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?

Don’t call it a comeback…

They say when it gets really hard, that’s when a breakthrough is about happen .. Well, I must be on the verge of something pretty big? Lol. But honestly, things have just been plain hard lately. I’m not one to complain or make excuses, but life has thrown me a few curve balls that has left me feeling down and …

Julie SimonDon’t call it a comeback…

Open Letter To Connor…

It’s that time of year, it seems we all know someone who is graduating and taking the next step towards a big scary future!  For our family, it’s no exception — my oldest nephew is heading to Michigan State next fall and while my blog tends to focus on athlete pursuits most of the time… it also focuses on goals, …

Julie SimonOpen Letter To Connor…

What if you weren’t afraid to fail?

About a month ago at Hope Fellowships women’s conference we had a speaker, Ryan Leak, ask us this exact question and it really resonated with me. It got me thinking … failure is in fact necessary to overcome defeat, to figure out who you are, what you can overcome and discover what’s really important to you. All the great athletes …

Julie SimonWhat if you weren’t afraid to fail?

Marathon Monday…

It’s been one week since the Boston Marathon … one week since Des Linden broke that tape and made history becoming the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Her Boston title represents a long-awaited victory after being in the shadows to Shalene, Amy, Kara and various close-but-no-cigar moments over the last 6-7 years.  But it …

Julie SimonMarathon Monday…

They say change is good?

April 11th will be a day I always remember- it was the day I ran my first full marathon and declared myself a ‘real runner’ … my life continued to change when I met Jason Soria. He taught me to never (ever) give up, to follow your heart and to always reach for your dreams. He would say, “you need …

Julie SimonThey say change is good?

Balance… is there such a thing?

It’s 4:46am and I find myself staring into the bathroom mirror contemplating if I can swim at lunch and go back to bed, but I already know the answer. Instead, I get up and join triathletes everywhere for the dreaded 5:30am swim practice. Despite my moaning and groaning, I must fit it in before the sun rises and the workday …

Julie SimonBalance… is there such a thing?

Nutritional wake up call… back on track!

I’m sure everyone can agree, it’s been a fast start to the year! I’m thoroughly enjoying my off-season program and very excited about the changes Coach Soria is making to my program this time around. And while I’m a bit nervous, I can honestly say I’m happy he pushed me for a big 2018 race calendar. So, we’re priming the …

Julie SimonNutritional wake up call… back on track!