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Red Bull Ironman Journey's: Evelyn and Colleen race Ironman in 2018

          

My Story

First and foremost, I would love to thank Red Bull for providing my group, Iracelikeagirl, with this opportunity – a paid entry to an Ironman Event + Red Bull shipments leading up to the event!!!! I just can’t believe I was chosen for this incredible prize!!!! I have to say I was shocked when I was notified because a part of me didn't believe that I would win (I mean I never win prizes haha). But, I'm glad I did - because I think I'm ready to conquer this racing distance again.
So, you might be thinking to yourself, well, what is this girl's story? Here, let me tell you......
I guess you could simply describe me as a mom, wife, employee and athlete.

Becoming a mom has been one of the most important parts of life and has taught me a lot of things about life in general and even about myself as a person. It’s a hard job and you don’t realize how hard it is until you’ve been up with a sick baby all night long only to head into work the next day without really sleeping. My two-year-old daughter is basically a mini-version of myself which means that she NEVER STOPS MOVING, AND as much as I complain, I wouldn’t have it any other way – she’s perfect. And, she’s the reason I’m still participating in triathlons. She watches me train, compete and occasionally become overwhelmed. Through this sport I’m teaching her about hard work, choosing an active lifestyle and that sometimes life can just be hard. I teach her how hard work leads to great results; however, it can also lead you to occasional disappoints – but that’s okay – you just keep working. And more importantly, I teach her that just because you’re a “girl” - it doesn’t mean that you can’t be tough and strong, because you can be.

As a wife, this balancing act is hard. Finding a way to truly appreciate your significant other while being a mom, working and training can sometimes become forgotten. Have I had those moments? Absolutely. However, there are certain moments when I realize how supportive my husband truly is and I can’t help but to appreciate the hell out of him and make a conscious effort to do something nice for him “just because”. Because of him (and my mom), I can train without worrying about my daughter. He’s one of my biggest cheerleaders and knows how important being an athlete is to me. Nothing is truly better than watching him and my daughter on the course. It pushes me harder even when I think I have nothing left.

Being a working mom is something that I’ve come to enjoy. It gives me the adult conversations I crave and helps me to focus on something that ultimately helps the community. I love my job and the people there. They’re basically all my free therapists and have become my second family. I can truly say I enjoy going to work and doing my job.

Lastly, being an athlete has always been an important part of my life. A part of my life that I never wanted to lose once I became a parent. See, it’s easy to have “MOM GUILT” and sacrifice pieces of your life that were important to you because you’re technically away from your child. I struggled with this concept, especially when I first became a mom, but again, my family encouraged me to keep this part of my life – and I’m so glad I did. It helps me become a better mom and let’s me focus on just “me”. What a concept – focusing “on just me.”

So, there you have it folks. A brief summary of my life. I’ll continue to tell you bits and pieces of my life as I blog about my training. As a side note, I’m no stranger to half ironmans. Heck, I thought I was done with them after my last 70.3 this past October. I told myself it was “too hard” to train and compete after being disappointed on my bike time for the race.  But, I recognize I was being a brat and have thought about what race I can aim for next. I even planned my racing schedule for most of the year – leaving the last half of the year open “just in case” I won this challenge. And, I’m so glad I did. So – Wilmington 70.3 – I’m coming for you!

Courage, Confidence and Consistency

Courage, Consistency and Confidence … my mantras for 2018.

cour·age

noun

1.     the ability to do something that frightens one. the choice and willingness to confront pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation

synonyms:

bravery, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, valor, fearlessness, intrepidity, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness, grit, true grit, hardihood, heroism, gallantry; 

con·fi·dence

noun

1.     the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.

synonyms:

trust, belief, faith, credence, conviction"

2018 brings with it the CHOICE and WILLINGNESS to confront 140.6 miles at Ironman Lake Placid. Not just about the event but confronting the 6 months of training ahead of me. Being confident I can do it. Being consistent in my training/effort to get me across the finish line. Choice and willingness…no one is holding me to this challenge, this is entirely personal; and, it scares the bejesus out of me!

I’ve been training for a few months now building strength that will get me through this incredible event. When you are in the thick of it you begin to realize that you aren’t just training your body but also training your mind to BELIEVE you can accomplish anything you put your mind/body to! I find this is the place that I get stuck at times, the connection between body and mind. The doubt that enters your brain when you enter in to the 2nd or attempting a 3rd hour on a trainer ride. The 2nd or 3rd workout of the day. The hours spent before the sun comes up and those after the sun is well set and the kids are in bed. In all of these moments of doubt, I remember, on July 22nd, I will hear the words “Colleen Schaible, you are an Ironman”.

