I did my very first triathlon last June. If you’re curious check out that blog post. As I was preparing for my first race, a whole world of triathletes opened for me. It was like this club of people who understood each other. Things like super early morning workouts and taking a 6 hour bike ride on a Saturday makes you part of a club of people that not just care about their body but are crazy! That’s how I met Tim. We met at the pool and he asked me if I was training for something. “My first triathlon!” I said with a smile. He’s done tons of them including 4 Ironman races. Since then Tim has been a fun running partner and along with Aaron, another tri-buddy, a guru I can ask silly questions to and freak out to when I’m scared about a race.
Last September is when it happened. “We are doing Ironman Muskoka next August. Want to come?” Tim has a posse of people that do races together. I didn’t even know where Muskoka was. I didn’t really care either. “Do you think I could be ready to do it ?” Keep in mind, I only started doing triathlons last year. I hadn’t ever ridden a bike before then. The idea was exciting but out of reach.
“If you commit to it, yeah.”
I vividly remember him saying the word commit. Everything works that way though, doesn’t it… You can do anything if you give it your all. So since then I remembered his words. My life has been swimming, biking and running. Some training weeks were better than others. Some of my friends haven’t seen me at all but they all know what I was up to.
So Friday morning at 12am I got in a car with Tim and his beautiful girlfriend Cara. Cara was part of our pit crew and she was an incredible life saver during this entire adventure. I even gave her a high 5 during the bike race. Felt so good to see her.
After 11 hours we arrived in Mukoka, Canada. The first thing I like to do is look at my gear. I’m a little crazy. Even if I weren’t taking a picture for Instagram I lay it all out like this.
For the record, I never eat what I’m going to show you unless I’m racing. White carbohydrates are metabolized so quickly by the body and have led to obesity here in the U.S. but in our case, they stock the body with much needed energy. 15 hours of swimming biking and running needs the calories and the stockpile of carbs. I’ll also tell you that one of the reasons I love doing triathlons is that occasionally I get to eat like this and really enjoy it!
Before I got here one of my fears was not finishing the race. After I got here that went away thanks to guidance from Tim and Cara. However, the next biggest thing I was scared of was popping my pants during the run. “No fiber Angela!” All I was craving the night before the race was a salad.
Lucky for me I didn’t poop my pants during the race. All I could see the last 10 miles was the finishline. All I could think about was being on the carpet. Everything I had left I spent running the last half mile to the lights and the crowd.
When I crossed the finishline the announcer said
Angela Hubbs from New York. Angela, YOU are an Ironman!
I broke down. I was so happy to be done and have finished. 14 hours and 38 minutes was my time. A volunteer grabed me and hugged me. I’m sure it was so I didn’t fall over. They put a medal, an enormous one around my neck, gave me a finisher shirt and a hat.
I woke up this morning feeling actually pretty good. The only reason I could move my legs at all was because I took another round with my friends squeezey boots.
I could eat last night was a little piece of Tim’s birthday cake. This morning I ate a little something on the deck of our room and was thinking what’s next?
My mission is to inspire and empower the world to love their lives. Everyone deserves to have a life they are excited about. I found that I am so much more powerful then I ever imagined through doing triathlons, though that doesn’t have to be what it is for you. In fact, I had a client who did her first 5k last year and that was her ironman! I was so proud of her cause she never thought she could do it and she did. Another clients goal is to ski again. The secret though is to stay active, especially in a world that is so convenient. Our bodies are made to move!
If you ever need support or at the very least a cheer leader, never hesitate to reach out to me. I want YOU to love your life! To be excited about waking up in the morning is such a gift and I want you to feel it too.
Challenge your body. Empower your life!
I can’t thank you enough for the support. I couldn’t have done this without you!