Journey versus adventure

This week was a little easier as far as the runs were concerned.  My knees have been sore and stiff, and my legs were cramping.  The longest run I did this week was one hour and fifteen minutes.  Fortunately it was a little cooler so it went well.  After the run I did some yoga and all was well.  At least until Saturday night when we had a party at the yacht club and I danced for a couple of hours, in sandals.  Sunday morning my legs felt pretty sore.

On Tuesday I did another open water swim in the Bay.  I swam for 1.25 miles in an hour.  In order to give myself a buffer during the race, I need to double that distance in less than an hour.  My swims at the pool are always an adventure.

On Friday my workout included drills, and fast 100s, and more distance.  Afterward, while being the only woman in the locker room, I showered, wrapped a towel around me, and stepped out of the shower stall to see a man in the locker room.  He claimed to be looking for the gym.  Well it isn’t through the women’s locker room.  After telling him how to get there, he stood there arguing with me about the doors to the stairwell being locked.  He left, I got dressed in record time, and got out of there.  I checked the door to the stairwell, which was unlocked.  

Every long ride has included trying some type of new nutrition.  I like my mixture of ScratchLabs and CarboPro, plus some cut up pieces of LaraBars.  The LaraBars are sort of sweet, and I don’t think I could eat them for seven plus hours.  I like the Fruit Chews that SkratchLabs makes and Stinger Waffles.  Some of the other types of drink mixes have caused some GI problems, stomach cramping.

This past week I rode my second 60-mile ride.  I found I don’t drink as much without my bottle with the straw.  Of course the wind is always strongest on Thursdays.  It was a crosswind on the way out and switched to more of a headwind on the way back.  I am getting a lot of experience riding in the wind.  My long ride this coming week is going to be seventy miles. 

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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.