I feel very conflicted at times. Who am I? Mom? Director of Sales? Friend? Wife? Athlete? Teammate? Can I truly be all of these? How do you balance it all and be everything to everyone…slightly impossible! For all of the moms out there, the MOM GUILT can sometimes be the biggest deterrent to getting an extra workout in, an extra hour here and there on the weekend. I trust that I'm setting a good example for my boys that hard work and perseverance pay off.  I just have to take it one day at time. Create the schedule, recreate it, and try to nail it all as best as you can knowing that you are giving it your all! And trust in the process, be patient with the progress and thank everyone who is supporting you immensely all along the way. I have to remember I'm blessed to be doing these things, blessed to have this amazing family and network of friends at my side.

One of the biggest additions to my circle of trust and support is my team, coach and mentor. Being a part of I Race Like a Girl has been incredible so far. Triathlon is such an individual pursuit. It’s a very competitive and somewhat intimidating sport, everyone sizing you up when you enter transition to set up your area, pre-checking the participant list and past times, looking at the body marking and fellow age groupers. Being a part of this team for me has shown that Triathlon is so much more than that. I am so in awe on this team that includes women from all walks of life, backgrounds, nationalities, ages, shapes and sizes. Women new to the sport and those who are multi event veterans. This entire community of kick ass women is there to learn from, to lean on for advice, to ask for sanity checks. Our community is incredibly supportive and uplifting! I can't wait until IRLAG takes over the world of triathlon this year! 

COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, CONSITENCY … Ironman Lake Placid I’m coming for you!

Race Report:

January 1st – Winner’s Circle Running Club Hangover Classic 10k

What an incredibly FREEZING race! It was 11 degrees with a windchill of -15! What a way to start the year off right!

Was one of the fastest 10ks I’ve run. 52:49! 9th place in my division – still can’t believe how fast these 40+ year old women are!!

January 20th – Latitude Sports Indoor Triathlon to Benefit Hurricane Relief

So super fun, did the race with several of my friends, some of whom have never been on a spin bike or swam a competitive lap.

Design of the event was to swim as many laps as possible in 15 minutes, bike as many miles on the spin bike as possible in 25 minutes and run as many laps on the indoor track as possible in 20 minutes.

I pushed myself which was a great feeling after so much base building over last few months.
I placed 4th out of 48 participants and won 1st in the 40-49 age group

12/04/2017 04 December 2017 49 Monday Traditions, travel, turkeys ... oh and TRAINING! Colleen SchaibleColleen Schaible Winner of our free Ironman entry from Red Bull! Follow along for her big dance in Lake Placid 2018! 0 3 3 1266679875 /modules/blogs/posts/post1266679868.jpg It's the most wonderful time of the year! In more ways than one you can figure out how much you can truly juggle! 0 triathlon 0 training 0 triathlon training 0 swimbikerun 10/17/2017 17 October 2017 42 Tuesday The Big 4-0…the best is yet to come! Colleen SchaibleColleen Schaible Winner of our free Ironman entry from Red Bull! Follow along for her big dance in Lake Placid 2018! 0 3 3 1266679875 This past few weeks have been quite the emotional roller coaster for many reasons...really for one reason, hitting the big 4-0! I always have celebrated birthdays as a chance to turn the page, reflect on the last year, think on things I would change, do better, do different. This year was especially important as I enter in to a new decade, the one I will say is going to be the best yet! 40 is the new 30 after all. 09/13/2017 13 September 2017 37 Wednesday Pumpkinman Olympic! Angela NaethAngela Naeth 0 7 6 1266679846 Ok, so here’s the skinny on Pumpkinman Olympic 2017, South Berwick, ME… 09/07/2017 07 September 2017 36 Thursday Race Week Jitters Angela NaethAngela Naeth 0 7 6 1266679846 /modules/blogs/posts/post1266679840.jpg Today marks just under a week until a 7:36 a.m. swim start at the 11th Annual Pumpkinman Triathlon Festival in South Berwick, ME. And the RACE WEEK JITTERS have set in. I can hear the voice in my head starting to question…”did I train enough, what about those workouts I missed” “did I train too much, what about the soreness in my quads”, “what about the weather, oh crap, Hurricane Irma!!”, “what if it’s cold, what if it’s windy, what if it’s hot”, “what should I eat, not eat, drink” and of course I start to obsess over my weather channel app on my phone, start to read too far in to things people are posting on group chat pages… 08/15/2017 15 August 2017 33 Tuesday I get to do an Ironman! Angela NaethAngela Naeth 0 7 6 1266679846

Update from Winner Colleen Schaible of our 2017 iracelikeagirl Red Bull Sponsored Ironman Entry - 

It has been quite an exciting July and August! My first season back to participating in Triathlon and it has certainly been an exciting one. Little did I know that when I was introduced to I Race Like a Girl and Angela Naeth that the next few weeks following would be life changing! So, you want to hear the words “You are an Ironman”! well now I have the chance thanks to Angela and our wonderful sponsor in Red Bull! So begins my journey to Lake Placid  2018.


