

Running the relay October 2013

Doing the full 70.3

Doing the full 70.3

During the year between those two pictures, I ran 1,339 miles. I biked 1,025 miles. I swam 55 miles. That’s freakin’ 2,419 miles!!! Not every mile was good (i.e. the last 6 of the Boston Marathon and most of them in August). But they all add up and provide a block in the foundation of meeting a goal.

If I could go back and tell my 2013 self something, it would be to just give it a go. Don’t be afraid. Read the tattoo on your foot, for crying out loud! Just do your work, trust your training, and have fun. Maybe that’s a little unrealistic, to have no fear? Well, ok, we all have some fear.  The key is to face it and don’t let it stop you from following your heart and going for your goals. Never stop dreaming. Never stop GOING AFTER your dreams. Chase ’em down with a baseball bat if you have to! Just go get ’em!

I can tell my current day self the same thing, as I gear up to train for the Houston Marathon that’s only 11 weeks away. I need to focus on my goal and stop overthinking everything, stop worrying so much about things I cannot control.  (It’s best to email coach when not high on caffeine too considering I have ALL THE FEELINGS.) My husband is rolling his eyes at this right now. You are, aren’t you, Andy??? Yeah, I can dream big, right? I know I’ll worry, I know there’ll be hard days, but I won’t give up. Hmmm, I wonder where I will travel in the next 12 months. How many miles will I run, bike and swim? Chances are, it’s going to be a lot, but most of all, I’m looking forward to the journey.

 

This is the tattoo I have on my foot as a constant reminder.

This is the tattoo I have on my foot as a constant reminder.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Taking A Look Back Before I Go Forward

  1. Congrats on the amazing accomplishment and welcome to the 70.3 club!
    I am thinking of B2B for my first full distance. Did you like the venue and the whole atmosphere down there? Any info would be great for someone who was just there!

    • Thanks 🙂 I live here in Wilmington so I’m a little bias, plus I’ve never done any other triathlons! My take is this: you’ll have a really strong push for the swim the next two years (is wetsuit mandatory), at least, but you always go with the tide. The bike is pancake flat – just have 2 metal bridge grates to cross but can always get off and walk over those. Run is flat except for a few very short, short hills. The volunteers were AMAZING. The shirt is awesome, post-race food is good. I’m on the Beach 2 Battleship Triathlon Facebook page – not the official one, the other one made of a group of athletes who just chat about it, and the feedback from others is that this race beats an IM event in swag, venue, and volunteers. It’s one of the highest ranking iron events in the world, so that would probably be a sign it’s a good race. I have nothing bad to say about it! The transition areas are in two different places, so that can be a pain, but if you read the athlete guide, it’s all explained and well-organized. Let me know if you sign up!

      • Swimming is my least favorite event so I heard you swim with the tide which is awesome for 2.4 miles. That is a huge plus for me expecially with my wetsuit.
        I did a 70.3 but been looking for a full, and the ironman events are so expensive and I just wanted something that didn’t kill my pocket but also was a large enough event where the experience was still there.
        Thank you for the information, I’ll try to find the Facebook page. My name is Blake Landry, nice talking to you!

      • Any time!! Theres also a group called Tri Talk thats really active and informative- you have to request to be added but its worth it. If you do sign up for B2B, let me know though, I’ll be here!!

  2. Jane Likes to Run

    What an awesome year of accomplishment. You’ve come so far. And all in the same wetsuit.

  3. Yep…I’m rolling my eyes….but I’m proud of you and your journey! I’m here to support you in all your future journeys. Great job!

  4. Congratulations on an AMAZING year and Awesome journey!! 2,419 miles is quite the distance you’ve covered!! I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings 😉

  5. You are simply amazing, lady. That mileage blows my mind! And your tattoo is freaking AWESOME.

  6. I love this post. And your tattoo is kind of “say no” to fear. It doesn’t tell you that you aren’t going to have some fear. It’s harder to do something when you are scared… but you conquered!

    BTW, in your 1/2 iron photo, I a jealous of your guns. You look cut!

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