Archive for April, 2007

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Finding Mary

April 28, 2007

It feels so good to feel so good. It feels so good to be enduring the aches and pains and tightness of Ironman Training. And those aches and pains can be scary. Out for a brick this afternoon a horrendous pain surged through my left leg, with no apparent source, hobbled me to a walk. Disappeared as soon as it had come and there I was running again.

But that is how it goes in the land of Iron.

Two weeks from tonight… God willing … I will be in Panama City Beach for the Gulf Coast 1/2 Ironman. While there isn’t a whole lotta speedwork in this body yet, there is a lot of base. And I am feeling ready. If I close my eyes I can already hear the ocean. I can already smell the saltwater. I can already feel the sunshine on my back. I can hear the wheels on the pavement and I can feel the sweat. I can see the finish line in my mind’s eye.

And wow does it make me smile.

I tried on my brand new wetsuit tonight, the Blue Seventy Helix. I gave up a wetsuit sponsorship to buy this, and it was worth it. There is nothing like the feel of brand new black neoprene against your skin. I can’t wait to swim in it.

We have entered the final tune up for Gulf Coast. Within this final base week we established Wednesday through Wednesday as the “big one”. Wednesday wasn’t bad, a swim and a bike.

Thursday I got to ride with Johnny G. I picked him up at mile 65 and left him at 85 of 100. I didn’t tell him I was out for 5 hours, but I bet he wondered why I was riding easy. πŸ™‚

Friday was interesting. Swim 1:30, run 0:30. Teach. Run 0:30 Bike 1:00 intervals run 0:30 tempo.

I stood at the top of the driveway when it was done feeling too good. Feeling ready.

So as long as I survive the next 5 days, come Wednesday night I will kick my feet up at yoga and call it a rest day. Taper then begins.

Then Thursday morning May 10th I will grab my bike box and my gear and I will board the plane with bike underneath. And I will launch into the sky looking for warmth, looking for salt water looking for heat and humidity and looking for me.

Because that’s what all of this is about really. In 2004 I won almost every single race I did. 14 out of 15. 2005 I came apart at the seams. 2006 I was injured. So Mary is out there, somewhere. I feel that she is close, I feel connected with her. I feel that mojo brewing. And she’s looking for me. Wiser, fitter, with a quiet mind this time.

More lovely than being the winner, is being on the starting line at all. More exciting than the crown, is the chance to toe the line. I will look at my competition and now, instead of sizing them up, I will sincerely wish them luck. Together we will find the edge. Together we will push, together we will move ahead and find out what we are made of.

Until next week, thank you so very much for your support and thank you very much for reading. It’s time for bed, 4am comes early.

πŸ™‚ Mary

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April 25, 2007

Here’s my Saturday morning training partner….. Mr. Luc Eggers. There’s nothing like spending an hour on your trainers discussing the highlights of Sponge Bob Square Pants……

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Rolling

April 23, 2007

Total for last week rolled in at 21:30. Whew! Luckily Mondays and Tuesdays are light days, which I was grateful for as I stumbled to yoga class this morning. Ain’t nothing better than a yoga teacher who can’t touch her toes at 5am!

We bought Luc a hitch for the back of the mountain bike, so now he can ride and pedal and gain the feeling of balance and speed. I am hoping this will help his confidence level on his own bike. However it has turned out to be a double edge sword. Yesterday we did 2 one hour rides and today we have another planned after school.

So this week I have had to plan these 1 hour recovery rides in, as I am absolutely in zone 2!

But onward we go, building into the second week of the block all systems go. Long bike is 5 hours, long run at 18 miles for the third time. I feel it coming around.

Have a great week everyone and thank you so much for reading.

πŸ™‚ mary eggers

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Empowerment

April 22, 2007

It’s fascinating to watch a 6 year old pull up his bike next to you on your computrainer then sit and spin with you for almost an hour. (Place the training wheels high enough and the back wheel won’t touch.)

A 6 year old on training wheels? Kids come off of them when they are ready, and strangely getting the feeling of going fast on his little Trek has been a struggle for Luc. It isn’t like swimming, which has come easy for him.

As we sat and spun together watching Saturday morning cartoons, I couldn’t help but just watch him. Pedaling away, occassinally asking me if I am okay.

And they tell me this kid has issues. The only issue he has is a love for life and a love for movement.

Later in the day the idea struck me! A hitch! A hitch! Off to the bike shop we went and we found the perfect hitch, the kind that hooks to the mountain bike. He sits on a half of a bike, instead of a front wheel he hooks to mine! He pedals as well at a bit of a higher gear to gain the feeling of pedaling rather than just spinning.

An hour later he was screaming in delight as we rode around the neighborhood. I wiggled, I tipped and he slowly lost his fear. We rode for an hour, it was a good zone 2 ride!

So he is hooked. I have promised that after this mornign’s 18 mile run and 2 yoga classes that I will be home to ride to the trail and ride for an hour.

