A beginning..

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

That quote is the idea behind this. Blogging is a new thing for me, so I apologize if its unorganized etc etc. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’ve decided to become a ‘blogger’. Further, if you haven’t heard (mostly if you are not living in Ithaca) this coming year is a new year for me, I’ve signed up for my first full Ironman, which will also be my 5th triathlon ever. To remember all the highs and lows, the good and the bad, I’ve decided I’m going to document the entire year leading up to the Ironman Lake Placid. This is the beginning of the entire year of training, which is why I decided to start now. I’ve learned a lot this past year but can honestly say the themes will include ‘having fun racing’ and ‘being patient’. Clearly in long distance races, even more so in long course triathlons, ‘patience is a virtue.’ Here is the testament to that.

Currently training now just consists of a bunch of running, my bike is STILL on it’s way back from California getting fixed (my poor baby). There may be some swim attempts but I need to finish reading more about that. I must also keep in mind some advice(?) from a wonderful friend who said I need to “accept that I am a poor swimmer.” Focusing on that will help me be more patient and hopefully improve off of my horrible swim time.

This is how I feel about swimming:

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I miss summer triathlon training, which tells me that I’m glad I have a break, just to be motivated in February when I start the long months of winter triathlon training (thank you CNY and Ithaca). I am however looking forward to just focusing on running, it’s been almost a year since I’ve had a good block with running (mentally & physically). I have a fall/winter race calendar lined up with the focus on the Arizona rock-n-roll Half Marathon in January 🙂

Here’s the current race calendar through IMLP.

Virgil Crest Ultra Relay- Sept 22

Empire State Half Marathon- Oct 20

Bville Turkey Trot- Nov 28th

Arizona RNR Half Marathon- Jan 19

Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon- Apr 2014

Fly by Night Duathlon – May 2014 (Hopefully it bodes well with Coaching)

Ironman 70.3 Syracuse – June 22

Ironman Lake Placid – July 27

Hopefully there’ll be a few more. I should also mention, I’ve become part of the Oiselle Volee Team. This an amazing group women inspire me on a regular basis and always make me really excited about racing 🙂

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I suppose that is all for now 🙂

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