And then there is the “O Shit” moment when you realize, you are on the journey to 140.6 miles in just over 11 months while juggling your full-time job as a Director of Sales for 7 states and more importantly your family life with 3.5 year old twins! How the heck am I going to do this? I barely have time to brush my teeth some mornings, where am I going to find an extra 15 – 20 hours a week to train? Take it one day at a time, plan ahead, work the plan, find some inspiration…that’s easy, my #twinpower… dig deep and then dig deeper. But we’ll get to that…  But first, let’s finish the 2017 season strong!

Next up, the Pumpkinman Olympic Triathlon in South Berwick, ME. This race is in just over four weeks, it takes place in a beautiful setting with a fresh water swim, rolling bike and run. I haven’t had any formal coaching yet this year, just following some online training plans but given the challenge on the horizon, I thought better to start now with some real training plans! So, enter Angela, training peaks, heart rate, nutrition and a week one plan that included over 100 miles on the bike! Giddy Up!
I feel pretty good about my performance on week one. I did miss one swim, life just got in the way, and lost some daylight on my last ride of the week, but legs and lungs felt strong throughout the week.

My biggest realization is my nutrition practices are pretty basic/terrible and that I need to slow my roll on my training runs! This is where the discipline and planning are really going to be important over the next several months. Train like you race, is the new mantra, so will be working on these nutrition practices over the next few weeks leading in to my last two races.

-More to come @iracelikeagirl @redbull #givesyouwings #twinpower

Race Report
Amesbury Dam Sprint Tri 7.8.17

Beautiful day for a Sprint Tri in my hometown! Overcast morning, lake temp of 72, light winds. It is my first official race this season after taking 4 years off following the birth of our twins, Colton Chase. Overall nerves were pretty calm as I had a group of amazing women who had trained together for the event there with me! In to the water we went! I found a fast, clear path to swim and given it is the lake I train in, I felt very comfortable in the water. One of my best ½ mile swims in just over 13 minutes and 2nd out of the water in my wave. Transition felt a little frantic, always my worst Tri leg! The bike felt harder than it should given I know the roads like the back of my hand, averaged just over 17mph on a rolling course. Finally, on to the run, this transition never feels easy no matter the distance. My friends were out on course and that made for an awesome last 2 miles. I averaged a 7:20 which is super fast for me! My boys were there to watch me, which made the race really special! I came in 2nd in my age group for the race! What was more fun is I was able to watch 3 of my friends finish who were first timers! We were all together to enjoy a cold brew on the beach afterwards!

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08/01/2017 01 August 2017 31 Tuesday Meet Colleen Schaible! Follow along on her journey! First Ironman! Angela NaethAngela Naeth 0 7 6 1266679846 /modules/blogs/posts/post1266679836.jpg

Meet Colleen Schaible! Our Re Bull Ironman Entry winner! Follow along as she builds toward her first ever ironman! 

First up! A few questions on why Colleen ventured into triathlon, what motivates her, her goals, and advice to share to those reading! 

COLLEEN'S STORY! 

Ok so here’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!!

So my triathlon journey actually began back in 2011-2012 in Upstate NY. I had been an avid cyclist for many years before moving up to Rochester with my husband for work. Cycling in the Finger Lakes is just heaven on earth. Beautiful country roads, pristine glacial lakes, challenging climbs, routes through farms and vineyards…I could go on for days talking about it! I had completed multiple century rides at that point cycling around Lake Tahoe 3x, participating in 2 Livestrong Philly Challenges as well as the NYC Gran Fondo among others! 

In UNY, we connected with a group of cyclists who were on another level, many of whom were seasoned triathletes who had completed multiple Ironman events all around the country. I was in awe of their abilities, their dedication, their support. Not only were these folks insane cyclists but they were incredible people who belonged to an amazing community of athletes! So of course, I wanted in, I wanted to stretch myself to see if I could truly hang with this group! So I started working with a coach.

At the time I wasn’t running so my first two events were Aqua Bike events…I didn’t start small of course, participating in the MusselMan ½ Iron Aqua Bike and then the Ironman Eagleman MD doing the swim/bike portion of a relay. It was an unreal experience! I had the bug. My first full triathlon was the Skinny Man sprint in Skaneateles NY where I was 2nd in my age group!!

