World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

So, being World Mental Health Day, and being in the grips of a deep cycle of anxiety and depression, I figured it was time to do some writing therapy. Something I’ve been needing to do for a while, but unable to because, well, anxiety and depression. Funny how that works, huh? Truth is, it’s not …

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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

This is not an easy post to write. I haven’t written here at all since January, when I was rapidly failing at trying to publicly state something good about myself each day. It lasted 2 days. And seeing where I am right now, that’s not at all surprising. I ended up changing that goal to …

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I feel like Stuart Smalley

I feel like Stuart Smalley

This feels SO WEIRD to me. But I’ve committed to it. So here goes, day #2 of identifying something nice about myself. I want everyone around me to be happy. Whether that means I’m cracking jokes, sending memes, or finding ways to help, I much prefer my family, friends and coworkers to be happy. If …

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Things & Stuff & WTF

Things & Stuff & WTF

It’s been several months now since my dream of becoming an Ironman came true. I’ve cut off my athlete bracelet, my new tattoo is healed and I’m still trying to figure out what my new normal looks like. I’m also trying to remember everything I learned about myself through this process, knowing I am not …

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I.AM.AN.IRONMAN.

I.AM.AN.IRONMAN.

Just call me Sarah Ironman Rockwell from now on, because I FREAKING DID IT!!!! In the span of a few short years, I went from this… to this… When I first got into the sport, I laughed at the thought of ever doing a full Ironman. That was a sport for the elite, for the …

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The weird truth about transformation

The weird truth about transformation

I went in for my last strength session before Ironman, and was trying to describe to Josh how weird I feel about my body right now. I’ll get more into that in a minute, but he said something to me that really stuck in my brain. After I pointed at my bicep as I executed …

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Holy crap, I survived…

Holy crap, I survived…

I MADE IT THROUGH OVERLOAD. The three hardest, most intense weeks of training I’ve ever experienced. 21 days without rest. And lucky for us, it was unseasonably hot here AND my A/C went out on day 13 and didn’t come back until day 19, so it was extra miserable. Not only was the house HOT …

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Time flies when you’re havi-zzzzzz….

Time flies when you’re havi-zzzzzz….

via GIPHY Oh hi. It’s day 10 of overload. Let’s review the previous 9 days, shall we? Okay then… DAY ONE: Labor Day. Got to the pool when it opened, still nursing some hip flexor/leg issues and pulled a 4000m swim. Boom. Day one, done. DAY TWO: Leg felt OK on the morning run, but …

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Pre-overload BLAH

Pre-overload BLAH

After my really-good-but-not-what-I-worked-for race results, I definitely hit a big funk. Not my normal post-race blues, either…I wasn’t sad the event was over. I was relieved it was behind me, that I got through it. This time last year, that would have been it for me. My season ended at Ohio last summer. This year, …

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Race Report: Route 66 Half Iron Distance

Race Report: Route 66 Half Iron Distance

This is a hard race report to write. I want to be really clear about this: I am absolutely proud of the work I put in on Saturday, and the sheer mental grit I found to pull me through the day. I PRed my overall 70.3 time, as well as every leg of the race, …

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