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No Time to Dwell in 2012! « Mary Beth Ellis' Blog


No Time to Dwell in 2012!

It has been a whirlwind year so far! I haven’t stopped to do anything much less smell the roses. From the team standpoint, I am so glad to be back training and racing on the team this year. We had an amazing camp in Australia and now I am back at our summer base in Leysin. From a racing standpoint, I have had two wins at 70.3 Singapore and IM Texas, two 2nds at 70.3 St. Croix and 70.3 Mooseman, and a forgettable result at 5150 St. Anthony’s. I won’t go over the details of each race but will just give a funny little story from each below.

1.) 70.3 Singapore was the passport adventure race. I spent the entire days leading up to the race racing to and from the Embassy to get more passport pages. Luckily it took my mind off the race and I won!

2.) St. Anthony’s lets just say this was the train through race. It was a test for me as Doc for the first time had me training up until the morning of the race. I still had a solid day but not enough to compete with the speed of the ITU girls. I was stuck in 2nd gear while they were in 5th.

3.) St. Croix was the wet and wild day. It was pouring and we rode through puddles literally over my bottom bracket. I loved it! The course is amazing and I can’t wait to go back. I would have liked to have raced better and won but maybe next time. St. Croix and Wildflower are now tied as my favorite two races.

4.) IM Texas was a tough day at the office. I find that Ironmans are always tough. There is always a part during the race when the shit hits the fan and you just have to get through it. This race I struggled alot on the 2nd half of the run with heat and cramping and just wanting to lay down on the side of the course. But luckily I held on for the win.

5.) Mooseman 70.3 was good fun with Eric Ols. We went to this race as a last trip before I was to leave for Switzerland. While racing 2 weeks post Ironman isn’t advisable, it ended up being fine and I felt good just a bit flat. Like St. Croix and Wildflower, this course in the white mountains of New Hampshire was amazing. Just the kind of course I love: tough hills, fun descents, and little chance to get bored.

Now, I am back in camp in Leysin. It is time to get back to work after some fun racing and lots of great times at home with my two favorite men Eric and Mr. Fur. It is tough to be away from home but I know that now it when I need to put in the work for the rest of the season. It is only two months until Ironman NYC and four months until Kona. Time to put my nose to the grindstone and hurt now so that I can hurt less later.

Eric and I post-race at 70.3 Mooseman Eric and I post-race at 70.3 Mooseman

Train on and if you’re not hurting then go harder!

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