It’s go time!

Last week was a mess for me, having survey in the building, all five kids home, my hubby sick, and my (amazing) in-laws in town made for a chaotic week. I did get most of my workouts in and all three of my long workouts!!

This week, everything will be back on track! And I plan to spend a fair amount of time focusing on my nutrition. Already have my meals planned for the week and the groceries bought! Woo hoo. And my workouts scheduled!


And here is some Monday Motivation!!


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Back to the grind…

This begins week one of Black Diamond 70.3 triathlon training. I have a sprint triathlon, the Hayden Triathlon, planned for July as well. I have some new goals this go around.


Swimming Goals

  1. Focus on time, not just getting the laps in
  2. All Sunday long swims to be OWS
  3. No use of pull buoy, focus on keeping hips up in the water

Biking Goals

  1. Hit a hilly ride at least once during the week (outside of long weekend ride)
  2. Hit all miles on all long rides
  3. Practice and feel confident changing a flat

Running Goals

  1. Run off the bike at least one time per week
  2. Hit all miles every day, if it’s too hot, too bad

Nutritional Goals

  1. Increase focus on healthy eating, just because my body is burning major calories doesn’t mean I should fill it full of junk.
  2. Protein shake with banana after every workout
  3. Increase veggie intake.
  4. Continue to stay off soda
  5. Minimum of 64oz of water daily (use cheater cup!)

It’s been a whirlwind!!

What a week… Between Bill working in Portland, the girls being at their dads, finding out I’ve been so tired and coughing for weeks is due to pneumonia, tearing apart our old deck to build a new one, my new Wattie Ink tri kit came, Ogio and Honey Stinger sent me some awesome new products, Bill’s parents came to town to help with the deck and my FIL tearing a muscle in his calf and landing in a boot, and finally Bill ending up with strep throat on Father’s Day… So here is a glance at the week we’ve had!image imageimage image image imageimage image image

I intended to to take this week of training off, which didn’t happen, but I rested when I need to and took a few days off.

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Ironman 70.3 Boise

What an incredible experience. Truly amazing.

Friday we went down early in the morning. It’s a five hour drive from the LCV to Boise, Idaho. I focused on hydrating, Bill focused on finding every bathroom between here and there, (ha!) not really. We got there for the last athlete briefing, checked in, picked up my packet, time chips and gear bags. We checked into the hotel, I planned out my bags. We had to bring my run bag to the transition 2 area. I opted to keep my bike and bring it to transition 1 race morning.


We went out for an excellent dinner at PF Changs. Yum. Calamari, chicken lettuce wraps, sweet and sour chicken, orange peel chicken, pork fried rice and tons of water. Heaven.


My perfect fortune, after three cookies!!


We retreated to the hotel early, I slept (thankfully) and slept well. Because of the late start time, I was able to sleep until 7am. That morning, we ate breakfast and the hotel, I double checked all my gear and my bags. I was set. Twila met us at the hotel at 8am, transition 1 opened at 8:30am. Bill drove us to Lucky Peak, wished us luck, and we were off. We got our transition areas ready, got our body marking done, finished off our nutrition, and finally pulled on our wetsuits. Then all we could do was wait.


Twila’s wave started at 10:50am. Seeing her start was awesome, she’s a total mermaid, easing through the water. I couldn’t have trained for this race with a better, more dedicated, supportive training partner.

Swim: My wave started at 11am. To say my swim went badly would be an understatement. It was a tough swim for me, I was much slower than I was prepared for. The water felt choppy and crazy. I couldn’t get into a groove. But, after a very difficult and humbling 1.2 mile swim, I was out of the water. Thank goodness, before the cut off. I was dizzy when I exited the water, a medic walked with me to the suit strippers, thankfully I got my bearings about me by then.

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Transition One: I raced through my transition. Bagged my suit, pulled on my socks and shoes, grabbed my helmet and sunglasses. Got my head together and took off.

