My first Ironman had me floating for weeks. It was my one and only, although after such an incredible experience I just had to do one more now that I understood what I was getting myself into. But then my second and last Ironman hadn’t even arrived before saying what the heck… I’ve got to commit to Ironman Lake Placid 2015, my third and NO LONGER FINAL Ironman, IMLP is the first Ironman of the US aside from Kona, of course, and I’m so thrilled to have a chance to participate in this race. Let me tell you, Ironman is one of those experiences that screams, “Keep going!” I simply can’t remember any experience in my life that resembles Ironman. It’s been beautiful, challenging, motivating, humorous, inspirational, and oh so much more than just a race. Nearly every day of training offers a surprise or lesson. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good but when you put it all together at the end of the days it’s all part of one very incredible life experience. I volunteered the finish line at Ironman Lake Placid 2014 and remember how inspired I felt and the feeling of those chills that ran down my body as I visualized myself crossing that same finish line one day. The very next day I learned that the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is the official IMLP charity partner and I was in!
Day 1 is here! Ironman Lake Placid 2015 training officially started today. I am so excited for this next year of triathlon and to begin training for Ironman on the Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. I am extremely grateful for all of the support and encouragement I received throughout my first year of triathlon in 2014 and look forward to sharing this next experience with many of you. I have so many new goals and know that I have a ton ahead to learn. I also know that the journey will be both exciting and challenging. I do not think that just because I’ve finished two Ironmans that I can just get out there and finish a third. It doesn’t work like that. I have to make a choice to commit to training. It takes dedication, determination, passion and I have to want it. I have to believe in myself. I have to be prepared for the unknown and the obstacles which will occur over the next 6 months. Obstacles in life are inevitable though. No one trains without “stuff” coming up along the way. The key is to just keep going, do the very best I can and to enjoy the process as much as possible. I know some training days may seem like a struggle but there won’t be a single day ahead that I don’t remind myself that this experience is filled with so much opportunity. We choose what to focus our energy on. I will chose to focus my energy on the opportunity this experience offers. Success is a mindset within us. So many things that seem impossible are actually within our reach. Isn’t that their slogan by the way? “Ironman: Anything is possible.”
Day 1 Training. Today was perhaps not an ideal or easy day to begin training. I know that there will be plenty of days ahead where I will have opportunities and reasons to make excuses or skip training. Training is simply another part of my life now for the next six months so I was not going to make an excuse to push back my first day. Plus, I heard her voice in my mind, flashed back to our final rides together which led up to my first Ironman and know EXACTLY what she’d say to me today if she was here. The first week of training is light and just easing into things. Phew, because I must confess that these past three months my workouts have been nothing compared what I put into my training last year. I think getting the mind right is one of the most important things to focus on over week one. My mindset while training felt really strong today even though the plan only had me run 40 minutes, bike 45 minutes, and hot vinyasa yoga 75 minutes which I added to the plan. And by the way, yes–it looks like I’m finally following my first triathlon training plan (within reason) which I’m really looking forward to. It doesn’t surprise me that the first song on my playlist had me take off a bit too fast on my run because it’s from one of my favorite Ironman videos. And yup, I visualized it. And then visualized myself racing IMLP. So anyways…in addition to the training plan nutrition is one of the things I need to better educate myself on. Believe it or not I packed on 10 pounds over the course of my first year in triathlon. Yup. I’d like to work on losing 10% of my current body weight by the time race day arrives.
I’ve focused 2660 minutes on my yoga mat in the past 30 days in preparation for Ironman training. I’ve become very aware of the tremendous growth and strength physically and mentally over these 44 hours of consistent yoga practice. I’ve also noticed “bad habits” dissolve on my mat and grace develop gradually. The past 30 days have definitely played a positive roll in preparing my body and mind for the six months ahead. I’m committed to incorporating at least 3 hours of yoga into my training plan each week, even if that means I miss a few miles of a run from time to time just to squeeze it in. Yoga is an essential part of my training plan and perhaps just as important as swim, bike and run.
The goals ahead of me? Train for 6 months, improve my nutrition, keep consistent with yoga, and then swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF. So why is this Ironman so incredibly important to me? One of my family members lives with Multiple Myeloma and I will race with the MMRF team for her and everyone who is faced with the challenges of MM. I will also race in memory of a good friend who very recently passed away from a different form of cancer. Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. While there is no cure, great progress is being made. My commitment is to increase awareness and raise funds to help find a cure. I feel really fortunate to be able to take the next step pursuing something I have fallen in love with to make a difference and race on the MMRF Team for Cures.
I know that I can not do this alone and so here it goes…I’m about to ask you for your help. I am asking family, friends, readers, and everyone in the yoga and triathlon community to please support my participation in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid benefiting the MMRF. Your donation is tax-deductible and will go directly toward the research and development of a cure for cancer. I realize and understand we all have charities we are passionate about so keeping that in mind I just want to mention that any amount, even $5, adds up. And think about this… if every friend I have on Facebook donated $10 think about how much we would contribute to the MMRF through just one person’s efforts. I appreciate your help to get there. Contributions can be made here. Thank you for your support and generosity and many thanks to everyone who already supported my efforts before my training even kicked off. I am so incredibly grateful and excited to be part of the Ironman Lake Placid MMRF team! I will continue to update my training and fundraising progress on my blog and appreciate everyone’s feedback and support. See you in 189 days at 140.6.
Love, Keli ”The most effective way to do it, is to do it..” Amelia Earhart.