lone ranger

lone ranger

Monday, August 25, 2014

32 days until we DO THE CHOO!

I feel really bad that I have neglected the blog the last 2 months. The problem is that I've been really busy. Busy training! 

News Flash: Ironman training is incredibly time consuming. There are certainly ways to make it less time consuming, but I may only have one shot at this beast so I want to give it all I've got.

Before I lose anyone's attention with goofy photos I want to provide an update on Fundraising efforts.  As a reminder I am participating in IM Chattanooga as part of Team Challenge for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Together the Chattanooga Team Challenge group has raised over 1 Million dollars for CCF. My matching donations still have not shown up on my fundraising page, but they are there. I've met my goal, but that doesn't mean we stop supporting a great cause. Please consider making a small donation to CCF on my behalf.

Instead of boring you with the details of the last 2 months, here are some photos that capture the highlights.

The start of my first 100 mile bike ride.

Lots of miles on the bike with Katie also training for her first IM!

Eating pizza.  A lot of pizza.  Really just eating a lot in general!
Completed my 1st, 2nd and 3rd Time Trial at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

It's way more fun to watch this guy go really fast at the speedway.
And the HB. He's fast.

My two coaches. I'd be lost without them!

ICE Racing represented at Stumpy Creek International

So much fun racing Stumpy Creek with my hubby cheering on the sidelines!

100's of more miles on the bike. Lots of time spent at random gas stations. 

Lots and lots and lots of running!! I'm running more than ever and loving it more than I ever thought I would.

The countdown has begun. Less than 5 weeks until IMCHOO.  About a week ago I finally started to get excited about race day approaching.  I'm really pleased with the way my training has gone and I'm still incredibly motivated to push through the next 5 weeks.  More importantly, I'm still having fun! For the first time I'm really not anxious about the race, I am feeling quite calm (for now) and excited to celebrate the day. I might even be a little sad to see this year of training and learning come to an end. But definitely way more excited than sad!

Every Tuesday I go to a Computrainer class for a solid bike workout. This quote was on the board last week and has stuck with me the last week.

"It's impossible" said pride.
"It's risky." said experience.
"It's pointless." said reason.
"Give it a try." whispered the heart. 

I really admire those who are able to keep a consistent blog.  It takes a lot of effort to maintain a blog and even more effort to keep it interesting. I promise there will be a more thought provoking post before race day approaches. Thanks for following my journey and for all of the support. Every "like" or "comment" on Facebook from friends near and far about this Ironman gives me a little boost.  The last 8 months of training has been fun because of all the support from so many great friends. Thank you!