Jen's Road to Coeur d'Alene Half Ironman

25-May-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher

My road to the half Ironman Coeur d’ Alene June 26th, 2016 is actually “OUR” road, it's my plan to share my adventure with you.. You can follow me here on the Active Family Healthcare blog or over at the Active Family Healthcare Facebook page.

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Some Girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains, and no fear." Steve Maraboli

I started training for the Coeur d'Alene half-Ironman sometime in December 2015. Shortly after beginning, I realized it was going to be a much longer journey than I had originally thought. It also wasn't long before I realized training solo was going to be agonizingly lonely. Teaming up with Nicolette, Molly and Andrea, friends into similarly torturing themselves, we began training together and found it so much easier to suffer together than alone.

Cross-training, per se, was essential to keep our brains from frying out. So our schedule has included a lot of mountain biking adventures as an attempt to make it more "fun." I tend to make the training sound horrible, and it mostly is, except for those rare days at age 43 where I feel good; days where my legs aren’t burning, days where I can catch my breath without thinking I need an inhaler, days that my chronic injuries aren’t nagging me. Nicolette tells me to say #shutuplegs and press on.

This last weekend we did a mountain bike camp at Withrop, WA which was a great break from “the training”. Along with our seemingly odd desire to kill ourselves via training, it was a weekend filled with crashes, laughter, learning new skills, drinking beer/wine, and being the camp spectacles.

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Here's to cheers for training with great friends, I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Rock on #halfironmancda2016.

Jen

 

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