Summer Recap (Part I)

Where has this summer gone?  Just yesterday I was intent to post a recap of the Rochesterfest Triathlon and Grandma’s Marathon weekend as racing season kicked off. Then vacation, life, training, and everything else happened. So, as it turned out, that was weeks ago. Months ago. After those races, I did the Omaha Olympic Triathlon, Toughman 70.3 in Chisago Lakes, MN, the Major League Triathlon in Lincoln, NE, and the Des Moines Triathlon in Iowa.
Rather than recapping each race in detail, I’m just going to say that I’ve been incredibly blessed this summer with great health. My nutrition is dialed in where it needs to be. I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’ve been nailing each race with a personal record.  I’ll conclude with a separate, more detailed race for Des Moines (I have a really good reason for this, and the wait will be worth it!).
 grandmasmarathonBefore I start with myself, I want to give a shout out to my Hubby, who raced the Grandma’s Marathon and had an amazingly fast race despite some nasty, unexpected heat. From what I hear, it was the hottest Grandma’s Marathon in the 40 years it’s been running (heh, pun intended). It was a great race to spectate, and Hubby is still raving about how beautiful the course was. Best news ever about this day was his Boston Qualifying finish! I’m so incredibly proud of him, as he trained harder for this race than I’ve ever seen him do before. His age group qualification is 3 hrs 15 mins, and he finished in 3:12:21. We’re hoping and praying his time will get him a slot for the 2017 Boston Marathon in April. Stay tuned, as registration and lottery for that opens this week for most of the qualifiers, and we should know if he made the cut!
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12 weeks to go!

  I am 12 weeks out from Ironman Louisville, and 6 weeks into my training plan. I decided it’s time to start posting again. You guys, it’s getting real, and it’s getting really tough.

 So much has happened since my last post.  My hubby and I celebrated our 15thwedding anniversary the end of April. We decided that a decade and a half was kind of a big deal. Given that our anniversary was just a few days before the Lincoln Half Marathon, we had to get creative with our celebratory schedule. We carved an evening out the week before to enjoy a dinner and drinks to mark this big milestone.We clean up pretty nice!
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Re-start: Bound for Ironman Louisville 2016

This is my re-start of my blog. I mean it this time! I really have to admit that juggling parenthood, being a wife, working, and training, that I have lost focus on my blog. One of my new year’s non-resolutions is to jumpstart my passion for writing.  This year is about a whole lot of things for me: more focus on my family, my health, and my passions. My biggest goal for 2016 is to finish Ironman Louisville. Yes, IRONMAN. 140.6 miles of insanity.
I’ll start by highlighting my past year and a half in a nutshell.  Actually, I’ll keep it super simple and narrow everything down to 2015. I worked a lot (and lost hair because of the stress), and I was a mom and wife. We took a 2-week roadtrip to Florida, which was too amazing to put into words. If I could just vacation 365 days a year, I would not lose my hair. Shortly after our dream vacation, my hubby took on a new position with a new company (which he LOVES, and for that I am very grateful). He travels a lot more, which is a challenge for me, but I’m just happy that he’s excited and growing more in his career as a result. I did a few triathlons and a couple half marathons, and enjoyed every minute of that–even though the triathlons were during the HOTTEST days of the year.