Now that I can put a check next to Mountains 2 Beach Marathon (wahoo!) on my bucket list, thought I’d discuss what’s next.
Up next is my second “A” race of the year, Ironman 70.3 Arizona. Ever since I first took up triathlons in 2011, I have dreamed of doing an Ironman event and I’m so excited that this is the year to make it happen! My training has been focused on building endurance for the marathon, so seems like a natural transition to build upon that solid base to segue into training for my first half Ironman. For those not familiar with this event it consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (half marathon) run. Fun! Fun!
I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not this is the right time to take on a coach and ultimately decided (to K’s wallet’s relief) that it wasn’t worth the cost right now since my main goal will be to just finish. I’m an ambitious person by nature, so after that, I know I’ll have new time related goals (as I already do for the marathon). Maybe I’ll hate it and never want to do another one again (not likely, haha). After this season I will reassess and think about getting a coach for the 2017 season. In the meantime, I’ve been scouring TrainingPeaks for the best 70.3 training plan.
In terms of running, I’m super excited to join the first ever RADrabbit team! Rabbit is an awesome new running apparel brand started right here in Santa Barbara by two local competitive runners who happen to be women!
This summer, K, the boys and I are doing the entire Nite Moves series (a weekly 5k race through August). I also plan on doing a couple local 10k races and a sprint and Oly tri as part of 70.3 training.
As far as marathons go, I’ve been considering the California International Marathon (CIM) in December, but not ready to pull the trigger and sign up just yet. I know I want to do another one for sure, but also think my body deserves a break from heavy training after Ironman 70.3 AZ. We’ll see!
A question I get asked frequently.
How do you find the time to train as a working mom to twins?
Family time comes first. I get the majority of my workouts done super early in the morning before everyone else is up, during my lunch break (there is a pool right next to my office) and at T & C’s nap time or after tucking them in bed at night. And runs pushing them in the BOB stroller are my favorite! If I miss a workout because one of the boys is sick or wakes up early from a nap, I don’t stress over it. I’m also fortunate to have a mother-in-law next door who comes to watch them if K is at work or out doing errands. K supports my passions just as I support his and together we make it work. We do our best to balance our individual hobbies and passions so that they do not take away from our family time.
What’s next for you?