Ironman CDA 70.3

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Mary's Blog |

I am about two months late to this party but I had a few words about Ironman CDA 70.3- so here goes: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It reminds me a lot of Lake Tahoe without the elevation. After the health issues I have had the past months it felt good to go race somewhere I love with people I love! I had been working with Katie of Own Nutrition for almost two months to address my thyroid troubles (SHE ROCKS!!!) and felt like I was fueling properly (for once!) Coeur D’Alene was my first Ironman in 2007 so it provides some sort of nostalgia and the town always calls me back. I have met some good friends here and had some demons while racing too. (this was the only Ironman that I passed out and in and was wheeled away in an Ironman – you know those pesky forms you fill out and sign your life away? Yeah, those. They can save your life too!) Having opened the 70.3 distance in this town seemed like a no brainer to me as well as a little course recon and getaway. The water was a cool 62 but with a wetsuit felt perfect. I know I might get a lot of flack for saying this but I really love the rolling start. I am an early bird that likes to go and  hates waiting around so when it was time to start- I went! It was a picture perfect day. There was no chop not a cloud in the sky and I seemed to be swimming well.  I have been REALLY working on my swim for about one year, swimming with a high school swim team that I am at least confident swimming now. I think that 10,000 hour rule applies here because I think I have swam at least 10,000 hours this past year. Exiting the water and running through transition seemed long but whatever GET ON YOUR BIKE! I seemed to be going with the flow and was EXTREMELY HAPPY ALL DAY which was weird but I will take it. Maybe I am growing up 🙂  (now maybe my housemates would disagree with that as I did PASS out when waking up that morning (weird I know- I think I got up too fast and saw stars) but I put it out of my head and never thought of it again. The first of many mishaps happened when my aero helmets sunglasses popped out while putting on my helmet. No biggie just put your sunnies on and GO. (Really who was this?) So if you are wondering why my sunglasses are on with that helmet. That is why. AND PS The Tralyx ROCK! I was dry by the time I hit the little climb on Higgins Point and was seriously loving...

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Mary's Blog |

Welcome! This post has been a long time in the making, maybe even years? I have started and stopped countless times in hopes of bringing back the blog. Well, guess what? It’s now! This year I’m coming out from the shell I’ve been under and bringing back the positive state of mind, tales to share and what’s up! This year is going to be full of fun, fast and Freeplay! Team Freeplay is a positive, driven bunch of like minded women. We share common interests and goals. Welcome to the year of being positive together, creating a new and different brand and having fun.  It is an honor to get to know these women more, train together and create friendships. Did I mention how cool it was at our first meeting? Instant connections were made. Come along as we share our tales. First up on my race schedule is Ironman St. George 70.3.  2015 saw many changes in my life that ignited  the fire within me to burn brighter. It was the first year in 10 I did not do an ironman or race much.  I am so excited this year to race! Let’s Do This!? ?Mary...

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