I am invincible?

Last week I had two rest days in my training plan.  Well, if you call rest driving 1100 miles over those two days.  I am back home in the real heat and humidity.

It takes a few days to switch back from the metric system. I no longer have to check to see if I am driving kilometers or miles, swimming meters vs yards. There have been some changes since I have been gone. The gym where I worked out closed due to bankruptcy. It was a great place because it had a pool, weight rooms, and exercise classes. This week I spent time looking for another place to swim and a new gym. There are only three indoor pools on the Coast but numerous gyms. I found the pool, and today signed up for another gym.

As far as training goes, I am back in business.

School began this week. I am teaching a course on Addictive Behaviors and seem to have a good group of students.  It should be a good semester.

Now that I have found a pool my swim workouts are increasing. Sometimes I get a new workout and miss a couple of things. My swims are 2400 to 2700 yards now.

After my swim on Wednesday, I ran intervals for about an hour. I only thought it was hot and humid up north. Whew!

I will be changing to a different day to do my long bike rides, but not this week. I think I am invincible. I decided to ride from a community center, in another city, out to the country.  I knew where I was going, but forgot that it is VERY hilly. I have been riding in relatively flat country. I packed up my bike, loaded my nutrition, my chamois cream, my music (I only listen with one earbud) and started out.  I forgot my heart rate monitor.

There was very little traffic and also no people. I got out in the country about 34 miles from my starting point, and began to think, “If something happens to you no one knows where you are.” If I had called my husband to come and get me he would not have a clue where I was. By this time it was about 94 degrees, the humidity was probably as high, and there was no shade. I was running out of nutrition and water. I turned around and started back hoping to find someplace to fill my water bottles. I found a church that had a faucet, drank some water, and filled up one of the bottles.

The wind started to increase, as I was getting closer to my starting point.  I got back to my car and realized I still had 9 miles to ride. My plan was to ride 75 miles. I had some cold water in the cooler in the car, drank some and began to ride a little farther. That lasted about 3 miles when I started feeling sick and turned around and went back to the car. I got in 73 miles, but that was the end.

I turned 70 years old on Monday, and still have no common sense!  What a doofus!

Next week camp!

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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.