I am returning from a long hiatus in the sport and I sit here thinking... wow. This is so much more difficult that I remember it being.

And I do not mean it in a sarcastic funny way.. I mean that the struggle for me is real. This is going to be a hard fought return. However, I have the opportunity to see this as a re-do.

When I left the sport to focus on my personal development I was at an all time high for me. Happy Ironman finisher, 2015 TeamUSA Long Course World Championship Qualifier (declined my spot due to school), and overall having the time of my life feeling fit and fabulous setting PRs all over the place. I felt and operated like some form of well oiled machine. I was in the zone and figured that I could keep doing something while in school, only that never happened. I decided to reach for the stars instead of digging myself a hole. My healthy lifestyle came to a screeching halt.

Now here I sit, tired, out of shape and overweight looking at how far I have slipped, only to catch myself and say NO. STOP!


I am not the Jenniferlyn of years past when I was at the very peak of my fitness and nutrition, however I am also not the Jenniferlyn who had just graduated from college when I was severely overweight, smoking, drinking, in a cheesecake induced spiral of shame, slying out of control on the brink of diabetes and a slew of other health issues.

For anyone who is standing here today looking at the road ahead and thinking "But that is SO FAR" I say NO. STOP! Don't judge yourself based on how you got to where you are today, EMBRACE yourself and open your heart to the journey ahead as the best thing that you will do for yourself. Your children. Your family. Your life.

I am approaching my return as less of a comeback (hence my #dontcallitacomeback tag) and more of a rebirth. Yes the journey ahead of me is long but that does not mean that it is one I cannot embrace fully and can even enjoy taking. How does that saying go? The time will pass either way.

In 1 year I want to look back on my efforts over the past year and celebrate my growth as a person so today I set forth my mission in health.

This is my manifesto for change... This is my renegade act.
I will NOT be the martyr or victim of my past choices and beliefs. I am who I am and own up to every single decision I have made. Every forkful of stress eating comfort food, every second that I chose to sit and binge watch Netflix or HULU in stead of going for a walk or a swim.

I will walk my talk - I have all the tools now I just need to actually heed them, to wield them in my own house. I work wonders in others' lives... time to work on my own. >

I am ditching labels. I will no longer make my identity about what I have accomplished... my identity lies solely in what I put forth into the universe. I am not an Ironman... I am an inspirer for those who wish to achieve big dreams. I am not a health coach or nutritionist... I am the lighter of paths. I am not a vegan or paleo or whatever the latest dietary trend may be... I am a renegade in nutrition and I nourish my body with whatever it needs to rock out!


I am turning my back on my past belief that I was not good enough, fast enough, or worthy enough. I AM ENOUGH and in 2017 this phoenix shall rise again, this time in a much happier and more sustainable flame.

Today I hit 'send' on my race season form with my coaching team. 


I decided to do a 2-part season, one in focusing on my return to racing, the other on focus on prepping for the work ahead of me in 2018.  We will see what coach says about my part 2, however for now I have a solid race schedule for my grand re-entrance into triathlon!




  • Triceratops Tri - June 21st
  • Motor City Sprint - June 25th
  • Pterodactyl Tri - July 19th
  • Ironman70.3 Ohio (Relay) - July 30th
  • The Bavarian Inn Experience - August 5th
  • Swim to the Moon 5k  (Open Water Swim) - August 20th
  • T-Rex Tri - August 23rd
  • Detroit Marathon - October 15th




It feels good to have something on the radar now, some goal to work for. The hardest part of coming back from a long time off is taking that first step knowing that it is going to hurt, that it is not going to feel the same as it once did, that it will be something I have to work at and that it is not going to be easy.  Nothing worth working for ever is though. :-)


 


Thanks to Groupon I was able to grab a 10 session membership to a new Yoga studio that has been catching my eye ever since they started reno on the old Mother Fletcher's location in Ferndale.





What really caught my eye on this studio from the outward appearance was the name and logo itself.  I was surprised to see the idea of plugging in when I have always heard to unplug, however I really dug on the idea of tuning in to yourself rather than tuning out the world.



