Mary Eggers

Date archives June 2013

General

Lake Placid or BUST!

Today we head to Lake Placid. I will be coaching at the second annual QT2 Systems Training camp. I have been coming up to Placid 2-3 times a year since my first Ironman in 2002. The town has changed, gotten a lot more crowded with athletes, but it’s still the same.

It’s beautiful.

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There is just something magical about it. The water, the mountains…. the feeling up there. It’s all about wellness. Through my years coming to Placid I have been through a lot. It’s been a place of healing for me in many ways.

I love to come up and coach at our camps. It gives me the opportunity to meet our athletes and get to know them. We are spread all over the country and these people are like family to me (both my colleagues and our athletes). I feel like it’s coming home.

This particular camp I get the chance to get the training I need to get done in, my schedule will vary from the campers a bit so it works out great. At this rate I will be back in for the Musselman 1/2 Ironman and not the Mini. As long as this block of training remains uninterrupted I am set, and that makes me real excited. I am feeling good and feeling strong and things…. are coming together.

It’s been a long road and trust me, there is longer to go. But that’s for 2014 chatter.

I am bringing my amazing massage therapist with me to Placid. Her name is Kara C. and she works in the spa at Midtown Athletic Club. She’s coming to join Courtney W. in massaging our athletes as they go through the weekend. It will be Kara’s first time in Placid….. and if you’ve been there you know how special that will be.

Mandatory stop for Kara tomorrow: ski jumps. Because there is no view like the view from the top.  This is not that view, but you get the idea.

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Training camps are a perfect way to get in some solid training, away from your normal every day life, in a beautiful location with people who share the same passion that you do. It’s a weekend to train, learn and make connections.

And I will report!

General

Syracuse 70.3

Sunday was Syracuse 70.3. I was there to coach two of my QT2 Systems Athletes: Jennie Hansen and Katie Myszka. I am so proud of both of these girls for so many different reasons. For how far they have come. For where they are headed. For getting to be part of their journey altogether.

This is Jennie finishing 4th, just 20 seconds out of 3rd. With her second place finish at Ironman Texas 4 weeks ago, I am pretty proud of her for this finish. I could strap a block of cement to her leg and she would bust right through it. Toughest runner I have ever met.

Thank you Karen Fuller for this photo!

Thank you Karen Fuller for this photo!

This is Katie and her brother after the race. A horrific bike crash ended Katie’s season early last year (she is from Rochester but now lives in California) and I am so proud of how far she’s come (remember this name!) Here is Katie and her brother.

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I seriously adore these girls. I seriously adore all of my athletes. I currently work with 8. I get to work with them on such a personal level, I get to be part of their lives, and it’s such an honor. I hope that the time we spend together as coach and athlete is time that positively impacts their life in the long run. I believe in all of them so… so much. I am so proud of what they accomplish. Their finish lines have become so much more important than my own.

At the same time they want my finish lines to be critical to me again. Trust me….. that is coming.

I got to catch up with so many people yesterday. I had a great conversation with my friends Doug MacLean and Logan Franks…. about training mojo and being happy healthy athletes. Some people can sit around and talk about football. I love when I get to sit around with people like this and talk triathlon. The kind of triathlon where we get deep, get into it. What has burnt us out, what’s motivated us. I love that more than I can explain.

Here is Luc with Logan and with Doug (yes… Luc is that tall!)

luc and the guys

The day was just full of amazing. Amazing performances. Amazing conversation. Amazing reconnection. It was one of those days I stood back, looked around and thought…. I can’t believe I get to do this. I get to be an athlete, I get to be a coach and I get to announce races. Things I have worked incredibly hard at and for. That I never ever take for granted. I am so so so so grateful for every person I get to meet and shake hands with. I mean that with everything I am.

To everyone who raced this weekend in Syracuse and beyond….. thank you. If you are one of my athletes I thank you for trusting me to help guide you. That is a gift I will never ever take for granted!