Tired or Tired Of

I was talking with my coach last weekend. I told him I was tired. He asked if I was tired and had trouble doing the workouts or if I was tired but able to do my workout and felt good when I finished.

After thinking about the previous weeks' workouts I realized I am “tired of.”

It took a couple of days to recover from the 96-mile bike ride a week ago, but I was able to do the week's workouts and not really be tired.  I swam 7,000 yards, ran 20+ miles this past week, and rode 4-1/2 hours on the trainer.

What I thought was tired is really “tired of.”

These are the things of which I am “tired of.”

  • Missing my church on long-ride Sundays
  • Getting up at 4:30 am in order to beat the high temperatures of Mississippi summers
  • Going to bed by 9:00 pm in order to get up at 4:30 or 5:00 am
  • Driving 30 minutes to the new pool for a swim (I do love the pool and lifeguards who are friendly and helpful)
  • Driving another 20-25 minutes to the new gym to do weights
  • Driving another 25 minutes home from the new gym
  • Trying to figure out what to eat before, during, and after workouts
  • Not getting together with friends
  • And missing out on using my YOLO board and kayak

My “tired of” issues are self-imposed because I want to do everything I can to finish the race in the 17-hour time limit. Since I began my Ironman training I have missed half of one swim workout and one bike ride.

I chose to do this and am not unhappy. Just “tired of” it. According to my coach this means I am ready.

There are only 36 days until Ironman Florida 2016, and taper time is less than 3 weeks away.  I have already made plans with friends this week, even though I will have to be home for 9:00 pm bedtime.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it has an Ironman title.



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.