Friday, April 25, 2014

Another Amazing Adventure Completed!

I'm so excited to be back home in MN! From March 25 - April 13 I spent only one night at home in my own bed. It was a ton of fun but that is a long time for me to be away. I went to Cabo, Phoenix, and then to FL where I got to recover while hanging out with my sister and my 4 week old nephew. I miss feeding, smooching, and snuggling with my nephew so much but am happy to back in my routine and with my dogs, I wish they were closer so I could see them daily!

IM Cabo was HOT HOT HOT compared to our frigid MN winter but I am so happy with my race! Right after Kona I started coaching myself for the first time ever since I began triathlons and I love it! I have an account for myself through Fox Endurance & plan my training in advance after all my other athlete's plans are written. I am Fox Endurance's least important client. Structured training is key! Whether you are coached or uncoached if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This is why I highly recommend personalized coaching and I treat my own training like one of my coached athletes, every workout has a purpose, is planned in advanced and can be changed if needed. So making my own training plan for this IM made the result that much more special.



Love this pic that Nick Morales took of the Cabo swim start. If you think a waist deep IM start is brutal, try the IM beach start for a real beat down!

I wrote a race report for MN Tri News here   & MN Tri New also posted their own recap here



Here is a pic that was taken on the bike course and you can see the Chamois Cream caked on my shoulder (see race report)

I dropped my salt somewhere on the run course and noticed it was missing at mile 14. I went from mile (at least 14) to 21 without salt which is a long time on a hot day. I began to cramp in a few places in my legs and slow down a little. Mo was at mile 21 & I yelled to him that I lost my salt. A male racer overheard and told me his race was over because of the heat and he was going to walk/jog it in. He told me to take all of his salt and his fancy container and finish strong. That was just the nicest thing, I will never forget that moment. About 5 mins later Mo popped out of nowhere with some salt for me as well. I felt so fortunate and got some renewed energy from the kindness of the human spirit. It's no secret that I was disappointed with my marathon in Kona so I went to Cabo to run! I so badly wanted a second chance to prove to myself that I CAN race long course in the heat, yes I can. And I can even train for it in the coldest winter I've ever lived through. I believe I had myself in sub 3:30 off the bike shape. The heat was intense and got hotter and hotter each loop. I ran my heart out and will take a 3:41 in those conditions.




They had the awards ceremony and Kona sign up in Cabo but the host hotel, finish line, swim start, packet pickup and basically everything else including our house was in San Jose, about a half hour away. We went to 2 different places in San Jose but couldn't find it. There are no addresses in Cabo you just describe where things are. You also had to pay in pesos for your slot which exceeded the daily maximum peso withdraw limit and they took no other form of payment or currency. A person would have to plan way ahead to take a Kona slot by renting a car and withdrawing a ton of pesos over a two day period then hope to qualify. Probably best not to have been tempted to go to Kona as I'm racing my favorite IM in September in Madison in front of the best spectators!

I will leave you with this funny video to watch, enjoy!!!







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FOX ENDURANCE, NOW Tri Club, NTC & Cabo Training



My new coaching company is called FOX ENDURANCE. For more information on personalized endurance training plans please contact me at suziemarie13@gmail.com 




















Fox Endurance has partnered with NOW TRIATHLON CLUB and I will also be racing for their team moving forward, check out the brand new 2014 NOW Tri unis, for more info on the NOW Tri Club click here
















B and I just went to FL for a week and were fortunate enough to get to swim at the National Training Center in Clermont twice. What a beautiful facility and pool, I want to go back!















Minnesota has been at zero degrees or below zero 53 times this winter! I did 95% of my runs outside. So what does training for a 90+ degree Ironman look like during MN's coldest winter in 30 years?












I'm really proud of the training I have put in for IM Cabo, I am ready for the distance but not quite sure about the heat! We'll see what happens though, the high is 94 for race day. We leave tomorrow morning and are renting a gorgeous villa on the ocean with a pool, fire pit and fountain on the grounds. I can't wait for IM #3 and a relaxing vacation with B!


