Mary Eggers

Date archives October 2013


Patience and progress

3 weeks through Whole30 and I feel amazing. I realize I keep saying that. I almost feel like I am selling something (vegetables anyone?) but I really feel amazing. It’s interesting what happens when you clean out your diet (and I hate to use that word).

The most common question I am asked is this: “How do you get started?”

I have the easiest answer: you just start. Flip the switch and go.

I did not rid my cupboards of all food. My husband and son eat well, but they have their cake and eat it too. Temptation has not been an issue. At all. I don’t know how and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just because I bucked up.

This week I felt stagnant in terms of food. I was beginning to make the same things too often. So I took some time to establish some new resources and find new recipes. Throughout this challenge I laid low on the salad except when eating out. Now for some off reason I crave it. Welcome back home salad.

Asian cauliflower fried rice. I have to be honest though…. I just made rice out of cauliflower.

Sausage and mushroom frittata. I made a big pan of this, it will last me a WEEK!

Homemade bangers. I have to admit, I don’t know why these are called bangers, aren’t they burgers? Either way, they are good.

Sweet potato chips. Man once I learned that sweet potatoes are really yams…. things came around!

With less than nine days left (mellowcreme pumpkins should be OFF the shelf by then!) I am beginning to think about life after Whole30. I have worked so hard to completely revamp my nutrition, and the results have been amazing. I am leaning toward being Paleo. I just feel so darn good.

I am also in my 6th week of my running block. 3 weeks build, 1 week recovery, just finished the second build week of the second block. I feel great. I am handling my first week of 43 miles quite well. I got back in the pool this week too, but I am only on the bike 2-3 times. Weight training 3 times (TRX, functional, etc).

My running mileage has increased like I said… I am not pushing any crazy paces or any intensity. At GVH each week I will run in zone 2, but I won’t do the all out efforts that some of team does, only because we are training for different things. We are on different timelines. That’s what I love about GVH, you can tailor it to you. A big portion of the team has nationals coming up…. it’d be silly for me to try keeping up with those speedy chicks. My race isn’t until April. As it applies to me: October heroes bring spring zeroes. That applies to me not them!

I haven’t seen a drop in times yet…. nor should I. It’s only been 6 weeks. This is about when things should slowly begin to change. I am handling the miles well, I am feeling good. I should begin to see times improve because of physical adaptation, improved body competition and a giant dose of patience.

Fueling my long runs (13 miles) has involved water and Lara Bars. In fact here is a recipe to make your own (I haven’t yet!). I am not trying to be what they call metabolically efficient or do any sort of starvation workouts. I am fueling before and after and with Lara Bars and water. When this is all said and done I will have to add in some sort of drink…. I am researching what might work right now. But I am at my volume limit in terms of water being the big fuel.

I have loved this run focus. I planned it well, my husband gave me feedback (especially warning me against intensity right now more than once a week!) and I have been smart in its execution. I am confident this, along with my cleaned up nutrition… will make an impact on 2014. I am only halfway through this run block and ITCHING to be on the trainer more often! A good sign!

All in all…. things are going well on the nutrition and training front. Both take consistency, planning and a big dose of patience. All of which I am pretty darn good at it I don’t say so myself!



I don’t make decisions lightly, and I don’t make them alone. Big decisions like this are ones I take a long time to decide. I do things for the reasons that align with who I am, and I make sure that when transitions are made, they are done right.

This one was a hard one to decide. I have decided to leave QT2 Systems…. where I have been a coach since 2010 and an athlete since 2009. While I have been coaching since 2004…. my ride with QT2 as both an athlete and coach was honestly….. the ride of a lifetime. Through the past 5 years I have learned so much about so much. And I have made friends for life.

Why? That’s the hard part. I don’t have a good reason why. I have loved every second of it. I have learned so much. Coming back on my own is just something that feels right. Nothing bad happened, nothing was wrong. Jesse has treated me so good the past 5 years. He’s taught me so much and he’s been an incredible mentor….. it’d almost be easier if something was wrong. It’s just something I need to do for me…. it’s just where my heart is leading. Honestly…. that’s all.

QT2 has been amazing regarding my departure. Any other outfit would have had me sign a non compete, would have made it difficult…. but Jesse has made this transition smooth, open and he’s been 100% supportive. Sometimes when you decide to leave a place they close the door behind you and say…. good luck! Not so with QT2. I feel like I am standing between two doors that are open. As I am leaving QT2 Jesse wants to know how he can help…. and the door I am walking towards has people who want to be part of it.

It’s a kindness I don’t feel I deserve. But I am grateful for it. More than I can explain. It shows the classiness of Jesse Kropelnicki and QT2 Systems. I came to them because they were good people. I get to leave with them remaining my friends. I can’t thank Jesse, Tim, Pat, Tara, and Molly enough for the love, the friendship and the kindness they have always shown to me.

I would recommend if you can….. to give QT2 a try. It was worth the investment I made as an athlete and coach. You will learn, you will grow and you will meet people that will be a part of your life forever.

So what happens to Jennie and I? This is where things get exciting. Jennie and I really thought this out and talked about it, and involved Jesse. Jesse will take over as her coach. They will keep me on board to help with her swimming. Which means I still get to work with BOTH of them.

I was able to help Jennie win her first Ironman and earn a spot among the top 20 women in the world. If anyone is going to take her into the top ten it’s going to be Jesse. He’s the best of the best. It’s not hard to decide that he should take the reins…. I honestly believe it’s what is best for Jennie. As a coach you have to weigh what’s best for your own ego and what’s best for the athlete. He’s the best. It wasn’t about me, it was about what is best for Jennie. It wasn’t an easy decision for us to make… but it was the right one.

That’s not the end of Jennie and Mary though. This is where it gets even better.

Jennie and I are going to open our own coaching company. We are in this together. We made one hell of a team on the field…. and we know we make one hell of a team as coaches. This idea all kind of happened last Sunday. We are currently navigating the steps that any business needs to as we come up with our name, plan, website and our team.

Some amazing people have stepped forward asking if they could be a part of this new venture. From nutrition, to a team manager to a graphic designer who will help us create our logo and establish our website…. it’s grass roots, it’s full of passion, and it’s going to be amazing. We are taking our time to get everything in place, we want to make sure we do it right. We are not rushing.

In the meantime we are accepting athletes. I am accepting a limited number of athletes to begin in December, and Jennie is accepting athletes as well. If you are interested in coaching here is how to get in touch with us:

Myself: info at mary-eggers dot com (note the hyphen between mary and eggers)

Jennie Hansen: jennairun932 at gmail dot com

I do ask that you contact me via email as opposed to a FB message, my FB messages sometimes get lost and email helps me stay organized!

For now we will use this blog to communicate how we are rolling with setting everything up. If you are on Facebook this page is where we will base our new team.

Our goal in joining forces is not to be the biggest multisport team in the country. We just want to provide quality coaching and build a wonderful team. We will offer swim and run analysis services, clinics and camps and all of that. We aren’t even in a hurry. We want to build and establish something with as much love and thought as we can. So stay tuned!

Thank you Jesse and everyone at QT2 Systems for the ride of a lifetime. I have learned so much from all of you and I will continue to learn from all of you. More important though…. I am grateful for the people you are. You won’t find a better group of people than QT2. Honestly you won’t.

So here is to the future. I am one lucky girl. And grateful for so much love and support from all sides of the table!