Packing For An Ironman

This is a level of craziness that few people get the experience. So I’m going to let you in on it.

First, the nutrition/hydration plan:

  • Pre-Race: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Healthy meals, nothing new
  • Am: Preworkout, Nuun, oatmeal
  • Pre-swim – Honey Stinger Waffle
  • Bike – 6 bottles of Infinit Nutrition – 3 in bike bag, 3 in special needs (extra scoops in special needs), bonk breaker, PBJ, salt
  • Run – gels, nuun, salt (snacks on course)

Second, the packing list:

    • Heart Rate Monitor
    • Bike Tool Kit (with tube, tool, and levers)
    • Bike
    • Honey Stinger Waffles
    • Bonk Bars – 2
    • Oatmeal
    • Honey Stinger Gels – 6
    • Nuun Tubes
    • Infinit Fuel
    • Base Salt
    • Preworkout
    • Bike pump
    • Garmin Fenix 5s
    • Watch plug in
    • Hat
    • Bike Hydration kit
    • Inhalers – 3
    • Water Bottles – 6
    • Preworkout Bottle to toss
    • Bike Bento bag
    • Bike Shoes
    • Bike Socks
    • Tri Kit
    • Jacket
    • Special needs long sleeve shirt for run
    • Vaseline – 5
    • Sports bra
    • Helmet
    • Gloves
    • Headband
    • Hair ties
    • Bike Sunglasses
    • Asics tank
    • Asics shorts
    • Running Socks
    • Asics Running Shoes
    • Hand held water pod
    • Run Sunglasses
    • Bib holder
    • Towel to toss
    • Goggles
    • Cap
    • Wetsuit
    • Bathing suit for practice days
    • Extra kit for practice days
    • Extra Running outfit
    • Ditchable flip flops
    • Compression socks for flight home

Second, bike disassembly (I’m not gonna lie, I don’t do this part, at all, nor do I want to, as Bill’s frustrated face says it all).

Third, making it all fit:


Fourth, check & double check you haven’t forgotten anything!

Tidbit Tuesday


  1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Confidence in social settings. I get anxious sometimes.
  2. What was your favorite toy growing up? Barbies, my sister and I played for hours. 
  3. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Maui, hands down. 
  4. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Peanut butter. 
  5. What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas Eve!!
  6. If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? Tacos, Pizza, Wine
  7. If you could be a cartoon character for a week, who would you be? Spongebob Squarepants
  8. What’s your favorite childhood book? Clyde The Monster
  9. What’s a great book you’ve read recently? I started reading Brave Athlete Calm the Fuck Down earlier this summer, just started it up again
  10. What’s your favorite smell in the whole world? Clean sheets or Star gazer Lilies
  11. What’s your favorite time of day? Mornings.
  12. What’s your favorite season? Fall.
  13. What is your favorite movie quote? Shampoo is better, no conditioner is better. 
  14. What’s your pet peeve(s)? Whistling. 
  15. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? I don’t sleep in the sheet. 
  16. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Always on my Garmin.
  17. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? Fresh garden tomatoes, with horseradish, miracle whip on potato bread. 
  18. What’s the best part about having siblings? Someone that’s been through what you have. 
  19. What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? Strangers.
  20. Greatest accomplisment? Ask me next week. 🤞🏼

One week… on flipping week…


But in all seriousness, yes, I’m nervous and scared. But I feel like I have controlled the things that I can control and I am ready.

This week is about staying in control of the things I can, letting the stressors that I can’t control roll off of me, not murdering anyone, eating well, hydrating, not getting sick, and thanking those people in my life that have helped me get to this point.

Im also finishing a great book about Athlete Mentality “Brave Athlete Harden the Fuck Up”s and working on a crocheted blanket for my daughter.

So my mantra this week is, “do not freak out, enjoy the journey, and be gracious to those around me”.


Single (run on) Sentence Saturday

Other than a bunch of compulsive cleaning (already had to have the dumpster dumped once)…


and a majorly reducing training schedule this week…



I have enjoyed the hell outta time with my family,


a little more quality time with one of my best friends, Dom,


and watching my daughter compete in two (her first two ever) Cross Country meets,

making me a proud mom.



Tidbit Tuesday

  1. Would you rather live in a small house with an amazing view, or a massive mansion in a subdivision? Small house, on the ocean or in the woods.
  2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received from someone? Be nice to yourself.
  3. What song did you last sing to yourself? I sing in the car everyday. Tonight I was listening and singing, “I’m Not Strong Enough to Say No”, by Blackhawk, which is funny since I don’t typically listen to country.
  4. If your house caught on fire, what would be one thing you would have to save first? All I would care about getting out would be my family, including our dog. Things can be replaced. 
  5.  Name one of your biggest fears. Hurting my kids in some way I could have prevented.
  6. What do you value the most when it comes to friendship? Honesty. 
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Hawaii
  8. Do you have any pets? A sweet pit bull named Kimbo Slice. IMG_0365
  9. Do you have an pet peeves? Whistling.
  10. When was the last time you cried in front of someone else? I’m not even sure. I rarely cry, it takes a lot for me to get there… a few weeks ago maybe?
  11. Best purchase you’ve made recently? Big, giant, fluffy throw pillows for the coach.
  12. Ever broken any bones? A small bone in my foot running.
  13. Do you dream often? Yes, almost nightly, vividly.
  14. Ever had a crush on an animated character? Yes, Beast off of Beauty and the Beast. Still hate when he turns back into a regular man.
  15. Favorite cheese? Hmm…. toss up, pepper jack or mozzarella. 
  16. Ever competed in a talent show? Yes, for the towns local parade royalty, was a princess. 
  17. Do you have allergies? To pain medicine,
  18. Do you like to dance? Yes, I love to, but I’m thinking I’m getting to old to go out dancing… 
  19. Worst habit? Wine.
  20. Best habit? Exercise.

13 days…

13 days… Seriously 13 days until IRONMAN Chattanooga. And the beginning of taper.

So the strange thing about me (well in fairness, one of the strange things), is taper makes me incredibly stir crazy. Kind of like that last month before you have a baby, and everyone says, oh cute, you are nesting. Except it’s not that cute, it looks slightly insane, and there’s no adorable baby in the end. It looks so insane in fact, that my husband in preparation for the next 13 days is going to rent a dumpster, so when “the cleaning purge” is over, it can all be hauled away. But afterwards, the house has half the junk it used to and the yard finally gets some attention.

I had a great friend give me the sweetest card and the coolest gift today! I love coffee mugs, and so does she, it was so sweet!


The past week, in case you missed it.


Tonight’s easy hour on the bike.


And some Monday Motivation.