Do you know what 140.6 means? If you have ever done a triathlon or know someone who has, then you know. Let me break it down…it is a 2.4 miles swim followed by a 112 miles bicycle ride, then quick shoes changed to end it with a 26.2 miles run. Not to mention, all done with NO break in between. Do you think you’d do something like that?
I totally would, you know me and challenges but come on now. Must be realistic LOL But I do know someone, 2 actually who just ROCKED it last month. She is a friend of mine and I want to honor her hard work and her race by writing a piece on her because what she magical. I followed her the entire way(virtually) and waited for her to cross the infamous finish line which was epic.
Her name is Elise and she is one of the ladies behind of Sparkle Athletic. She actually did the race with Carrie her best friend, which is another master mind behind the sparkle. They did the IRONMAN Arizona on November 20. Here is Elise’s experience in her words:
- What was the toughest part of training?
The toughest part of training was finding the time to get it all done. Most weekends meant a long bike ride in the morning followed by short run, then long run the next day. During the week I would have a few days of double workout days. Besides that, cycling is my toughest leg. I love cycling, but I’m just not fast at it.
- Did you have any fears, nervousness going into the race?
- We saw that you did the race with your best friend, did that make it easier? Did you two train together?
- What was the most difficult part of the race?
- Was it more of a mental or physical battle?
- Once you came around that last corner and saw the lights and knew this was it, the finish line was just ahead and your family was waiting as they have been all day, what was running through your mind?
- What is one moment that you will never forget from this entire journey?
There are so many memorable moments during the race, but if I had to pinpoint to one (or two), it was the moment before the race started when Carrie and I hugged and wished each other good luck. The other is similar, it was a hug after we finished. We believed in each other and that’s what made this race so special. It’s kinda weird to think that a day when I did something scary, pushed my body to its extreme, and felt sick was one of the best days of my life.
I am honored to know both of these two ladies and so glad to they choose to be unstoppable! They had their family post and follow them on instagram. And it was so emotional and exciting to watch them tackle the BIG 140.6. They inspire me and motivate me to keep dreaming BIG. Congratulations Elise and Carrie.
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the Scoliosis runner, powered by Sparkle 😉