Mary Eggers

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Friday mornings

I love Friday mornings at the pool. This past Friday morning was no exception, except that it was a testament to the people who share the lanes. At 0430, there was a band of snow coming through Rochester that would have (and did) cause many to turn around. With visibility zero and roads yet untouched, getting to the pool was dicey. Two hours later you would never have known what had happened.

But there we were, on deck shortly after 5am. We don’t swim the same workout, but we swim together. It’s the “Good morning, how was YOUR drive?” said with a laugh that I appreciated so much. Or the groan over the snow from otherwise snow lovers. Or just sharing a lane with David who has swam here for 34 years (5 days a week). Those are the moments that I love.

As I have said before, outsiders think we are here for the physical effects of the swim bike run. We are to some degree. But it’s the moving meditation and the camaraderie that keeps us here for over twenty years (in my case).

Saturday morning I crewed for Luc as he ran Johnny’s Running of the Green, an iconic road race here in Rochester. These are the events where you get to just wrap your arms around people and connect, whether you are running or not. It was beautiful that so many people stopped Luc to thank him for inspiring them with his hard work and running. He needed that yesterday. This community has played such a big part in raising him, I personally thank you all for that. He feels at home in these events. The time and placings become secondary to what this is all about.

We all find our “tribe” somewhere. Mine was established many years ago and evolves through time. I look back on all of the experiences I have been able to have through the venue of this sport. I would change nothing. The good or the difficult. It’s brought people into my life that I can’t imagine living without.

Add into that the amazing technology that connects us further. Saturday’s when I am on my bike on Zwift for several hours I can virtually ride with people from all over the world. Through a simple text we check in on one another and help each other along. Connectiveness is a gift. And absolute gift.

#SuperG and I have “girls weekend” coming up at Texas 70.3. In our world it’s what friends do. We travel to races together. There I get to see some high school friends and some people in this sport I have not seen in far, far too long. It’s always so much more than just being about a race.

Every event this season surrounds that feeling of connectedness. Celebrating friendship and celebrating being part of this beautiful tribe.

Returning to competition hasn’t changed much in that regard, because I never left. I just stepped off the race course for a while.

But let me tell you that getting ready for this race and sharing the excitement over a new race kit, getting my wheels set, heck picking out my race goggles and sending THAT to the people in my life who GET that it’s not about goggles. It’s about being back. Being here. Being part of this amazingness (there’s a neologism for my nursing students!), I want to soak it all up and savor all of it. It’s awesome.

Friday mornings are my favorite morning to swim. You might find that feeling out at a bar on a Thursday night. I find it on the pool deck at 0500. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.



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I found my last Texas 70.3 finisher’s medal the other day. It was from 2014. It’s been four years since I have really raced (I think?). A lot has changed. I am 44 now and a Masters athlete. A lot changes when you are a Masters athlete in terms of how you prepare. You think recovery is important? Wait until you are over 40. It’s critical.

I can’t say yet if progress is slower. I am coming off a few years of not racing or training seriously. I kept fit but being fit and being race ready are two different things. I have only been seriously training since December 1st, so the real progress won’t be visible until July. Which is exactly when I need to see it!

This whole returning to competition is going to take the time it takes. I am in no rush. Once I get a good year of this kind of training under my belt again I will be able to better determine how quickly MY progress happens. It’s different for everyone.

I can say that the younger version of me was obsessed with 20 hour training weeks and little sleep. We know how that went for me! The Masters athlete is obsessed with treating my body well. Nourishing it with good nutrition and good sleep. Making the most out of each training session and totally letting GO of expectations, this year at least. This year is beautiful…. it’s a totally clean slate.

This year I am doing four big events, including my first Swim Run!!!!!!!

My BFF Charlie and I have teamed up to race Swim Run Boston together, as #TeamMarlie (isn’t that an awesome name???). We are not matched in terms of abilities (He’s a far better runner, I am a far better swimmer) but our fun-a-bility? We are a perfect match there. I can’t think of anyone else I would want to traverse a bunch of islands swimming-running-swimming-running-swimming-running for the better part of five hours….. tethered to!!!!!

There are a whole bunch of rules we have to follow. We have to run in our wetsuits, swim in our run shoes, stay tethered together, and essentially carry everything we need with us. Check out the details of the rules here. There are special wetsuits and shoes and all that. After Texas 70.3 we are going to start to see what we need to do to get ourselves together for this, any advice is definitely welcome. I will share what we learn!

After Ironman Lake Placid in July we will be at USAT Age Group Nationals in August. This is my husband’s wheelhouse, and it takes me a bit to recover from an Ironman. I have not mastered the ability to go from long course to short course in that short amount of time. With Lake Placid 70.3 coming in Sept…. I am pretty sure I will be at Nationals with my cowbell!!!!

Training is ticking away uneventfully. Just like everyone else I have been sick a few times and missed some sessions. Four years ago that would have wigged me out, but these days I know it’s part of the game. Thus far I have not seen an instance where the extra rest has hurt my long-term progress in any way. While I wish I could go back and tell thirty-year-old Mary that, I know that there were lessons I had to learn along the way that I couldn’t have learned any other way.

With 28 days until Texas 70.3, I am so freaking excited. My amazing custom race kit arrives this week, I have a race simulation this weekend (in the kit! YES), a bike check in with Geneva Bicycle Center in two weeks, and then I am off with my good friend #SuperG.

It’s going to be amazing.

I have a lot of people to thank this season for helping me manage the long road back from triathlon retirement. My husband and son are always first on that list.

My coaches Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat from MSM/JHC Coaching have been expertly guiding the way and are amazing.

Chuck and the gang from Healthy Skoop have helped to make sure I am plugging all of my nutritional holes.

Jim and the crew from the Geneva Bicycle Center have literally pieced my ride together this year. I am riding my dream bike and these guys are the dream team.

Big thanks to Josh from Special Ops Athleticwear for designing this one of a kind kit. Luc’s handwriting is on the front, and Curt’s is on the back. More details on this are definitely coming, especially if you want one.

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So thanks to all of you for helping this elderly athlete get back to what she loves to do. RACE!