I’m considering divorcing…

my “A” race for the year. I’m training for Ironman Florida, my third consecutive IMFL, and I’m just not feeling the love anymore. I like the training sessions. That’s not it. Our relationship has just lost that spark lately.

I blame the swim. Both years the swim has been rather unpleasant. I swam fine and my time was fine, but it was not fun. The thought of standing on the beach again is turning me off.

Adding to my desire to leave this relationship is an old flame that I keep thinking about. I’ve done the Disney Half Marathon, but couldn’t do the full marathon the year I signed up for it. I would really like to do the Goofy Challenge, and registration is still open. I had thought I would do it in 2016, but if I drop from IMFL now, I would have enough time to be ready for 2015.

I would still keep biking and swimming, but would switch to an off-season mode after my half iron next weekend. That would give me more of an off season before I start training for Boulder 70.3 in February. 

I don’t know what to do! Mike will still race, so I’ll still be at IMFL. Will I be on the beach wishing I was racing? Or glad that I dropped? Any relationship has ups and downs. I’m 22 weeks into training. Should I just stick it out?

It’s not that training is going poorly. It’s fine. I’m biking, swimming, and running just fine. I have no reason to drop. What should I do!? I can’t imagine the Goofy Challenge registration will be open much longer. I need to decide!

Ice Bucket Challenge! Figure if I’m going to donate and suffer I should at least get a post out if it.

Ice Bucket Challenge! Figure if I’m going to donate and suffer I should at least get a post out if it.

I’m registered for Ironman 70.3 Boulder 2015! 
I’m looking forward to Ironman Florida in 10 weeks, but this will be my third time and I’m ready to do something a little different next year. I’ll do Boulder in mid-June and then maybe a big marathon in the fall or mid-winter. It’s half the distance but the altitude and heat will be a challenge. I’m guessing I’ll be doing a lot of biking inside or in pretty cold weather here in Minnesota.
This will be my first Ironman branded 70.3, so I’m pretty excited about that aspect of the race. And Boulder- should be beautiful!

I’m registered for Ironman 70.3 Boulder 2015! 

I’m looking forward to Ironman Florida in 10 weeks, but this will be my third time and I’m ready to do something a little different next year. I’ll do Boulder in mid-June and then maybe a big marathon in the fall or mid-winter. It’s half the distance but the altitude and heat will be a challenge. I’m guessing I’ll be doing a lot of biking inside or in pretty cold weather here in Minnesota.

This will be my first Ironman branded 70.3, so I’m pretty excited about that aspect of the race. And Boulder- should be beautiful!

Mike (ExitRowIron) and I rode the Life Time Fitness Grand Fondo today. The event was 60 miles, and then we tacked on another 45 minutes to get the time we needed for Ironman training. We rode the 60 miles reasonably hard, but the finish was right next to the Dakota Trail, the beautiful trail in the picture above. It’s flat, scenic, and newly paved- a perfect cool down after a good effort.
The event had three short, timed sections to make it more fun. A hill, a short time trial and then a longer time trial. They add up your times and then list the results. I looked mine up as I know I’m weaker on the hills than the time trials, so wanted to see where I was relative to everyone else on the different sections. I was 16 of 47 women for the total of the three. 
So that’s fine. 
But only 47 women? There were 187 men, and the difference in the numbers was very noticeable all through the ride. Where are the women? There were two shorter distances that started after us and I don’t know the demographics of that ride. But still, 60 miles isn’t that far. 
What is it about riding that attracts men but not women? Women make up a large part of the field at marathons and are dominant in half marathons. 
Quite frankly, this sport could use the influence of more women. Sometimes the testosterone gets a little thick out there, and the bragging and the talk about watts and speed gets to be a little much. Bikers have a way of bragging, and bragging while wearing spandex just does not come off well. Maybe some of these guys need a woman to kick them in the shins when they won’t shut up about how they pulled the entire peloton up the hill and hit 400 watts. 

Mike (ExitRowIron) and I rode the Life Time Fitness Grand Fondo today. The event was 60 miles, and then we tacked on another 45 minutes to get the time we needed for Ironman training. We rode the 60 miles reasonably hard, but the finish was right next to the Dakota Trail, the beautiful trail in the picture above. It’s flat, scenic, and newly paved- a perfect cool down after a good effort.

The event had three short, timed sections to make it more fun. A hill, a short time trial and then a longer time trial. They add up your times and then list the results. I looked mine up as I know I’m weaker on the hills than the time trials, so wanted to see where I was relative to everyone else on the different sections. I was 16 of 47 women for the total of the three. 

So that’s fine. 

