My life has this funny way of working out.

It’s not that my life is perfect. I have my fair share of crap, I just try to keep it {mostly} off this blog, and dwell on the positive. When I sit down and dwell on everything good that has happened in my life, it’s hard not to smile, or feel crazy blessed, or both.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about my first {sort of} Triathlon, the Nations Triathlon. Our {secret} goal was to come in first in our relay division. We missed that goal by 38 seconds. Seconds matter.

While sitting there waiting for my part of the race to take off I complained {a little} about all the waiting around. I kept saying to my husband, I could have ran 20 miles by now, I could have finished a marathon by now, I could have ran an ultra by now. I was jealous of all these swimmers, cyclists and runners, who were in their element sweating it out. I wanted to be that person.

Nations Tri 2

Soon enough my turn came to grab Dennis’s bike and take off on the run part. Pushing his bike along, racking it and then running through the transition to enter the bike course was exhilarating. It felt different than a road race.

Nations Tri 3

I’ll admit that while running I felt like a bit of a poser only doing the run leg. I didn’t get passed a single time in the entire 6.2 miles. I literally passed people left and right, people who had completed a swim, and bike, before starting their 10K. It felt strange and wrong in a way. When other athletes encouraged me as I past them, I cringed knowing they would soon see the R on the back of my leg and know that I wasn’t killing a triathlon, I was just speeding along on a sort of normal run. What they were doing was impressive, not what I was doing.

In my heart I said to myself – one day you will do the whole thing.

When I was sprinting in to the finish chute cheered on by my teammates and husband, I let go of my feeling that I didn’t belong there. I finished feeling strong {overheated but strong}. Dennis had done better on the bike than he had thought, as did our swimmer. I hit the slower end of the range I had given them, but all things considered was proud of my 41 something that day.

Ever since that race I can’t get it out of my head how INSANE an IRONMAN really is. 26.2 miles is hard enough on it’s own but to do that after swimming and biking for hours?!?! My mind literally can’t wrap itself around how hard and how amazing it is that the human body is capable of such thing.

It confirms to me that the MIND runs the BODY and not the other way around.

Not long after that race I got an email from Timex. After the email I wrote a cryptic post —

My response to said email was YESSSSS!!!!!!

Literally a one word response.

Timex asked me if I wanted to join them as a VIP Timex Ambassador at the Kona Ironman this year. I would be hanging out in Kona – attending fun pre race events like the Welcome Banquet, the Underpants Run, Keiki Dip N dash, among others!!!

I literally still can’t believe it.

As in I’m {almost} speechless.

I get to share a villa with Chic Runner {I’ve never met her before but after checking out her blog and instagram I’m fairly certain we are going to have a grand old time together} and that has me even more excited!

One week in paradise, surrounded by athletes, hanging out with a donut loving runner, wearing tank tops and sun dresses? UMMM YES PLEASE.

I leave for Kona on the 8th and can’t wait to share my journey as I watch some of the most amazing athletes in the world compete! Dreams come true, even ones you didn’t dream up. Don’t pinch me….I really don’t want to wake up right now. The beach and marathons are my happy place and Kona seems like both of those only better!!!

 Ironman Kona 1

If you want to follow me, Chic Runner, Run To The Finish, and Timex – here are our social media details!! AHHHH so so excited!!!

We will be using hashtag #imarunner

Timex is on:

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Chic Runner is on:

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  1. Mary-Ann Moerman says:

    Loved reading this post! My promise to myself was if I beat the MCM in less than 4 hours I have to do a Ironman 70.3 (your Ironman’s little sister) Awesomeness D ! Yes Dreams come true, that’s how I ended up back in the States for 3 years hahaha. I will be a stalker, because I know you can beat this one, because you can! Lucky #13 indeed !

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! Seriously, this is amazing. I can’t wait to read all about your trip.

  3. Dorothy, That is so awesome! I am so excited and happy for you. That is for sure a dream come true. I know you will have a blast and will make all of us runners and aspiring triathletes very proud. My PT, Dr. Charles Renick, is actually the ART Doc for the athletes in Kona. I believe he is the director of the Transition 2 team they have there.
    Either way congratulations! That is such a huge accomplishment! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  4. I cannot wait to read all about it!! And I’m a donut loving runner too! Eat them before all my races! 😉

  5. Congratulations! How awesome! I’m sure your trip will be a dream come true.

  6. We are going to have SO MUCH fun and I know come home so inspired!!

  7. WOW!! So cool, I can’t even imagine the amount of athlete inspiration you are going to feel in Kona…perhaps it will get Ironman thoughts in your head?

  8. Awesome! My brother qualified for Kona earlier this year, so he will be competing in his first full Ironman. I wish I could be there to cheer him on.

  9. Well, that’s pretty exciting.

  10. Have a wonderful time in Kona. Timex couldn’t have scored a better ambassador!! Just don’t forget to come back. :-)

  11. So awesome!! I can’t wait to read and follow along!

  12. – this is awesome :: have a great time. I also follow chicrunner on ig and twitter, from her posts she seems like a great/fun person.

  13. sooooo amazing! Congrats. Can’t wait to follow you as you go to Kona, my parents just got back from Hawaii yesterday and my mom has me so jealous with all her pics. Totally on my list of places to go now:)

  14. So AWESOME and CONGRATS…beyond jealous and hope that you have a wonderful time soaking up the sun, the crazy energy, and enjoying the spectacular race of how hard humans can push themselves.

  15. One word- EXCITING!!!!!!

  16. adria biasi says:

    I was wondering if you knew of anyone interested in running a random marathon November 17th, its the Surfers Point Marathon in Ventura, CA. It is the first year and looks like a nice course, but I cannot run it anymore because of my internship with my schooling conflicts with scheduling. If you don’t know of anyone off the top of your head, can you post it on the blog sometime? They allow transfers and I only paid 65!!! Super good deal for a full :) my email is

  17. Wow this is amazing!! I am so jealous! Being in Hawaii and getting to see all these people accomplish such an amazing event!! I can’t wait to follow along with you! :)

  18. Woohoo! This is amazing cool news! Good for you, Dorothy : D

  19. So very cool that you’re going to Kona as a Timex Ambassador!! I can’t wait to read all about it =)

  20. I just found your blog and am hooked. Tonight in Boise it is cold and raining, but reading some of your old posts got me out the door for my 6 mile tempo. Thanks! and congrats!

  21. There is nothing better than crossing the finish line at an Ironman. Right up there with the birth of my children. It’s incredible!
    What an exciting opportunity for you! Can’t wait to read about it!
    Have fun!

  22. Soooooooo Excited for you!!! Can’t wait to read about it :)

  23. Congratulations, that is incredibly awesome! Please write ALL about your Kona IronMan adventures so your readers can live vicariously through you!

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