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Just Another Day In The Office

by Meghann on April 4, 2013

The secret’s out! I’m an event coordinator at Iron Girl!

For those of you who guessed that I work at Ironman, you’re sort of right too. I actually work for World Triathlon Corporation which is made up of the Ironman, Iron Girl, and Iron Kids sub-brands. Iron Girl is a completely separate department from Ironman, so even though I work alongside Ironman, I don’t technically work with any of their races. Does that make sense?

And in case you’ve never heard of Iron Girl, it’s a women’s only race series with events all over the U.S. We’re mainly triathlons, but we have a few road races too. Our first event of 2013 is the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon taking place NEXT Sunday in Clearwater.

I actually ran the half marathon in 2011 and loved it.

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This time I get to be on the other side of the race scene and i couldn’t be more excited!

So that’s my job. I’ll be traveling to various races all through the summer, while also trying to balance my own Ironman training. Luckily I work for a pretty awesome company that sort of encourages this type of thing.

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Where else can you enjoy a lunchtime open water swim with a handful of co-workers?

Not going to lie, I was giddy as a school girl when I got the initial email the other day inviting me to be a part of the swim. I even pulled my wetsuit out of the cobwebs for the occasion. Can you believe I haven’t worn that thing since I did Augusta 70.3 in 2011?! Clearly I live in Central Florida where wetsuit legal triathlons are rare.

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Admittedly I probably could have done without the wetsuit. The water felt great and I was just a tad warm in the wetsuit. However, it was nice to have that extra buoyancy. I forgot how much of a difference that buoyancy makes!

We only did a short swim, about 1300 yards total according to a co-worker’s Garmin 910 (totally jealous of her Garmin by the way). It still felt good just to get out there. I hadn’t swam in the open water since Miami 70.3 last October.

I’ve heard lunchtime swims/ runs become a regular thing over the summer. There was even talk of a training board going up in the break room to get some sort of schedule worked out. All things I can definitely get on board with. Even though the swims aren’t long, I need the open water practice for sighting and just getting out of the pool.

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The swims take place across the street from the office and there’s access to showers. I brought shampoo, conditioner, and soap to wash off with afterwards and my co-worker gave a good tip on wearing a dress on swim days to keep it easy.

Good excuse to wear my new Loft dress.

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I returned to the office and felt so energized and pumped for the rest of the afternoon. Who needs coffee when you have an open water swim to work as a pick me up?

Speaking of coffee – yep, totally changing subjects here – I had an early morning coffee date with a few girlfriends yesterday morning that totally started my day on the right foot.

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I said good-bye to my still sleeping husband (to let him know I fed the dog) before I left and 10 minutes later I got a confused phone call asking why I left so early. I guess leaving for work an hour early is a bit odd. πŸ˜‰

I love our monthly morning coffee dates. A great excuse to relax and chat a little before the craziness of the day takes over. Plus, it’s a good excuse to visit Jet City for their Cafe Borgia. We’ve thrown out meeting at other places, but why mess with a good thing?

Have a great Thursday, friends!

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1 MileageMama April 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

How cool is your new job?!? And I love your dress. I have been itching to head over to the Loft outlet near us, but I’m afraid it will take all of my money!
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2 Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health April 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

Congratulations to you on your exciting new position! It’s so nice to finally know why you were so excited about the new job- I would be too! πŸ™‚ Good luck… your coffee date made me miss my coffee dates with my girlfriends πŸ™ Best way to start the day! πŸ™‚
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3 Anne April 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

That is so freaking cool. What a fun job! And i want that dress. πŸ™‚

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4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

oh my god, I am so HAPPY FOR YOU! What a dream job! You are one blessed lady, you know that? Congrats and enjoy it!!!
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5 [email protected] April 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

Sounds like the perfect job! How cool to just take a swim in the middle of the day with coworkers!
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6 Jan @ Sprouts n Squats April 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

What a great job! I bet it would definitely keep you motivated always πŸ™‚

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7 Ash Bear April 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

I’m so happy that you love the new job! It seems like a perfect fit and something you can grow with long term! Cute outfit too!
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8 Heather April 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

What a fantastic role to have – and what a perfect fit for you. πŸ™‚ Incidentally – my family and I are heading to Orlando for our hols soon and I’m looking forward to trying out your restaurant recommendations!
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9 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

Sounds like such a cool job! Congratulations!
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10 Dori April 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

I am insanely jealous of your job. And very cute dress. If I worked in Florida I’d wear dresses every day!
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11 Hillary April 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

Very exciting! I am pretty jealous of the lunch break swim! What a great, motivating environment.

