Category: Triathlon

Zell am See 70.3 – Part II

Julia’s Ironman 70.3 Austrian adventure continues! Here’s Part I if you missed it. On race day morning I peeked out the window and saw grey skies and rain. Buckets of rain. We went downstairs for breakfast with the other triathletes staying in the hotel. We drank our coffee and talked about what to wear on… [Read More]

Zell am See 70.3 – Part I

Last year when I was deciding where to race my Half Ironman for 2013, the gals on the Up & Running Alumni forum mentioned that I might want to consider what the medal looked like. Pescara was yellow and Aix en Provence was orange, so it seemed logical to go for the green medal in… [Read More]

Running and Hypothyroidism

Last Sunday I raced my fourth Ironman 70.3 distance, this time in Zell am See, Austria. I’m really excited to write about it because, well, I totally rocked it! But before I do that I think I need to do a short preamble to my story. At the beginning of spring I wasn’t feeling well…. [Read More]

My very first bike race

There’s a Half and Full Marathon near my city that also organizes a bike race the day before. When I saw they had a special “combined” category for whoever did the bike and run race, I knew was in! They had several combinations but I chose the one I felt most comfortable with: the 96km… [Read More]

A Half Ironman in Provence, Part III

And now the triumphant final chapter of Julia’s Provence Half Ironman adventure. Check out the swim and bike legs if you missed ’em! The description of the run was that it was in the “city center” of Aix. In my head a city center is flat, but what I didn’t realize was that Aix was… [Read More]

A Half Ironman In Provence, Part II

Now it’s time for Part II of Julia’s gruelling adventures in France! Here’s Part I if you missed it… The bike course was hard. Like really hard. Just look at that damn profile… I’d already seen the altitude map so I knew what was in store. I also knew that the organization had tacked on… [Read More]

A Half Ironman in Provence

I was a little scared to race the Aix en Provence 70.3 Half Ironman. Not shaking-in-my-boots, but the kind of fear where you have no idea what might happen. I had trained during the long summer months but the heat had worn my enthusiasm down and I’d sort of forgotten what it takes to do… [Read More]

Ironman 70.3 Italy – Part III

Today Julia concludes her Pescara Half Iron Man report. You can check out the swim and bike if you missed ’em! I have to admit, I was dreading the half marathon just a little bit. It was now 2PM and about 30°C/86°F with no clouds in sight. I don’t do very well in the sun… [Read More]

Ironman 70.3 Italy – Part II

Continued from Part I… Once I was out of the water I was fine. Not quite giddy or anything, but looking forward to getting on the bike. I’d really changed my game plan since last year and had concentrated a lot of my workout time just on the bike. As I passed the water sprays… [Read More]

Ironman 70.3 Italy – Part I

I was nervous. I was nervous driving down to Pescara and I was nervous when I went to pick up my bib number and I was nervous when I did the bike check-in. My stomach was doing acrobatics and was in a permanent state of butterflies. I kept telling myself “calm down, the race isn’t… [Read More]