That weekend I participated in the “I’m all that” race where I did a Sprint Tri Saturday, a Mile Open Water Swim Sunday morning followed by a midday Hill Climb Time Trial and ending the day with a 4 mile run. It was a very fun summer and I was feeling super energized about racing and pushing myself. I also participated that year in two cycling road races and a few time trials!

So of course like any triathlete who has the bug, I needed to do more, to push harder!! So what would you do, but sign up for an Ironman! Lake Placid Ironman J One of the most scenic and challenging races out there. I went with my team the summer before to a training camp up in Lake Placid and fell in love! 2013 was the year I was going to be an Ironman! But the man upstairs had different plans and instead of becoming an Ironman,

I became a TWIN MOM! Colton and Chase came in to our lives December 13, 2013 and things will never be the same for the better!! I had a challenging pregnancy during which I was not allowed to do much exercise beyond walking, so I ate and rested and ate some more gaining over 75 pounds!

The boys were born 2 months early and the challenges continued as our little man Chase was born with a severe heart defect that was undetected during pregnancy. He underwent two open heart surgeries at 1 month of age and just 4lbs. We owe his life to the incredible doctors and nurses at Boston Children’s Hospital. He finally came home 3 months later and we were a united family.

During Chase’s recovery, I was introduced to a group of women in our area who are all ages and abilities but united by our weekly training runs! Again, the community aspect of sport is what I truly fall in love with time and time again. It was cathartic to meet these ladies at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. every Sunday and do our long runs together! We vented and laughed and cried even! They have become my best friends.

At that point I had to give something back (and I had to lose 75+ lbs!!). So I began running slowly but surely! Some days the only times the boys slept were when I pushed them in the double stroller for miles and miles!! I completed the NYC Marathon in the fall of 2014 while raising important money for Boston Children’s! It was my first marathon and all dedicated to our little men! Of course, participating in such an incredible event, I started to get the competition bug again J

Being a twin mom and working full time, there isn’t much time left for personal goals but I kept running and inn 2015 ran both the Boston and Chicago marathons. I shaved over 45 minutes off my first marathon time and ran Chicago in 4:20. I started cycling again here and there and realized how much I truly missed it! But there was that “time” issue that after taking a new senior level position at my company in 2016, time was not on my side to even think about much other than running to just keep fitness and stay sane.

Then another major setback for the family occurred in August of last year. My son Chase collapsed in front of me at our home. He stopped breathing and required CPR and needed emergency surgery to replace his pacemaker. Again, our faith was placed back in the hands of the surgeons and nurses at Children’s. I can’t thank them enough for saving our son’s life again!

I set my eyes on paying it forward by participating in the 2017 Boston Marathon and so far have raised over $7500 for them. I was sidelined by injury late 2016 which put my marathon training on hold and I have deferred to running in the 2018 event.

What better way to recover from tendonitis is rest, biking and swimming!

I think my motivation has changed since having children… They are truly my inspiration to continue to push myself, to challenge, to be healthy for them! They always want to see mommy’s medal rack and tell me they want to “run fast like mommy”! I want them to grow up in an environment where they know they can do anything they put their minds to! No matter how difficult or scary the challenge may be.

My son has overcome so many challenges already at just 3.5 years so any pain I put myself through is only a piece of what he has been through. So fast forward to today and I just completed my first full triathlon (sprint distance) and earned a 2nd place age group finish! My twins were there to cheer mommy on!!

I’m also motivated by my age J I turn 40 this year and I want to show people out there that 40 looks darn good!!

I want to continue to work to raise money for BCH and plan to run the 2018 Boston Marathon.

My goals for 2017 include completing 2 Olympic Distance triathlons and a Century Ride event (at least this is what I’m signed up for! Looking for a race in August!!)

My forward looking goals are to finally become an Ironman!! Likely a 70.3 in the near future but hopefully down the line when the boys are older I can go back to that dream of a full at Lake Placid!!

I guess my one piece of advice for anyone who is trying to get in to the sport or who has thought about it is DO IT! The experience is like no other even in a short distance event. The challenge of training and pure joy of the accomplishment of completing a race is bar none. The community of people whom you will meet, the support out there with these groups is amazing! The camaraderie and fun you have training with a group makes getting up at the crack of dawn to jump in a lake or on a bike so worth it! And it doesn’t matter the experience level, the type of gear or the age of the person…just set your mind and goal and you can achieve it! I know so many people who have extra gear, a spare bike, an extra cap or goggles, a spare wetsuit…and they are always willing to share the wealth to see others successful at such a fun and challenging sport.

So I hope that I can make this team proud and I hope that 70.3 dream can come true with an entry from Red Bull and I Race Like a Girl!! ·

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