#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 …

Julie SimonSuccess is not linear

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 …

Julie SimonIs there a perfect race? #GulfCoastIM703

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 ?

Ride the Wave

There are moments that mark your life – and as they’re happening you already know it’s going to change things forever… time stands still, your mind blanks, body freezes. The feeling overwhelms you, yet for a brief moment you give it all to God and just pray…You can’t do anything but hold onto hope, grace and His mercy.. the event …

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Ironman Chattanooga 2018

After pulling myself together and jogging over the last bridge, I began to hear the finish line cheers echoing through the streets. A wave of relief came over me, more than excitement, as the pain in my legs quivered and shook with each step. I was hunched over, struggling for every breath and wincing from the pain. My smile was …

Julie SimonIronman Chattanooga 2018

Athletic Identity

I’m in my last block of Ironman training for Chattanooga, yes the big boy miles! But for the first time ever during a final build I can honestly say I’m not breaking. That’s right. No meltdowns, no crying fits, no med center trips for heat exhaustion and dehydration and no Paul pushing me out the door in the morning barking, …

Julie SimonAthletic Identity

Who says Triathlon is an individual sport?

A lot of friends are asking what’s so different for me this time around … well, I don’t even know where to begin?! I’ve changed just about everything from pre-workout fueling, bike fit, new coach and just about everything in between! But I think the biggest change has happened inside. I’m a different athlete today and doing this for different …

Julie SimonWho says Triathlon is an individual sport?