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Ironman Arizona 2017 - Part 10 - The Tattoo

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  Exactly three years ago today, I crossed the finish line at Ironman Arizona 2017.  I just got my Ironman tattoo (more than one!) last week.   The big eyes on the goldfish are like mine when I was learning to swim: wide with fear and anticipation!  The black cat is my favourite animal.  It is curious, intrigued, and reaching for the swimming goldfish with desire just like I wanted to become an Ironman so intensely.   My Ironman watercolour tattoo by  @Lassknuckles  at Human Kanvas Here's why I waited and why NOW is the perfect time to get it. When I crossed the finish line, I was the happiest I had ever been.  I thought I was healthy and that I had embraced healthy habits as part of an active lifestyle.   I had been pushing myself past my comfort zone and endurance limits and just never kept it up.  I put a lot of things off like doctor's appointments so that I could just get to the finish line.  More on that later.  After Ironman: I was glad to give up running.  I had done

6 months after Ironman - Now what?

November feels like a long time ago.  We had a long, dark, cold, snowy, endless winter and now it's spring.  I never did get a tattoo and I'm glad.  I am working hard at finding balance and have stepped out of the Ironman athlete persona into the regular everyday wife/daughter/friend persona. I felt like doing nothing after my race but didn't beat myself up over it.  I anticipated needing 6-8 weeks of doing nothing to recover but it took longer than that for me.  I hibernated and rested on my laurels while becoming sedentary and and ingesting more calories than I was putting out. Swimming I had set a tangible, measurable goal to swim faster and Keith was helping me.  Then hubby asked me to stop getting up at 4:30 in the morning on weekdays to swim before work.  I acquiesced, deferred my goal and now only swim on Sundays.  The pool will be there for me always and I will revisit my goal when life changes again to allow for it.  I supported him when he was going through c

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.   photo courtesy of Keith Cartmell 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 one

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

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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 Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 7 - Guest post by coach Keith  Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 8 - IMAZ2017 epic trailer (1 min video) Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 9 - Ironman Arizona 2017 - Michelle's Day (6 min video)

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

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Sooo... I made a video.  DIY.  iMovie.  It's epic.  I think so anyway. Coming soon (tomorrow).  I can feel you quivering in anticipation.  ;) For now, let me tease you with my UNofficial epic IMAZ2017 trailer (1 minute video): In case you missed it... Read my Race Recaps - Ironman Arizona Series: 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 Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 7 - Guest post by coach Keith  Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 8 - IMAZ2017 epic trailer (1 min video) Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Recap - Part 9 - Ironman Arizona 2017 - Michelle's Day (6 min video)

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 a

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