Ironman journey – Coeur d’Alene

The Ironman journey culminates with the crossing of the finish line and hearing “You are an Ironman” along with the cheers of spectators.


The race can take up to 17 hours to complete. Believe it or not, that’s the easier part. The hardest part is getting there.

The actual Ironman journey is in the training: the long bike rides through the country, the early morning swims, and the joy of long runs.


Along with the swim/bike/run training comes the strength training, injury prevention work, proper nutrition and, when you can manage, enough sleep!

Yummy fuel

Yummy fuel

It’s the early bed times, the missed parties, and the days you go through like a zombie. It’s the snowy/windy/icy/rainy training days.

So why do people do it? Each person has their reason, whether it’s for the challenge, to test your limits, to inspire others, or to gain confidence in knowing what you can achieve with hard work. Some people do it after battling illness, losing massive amounts of weight, or going through a life change.

I’m not sure why I do it. I’ve always loved running. I love to cycle. And I love endurance sports. I can’t imagine a more fun way to spend time with my husband. And I like to challenge my myself.

CdA journey
My Ironman Coeur d’Alene journey has been an interesting one with lots of ups and a couple downs!

I arrived home from five weeks in Asia on March 14 with a few extra pounds on my body and a lack of fitness!


One of our more strenuous days!

In the 13 weeks since we’ve been home, I’ve worked hard to increase my endurance and keep healthy.

I learned to love my bike trainer, riding hours on there and setting a new personal record of 5 hours, 38 minutes. Outside rides haven’t been as plentiful. However I did get in one glorious and hilly ride in Jasper and a solo 100 miler to test my mental game.


My running mileage stayed quite low due to knee issues and then foot/ankle problems. I went from running three days a week to zero days to two days per week.


But, I ran 13 miles twice and felt strong running in the Oliver half Iron tri. I also pool ran twice and was surprised to find I enjoyed it and could work up quite a sweat. My favourite training run was definitely our family trail run in Jasper!


I practiced yoga once a week and strength trained twice nearly every week. I also foam roll like crazy and keep up my physio exercises. Massage is one of my favourite luxuries, and I’ve been going about once a month. Glorious.


I’ve only been swimming once a week. I decided to only go once instead of forcing myself a second time and despising it! My practice swims have been faster than other years, which I credit to extra strength training. My Oliver time didn’t reflect that, but I feel much stronger.

We competed in one practice race a few weekends ago, which further ignited my love for the sport.

The journey is coming to an end after a challenging few months. We leave for Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. I can’t wait for the energy of the town, the spirit of the athletes, and the power of the spectators.

I’m excited to hopefully meet blogging friends (Page, Beth, and Emma).

And I can’t wait to race another Ironman with my husband and have family there to support us.


Ironman Arizona 2010

My goal is to have FUN, regardless of my times or pain and discomfort I’m feeling!

Why do you compete in running, triathlon, or anything else?

55 responses to “Ironman journey – Coeur d’Alene

  1. You are going to do great! I sent this post to my husband at work so he can read your journey! When do you actually get in? We get in Thursday. Maybe we can meet up at the expo Saturday or after party Monday?!?! Weather looks great! Low 70s! Although maybe that’s hot for you?
    emma @ a mom runs this town

    • I hope the weather is warm, not only for the athletes but also for the spectators! Even though we haven’t had any heat yet, I’d much prefer it over rain and cooler temps!
      We’ll be in late Wednesday. I’d love to try and see you at the expo on Saturday. Although there are so many people there, I’m sure we’ll run into each other!
      Safe travels, and good luck with Ms. G!

  2. Safe travels & best wishes for a great race this weekend! I can’t wait to read how it goes. You’re such an inspiration, and you’ve got me fired up about completing an Ironman in the future. I’ll probably wait until my girls are a little older, but I’m still excited about accomplishing it some day! Good luck and enjoy the experience!

  3. runnerontherise

    I won’t say that I’m a competitor YET, but I LOVE participating! It’s the feeling of camaraderie out on the road and the feeling that fills me up when I cross a finish line.