On Sunday I lowered 8K PR from 31:24 to 30:55 at the Irish Run. I was really surprised since I am long course ready and put in a descent length brick on Saturday. I guess IM training doesn't totally suck the life out your top end speed.









I just put away my giant North Face parka, please MN have every last bit of snow melted when I get home from Mexico! I beg of you!!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Coaching Changes, Kona, & More

I'm SUPER EXCITED to let everyone know that I started my own coaching business! More details coming soon, I'm all set up and I can't wait to better serve my athletes! Stay tuned...


Kona- Time flies! Here it is the end of Feb and I'm in my build for my next Ironman but haven't yet written a word about Kona. I have never felt worse during a race in my entire life but my rule for Kona was that if I was still breathing I was going to finish! And I was still breathing, BARELY, so I finished :-) It was a long brutal day filled with blood, sweat, tears, cramps galore and insane sunburn but I have chosen to only remember, write about and take away the positive moments. The week leading up to the race was so much fun! I can not thank Pam Neilsen enough for taking me under her wing and showing me the ropes. We had a blast swimming to the coffee boat in the ocean, meeting Chrissie Wellington, running in our undies, and doing all things pre-Kona race week together, it wouldn't have been anywhere near the experience it was without Pam. The underwear run was a hilarious spectacle and I am so glad I participated!




As far as the actual race I want to only remember; the thrill of the helicopters overhead & the constant media frenzy filming the pros, being covered in salt & blood all day & the deep internal fight to finish a tough race on a rough day, the beautiful ocean swim course, seeing Hines Ward on the run on the Queen K, the sweet sweet taste of ice cold cola on the marathon and most importantly seeing the other fabulous MN athletes kicking butt out there, you all make me proud to be a MN triathlete! It was beyond inspiring to see Michelle Andres on a tear as she made MN history becoming the first woman to break 10 hours in the IM! The absolute highlight of the day was that my parents rented a car and drove 112 miles through lava field back roads from Kona to Hawi and back just to cheer me on for 15 seconds at the bike turn around, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world! 




I've never been on a vacation alone with my parents so our 10 days in Hawaii were truly special. We had the most wonderful time exploring Kona and Hilo, hiking, checking out several beaches and caves, eating fresh seafood, shopping, going to local farmer's markets and snorkeling with manta rays. Everyday felt like Christmas, we took a zillion pictures, and I will remember our trip for the rest of my life.

I spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family in FL. B and I brought our bikes down for 11 days over Christmas and we got in a 30 mile, two 50 mile, a 70 mile, and an 85 mile ride, 5 yoga classes, some solid running and one ocean swim. Right after our first swim we were informed that the Space Coast Beaches are the shark capital of the world and that quickly put an end to swimming!

I've done 3.5 running races so far this year. The .5 is because B, my dad and I did a 5K on New Year's Eve in FL and the race started at 11:45pm, so unless you are crazy fast the point was to start the race in 2013 and end in 2014. Ringing in the New Year on the run with fireworks was perfect!


I also did the MDRA Meet Of The Miles and the Securian Half Marathon in "feels like" -22 with 20 MPH wind in Jan the day after a snowstorm. It was not a day for fast times but I felt tough for being out there and they had fireworks at the start! Last weekend I did The 10 Mile Sweetheart Run in "feels like" -6 and the race was almost entirely on snow and ice, not exactly PR conditions or Cabo training weather but a great workout!

More on Ironman Cabo San Lucas, my coaching company, and my 2014 plans to come soon in future posts. I hope to keep my blog updated often this year and turn it into a mix of a coaching resource as well as some personal/race updates.

Hope everyone in the frigid mid-west is surviving and if you are somewhere warm PLEASE let me know if you have room for 2 Chihuahuas, 2 bikes, and me to move in until mid May!