Bike: I knew I needed to make up time on the bike, and thankfully I was able to. Boise is a very hilly course and it was a windy ride. Thankfully Twila and I had put our time in for hills and wind and I felt good about the ride. This could not have been better organized. I cannot imagine 56 miles in Boise is an easy area to organize, and it was incredibly well put together.

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Transition Two: Tried to rush, just switched shoes and ditched my helmet.

Run: It was hot at this point. I was loosing my “umph” but knew this should be the part that I could handle. And I did what I could with what energy I had left. No music for 13.1 miles is long, all I could hear was my breath and my feet… At mile 9, my two best friends Mandy and Amber were there to surprise me. How awesome. In less than a mile, my mom and step dad were waiting too. It really helped get my mind back on track. I caught up to Twila at 1/2 mile left, and we finished the race together. Awesome Sauce.

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At the finish Bill, my sister, my niece, my mom, my step-dad, Mandy and Amber were waiting. What an amazing group of people I have in my life.

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Tough race. But I feel great about it. Done.



Ironman 70.3 Packing List

I’m not going to lie, I’ve had this list and have been altering for weeks. I can’t help it. I’m a list maker.


Packing Checklist:

Honey Stinger Waffle
Nuun Electrolyte Tablets – full tube
Honey Stinger Gels – 8
Both Bike Water Bottles
Preworkout Bottle
Bike Fuel & Repair Bags
Bike Shoes
Hyperthin Socks
Sports bra
Ogio 9.0 Bag
Hair ties
Mizuno Running Shoes
Hand held water pod
Bib holder / Running Pack
Transition Mat
Post Race Ogio Backpack

Ironman 70.3 Race & Nutrition Plan

Exactly one week until Boise Ironman 70.3. When we started this journey, I kept thinking how far away this race was, how much training time we had, how much preparation would go into this. And now, here we are. The final stretch. So in addition the our final long training sessions, I am mentally planning my race. My gear, my nutrition, and my mindset. For me, and maybe everyone, the mental game is half the battle. I can psych myself into illness, I can get in my own way OR I can push myself into confidence and success.

I feel confident in the training we’ve put in. I feel strong in the muscles we’ve developed. I feel absolutely positive that we’ve put in the work we need to finish this race and finish it strong.


Last Week Plan: After our last three long workouts this weekend, we shift to taper week, giving my body what it needs this week. So, Monday is my rest day, to recover from the last long workouts this weekend. The rest of the week are tapered versions of our training. Focus on good eating, getting enough sleep, cutting out wine, and hydration.

Pre-race Game Plan: Friday morning we leave for Boise. Once in Boise it’s an Athlete briefing, bike check, run bag check, ect. Eat well, nothing crazy. To bed early, I know I won’t sleep well, so I’ll bring along my Benadryl. Shuttle bus number two departs at 8:30am, the transition area opens at 8:30am until 9:45am, first swim wave starts at 10am, my swim wave begins at 11am.

My Fuel Plan: Banana, Honey Stinger waffle, a cup of coffee, a bottle of water with one Nuun electrolyte tablet prior to the swim. Take in 8oz of water and Nuun tablet at transition one. Four Nuun tablets in the water bottles on my bike, two each. Drinking water every three miles, taking a Honey Stinger gel in every 9, taking my 6th Honey Stinger gel in at mile 54, 2 miles before transition two. Take in a Honey Stinger gel at mile 5 of the run and again at mile 10. Run with 8oz water in hand pod, with Nuun tablet. Drink additional water at water stations if needed, will probably be hot.

Mental Game: Remind myself we’ve trained for this. Wear Garmin Fenix 3 to monitor my speed, times, ect and to reassure myself that I’m doing fine. Pay attention to my body and the heat. Stay calm. Enjoy the race. And remember, no matter how I do, when I finish, it’s my PR, and I’m walking away an Ironman.