  4. Good luck at coeur d’alene!! you’re going to do great! You’ve certainly put in the work and the training and you’re ready. I’m so in awe of your drive and focus, talk about inspiring!! I can’t wait to hear about how it goes, have a blast!

  5. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe the day is almost here! I can’t imagine doing all that training! I did my teeny little sprint tri on Saturday and ran 14 miles on Sunday, and I was miserable and tired. That training is tough!

  6. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog as I was searching for course tips for Ironman CDA… a fellow Albertan as well. I know all to well of the long days on the indoor trainer… I’ve also only gotten a few long rides outside done. Well good luck this weekend!

  7. The hard work is done, now go and enjoy the race!! Your training is SO inspiring! I can’t wait to hear about it. Will there be a way to follow it live?

    • Thanks so much for your support, Jan! I think you will be able to follow live on (They usually have a link on the top left.) I’m #315 and Kelly is #1273!

  8. Definitely quite a journey, so much work… but so exciting to feel that you are so prepared. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  9. I am so excited for your race, and I cannot wait to read all about it! You are such an inspiration to me! I run because it keeps me challenged. The half marathon distance is my max these days and it keeps me striving for more!

  10. Oh wow I seriously can not wait to read the recap! I don’t know anyone personally that has done it, especially after a 5 week vacay to Asia. You’re going to rock it, I know it! Best of luck to you and your husband.

  11. Congrats on getting to the start line, as that’s the hardest part! You’ll have a great day, so enjoy everything the day brings, all the ups and downs. But I know you’ll have mostly ups!

  12. I am so excited for you and everyone racing this weekend. I will definitely be looking for you to cheer for you on the course and hope I get to meet you!

  13. I’m screaming “Good luck!!!!!” I can’t wait to hear how you do and I actually have chills reading your post. Congratulations in your training. Congratulations for taking on the journey and the sticking through the trials. You’re an IronWoman! So excited to hear how you do. Kick butt my friend.

  14. Have a great race! I can’t wait to hear about it next week!

  15. I`m so excited for you!! I`m sure it will be great!

  16. You are going to LOVE CdA! I can’t wait to track you and then read your recap after! Are you staying walking distance to downtown? Either way you will be enjoying a beautiful, walk able small town on a gorgeous lake with 2000 of your fellow athletes! GOOD LUCK and enjoy the journey!

  17. That picture of you two is adorable! Can’t wait to see your smiling faces again after you have another great day out there this weekend. Best of luck–I’ll be thinking of you!!

  18. You are going to do so great!! It has been so awesome following your training!! I can’t believe you are days away!!! Good Luck!! You have done it before!! Pace yourself! Keep the energy up!! I will be tracking you on Sunday!! Have FUN!!

  19. Awesome post!!!
    It has been great watching your journey, and I am excited to hear all about your race this weekend and will be cheering you on from Chicago! I did an entire post on why I love Tri’s and I think pushing myself and overcoming challenges along with the fitness are my top reasons : ) I am amazed by how much time you put into training, especially with yoga and strength training. That is a huge accomplishment in itself!

  20. wow you are going to be great!!!! congratulations on your incredible journey and training, you are an inspiration and awesome spirit! you have many fans and supporters out here in web world, and i’m lucky and proud to be one of them. hooray for you and high fives!!!!!

  21. Okay, I’ll admit it. I can’t even imagine the work and dedication that went into training. It’s like when the gov talks about trillions of dollars in debt or whatever, and my brain just can’t fully grasp what that number is actually like.

  22. You are a bad a**. That’s why! I think you answered the question the same as I. I run because I like it, not sure if it’s anything underlying or deep. I just enjoy it.

    I could read these Ironman posts all day! I’ve only done a tri and that was grueling, I can’t imagine the stamina you have to endure. It’s incredible.

  23. I am crazy-excited to read all about your race! You are such an inspiration!!

  24. Yay!!! Good luck. Sending you lots of positive vibes today. HAVE FUN!!!!

  25. runnerbydefault

    Good luck!! I can’t wait to hear how it went. I am sure you did great. You are so motivated. Such an inspiration!

  26. Congratulations on your awesome finish yesterday!

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