52 responses

  1. Meghan @ After the Ivy League
    May 21, 2013

    Wow! 6+ hours of riding, that’s crazy! I’m so excited to follow you throughout training for such a huge event. The training plan you’re following looks great!
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  2. Robin
    May 21, 2013

    I am training for Ironman Lake Placid in July and the training while demanding is actually kind of fun and makes you feel like you are really accomplishing something. When the hours get up there you get TIRED but you get used to it. This weekend I am doing 5-1/2 hours on the bike. My longest before that was 4 so I am incredibly nervous but so excited that I will be approaching my first 100 mile bike ride. Have fun training!
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  3. Andrea R.
    May 21, 2013

    wow this is incredible!! Such perseverance!!! I have complete faith that you will do it and ROCK IT!!! Can’t wait to follow you throughout the next 24 weeks!
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  4. Elizabeth @ Positive Changes
    May 21, 2013

    Good luck to starting your training!

  5. Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    May 21, 2013

    Ahhh 140.6 just sounds like a crazy number. Props to you for approaching it at all! One of my friends just completed an Ironman this past weekend. I don’t know if I ever could; I don’t know if my body could handle it! I’ll stick with my half marathons for now. πŸ˜› I’m looking forward to reading about your training and especially your race, though! πŸ™‚
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  6. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    May 21, 2013

    Since I just started doing triathlons last year, I’m sticking to short-course events for the immediate future–but both the 70.3 and full Ironman are only a matter of time. Very excited to follow you on this journey, Meghann!
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  7. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    May 21, 2013

    oh gosh, 6+ hour training rides? Haha maybe get some friends to join you for bits of them if you can’t do them with your siblings? Or have Derek drive alongside… hahaha.
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  8. Caitlin
    May 21, 2013

    I’m so excited for you!! Take it one work out at a time- you’re going to do great Meghann!

  9. Ashley
    May 21, 2013

    That training plan looks intense- I can not even fathom riding a bike for SIX hours! Very interested in following along as you juggle a full time job (during a busy period) AND training for a freaking Ironman!
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  10. Jennie
    May 21, 2013

    WOW, that does look like a intense plan. Six hours on a bike. I’m sure you will do well though Meghann.

  11. joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    May 21, 2013

    Yay for starting training! I begin half marathon training this weekend and I’m stoked!
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  12. Courtney
    May 21, 2013

    I’m doing my first full, IMAZ, just two weeks after your race. The fiance is training with me, but I am SO looking forward to your perspective and some “female companionship” .. aka me stalking your blog πŸ˜€

  13. Tiffani @ Miles In Murray
    May 21, 2013

    Good luck on training!!! I am so excited to follow along and see how well you do! You are going to do AWESOME, I am sure!!
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  14. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    May 21, 2013

    Wow, what incredible dedication! Kudos to you! I don’t think I could commit so much of my life to training.
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  15. Ja @Ja on the RUN
    May 21, 2013

    I have a friend who just finished his first Ironman in Texas. Tracking him online made me want to faint. LOL! The distance is insane but he rocked it! He started early in the morning and it was already night time when he finished.

    Goodluck with your training!!!
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  16. Kayla
    May 21, 2013

    WOW! I seriously can’t wait to hear allllll about how these workouts go! I’m so interested! You will do great!
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  17. Christine @ BookishlyB
    May 21, 2013

    No advice, but I will be interested to see how training impacts your dietary needs. I’d probably over-compensate.
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  18. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!
    May 21, 2013

    Wow! That training looks serious. Godspeed and good luck!
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  19. victoria @ reluctantlyskinny
    May 21, 2013

    24 weeks does seem like a ways off, but it’ll be here before you know it! so awesome that we get to follow you on this journey…what an incredibly amazing goal to tackle!
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  20. emily n
    May 21, 2013

    Wow! This is exciting stuff! Can’t wait to see how making this all fit comes together!
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  21. Sara
    May 21, 2013

    Wow that is super intense!! Good luck! I want to do a triathlon next year but Iron girl one. Way less intense then a real Iron Man!

    Sara πŸ™‚
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  22. Sam
    May 21, 2013

    There is nothing more exciting than starting a new training plan, especially when it’s for a special event. I’m really looking forward to following your progress over the next 24 weeks. It’s my life ambition to do an Ironman – this might give me the push I need to make the dream a reality!

  23. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    May 21, 2013

    Good luck! I’ll be thinking of you these next 24 weeks and I’m excited to see how this training goes for you. Working full-time and training definitely adds a whole other layer to the challenge that is training, so I’m excited to see how you’re able to make it work!
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  24. Chelsea
    May 21, 2013

    Oh man, that is going to be an intense 24 weeks! I can’t imagine don’t anything near an Ironman, so I’m already super impressed! Can’t wait to hear how the training goes!
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  25. Nina
    May 21, 2013

    This is going to be so intense! I can’t wait to follow you on this journey. A long distance triathlon is on my to-do list, but just thinking about doing it someday seems crazy.

