The Ups and Downs of Life!

On set at home with the Brawny film crew! Take 1!

On set at home with the Brawny film crew! Take 1!

This journey I am on is getting me more attention than I deserve. I don’t see what I am doing as any big deal. I love training and challenging myself. Triathlons and running have become a passion for me.  Life is such a rollercoaster ride.

Back in November, shortly after Ironman Florida, my son started texting me, asking me questions about my thoughts about finishing the Ironman.

" I thought it was fun," I told him. "I learned that I can do things that I make up my mind to do, and age is just a number."

A couple of weeks later he sent me another text.

"Call Robbie," he said. "He is a nice guy, he is interested in doing your story.."

What story?  I thought.

So I called Robbie, and he is a very nice guy. We talked for a while and he said that Brawny was interested in my story. After months of texting back and forth a date was set for Robbie and a film crew to come out and film me training for Kona.

I thought they would be here for a few hours, film me riding my bike, swimming in the lake, and doing a short interview. Robbie and Aaron and a film crew arrived before dawn and we started filming. We finished after 7 pm. They were professional and perfectionists, and some of the nicest guys I have ever met. It was a great learning experience. We did more filming the following week in Baton Rouge. The video is on the Brawny Towels Facebook page and has been shared by so many.  BlueSeventy, the company that makes the wetsuit and goggles I use, also did an article on their blog. It has been such a fun and exciting time.

I have done three sprint triathlons this spring and have had a great time participating with my friends. Now my focus is on training for Kona, with another challenge that life has thrown my way.

My husband has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. He is a strong-willed person and has decided to fight this dreaded disease. My training plan will work around trips for chemo and radiation and more testing. He has an excellent group of doctors who are doing everything they can.

Our love is strong and through prayer, and an excellent medical team, we can do this!  

It was a long day of filming with the Brawny crew but a great experience.

It was a long day of filming with the Brawny crew but a great experience.


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.