You may say I’m a dreamer…

‘You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…’  This popular lyric from John Lennon rings familiar to us, but does it truly resonate in our own lives?  It makes you think, doesn’t it?  I’ve been reading the book, You Can Do Hard Things and it challenges us to dream big – no matter where we are …

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A Look at the Bigger Picture

As life goes on, certain calendar dates begin to have meaning and significance to each of us. For me, September 7, 2019  will always be the day I competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships with ‘Mi Famila’. It was the pinnacle of my athletic career and created special memories I will hold in my heart forever. If I never …

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Life in Lockdown

As we continue to take a step backwards with schools starting virtually, bars and restaurants at limited capacity and masks mandated anywhere outside your home, it seems like this pandemic crisis is never going to end.  Believe me, I’m frustrated too (What I wouldn’t give to see some races on the calendar again and be healthy enough to compete!)  But …

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Pain Points

This morning I find myself on the bike trainer barely pushing 100 watts feeling gutted from the migraine I woke up with… yet again. Even after months the addiction to the endorphins is still there… I refuse to let this chronic head pain rule my life.  Let me first share that YES – I’ve been to the top clinics and …

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#NoRunNovember

As tears ran down my face I saw Paul smile wide with the most excitement and joy I’ve seen on him since wearing #34…. he approached the finish line throwing his hands up as if to say, ‘I did it!’ And he sure did. 5 hours and 47 mins at Ironman Waco 70.3.. a huge finish and BIG PR! This …

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Blood, Sweat and Tears… #IM70.3 WC

On race morning a lot of things can run through your head to rev-up the nerves, but as I sat with Jenn drinking coffee before the swim, I was surprisingly calm. I thought to myself, ‘there’s nothing I haven’t had thrown at me before that I couldn’t handle. I’m ready.’ Little did I know I would wreck, flat and have …

Julie SimonBlood, Sweat and Tears… #IM70.3 WC

Success is not linear

About once a week Paul tells me, ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself’ – and each time I shrug and think, ‘sure, easy to say, much harder to do!’It’s been a tough go lately – I continually set high expectations for myself, in athletics, career and life in general! So, when the pressure starts to mount sometimes it can feel …

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Is there a perfect race? #GulfCoastIM703

Before the gun went off for Ironman Gulf Coast 70.3, I reminded myself one last time how unique of an opportunity this was and committed to making the most of it. I looked out to the roaring waters crashing against the shore, and suddenly a calmness came over me as I prayed to God for strength, stamina and safety. Each …

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Being Uncomfortable

Each time I get ready to race I have to be emotionally and mentally ready to give my all … I leave a little piece of my soul out there, so each year I can only do this a few times.  I’m getting ready for one of those times. Gulf Coast 70.3 is in one week.Do I feel ready? Not …

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Small changes. Big Results ?

I’m sure everyone can agree, it’s been a fast start to the year! I’m thoroughly enjoying my pre-season program and very excited about the changes Coach Tommy and I made to my 2019 race calendar. And while I’m a bit nervous, I can honestly say I’m happy he’s pushing me towards some big scary goals! We’re priming the engine, setting …

Julie SimonSmall changes. Big Results ?