Ironman Flex wide2016 Louisville

IMLOU 2016 Race Report: I am an IRONMAN!

It’s Ironman Day!

I set 3 alarms for race morning, just in case. I woke up 10 minutes before any of them went off, at 4:20 a.m. I wasted no time. I had my water, cup of coffee, english muffin with PB&J, and milk. Same thing as every day as I’ve done in training and other races. Nothing new.

I braided my hair, got my kit on to wear under the wetsuit, double checked my special needs bags, and got the family up and out of bed. We left for transition around 5:20, and before I knew it, I was in line to get in. I got the special needs bags dropped off,  all my fluids set up on my bike, aired up my tires, got body marked, and met up with our group.

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Tiffani at Ironman Louisville 2016 Finishline day before race

Ironman Week and Check-in: The last moments before showtime!

Race-Week Taper Crazy and Preparation

I’ve been mentally processing this event for the past few days, and it is all still sinking in.  What an experience.  I decided that training for an Ironman is like planning for a wedding. You spend so many months planning every last detail. Then–BOOM! It’s over.

Last week, I went through what I call “taper crazy.” My training was mostly done, and I had a lot more time on my hands to obsess about every last detail possible. I was emotional, irritable, and just plain anxious.

Meet my friend, Taper Crazy, the mascot of taper week:

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The Beginner Triathlon FAQs

Beginner guide for your 1st Triathlon.

Before I attempted a triathlon, I thought it was just an elite athletic event for those that did Olympic-level competitions. I had so many questions about the sport, and felt like I would not be athletic enough to do one. When my interest began growing in it, I was a regular gym-goer and aspiring fitness instructor. I usually only did cardio and lifted weights, and maybe added yoga into the mix. I started running, even though I used to hate running.

After finding out more about triathlon, I found the courage to try a tri. I learned along the way that triathletes are real people, and some of them have turned out to be in my biggest circle of friends!

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