Ironman CDA 4 weeks away……..

Wow last week was a doozy. I even missed 1 run and 1 swim but I feel good with my totals for last week

Ran 16 miles

Biked 104 miles

Swam 2.7 miles

I need to put more time in on that bike but…….there are only so many hours in a day! 2 a days are here again, we’ll at least 3 times this coming week. Otherwise there is just no way to get it ALL in. Heres the workouts This week

Although my blog has changed from personal Journaling to fitness Journaling I guess I just had an anniversary with WordPress πŸ˜„

Let me share with you some of this weeks pics

I am getting super pumped for this race…….super pumped for it to be OVER lol πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

I’m looking forward to simpler days, lazy mornings, and figuring out what my next goal should be.

I have always wanted to participate in trail maniacs state Park series or i could try to increase my 70.3 time. I just don’t know.  But I do forsee racing still because, duh, I’m a racing mermaid β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™’

Nerding out over the athlete guide?

I feel like it’s the month before  1st semester of nursing school and I’m nerding out all over again. 

I haven’t started color coding things but it’s totally coming.

So today/tonight I have picked apart the athlete guide and have come up with the first draft of my packing list.

Morning bag which is also kinda the “after race” bag for me

  • Tri glide
  • Change of clothes (for after race)
  • Meds 
  • Flip flops
  • Candy-post race
  • Salt and vinegar chips- post race
  • Pepsi-post race
  • shower pill -post race


  • Wet suit
  • Swim suit
  • Goggles
  • Ear plugs
  • Cap


  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses 
  • Shoes
  • Vaseline
  • Ear cover
  • Socks
  • Towel
  • Jersey
  • Bike shorts
  • Meds

Bike special needs

  • Co2 
  • Tubes
  • Vaseline 
  • Change of clothes
  • Moist wipes (in a baggie)
  • Change of socks
  • Sleeves


  • Hat 
  • Glasses
  • Wet wipes
  • Shoes
  • Change of socks
  • Bib belt with meds
  • Change of shorts
  • Tank
  • Vaseline

Run special needs

  • Change of socks 
  • Vaseline
  • Calf sleeves
  • T shirt change
  • Wet wipes
  • Sleeves? gloves?beanie?hand warmers? (Will base of weather projection)
  • Sweatshirt

This list does not include the nutrition that I will be packing with me. I am still working hard on getting my nutrition right especially for these longer rides and longer runs.

 We receive five bags and have to decide what we’re going to pack into those bags prior to the race. So the sooner I get those figured out the better.

Any suggestions? Nutrition tips? Last minute-ish advise?

Meal prep this week


Oats/protein/berries in the jars 


BBQ chicken and veggies


Mmmmmmmmm eggs

I’m mentally preparing myself for the end of the week it’s going to be VERY busy. The hubs and I will both be working long hours (thankful for my mom to help with the mermaidsson) at the end of the week. So it’s really important to have the schedule.

Now we rest/tan/read/relax!!!

Saturdays are for planning and long runs

It’s been a pretty successful training week. A real eye opener……

 5 weeks away. I’m fairly certain at this point that I will finish,but it won’t be pretty.

This training is starting to wear me down. I want to remember what it was like to run and bike for fun. Not for time. Not because I HAVE to. Not because that’s “what’s on the schedule”.  I obviously have a dream to complete an ironman.  This dream takes a certain amount of commitment, time, sweat, and yup….. sometimes tears and Frustration. I know it will be worth it. 

Why am I being such a baby over it? I’m so friggin’ lucky to be doing this. I should be thankful. I should be filled with joy that I am physically and mentally able to get up and do this.

So enough with the whining. I’m here to finish this. Even if that means multiple workouts a week, long hours on the bike, and long runs. I’m going to approach it with a smile on my face. BECAUSE I CAN!!!!

How about some pics from this weeks adventures? 

I obviously wouldn’t/ couldn’t  be doing this w/o my 🐝  an amazing friend/training partner/ certified ironman U coach (an added bonus for me ❀)

Here’s a look at the week ahead

Meal prep easy peaseyΒ 

Here’s the meal prep for the week. 1st up oatmeal jars

Here’s what u need

1. Some jars

2.a BIG OL BAG OF OATS πŸ˜„ I purchased this at costco

3. berries also from costco and some frozen bananas 

4. Peanut butter yummmmmmmm πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’

5.i also like to add a scoop of protein to my oats (get dem gains…..?) πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ


I mean I realize it doesn’t look appetizing but it totally is.

Simple and filling

Use this COUPON!!!! for  bobs red mills product. Yummmmmmmm 

ALSO……follow me on instagram  and Participate in the #SummerStrong Instagram Challenge July 18-23!

Lunch is totes easy this week


Salads with chicken

Snack: protein shakes

Dinners: the usual. Already written out on the schedule so the hubs knows what to cook of he gets home before me (we kinda make a good team ❀❀)

Ironman training 43 days away

Omg…….it’s coming up so quickly.

There is so much self doubt at this stage in the many thoughts in my head:

  1. Is my training enough
  2. Will I be ready
  3. Can my family handle another 43 days 
  4. Don’t get injured
  5. Make each workout count
  6. Be brave 
  7. Be fast
  8. Eat on track
  10. thank ur lucky stars your Alive to be able to do this

How about an update?

I’m sure you’ve been wondering what’s going on with your favorite mermaid. 

For the last 15 years we have been going on a friendcation  [vacation with friends]. It started with softball tournaments over the 4th and has ended with trips to sunlakes Washington. We’ve kept the tradition alive, and this last weekend was no different.

Also my best friend got married!! 

I couldnt be more happy for her. We also celebrated my girl Tileena’s dirty 30. We worked on the flowers for the wedding, had cocktails, and got in good family time.

More pics

I found some time to do an OWS and a couple of bike rides. I loved getting time with my two favorite guys.

Today the best thing happened.


Today my training bestie and I got in an OWS 

I’m going to have to “take it easy” the next week.

Watch for my training plan, meal prep, and ofcourse Wednesday’s inspiration.