Just two more sleeps until IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City! After months of training and preparing (and juggling lots of life stuff), it’s happening: I’ll join more than 2,000 other athletes this Sunday morning — athletes from all across Michigan, the U.S. and beyond — in participating in the inaugural swim-bike-run event. 

During this special race-week episode, I share how I’m feeling going into race weekend with my close friend and fellow runner and cyclist Cassy Stone. I do think I have done a pretty good job with my training overall — I have done the best I can. The mental part at this point is what feels really important. This is a chance, no matter what happens, to learn things about myself.

To listen to this episode, click on the player at the top of this post. Or, download the episode (and subscribe to the show!) using your favorite podcast app.

Cassy brings a unique perspective to the show with her first-hand experience welcoming triathletes and the IRONMAN crew to the area through her position at Traverse City Tourism, which brought the event to northern Michigan.

During our conversation we also recap this summer’s inaugural Michigan Runner Girl Trail 10K & 5K as well as my first Olympic distance triathlon — the Traverse City Triathlon — just a few weeks ago. It was during this triathlon when I experienced a mini-panic attack at the start of the swim, as well as discovered just how much I still needed to learn about fueling well during the bike portion of the race.

Whether you’re here in TC to compete in the IRONMAN, you’re gearing up to cheer on a family member or friend, or you’ve been following my journey to this race weekend, this episode gives you a race week perspective that is both authentic and inspirational. 

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A special thanks to Mike Moran, Mike Youker and Jonny Tornga of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show.

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