never give up.


Never give up.

These words, said by a friend a few weeks before the race, carried me through Ironman Wisconsin… through a longer swim than anticipated, 5,700 feet of #bikelove and climbing and shifting and hammering downhill, and 26.2 miles of pounding the pavement when it would have been nice to sit down on State Street. 

Never give up, even when it hurts (because everyone else is hurting, too).

I had really big goals at Ironman Wisconsin. Kona was thisclose, and I won’t lie, it stung a bit at roll down Monday morning when the top three in F35-39 took their spots. 

But, my first podium. 

That feels pretty damn amazing. 

Up here on cloud nine, I’m already scheming what’s next. Fourth fueled the fire. I’m dreaming even bigger, bolder, believing in the possibilities…

Never give up. 

IMWI race report to follow… 


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  • Kecia 09/11/2014 at 8:11 pm

    I LOVE the “Never Give Up” mantra :) You are truly amazing and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings you!!

  • Runner Leana 09/11/2014 at 10:13 pm

    Congratulations on an amazing race Erin!! Can’t wait to read the race report!

  • Monica 09/11/2014 at 10:45 pm

    You are such an inspiration!! I love reading your blog! You have such a kickass attitude and it makes me so excited to start my ironman journey because even though it’s clear that you work HARD you still show how much joy goes into it!! Way to race!!! I can’t wait to see what your next ironman brings!!! (I think it should bring you to CDA though…)

  • Danielle @ Eat Primal, Run Hard 09/12/2014 at 2:50 am

    You. Are. Amazing! And such an inspiration. I love how your fire has been stocked full of fuel and you have a bring-it-on mentality to your next Ironman.

    I’m also so incredibly in awe of your performance, you rocked it! And so close to Kona, stunning! I think your next Ironman should be in Europe…. ;)

  • carrisamarie 09/12/2014 at 6:20 am

    You did amazing Erin!! This is merely a stepping stone of even greater things to come!! Never Give Up is right!!

  • Beth 09/12/2014 at 9:44 am

    I’d like to echo all of the above comments. You are freaking fantastic! Loved tracking you and seeing you kick so much ass. I love your blog and can’t wait for the recap. And thanks for the encouraging words on mine. :D

  • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats 09/12/2014 at 4:42 pm

    You are so inspiring!! I was pretty set on being done with IM after Whistler. But I had such a great day I thought well maybe I will do another. I have to remember all those days that I was miserable training!! but the race is the BEST part of racing! After “watching” you all day totally killing IMWI I definitely want to do another. Definitely not next year but I am already scheming for 2016. I love that you will “never give up.” You will get your KQ and dreaming big will become reality!!!

  • Luv What You Do 09/12/2014 at 7:48 pm

    Woo hoo! I am so excited to read your recap! Congratulations!

  • Kristen 09/15/2014 at 10:29 am

    I am so impressed and inspired by your determination, Erin. You are right, a podium finish is pretty damn amazing!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Change of Pace 09/15/2014 at 12:42 pm

    Love that photo of you! And I love that mantra! I am in awe of your race day- well earned! Can’t wait to read the recap!
    And podium at an Ironman, in your age group- nothing short of amazing!

  • Foot Pain 09/20/2014 at 1:59 am

    You are truly an inspiration! So glad to found your blog! I’m so encouraged to pursue my dream to be a triathlete. I know it’s not yet too late. :) All the best!

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