What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? My answer will be “ask me in 20 years”.. I might have an answer for you.

By then I’ll be 60 and what is called a GRAND MASTER..and NO, I don’t plan on growing up anytime soon so, I’ll keep you guessing.

I am doing what I want to do and that is competing at a high level and inspiring others for what is possible. I live my life to learn about what I love and that has always centered around exercise and nutrition. As a coach I hope to teach my athletes that they can reach their goals, even in times of struggle and frustration and set backs. It’s not if, it’s when. There will be those days.

As an athlete at any level, but especially at the level between being the best and just not good enough to make it to the top, is a very frustrating place to be. I should know, I have been here for 20 years. I have been racing as a top level Age Grouper for 20 years. Never good enough to make it to the PRO level. I have raced Elite at local events and even been invited to race at a few events to UP the field of talent.. I’ve even signed an autograph or two.

Some days, it could break me if I let it. There are days that I train for 4-7 hours, some non-stop. Other days, I train 2 or 3 times to get all the training in and manage it around family, coaching, friends, cleaning the house, laundry, cooking, kids to school, dogs, play time, birthday parties, and let’s not forget the sleep thing either.

But, the truth is…. I LOVE WHAT I DO… Yes, I get tired, we all do. But, there is not one day that I don’t get off my bike and say “that sucked” or gone for a run and dreaded every step.. Swimming and the smoothness of the water gliding over me, absolute LOVE.

The WORLD IS MY OFFICE… I am so fortunate. I wear what I want which is usually some cool training gear from one of the super cool gear companies out there. I can look like a total Tri-Geek because I sort of am…and there isn’t a day that goes by that some random person doesn’t ask me about what I eat, what I train in, what gear I use, what my recommendation are for bikes, wheels, helmets, running shoes, compression yes or no and general training and racing gear. I love talking about this stuff. There are some really amazing companies out there.

So, when you ask me what I want to be when I grow up, I will say “I do what I Love and Love what I do.”

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Mastering the Journey

What exactly does “Masters” mean when it comes to sports?

For most endurance sports, running, cycling, swimming and triathlon, Masters means 40 and up.. and Yes, I am 40. Born May 6, 1970. In my iRuniTri Blog I will be writing about my own journey as a “Masters” athlete as well as other information I think can be used to hopefully inspire others on their own journey, whether it’s Master’s or younger. First timers or veterans to endurance sports.

The JOURNEY: World Championships 70.3 Clearwater November 13… Then my Road to Ironman Texas. Within my journey, I have the challenge of being a wife, a mom, and a coach. I have the hopes of not just finishing, but being competitive against top level athletes.

In a summary I will go through what has gotten me here so far. My last Ironman was Ironman Brazil 2003. I took over 6 year off from triathlon and spent those years running road races and taking care of my family. Last year I decided since I was coaching some athletes for triathlon, I would try racing again as well. Little did I know what I was getting myself back into.

My first triathlon back was Couples Triathlon July 2009.. I had a great race until my knee gave out and was in agonizing pain to the finishline, then was carried to the Med Tent.. 4 days later I had my 3rd knee surgery. My knee surgery was on Thursday, I was on my bike on Friday. I was not going down with out a fight. Within 2 weeks I was riding outdoors again and gaining strength. By September I competed in the Austin Triathlon, October I competed in Lifetime Toyota Open Championship doing well in both races. I felt strong and ready for my next race.

Longhorn Half Ironman 1.2 mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run. My nerves got to me and I raced hard, by the time I got to the run. I was in a bit of pain but pushed through managing to finish 5th in my Age Group. This set me up for a slot to the World Championships 70.3 in Clearwater. I was esctatic, and completely surprised.

I had over a year to train and compete in various races and distances. I felt great and ready to train. A big bulk of my training came around the time I was turning 40, which if you go through my www.fortytoforty.blogspot.com you can read about.

Since then I have continued my training and racing, as well as my coaching.

I was 2nd Masters at Captex Triathlon which was a Championship race; I got a 4th Place Age Group finish at Buffalo Springs Half Ironman;won Regional Champion Xterra Trail Series, finishing 10th overall at Nationals,
I was 1st Overall Amateur and Overall Master at the Austin Triathlon. It has been a very busy year for me.

So now with 43 days left until World Championship, I will try to share not just the physical challenges, but also the emotional and mental. Then going into Ironman training and hopefully “Mastering” what it takes to compete with the best.

Through this journey, I will go through some of the ways I am training myself as well as coaching others. How I manage my nutrition, recovery, and sleep. Keeping in mind it is a fine balance with my family. I am a full time MOM, full time Coach, and full time Athlete. May you enjoy the JOURNEY…

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