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    madison + IMWI love.

    It’s hard to put into words just how much Madison and IRONMAN Wisconsin mean to me. If it tells you anything, I teared up both just talking about the mass swim start and when getting ready to bike the course on Saturday. It will forever hold a special place in my heart ♥ (And, I’d be lying if I didn’t already think about trying to add the race to this year’s calendar… because two IMs in less than a month would be a great idea, right?!)

    So, when two of my “fake” instagram friends, Ashley and Julie, invited me to Madison for a training weekend, I jumped at the chance. The timing worked out perfectly, as Nick was out of town for work, and coach gave me a free training pass for the week following Toughman. His only directions: have fun and don’t bang out 10+ miles. And, have fun I did! The best part? Meeting and hanging out with Ashley and Julie… two gems I’m so grateful to now call real life friends :)

    The weekend highlights… 

    Eating (obviously)

    There are so many great eats in Madison, and never fails, my friend Kathy always has the best recommendations. This visit: Salvatore’s Tomato Pies. Beet pesto pizza FTW! Julie and I refueled after Saturday’s training at Alchemy Café… love its burgers, sweet potato fries and cilantro cucumber quinoa salad. And, of course there was brunch on the patio at Marigold Kitchen on Sunday morning! 

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    Gluten-free beet pesto, chicken + mushroom pizza from Salavtore’s Tomato Pies… delicious!

    Shoreline Swim

    I couldn’t miss out on the Monona open water swim action on Saturday morning! I joined about 170 others for the well organized Shoreline Swim, a benefit for the Clean Lakes Alliance. Despite packing my wetsuit, I made game-time decision to wear my swimskin, as lake temps were in the upper 70s. Good Kona practice, right?! I had no intentions of swimming hard, but rather to adjust to the feel of the water without a wetsuit. And, other than the washing machine for a fair portion of the 2.4-mile swim (am I even getting anywhere?!), I felt pretty good. Definitely not fast – 10 minutes slower than my IMWI time… yikes! – but still a fun start to the day! 

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    Twinning in ROKA before the Shoreline Swim.

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    Post Shoreline Swim. These two ladies crushed it – both placed in the top 10! Cannot wait to watch them both tear up IMWI in a few short weeks!

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