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

Four Years Later. Four Years Stronger.

The road to Boston can get a little bumpy and while I’m feeling pretty beat up, there is no journey sweeter as I envision approaching Boylston street again. Every runner knows, there’s only one Marathon that has the allure, history and magic like Boston. Well, its been four years – four years since my life changed forever on April 15, …

Julie SimonFour Years Later. Four Years Stronger.

Cowtown Kickoff

With what I think is two miles left and the infamous hill behind me, I tell myself it’s GO TIME. The course takes me and my fellow racers towards town and I remind myself to “dig deep and breathe.” But, my heart quickly falls to the ground when I see the sign for “Mile 11” – “WHAT?! Crap, another TWO MILES?” I …

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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 …

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