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12 Kate April 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

Gahhhh you are so so lucky! So happy for you, you deserve that job! xoxo

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13 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian April 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

Congrats on the new job! That’s so right up your alley!
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14 Sarah F April 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

So insanely jealous. What an awesome job!!!!!! Way to go!

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15 Katie D April 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

That is AWESOME!!! I do the Irongirl sprint triathlon in Columbia, MD every year and this year I am going for the TRIPLE CROWN of IG events here in MD!!! Are you coming to the IG half marathon in MD on April 28th?!?
Congrats!! Sounds like a dream job! um…OWS during lunch break= amazing!!!

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16 Sarah @ Yogi in Action April 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

Your job sounds amazing! Congrats again! I wish people at my work went for a mid-day swim. Sadly, the only thing we do mid-day is go for more coffee.
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17 Jillian April 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

I have the same dress πŸ™‚

I pretty much own every dress the loft ever made and love them all!
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18 Emily April 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

haha you officially have the coolest job! Can’t wait to hear more about it as it picks up over the summer.

Super cute dress too!
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19 Meghan @ After the Ivy League April 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

The new job sounds SO exciting!! What an amazing opportunity and an amazing company to work for. Congrats!!
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20 Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife April 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

love that dress. sounds like an awesome job!
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21 Elizabeth @ Positive Change April 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

What a cool job!! It feels great working for something when you are so passionate about it! I work at a running store and love my job!!
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22 Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat April 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

Your job looks amazing! and like you are surrounding by a great group, congrats!

I am Loft obsessed but hadn’t bought any new clothes in a while…let’s just say that has changed recently. Spring/Summer wardrobe is definitely sprucing up πŸ™‚
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23 Natalie @ Free Range Human April 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

That’s got to be the coolest lunch break ever!
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24 Lindsay April 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

You have a dream job! So much fun πŸ˜€

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25 Kayla April 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

So exciting! I just got a job at a running store and am pumped about that too! Living the dream! I would love to organize run events! Your dress is fantastic on you!
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26 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

What a super-cool job!!
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27 Sonia the Mexigarian April 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

that is so freaking cool. Congrats on such an amazing job πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t mind swims in the middle of the work day! <3 <3
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28 Crystal April 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

I love the dress. Definately your cutest outfit.

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29 Annette @FitnessPerks April 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

SUCH a cool, new job!!! It’s totally perfect for you, you’re right πŸ™‚
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30 Stacey April 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

Sounds like the perfect job for you! Congrats:)

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31 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I love that dress! And I’m so jealous… this makes me want to reconsider my career path!
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32 Maureen April 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Congrats and yay! The job really sounds like a perfect fit for you.
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33 Chelsea April 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

What an awesome job! I’ve always wanted a job that was supportive of fitness and healthy living…talk about taking it to the next level! Looking forward to hearing way more about your Iron Girl adventures πŸ™‚
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34 Emily April 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I love the lunch time swim break with your coworkers, thats awesome!
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35 Sara April 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I am jealous, what a fun job!! Swims at lunch break? I WISH!

I tried that dress on at loft as well and almost bought it! BUT I have a pink one in the same shape, so I got the polka dot dress they had instead. πŸ™‚

Sara πŸ™‚
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36 Julie @ Runninginaskirt April 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Congrats! What a great opportunity to combine your love of races with your job! You are an inspiration πŸ™‚
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37 Amyt April 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Congrats to you!!

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38 Kelly April 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I have to say, from reading this post you sound very happy at your job and like it is a great fit for you. I have to say I find it refreshing because it kind of seems like in the HLB scene all corporate jobs are seen as a negative thing when I think they don’t have to be if you find one that suits your interests and aspirations. Not to mention I find it a bit more relatable than someone who works from home since it is closer to my lifestyle…minus the access to the beach for lunchtime swims.
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39 Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny April 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

What an awesome job – you seem so happy! I wish, #1, that my coworkers were that cool, and #2, if I had cool coworkers that we lived somewhere warm enough to go for a swim during lunch!
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40 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Wow, I am jealous of your new job — it sounds like so much fun!
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41 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Okay, your job is awesome! Congratulations! I see there is a race in San Jose, CA in Dec. I may have to try it out!
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42 Steph April 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

So much fun!!! Congrats again!
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43 Lydia April 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

So awesome! I knew it too – saw the logo on a business card in one of your food shots but didn’t want to call you out since you were keeping it on the DL. So happy for you, and slightly jealous!

