Before the race I was calm heading into race day. I had been there before and knew that the day would be much different this time. I didn't feel the pressure to finish, let alone meet any time goals. I slept surprisingly well the night before and headed to race day jitter-free. For more on how I … Continue reading Race Day Report: Ironman Wisconsin at 20 Weeks Pregnant
Fresh off my first Ironman, I felt increasingly drawn toward doing it again the next year. That seemed in direct contention with an even greater yearning I had: to have another baby.
RACE PLAN Heading into race week and my 20th week of pregnancy, I was swinging between thinking "I wonder how far I make it on the bike before dropping-out" and "I can complete Ironman pregnant!" I'm far less prepared than I was last year and I'm racing with the side effects of growing a human. … Continue reading Ironman Training Pregnant: Race Prep + Week 20
THIS WEEKS STATS: Swim: 1:00 Bike: 4:30 Run: 1:30 TOTAL: 7:00 MIDWIFE APPOINTMENT I had another check-up with my midwife this week. I shared my concerns with my light-headedness and dizziness. She agreed that I probably needed to eat more and that my instincts of eating even though I wasn't hungry were good. She encouraged … Continue reading Ironman Training Pregnant: Week 19
I recently listened to a podcast by Freakenomics: Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 which introduced me to the term "Evidence-Based Medicine". While listening to it, I started wondering about the current recommendations for pregnant women and exercise and how they came to be. I highly recommend listening to the episode "Bad Medicine" but … Continue reading Evidence-Based Medicine or Opinion: Exercising Pregnant
"In terms of accomplishing my planned workouts, this weekend was a failure...There will be another Ironman another year for me to get after."
During my 17th week of pregnancy, I was 3 weeks out from Ironman Wisconsin. My training fell short of expectations and I'm beginning to come to terms with the fact that I may not finish Ironman this year.
Training for Ironman and being pregnant while your spouse is across the world is hard. I'm doing all of those things together and it is really, really hard. Harder than I thought.
This week threw some curve balls. At 4 weeks out from Ironman Wisconsin, I had a key training weekend on the books that just didn't happen.
5 weeks out from Ironman, training is picking up and I'm starting to feel agony of August when training for IMWI.
A respected obstetrician shared his opinion with me about training for Ironman: he "strongly discouraged" it. His advice, however, wasn't grounded in research or any science. It was just his opinion - and I don't care much for him sharing it unsolicited.