But only 47 women? There were 187 men, and the difference in the numbers was very noticeable all through the ride. Where are the women? There were two shorter distances that started after us and I don’t know the demographics of that ride. But still, 60 miles isn’t that far. 

What is it about riding that attracts men but not women? Women make up a large part of the field at marathons and are dominant in half marathons. 

Quite frankly, this sport could use the influence of more women. Sometimes the testosterone gets a little thick out there, and the bragging and the talk about watts and speed gets to be a little much. Bikers have a way of bragging, and bragging while wearing spandex just does not come off well. Maybe some of these guys need a woman to kick them in the shins when they won’t shut up about how they pulled the entire peloton up the hill and hit 400 watts. 

Back from a vacation in NYC! We had a great time with our two college bound kids, hitting all the tourist traps and also getting in some running every day. Young adults don’t like to be on their parents’ social media, so you are stuck with me, ExitRowIron, and the backs of their heads.

We ran in Central Park as well as along the Hudson. It’s wonderful to have a built in running buddy. We got up and ran each morning while the teens were still asleep, then headed out for the day feeling like we weren’t falling too far behind in our training. 

We had a lot of fun but I’m glad to be home, too. Now I’m ready for fall!

Week #17 in Ironman Florida Training

Out of 30 weeks so more than half way there. This week was a whopper since I had my half iron last weekend, plowed straight into this week with only Monday off, and coached 4 times. I ended up with 17 hours of training, including 48 run miles, 94 bike miles, and 6.4 miles in the pool.

The race pictures still aren’t up from last weekend, but a friend took this one of my wave start. I put an arrow so you could see me. Where’s Waldo?

There were 100 people in my swim wave, which I think is too many. And this from a person who did the mass start at IMFL twice. It’s a local half iron. I don’t want to be in the water with 100 other people at the exact same moment. I wish they would have twice as many waves. Are we really in that big of a hurry to get everyone started? Just my opinion.

IM Louisville Date Change

Did you see that IM Louisville is now going to be in October for 2015? 

Well, I think it’s pretty interesting because I’ve been considering doing IM Wisconsin next year which is in September. I think the Louisville course sounds more appealing to me, but Louisville in the summer can be crazy hot. October, though, that sounds pretty good.

As far as bike course elevations,

Here is Wisconsin:

Here is Louisville:

The Louisville run course is flatter and is very similar to the Kentucky Derby Marathon that I did in April. I liked the course a lot.

I’m pretty interested! The sign up is after the August race, so really only 3 or 4 weeks to decide if I want to do it. Hmmm… ExitRowIron, do you have any thoughts on this?

efreitri:

Round 2 of the six selfie challenge! Thanks cyclingandme for the tag & hopefully you all aren’t too sick of my face yet.
1. Last Sunday I went along for moral support as multisportmom did an hour run in the 103 degree heat. I opted for a ride instead of a run. This is the “are we really about to do this?!” face.
2. This is what cold weather running gear looks like in Tucson.
3. At the PAC 12 tournament. Bear Down!!
4. Post dissertation defense - I look tired 😳
5. There’s a mustache & a tiny sombrero. Enough said.
6. Who doesn’t love a new cycling outfit?

I’m tagging jhaydon11, milemarkersoflife, and madeitto40 because you are awesome for always liking my posts & I love all of yours as well 😊. notjustrunnershigh it sounds like things are crazy busy for you right now, but I just found your blog & would love to know more about you. runningmyownrace I’m tagging you because your blog title has become a mantra for me- plus you’re super fast & I just want to be like you 👍

Awww… that is so sweet of you to say! Thanks for tagging me, efreitri! I love your blog because you are smart, athletic, beautiful, and have a great sense of humor about yourself. I will see what I can come up with. :)

Chisago Half Iron is done! I finished in 5:52:27 which would make me happy except I got confused and couldn’t find my bike in T1. That cost me two minutes and put me 51 seconds slower than my PR. Oh, well. The weather conditions were much worse than last year- strong winds and about 45 minutes of rain on the bike, so I should be happy. I swam the same as last year, biked 3 minutes faster, ran a minute and a half slower, then tanked it in T1.
It was a dumb mistake but I tried my best the rest of the day so I’ll try not to let it bother me. I would never beat myself up over any leg of the race. You get out there and do your best and that is all you can ask of yourself. I just hate that I made a rookie mistake when I am certainly not a rookie. But, I do get lost in parking lots and the mall so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
I finished 4th in my age group, and luckily #3 finished well ahead of me. So a good day in tough conditions! I’m tired. Now I must shower and nap. 

Chisago Half Iron is done! I finished in 5:52:27 which would make me happy except I got confused and couldn’t find my bike in T1. That cost me two minutes and put me 51 seconds slower than my PR. Oh, well. The weather conditions were much worse than last year- strong winds and about 45 minutes of rain on the bike, so I should be happy. I swam the same as last year, biked 3 minutes faster, ran a minute and a half slower, then tanked it in T1.

