Why Ironman in 2017?

Photo Cred: Jenn Omo

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 a perfect time to train for an Ironman. I had one of the craziest years personally and professionally and still managed to tackle 140.6. So if you’re thinking about going after a full – or even making your way to a half – 2017 is as good as time as any! It all comes down to how dedicated are you to your goals, what you’re willing to commit and how bad do you want it!?

For me, each and every sit-up, hill repeat, swim set, or recovery session is getting me a little closer to another finish line. That feeling of complete exhaustion, emptiness and elation of finishing an Ironman is what keeps me wanting more. And that’s what motivates me to get out of bed – fighting for my personal best everyday. (Even on Christmas break!)

I’ve also learned to let go of what others think… some people think 140.6 is absolutely crazy, takes away from family time and is simply inhumane. While others are in complete awe, call me super woman and are amazed how triathletes juggle the demands of work, training, etc. But at the end of the day, none of that really matters! What matters is what you want to achieve for YOURSELF!?

My journey won’t look like everyone else’s, but that’s because it’s mine.  We’re all unique and chasing different dreams – but I encourage you to take a leap, sign up for that goal race and push yourself in 2017. They say, “Triathlon doesn’t build character, it reveals it.”

See you characters in 2017!!

Julie SimonWhy Ironman in 2017?

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