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So THIS is why I needed to do the Quassy Half!

I went into my Quassy Half race weekend after an outpouring of donations. Oh boy did I ever need (and appreciate!!) all that love and uplifting for quite the challenging course. And this is why I needed to finish the Rev3 Quassy Half…

You'd never know it, but I'm actually terrified.

You’d never know it, but I’m actually terrified.

Ever since I registered for Ironman Lake Placid back in October, anyone who has ever done Ironman strongly advised that I first complete the Rev3 Quassy Half triathlon. Why? Well everybody claimed the course, while half the distance of a full Ironman, was technically harder than IMLP with hills, hills, and MORE HILLS. Admittedly I thought at first that this was just a way to throw down a humble brag. But as race day for the Quassy Half drew closer, I started to wonder: what if everyone is right? 

To make a long story short: everyone was right. To give you an idea just how right everyone was:

The Swim – 1.2 Miles

The swim was all downhill. Get it??!! Triathlete joke, sorry, had to slip it in. But really, for the first time in Maggie’s Triathlon History I LOVED THE SWIM! I came out with a big smile on my face, saw Brett waiting for me when he shouted “Almost less than 40 minutes! Great job Maggie!” Little did he know I would return to that positive encouragement throughout my day when the hills got HARD…

The Bike – 56 Miles

As I made my way out of transition and onto the bike course feeling pretty good about myself. And then it went like this: climbclimbclimbclimbclimb … DESCEND! YAY! RECOVER! Immediately proceeded by climbclimbclimbclimbclimb … DESCEND! YAY! RECOVER! Yeah, it was a lot of that. At mile 50 the amazing Brett found me (he was on his bike) and secretly coached me through the final miles. I kept telling him the bike course was hilarious, that they kept putting in all these long hills!

The Run – 13.1 Miles

Brett said that I looked peppy when I transitioned from the bike to the run. Why is that? Because it meant I had NO MORE HILLS TO CLIMB. Or so I thought … the first few miles of the run were hot and in direct sun but pretty flat, if anything downhill. And then the hills, ohhhhh the hills. They came back AGAIN. This time with a vengeance because I had to run up them and as I approached each hill I saw groups of people just walking. If you’ve ever done a running race or triathlon you know that this does NOT help morale and only makes you think “they are walking, it’s ok for me to walk too!” I really had to fight this (I ended up walking up 1 hill for 1 minute) – and I started singing little mantras to myself like “I love hills! I love hills!” The last 5 miles were a gift, mostly flat and downhill. I passed Coach Bob around mile 9 and he asked how I was feeling, I smiled and yelled “Better now!”

The Finish 

Me and my bling

Me and my bling

What’s to say? It’s always an amazing feeling to see the finish shoot and cross the finish line. Immediately after finishing, I had a few moments alone where I put my head in my hands and had a moment of happy tears and laughter. I was SO damn happy to be done and knew I was that much closer to Ironman Lake Placid on July 28.The race was humbling to say the least. But I had an amazing support crew there. Brett gave up his entire day to drive me up and cheer me on at every single spectator spot. My Mom and Dad made it just in time to see me finish – my Dad’s second time to see my do a 70.3 race and my Mom’s first. And then Coach Bob called me the day before as a surprise that he too would be there! I even met my first official Twitter friend – miss Kara – who is also doing Ironman for the first time this year in Lake Placid. I was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that I had these people there as well as other members of my new triathlon family. Not only that but throughout the whole race I knew everyone had my back. Every friend or family member that I’ve talked to about this, every blast from the past who has surfaced and made a donation on my fundraising page, and even every spectator or volunteer out on the course. I couldn’t have felt more support and it makes me even more excited to see what Ironman Lake Placid holds.

I am currently $810 away from reaching my fundraising goal of $5,000. I am constantly moved by the support everyone has shown not only for me but for Children’s Tumor Foundation. These kids and their families are beyond appreciative of the help you can provide and every dollar counts. Really it does. I work there. I would know. :) I’ve got about 40 days to reach my goal and of course I’d love to get beyond! To make a donation you can simply click here. There is no amount too large or too small!  Thank you guys for your continuing kindness and especially your patience when I insist on talking about how my training is going.

THANKS COACH!

Thanks Coach!

Brett's colorful outfit kept me going through the day.

Brett’s colorful outfit kept me going through the day.

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8:18, croissants, 90 miles, and 2 months

Or what I learned from my weekend of training:

  • Maintaining an average pace of 8:18 for 3.1 miles of running is possible!
  • 50 miles into a ride, coffee and a chocolate croissant is heaven and will render me speechless
  • I have decided that I would really like to have croissants in my special needs bag for Ironman Lake Placid
  • I am quite chipper after 90 miles on the bike and once I reach 90 miles, I might shed a tear of joy/disbelief/shock and awe
  • Quassy Rev3 70.3 is in 5 days and Ironman Lake Placid is 2 months away and it’s starting to feel real. This weekend’s long ride got me really really excited for the first time — and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s donations and support! You can support my fundraising campaign for CTF by clicking here.

 

Coffee. Croissant. Can't talk.

Coffee. Croissant. Can’t talk.

Weston Memorial Day 5K - running in the rain!

Weston Memorial Day 5K – running in the rain!

