Two Months to Kona

I can hardly believe it is only two months to Kona. I have been putting in the hours training. Often times my heart isn’t in it, but maybe just doing it will instill the toughness I am going to need to complete the distance.

The summer heat of Mississippi is upon us. The days are hot and humid. Some days the heat index is in the high 90s and low 100s. Running in this heat is a constant reminder that hydration is such an important part of this sport. Most of my cycling has been in the house on my trainer due to my husband’s health. Swimming, even the long distances, has been my salvation. When I said, last month, that Ironman training was going to be a stress reliever I did not know how true those words were.

Radiation and chemo have really taken a toll on Bill’s health. He was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure, as well as anemia. The radiation and chemo have shrunken the tumor in his lung, and completely obliterated the lesion on his adrenal gland. Unfortunately he has been in the hospital for almost three full weeks now. Sunday he was diagnosed with pneumonia, and yesterday his heart acted up again. We are still hopeful for some sort of better health and a return home.

My swims are now over 3100 yards, long rides are 4-5:30 hours, and my long runs are 2-3 hours. Of course the other days of the week are busy with shorter workouts and hospital visits. Oh yes, the Devil Dog, our sweet Abby, keeps me on my toes by getting into the garbage, and periodically making a break for it and running through muddy water filled ditches.

The countdown begins.


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.