Thursday, December 2, 2010

You Guys Rock

You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there. ~ Yogi Berra
Actually, sometimes you get where you need to be even if you don't know you are headed there when you start out.  I certainly did not know I was headed for Ironman Lake Placid (only 233 days away!!) when I started this blog a year ago. 

I also didn't expect that when I started blogging about my triathlon and marathon training that I would get the opportunity to connect with (and meet) such an amazing group of people (that means YOU) who inspire and push me to be my best every day.

I started my blog at a time I was feeling pretty alone in my training.  Don't get me wrong, I have lots of amazing friends who are 100% behind me and what I am doing (I SO appreciate you guys, please don't think you are not included in this - you are!)  But at the same time, it isn't really their thing, which is totally cool.   I started reading triathlon blogs, and I began one of my own.  Suddenly, I was no longer alone in my training, I had a posse of other age groupers just trying to balance it all life, work, and training. 

The truth is, it can get lonely out here long distance training, when everyone you know is dancing on tables, couch surfing, and staying inside where it is warm.  You end up turning your back on a lot of that for some lonely miles on snowy roads, frozen eyelashes, and quality time in the pain cave so you can hit your next season stronger than you ended the last. That is my plan at least.

I think it is worth every minute.  I sure am glad to know you guys have my back.  Trust me, I have yours.


KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

great post Mandy...the feeling is mutual. one of my goals is to make my way to Maine just to meet you! Woo-hoo...233 more days til IMLP. Right around the corner, LOL!

Jon said...

I am super happy that you are doing Lake Placid! Woo hoo! Camping buddy!! haha!

Anne-Marie said...

Great post! I feel the same way. My friends are always super supportive in a 'wow, that's amazing you *want* to wake up at 5am on Saturday and ride your bike 60 miles, but I could never do that'... type way. It is so cool to be able to connect with, and get support/advice/encouragement from other triathletes!

DRog said...

!!!!!!!!! 233 !!!!!!!!

Well ill be with you stride for stride over snowy roads with frozen eyelashes this winter...our park across the street already has ice on the skating rink!

with you on the blogosphere, even tho i live in a bigger community and know a few who do this....i am WAY closer to YOU and fellow bloggers.

Go Us!


Tanya said...

I;m a total newbie and that's the same reason I started a blog and found this great community of bloggers.

Teri S. said...

I know what you mean. I'll be rooting you on all during this long, cold winter!

Unknown said...

What? We go inside to cool off,not warm up?


Great post Mandy and so true!

Bryan Payne said...

M, don't worry, once you hit your stride you'll be able to live in both worlds. No compromise. Just need to learn to train hungover. haha.

Your right though, who would have predicted.


Regina said...

Aw shucks...I'm blushing...we love you too. It's funny, you'd think living a big (ok, HUGE) city I wouldn't have the same problem (training alone), but it is a lonely venture. Why couldn't we live closer to one another. Of course, hell would have to freeze over in order for me to do an IM.

Seriously, someone already did the reflective yarn thing!!!

The nerve!

Btw, we have a friend named Bobby who says a lot of those Yogi
Berra "wittisms". We call them "Bobbyisms". Like, "If you lose, you will be with the losers". Ha! He once told me he did a triathlon and panicked during the swim. He grabbed onto the buoy for dear life...and then his feet touched bottom. Hilarious.

Emz said...


This post rocks.

In the snow and cold?? AMAZING. I knew I was a wimp compared to you already but . . . .you freaking rock.

Pahla said...

Aww, love this post! Bloggy friends are the BEST!

Kat said...

I'm not a triathlete...but I've still got your back!

Does that count? ;-)

misszippy said...

Great post! And I really admire the drive to keep at it when you need to do so much training solo--that's not easy!

Fat for a Triathlete said...

Good post, I am the same!
I joined the local tri club just so I knew that I wasn't insane, and I've made a few good friends that do like the training, and it's made such a difference to have them around for training and races.

My other friends just think I am a tad on the mental side!

GetBackJoJo said...

Exactly! Well said. :)

CouplaHounds said...

Words of wisdom very well spoken!

Awesome perspective!

Thank YOU!

RockStarTri said...

Back at ya, chica!

JohnP said...

Well said!

I am surrounded by those that 'just dont get it' nor do they care.

My only outlet to share experience and gain insight is this online community. I dont have contact with any 'real life' triathletes. You guys all rock!!

I wonder, Does that make me a 'closet triathlete'? lol

The Green Girl said...

::waves green pom poms::

Unknown said...

awwwwwesome post :)
Being a newbie triathlete I am inspired and motivated every single day by the experienced triathletes like you!
I look forward to following your journey to IMLP!!

KovasP said...

Only 233 days until yu can relax, right? :)

Northwoods Momma said...

Next time we dance on tables you'll have to join - just think of it as stretching, cardio, and balance training all in one :)

Matty O said...

JP, no but it does mean you are gay! hahaha.

Mandy, agree 100%.

No one gets it or even cares about what we do. My family thinks all I do is stupid, talk about motivation and support huh hahaha!

Hang in there, those frozen eye lashes only last a few minutes as you thaw out next to the fire!

Christi said...

Great post and you are right, we have a great community! I am so glad I found it as well!

Thanks for helping me along during my journey!

My Life said...

I totally agree! As someone who recently moved to a new place and will probably move two more times in the next year, I don't have a lot of "real-life" athletes around me. Blogging is such a gift!


You are an inspiration to me to tackle an IM when you have to train in Nanuck of the North territory. Us southerners don't require the same motivation you guys do.
Keep up the good work!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love this, I call it my blogging family, they get me, because I get them, we all just understand each other and what we go through.

Unknown said...

There are no friends like your blog friends! :) They will just get things that others don't. And remind you that you are NEVER alone! :) Glad that I'm a follower of your blog and that I get to be part of your journey... even if I never get to meet you (but I hope I do!)

Glenn Jones said...

Love this post! It seems like I'm always in catch up mode - so even if I'm not commenting all the time I'm still reading! Go Mandy!

Aimee said...

Awesome post! I feel the same way! :)

Anonymous said...

Exactly the post I needed to read right now. Precisely how I feel. I've got your back!!!

Anonymous said...

It does get lonely but it's so great to have a community of bloggers, sharing words of wisdom and support! Keep up the good work and yes, I got your back! :-)

adena said...

I meant to comment on this when you posted it. If not for my silly little blog and finding other blogs my 'triathlon' goal would have come and gone like all the rest. This community is amazingly supportive and every person I have met in real life has been even better in person than in their blogs (even JohnP).

I continue to be astounded by the kindnesss and motivation of every person I read. I love love love your blog!! You completely inspire me.

ok, that's all the smush ya get. lmao it's time for sleep and a spin class and run tomorrow morning.

HI Bailey!!

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