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What inspired me to start triathlon? - Guest post by Katie

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My friend Katie is one of the most inspiring, hard-working, dedicated, humble, community-minded, generous and articulate people I know. I invited her to write about what inspired her to start in triathlon and the importance of community.  

She speaks passionately and freely in person about all of this and more. She does not normally blog so I'm grateful she took me up on this offer. Here's your chance to learn more from someone who inspires me to work hard to make my dreams come true... Take it away Katie!
--Michelle


As I watched their lean, strong, fit, sun-kissed bodies run along the beach I knew I wanted to be like them one day.  As they pushed themselves to the brink and ascended the hundreds of stairs I was further inspired by their endurance and power.  

Escape from Alcatraz was on my to do list for over twenty years before it became a reality.  This was not my first triathlon but it was one of the most memorable ones that I have participated in.


My triathlon journey bega…

Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 9 - Michelle's Day - Video

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Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 8 - IMAZ2017 Video trailer

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Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 7 - Guest post by coach Keith

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In case you missed it...
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 1 - Getting There
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 2 - Race Morning and Swim
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 3 - T1 and Bike
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 4 - T2 and Run
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 5 - Guest post by volunteer Sharon
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 6 - Finish Line & Beyond


Note from Michelle:  I invited my good friend, long time running buddy, swim coach, and Ironman himself....Keith to explain better than I can what is involved in the mental aspect of what is required to become an Ironman.  Take it away Keith...





Michelle asked me to do a guest blog about my IM experience and what was involved in coaching and supporting her progress towards IM. Considering I asked about other people’s feelings about their post-IM experiences, I suppose I can’t really say no. 

I almost don’t know where to begin. Normally the advice, “begin at the beginning and carry on” is good, but it’s …

Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 6 - Finish Line & Beyond

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If you missed the epic tale leading up to the finish line, check out
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 1 - Getting There
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 2 - Race Morning and Swim
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 3 - T1 and Bike
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 4 - T2 and Run
Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 5 - Guest post by volunteer Sharon

Finish Line 
I rounded a corner and it felt awesome to step to the right and choose the lane with
"FINISH LINE -->" marked on it in green tape.  People were whooping, cheering and clapping!  I could hear the finish line.  I know there was a look of incredulity on my face.  I pulled my sunglasses off my head and tucked them in the back crisscross of my sports bra.  I poured water on my head and face to freshen up and rinse the caked salt, sweat and sunscreen off.  There was Helen.  My Mom took a photo (the only one of me on the run) but sadly I didn't see my parents at the corner because of all of the commo…

Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 5 - Guest post by volunteer Sharon

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If you want to catch up on what happens before T2...

Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 1 - Getting There Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 2 - Race Morning and Swim Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 3 - T1 and Bike Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 4 - T2 and Run

Note from Michelle:  I invited Sharon, my amazing Fairy Godmother volunteer who treated me to massage, ART and help in T2 to do this guest blog after she suggested she could share her perspective of things from inside T2.  Welcome and thank you Sharon.  Take it away Sharon....


This is Sharon, the massage therapist Michelle talked about. She asked me to talk a bit about what happens in transition. 
The reason I am at Ironman competitions is that I am certified in Active Release Technique, a soft tissue management system that releases specific muscular tension, especially in repetitive injury strains. We provide free treatments Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before the race and we are in T2 and finish on race day.…