 
I went for my first class - the Soulful class - and I was beyond impressed.  From the moment I walked into the space I felt at home and like I found a practice that resonated within myself.  The studio space, the overall vibe of Caren Paskel -  the instructor for the class and owner of EnSoul -  as well as the message conveyed and the delivery of the message all made for a very deep and meaningful experience.  I am looking forward to trying out the many different classes that EnSoul Yoga provides,  multiple types of classes ranging from the rocking to the restorative and everything in between:




EnFuse
In this one stop shop, you will get everything you want and need: good tunes, flows and movement that will make you work, sweat and stretch. We combined Rock EnSoul and Soulful, rolled 'em up and made a signature class for everyone.

Rock EnSoul
This vinyasa inspired flow style class will rock you from the inside out and the outside in. Carefully crafted, world renowned choreography, designed to produce ultimate health on the inside and a supple and toned outside. A great class for those who really like to move. However, you do not have to be super strong or bendy. They state that this is the class that single handedly opened the door to a new yoga movement that has now spread across the globe and that you will be directed and led through flows and also have some time to flow on your own.

Soulful
Slow moving, deep stretching and muscle strengthening flows for the average Joe, Jane, Super Man or Wonder Woman. A great class for anyone who wants a sweat, a challenge and some change, while moving at pace that encourages a deeper, more rhythmic breath.  Eyes closed, dig in to your soul with direction throughout the entire class.  No memorization required!

The Sweetest Thing
Come and sink into a super sweet, deliciously tasty, slow, sensual, flow. Not only is this a great class for your body, but the mind and soul will be taken on a journey as well. The Sweetest Thing captures a deep healing energy without giving up challenges, surprises and fun. Mostly seated postures and simple standing sequences. This is a wonderful active recovery for those healing from injury or for those who need a break in between harder workouts. The temperature will be perfectly sweet with NO HEAT!








Namaste!


Do you remember being a child and having your parent tell you to clean your room?  Were you the child jumping up, so excited to get it clean or were you like me and would go up to your room only to sit there and play with toys or look through every single thing that you find in an effort to protest, to push back against parental control? 

Some days I feel like that stubborn child but know that I cannot really get away with throwing a tantrum over the inevitable.  In order to be healthy one must adopt healthy habits and work each day on their health.  In order to be fit one must adopt the habits that lead to a state of fitness and work each day on fitness.  In order to have a clean room one must clean the room. 

I also know that if I were to just jump right back into hard core training I would quit in a heartbeat.  I have been gone for so long that who I was no longer exists... I need to re-start as who I am. I need to embrace TODAY and not be resentful over the loss of YESTERDAY.  

I have been doing a challenge to build a habit of going to the gym like I used to.  I threw down a 50 swipes in 50 days challenge to myself, a swipe being an entrance into my gym.  I cannot say that this was all due to desire... there is an overwhelming need to accomplish this if I am to qualify for my company's gym fee reimbursement policy.  I need 104 visits a year in order to get my gym membership dues refunded to me.  I was at 54 visits with exactly 50 days left in 2016, so I had no choice but to go every single day. 


At first I went only to badge in.  Now, before you roll your eyes or say how that is not right, that is cheating, or how I am doing myself no good by going only to badge in, remember that I am a health coach.  My thing is teaching others how to make slow sustainable changes, how to crowd out bad behaviors with good behaviors, or as I like to say how to move out what no longer suits us by filling our time with that which does.  I teach others to adopt super simple infallible goals so that we build up a level of trust within ourselves, one that we can build upon with less simple more meaningful changes later on.
 
Just as we build a base before we build our speed or endurance, I had to build the habit of consistency in going to the gym. 


Every single day I have driven myself to the gym.  Over time it went from just a task that I had to do to looking forward to my nightly trips to the gym, to even WANTING to go for a real workout now. I just ordered 2 new swimsuits, bought new goggles, have new running shoes, and even dropped some additional cash on outside the gym exercise classes. 

For now through the end of the year I am just going to do whatever strikes my fancy.  Be that a class,  a swim bike or run, or yoga.  Thanks to Groupon I have found 2 new places to go for fitness fun as well - CycleBar in Troy where I am going to try out 4 classes and then EnSoul Yoga in Ferndale where I bought a 10 session pass.  Now I can finally just say  "I do what I want!"  What I want is to have fun with fitness. I am opening myself up to everything to gain fitness that I can put to use in more focused ways in the new year.  

