Hi readers! It's Monday again, which means all sorts of work things, but also that it's time to revisit Motivation Monday. I have another awesome blogging buddy who has agreed to share her story. Meet Alyssa, a 24-year-old Racine 70.3 Ironman finisher who blogs over at Don't Look Down. Here's her journey to the finish line.
Athletic background: I grew up playing sports and being active. In high school, I played softball, basketball, golf and volleyball. I dabbled a little bit in running in high school and in the first few years of college, but it wasn't until my senior year of college that I really started getting into running with my friend Laura. We completed our first triathlon that summer.
Why did you sign up for Racine?: I wanted to challenge myself to a new distance and Racine was the closest Ironman sponsored race.
How did you train for Racine?: I found a training plan online and tried to follow that. I did about three sessions of each sport (swim, bike, run) each week. Saturday was typically a long run of 8 to 12 miles and Sunday was a long bike day of 40 to 60 miles.
What was the hardest part of training?: Fitting all the sessions in each week. Training can take up a lot of hours then add in a 40+ hour work week and there isn't much time for anything else. It felt like my home was always a mess and I never had any time to cook. During recovery weeks, I spent a lot of time catching up on tasks I had put off during busy training weeks.
Also balancing my training with family and friend time was challenging. I live about 3.5 hours for my family and my boyfriend so I travel back to Iowa at least once a month. Since I don't get to spend much time with them, I had a difficult time convincing myself to leave for a 2- to 3-hour training session instead of golfing with my dad or shopping with my mom. My boyfriend didn't appreciate when I wanted to go to bed 11 p.m. (Kelly's note: this would be late for me. I'm so old.) so I could get up early to train and he wanted to stay out with his friends.
What was the hardest part of the race?: The heat of the run was killer. I do think training in the heat helped and knowing that it was going to be hot helped me mentally.
What would you do differently, in training and on race day?: I wish I would have practiced fueling better during training. I didn't have any race day catastrophes, but I wish I would have had a better plan on what to eat and how often.
Any words of wisdom to share with an incredibly scared newbie?: When it comes to race day, remind yourself that you've already completed the hard part (the training) and the race is the easy part.