90 MILES!

90 MILES!

 

 

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I’m doing an Ironman, and here’s why…

This note went out to many friends and family, but I wanted to share it here as well…

Here’s My Story … 

I’m doing an Ironman this year and it’s going to be in Lake Placid, NY and it’s on July 28. The distances are a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run. If you’re one of my friends who live in New York, it’s quite likely that I’ve turned down a dinner (or two) because of a late swim or an early run the next morning. And I can only hope that one day you will forgive me for this. But maybe you can relate.

Have you ever wanted something so bad it gave you chills any time you thought about it? Have you ever set a goal or made a promise to yourself that you would accomplish something? An item on your bucket list if you will. Ironman is one of those things to me. In 2010, after a summer of getting my first taste of triathlons, I was a spectator at my first Ironman in Louisville, KY. I remember just watching Ironman was exhausting, I couldn’t possibly imagine how the participants felt. But something about that day and the way people just kept going forward moved me and I made a promise to myself that I would complete Ironman Lake Placid before turning 30 (at the time I was 26 so 30 felt like it was eons away). Well, in case you didn’t know, I’m turning 30 this year and to CELEBRATE I will be doing Ironman Lake Placid.

If you’d prefer to watch a video, click here and you can skip the rest of my story. Otherwise, read on!

Triathlons have taught me a lot about what I’m physically and mentally capable of. I’ve come a long way from the days in middle school where I absolutely dreaded running the mile, to the point where I would fake sick. Not only that but I’ve met some pretty great people along the way and formed friendships that began when we were literally at our worst and sweatiest.

I draw strength to get through workouts and races from the people in my life who have shown me how to accomplish their impossible – these people are YOU – whether it’s having the guts to submit a work of art to a prestigious museum, taking several years to live and work in a foreign country, running Boston Marathon, fighting a terminal illness, or watching and supporting a loved one as they fight an illness – all of these things are meaningful and seemingly impossible but we get through them some how, we dig down deep.

After going through one of those typical “really bad break-ups” last winter, I gave up on triathlons for a while. It was in April 2012 that my friend Sarah asked if I wanted to do NYC Triathlon again with a non-profit called Children’s Tumor Foundation. They raised money for research for Neurofibromatosis, also known as NF – a genetic disease in children that causes the growth of tumors for which there is no cure. I was reminded that there were people out there fighting a tough fight, and these were not not just any people but they were children. If these kids and their parents could deal with all the complications associated with NF, I could certainly pick myself up and get through a triathlon.

So I did just that and to make a really long story a little less long, I knew then that I would be racing Ironman Lake Placid in 2013 with CTF. All of the pieces came together and here I am on the road to my first Ironman. This is one of my IMPOSSIBLES that I can only get through with your support. Just being able to talk to you about my fears, my excitement, my anticipations makes me feel that much closer to getting there. And so for that I thank you. (And for bearing with me when I bow out of social plans so that I can stick to my training schedule.)

And I of course have a huge thank you to my hero, Clara, who you can learn more about on my page and in my video but she’s 4 years old and fights NF like a true champ. Clara also rides her bike, wants to be a teacher, a mermaid, and an eye doctor when she grows up and I can only hope to one day be as strong as she is.

My Road to Ironman Video
My CTF Endurance fundraising page

With many thanks and much love,
Maggie

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My Road to Ironman

There are many reasons I am doing Ironman Lake Placid this year, this is one of them:


Click here to learn more about my fundraising efforts for Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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Warm Me Up Chia Rice Cereal

I find it very hard to motivate to swim not only in winter but especially on a cold winter morning. Of course it helps to have a friend waiting for you at the pool, but it doubly helps to know you have this to come home to for breakfast!

warmmeupcereal

Warm Me Up Chia Rice Cereal (makes 1 serving)

1/2 cup brown rice (already cooked)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup milk (I like coconut milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp agave or honey
1/4 apple chopped
1/4 cup raisins
(You can substitute with any fruit of choice!)

Combine all ingredients in a 1 quart pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes and serve. You can also double (or quadruple!) the recipe and then just reheat it through the week, adding some liquid (preferably your milk of choice) each time.

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Show Your Teeth!

Today was my 2nd indoor ride at Asphalt Green: a 75 min Strength and Cadence ride with Coach Neil. And I just have to say that despite the aching quads and beads of sweat dripping down my face, I loved every second of it.

A few reasons why today’s workout rocked my socks:

  • Coach Neil presented each and every one of us with a detailed print out of the workout. I thought this was absolutely adorable. (The poor guy sitting next to me forgot to pick up a towel so by the end of the workout, his sheet was a sweaty mess.)
  • Coach Neil never stopped smiling. Not once. And through the entire workout kept reminding us to “Show your teeth!” – or, smile!
  • After about 4 indoor riding/spinning sessions, I feel like I’m quickly getting back into cycling shape and am even more looking forward to the day when I can get on Nancy (my bike) and ride outside!
Gear

preparing the essentials

IndoorRide

Show Your Teeth!

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And now, training begins

It’s been a LONG time since this puppy has seen the light of day but I dug it out for this morning’s Strength Spin workout at Asphalt Green. My first official 4:30am wake-up of the year. And now, Ironman Lake Placid training begins. Woot!

AG Tri Club ID

AG Tri Club ID

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