The Road to Ironman…

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My Ironman Story

The road to my finish at Ironman Coeur d’Alene on June 23, 2013 was a long, crazy one.  You can read the full (e.g., novel-length) race report, check out my dedications and thoughts on this page.  Enjoy!

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The Race Report
Click here for all the scoop on IM CDA 2013, from the perspective of a Swim Bike (Slow) Mom.

Funny:

I just got the biggest kick out of this order I placed… about 3 weeks before Ironman Coeur D’alene. Shoes – check! Body Glide – check! Dramamine – Check! Missing Link – Check! Socks – Check! …… Anti-Diarrheal – HA! CHECK!

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Training for Ironman:  The 10 Day Dedication Posts

I dedicated each ten day block of training for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, starting at Day 100, to important  people in my life. I think having someone to “thank” during the hard workouts made me more grateful and kept me going.  These are the links to the dedications to:
1.   My Dad
2.  My Mom
3.  Coach Monster
4.  My Grandparents
5.  YOU, my SBM friends
6.  Yoda, Sweet Red and Mountain Goat
7.  Dr. MMH, Ilana Katz and McBlessings
8.  Stella, my daughter
9.  James, my son
10. The Expert.

Ironman Rants (NINE Words at a time)

As many of you know, I signed up for Ironman Coeur d’Alene (IMCDA) back in August of 2012.  The race takes place on June 23, 2013.  I knew that during this journey, I would be faced with horrible days.  And wise words would not flow freely. So I started this page to give me a place to vent… in only NINE (more less) words each entry.

