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 …

Julie SimonCowtown Kickoff

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…