Mary Eggers

Date archives November 2018




2018 was about setting safe goals. Ones I knew I could accomplish. I knew I could finish a marathon, a 70.3 and another Ironman. It was a year of reintroducing myself to my sport, and truthfully I wasn’t willing to take big chances. Not yet at least. I needed that foundation of success my first year back.

Trust me, in my life I have had plenty of failures too (the path to success and failure is the same in fact), I just needed 2018 to be safe.

2019… that’s another story.

USAT Nationals

I am really excited to have qualified for 2019 USAT age Group Nationals. Qualifying is one thing, doing well at Nationals is a whole different ballgame. It’s the quarter of the distance of Ironman, the distance isn’t the difficult part. It’s the fast part.

I started my triathlon career excelling at this distance. In fact I did a lot of series racing, which mean racing every weekend (sometimes twice a weekend) for points in a series. I did really well in this format and more importantly I loved it.

But that was a few years ago. I can tell you that I still love it and I am excited to do something different from Ironman. Will I do Ironman #10? I am sure I will at some point. But right now I need something old but something new. I want a different challenge and I want to switch everything up.

Ironman can be familiar territory. I am comfortable finishing 140.6 miles over and over and over again. Ironman doesn’t seem BIG to me anymore! The change back to shorter distances feels frightening to be honest. It’s a different kind of difficult and one I haven’t visited in a while. We do that in life. We fall back on what’s comfortable, what we know works professionally, personally, and in other areas.

I am downright terrified of stagnation. I am terrified of not growing in some capacity. I don’t fear age at all, I welcome it. I fear being that person who has done the same thing for 25 years and who starts to hate it at year 15 but feels stuck. I like to be in the driver’s seat of life. I like to knock doors down and make the decision whether to go through them or just keep passing by.

There is just too much to do in this life to sit back and allow myself to become stagnant.

2019 will bring a lot of challenge which in turns becomes a lot of growth. From something as simple as short course triathlon, to a college bound son, changing the courses I teach within the nursing program I teach in, and starting my own doctoral program. It’s not about staying busy, it’s about constantly learning, always moving and this hunger I have to learn and evolve. I can not seem to scratch that and to be really honest…… I hope I never do.

2018 was my pep rally. I needed that. I got it. 2019…… I am standing on the edge of you. Everything has shifted and I don’t know the answer to how fast I can go or how much I can learn. Not knowing is terrifying and exhilarating all at once. As I said success and failure have almost the same path. I am ready and willing for either.


Slow Down

When I write, it’s typically to capture a moment in time. Or to slow time down. Life has a way of rolling along fast, and the way we live these days leaves little ability to just stop. Slow down. Soak this all in.

Our son is turning 18 this week. Eighteen. Luc Running

I wonder how we got here and feel excited for what is to come, all in the same breath. We are proud of him, what he has accomplished and for what he is aiming for in his life. Many of you have traveled this parenting path with us for so many years, you know it hasn’t been easy for him. We all have something though, something to overcome, something to push past. The lessons we have learned and the barriers we have forged through, those will pay off as we head towards a new chapter in our lives.

I swore up and down I wouldn’t get caught up in the emotion of what has passed. I have done relatively well with that so far. I am much more of a look towards the future, rather than dwell in the past type of person. That’s helped and hindered me, but it’s who I am.

Our final season of cross country is coming to a close, and while we still have indoor / outdoor track ahead of us, there is a specialness about cross country. There is a closeness with the team, a camaraderie that seems to only exist here.

Come June Luc (and the rest of the Eggers) will be running for Genesee Valley Harriers , which we are all excited about. What we are most excited about is Luc’s love for running and his desire to continue it. He’s got his eyes set on the marathon and if you have ever seen him run, you know that he has distance runner written all over him.

So we’ve got senior year underway.

I have been transitioning into the on season over the past few weeks working with my husband as my coach. Between you and I, I was a bit nervous about how it was going to work. Is coaching something to add to the mix of marriage? So far, I would say hell yeah! I have really enjoyed it thus far and I am excited to see where we go with it. Curt’s talent as a coach is truly remarkable. I have been around for a long time, I have gotten to work with the best of the best coaches. Honestly, I have never had a bad coaching experience, and I have managed to change coaches on the best of terms (I never understand how people, ADULTS, can manage to make that dramatic, goodness I can tell you some stories!). Working with Curt has continued that trend. I learn so much from the coaches I get to work with, and I am learning so much from him!

This season I am super excited to be on the Wyn Republic Triathlon Team. This isn’t something I typically do, I know. I really love WYN and what their message is. As I have gotten to know some of the folks on the team I am amazed at the people on this list. Even though I have been in this sport for over 20 years, I still get to meet amazing human beings and I get to be part of some really great things. Triathlon has brought that into my life and I can’t believe I tried to walk away from it.

WYN Republic 1

How amazing is this team kit also? Don’t worry, there will be a version of it available to you as well!

WYn Republic 2

Training is going well. It’s really different this season without the Ironman focus, and that’s the good part. I have been putting a lot of strength work in and I am beginning to see those results. I turn 45 this year, and while there are some small changes to how I feel I am responding to age, I feel just as young as ever.

The changes? I need to pay much more attention to recovery and strength, and as the season evolves I am sure I will have more to add to the list. This season brings some new and different challenges, and I can’t wait. While it’s easy to wish May was here, I am enjoying every second between now and then. The weather, senior year and the many miles I will put together in the darkness of the garage.