My experiences with CycleBar and EnSoul Yoga will be coming soon!  


Shine on my friends,


 
It feels so good to shake off the dust, stretch out the arms, inhale a fresh breath exhaling in the final yawn of coming out of a deep sleep, rubbing eyes clear of slumber and seeing clearly what is in front of you. 


I needed the break to finish my degree and to find a fresh perspective on my fitness.  A lot has come to light in the last few years than I had ever imagined.  With that a refocus on fitness and health has commenced.  In 2017 I am very excited to be working with people I know and love, as well as to represent a new team that I have been wowed by over the past year in how they support the community at large, and how they stand up for the right thing, not the easy thing.  Their products are pretty amazing to boot, and without them I would not have been able to survive the death-march that Ironman70.3 Ohio turned out to be for me.  Here is the dream team, MY dream team - the teams that I am proud to be racing and training with and representing on my journey.  They have all personally backed me in my pursuits and have built a relationship with me that will remain strong through my triathlon life and beyond!




I am very proud member of Team Fraser.  Fraser Bicycle is so much more than a bike store, it is a family, a community.  Fraser has supported me through all of my Iron aspirations and well beyond, providing me the lab access so that I could run my intervention trial on LactiGo for my Master's Degree completion.  With their support I finished and graduated 'With Distinction' both academically (4.0 baby!) and for being the first trial study a student has performed as their final project in the school's history.  None of that could have happened without the pure love and support from my Fraser fam. I bleed green! #teamgreen #fraserbicycle




In 2017 I am proud to say that I will be racing for BASE Performance!  As a nutritionist I do not back a brands lightly however when the opportunity came about to apply for the BASE performance team I went for it; that is how strongly I believe in and support these products and the BASE brand as a whole.  I get $0.00 from BASE for being on the team, my thoughts expressed aout their products and any benefit I have experienced from them are purely my own. It is because of my own personal usage and experience with BASE salts that lead me to the team. #racewithbase #saltsaves



I am also proud to be back in the Haus.  If you do not know what constitutes 'the Haus', then you are not familiar with Endurance Nation and the coaching team that makes up the experience. I am ready to get back to it and work my way back into fitness so that my journey into the 2018 Ironman season goes as smoothly as possible. Endurance Nation has been the coaching and training team that has made me an execution ninja out there and I am excited to see what I can do in the next year to get back to ninja status!  #workworks

 I am also a 2016 Ambassador and supporter of the Mermaid Club, oping to return as ambassador in 2017 as well. The Mermaid Club is an outstanding group of women who cheer and support on women in the sport of their choosing.  We like to live life and make waves, have fun and go for our goals! #cozwhynot #likeamermaid









With that, I am still fleshing out the 2017 season overall, focusing on using it as a build year.  I say this every year I feel, however I am putting the run as my boo this year.  I am gearing up to get myself in amazing shape to rock the Ironman distance once again for my 40th birthday in 2018. 140.6 for 40 sounds really good to me!

In 2012 I went from fat to fit, I thought at the time due to a total lifestyle change but that just was not so.  I went vegan after being vegetarian for some time, I stepped up my training due to focusing on the Iron distance, I graduated with my MBA and I got married. The lifestyle change I made was called "crazy cram it all in life"and since 2012 to 2016 I went right back to fat because the changes I made were not really sustainable to me in the life that I was living and due to the I made them.  If I had fallen upon them more organically then yes, but I made drastic changes and dropped 70 lbs in the matter of months.  As soon as the pressures of  school, wedding, Ironman and switching jobs went away and the stresses of my real life emerged... it went downhill at such a rate I could not stop.

I do not mean this as a slander against myself, or a reflection of poor confidence, but rather as hard fact.  I am overweight and not even by a little.  I do not have "vanity" weight to lose, I have real weight to lose, to the tune of 90 freaking lbs to lose. I am on a mission to get there by taking myself on as a client, finally putting all of my education and experience to use on my self.  I am a certified health coach and sports focused nutritionist.  I have the tools and I know how to use them, I just have not been ready to until now.  

Along the way I will post up both my wins and my loses, so that together we can learn about what works and what patterns we fall into that lead to missing the goal.


Here is to a much needed fresh perspective on health!  Shine on my friends, shine on!



