We are in the middle of race season now and I feel very strong. I’ve got my first Olympic triathlon in 3 weeks, and then a 1.2 mile swim across Cayuga Lake in 4 weeks. Then I’ll shift focus to long distances again with a 106 mile bike ride and the Wineglass half marathon to finish the year. Oh and, I gotta squeeze some 5Ks and 10Ks in because I KNOW I can beat my old PRs.
We don’t know where we are going to live, but at least we know where we’ll be on September 17.
That’s what I said to Bruno as soon as hit “Submit Payment” on the registration page of our very first Olympic triathlon!
Finding the right “first triathlon” was not as easy as we thought. We both wanted to do a destination race in a city we’ve never visited, and we were looking for an Olympic distance. After scouring the internet for a couple of hours, we had a short list of about 6. We did a Google Image search and narrowed our list down to three:
I liked the idea of #3 because Clearwater was one of the beaches I used to frequent as a child. Also, it was later in the Fall and it would give me ample time to train (see: My Bunion Surgery). Portland has always been appealing and everyone I know only has great things to say about the city. Maine sounded interesting because the Lobsterman Triathlon made it on a list of the 10 Greatest Destination Triathlons, plus they have lobster and corn on the cob at the finish line… 🙂
To decide, we posted our shortlist to Facebook and asked our friends to vote. The results were Portland 7 votes, Maine 7 votes, and Clearwater 1 vote. We chose Maine because Bruno’s just-so-Internet-savvy dad voted for it, and we pretty much thought that was the most adorable thing in the world.
So, here we are! Eight months from the big day. There will be some other big accomplishments between now and then:
March – Day will begin to walk normally again (fingers crossed)
2015 was an exciting year for us. We decided we want to do an Iron Man 140.6 together, and start a blog to record our journey (and maybe get some support :))
Our joint goals for 2016 are to race our first ever (!) triathlon during the summer, and our first Olympic-distance triathlon during the fall.
Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoy!!
This is the year I found my passion for long distance road cycling, and completed my first Century in September. I am not a routine person, so I made sure that every single one of my 40+ mile rides was in a different town, city, or state. Every ride was an adventure, every turn something new to discover and explore.
The weekend after the Century I rode the Pine Creek Trail on my commuter bike, completing 136 miles over two days. Three weeks later, I traveled to Italy and rode 120 miles down the coast of Tuscany (from La Spezia to Piombino), visiting Pisa and Bolgheri on the way. Needless to say, it was an awesome riding year.
At the end of November, I had bunion surgery on my right foot. My only focus now (until about April) is to heal and learn to walk again.
I started the year with a hamstring injury that took me off the roads for 6 weeks. But I still managed to get 850 miles in and accomplished some good firsts
first sub-6 mile
first sub-19 5k (18:31 FTW)
first time placing in a race
first pair of Newtons (love at first run) #HelloBetter
I feel I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been and getting faster and stronger every day.
Still, work got in the way towards the end of the fall. I had to interrupt my training and cancel what was supposed to be my second marathon and first Boston qualifying attempt. So, that is my starting goal for 2016, I’ll give it a go at the Pittsburgh Marathon and, if that doesn’t work, I’ll try one of the fast September ones.