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When I took on Mike as a coach for my triathlon endeavors I did because I knew I’d also be making a good friend. Someone who really valued and looked after his athletes. After bouncing back from an accident this year and completing an Ironman I felt I desired to make up for missed time. My run more than anything suffered with the missed months of training - and instead of wanting a break following IMLP I wanted to keep going. So I registered for a marathon. At first I felt good, but the last few weeks I began to feel not good. Fatigue, swollen glands, weak, and just downright depressed and frustrated. I didn’t want to admit the obvious, I was burnt out. I think for the Type A athlete one of the hardest things to admit is there are things we just simply cannot muscle through. And if we do, it can lead to either even more burnout or even worse, injury. So when I got on the phone with Coach Mike the other evening he said allot of things I just plain did not want to hear, and admit. But I knew in my heart he was right - that he truly wanted to set me up for good things ahead, and a strong 2019. Another good friend put it to me as “stop using your credit card when you have no cash left in the bank.” Which is exactly what I was doing. Months of 4 am wake ups, double day workouts, 40+ hour work weeks and family obligations had taken its toll. So I accepted his advice and deferred my entry into the marathon. I plan on doing some fun trail races and focusing on strength training, flexibility, friends, family, and most of all FUN for a few months until it’s time to ramp up for IMLP ‘19. So with that I officially close the 2018 season of races, not many, but this year it was all quality- not quantity. Sometimes your worst time splits produce the best lessons, and quite honestly, the best experiences. I got everything I dreamed of this year, and more. And above it all, the greatest value, is the friends I have. 🏊‍♀️🚵🏼‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️ #trilife 
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#ironman 
#ironmantraining 
#swimbikerun 
#wegotthis
When I took on Mike as a coach for my triathlon endeavors I did because I knew I’d also be making a good friend. Someone who really valued and looked after his athletes. After bouncing back from an accident this year and completing an Ironman I felt I desired to make up for missed time. My run more than anything suffered with the missed months of training - and instead of wanting a break following IMLP I wanted to keep going. So I registered for a marathon. At first I felt good, but the last few weeks I began to feel not good. Fatigue, swollen glands, weak, and just downright depressed and frustrated. I didn’t want to admit the obvious, I was burnt out. I think for the Type A athlete one of the hardest things to admit is there are things we just simply cannot muscle through. And if we do, it can lead to either even more burnout or even worse, injury. So when I got on the phone with Coach Mike the other evening he said allot of things I just plain did not want to hear, and admit. But I knew in my heart he was right - that he truly wanted to set me up for good things ahead, and a strong 2019. Another good friend put it to me as “stop using your credit card when you have no cash left in the bank.” Which is exactly what I was doing. Months of 4 am wake ups, double day workouts, 40+ hour work weeks and family obligations had taken its toll. So I accepted his advice and deferred my entry into the marathon. I plan on doing some fun trail races and focusing on strength training, flexibility, friends, family, and most of all FUN for a few months until it’s time to ramp up for IMLP ‘19. So with that I officially close the 2018 season of races, not many, but this year it was all quality- not quantity. Sometimes your worst time splits produce the best lessons, and quite honestly, the best experiences. I got everything I dreamed of this year, and more. And above it all, the greatest value, is the friends I have. 🏊‍♀️🚵🏼‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️ #trilife  #triathlon  #triathlete  #ironman  #ironmantraining  #swimbikerun  #wegotthis 
What exactly solidified achieving “I am an Ironman triathlete” in my own mind? .
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It wasn’t when Mike Riley said you are an Ironman as I crossed the 140.6 finish line. .
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For me, it wasn’t until racing in my fourth ironman event; experiencing a race where I did not feel good for a large majority of it, where it was mind over matter, more than ever before. .
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It was having a rough race experience and it not making me want to stop. .
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It was when that rough experience didn’t slow me down or take away from the special parts of what I love about race days. It didn’t devalue what I find in the experience of a race and the other athletes around me. .
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It was when the moment I finished the roughest race I’ve experienced yet, instead of thinking I’m not going to do this again, I thought: what can I learn from this and what’s to come next so I can reach my goal of finishing a half Ironman faster than 6:30. .
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It was the moment I saw my family at the finish line and they were just as impressed with me as they have been for every other race I realized they didn’t see how different this race was for me, they only saw their amazing daughter, sister, niece who is a triathlete racing another Ironman event. .
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It was when I finished this race with a solid time yet, feeling let down, not well, and I think for the first time ever without a smile on my face. It was when I, to be completely transparent, was glad for it to be over, yet I was already thinking ahead to the next one.
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It was when the entire time I was out there running, the thought crossed my mind of just calling it a thousand times, but I never did because it was never truly an option in my mind. It was when at points during the run I would close my eyes while running, and count, One...Two…Three…Four…I would open my eyes and count until I wasn’t counting anymore and just running. .
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It was when racing in the coldest Ironman race on record had my lungs hurting and my frozen body not reacting well to the demands that I had all the power to stop, to not finish, and when I also had all the power to keep going. .
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It is then in my mind when I crossed that line of being an Ironman triathlete. .

To be continued...