As of September 11, 2016 I am officially done with my Master's Degree academic work!  I have taken and passed my comprehensive exam, and now just need to finish my clinical trial and then in a few short weeks I will have my degree in hand.




In December I expect to be able to obtain my State Certification in Nutrition, so another huge milestone is about to be cleared.  What an amazing past few years it has been on my goal of inspiring others to live a healthy and active life.

However what has not been so amazing in the past few years has been how far I have fallen out of a healthy and active life myself as the demands of work and school took their toll. The weight my body now bares is the proof of how we must work on health as part of our lifestyle, not a crash fad.  Ironic that I am a certified health coach with a Master's degree in nutrition... and I look and feel like I need to see one myself.

I am starting the journey back to consistent workouts and self care, the journey back to long distance and endurance training.  The journey back to being active and healthy and full of energy.  I am starting the journey back to me.  

Part of this journey will include others - mentoring, inspiring, educating. I am starting a 140.6 days of health with a focus on starting a consistent routine of eating well and consistent movement.  It starts today and ends January 31st, 2017.

This will be the first of many 140.6 days of health that I plan on making a total investment in myself - in terms of time and patience, and I want you along for the journey!


Day 1 of 140.6
Today I went to yoga and worked on opening my hip flexors after months of sitting at a desk at work and studying for my comprehensive exams.



Have a great week!



One thing I love is an easy to take, nutrient dense meal that nourishes body and tastes really good.

My friend and teammate Trish turned me on to this recipe and it has become a training season staple in my house. I make large batches and then keep in small containers to grab-and-go for post ride or run refueling.

If you don't need a refueling option,  this is a bomb diggity meal on its own! 

Originally this is from Iowa Girl Eats foods blog,  but due to my nutritionist background I have made some very minor changes.  I've included the link to the original recipe.

SUPERFOOD SALAD
Original recipe courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, Modifications by Jenniferlyn Warstler, CINHC, CFSP
http://iowagirleats.com/recipes/superfood-salad-with-lemon-vinaigrette/
Serves: 5

INGREDIENTS:
For The Salad:
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/3 cup red onion, chopped
1 orange, peeled then segmented
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup reduced-sodium canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate worth, I buy the seeds in bluk from CostCo or even Trader Joe's when they are available)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons worth)
2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
1 teaspoon maple syrup or raw honey (I prefer the raw honey as this will also help acclimate to local allergens boosting imunity and Honey is a natural antiseptic)
salt and pepper
2-5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (I put a range here because some like their salads to be very dressed others like them to be a bit on the drier side - start with a lower amount and gradually add in until you feel the dressing is to your preference. If using coconut oil,  you may need to warm it slightly to emulsify)

Directions

1 - Cook quinoa according to package directions then set aside to cool.

2 - For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid or bowl then shake or whisk to combine. Alternately you can use a vitamix/Ninja/Blentech or similar blender if you prefer a very homogeneous dressing. I advise this of using coconut oil and raw honey

3 - Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, cilantro, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour Lemon Vinaigrette over salad then stir to combine.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Iowa Girl serves this with grilled shrimp on top for additional protein however this is amazing without any additions.  You can easily make this a full meal by reducing serving sized to 4 and adding in grilled chicken or shrimp, and even finely chopped raw spinach or kale to help further bulk up both the portion size and phytonutrients without adding wasteful calories.

Photo-credit: Iowa Girl Eats



 
I used to create playlists for races, music for training, and spend hours crafting the perfect mixes of tempos and beats to get me rocking on my feet.  (See what I did there?)  These days though, with the increase in popularity of podcasts and streaming music services like Pandora and Stitcher we can almost outsource the heavy lifting and reap the rewards of another's musical curating.

