Monday, August 23, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Columbia

What a whirlwind weekend this was!!  I headed down to Columbia, Maryland on Saturday morning for Aflac Iron Girl Columbia.  As soon as my feet touched the ground we headed to the expo and interviewed some great women!!  Our webisode from Columbia is going to be great and should be up by Wednesday or so.

The expo was fantastic with a lot of unique vendors you will definitely be seeing more of.  After the interviews I got a chance to hang out with my Trakkers teammate, Kiersten.  We met in person at Rev3 Quassy, so it was nice to catch up with her.  She raced on Saturday and did great!!  So fun to see some Trakkers green on the course.

Aflac Iron Girl Columbia was so fun!! It was a beautiful (and challenging) course, and I really wished I could have raced.  I'm thinking about registering for next year's race.  I had a blast, though, cheering everyone on.  Towards the end of the race, I found a great spot about a quarter of a mile from the finish that was just at the top of the last hill.  My voice was hoarse by the time I left!!  

Here are a couple of things I learned from Aflac Iron Girl Columbia:
  • If you smile it makes all things easier...including hills.  The women coming up that last hill with a smile totally made my day.  When I am riding all of those crazy hills on the Syracuse 70.3 course, I will be smiling.
  • Sometimes the weather makes things hard, but triathlons are still the bomb!!
  • I am constantly inspired by the women participating in Iron Girl events.  They come in all shapes and sizes, ages 14-older than they would rather say, and each and every one of them is beautiful, and my heart swells with pride as they raise their hands in victory as they cross that finish line!
  • 2500 women in a triathlon is a lot of women with a lot of bikes, and a lot of shoes, and a lot goggles, and a lot of courage!!  I'm so proud of you!
Enjoy the pics!!


  1. I loved seeing you this weekend (and hearing you at that last hill on the run- you definitely gave me a little oomph). Thanks for everything! I would love to race IG Columbia with you next year!

  2. I love getting all this advice for my first 1/2. Thanks for posting1

  3. I agree completely about the smiling! Great pics!

  4. it DID look gloomy that day! such great pics Kelly! I think maybe I'll register for this one next year and go with the whole fam....1/2 hour away from the inlaws! What a great time!

  5. So sorry I missed you! I was hanging out from 8:30 to 12:30 so I wish I would have thought to make plans with you ahead of time to be able to meet up! Glad you had a good race. So inspiring about all the women doing the race. I loved it, just loved it! I'll be back for sure!! Congrats! We'll meet up next time!!


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