What exactly solidified achieving “I am an Ironman triathlete” in my own mind? . . It wasn’t when Mike Riley said you are an Ironman as I crossed the 140.6 finish line. . . For me, it wasn’t until racing in my fourth ironman event; experiencing a race where I did not feel good for a large majority of it, where it was mind over matter, more than ever before. . . It was having a rough race experience and it not making me want to stop. . . It was when that rough experience didn’t slow me down or take away from the special parts of what I love about race days. It didn’t devalue what I find in the experience of a race and the other athletes around me. . . It was when the moment I finished the roughest race I’ve experienced yet, instead of thinking I’m not going to do this again, I thought: what can I learn from this and what’s to come next so I can reach my goal of finishing a half Ironman faster than 6:30. . . It was the moment I saw my family at the finish line and they were just as impressed with me as they have been for every other race I realized they didn’t see how different this race was for me, they only saw their amazing daughter, sister, niece who is a triathlete racing another Ironman event. . . It was when I finished this race with a solid time yet, feeling let down, not well, and I think for the first time ever without a smile on my face. It was when I, to be completely transparent, was glad for it to be over, yet I was already thinking ahead to the next one. . It was when the entire time I was out there running, the thought crossed my mind of just calling it a thousand times, but I never did because it was never truly an option in my mind. It was when at points during the run I would close my eyes while running, and count, One...Two…Three…Four…I would open my eyes and count until I wasn’t counting anymore and just running. . . It was when racing in the coldest Ironman race on record had my lungs hurting and my frozen body not reacting well to the demands that I had all the power to stop, to not finish, and when I also had all the power to keep going. . . It is then in my mind when I crossed that line of being an Ironman triathlete. . To be continued...
- This boomerang captures a “glimpse” of an EPIC race weekend at Lake Placid 70.3! ❤️❤️❤️
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@akim673, @brittnm6, @tdrehi, @mhughesllc - CONGRATULATIONS on Completing your first 70.3!!! 🏅🏅🏅
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@masonwhitcomb, @jalexoid & Duncan - congratulations on another stellar performance!!! 🏅🏅🏅
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Who is ready for the next one?
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@greenspeedmultisport - Has fun and crushed it at the same time!!! 🔥🔥🔥🤩🤩🤩
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#Smile
#Laugh
#Dance
#🤩🤩🤩
- This boomerang captures a “glimpse” of an EPIC race weekend at Lake Placid 70.3! ❤️❤️❤️ . @akim673, @brittnm6, @tdrehi, @mhughesllc - CONGRATULATIONS on Completing your first 70.3!!! 🏅🏅🏅 . @masonwhitcomb, @jalexoid & Duncan - congratulations on another stellar performance!!! 🏅🏅🏅 . . Who is ready for the next one? . @greenspeedmultisport - Has fun and crushed it at the same time!!! 🔥🔥🔥🤩🤩🤩 . #Smile  #Laugh  #Dance  #🤩🤩🤩
Huge congrats 🎊🎉 to these amazing Athletes for crushing #ironmanlakeplacid, with a record of the coldest swim start in history!! 43F + frost😮 #ironmanlakeplacid #ironman #swim #bike #run #athlete #fit #onesportisnotenough #lakeplacid
Quand ton amoureux t’inspire et qu’il est beau comme un🖤 #machinedeguerre
Quand ton amoureux t’inspire et qu’il est beau comme un🖤 #machinedeguerre 
Half Ironman officially completed! Apparently the coldest Ironman in history, it was 2 degrees 😞 I’m extremely happy with my 21.1kms run, I finished it in a record 1 hour 39 mins (4:44 pace), this after cycling for 90kms and swimming for 1.9kms #ironman #lakeplacidironman #triathlon #firsthalfironman
Half Ironman officially completed! Apparently the coldest Ironman in history, it was 2 degrees 😞 I’m extremely happy with my 21.1kms run, I finished it in a record 1 hour 39 mins (4:44 pace), this after cycling for 90kms and swimming for 1.9kms #ironman  #lakeplacidironman  #triathlon  #firsthalfironman 
Best sign of 2018 IRONMAN 😂😂
Best sign of 2018 IRONMAN 😂😂
My brother crushed his first Half Ironman today! If only I could ride a bike... #ironman  #goldenretriever #lakeplacid
Huge THANK YOU to all of you for the wishes, cheers outside and on the course. It was a tough day. Some objectives were achieved, some not, but ultimate goal to race with an attitude, having fun and smile through the day no matter what was achieved at 100%. Triathlon is a journey not a destination:). I need to reflect on the experience and will post my race report in few days. Thank you all once again! #buckscountytriathlonclub #snappletriteam #nononsense #runswedish #salmingrunning #salmingrunningnorthamerica #ironman703lakeplacid
Huge THANK YOU to all of you for the wishes, cheers outside and on the course. It was a tough day. Some objectives were achieved, some not, but ultimate goal to race with an attitude, having fun and smile through the day no matter what was achieved at 100%. Triathlon is a journey not a destination:). I need to reflect on the experience and will post my race report in few days. Thank you all once again! #buckscountytriathlonclub  #snappletriteam  #nononsense  #runswedish  #salmingrunning  #salmingrunningnorthamerica  #ironman703lakeplacid