 
So here are some musical tools that I use to get going:

 

MUSIC AND OTHER PODCASTS

  • PODRUNNER: Workout Music (and a subset of that is PUDRUNNER INTERVALS
    • PODRUNNER is great in that DJ Steve  organizes each track (episode) by BPM of the music.  It ranges from 120bpm (great for walking and easy efforts) to 180 BPM - that is what we call WORK!  Some tracks (episodes) contains an interval based workout where he takes the music and starts at a moderate tempo and then adds in faster tempos to sustain a nice workout, or you can just find a BPM that works with your preferred effort and listen to tracks (episodes) that are centered around that one. 
    • This is great for anyone who doesn't want to think and just wants to run.  Let the beats guide you!
  • Motion Traxx: Upbeat Workout Music
    • Similar to PODRUNNER, this podcast has some great music sets to workout to, not just run to. 
  • Ben Greenfield Fitness
    • This is not music but it is a great podcast filled with interesting information that I enjoy listening to when I have a longer, steady state effort run or bike trainer workout to do. 
  • Meditation Oasis Podcast
    • This is more so for relaxing my busy mind and getting ready for sleep after a long day at the office, in school and out on the roads training. This podcast has many guided mediations each for a specific purpose - sleep, energy, focus, getting ready for a big event, calming nerves. 
  • The Meditation podcast
    • This is very similar to the Meditation Oasis Podcast mentioned above.
  • Endurance Nation Triathlon podcast
    • This is my Training and Racing team's podcast and is a great resource for anyone who loves to hear about triathlon training and racing. You will find nutrition and racing tips, interviews with team members following epic races (both good and bad performances so that we all can learn about what works and what doesn't!) as well as information on training and happenings within the haus. 
  • The Dirtbag Diaries
    • This podcast is about trail running and those people who love to run the trails. 

 

 

ALBUMS/SONGS/ARTISTS

  • Girl Talk - All Day
    • GirlTalk is a DJ (Gregg Gillis) that does the most amazing, let me repeat this AH-MAY-ZING mashups of songs.Do yourself the favor and download this album this moment!  It plays as one continual track and makes my swim sets and long runs go by like nothing.  
  • Balkin Beat Box - Blue Eyed Black Boy (Album)
    • This is an amazing full of energy album that I listen to all the way through as I run.  It is a nice change of pace to normal music, taking cues from Roma (Gypsy) culture and many varying beats, different instruments and amazing addictive vocals.  Find them on Pandora and be amazed during your next run!
  • Lana Del Rey - Born To Die (Paradise Edition - Album)
    • Now if you know of Lana Del Rey then you are probably wondering why I would put her under music to get me pumped but honestly I appreciate the wildly different and eccentric music she puts out.  On Born To Die the songs go from upbeat and fun to slow and trance-like but all seem to work together to create this tapestry of stories and feelings that you cannot help but get sucked into.  She has a really good pace to this album meaning that the tempo changes with every song, so you are never in a lull or an upswing too long. 
  • Lana Del Rey - West Coast (ZHU Remix Song)
    • This song is a great mix and I love how it takes a cool song and amps it up!  Look for any Lana Del Rey song that has been mixed with some electronic or club music and you have a winner!
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
    • Love this album!  It is another that puts you in a good mood and has some great tunes to keep carrying your feet in the forward direction. 

 



 

APPS

  • Google's "Play music" App (no subscription required but you can subscribe to the unlimited database and get all music you could ever want for a low monthly price)
    • This is great because you can find any assortment of music from their entire database to fill your needs.  They have pre-arranged music playlists based on activity - lounging around, relaxing, getting ready to go out, partying, working out, beating the afternoon lull, etc.  and so you are sure to find something that you like. Plus you can make your own playlists right in the App which is a fun feature as you can sort through all sorts of artists and genres.
  • Pandora (no subscription required but you can subscribe to the unlimited database and get all music you could ever want for a low monthly price)
    • Similar to Google's Play Music, Pandora is the mother of all internet radio apps allowing you to create stations based on your preferred songs and or artists.
Both Play Music and Pandora are great in that you can be exposed to new music and maybe find your next favorite artist, album or song!   
  • Audible (requires Audible subscription or to pay for individual audible books)
    • I like to listen to talk radio in my car, so that also transfers to my workouts where I like to listen to books on audio.  Audible is a great choice to multitask if you have the ability to.  I like to listen to David Sedaris, Tina Fey, and any number of other funny memoires or stories that keep me entertained and thus going because I want to hear more.  I do not want the story to end so I keep running and usually feel sad when I have to stop before the story does.
    • I also like to hear actors read epic storybooks because they end up performing them - my current favorite that I am a few chapters into now is Scarlett Johansson performing Alice In Wonderland.  Do yourself a favor - listen to this! 

