Ironman Lake Placid was that dream race for me, the one you imagine through all of those hours of training, the one you dare to believe that maybe, just maybe is possible.
People are always asking me “How do you do it??” A full time job, 3 kids and a professional triathlete. Well, there’s a lot of things I don’t get around to and one of those is blogging and race reports! I keep meaning to write-up my day in Lake Placid, it was an amazing day, tough course, great competitors and plenty of the usual Ironman Challenge, it’s a great story to tell.. and I will when I have the time.
One thing I did do was write down my speech from Lake Placid so here’s a little bit from it. Hopefully it will inspire any of you who are reading this to go for it, whatever “it” is!
“Now, on to my words of wisdom, don’t worry I’ll keep it short. As you may know by now I’m a mother of 3 children, I have a job, an amazing husband, I’m a professional triathlete and I even have time for a few friends. Before you ask, I sleep at least 8 hours every night, because it’s all about recovery right? So, how do I do it? I think for me the key is to dream big, dream often and believe that you can have it all, because you can! Don’t believe it when people say you can only do two out of three things well, family, sport and work, or any three things or even four things if you want to try that, because it’s not true, it is possible. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not just about dreaming, for me getting to where I am has taken a lot of hard work and focus and there’s plenty more to come, I’m pretty much “all-in” all the time but I’m also always trying to have fun and enjoy every minute of it. I encourage you all to go home and instead of falling into the post ironman depression plan your next big adventure, whether it’s another Ironman, a new job, a move, a baby… I highly recommend quitting your job and hiking the Appalachian Trail, that’s always been one of my favorite personal adventures I’ve been on, or something completely different, just go for it. I know for me every time I’ve stood on the edge of that cliff and thought “should I or shouldn’t I…” I usually jump and I don’t think I’ve ever regretted it.”
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