Well, I haven't blogged all summer because, let's face it, time flies! Summer especially flies! I have been having a blast racing this year, being married, and having a fun pup to keep us busy. I am loving my life and am so happy to be in the place I am today. Racing (and life) really has it's ups and downs, and times of doubt, but this year it has been a very clear path. I'm thankful for Mark in my life who always keeps me laughing :)
Here is a little recap, of the summer racing which has landed me at this moment in Mont Tremblant, Canada preparing to race my first Ironman of the season on Sunday.
June: I raced a sprint tri, and olympic distance, and a Buffalo Springs 70.3 and managed to win all 3! Wahoo! I truly never thought I would win at the half distance as I have always been an Ironman gal, but with my run coming around this year it worked out. I am swimming well, biking ok, and have found that extra gear on the run (combined with my good suffer-ability from all the Ironman racing) that it helping me actually be competitive at a distance I rarely ever saw a podium for before.
July: I raced an Intermediate distance (btwn sprint and olympic) and posted my fastest ever run split (even causing me to ask if the results were correct) with a 5:44/mile for 4.5 miles. Wahoo! Confidence builder for Racine 70.3 where I knew there would be a tough field. All of Mark's family was there and I knew so many I really wanted to have an awesome run! I was totally in the zone and was happy to run my personal best half split and finish 3rd.
Full season results: http://jackiehering.com/racing.html
I'm happy to be racing, but also LOVE my other jobs....I'm happy to report our swim race Big Swell Swim had an awesome turn out this year and we are excited to keep growing this event.
My athletes are racing SO WELL this year and I am looking forward to many of them approaching their A races healthy and happy :) Check out Hering Coaching
I transitioned junior tri team to a non-profit and joined with other coaches this year...so it is definitely a transitional year, but I'm looking forward to working out the kinks and working with and developing some of the young athletes in our area.
SO....this Ironman on Sunday!! Yikes!! I haven't raced the distance since last year Hawaii and there are some VERY talented women on the start list. My goals include: Race smart, run with everything I have. If I do that I will be happy regardless of where that puts me on the podium. I'm looking forward to it! If you'd like to follow, I'm number 39. They have some live coverage HERE
Thanks for reading. Sorry no pictures :/ gotta get to bed!