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How did your knees/joints handle the training?
Now I wasn't sure if this person meant training in general or for an Ironman (which we haven't done yet), so I'm just going for training in general.
These feet put a lot of miles on them
When we first started running, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to continue because my knee hurt so bad. I figured out how to run more appropriately (mid-foot strike) and I fixed that problem. Unfortunately, during training for our first half marathon I had the wrong shoes, Nike Frees, and I got not one but TWO injuries.
The first injury was an overuse injury on my left foot. I had really bad pain, so bad I thought I had a stress fracture, on the top of my foot. My second injury was peroneal tendonitis on my right foot. I had to stop running for awhile and eventually everything went back to normal. Now I have my beloved Sauconys and I haven't experienced pain like that again.
Some of my loves
I do get some twinges and tweaks here and there, but I just use the stick or take a rest day. Doing three different sports helps too, you can change it up when you need to!
What's your worst triathlon discipline?
Hands down, biking. That's true for both of us.
Us with our bikes
We were both swimmers growing up, for me I started when I was 8 and stopped my second year of college, and we swam on a Masters swim team for a little while. Running has come pretty easily/naturally for us, but we really have to work at biking.
I hope that the workouts I'm doing this winter on the bike will help me get faster, plus we're going to buy new pedals, clip-in shoes, and aero bars.
When do you plan to do your first Ironman?
This year we are doing our first Olympic distance triathlon and our first 70.3. Our plan is to do our first Ironman in 2014, and we decided on Ironman Louisville. We can register for it in August!
How did you get started in this?
I've talked about this a few times on the blog, but about 6 months after our wedding I felt like we needed to do something. I had seen Couch-to-5K mentioned on Facebook and I was intrigued. As I mentioned before, I wasn't sure if my knees could handle it but I'm so glad they did!
We did the Couch-to-5K, Bridge-to-10K and then a half marathon training program from April 2011 to October 2011.
Finish our first 5K together, wearing cotton
I got the idea in my head to do an Ironman from my dad, he was talking about how he used to do triathlons (with rowing instead of swimming). Why I couldn't just be satisfied with a sprint triathlon, I'm not sure. (Well, I like to go big or go home I guess). We've done two sprint triathlons and one duathlon so far, and I'm excited for this season!
Are you ever going to have kids?
Haha, well I guess I said that I would get real on the blog so here it is: no, probably not.
We aren't in the position to have kids right now, we need a better house (in general), Mike needs to pay off his student loans and we train too much. Plus, I don't really see kids in my life plan. I always said I would adopt if I ever had kids, and that remains true.
Things could change, but for us, I just don't see it happening. And that's fine, I'm not really concerned with living up to the "traditional family" standard (if that even exists anymore) and it's really our decision.
I like this cutie
Now, I'll hang out with your kids and then give them back at the end of the day. Just because I don't want any, doesn't mean I don't like them.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I can include them in a future post sometime!