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IMCdA recovery in the mountains.

As hot as Ironman Coeur d’Alene was, I reminded myself often throughout the race to not wish it away (thank you for that nugget, Nanette!). Regardless, the race flew by and we were onto the race-cation and recovery in Montana. Taking a week off after was the best way to not only recover, but to combat the post-race blues. I’m certain they would have been worse had we come straight home to Minnesota. Mountains are a good distraction (especially when the race doesn’t turn out the way you wanted)! 

With that, the highlights… 

Turning “fake friends” (what Nick calls my social media friends) into real friends! After months of chatting about life and triathlon almost daily, Monica and I finally met. You know when you haven’t seen a good friend for awhile and you pick up right where you left off? Yep, that. Grateful to call her a friend and for all her generous hospitality while we were in CdA! 

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Monica and I at bike check-in.

Lucky me also got to meet Sam (and her pup, Mimi!) and Doris at the race expo as well as race with Coeur Sports teammate Lisa (she crushed it! And, super random, she swam with one of my dear friends when they were in high school). After the race, I caught up with my Canadian friends, Christine and Liz, over Mexi Coke, and the next day, with Jen over coffee at Vault. I’m so glad all of our paths crossed! 

Can we all please agree to live in the same location (preferably the pacific northwest) so we can hang out and swimbikerun all day?!

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Liz, Christine and I celebrating with Mexi Coke.

Nick and I stayed in CdA through Tuesday morning to get our vehicle fixed (new cylinder coil and spark plugs) before heading east to visit friends in Missoula. We caught up over dinner and continued the conversation in their backyard (light until well after 10p!), where I relaxed in a hammock.

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race report // ironman coeur d’alene

HOT DAMN.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene was one of the hardest and definitely the hottest thing I have ever done. And, although not the outcome I trained for – 106F = goal paces out the window – it was a huge deposit in the mental toughness bank and big fuel on the fire. Onward to Ironman Wisconsin! 

Pre-race 

Because of the record hot forecast, race officials moved the start up an hour to 5:45a, which meant a 3a alarm. Up and at ’em and race morning rituals later, my amazing sherpas Nick and Sonia (seriously, no way I would have made it to the race without them) and I headed to city park. 

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Pre-IM ritual… wise words from Lynne Cox.

Nothing fancy once we arrived. I checked my bike special needs bag, calibrated my Garmin and loaded my bike with nutrition. And, because I’m not a bike mechanic, I handed my bike over the fence to Nick so he could pump my tires… because presta valves! Good thing, too, because the rear one unscrewed, which would have made me panicky had I done it. 

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The best sherpas ever!

SWIM // 1:09:49, 1:48/100m, 16th AG

Amid the sea of wetsuit-clad triathletes, I somehow found Monica and we chatted for a bit before a quick warm-up swim. After that, I positioned in the 1:05-1:15 wave and after standing on the right for a bit, decided that wasn’t where I wanted to line up, so ran through the masses to the left side so I’d hit the inside of the buoys easier. 

Lake Coeur d’Alene didn’t disappoint… perfect temp (72F!), so clean and clear you could see the bottom for a good portion of the swim. Both loops cruised by and not once did I run into anyone. Maybe I swam a bit too far inside the buoys?! (I’m still learning how to swim harder.) Regardless, it was lovely. I didn’t even mind the quick run on the beach between loops. My only complaint: the swim out arch was black and nearly impossible to see against the backdrop of pine trees. 

As I exited the water, I stole quick glance at the clock – 1:26 – and my oh-this-felt-like-a-decent-swim thoughts dissipated. When a volunteer told me it was the AG time, my heart sank. It certainly didn’t feel like that (it wasn’t, obviously, and was instead an IM swim PR!). Brush it off, I told myself… go get ’em on the bike. My swim time didn’t cross my mind again. 

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Nick managed to find me in the sea of swimmers, all the way to the first red buoy!

