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! 

I’m done. A four hour ride plus a 30 minute run outside in the heat and humidity. 

Next weekend is Chisago Half Iron. No rest for the weary!

I’m done. A four hour ride plus a 30 minute run outside in the heat and humidity.

Next weekend is Chisago Half Iron. No rest for the weary!

urbanfitopia said: Hey Beth! With all your coaching and personal training, what kind of things to you do to stay injury free?

Let me start off by saying I love this gal. She is always positive and encouraging. If you aren’t following her already, you should!

I used to lift weights when I just ran and through my first Ironman season. I will go back to it after IMFL, but I just don’t have time and I worry about accidentally injuring myself. I’ve seen it happen- people hurting themselves lifting too much while training. Strength is good. But there needs to be time for recovery, too.

My suggestion is to find a great massage therapist or sports chiro and make them a part of your team. I see my massage person every other week and my chiro at the first sign of pain. The massage therapist stretches me out, does fascia release, keeps all the parts moving. I couldn’t keep going without either of them and they know it. Build a team to support you!

tridiesel said: -Are you following the TdF? - Top 3 bucket list races for you - favorite race you have done

I’m not following the TdF only because I don’t understand it. I don’t get the unwritten rules. I’m willing to give it a try if someone can explain it to me.

Top 3 races:
NY Marathon because I was training for that race when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Didn’t get to run. Had to watch everyone else run while I recovered from surgery. I feel the need to finish what I started.

IM Wisconsin. Because it’s the most common IM for people around here to do. The hills would be a challenge after the flats of IMFL and I feel ready to do it.

Boulder 70.3 is on my list of possibilities for next year. Three times at IMFL is enough I think, so maybe an earlier season half to see if I can work on speed.

Great questions!! Thanks for asking- I’m 2:45 into 4 hours so was glad for the break. :)

Thank you

For the questions! It’s really helping. Going to save the next one to answer in 30 minutes to give myself something to look forward to. You are the best!

turtleseyeview said: What is your nutrition plan for longer rides/runs?

Thanks for asking! I use EFS Nutrition on the bike. One 20 oz bottle an hour and one serving of EFS Liquid Shot. Then Bonk Breaker Bars as needed. On the run, I use the course sports drink at every water stop except when I take a GU. I take that with water every 45-60 minutes. Works for me!

Chris, I’m watching Orange is the New Black right now. Then going to try and start watching The Walking Dead. My teenagers watch it but I don’t know if I can handle it. 

Mike (my husband) knows I’m not cooking, so apparently Smart Ass is for dinner. :). He’s gearing up to bike next to me so he knows the score.

Chris, I’m watching Orange is the New Black right now. Then going to try and start watching The Walking Dead. My teenagers watch it but I don’t know if I can handle it.

Mike (my husband) knows I’m not cooking, so apparently Smart Ass is for dinner. :). He’s gearing up to bike next to me so he knows the score.

Decided to ride my 4 hours of my brick today inside watching Netflix. I’m just getting started- a long way to go. Send me an ask and if it isn’t lewd, crewd, or socially unacceptable, I’ll answer.

Decided to ride my 4 hours of my brick today inside watching Netflix. I’m just getting started- a long way to go. Send me an ask and if it isn’t lewd, crewd, or socially unacceptable, I’ll answer.