I believe this kid has potential. I don’t care about his potential as an athlete (I think that is just naturally in his genes), but he has mych more potential than anyone is willing to admit. He feels success in one arena and he will begin to feel success in other arenas.

The progress he has made in school in 2 weeks has been noticeable. To me it has. We began getting some help at the Sylvan LEarning Center, where instead of classifying him by his weaknesses, they are helping him to build his strengths.

So instead of holding him back and telling him he isn’t “there yet”… we are figuring out ways to give him wings to fly.

He will make it. He will. And he will make it without us altering his brain chemisrty with medications. What this boy craves is movement, which we can provide. Medicate him and we just may very well squash the next great human being. I beieve as a society we have done that to too many children.

Well the buck stops here society. We will show all of you that a boy can be active and can make the cut. Not only make but rise above in any arena. Because we have discovered the secret. It’s quite simple really.

It’s called empowerment.

Thanks for reading.

πŸ™‚ Mary Eggers

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Here IS the SUN!

April 20, 2007

To know Curt Eggers is to love him. He has a warped sense of humor. Yesterday morning after I begged him to allow me to wear his Oakley’s, he left me a pair of 3D glasses from the movie: Meet the Robinson’s.

This morning he left eight coffee mugs hanging from my bike. It was like a coffee mug Christmas tree!

But I love when mornings begin this way, I love when he makes me laugh. In the Eggers house there is always laughter rolling around. Always joking, always the never ending wrestling match with the boys.

That happiness transferred over to a day of workouts which began at 5am. I am truly grateful to my lane mates Ken, Bill, Les, Erik, Mar, Dana and Maureen, as their studliness has embraced me to the point where swimming improvement is noticeable. After 1:15 in the pool I admit to hopping out early, as Luc’s but comes at 0739. While Curt gets the morning routine done I will not give up 5 minutes of the morning with Luc, even for another 1,000 yards. There is just something about a day begun with a mooch from your boys.

Before yoga class I was able to squeeze in a 30 minute run, and after yoga I cruised through 1:30 of zone 2-3 cycling, that followed by another 30 minute run. I felt the sun on my back, I felt the warmth in the wind.

The cold bit of winter has finally disappeared and here we are in spring, almost summer.

It makes me wonder if we would appreciate this beautiful weather if we had it all of the time. And do the people who have it all of the time not only appreciate it, but also appreciate the beauty of the snowfall? I don’t know but I feel lucky to live where I live. I don’t know what I would do without the four seasons to bring change and challenge. To bring color and life. To bring the unique activities that comes along with each season.

Good times.

Heading into the weekend I am at 15 hours with just 5 to go, feeling happy to be back in build week. Not knowing whether I am headed to Montana or Eagleman. Knowing that in a few weeks I will be swimming in the ocean. And knowing that things are right on track.

Good Times.

Thank you for reading.

πŸ™‚ mary eggers

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Looking For Train-This? Yes, This Is IT!

April 19, 2007

Welcome to the new and improved Train-This blog, the rest of the Train-This site shall be up today or tomorrow. Josh and Andrew at Twin Advertising are talented beyond belief. I have promised them a great big vacation somewhere when Train-This hits the big time.

Looks like the Eagleman Vs. Montana saga has a finish line in sight, with Montana slightly ahead at the 12 mile mark. With a race this close we won’t know for a few more days which way this will end up, but one thing’s for sure….. on June 10th I will be somewhere absolutely beautiful. It may be in the mountains of Montana or the Wildlife refuge of Maryland…. so I am prepared for a long trip or a long race.

Either way I am ready!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy our big makeover and if you have any website needs, or advertising needs, my friends at Twin Advertising are the people you want!

πŸ™‚ mary eggers

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The Meaning of Things

April 17, 2007

It’s funny when you lay down a plan. You expect there to be bumps and turns. While you expect that, the key to surviving change is just learning to allow things to change as you adapt to them. In the past month I went from planning for Eagleman to switching the focus to my Montana Teacher Training, and now I am back to Eagleman.

The Montana Teacher Training is full. I have been wait listed. As we are trying to still get me in, come Sunday I will make a decision, as so much of my training needs to be thought out, looked at and planned for.

It’s funny because I have a lot of unfinished business at Eagleman. That is a course in which I am capable of a good day, and I have not had that just yet. Plus, I have several athletes going, and my friend Jen from Illinois will be there. I see her at Eagleman. The Nugent’s my home stay family are expecting me for the third year, and truly they are my favorite reason for going.

If you take a step back and look at the big picture of life, it is much easier to see where all these pieces fit. The answer is crystal clear right in front of me.

This week Spring is slowly arriving and I slide into another 3 week build. Monday was a light 1:20 on the bike and some VASA work, and Tuesday was my traditional day off. Between Wed and Sunday we will back in an additional 18 hours and 15 minutes of volume and here come some intervals! WOO HOO!

I am feeling good sugar free for a week. I feel very happy that spring is finally springing! And I feel lucky, really lucky!

πŸ™‚ Mary Eggers