Thursday, April 4, 2013

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. 😉

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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