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I’ve been semi-athletic most of my life, but was never “naturally talented.” If I worked hard enough, I could be alright. I went to a very small high school where I played volleyball. I also played on a small club team, and for two small colleges. Even so, I was definitely not a top-notch athlete. In 2009, the year I started running on purpose, if you had told me I would be competing in an Ironman 70.3 triathlon, I would have told you that you must have me confused with someone else. You see, I didn’t take risks. I hated change! That just wasn’t something I did! Just because you used to be a certain way doesn’t mean you have to stay that way. In 2016, I decided I was going to do a triathlon. Now, with just 11 days until Ironman 70.3 Augusta, let me tell you what triathlon training has taught me.
In December, I started training for a race that was supposed to happen in May. You’ll find out that I was unable to compete in that race, but that didn’t stop me because I am incredibly stubborn. Don’t tell my husband. On September 23, when I jump in the Savannah River, I will have trained for over nine months for this day. I can’t wait to meet my triathlon baby! Ha!
Most weekends late in this training plan, I put in 7 hours of training which is a lot of time to think, reflect, question your sanity, and doubt yourself.
Here’s what Ironman 70.3 triathlon training has taught me:
1. I couldn’t do this without my husband. Hands down. No way. Having a support system is so important and I am so very thankful for mine.
2. I won the lottery with Annette as my tribud. She has gotten me through my training and life ups and downs. I’m forever grateful for her! If you don’t have a tribud, find a local triathlon club and pair up with someone who lives close by! Having a training buddy is so helpful!
Big Goals Require Big Sacrifice
3. Triathlon training is not going to be pretty or easy. There will be setbacks. Learn to roll with the punches. One month before my original race, Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga, I stress fractured my foot. I was in a boot and had to pull out of the race. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement!
4. Running leggings that are not black will lead people to believe you’ve peed your pants. Just trust me on this one.
5. Go ahead and just embrace the spandex. There’s really no way around it. (Obsessed with my kit from uGo Apparel though!)
You Will Fall. Get Back Up.
6. The thing you’re scared of – do it. Over and over and over and over until you get better. Clipping in on my bike terrified me for a year. The first time I tried it out in the wild, it went amazing! I had nothing to worry about. False. I fell right on my face, knocked the wind out of myself, and had bruises everywhere. (My husband will tell you that my fall was not very bad, but it FELT VERY BAD!) But did I die?! NO! Get back up and keep going! This can be such a life lesson! Life is full of constant pivots, but you just have to get back up and keep going.
7. Don’t defeat yourself. Positive self talk goes a long way.
8. You’re going to need grit. Just pure old fashioned grit. Early mornings, late nights, very little social life.
9. This sport has taught me so much, makes me feel alive, and I freaking love it so much.
Bikes: Liv Envie, Shorts: uGo Apparel
In 2009, I decided to start running and couldn’t even make it down my street. Just five short years ago, I got my Dad into running, and he’s doing ultras now!!! #soproud Your body can do crazy things if you make up your mind that you’re going to go for it.
10. Next time you’re thinking of trying something new, jump first, think later. Is there a chance I could fail? Absolutely. My dad told me, “You never really truly know what you’re capable of doing until you attempt to do something where failure is likely.” Here’s my mantra though: I am a half Ironman. I have practiced. I have put in the time. I’m not stopping now.”
Augusta, Georgia, I’ll see you in 11 days at that starting line!
Hey, thanks for being here. I’m Audrey; a mom, wife, triathlete, and book lady. When I’m not triathlon training or working at my full-time job, I’m working my home-based Usborne Books & More business. I have fallen head over heels in love with these books! You can read about some of my favorite kids books, or more about things I love like podcasts!