February RUNdown

“Jules, c’mon – get up here” The guys yell back to me as I fall behind again on the Saturday morning run. As I approach the trail thick trees hide all but the fluorescent t-shirt jeff is wearing and I focus intently on lime green to find my way.  My legs are screaming and my watch shows 3.89 miles. “Crap!” I think …

Julie SimonFebruary RUNdown

What is a swim block anyway?

My alarm BUZZES blinking “5:00AM” and I roll over to slap it like it’s about to attack – yet my body can barely move. I know I better hustle as I’ve left no extra time to get my butt to the pool for 5:30AM swim. And at Texas Ford Aquatics, you better not be late!! I’m new and I’ve already …

Julie SimonWhat is a swim block anyway?

Why Ironman in 2017?

Like many of you, I’ve been wrestling with the idea of another Ironman in 2017.  However, the idea of training 15 hours a week again makes me want to crawl back in bed and binge Netflix just a little longer… we’ve loved Christmas break at the Simons! But, what did I learn from my 2016 Ironman season? Well, there’s never …

Julie SimonWhy Ironman in 2017?

Stronger in the Off-Season

My arms won’t stop twitching, my legs are weighed down by my feet and I have NO rotation from the insane soreness in my core. If I move too quick my body could completely lock up… and all of the sudden the  mannequin challenge all starts to make sense?   Seriously, off-season strength training has started and I’m all in! As triathletes, we …

Julie SimonStronger in the Off-Season

Big PR in the Desert | IMAZ

It’s dark, the chill is back and a few raindrops are starting to hit the pavement. My breathing is labored, my legs are jelly, and my vision blurred – yet I can begin to hear the finish line cheers and it gives me a sense of ease in the midst of my pain. “Leave it all on the course” I …

Julie SimonBig PR in the Desert | IMAZ

It takes a village

Taper is finally wrapping up .. and it’s around this time that I start to reflect on my journey, how far I’ve come and pause to recognize the many people who got me here. I also start to have crazy cravings, get a little restless and have nightmares of oversleeping on race day… but that’s for another post! The other day …

Julie SimonIt takes a village

Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

I’m at the FAC, it’s dark, there’s a chill in the air and I can still smell the chlorine on my skin from the day before. I look at my workout, I pause, but not even phased by the 3,000+ swim and 90min ride that’s ahead of me. Just a zombie lately, going through the motions trying not to embarrass myself …

Julie SimonComfortable with being Uncomfortable

Training Days…

It’s that point in Ironman training where I start to crumble just a little. The volume starts to pick up, the early mornings seem earlier, I’m hungrier than ever and I’m crabby – like really crabby – to everyone in my life.  Consider this a PSA. The other day at the office a colleague asked why I never wore heels? Innocent question …

Julie SimonTraining Days…

PR’s don’t come easy…

I know there are people God has put in my life for specific purposes – to guide me, direct me, and help me on my path. The friends I’ve met though triathlon are some of the best examples of this. There are days I wake up and wonder what I’m doing? Why I’m jumping in an icy cold pool at 6AM or …

Julie SimonPR’s don’t come easy…

American Runner in Paris

A small sliver of sun shined brightly through the drapes of my hotel room. My eyes opened slowly as if my lids were stuck to my eyeballs and my jet lag body lay very still … I couldn’t move an inch.  Paralyzed from confusion and sheer exhaustion, I eventually remembered where I was at – what I needed to do. Finally, …

Julie SimonAmerican Runner in Paris