Ironman training is a crazy and amazing experience. From seven hour bike rides with friends, to 3 hour plods at what is your best attempt at a run, to endless hours staring at the black line on the bottom of the pool. During every Ironman training cycle there are little stories that happen. I don’t want to forget them, but they may not make their way into a blog post. These are five stories I don’t want to forget from Ironman Boulder training this year.
- When I got my acceptance letter to my top school at Vermillion Lakes on a bike ride with friends. We stopped to go through one of the animal gates, I quickly checked my phone, and got the good news!
- I remember one incredibly rainy and cold ride to Bragg Creek and back with friends. I’m not sure I have ever been so cold on my bike before. My hands were so frozen that I was unable to unbuckle my helmet when I got back to my car! I needed a friend to unbuckle it for me!
- My friend Danny, who isn’t training for a race, yet still joined me on many of my long rides. I don’t know very many people that would ride 180 km just because! He would often bring mint chocolate rice crispy treats for post long ride snacks.
- Amy and I rescuing a cat from a coyote on our first ride together. We spotted a very friendly cat (who had tried to stow away in someone’s car) with a coyote lurking nearby. We found his home and returned him to his owner!
- Getting caught in a huge downpour/thunderstorm on a long run around Glenmore Reservoir with my friend Wendy, then needing to be rescued because we were a good 5 miles away from my car. Thankfully my friend Tara was able to pick us up!!
Most noteworthy, one thread that weaves all of these stories together is friendship. Many wonderful people helped to make Ironman training memorable and special this year, so thank you to all of you!
Share a memorable story from your training this summer!