I can't remember the first time it happened. Maybe February, maybe March of 2017, but I jumped on the trainer for a quick ride, and after about 20 minutes I came off. I didn't feel right. I sat on my sofa and immediately fell asleep. And not an okay asleep. Like a comatose, I can't move my limbs, kind of sleep.
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Well y'all, honestly I can say that I'm super on top of this. I've put in some hard hours, and plan to be aggressive on the forecheck and dig deep in those corners. Also it's just swimming, biking and running, so you know, no big deal....
Early morning race start of 6am had me up at 3 AM for breakfast and coffee. I had my typical breakfast that I have had before every big training day. 3 picky bars, cup of coffee with a little cream, then sipped on 50g of tailwind nutrition in 24oz of water before leaving at 4:14 to the race. Going into this race through the entire week I believe I did an excellent job of hydratingIwas constantly making sure I was getting in at a minimum 5x 24oz bottles of water throughout the day. This set me up for a warm race day.
Let this sink in for a second.
John, our TUSA Ambassador, steps up to the start line of Ironman Coeur d'Alene at 6am this morning. 9h51m40s later, John emerges from the run with a second place age group finish, seventh place overall, besting 973 other athletes on the day.
I am absolutely floored. John, our collective hats are off to you.
It's why I love this team. Because here we have athletes from all walks of life. Misfits, parents, contenders and podium finishers, through all walks of life, of all abilities. The Angry Unicorn stands for all.
Here's the breakdown of John's race (unofficial at the moment):
My week leading up to my race was full of nerves, deadlines, and wrapping up loose ends. Wherever you look in the triathlon world, it is universally recommended that you sleep as much as you can prior to your race. The benefits are not only for your body, but your mind as well. I failed completely at this. Prior to leaving Thursday, I had yet to accumulate more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night...
I've done a lot of writing over the past couple years on my approach to training, what a typical week looks like, and how to try balance training and life.
I have now entered my third year of triathlon. It has been an incredible journey over the last three years and I've learnt a lot, mostly through trial and error. It hasn't been easy. It has been time consuming - actual training, research, recovery, it has stressed relationships - family, friends, dating, and it has pushed me mentally.
At this time in my life, my mobility is a gift.
It’s hard for me to realize or remember this as I speed through my day-to-day. When I was twenty or so, I suffered a nasty snowboarding accident, one that I was very lucky to be able to walk away from. A couple millimeters to left or right and I could be writing to you from a wheelchair right now. But that didn’t happen; I’m able to run alongside Sofia at the playground and carry James through the wild world of animals at the Roger Williams Zoo.