Archive for September, 2008

Surround Yourself With Those Who Believe In You

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 by Kel

A few nights ago I was laying in bed listening to music and I remembered something a friend said that really made me think. It was 3+ years ago and I was at a HammerHead Triathlon Club meeting and they asked my friend Freddy, who had just finished his first Ironman, to give advice to those who were about to embark on the journey. His answer was priceless, “Surround yourself with those who believe in you more than you believe in yourself.”

I started to think about all the positive influences in my life from my family, friends, coach, co-workers, etc. that have helped make me the person and athlete I am today and help to inspire me to be the person I hope to be tomorrow.

This past week I received a few things that reminded me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing people. One of them is my Stepmother (she fondly calls herself “stepmonster”), Cate, who reads and comments on every blog entry and every word is so positive and meaningful. She used a program, Wordle, and created this cool collague of words from my blog. You need to try it, it is very cool!! Thanks for being our biggest cheerleader, Cate!

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I also received two cards that were just great. One was from my friend Erin who is the Executive Director & Local Founder of Girls On The Run in Cincinnati. Talk about an inspiration and someone I have admired from the second I met. She ran the 54 mile ultra marathon with me in South Africa and cheered me on in both IM Lake Placid and IM Louisville. 

Erin – Girl on the Run

The other was a card from my girl, Joy. She is a phenomenal athlete and I love to watch her get stronger in every race. I do something as simple as letting her borrow some race wheels for her big events and she gives me a card with a Starbucks gift card. Sweet!!

My Friends ROCK

My Friends ROCK

Finally, I can’t say enough about those that allow me to train with them and push me to limits I would never find myself. The guys; Shawn, Shawn (Hercules), Saswata and Tony as well as the gals; Joy & JC.

My next event is the “Atlantic Coast Triathlon at Amelia Island” (Saturday, October 4th) which is a half iron distance and my final “race” for the year. On the course with me will be Shawn, Herc, Saswata, Joy and JC. Should be a blast.

As I finish up the rest of the crew has the World Championship in Hawaii (go Shawn), Ironman Florida (go Joy, Shawn, Herc and Saswata) and the World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater (go JC). Not to be forgotten, my sister Heather, will be running her first half marathon since the birth of her little girl, Rylee. I will be out there pacing her for the San Antonio Rock & Roll Half Marathon and my guess is she will pull of a 1:37 (no Kellie filter needed here) 🙂

Heather & Kavan

Heather & Kavan

Announcing Team Athletefocus.com

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 by Kel

So I finally figured out how to get a sponsor 🙂

In my past attempts to get a sponsor I liked to be really honest. If I was not willing to attend at least two races a year and stand in their booth and talk about their product then I was going to answer – No. Well, to those of you looking for a sponsorship, I think that gets automatically eliminated.

I signed up about a year and a half ago on a beta sight called Athletefocus.com and enjoyed “meeting” other athletes and answering questions and having athletes respond to my questions. A few months ago I received an email (as did everyone else on the site) asking if you wanted to be sponsored by the Athletefocus.com and if so to fill out a form. I was honestly so happy when I saw it had nothing to do with anything other than what I love to do! Participate in your sport, take pictures to load onto the site, start up some forums and blog entries and get more people to sign up on the FREE site. Okay, I am a geek!!

Anyway, here is the outcome. No, I can’t quit my day job but I can now pay for half of an entry for an Ironman next year!! P.s. I am one of the 19 athletes and I represent the sport of Triathlon 🙂

Announcing Team Athletefocus.com

These 19 athletes are an excellent representation of the athletefocus community. They represent 11 sports, their ages range from 13 to 39, and they are non-competitive athletes all the way to professionals. Athletefocus.com will be giving some financial support to these athletes in order to help with their equipment needs, entry fees, equipment, coaching or travel. The team will provide a lot of great content for athletefocus, and will spread the word about athletefocus.com so that we will all benefit from a larger and stronger community. Please take a look at the team profiles and connect with the athletes. Check back often to see what the team is up to.

http://www.athletefocus.com/team

Undelay…Undelay….Carrabba….Carrabba

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2008 by Kel

Carrabba’s Summer Beach Run was held this past Saturday evening and kudos to all that ran! It is a 5 mile run right here in my back yard and there was no way I could not go down and cheer on the 1,151 runners. Among them were my family and friends that I fully enjoyed watching (nice to be a spectator sometimes)! Read the captions below the pics to see the results. They all did amazing!!

58 - 3rd in AG - Rock On!

Mike Smirnoff - 34:58 - 3rd in AG - Rock On!

01 - 4th Female OA - After a 112 mile bike - This Chick is Hard Core

JC Pinto - 32:01 - 4th Female OA - After a 112 mile bike - This Chick is Hard Core

22 - 1st in AG - Smokin'!!

