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Things that I learned in the last 15 days.

If you have a muscle cramp chew a Nuun tablet. It is fizzy and weird. It works.

Shoes shrink in the rain. Apparently. I’m still not sure I completely believe this.

Feeling your pace is way better than looking at your watch. It makes running a different sport.

The reason I’m slow in my new pool is because it is a 25 meter pool, not a 25 yard. So I’m not actually slower, it’s a farther distance.

Just because your IT band or PF stops bothering you, doesn’t mean you should lay off the full-blown attack against them. Keep rolling, stretching, attacking. They are sneaky devils.

Telling people that you have to leave a party because you have to get up early (“To do what?” “To train.” “For what?” “For an Ironman”) doesn’t ever lead to you leaving said party quickly. It’s heartwarming to have to many interested friends. And I need to start making announcements earlier in the evening to leave time to explain why I’m nuts..

I officially got accepted to race the ING NYC Marathon. My heart is happy.

Smoothies still do not keep me full or satisfied. I’m sure they’re healthy, but this girl needs to EAT.

I need new music on my iPod. The double duty of running and indoor cycling days has me very sick of my dance party playlist. However, I’m not sick of Sexy and I Know It, and I really think that might never happen.

My new bike is as amazing as I knew it would be. Riding in the rain isn’t as bad as I always think it will be. Cleaning my bike is always much much worse than I ever remember it to be.

My body doesn’t hate 400’s as much as my mind thought it did.

I can once again wear heels, as long as I’m basically only sitting down in them.

Following your heart is always the right thing to do. Always.

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#runchat #trichat #yesplease

Tonight I accidentally happened upon my first #runchat and #trichat on Twitter. Now that I’m getting more comfortable and confident in the rules of the social media world, I decided to jump in and give it a go. And I’m so glad I did!

For those unfamiliar, a #(whatever)chat is basically one huge conversation with whoever wants to participate, all at the same time and all at once, on Twitter. A moderator manages the chat and prompts people to participate with questions related to the predefined topic (for example, running), and they post a question every 5-10 minutes. Participants answer the question, initiate chatting with others about the question (reply to others’ posts), and just generally talk it up, all while including the proper hashtag marking in their tweet (#runchat or #trichat) so that posts show up in the feed as part of the greater conversation. Think of it as a pre-scheduled message board conversation but without the hassle of a trillion windows to expand and shrink in order to follow what’s happening.

Tonight’s #runchat and #trichat were a milestone in my foray into the social media world. I’m gaining confidence in my actual swimming, biking and running, but socially I still tend to feel like everyone on earth is more of an expert than I am. I’m getting faster, and I’m working hard, but I hesitate to share my opinions or thoughts with those outside my immediate circle (and anonymous Internet fans) because I’m still learning at a rapid pace and I’m never really sure when I’ll wake up one day and be certain that everything I’ve been doing up to that point is wrong! That’s an exaggeration, but with every training session, every workout, and every day I feel like I’m learning more and more and I’m hesitant to really weigh in until I feel like I have something significant and profound to contribute.

Twitter chats are the perfect venue and opportunity to measure what other athletes are doing and thinking, and to connect with people who have the same obsessive tendencies. I am insanely lucky to have a husband who will jump off the couch at 9:30 am on a Sunday to buy bike chain lubricant for my trainer ride (that’s to begin in 10 minutes) and who cheers me on always believing that I can do it, parents who believe more than I do that I can be as great as I want to be, and friends that started talking about ‘the trip to Penticton’ the moment I signed up for Ironman Canada. But I really only have a handful of people in my normal person everyday life that without words just understand, and would do the same thing.

By having a coach and attending team workouts I’ve expanded my circle of athletes that really get it, and most of the time that’s exactly what I need: just a few similar minds to help push each other, commiserate over injury, and inspire harder work. But sometimes the little things start adding up and you need someone to understand RIGHT NOW that having to run without your Garmin because it’s out of batteries REALLY IS THE END OF THE WORLD OKAY? I’M NOT BEING OVER-DRAMATIC, I JUST NEED IT UUURRRGGGHHH! DEATH! We all want to feel validated in whatever we do, and in my running and triathlon life the praise is overwhelmingly encouraging. But sometimes I don’t want anyone to be impressed; I’d trade impressed for quietly getting it and understanding. Twitter is the ultimate resource because at any moment there are plenty of folks tweeting about running (or anything!) so you can make a proclamation and know that others are sitting, reading, and nodding their heads, or you can quietly watch the conversation unfold if you only want to eavesdrop.

It feels dramatic to write, but I’ve found a lot of solace and positive reinforcement for what I do in social media land. Even though I’m only starting to reach out, just seeing that others feel the same, write the same, say the same, and do the same, and seeing that day after day, makes me feel in good company. I follow all the pro’s and eat up their tweets and blog posts like candy, but in this case I’m talking about the normal people who race, work, have lives, and have families, but still manage to make triathlon as important as they want it to be. And they’re good! I don’t have any doubt that I can do this, but it feels good to see that others are doing it too, with success.

I definitely plan to make a point to try to get in on the next #runchat and #trichat sessions. I think the next #runchat will be the evening after my next race, so hopefully I’ll have lots of good things to brag about share!

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No, you are crazy.

I was at a BBQ this weekend the and inevitable, “OHMIGOD you’re crazy!” conversation arose, to which I responded, “Yes, I’m going to be an Ironman.” Perhaps it’s because my friends aren’t athletes, or maybe I’m just really that amazing (right?), or perhaps it’s because I’m so boring that there’s nothing else to talk about, or it could be all of the above but regardless, whenever I’m at a gathering my latest endeavor seems to be a popular conversation topic.

 The latest and greatest, sheesh… I don’t know what could top it in 12.5 months, is IMC and that’s always a fun one to explain. The you’re-going-to-do-what? comments are endless, but on Sunday I recieved my most favorite to date. I realize I haven’t even had the joy of these comments for very long, but still. This one is gold.

There’s NOTHING on earth that I could want that badly to put that much time and energy toward it, and even if I did I just wouldn’t do it.

Really? You wouldn’t work that hard to achieve something that you really wanted? In that case, I feel bad for you for many reasons, including but not limited to the fact that you don’t know what it’s like to have passion and work hard, and you don’t know what it’s like for it to pay off.

To each their own, but what a boring existence some people must have.

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