Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ironman eve

Well here it is....night before the big day. All the gear is bagged and sitting in transition. Enzo is parked in bike transition. Now I just gotta get myself to bed now.

Some reflection on this past year includes learning riding a road bike with cleats - I did crash at least once. Learning to swim in a wetsuit - too much buoyancy. Running and I are still trying to find a happy medium. Kinda late to say that now but hey, we got 26.2 miles to figure something out. : )

I decided a couple years ago to be healthy for myself and my children. It dawned on me after my middle daughter, Anne Marie, came to live with us that I'm their only parent and I better take care of myself! I was in not very good shape - pushing 250lbs, triglycerides at 223, and I could only do 15 minutes on an elliptical. After a year of Shakeology and keeping on the elliptical I dropped the triglycerides down to 107 and 40lbs. That's when the original Ironmom, Kate, did her Ironman in 2010.

It was while we were celebrating that I committed to my first triathlon the following April. I've been hooked ever sense. Halfway through that Summer I started thinking I could take on an Ironman. Heck Kate said we'd have a year to train!

Now the day has come. It's a dream I thought was gonna be really hard if not impossible. What I've learned this year is that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!

Thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement, the prayers for safety and strength and that pats on the back. I'll be doing my best and expect to see a big smile on my face all day because I'll be living my dream!


  1. I am so proud of you!!! I have been so lucky to have you as a training partner, a friend, and an inspiration through this!!! Now, let's go kick some Ironman butt. :)

  2. You are such an inspiration to us all! You have come a long way, and are still headed in the right direction. Love you, Ironmom!