It was a dumb mistake but I tried my best the rest of the day so I’ll try not to let it bother me. I would never beat myself up over any leg of the race. You get out there and do your best and that is all you can ask of yourself. I just hate that I made a rookie mistake when I am certainly not a rookie. But, I do get lost in parking lots and the mall so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

I finished 4th in my age group, and luckily #3 finished well ahead of me. So a good day in tough conditions! I’m tired. Now I must shower and nap. 

Well, at least the bike is ready to race tomorrow. This is a training race for me, but a half ironman is still a very long race and a challenge no matter how you approach it. Last year, even though I was sick on race day, I had a fantastic day and posted a very good time for me. I don’t expect to match that tomorrow. If I make a solid effort and come out uninjured, I’ll be satisfied. 
It’s going to be relatively cold, the low 60’s, windy and 30% chance of rain. Certainly not bad race conditions once we get going, but it’s going to be chilly standing on the beach at 7 am. 
I better go get packed up! 

Well, at least the bike is ready to race tomorrow. This is a training race for me, but a half ironman is still a very long race and a challenge no matter how you approach it. Last year, even though I was sick on race day, I had a fantastic day and posted a very good time for me. I don’t expect to match that tomorrow. If I make a solid effort and come out uninjured, I’ll be satisfied. 

It’s going to be relatively cold, the low 60’s, windy and 30% chance of rain. Certainly not bad race conditions once we get going, but it’s going to be chilly standing on the beach at 7 am. 

I better go get packed up! 

friesoffreedom:

I recently dog sat for one of my friends, so I left her and her family this drawing of their little pooch, Gracie, as a “welcome home” gift.

This was done by our daughter (with ExitRowIron). She leaves for the University of Cincinnati in just under a month. She’s going to study graphic design- I can’t wait to see what she creates!

friesoffreedom:

I recently dog sat for one of my friends, so I left her and her family this drawing of their little pooch, Gracie, as a “welcome home” gift.

This was done by our daughter (with ExitRowIron). She leaves for the University of Cincinnati in just under a month. She’s going to study graphic design- I can’t wait to see what she creates!

Working two jobs but kinda sorta not working. Job #1 today was running the route that my 5K/10K Event Training Members are going to be using when we start training next week. I’ve never run the route before, so I wanted to make sure I knew where we were going. I had to run anyway, and I don’t get paid for scouting out locations, so working but not really working.

From there, I took my road bike to the park that I’m taking my marathon/half marathon group tomorrow. They will for sure get lost if I don’t mark the route. It might rain before tomorrow morning, so I had to take marking the path to the next level. Chalk AND sticks with little arrows in confusing areas. The bad part of using signs is that I have to ride out and pick them back up when the run is over. Again, time that I don’t get paid for, but I’m on my bike, riding in a park, which I enjoy. Work but not work.

Good thing that Mike actually does work that is really work, because my work is more like a money losing hobby. But it’s fun! 

I’ll be running the TC 10 Mile here in Minneapolis on October 5th! It’s a lottery system for entry, and I haven’t been selected for this race since 2011 so I’m pretty excited.
I’m coaching over 50 marathoners who run the same course plus 16.2 miles. Now I’ll be able to be at the start with them, run with them for a few miles, and then stick around to cheer for them at the finish. I’ll have quite a few other people I’m coaching for the TC 10 also if they are lucky enough to get an entry. So far I have 16, but now that the lottery results are out I’ll get a few more.
A (relatively) short race to look forward to! Takes my mind off of the half iron coming up this Sunday, at least for a few minutes.

I’ll be running the TC 10 Mile here in Minneapolis on October 5th! It’s a lottery system for entry, and I haven’t been selected for this race since 2011 so I’m pretty excited.

I’m coaching over 50 marathoners who run the same course plus 16.2 miles. Now I’ll be able to be at the start with them, run with them for a few miles, and then stick around to cheer for them at the finish. I’ll have quite a few other people I’m coaching for the TC 10 also if they are lucky enough to get an entry. So far I have 16, but now that the lottery results are out I’ll get a few more.

A (relatively) short race to look forward to! Takes my mind off of the half iron coming up this Sunday, at least for a few minutes.

runningthegoodrace said: How did y'all decide to do IMFL? Wisconsin is closer!!

Wisconsin is closer! And really hilly! And Mike has done it already and isn’t hot about going back again. There are several factors involved, from timing of the races to other personal stuff. I would like to do it, though, and at some point I think it will work out to make it happen. Thanks for asking!