  • August 30, 2012
    What have I done thinking I could do this?
  • September 1, 2012
    The race is happening with or without me. D’oh.
  • September 3, 2012
    Thirty mile bike ride. Shouldn’t be so damn hard.
  • September 6, 2012
    9 Miles of cramping and gut distress. Fun times.
  • September 9, 2012
    I am done with wasting my life away. Done.
  • September 13, 2013
    8 miles of “easy.” Somedays, I just run. Miracles.
  • September 14, 2012
    My life plan sucks. I can’t figure this out.
  • September 18, 2012
    Six mile run. What a joke. So very hard.
  • September 19, 2012
    Ironman seems so far away. Like I have time.
  • September 20, 2012
    I am falling apart. Totally falling apart. Totally. Totally.
  • September 21, 2012
    My body is held together by tape and staples.
  • September 23, 2012
    I can do this race. I really can. Believe.
  • September 28, 2012
    If a Half requires this much hoopla… oh lawd.
  • September 29, 2012
    Traveling to race and check-in is freaking exhausting.
  •  Sepember 30, 2012
    Finished Augusta 70.3. Can’t imagine doubling that distance.
  • October 1, 2012
    Half Irons hurts. Pancakes are good. That is all.
  • October 2, 2012
    Back in the pool. Lawd. Really? Never stops.
  • October 5, 2012
    Beer is not the path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 6, 2012
    Pizza is not the path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 7, 2012
    Wine is not the path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 8, 2012
    Reese’s is not the path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 9, 2012
    Corona is not the path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 10, 2012
    STOP EATING YOU MESS OF A HUNGRY HIPPO WOMAN.
  • October 11, 2012
    Beer is not the path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 12, 2012
    Mexican Food is not path to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
  • October 13, 2012
    You are turning into a blimp. Serious. Big Blimp.
  • October 15, 2012
    1300 meter swim? Wow, THAT will get you to Ironman.
  • October 17, 2012
    Five mile run. Ouch. Get moving, slow ass sistah.
  • October 19, 2012
    Food is fuel. Do not fuel with icky garbage.
  • October 30, 2012
    Things I control:  food, reactions, focus, dedication and attitude.
  • October 31, 2012
    I think the Expert broke my toe. Nice. Good work.
  • November 1, 2012
    I don’t doubt my mind. I doubt my fatness.
  • November 3, 2012
    Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Rock and Roll. Rolls.
  • November 4, 2012
    Thank God for sweatpants. And chocolate. And beer. #^%$
  • November 5, 2012
    The virus plague is here. Cannot breathe. Must sleep.
  • November 6, 2012
    I skipped my swim workout. Ironman what? Focus bitch!
  • November 7, 2012
    I skipped my run workout. I see a bad pattern.
  • November 8, 2012
    Time to move. Sickness gone. Go go go. GO!
  • November 15, 2012
    Is food addiction seriously going to beat me again?
  • November 17, 2012
    Sprained ankle again. Sub-30 5k fail. Lovely. Klutz.
  • November 18, 2012
    I am 33. Coach Monster crashed at IMAZ. Weeping.
  • November 19, 2012
    Coach Monster = okay. I am rattled. Bad IM sign?
  • November 20, 2012
    Have fallen into strange vortex of sadness. Triathlon who.
  • November 22, 2012
    Happy Thanksgiving. Practicing grateful heart today. It’s bloody time.
  • November 25, 2012
    Back in the saddle. Time is running out. Go.
  • November 27, 2012
    7 mile run. Serious sprained foot averted again. Klutz.
  • November 30, 2012
    Spin therapy always puts my head back on. Brick.
  • December 1, 2012
    Nice day to do 30 miles on the bike. Hills.
  • December 2, 2012
    Another 8 mile run. Feeling so weak. Ironman? Me?
  • December 3, 2012
    Feeling the negativity wane and the focus coming back.
  • December 4, 2012
    Just committing to putting in the work. Daily. Go.
  • December 5, 2012
    3700 meters in the pool. Working it! Work it!
  • December 6, 2012
    Learning to love hills… on  a bike, on a run. Period.
  • December 7, 2012
    Life-changing lunch with a Monster. Focus on food.
  • December 8, 2012
    Happy birthday to the Expert. He’s 36. Woot.
  • December 9, 2012
    Broken ass rib! Thanks to careless stupid cyclist. Word.
  • December 10, 2012
    Just two pounds a week until CDA. Equals fast.
  • December 11, 2012
    My food and drinking is focused. It’s worth it.
  • December 12, 2012
    Hypnosis really helping me. Fabulous progress. Pleased
  • December 13, 2012
    Six miles. Getting the mileage back up. It’s time.
  • December 22, 2012
    45 miles on the bike. Running mileage down.
  • December 26, 2012
    This Ironman will surely kill me. So much fat.
  • December 27, 2012
    Focus on this new project: Ironman. Focus. Focus.
  • December 28, 2012
    I coughed last night until my rib hurt again.
  • December 31, 2012
    This is the end of tough year. Welcome 2013!
  • January 1, 2013
    This is the year. Oh yes, it really is.
  • January 2, 2013
    Three hours on the trainer. Make it happen now!
  • January 3, 2013
    My nutrition is dead-on. Keep the good coming!
  • January 8, 2013
    Sick again! I can’t believe it. When be well?
  • January 13, 2013
    For the first time in my life, I felt fast.
  • January 15, 2013
    The weight lost has stalled, but I am a beast.
  • January 20, 2013
    Fifty miles on the bike. Hills. Strong. Keep going.
  • January 28, 2013
    I am a runner. Really. Really! I am! Yes. Yes.
  • January 29, 2013
    All things happen for a reason. Good, bad, ugly.
  • January 30, 2013
    Really making breakthroughs, everyday. Just Keep Moving Forward. Always.
  • January 31, 2013
    Lose It says my weight will be 163 by IM.
  • January 31, 2013
    Must keep going. Stay eating healthy. Remain focused always.
  • February 2, 2013
    Tybee Island Half Marathon. Slower than last year. But awesome.
  • February 9, 2013
    Deadly 9 mile run. These runs are killing me.
  • February 10, 2013
    56 miles on the bike. Getting stronger in the cold.
