Ironman Journey Q & A Part 1

As my last post stated Do you know how far an Ironman is?!?!, I am planning on answer all the questions people have asked and continue to ask about my Ironman Journey.   If you would like me to answer any questions, the “submit your questions” button is on the bottom of the page.

Do you have children and if so, how old are you kids?

Yes, my hubby and I have two wonderful, mischievous, outgoing children, a 3 year old son and a 13 month old daughter.

When did you decide to do an Ironman?

My Ironman journey started nearly three years ago. My hubby signed up for his first Ironman in Cozumel for November 2011. Throughout the 11 months I was a Sherpa, I witnessed his dedication, his devotion and his transformation into an Ironman.  While he trained, my duty as his wife and Sherpa was to be the primary care giver of our 11 months old son and keeper of our house.

Being a triathlete myself, I was a bit envious of the training and transformation; I wanted to do so as well. However, a deal my hubby and I made when our 2011 season started was that only one of us at a time could race an Ironman or ½ Ironman while we had young kids. Plus, we were trying to get pregnant and it made no sense for me to be the one to do an Ironman in 2011. We did end up getting pregnant in May 2011 with our second child, but unfortunately God had a different plan for our angel and we said goodbye in August 2011. Over the course of our healing process, my hubby was a rock. He was there for me and our family, but remained true to his Ironman training. In addition, to give me a goal – something to focus on – we agreed that 2013 would be my year.  Meaning after we had another baby – God willing – it would be my year to do an Ironman.

December 2011 we got pregnant, less than a month after my hubby became an Ironman.  We were graced with the presence of our beautiful baby girl at the end of the summer 2012.  Sleep deprived and post partum, November 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST I sat at my desk refreshing my screen until on to sign-up for Ironman Florida November 2, 2013. I got a confirmation this confirmation below at 1:04 PM.  Gulp, now it was real.

Holy Crap, I committed myself to do an Ironman. What was I thinking?  I have a 10 week old daughter and a 2.5 year old son.  Finally in January 2013, I decided it was time to drop the baby weight – mind you I was pregnant for 14 out of 16 months – and get on my bike. Thus, my training began.

To read my hubby’s Ironman Journey, here is his race report. To read my amusing Sherpa report, here is No Longer an Ironman Sherpa Virgin.

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