 

 
What are some of your go-to's for motivation, getting pumped up, or for the long haul?  Do you like music or spoken works?  Do you even train with music or do you prefer to go naked?  I am always looking for new things to listen to so leave your suggestions here or you can pop over to the Iron Seashell on Facebook and leave a comment there. 

 

 
Happy Training!
The Iron Seashell,

 

 

 

I belonged to a motivational Facebook group that was about helping each other get a jump start on any New Year's resolutions.  One of the sayings that I picked up from this group is Always Win Monday.  It serves as the reminder to start off the week on a good foot, get in that workout and win the day.










Part of wining Monday for me will be taking in yoga and finally getting my butt back into the pool!  Ironman70.3 Ohio is fast approaching at 145 days away and I will be going from couch to 1.2 mile swim / 13.1 mile run in that time. I can do that by winning Mondays.  I find that it really sets the tone for the rest of the week and I am to the point now that if I miss going to the gym during the week I get cranky and feel out of sorts.   


My Monday Win looks something like this:
  • Get in a workout even if it is Yoga or stretching
  • Stick to the meal plan
  • Get a good night's rest
These things help me set the intention for the rest of the week.  I am a person who loves checking off tasks as they are completed so starting the week off with a big fat checkmark on Monday is the best feeling! 

Winning your Monday also helps to build momentum. An object in motion tends to stay at motion until something stops it.  Typically that is friction that slowly wears us down or an abrupt obstacle that forces an immediate stop.  What we can do is add to the momentum every day we win - whatever that means for your day.  It is harder to not go to the gym if you have already gone a few days each week, just as it is harder to be tempted to go out to eat or to snack unhealthful if we have a fridge filled with made-ahead meals, and a lunch bag packed with meals and snacks to keep us on that winning path.

Motivation is what gets us started, it is the habit of winning days that keeps us going.

Do you have a routine that when disrupted makes you feel like you are off kilter?  How do you win or what can you do each week to help you win Mondays?


The Iron Seashell,






I am on near 2-year return journey to the Ironman.  I am finding it difficult to wrap my head around the new me.  What I mean about that is when I decided to go back to school to pursue a dream, I put my triathlon and endurance training on pause. 






Well now that I am un-pausing I am struggling with the fact that my fitness did not pause along with it. I am really feeling like a totally new runner, struggling to find my pace and my level.  I keep thinking that it should not be this hard but the truth is that it is.  It is not because this is difficult, it is hard only because I am comparing it to when I left and I am not at that fitness level anymore.


Lesson learned that you cannot rest on your last achievement.  I am embarrassed to even claim to be an Ironman at this point only because I can barely run a 5k.


So this is where my health coaching comes into play and I take myself on as a client.  The struggle is mental and because I am comparing myself to a former version of myself.  That self is not gone, only changed.  And I can never get back to that old self, I can only forge ahead and create the next iteration of self. 


Basically you can only ever go forward and as long as you are making forward progress you are succeeding.  I intend to move forward at the pace of success this year and next.


Every day is a new PR as I am starting over again in my fitness journey with the right head on my shoulders, the right intention in my heart, and with the right tools at my disposal armed with the knowledge of how to utilize them to their fullest.


I get a do-over in a way.


I decided that the journey back to Ironman would start this year in order to give me time to lose the academically induced weight and to rebuild my base. My tri buddies are all doing Lake Placid (IMUSA) in 2017 so that is a possibility for me.  Also contenders are IMChoo, IMNC (the old Beach to Battleship), IMLou, IMAZ, or IMMD.   I prefer earlier rather than later and I prefer to train and race with a large group of people, so IMUSA may be the race!  At least I have a few months to decide before I must sign up.


Lake Placid is a heck of the course, being the 2nd longest running American Ironman race with Kona being the only one ran longer since it was the birthplace of the distance. Lake Placid is challenging with nearly 7K feet of climbing over 112 miles of bike, and an equally daunting run with 1.6K feet of climbing over the 26.2 miles. 





While I am still on the fence as to the specific IM I am going to tackle in 2017, having this beast in my sights is serving as great motivation because those hills + this current body = no way José. I need to drop between 75 and 90 lbs to be at my race weight for the Iron distance, and this is more important for this course in particular.  F= M x A...  Physics!