  26. meghan
    May 21, 2013

    I’m looking forward to following you on the journey! Should be a lot of fun.
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  27. christa
    May 21, 2013

    What I wish I would have done is ride 100+ miles at least 3 times. WITH a run after each of them. The training plan I did only had 2 100 milers and no running. I did some other longer bricks but I would say it’s necessary to get the legs used to riding that long and then running.
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    • christa
      May 21, 2013

      that is, no running after the 100 milers. of course running!! πŸ™‚

  28. Heather @ Run Eat Play
    May 21, 2013

    Wow! That is so awesome that you’re doing an Ironman! Good luck with your training πŸ™‚
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  29. Megan
    May 21, 2013

    Amazing, good luck and enjoy the journey!

  30. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    May 21, 2013

    I think that it is so inspiring that you are doing this!!! Well done πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to keep hearing about how your training goes I’m sure you are going to smash it. One of the guys I work with did his first Ironman this year and his dedication to training was second to none and also very inspiring.
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  31. Molly @ There Goes Molly Rose
    May 21, 2013

    You’re going to do awesome! Looking forward to hearing about your training experience. πŸ™‚
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  32. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin
    May 21, 2013

    Since I’ve never even done the shortest distance triathlon, I can’t wait to live vicariously through you for your ironman!! I’m sure you will rock it!

  33. Kathleen @ fittitude freedom
    May 21, 2013

    Best of luck with the intense IM training. I can’t even imagine how you will fit that kind of training in with a new job and all but I can’t wait to hear how you do it. I’m sure you will conquer your goal. Your hubby must be so understanding and supportive with all of these life changes all happening at once after getting married only 5+ months ago. Have fun!
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  34. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    May 21, 2013

    I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is to do some of your long bike sessions alone – it’s such a mental asset, especially on a flat, one-loop course like IMFL. You’re going to be alone for MANY hours, better get used to it.
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  35. Liz
    May 21, 2013

    I’m going to be at Ironman FL in November, so I’m excited to follow along with your training!
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  36. Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian
    May 21, 2013

    I can’t wait to read about your journey!
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  37. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
    May 22, 2013

    I am so excited to read about your training. Just the fact that you registered for an Ironman has me super impressed. You are going to do GREAT!
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  38. Megan @ I Run For Wine
    May 22, 2013

    Wow Meghann! This is amazing and inspiring. I look forward to following you through your Ironman Journey!
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  39. Robyn @thereallife_RD
    May 22, 2013

    it’s on my bucket list to do an Ironman- I’m so excited to follow along! you doing it could give me the courage to register for one myself! you go girl!
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  40. Annette @FitnessPerks
    May 22, 2013

    This is so exciting for you!! I did a Half IronMan, and thought I was gonna die from all the training, so I can’t even imagine a full. GO you!

    I think you’ll have a blast b/c you have fam doing it too. Can’t wait to read all about the journey!
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  41. Jamie at Sometimes Healthy Living Blog
    May 22, 2013

    Good luck!

    I’ve only done marathons, so my best advice is pace yourself. Not sure I’ll ever make it to Ironman, but I did write for their website for a short period of time πŸ™‚
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  42. Jelena@FabLifePhD
    May 22, 2013

    It looks like a lot of training now, but I am sure that you will be amazed what your body can make. I am starting to train for my first half-marathon and I’m also being very anxious at the moment
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  43. PeachyLau
    May 22, 2013

    Good luck!!!
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  44. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    May 22, 2013

    Good Luck! Youll do great! πŸ™‚
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  45. Steve nowlin
    May 22, 2013

    Hi Meghan, Congratulations on starting your journey! Are you going to continue Crossfit during your training?

    • Meghann
      May 24, 2013

      I’ll be doing it one day a week. I love it too much to stop, but there’s no way I can keep up with it more than that with training.

  46. tabitha
    May 24, 2013

    I am worried about working and training for a 70.3. Best of luck to you! I know you will get all your training in and rock Ironman Florida!

  47. Caitlin
    May 24, 2013

    i am inspired by you!
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  48. Molly
    May 29, 2013

    Hey Megan, I follow your blog on Twitter and have been noticing that you’re doing a full ironman in FL. Sa-weet:) One day I hope to get there!
    I just signed up for my first 70.3 in Augusta on September 29th. Any training tips? I’m a runner (I run everyday) and am going to need the most “help” swimming. Any suggestions on plans/books?
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Meghann
      May 30, 2013

      Hi Molly! I did Augusta in 2011, it’s a GREAT race! Here’s a recap of my training schedule: http://mealsandmiles.com/2011/09/27/him-training-week-16-wrap-up/. I would suggest joining a masters class for swimming, or find a friend that’s willing to help you. That’s what I did and it made all the difference!

  49. Jamie
    June 10, 2013

    Meghann, I just came across your website and thought I would give you my two cents. I did IM Arizona in 2010 (my first Ironman) and am just starting an 18 month process to getting back to IM Arizona in 2014. My words of advice for you would be to:

    – Stick as close to your training plan as possible. With that said, if there is a day that you are VERY tired or don’t feel right, modify the work out or even skip it. The last thing you want to do is overtrain.
    – Use your long workouts to nail down your nutrition. I failed the nutrition part in Arizona and paid for it on the run.
    – I used my bike trainer for all rides during the week, that way I was riding (actually pedalling) for the entire workout. Andy Potts (Pro Triathlete) does 95% of his bike training on a trainer.
    – When race day comes, enjoy the day, pace yourself and trust your training.

    Good luck!
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