This past Sunday, I did the Iron Girl duathalon! 2 miles running, 22 miles biking, and then another 2 miles of running!
If you would have told me 12 months ago that I would be running/biking in a race, I would have laughed and thought you were smoking the funny pipe. But, when my neighbor, Maria organized a group of women she knew, to join her on this fitness challenge, I thought, why the heck not?
This fitness challenge really kicked my butt into gear! I worked with a trainer, I worked out 3-6 days a week, I ate healthy, I made new friends, and I started to really enjoy living healthier.
Here’s a picture of part of our group. We all trained with Danielle Pellicano of Pellicano Endurance Coaching. Here we are waiting for the race to begin!
More of our Pellicano Endurance Training group!
And even more from our Pellicano crew:
If you didn’t notice, BOY, was it cold! 37 degress when I left the house at 5:00AM! This is my neighbor, Maria, who invited all her FABULOUS friends to be a part of this journey with her. She inspired us all to sign up and then DO IT! If not for Maria, I would have never signed up for this great event!
Since we had to wait 2 hours from when we racked our bikes until the time our wave of racers began, I brought banana bread for breakfast!
It’s a HUGE event with thousands of athletes! Check out all these women taking off at the start of the race!
With these kids cheering for you, you can’t help but give it your ALL.
Look at these cute little cheery cheer-ers!
Since the race is 4 miles of running with a 22 mile bike ride in the middle, have a good bike is KEY to crossing the finish line. I biked the race in this little baby – a hybrid beach cruiser. The FASTEST it can go is 12-15 miles an hour – and that’s on flat lands with me BOOKING IT. The route we biked was HILLY. I think they must have picked the hilliest spot in all of Minnesota to have the race, as there was a hill every 100 yards. And by the 5th mile of biking, my gears were already making noises. The only gears that really worked were gears 1, 2 & 7. Riding on a beach cruiser uphill is already hard, but with only 3 gears? I simultaneously prayed that the gears would break down so that I would have an excuse NOT to finish the race AND at the same time, I also prayed for them NOT to break down so that I COULD finish the race. I guess I must have prayed a little harder for them NOT to break down, as I DID make it!
Hubby was such a trooper – waiting around for 2+ hours while I road around and HOPING that he could snap a quick pick of me IF he could pick me out of a sea of thousands of women. He found me!
The time I felt the BEST was in the last 50 feet of the race – there was this little boy standing behind the fence and he had his hand out to HIGH FIVE me. We made eye contact, and I knew I HAD to run by and high five him! As soon as I HIGH FIVED him, I felt such a huge relief, and I was so happy, I had tears in my eyes as I crossed the finish line.
I later found out that the little boy was the son of one of the women I had trained with all summer! More tears. I am such a cryer these days! You might not be able to tell with the sun shining on me, but there are tears in those eyes!
What an AMAZING experience! I am so grateful to have such a great friend in my neighbor, Maria, who put together a group of her most FAB friends, encouraged us, inspired us, and believed in us! This experience was such a HUGE gift – something I never would have done on my own. Thank you!
And, we couldn’t have done it without our FABULOUS Coach – Coach Danielle Pellicano, of Pellicano Endurance Coaching. Thank you Coach D for training us, whipping us into shape and pushing us beyond what we thought we were capable of! Because of you, I dare call myself an athlete!
A rare picture of our coach that day:
JUST DO IT!
Minneapolis Fashion Blogger and proud athlete!
PS – Coach D convinced a bunch of us to sign up for the Twin Cities Medtronic 10 miler in two weeks! Call me crazy (or BANANAS!)