Chrissie Wellington and me at Timberman

I did my first triathlon about 8 years ago as a dare. If you finish a triathlon, I dared, then surely you can finish your novel.  I completed my first draft novel after many seasons of triathlon and am still working on final edits. It’s hard to write during triathlon season and my obsession with the Ironman triathlon is akin to how many people follow baseball or football.

Triathlon is not all physical, so this blog will include other important musings on food, travel, and mental training. Even if you are triathlon obsessed, as I am, you should be able to make a connection here because triathlon teaches us about life. There is no hiding in triathlon, it strips you down to the core of who you are, a lesson for all of us.  


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  1. Aloha!
    Great topics and writing Elizabeth! Though not a triathlete I am interested in health and good eating, so thanks for both. Looking forward to more.

  2. Thank you so much for your donation to SANDS. It’s a charity I really care about who have been so good to three of my friends who unfortunately have had to turn to them for help. This was my way of doing something for them doing something I love and I am really looking forward to it – never thought I’d ever say that about a marathon! I’ll be smiling all the way round!

    1. You are so welcome. Sounds like a wonderful tribute to a great cause and will certainly make those last miles less painful. ( well, sort of!) I met Chrissie Wellington through my fundraising for Make A Wish, another amazing organization. Best wishes to you! I’ll look forward to your report!

  3. Well said! And i love your picture with Chrissie! I’ve never seen her without that smile! I was in Kona three years ago for a sports med conference during race week. I’d never ridden a bike (not even as a kid) and I couldn’t swim to save my life. literally. But the race itself was so inspiring that i learned how to do both. Did one tri the following summer, and eight or nine last season. Definitely can be a healthy kind of addiction 😀

    1. I met Chrissie each of the past three years with my work with Make a Wish at the Timberman 70.3–she is awesome and always smiling. 🙂 Your triathlon journey is inspirational–you should share that! A triathlete-doctor-chef is a pretty good combo. Elizabeth

  4. I’m slowly learning that obsession follows. I’m just beginning biking, running, swimming and trying for a sprint, but I refuse to miss one training appointment!

  5. Wow, I like how you think and write! “There is no hiding in triathlon, it strips you down to the core of who you are, a lesson for all of us” this is so incredibly true.

  6. Happy I found your blog…my husband and I are doing the Timberman (sprint) here in NH in August! My first time and his second…he took me on the bike for the sprint…got some hill work to do!!!

    1. Hi and thanks for checking out my blog! Yes–the Timberman hills make all others feel easy. 🙂 It’s a fanstaically fun festival. Do check out Make A Wish when you’re there—they do a great job of supporting the race and it’s a wonderful cause. Elizabeth

  7. Isn’t it interesting how difficult things all resemble each other? I like your linking of triathlon training/completion with novel writing. I too find novel writing as hard as physical activity sometimes…

  8. Hi Elizabeth,
    I love your butterfly writeup. We had bbq lunch outdoors today in Astoria. A butterfly was wandering around us. It flew in front of me while I was eating and stayed for a fleeting moment on the bench across from Ken.

    Wonderful blog-thanks for sharing. I don’t think I’ll be able to access it from China. Most blogs are blocked! I will have to get on via a proxy. The kids all have a proxy somehow but say I can’t get it.

    Good luck with your next race!


  9. Hi Elizabeth, i’m curious- are you a vegetarian (or vegan)? I am, and I just signed up for my first 21km. Any tips on fuelling up for training and races? (If you’ve already posted about that forgive me, I just found your blog!) Awesome stuff BTW!

    1. Thanks Julie! I am actually a plant loving omnivore that prefers to cook vegan/vegetarian. That said, my fueling strategy may still work if you substitute your chosen protein. The night before a race I eat a small piece of protein (fish or chicken) with some edamame (also protein) or another non-leafy green and some rice or potato. And the morning of the race I drink a Vega protein shake, which is vegan, gluten-free and tasty. During a race I use gels about every 30 minutes–gu ore clif work best for me. Hope that helps and thanks for following my blog! Elizabeth

    1. Thank you! If you’re thinking about it—you should do it. And go for a sprint because it’s short, fun and the training is very manageable. (plus, you’ll feel like you won the Olympics when you finish!). Here’s a link to a free sprint plan: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/article-detail.asp?articleid=261

      If you have any questions just ask! You’re in a triathlon mecca in Oz so I”m sure you have a local race to sign up for. And have fun! 🙂 Elizabeth

  10. Elizabeth,
    I am thinking of creating a blog entry that kind of highlights “what it is to be an ironman” Basically What I would like to do is come up with several questions that I would ask the athletes I have selected, get their answers, compile the data into a post and just get an overall picture of some different athletes that do the Ironman.

    questions like why you did ironman what gear you own pr etc. When I get about four Athletes I will compose the questions and go from there.

    Ill let you know before I post anything so you can proof read. Send me a message if you are interested. I like your blog and think you would be a good fit.

    email: duelingironman@gmail.com
    Best Wishes

  11. Hello triathlonobsession,
    I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m not so much of a triathlon fan but huge admirer of anyone that attempts a triathlon. Rachel Joyce (I’m sure you know her: http://www.racheljoyce.org/) is a good friend of mine from school and I am constantly amazed at her mental and physical strength. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for reading an commenting! Rachel is a bad ass! I love watching smart and strong women in the sport–I’m looking forward to seeing her atop the podium in Kona. My friend Tom used to swim with her and also spoke so highly of her as well. Cheers! 🙂 Elizabeth

  12. From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Elizabeth,
    Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access.)

    All the very best for the rest of 2013 & beyond Elizabeth. Look forward to hearing from you…


  13. Ihave never done a triathalon but I am a biker and runner. I find the will power it takes to keep going sometimes is the same willpower I have in life to do those things you don’t want to do. Like you said, its a great teacher on life! Wishes for continued success in your passion…

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