It's an attitude that goes the distance. Maybe you want to go long, maybe not. Maybe you've done Ironman or an Ultra, maybe you want to. It doesn't matter how far you've gone as long as you've got the attitude to get you there.

    I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.


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    I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.

    Post  Tea on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:51 pm

    Where to start, where to start?

    Let's start with the WARNING:

    Please understand that by reading my blog, you will be exposed to horrible language unbecoming a lady, but most fitting for an endurance athlete.

    This blog will likely ramble on and on, seemingly without focus or direction.

    Sometimes I will say things that will make you think I listen in on your phone calls, open your mail, and read your diary. It's true. I do.

    Finally, I am a terrible blogger. I'll blog every day for a week then you might not hear from me for a month. I have no excuse for this behavior. None.

    Let's talk History

    I've done a lot of races. A.LOT.

    Why am I here?
    Because my oldest son said, "Everytime time you post one of your workouts on FB, I'm too tired to exercise myself."

    And, we can't have that, can we?

    What am I training for?

    FIRST and FOREMOST: Ironman Boulder PR! Coach set my goal as 5:52. I laughed in his face. He wouldn't change it. I laughed some more, asked if he were crazy. He, of course, said, "No". At which point, I promptly puked. But ok, sure, whatever, fine.

    Next, I'm running Rock n roll Denver with Mario. Our goal is to Release the Kracken. Now, I know that might sound easy, but if you've never run with me before:

    Then, 2012 is a mighty nice year. I've got IM Kansas (mostlikelybutstillthinkingaboutit) followed by The Redman Full, which is an Ironman distance race....that falls in Sept.

    What did I do today?

    8.5 mile run. 10 minute warm up, 3 x 6 min zone 4-zone5 with 3 minutes rest, then run until I hit 8.5 miles.

    Then, I was supposed to swim. But I was feel a little, how do I say it? Cranky bitch...yes, not sleeping last night. So, I opted to go to a movie instead. We saw Super 8. And I ate popcorn.

    That's it for me

    the real challenge will be if I manage to write more than the introduction and then race report.

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    Superhero, i am not.

    Post  Tea on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:20 pm

    The last, oh, month or so has been very discouraging for me.

    Yes, I have been under extreme personal stress. I've had a death in the family, which was one of those "she has 2 weeks to live" type of thing. If you've been through it, it's horrible.

    Then, came the funeral.....nothing like a bunch of Irish Catholics getting together to figure out who the TOP MARTYR is.

    Immediately after that, my son Justin had outpatient surgery. No big deal as far as severity, but big deal as in the time committment in changing gauze, giving medications, trying to get him to eat, etc. etc. etc. Really, just plain waiting on him hand and foot. Of course, I'm a mom. I don't mind it one bit.

    Let's see what else I can throw in here, how about WORK. Yea, insane amounts of WORK.


    WHERE the hell is this all coming from? As a business owner, it's hard to predict consumer behavior. But THIS. THIS is just insane! (Not bad....just making us rethink our plans).

    With all of this, it's hard for me to catch my breath, let alone get my workouts in.

    Everyday, I would say "No more disruptions, starting TOMORROW. Time to get serious."

    Well, you can only say that so many times. then, you're just the boy who cried wolf.

    In other shocking news

    I'M NO

    As disappointing as it is to take this news, i have to accept the reality. Sometimes training is going to happen, and sometimes it's not. And sometimes the workouts are just going to be hard.

    As much as I want to PR at Ironman Boulder, sometimes just thinking about it wears me out.

    Of course, Mr. Tea had to step in with all his logic....because he's the voice of reason.

    me, well, I don't know what I am, you choose: hormonal, bitchy, cranky, emotional.....just choose. They're all good choices.

    Mr. Tea took me by the shoulders and said, "Look, I've been going through this for years with you. I've never seen you push so hard before. These workouts you're doing. YOU SHOULD be tired after doing them. All I can say is they are complete sufferfests. Everyone has bad sections of training. Just stay the course."

    Then, he started making up a rap song that went something like "What you're doing is a sufferfest. But don't give up, just give your best. Cuz there ain't no stopping there ain't no rest.....

    By this point, I was laughing too hard to really focus on what he was saying.

    I looked at my schedule, family committments, yadda yadda.

    That's when I remembered one of my favorite quotes:

    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

    I'm not finished. Who cares how many times I long as I keep on starting.


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    Post  Wrench on Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:54 am

    If I wanted to hear a lady speak I would look at my girlfriend :p

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