Andy Woods - 33:22 - 1st in AG - Smokin'!

07 - 6th in AG - Way to Go My Friend!

Peter Litsky - 36:07 - 6th in AG - Way to Go My Friend!

) - Way to go Coen!

Coen Burke - 17 min Mile 🙂 - Way to go Coen!

What Doesn’t Kill You Does Make You Stronger

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2008 by Kel

Many times in life we face challenges. We question ourselves and what we are capable of and we make decisions that sometimes are made with our head and sometimes made with our heart. Ironman is one of the ultimate challenges that really makes you wonder what you are made of and puts you to the test on so many levels. You have hours, and I mean hours, of thinking, wondering and pondering that ultimately puts you through that “emotional roller coaster” that any ironman can speak too well about. Months of training, testing your limits both mentally and physically, getting up when the clock reads 4:00AM and balancing work, life, family and sanity. Why do we do it? The answer is simple, because we can.

Ironman Louisville was and always will be a special IM for me. Knowing that crossing the finish line was not the end; for me the grand finale was watching Carrie make her way to the finish of one of the greatest tests of human mind and body. I know the sacrifices she made from a family and training perspective to get to that point and she did it, and she did it with a smile (and a look of pain). 🙂

Lining up for the Time Trial swim start was daunting. You get there early so you have a good position in line then watch 2100+ athletes move their way through what they called “the longest conga line of Ironman athletes”.  It was almost surreal.

Morning of IM Louisville

Morning of IM Louisville

At first we were dreading the swim in the Ohio River but it wound up being an incredible swim and so much easier than a mass start. Carrie and I made it out in exactly the times we predicted.

Carrie Swim Finish

Carrie Swim Finish

Kellie Swim Finish

Kellie Swim Finish

Off to transition and onto the bike. This is where many wondered where I was! Thanks to a volunteer ripping off my chip and nicely placing it in my T1 bag I did not get my T1 or bike splits and put worry into many; I know from the 6 voice mails and 2 text messages asking what happened. Sorry to make everyone worry. The bike course was challenging but so beautiful. The rolling hills and constant gearing coupled with the heat made you really focus on strategy, nutrition and hydration. Both Carrie and I made it through the bike with smiles and into T2.

Carrie on Bike Course

Carrie on Bike Course

Kellie on Bike Course

Kellie on Bike Course

After a smooth T2 it was off to the run. The temps were in the 90s (approaching 100) and people were really dropping like flies. I have never run such a slow pace but still wound up with one of the fastest amateur run times. I saw Carrie 3 times on the course and that was TOTALLY what I needed. She had a smile on her face every time I saw her, it was really cool. I saw her when I was a half mile from the finish and she was starting her second run loop and she screamed to me, “See you in a couple hours!”  I finished up strong and with a smile on my face!

Kellie on Run Course

Kellie on Run Course

Kellie Finishing IML

Kellie Finishing IML

After a quick trip to medical it was time to watch Carrie finish and that she did. She turned the corner and was running stong towards her moment of glory, the finish line where her family and friends were watching on-line. Carrie Neveldine, you are an Ironman!!!!!!

Carrie on Run Course

Carrie on Run Course

Carrie Finishing IML

Carrie Finishing IML

There were ups and downs, for me there were a few tears shed when told they could not get me a replacement chip and I would not get a time when I was only a few miles into the bike. Mentally I knew I had to keep going and hope for the best and someone was looking out for me when a chip appeared as I left T2. For Carrie at mile 20 of the run her smile turned into a look of pain and she mentally had to tough it out for the last 6.2 miles and she did just that.

We survived, we are stronger people because of it, we had our moment of glory, we knew the 5 months of training was worth it, we know life now had to go on and it is back to work, family and training all over again. A vicious cycle that will never end, as long as our spirits have something to do with it.

A HUGE THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped get us to the start line and the finish line. To you we will forever be grateful. For Carrie and I, IML was the “Perfect T2” 🙂

Carrie Neveldine…You ARE An Ironman!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2008 by Kel
More details to come this weekend but I wanted to let everyone know that Carrie crossed the finish line of Ironman Louisville in 14:38:04 and  I was SO proud of her! When she took that last right-hand turn into 4th Street Live it took all I had not to ball my eyes out. She looked fantastic!!

Ironman Carrie!

To everyone that supported us in our training and race, you deserve the win too. It could not happen without the support of family and friends. When time prevails this weekend I will write more but as a sneak peek, this chica took a podium spot and it was so incredible.

It was a lot of hard work and a coach that knows what he is doing and helped push me to find my limits. I know I have more in me and next year Ironman Arizona will be the next test, I can’t wait.

3rd Place - 35-39 AG

3rd Place - 35-39 AG