  • February 11, 2013
    The workout volume is picking up. Time to focus.
  • February 13, 2013
    These freaking swims are insane. 3500+ each time.
  • February 16, 2013
    Long swim plus 10 mile run. Tired but good.
  • February 17, 2013
    Terrible weather. Four hours on the trainer. Mental toughness.
  • February 18, 2013
    I like intervals on the run. Who knew fun?
  • February 22, 2013
    I know there is a reason for everything. Believe.
  • February 24, 2013
    Another 51 miler on the bike in the books.
  • February 28, 2013
    Another 8 mile run in the books. Cold. Hard.
  • March 1, 2013
    Does running ever really get easier? Really? Really? Really?
  • March 2, 2013
    Another 3500 meter swim. I’m a fish. Fishy Fishy.
  • March 3, 2013
    Would like to say, “I’m not a food addict.”
  • March 4, 2013
    Thank you, recovery day. Thank you. Thank you. Thanks.
  • March 7, 2013
    It’s not that I’m doubting I can finish. It’s just…
  • March 9, 2013
    Time is ticking down. I feel weak. It’s terrifying.
  • March 11, 2013
    Moving is for the birds. I missed two workouts.
  • March 12, 2013
    Working on getting the IM fire re-lit. Tough. Life.
  • March 13, 2013
    Living closer to work, kids and gym…dream come true.
  • March 14, 2013
    I forgot to write on this page. Ironman is scary.
  • March 16, 2013
    Stomach virus. New move. Crazy. Bad food. Fat.
  • March 17, 2013
    Another brutal 3+ hours on the bike trainer. Woot.
  • March 23, 2013
    14 miles on the treadmill. I hurt. Really. Everywhere.
  • March 24, 2013
    Bad weather = bike trainer. 4.5 hours. I hurt. Everywhere.
  • March 25, 2013
    Recovery Week. Woot. Still an 8 mile run…WTF.
  • March 26, 2013
    Last week was over 16 hours of training. WTF.
  • March 27, 2013
    I just ate crap. And I have a headache. And guilt. And that’s more than nine words. I don’t care. So there. I break my own rules.
  • March 28, 2013
    So scared of CDA, forgot about Rev3Knoxville. Holy hell.
  • March 29, 2013
    Check for house at Couer d’Alene has been cashed.
  • March 30, 2013
    I’m on a complete emotional psycho nutjob Ironman rollercoaster.
  • March 31, 2013
    Very tough bike ride. Scared me and helped me.
  • April 1, 2013
    Turns out that I am pregnant. Oh, April Fools.
  • April 2, 2013
    Nutrition is excellent. Bike ride was hard. Feeling sane.
  • April 3, 2013
    Dedicating the next 10 days to Coach Monster. Roar!
  • April 4, 2013
    New shoes. New pedals. Good deal. Thanks dear All3Sports!
  • April 5, 2013
    New shoes. New pedals on the bike. Ready to go.
  • April 6, 2013
    Bike milestone with 85 miles.  Hard, but glad. Done!
  • April 7, 2013
    Frustrating run. Pain in the hip. Hoping all okay.
  • April 8, 2013
    Frustrated at the situation with hip. But thinking positively.
  • April 9, 2013
    Today has been an exercise in ignoring my fears.
  • April 10, 2013
    Hip feels better. But seems long way from running.
  • April 11, 2013
    Hopeful. Sad. Depressed. Tired. Happy. Hurt. Welcome to Ironman.
  • April 13, 2013
    I did it. I rode 100 miles on bike!!!!!!
  • April 14, 2013
    Ready to laugh/burst into tears at any moment.
  • April 15, 2013
    I am ignoring how close this race is. OMG.
  • April 16, 2013
    My mom did a 5k! I am so excited!!!!
  • April 17, 2013
    Cha-cha-cha-changes. Cha-cha-cha…changes…changes!
  • April 18, 2013
    Enter NUTRITIONAL NINJA mode again. Welcome to my abs.
  • April 19, 2013
    Hard to think about 26.2 with no run training.
  • April 20 2013
    Don’t like people who make me worry about my sanity.
  • April 20, 2013
    I did it. I rode 94 hilly miles today.
  • April 21, 2013
    Somehow two 100 mile bike rides doesn’t seem enough.
  • April 22, 2013
    Spent over three hours at the gym just wandering around.
  • April 23, 2013
    Read CDA race reports all lunch. I shouldn’t have.
  • April 24, 2013
    I hate disappointing people. I wish I didn’t care.
  • April 25, 2013
    Rain for the weekend sucks. Need be on bike!
  • April 26, 2013
    Weightloss is actually happening. Gave up gluten and dairy.
  • April 29, 2013
    ONE-derland.  I no longer weigh over 200 pounds. Whooo!
  • April 30, 2013
    8.5 hours on a bike trainer this weekend. Lawd.
  • May 1, 2013
    First run back yesterday. Feeling it today. Baby steps.
  • May 3, 2013
    That open water swim was scary. Made me stronger.
  • May 4, 2013
    Another weekend of riding on the trainer. Damn rain!
  • May 5, 2013
    Back injured. Again. I will earn this race, surely.
  • May 6, 2013
    It hurts to sit, bend over or walk. Yay.
  • May 7, 2013
    Done feeling sorry for myself. 3000m continuous swim. Booyow.
  • May 10, 2013
    I can’t imagine actually finishing this race right now.
  • May 11, 2013
    Today was a great day. That is all. #glad.
  • May 12, 2013
    Riding bike trainer on broken ass. Torture. Unreal. Unreal.
  • May 13, 2013
    I am still sore from Saturday’s run. 6.7 miles. #fail
  • May 14, 2013
    Making lists and spreadsheet for CDA.  Having heart attacks.
  • May 15, 2013
    Everything hurts. From my head down to my toes.
  • May 17, 2013
    Today I want to quit. I’m scared. I’m scared.
  • May 19, 2013
    I rode 70 miles. And it wasn’t bad. #freaksunite
  • May 20, 2013
    I emailed my doctor about a hip cortizone shot.
  • May 21, 2013
    Spent another day reading CDA race reports. very #badidea
  • May 22, 2013
    I am self-sabotaging again. Why why why why.
  • June 1, 2013
    It’s June. Last 100 miler. It’s that time. Wow.
  • June 2, 2013
    Busy weekend for training and family. Exhausted to core.
  • June 3, 2013
    Checklists in my head are crazy. Much to do.
  • June 4, 2013
    Seriously. Less than twenty days now? I can’t take it.
  • June 9, 2013
    Everyone has them. Asses and opinions. So many asses.
  • June 10, 2013
    No one said it was easy-marriage or Ironman.
  • June 18, 2013
    Packed and ready. Ready as I’ll ever be. Let’s roll.
  • June 19, 2013
    And we’re off…
  • June 27, 2013 (Four days POST-Ironman)
    I can’t believe I actually want to do another.