Gear: ROKA Sports Maverick Pro wetsuit, ROKA Sports X1 goggles in dark amber mirror, Castelli T1:stealth top, Coeur Sports tri shorts, lululemon flow Y sports bra

Nutrition (pre-race): two black cherry Clif shot blok chews (forgot to bring a Gu), bottle of Osmo Hydration active, Imodium (lifesaver on the run… no GI upset). 

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IMCdA // here we go!

After a fantastic 1,300-mile road trip across North Dakota, Montana and Idaho with my good friend, Sonia – including a visit at my aunt + uncle’s in western NoDak and a stay at the Fairmont Hot Springs in Montana – we are here. Coeur d’Alene is absolutely spectacular! I cannot believe I get to race in such beauty. 

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Bikes are packed and ready to go (including the road bike for Big Sky!)!

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Quiet beauty of western North Dakota.

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Running is rad in Montana (especially after 8+ hours in the car!).

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115F of pure hot springs bliss. 

After a quick check-in Friday afternoon, Sonia, Nick and I went for a quick dip in Lake CdA… wow! It’s so clear – you can see the bottom – and unseasonably warm (69F!), which means no wetsuit needed (though I’m thankful tomorrow is wetsuit legal). 

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And, now, in between hydrating like a champ and bossing around my sherpas (ha!), it’s about staying out of the sun (106F forecast!), feet up and mentally preparing for and visualizing tomorrow. I’m ready to rock and couldn’t be more excited for IM number three! 

I’m bib 384. Track me via Ironman.com or the IronTrac app :) 

Here we GO! 

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Run away from doubt. Chase your goal. (Chasing it hard!)

 

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race report // liberty 70.3

Time to dust off the cobwebs three weeks out from Ironman Coeur d’Alene!

Pre-race

We were welcomed by mosquitoes just after sunrise at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve near Rockford. After a quick check-in and packet pick-up, Nick and I racked our bikes near bike in/out and chatted with friends Sarah, Sonia, Kyle, Julia and Jen. A quick shake-out ride to work out the wheel kinks – and a quick visit to the Gear West mechanic tent for a limit screw adjustment (new Zipps! fixed in a jiffy!) – and we were ready to rock. 

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Swim // 34:42, 1:40/100 yd

I originally lined up on the far left of the swim start, but seconds before the start ran to the right – and, into the thick of all the fast men. Not sure what I was thinking because the gun sounded, and it was mass chaos of men running and dolphin diving. A bit of water in my goggles later, and I was full speed ahead, trying to find a clean line. I felt a bit all over the place the entire 1.2 miles, and at about the half point, stopped to hack up a lung (allergies?) and nearly gagged. After that it was head down, repeating you’re ok and just keep swimming to stay calm. I exited the water, feeling meh about my swim, and as I ran up the steps to T1 saw coach, who said I was fourth female at 33 minutes – much faster than it felt. I’m working at pushing myself to get more uncomfortable in the water… it just doesn’t come as naturally to me as the bike and run! #workinprogress 

Gear: Coeur Sports team kit shorts, Castelli T1: stealth top, lululemon all sport bra, ROKA Sports maverick pro wetsuit and ROKA Sports X1 goggles in light vermillion (perfect for overcast conditions). 

Nutrition: salted caramel Gu about 20 minutes before go. 

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tuning up with orthology.

Knock on wood, but my CdA training cycle has been smooth sailing (except for my first-ever saddle sore… ouchie). So, when the folks at Orthology asked if I’d be interested in a complimentary tune-up, I wasn’t quite sure what I’d have done. But, curious about its services, of course I said yes. 

So, what is  Orthology? 

Orthology is a clinic in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area that features collaborative care teams – physical therapists, chiropractors and soft tissue specialists – to help its patients recover quickly from chronic pain or injury. Providers work together to develop each patient a customized and comprehensive plan that addresses not just any aches and pains, but the root causes of them. Plans focus on mobility, flexibility, stability and agility. 

Orthology’s goal is to get you better, faster. 

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