So forgetting the Ironman ahead of me because it is way too far off to even think of that without setting myself for burn out, I am turning this year to focus on my absolute weakness which happens to be the sport that got me into triathlon to begin with: running.  I am going to train for one of my favorite marathons, Detroit, which is exactly 30 weeks out. I have a 30 week beginner plan from Hal Higdon that I feel confident will get me safely ramped up over the spring to tackle longer distances this fall.  This 30 week build of run focused mileage will lead me right into the November Out Season, which will start a few weeks after Detroit Marathon and will help me gain speed on the run and reclaim some power on the bike before starting Ironman training in the late winter / early spring time frame (if IMUSA is the one I go for... I really am feeling ambiguous to that course for some reason).


Marathon Training Schedule: The Journey To Detroit
Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 Strength / Swim 1.5 m run 3 m run 1.5 m run Rest 3 m run 30 min walk 27-Mar-16
2 Strength / Swim 1.5 m run 3 m run 1.5 m run Rest 3.5 m run 35 min walk 3-Apr-16
3 Strength / Swim 1.5 m run 3 m run 1.5 m run FLY - FL 3 m run 40 min walk 10-Apr-16
4 Run /FLY - OH 2 m run 3 m run 1.5 m run Rest 4 m run 30 min walk 17-Apr-16
5 Strength / Swim 2 m run 3 m run 2 m run Rest 3 m run 45 min walk 24-Apr-16
6 Strength / Swim 2 m run 3 m run 2 m run Rest 4.5 m run 30 min walk 1-May-16
7 Strength / Swim 2 m run 3 m run 2 m run Rest 3 m run 50 min walk FLY - GER 8-May-16
8 REST 2 m run 3 m run 2 m run Rest 5 m run 30 min walk FLY - MI 15-May-16
9 Strength / Swim 2 m run 3 m run 2.5 m run Rest 3 m run 55 min walk 22-May-16
10 Strength / Swim 2 m run 3 m run 2.5 m run Rest 5.5 m run 30 min walk 29-May-16
11 Strength / Swim 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run Rest 3 m run 60 min walk 5-Jun-16
12 Strength / Swim 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m run 30 min walk 12-Jun-16
13 Strength / Swim 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m run Cross 19-Jun-16
14 Strength / Swim 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run Rest 7 m run Cross 26-Jun-16
15 Strength / Swim 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run Rest 5 m run Cross 3-Jul-16
16 Strength / Swim 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run Rest 9 m run Cross 10-Jul-16
17 Strength / Swim 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 10 m run Cross 17-Jul-16
18 Strength / Swim 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 7 m run Cross 24-Jul-16
19 Strength / Swim 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run Rest 12 m run Cross 31-Jul-16
20 Strength / Swim 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run Rest 13 m run Cross 7-Aug-16
21 Strength / Swim 3 m run 7 m run 4 m run Rest 10 m run Cross 14-Aug-16
22 Strength / Swim 3 m run 7 m run 4 m run Rest S/R easy Ironman 70.3 Ohio 21-Aug-16
23 Strength / Swim 4 m run 8 m run 4 m run Rest 16 m run Cross 28-Aug-16
24 Strength / Swim 4 m run 8 m run 5 m run Rest 12 m run Cross 4-Sep-16
25 Strength / Swim 4 m run 9 m run 5 m run Rest 18 m run Cross 11-Sep-16
26 Strength / Swim 5 m run 9 m run 5 m run Rest 20 m run Cross 18-Sep-16
27 Strength / Swim 5 m run 10 m run Fly TBD TBD TBD 25-Sep-16
28 TBD TBD TBD Fly Rest 12 m run Cross 2-Oct-16
29 Strength / Swim 4 m run 6 m run 3 m run Rest 8 m run Cross 9-Oct-16
30 Strength / Swim 3 m run 4 m run 2 m run Rest Rest DETROIT 16-Oct-16




This time around I am no longer doubting myself or my training.  This time around I know that I can do it and that gives me the power to really truly own my training and my self as an athlete.  Everything is clicking for me in my head now, I am in the right space at the right time on nutrition and training and that has not happened in years. 


After a lot of false starts, knowing that I am setting myself up for a great success makes me excited to start in on the process, be it a lengthy one.