Finally something to blog about…

Just like Ironman ’09, I thought I would give Iron Dad a bit of a headstart with the blog (and the training)… build his confidence, and then blow by him.

That’s my memory and I’m sticking to it.

In truth, it’s been a bit of a slow start to the training season. Until today in fact, it’s been a no-start…but the tides are turning and I’m ready to reconnect with my former Iron Self.  While my dad put in another solid training and racing season in 2010, I rode out the glory of an Ironman finish for a lot longer than it probably deserved and am back to fitness start in a lot of ways.  

And also unlike Iron Dad, I have very little insight into the next 285 days. 

Here’s what I do know: 

  • I’m signed up for Ironman Florida on November 5th, 4-days before my 29th birthday (and the last year before I move into one of the most competitive women’s age groups)
  • I’m registered for the Vancouver 1/2 Ironman on July 3rd – a race I have also done before… and am glad to have my dad joining me this year! Time to start your hill training pops 🙂
  • I’m registered for the Vancouver 1/2 Marathon on May 1st – a great short-term goal to help me focus on my running early on in the season (trying to avoid another 7.5 hour IMFL marathon this time around)
  • A new condo purchase means funds are a bit tighter this season – so I’m going without a coach this time around and am looking for more social/group training opportunities which can also fit around a full-time work schedule.
  • Dad is going hard this year, despite some disintigrating joints, so I’m going to have to step up my game if I am even going to dream of keeping up (or at least making that elusive post-race dinner reservation)

I will leave it to Iron Dad to share the latest and greatest on training philosophies and principles (maybe he’s already hidden a training schedule in here for me somewhere…).  With a full-time job, a limited bank account, fewer Ironman finishes, no coach and a much more relaxed attitude towards training (none of these are recommendations) I hope I can connect with those of you who have similar realities, as I figure out how to make it all work.

Whether you have resolved to complete Ironman this year, or to finish your first 5k – it takes a LOT of energy, creativity, relentless determination, guts and support to make it work in the context of your likely already hectic lifestyle. Not to mention all the excuses we choose to put in the way just to make it a bit tougher (I have a big list I’m already working through). 

I have decided that rather than always thinking of my ENORMOUS Ironman goal, I would break it down into smaller, more tangible pieces.  Today – it was digging out my run gear from still un-packed boxes and showing up for the first day of my 1/2 marathon run clinic. Eventually, I will start to consider my bike and swim and bricks and nutrition and schedule and equipment… but today it was lacing up my shoes and running 5k. 

You can’t finish the race without crossing the start line.

Looking forward to sharing our journeys together,


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9 Responses to Finally something to blog about…

  1. Anne Boone says:

    I haven’t biked or swum since IMFL ’10. I, too, need to get going for IMFL ’11. Remember, you may have limited time and funds, but you have YOUTH on your side. Just wait til you get old and decrepit. The only advantage is that there are fewer people in your age group (most have died 😉 )
    You don’t need a coach. Just remember to listen to your body. I’ve been running/marathoning/triathloning for 33 years and I never had one. I’ve run a 2:56 marathon and did Kona in 13:06. I couldn’t get a coach at my age now (almost 65) because none of them are familiar enough with how old athletes’ bodies work. I just push til I’m past the comfort zone, but never to the point of injury (knock knock).

    Keep the blogs coming! We sure have been enjoying your Dad’s.

    • Dad says:

      Anne, I’ve worked with Gale Bernhardt for years, and still do…if you’re interested in getting some input, I’m sure that she’d be happy to help in whatever capacity you’d like…she also helped Iron Jane get ready for her first Ironman a couple of years ago

    • Daughter says:

      Thanks Anne – you have such an impressive athletic career! I only hope I can achieve 1/2 of what you have done already, in my entire lifetime 🙂

      I am looking forward to getting back to the pool and on the bike (Juliette – my bike – is buried under boxes in my closet so I have to spend some time digging her out!)… starting slow though just to get the dust off.

      Can’t wait to read more about your adventures as well – 284 days and counting!


  2. Elsie Kwiatkowski says:

    Dear Stephen,
    I have just read Lisa’s entry.I am so impressed with this beautiful young woman.She is articulate and very intelligent,in expressing her plans in competing with her father in this Iron Man Race.I am so proud of my dearest granddaughter.
    With love,from Mom

    • Dad says:

      Lisa is terrific that’s for sure…does make a proud father smile 🙂

    • Daughter says:

      Aw geee – thanks family!

      Dad – it sounds like Grandma is starting to support Team Ironman… I guess now that you have proven that Ironman does not equal death 🙂

      Grandma – maybe you should come out to Vancouver in July with Babcia to watch Iron Dad and Iron Daughter race the 1/2 Ironman in Vancouver?!

  3. Jane says:

    Good to hear from you, Lisa! I’m with you on that more “relaxed attitude” than your dad has. 🙂 Good luck and thanks so much for writing! I love your dad’s stuff. 🙂 It’ll be fun to read a little more back-and-forth!


  4. Sarah says:

    “You can’t finish the race without crossing the start line” – Great line. Congrats on taking the plunge again Lisa! Glad I have somewhere to follow along on your training…. maybe will get me motivated again!

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