Mary Eggers

Date archives April 2019

General

Adventure

As I was glued to the Ironman Texas feed this weekend, I had a realization.

First let me congratulate my buddy Jennie on her amazing 7th place among pro women, and to her husband Dave for his Kona qualification!!!!!

The coverage was amazing. Not only has Ironman boomed, but the coverage has finally caught up with it as well. The Facebook live streaming and commentating is just awesome. Throughout the day I was texting with friends who were also watching, and I realized what a gift these 20+ years of triathlon has been. It’s brought people into my life I would have never met. My gosh I have been so fortunate to have found these people who have become my literal and figurative family.

While I don’t have the urge to spend 12 hours a week on my bike, or really more than an hour at a time right now, it doesn’t mean I don’t still love the thrill of following friends on race day. Whatever the race, whatever the distance. I am refreshing and trackers and calculating splits like it’s my job.

At the end of the day it’s just a sport, but sport is what connects so many of us.

It’s not about results. People care about you, never about your result (and I hope that you treat yourself with that same care). It’s not about how many Ironman races you have done, or if you never do one. It’s about this journey we are on that I call self discovery, and just plain adventure.

Through the past 20 years I have ridden my bike through Germany, I have been to Hawaii 3 times (might be 4 coming up), I have trained in the Carolinas, Florida, Hawaii, Arizona. I have been all over the world. I have coerced my friends into jumping off cliffs at the End of the World, losing footage of Charlie and his epic jump even. He will NEVER let me live that down.Or that day we were surfing, and the teacher had never seen people last so long or surf so well (ahem). And how many times have we ridden up the descent in Placid?

Only we would we even SAY it like that.

As you know this space is where I met and built my family. But that’s an old story.

As a coach, many of my athletes and I have become close friends. Athletes change coaches, that’s really natural (and some athletes don’t become friends, that’s natural too). Some, you develop deep bonds with. It’s those relationships that I hold tight.

In whatever way you are part of this, I hope you have found the same in your life. The connections with all of you throughout over two decades leaves me looking back and knowing that of all places I could have been in my life, I was damn lucky to land here. A few years ago I tried to walk away and when I came back, man was I welcomed.

As we are finally moving into spring, the excitement of adventure planning is upon us. We have some really fun things coming up this summer, some cool trips and some cool races. Thank you for letting me share them with you.

General

Thankful

Not too long ago I could exhale again. It’s been a rough few months. But we are on the other side and we can’t be more grateful to those who helped us and guided us through. It’s truly during the rough times in life that you realize who your tribe is. I have certainly allowed a lot of people to lean on me through difficult events in their life, I am not used to be the one leaning. But I did. I learned that in some corners there was nothing to lean against, while in other corners, there was an abundance of love to catch us.

Here on the other side we are doing good and we are on the upswing. There are a lot of good things happening so it’s just in time!

I did decide to postpone my DNP, and maybe even scrap it altogether. I decided that it’s time to start writing again and I have a few books on the docket. It’s been fun to put my thoughts to paper, about a whole bunch of different topics. From special education to eating disorders, fitness, and nursing education the pen has been flowing. Yes, the actual PEN. And pencil, keyboard, iPad, the works. I am writing everywhere and anywhere about anything and everything.

Training, it’s always there. I am not the type of person who stops training when the going gets rough. For me it’s where I figure things out. If you can’t figure things out in a 4K swim or a 10 mile run, you can’t figure things out.

I am back to working with Josh for strength (you should come to Muscles for Mileage on Monday nights, it’s the best), and things are clicking along in the other disciplines. One thing I have discovered, I truly have no desire to go long right now. I had planned on a season ending 70.3, but I don’t feel like being on my bike for more than an hour. I just don’t.

Curt has been swimming with me three times a week since January. Twenty years ago when we first started dating we swam together on UB Masters team. We were original members! After we moved in together he confessed that he hated swimming in the morning! SHA!!!!!!

But since Jan, he’s been logging some really great sets with me and it’s been amazing.

Training has been fine! I am hitting sprints this season and some 1/2 marathons with Luc. I love where I am at with sport right now. The desire to go long isn’t there and I am so happy about that. I am not attached to a specific time goals, I am just committed to improvement and seeing where it takes me this season.

The journey has always been important to me and it’s never been more important than now.

With the unveiling of spring, I feel like I am being unveiled in a way. I can breathe deeply again. We are through some tough shit, and we are rolling forward.

I am more grateful than ever. Thank you for holding my hands, both of them. For listening to us, and for helping us. Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe it.