Why my husband is the ultimate triathlete’s husband…

Well, sometimes, my husband is pretty smart… I don’t want to give him too much credit, you know, so he doesn’t get a big head, realize how awesome he is and realize he’s a keeper even if he was less awesome. But sometimes, I have to give him the credit he deserves.

While we were staying out of town for the Troika Triathlon this weekend, my hubby researched sunglasses. I know what you are thinking, “researched sunglasses?!”, but when I say Bill is researching something, you can bet, he’s serious business. I return to our hotel room after the race and he tells me he thinks I need new sunglasses. I’m not big into change, if it’s working, I’m not fixing it. I also, am maybe, a tiny, wee bit stubborn. So, I have these Nike Luxe sunglasses. No, they aren’t athletic sunglasses, they are cheap, and I ordered them off eBay. But I love these sunglasses. They cover most of my face, so running after a swim, with giant goggle marks, no problem. Sunday morning runs without makeup, no problem. General, look like shit day, no problem. And honestly, even when I’m feeling pretty decent, I adore the way they fit and look. So, I’m not interested in new sunglasses. Bill pleads his case, which is a statement that says a lot about how awesome this man is. I’m at a race, doing something I love, that he is incredibly supportive of, he’s back at the hotel room, and he’s researching how to make my race experience better, for me, for no other reason than his own kindness… I know, he’s awesome. So, anyways, he’s telling me about these sunglasses, how they have incredible reviews, from triathletes, talking about all the reasons they are THE SUNGLASSES FOR TRIATHLETES. He has the reviews pulled up, he has the color schemes pulled up, he is serious. I’m resistive. We talk about them and ultimately agree, I’ll try them out, but that he shouldn’t hold his breath. Here’s the deal, they show up today, I take them out for an hour ride on my bike, followed by a few mile run. They are awesome sauce. They have no blind spots. They don’t move on my face, at all. They are so light, I forget the are on. Awesome sauce. Bill wins, they are amazing.


So, I am thinking, this guy, is quite the keeper. I often read on the Triathlon sites I follow and Facebook groups I’m on, about husbands that don’t support their wives triathlon training/racing, how they are down right interfering and sabotaging them, how they feel totally unsupported by their spouse. And here, I have this guy. So now, aside from his super smarty ways are ten ways I know my hubby is the ultimate triathlete husband:

1. He learns the lingo. Bill can tell you what all the nerdy triathlon terms mean. Why? So he can talk to me about my training, my races, my goals… I’m obsessed with this stuff. I love talking about it. And he loves talking to me. Seriously, that’s awesome.

2. This week, he said, “I know you won’t want to try something new right before Boise, but…” Who’s spouse knows that? That nothing can change right now with my gear, my training, ect?

3. He took my bike to get tuned up, exactly two weeks before a big race. Just in case it needed a part or repairs… Took it and picked it up. I haven’t even set foot in the bike shop, he’s totally taken this upon him self.

4. He said this past weekend, “we can eat at PF Changs, so you can eat something light but with rice for carbs before your race.” Yeah, he totally knows me.

5. He schedules my chiropractor appointments if I don’t. Yeah, I know I need to go, but I get so wrapped up in training, our home life, the girls, my job… I just don’t want to make time. He forces my hand. And I’m always so greatful afterwards.

6. My races and my training interfere with our time, but he’s still supportive and flexible. It would be easy for him to say, enough is enough. He doesn’t.

7. Triathlons are so expensive. Soooooo expensive. And never, has he ever, mentioned how much this costs…

8. He reels in my craziness. Sometimes, I get an idea in my head, and it’s a bad one. I don’t like to be wrong or doubted. I’m not the easiest person to approach about being wrong. Somehow, ever so delicately, Bill can get the message across to me.

9. People think they need to share every interest they have with their spouse. They want to train with them. Race with them. It bothers them if they don’t share this same passion. I don’t feel that way. This training, this planning, this constant desire to keep setting new goals, is mine. It’s selfishly and wonderfully my own. I go in the morning, while my house sleeps, I don’t worry about a thing.

10. He supports me. 100% supports me.

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