Adios Los Cabos!

The course was now pitch black and I could barely see my feet hitting the pavement – only the dim lights from a few Mexican shops lit the way.  My body was starting to shut down and the pain in my legs was radiating with each foot strike. My stomach continued it’s somersaults but I swallowed hard and focused straight ahead. …

Julie SimonAdios Los Cabos!

It’s always darkest before the dawn…

I’m wrapping up taper – hooray, right? As athletes we know this comes with mixed emotions as we’re so happy that the big boy miles are behind us, but the ‘taper madness’ is very real! We get jittery, yet incredibly exhausted, feel very heartfelt, but super crabby!! The lack of endorphins running through our bodies sends us on an emotional …

Julie SimonIt’s always darkest before the dawn…

Pushing limits…

“Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.” That couldn’t be more true as I’m fighting harder than ever to conquer this training cycle to get to the IMCABO start line in one short month. My body aches a deep fatigue I’ve *never* felt and my mind is starting to second guess why – Why …

Julie SimonPushing limits…

Big Boy Miles (And Big Girl Panties)

I’m about eight weeks out from Ironman Cabo… and while I’ve been here before, each time I approach the “big boy miles” cycle of training I have to brace myself and question my sanity a little. (Yes, more than usual!)  I find myself with the the typical blunders … aches, pains, fatigue, doubt, guilt, and hunger that runs so deep …

Julie SimonBig Boy Miles (And Big Girl Panties)

Sacrifice.

Last week I hit 16 hours of training. That’s right, 16 hours on the bike, in the water or on the road running in the heat….oh this heat!  Usually I’m still sweating coming out of the shower — there really is no ‘clean Jules’ these days.  But that’s just part of my new normal right now – among other disturbing things.  There’s something …

Julie SimonSacrifice.

It’s not over till it’s over

I love race day, it’s a brand new script being written before our eyes. At any moment, you don’t know what’s going to come at you next… What hiccups you’ll encounter?  What kind of weather you’ll be faced with? Or, What kind of pain you’ll need to push through? So often it’s not “if something is going to happen,” but …

Julie SimonIt’s not over till it’s over

My short-term memory…

As athletes we always look back at previous races and reminisce… but somehow, it’s the bad ones that always come top of mind and creep in. We relive them and tell ourselves what we would have done differently and have the “what if” conversation over and over in our head.  “What if I didn’t start out so fast…?” “What if …

Julie SimonMy short-term memory…

Success doesn’t come over night…

Little by little… day by day. Success doesn’t come over night and while I know this, it’s hard to keep pushing so hard without seeing any return.  This couldn’t be more true for me than on the bike. This has always been my weakness since I started in triathlon –  I just never could get the swing of it! I know …

Julie SimonSuccess doesn’t come over night…

Happy Camper

Life has been a little crazy the last few weeks and I feel like I haven’t been able to catch my breath! Sometimes I can’t remember why I do this to myself? Pile on, and on, and on…. The laundry is heaping up, groceries are going bad in the fridge and our dogs are the “smelly kids” in the neighborhood …

Julie SimonHappy Camper

Left on Boylston

I had been looking at that Citgo sign for miles and as I finally approached it, signaling one mile to go on the course, I started to choke up just a little. “Less than one mile to Boylston street – almost back” I thought to myself.  Luckily the tears were hidden behind my sunglasses and my legs, now running on adrenaline, …

Julie SimonLeft on Boylston