What a great day today! Fortunate enough to live close enough to the course for the Ironman New Jersey that I can train on it. Drove up there today and ran 13.5 miles of the loop. It’s a challenging course but definitely “doable”. Two loops of hills on the Palisades side is manageable – first loop will be tough, second loop will be “glad I don’t have to do that again.” We ventured over the George Washington Bridge today — that was a first ever. It was a good run, could be very crowded on race day depending on your pace. But, I got to a point on the bridge, looked out over the New York side and thought that this is where on race day I will get that “I can do this” feeling. Still 9 or so miles to go but those of you who have done long distance racing know what I mean. The swim (2.4 miles), the bike (112 miles) and about 16-1/2 miles of the run are done. It’s all relative.
Running the course today with friends was awesome. Thanks so much Susan, for everything! Knowing that you and all my Jersey Girls will be at the finish line waiting will mean more than any one of you can possibly imagine.
I read Jason Shortis’ blog the other day and this resonated so strongly with me: “So in Ironman, as in life, when the times get tough, remember never to turn your back on it, because you’re better off being in the game than not playing at all!”
We are all in the game . . . . fast, slow, skinny, fat, experienced, newbie, winning, or hoping to make the cut off.
All in all a successful day! My “reach” goal was to qualify for the NYC Marathon. I needed to run a 1:50, I had run a comfortable 2 hours at the half in Sandy Hook last fall and a 4 hour marathon in Philadelphia. I ran a very evenly paced 1:46. And a good day was had by all the Jersey Girls StayStrong Multisport Club members and our supporters. (Definitely more to come on the day!)
Tastes as good as it looks!
An idea that came about this morning while swimming with our own resident nutrition guru, Cara Pescatore . . . . a tab for our app that will sort out all the wonderful recipes and ideas that we keep posting on Facebook but then can’t find when we want to make them.
First up, this delicious Blueberry Seed Smoothie that Leslie Why Reap posted and I made this morning. A perfect post-swim workout breakfast. Going to try posting them as google docs, and make a new button for our app to keep them sorted out. Let’s see how it works.
Not sure exactly when this all started. All I know is that the club has become something that feels like it has been part of me forever. Just about two years ago I started to develop the concept . . . offer a 12 week training plan for an upcoming all-women sprint triathlon. A good friend, Grace, suggested that I have an “event” to kick off the training plan rather than just make it a faceless exchange. And so began the Jersey Girl experience.
I’ve never done anything in moderation, so there soon was workouts and other training events. All the stuff that has taken me years and years in this sport to learn about. How to swim, how to swim in open water. How to maintain your bike, how to change a flat, how to shift gears and how to ride safely. What to wear, how to transition, race day nutrition. I looked to others who I admired to share what they knew with us. We swam, we biked and we ran. We picked up lots of new friends along the way.
We are now an official USA Triathlon-registered multisport club. It feels and sounds so grown up. Our own kick-off event is this week, let the adventure begin!