From IMLOU to IMCHOO and Being a Newlywed

The day I did Ironman Louisville was quite simply the best day of my life. As I sit here and update my training spreadsheet to reflect the dates for Ironman Chattanooga (IMChoo), I feel like I am betraying something each time I hit delete or change a date.  Not only was it the day that I became an Ironman, but it was the day I became an Ironman hand in hand with my fiancĂ©, and moments later, his wife. Each time I change a date, it feels like I’m erasing a part of this journey. Jason and I started the morning of October 9th side by side (we even snuck a kiss mid-swim!), we finished hand-in-hand, but mostly, we did the ENTIRE journey together. All 30 weeks of training, and 14 hours of Ironman. We laughed together; lost our minds in hot, August, 6- hour rides together; lived through messy piles of laundry and dirty water bottles together; got up early-super grumpy- together; and learned how to work as a team to make our dreams come true. 

Training and completing the Ironman was truly a test of what the rest of our lives as a married couple would be, and we grew and became closer because of it. By the time we crossed the finish line, I believe we were beyond ready and understood exactly what we were signing up for (no pun intended). I’ve yet to write a race report. One reason is that I’ve barely had time, being a newlywed and enjoying all the things I haven’t been able to do since we started training in March. But also because reflecting on that day is overwhelming. There’s no way I can put all my emotions into words. Let’s face it, my race report from my first half Ironman was like 5 pages long, and I was an emotional wreck WITHOUT getting married at the finish! 

So, as I write out my training plan for Chattanooga, I’m realizing that this journey to Ironman could never be as sweet as the last. Jason and I crossed the finish line at Louisville, and embarked on a completely new journey, and every day has been more amazing and fun and happy than I ever could have imagined. Now we just have to figure out how to make 2017 even more amazing than 2016. 

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