What’s Next?

My Ironman recovery time, which consisted of no workouts for a couple of weeks post-race, then slowly getting back to running and just going when I felt like it for however long felt good, to eventually taking some spin classes, has now brought me full circle back into training.  So what does my 2015 race schedule look like?

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First up will be my return for the third year to the Boston Marathon!  My first time running the Boston Marathon in 2013 ended with a horrible act of terrorism while I was in the finisher’s chute.  My second time last year was an amazing celebration of strength and support for the city and victims, and it was the best birthday celebration I’ve ever had!  I can’t wait to be back in Boston again this year to experience the energy and passion once again.

As I alluded to in this post, I did not meet one of my goals at Ironman Arizona in November.  Yes, I did cross the finish line faster and feeling better than I ever could have imagined, however, I did not hear Mike Reilly call my name as I ran my heart out those last few meters.  Would I really take on all the training and sacrifices required to do another Ironman just to hear my name as I cross the finish line?  Maybe not JUST for that one reason, however, I thoroughly enjoyed my first Ironman and having a big race to work towards helps keep me moving, which in turn helps me (both physically and mentally) not lose myself into the abyss of MS.  So…Ironman Coeur d’Alene here I come.
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My husband and some friends did this race in 2013.  I remember cheering them on and can’t wait to be out on the course with some of them this time.
I’m hoping to squeeze a 70.3 Ironman race in between Boston and Coeur d’Alene, which is looking like it will be the St. George 70.3 Ironman on May 2.  
That takes care of the first half of the year, with a few other races and bike events thrown in for training, as well.  While I may not feel great every day (or week), and sometimes the last thing I want to do is go workout, what keeps me going is knowing that others are not able to, due to MS or other ailments.  Someday I may not be able to either, so I want to embrace the moment and do what I can with what I have been given right now.  I am so blessed.
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I’ll Stick With Triathlon

I received an exciting email this week:

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 I’m not entirely sure what this entails, but I’m honored (and surprised) to be in the top 10% of my age group for the Half Ironman and Ironman races that I competed in this past year.  My husband tells me it’s a pretty big deal, so I guess it is!

I suppose the cross training of swimming and biking has been good for my body (and mind) and apparently I’m not half bad at the long distance triathlons.  While I’m still in love with running, and missing running as many marathons as I used to, I think I’ll stick with triathlon for awhile (with some marathons added in whenever I can!).  I loved the triathlons that I participated in last year.  It was a great year of firsts (first Half Ironman and First Ironman), and I’m excited to see how things go this year.