Stepping It Up

With Marc, who was an exchange student from Belgium who lived with us in the 80s. We've stayed in contact all these years and he truly became a son during his year with us. Now he's got the running bug!

With Marc, who was an exchange student from Belgium who lived with us in the 80s. We've stayed in contact all these years and he truly became a son during his year with us. Now he's got the running bug!

So much has happened in the past few weeks.

I retired!

Three weeks ago I taught my last class for Tulane University’s School for Professional Advancement. I enjoyed my 13 years teaching in Biloxi and New Orleans. I did leave my name on the roster and may go back occasionally. So far my three weeks has been busy. Not busy enough though.

I don’t think I was made to relax.

One of the most exciting things that has happened since Ironman Florida was my Belgian son Marc Albert contacted me to say he was going to do his first 10K. He has now done three races, and he is excited about running. Every time he finishes a race he texts me to tell me how he did, and that I inspired him to do them. It makes everything so much more exciting.

I believe I have officially begun Ironman Kona training. The workouts are longer, harder, and there are a few bricks involved.  The bricks are exactly what the word describes; layer one workout on top of another.  

So far this spring I have done one sprint triathlon, and I have two more scheduled before I head to Canada for the summer. We have the heat for Kona here in Mississippi and the wind up north. It should be an interesting summer.  My coach told me, “we know you can do the distance,  now you will have to step it up.”

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Gini Fellows

About Gini


Gini Fellows, a registered nurse, teaches health and wellness at the Biloxi, Mississippi, campus of Tulane University.  She’ll turn 70 in August, and is training for her first full Ironman in Florida in November 2016.  Her coach is her son, Patrick, who’s a huge inspiration to Gini as he schedules her workouts and helps her sort through her doubts and fears.

Gini’s always been active but only began competing in triathlons in 2007, after knee surgery.  In 2013 she competed in her first Ironman 70.3 race, and surprisingly came in 3rd in her age group, qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.  In preparation for that distance Gini competed in Ironman Texas 70.3 and came in 1st in her age group.

Last year Gini began thinking about attempting to complete a full Ironman.  After talking it over with Patrick, who is competing with her, she decided to register and commit to her training.

Gini says she began her journey to Ironman Florida this winter by building a base and now she’s beginning to add harder and more specific workouts.

Gini’s excited to be blogging about her training – in her words, “the good, the bad, the ugly!!”

Thank you for following!!

A note about Ironman triathlons.

The Ironman 70.3 refers to the total distance in miles covered in the event, which comprises a 1.2-mile swim, a 57-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.

A full Ironman triathlon event comprises a 2.4-mile swim, a 114-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

Ironman also has other events, including events for children and for women only.  For additional information, see the Ironman website.