Training in Ontario

It was a short training week.  Each summer I spend July and most of August at our cottage in eastern Ontario, Canada.  Our place is in a small fishing village called Erieau.  It is a half-mile wide and about three miles long.  We used to do the 1100+-mile drive in one day, but three years ago started taking two days.

When we arrived one of our sons and his family had opened up both houses, cleaned windows, pressure washed the deck, and put in the dock and the boat hoist. What a treat. It was actually summer weather when we arrived. The temperature was in the mid to high 80s. After Mississippi’s 90 plus temperatures, with high humidity, this felt wonderful.

All of my workouts last week had to be done by Thursday.  I swam on Monday and Thursday, rode my bike in the trainer on Tuesday, and ran on Thursday. I am not used to having three days in a row where I am not training. I felt something was missing. It felt good to go to the pool, in town, yesterday.  I swam for an hour.

Last night the weather changed, and my morning run today was in 64 degrees. I am trying to wrap my head around all of the metric distances. It happens every year. The pool is 25 meters instead of yards. Usually it takes a couple of weeks to adjust to the added distance. I was surprised this year to get in and swim and not notice the extra yardage.  My run through the Village and along Lake Erie was nice with lots of stops to say hello to people I haven’t seen for a year.

This is the week that I begin adding distance to my training.  I look forward to building strength and endurance for Ironman Florida.

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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.