I made the plunge – in 2020 I’m an ultra runner and triathlete. I never would’ve guessed that I’d go back to triathlon, but I do love the bike. I do love swimming and being in water. I guess I like to run (LOL), but mainly on trail, maybe.
Well, I guess I love it all. I love the planning, the training and execution.
Here in Concord we got about 6 inches of snow this morning. The roads around my house are plowed so I head to the Winant Trails with my dog and snowshoes.
The photo above shows how gorgeous it was this morning. Not a soul out yet. I could hear snowplows in the distance but other than that it was peaceful.
Last night I came very close to signing up for an Ironman and had thoughts of signing up for the Leadville Camp/Run combo. Very dangerous. But instead I walked to the store and bought a pint of Ben & Jerry’s – Peanut Butter Cup.
I woke up with a sugar handover and still undecided about what races to do.
I’m signed up for the Houston Marathon and Umstead but am too injured to run. Okay, not much for Monday Motivation except for starting the day with a great snowshoe hike in the woods with my dog.
It was a long day flying to Kona from Boston but so worth it. The island was beautiful and we began the island tour and getting to know the bike course. But first, downtown Kona.
After touring the island and driving out to the bike turnaround, it was race day. Mark bought the support team fancy hats and Hawaiian shirts so he could easily spot us on the course. We definitely stood out and we look damn good!
Than figured out a way to hire a driver to take us to the bike turnaround point. We waited for him and when he turned to use the aid station, we ran over to him. Our driver took this picture.
Mark finished and had a great race; it was a tough course with so much wind on the bike. But he did it! What an experience; what a day! So inspired by all the fast finishers.
Tuesday. I’m five days from race day. A race day that is brand new to me. 50 miles. It’s like the first Ironman or first triathlon or first anything. I’m emotional and making bad decisions; par for the course.
But you know what is never bad or wrong – being thankful. Thankful for the people in your life that stay in your life. The people that aren’t scared away from my crazy, neurotic ways.
I’m thankful for my friends and family who stick with me and support me. I love you all. Five days to the newest adventure that I hope will give me a 50 mile finisher pint glass at the end.
Am I saving the world or making the world a better place? No. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe next week. But I want to. I’m working on it.
Here’s to the adventures of the last few years; may they continue for the next 20: