What A Ride

What A Ride

Ironman course ride July 2013by Coach Suzy

What a ride this training adventure has been!

Right after I signed up for Ironman Wisconsin, Coach Joe told me that this was going to be, “the year of the bike”.  He was NOT lying.  Anyone who has ever trained for long course triathlon knows that you spend A LOT of time in the saddle.  Spending a lot of time in the saddle means you have A LOT of time to reflect.  Reflect I did today as I rode 2 loops of the Ironman bike course along with my beloved boyfriend and masterful Coach and 7 of my Experience Triathlon Teammates.

Early-on in today’s ride, we came to a part of the course that Joe and I have always affectionately referred to as, “Rollercoaster Road”.  We’ve ridden it many times before, but today was different.  Today I rode with a different set of glasses, considering that in exactly 2 months and 5 days, I’ll be riding it again, but this time it will be race day and there will be an Ironman medal waiting for me at the finish line.  As I flew down the steep descents on Rollercoaster Road like my daughters at Great America, and as I climbed the steep ascents with passion and determination, I was overwhelmed by just how much Rollercoaster Road is symbolic of Ironman training and of life itself.

In Ironman training and in life, you have some great days and you have some bad days.  You have struggles and you have successes.  You have ups and you have downs…just like those hills on Rollercoaster Road.  After several long months of Ironman training, what struck me today was that I’m having more great training days than bad, more successes than struggles, and more ups than downs.  As race day inches closer, I feel reality starting to take shape.  My confidence is building as I bank more and more workouts that would have seemed impossible a year ago.  Something that was once so big, so illusive, and only just a dream is now within my reach.

My 2013 Ironman Journey Articles by Coach Suzy:

8 months and 8 days

4,223 Yards..Oh My!!

The Hard is What Makes It Great

What a Ride

Becoming 140.6 Mile Suzy

All You Have To Do Is Choose

Suzy Cerra is a USAT certified Triathlon Coach with Experience Triathlon.   As leaders in the endurance services industry, Coach Suzy and the Experience Triathlon staff help athletes of all ages and abilities achieve success in training, racing and life.  Learn more about Coach Suzy and Experience Triathlon at www.experiencetriathlon.com.

 

 

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  • Drew Repoza

    Great job, Suzy! You’ve come a long way!

  • Jim R

    Coach Suzy, truer words were never written.So glad there’s people like you and ET to share this journey that seems so long coming but will be a memory quicker than we know it.

  • Jeff P

    So true, Coach Suzy! Keep up the hard work. The finish line is tantalizingly close!

  • Sarah F

    Getting so excited for you, Coach!!! 🙂

  • dianne rubinstein

    You are an inspiration…

  • You were flyin’ down AND up those hills baby!! What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? 🙂 xo

  • TanyaL11

    You are a true inspiration Coach Suzy!! I can’t wait to see you cross the finish line!

  • Amy H

    You are an amazing inspiration and the best Coach
    I can’t wait to see you cross that finish line

  • Thanks to ALL for your kind comments and support!!! 🙂

  • elena

    ok so this one resonated because recently I have been feeling that this is possible for me. its funny how at the time you think you are the only one having these feeling but in all actuality we all have pretty much the same feelings along the journey. XO