Ironman Wisconsin Training & Weekend Updates

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First off – the business.  Training update for Ironman Wisconsin.  Training went VERY well for Ironman Wisconsin last week.  I did not get all perfects in terms of fitting in all the workouts, but I did get everything except one swim in.  More importantly, most of the workouts felt GOOD! Sure, Monday I rested and […]

Five Things I was doing Ten Years Ago

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Linking up with the Friday Five Ladies for a blast from the past!!  What were YOU doing ten years ago? 1. Travelling Southeast Asia after I graduated.  I spent 6 weeks travelling around solo in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and had a blast!  I didn’t have a digital camera at the time, so I don’t […]

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

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Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out Loud Thursday!   1. The winner of the Journal Menu giveaway is Denise!  – please email me at laurenrunschicago-at-gmail-dot-com so we can get you your custom training journal! 2. I went to a Sports Psychology seminar at FFC on Monday night and have been thinking a lot about what […]

From Sign Up to Starting Line: Tips for Ironman Training

Today’s Tuesday’s on the Run topic from  Erika, Patty and April is tips for challenge events.  I’m taking this for a triathlon twist and going to tell you about what it takes for Ironman training. I’m a firm believer that anyone CAN do an Ironman or Half Ironman event if they truly want to.  Yes, it takes work. No […]

Pleasant Prairie Olympic Distance Triathlon – Race Recap

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I think I’m becoming more and more unemotional. When I finished yesterday’s race, I felt, “At least that’s done.”  There wasn’t too much excitement, or disappointment. Goals wise?  I kind of hit my goals.  The course seems to have been long on the swim and the bike. I know the swim could be me not […]

My Summer Bucket List

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Happy first fully day of summer!!  It definitely came out yesterday… and looks like it may be here to stay for the Midwest.  My summer is already busy with Ironman training… (enter my giveaway for a training journal!)  but here are some things I’m hoping to do while training this summer. We’ll call this my […]

Ironman: How Slow Can You Go?

One of my biggest fears when I was training for my first Ironman triathlon last year was that I might not finish.  Initially that I wouldn’t make the bike cutoff, but then potentially with teh run depending on how things had gone thus far. So I actually mapped it out, and I want to share the […]


everything you want is on the other side of fear

I attempted an FTP test this evening.  It didn’t go so great.  I pushed, and I gave up after 17 minutes.  I went into the test ready, ready to surge, to grow my watts, to show I’m improving.  But I didn’t make it.  There are excuses I could make: coach told me I shouldn’t do it […]

IMOO Training Update: 13 weeks to go! *Giveaway*

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As I shared yesterday, life has gotten CRAZY and I’m doing everything I can to stay organized and on top of my training and the oh-so-necessary recovery.  To give you an idea of how things have been going, here’s the last two weeks of training!  I’m also linking up with some awesome bloggers for Tri Talk […]

Life Lately

90 Days to Ironman Wisconsin

Life is flying by! We have 90 DAYS LEFT until Ironman Wisconsin… that’s 3 months! Last week I struggled with energy for my training. I napped every chance I got. Including pulling off into a parking lot on my way home one night because I NEEDED to nap right then and there. Not 30 minutes […]