Ironman Training as Stress Relief

Is 3 months the same as 90 days? Yikes!

Is 3 months the same as 90 days? Yikes!

I never thought I would be using Ironman training as a stress reliever.

It happens.

My training is definitely ramping up. Swim workouts are now 2300-3000 yards, bike rides, mostly on my trainer, are one hour during the week and the long rides are 4 hours, and my runs are now 1:00-1:30. I was letting my weight workouts slide and have started back doing those twice a week.

There are days when my heart is not in it, but I do the workout and manage to feel better.

So far all of the news we have gotten about my husband’s cancer has been negative. At first we thought it was only in his lung but have since learned he has a lesion on his adrenal gland. After numerous CT scans, needle biopsies, and bronchoscope, his diagnosis is Stage 4, lung cancer.  So far he has had 10 radiation treatments and two chemotherapy treatments. The chemo has made him extremely sick. In the next few weeks we should learn what the next step will be. The love and support we have received from family and friends have been overwhelming.

I have learned to adapt my workout schedule. I used to be certain that I can only workout early in the morning. Surprise, I can even get an hour bike ride in at 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 a.m.  I am relearning basic nursing skills, since most of my nursing has been in psych and chemical dependence.

We have stayed home from our cottage this summer, and it feels like I am training on the surface of the sun.  Mississippi summers are listed as the worst, and it is true. HOT!  HUMID! HOT!  Perfect weather for Kona practice.

I have taken over all of the responsibilities around the house. Fortunately we have a yard guy. I won’t give up hope for better days for Bill, and I am maintaining my focus on doing everything my coach throws my way.  My triathlon friends have been supportive and we are going to get through this. Three more months until Kona!

I will be ready!

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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.