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