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Red Bull Ironman Journey

          

The Big 4-0…the best is yet to come!

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.

Pumpkinman Olympic!

Ok, so here’s the skinny on Pumpkinman Olympic 2017, South Berwick, ME…

Race Week Jitters

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…

I get to do an Ironman!

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!

Meet Colleen Schaible! Follow along on her journey! First Ironman!

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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