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44 Katie April 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I am the most envious person of all time right now… So happy for you!
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45 Kim April 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Wow! I love it! A swim with co workers during the workday is amazing.
You are so lucky. Thanks for posting!
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46 Lynn April 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Congrats on an awesome job! Great perks too.

I have a question. Do you know why they’re not doing the Iron Girl in Lake Tahoe this summer? I’ve done it the last two years, and I’m bummed it’s not coming back!
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47 Emily April 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Lunch runs = awesome
Lunch swims = too awesome for the charts

What a fun gig! And coffee with the girls is always a good recharge activity!
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48 Ja @Ja on the RUN April 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

That’s the coolest job ever! πŸ™‚

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49 Sarah April 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Congrats! I’d love to hear more about the company – how many people work in your office? for the company as a whole? can you give us a walk-through of your average day?

really great! congrats!

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50 Dana April 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Wow! What an awesome job! Will you be working any events in the Kansas City area this summer? Would love to participate!!

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51 PeachyLau April 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Love that dress!
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52 Mary April 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Amazing job! Congrats again! I am loving your dress btw, very nice. πŸ™‚
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53 TCA April 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Congrats on the new job! It sounds perfect for you.

Do you happen to know why it’s called Iron Girl instead of Iron Woman?
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54 Alison April 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

That’s a good question — I actually thought Iron Girl events were for kids/teens! It really is an odd choice — I’m sure you’d never catch grown men wanting to run an Iron Boy race.

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55 Caroline April 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

What a cool job!! No wonder you were so excited about it. Sometimes I go out for a walk during lunch, but being in a place that does group work outs would be neat. Congrats once again on landing a great job!
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56 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes April 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Wow, that is so, so cool you got an OWS in–at work! I’d take a dip in the ocean over afternoon caffeine too. πŸ™‚
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57 Carli April 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

What an awesome job! I would love to have the opportunity to make fitness my full time job and work with all that energy all day long.
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58 Becky @ runfundone April 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

This sounds like the most fun job ever in the history of the world! πŸ™‚

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59 Debbie B. April 5, 2013 at 5:48 am

I love your Loft dress. So cute. I am running the Iron Girl so I will be looking for you!

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60 Karla @ RunKarlaRun.com April 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

Congrats on the new job! It’s great to work on something that you love to do for fun anyway. I just signed up for my third triathlon–this summer in Long Island. Now I’ve got to get swimming and biking again, instead of always just running!

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61 Emily N April 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

How awesome Meghann. Talk about dream job. πŸ™‚
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62 Katie April 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Congratulations!! I just looked and there is a Duathlon in Bloomington, Mn!! And its the weekend after HLS13! This might be the perfect race to train for after I do Grandma’s Marathon at the end of June!
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63 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats April 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I could not be more jealous right now. I would LOVE for my office to be more fitness friendly.
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64 Kathy April 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I can’t believe how young you look in the Loft dress….I mean you are young but I think I need to cut my hair for summer or at least do some thing different. πŸ˜‰

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65 Emily @ Life on Food April 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

I wish the weather would be more Spring like and I could wear some dresses. Yours is so cute!
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66 Gina April 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

How awesome that you get to workout in the middle of your work day! That’s so great. Hope you’re enjoying your new position, and getting used to your different schedule.
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67 Kim April 8, 2013 at 7:56 am

Beautiful dress!!!

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68 Jennifer L April 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Just curious… is Iron Girl for young girls, or women of all ages? I think the name has me confused (girl vs woman), along with the fact that Ironman isn’t just for men.. Just wondering πŸ™‚

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69 Meghann April 9, 2013 at 5:51 am

Iron Girl is a women’s race series where the triathlons are open to women 18 and older. The “girl” comes from the phrase “girlfriends” as in “I’m going to do Iron Girl with my girlfriends” At least that’s my take. Ask anybody at Iron Girl and you’ll have a different answer. πŸ™‚

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70 Jennifer L April 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Ah, sort of like, “you go, girl!” And it all makes sense πŸ™‚

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71 Heather April 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

SO jealous! I don’t do tri’s but would love to work for a running company! Happy for you girl!

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