We asked Nicole how she prepares mentally for the fact that after the first two grueling legs of the Tri, you still have a marathon to run!
“ To be honest, I don’t really think about it. I enjoy the biking part, and that is obviously the biggest chunk. So after that, it’s : OK, get off and start moving your feet, put one foot in front of the other and eventually it will be over.I’ve run a marathon just on it’s own, a cpouple of year’s back in Philly, and it was just the worse experience of my life. I was like:Oh my gosh, I’m never doing this again. But I would say to people that it is harder to just straight run a marathon than to just tack on those 26.1 miles after being on the bike forever. People look at me like I’ve got six heads she laughed "But your muscles are btoken down, and it’s just a mindset at that point. So you just put one foot in front of the other, and then it’s over. So I don’t know where my mindset comes from. But it’s funny, we were standing at the start of the swim, and I’m sure they say this at everybIronman, but the announcer is saying, If you treat your attitude well today, your body will respond.” Or something like that. If you have a good attitude, your attitude will carrry you through the day. And I think that is true. .Why get down? Just be positive. You’ve trained, you know you’re going to finish it, given your bike doesn’t break down or something goes drastically wrong. You kind of trust that your training takes over, and then, just have some fun. It’s not like I’m Heather Jackson and I’m getting paid to do this. Just pump the breaks on that "she chuckled. "The first Tri I signed up for, one of my next friends asked : You paid how much, to kick your own ass, for how long? she laughed, adding "I guess when you put it that way, it doesn’t sound like as much fun.”
So now what are Nicole’s triathlon plans going forward?
“Good question, I haven’t figured it out. After Whistler, I knew that I wanted to do Lake Placid, ragtime was always in my mind. So really when I finished Whistler- Insigned up for Lake Placid, that would be my third, and then reevaluate where Inwant to go. So now, after two years of waiting, made it through Whistler and Lake Placid, the one I want to do again is probably Mont-Tremblant. Because ir was my first rodeo, and to be able to go back there and actually do the course over and just see if Incan do better than the first time I was there. That’s definitely a factor. And then there is one in Maryland, closer to home, so that would be a good one to do. But then Inthought I might do a summer where I just do half Tri’s. Do like two half Tri’s, and then the following summer go back to a full Tri. Just give my body a little time to recover, recuperate, and see if I can get my back in line, and kind of go from there. So I haven’t really put my thumb on it yet, but I’ll have a little bit of time to figure it out before entries fill up. I know Lake Placid entries are already closed for next year.But to do the same course two years a row is not something I would enjoy as much. I guess there’s always that: I’ll go right back and beat my time, a lot of people have that thought. But part of this for me is also being able to go different places, bike in different places, see different things and explore a little bit. That was the whole thing about Whistler, the road trip beforehand” And being able to supend two weeks making my way out there, and seeing Yellowstone and the Badlands, taking in some of the travel aspect too. That was a long answer, but the short answer is Inam not sure yet, still figuring it out. Something a little different gives you something more to look forward to, like: Ok, where’s the edge going to be for me,it just changes your mindset a little bit, keeps it a little bit fresher.You train for so,long and do so much work, if you already know the course and everything that goes along with it, it’s just not as much fun” she laughed
Nicole had previously mentioned some back issues, and we wondered how she was feeling mow after the race.
"It was the one thing I thought would be the most sore, and it ended up being yjebleast sore. Maybe because I had just kind of been on it so much, thaybI Maine prepped it more than some other parts of the body. So bisiting a chiropractor and doing all the things to stay aligned helped, staying on the stretching routine and the foam roller, all of those things helped. Your biggest thing as always was sore legs "she chuckled " Your pride feels pretty good after the race, nothing else does!” I’ve been lucky where I haven’t had the bike fall apart on race day, or you can’t finish ot something like that, so I’ve been really lucky on that part. Most people do one a year, so you do all that training and your bike falls apart and your like: Seriously? But you are are kind of working with what you are dealt, and you see people on the side of the road and you feel for them. And hope it is the bike and they srebn’t injured.” That’s just not what you’re going for especially this year when most competitor’s had trained two years for it. I find that it’s more like: What’s the next challenge, and that’s like kind of always how I’ve been athletically and even when I started playing for the Whale. It wa, alright I’ll take on that challenge."