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Training For Ironman: Month 6

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”

Staying on the path this month was crucial with what was in store for me. I had my first official training day also known as a half Ironman. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run. It was time to put all the hours of training, learning about nutrition, and mental preparation to the test.

I left for Syracuse the day before the race with a few of my close triathlete friends. We had planned this day back in September. My first Ironman branded event. Driving up there through the mountains and fresh air just took my breath away. It’s amazing what is on the other side of the bridge and north!

We got up there in plenty of time to pick up our packets (Race details, your number and the chip that tracks your timing all day). Took a little spin on our bikes to make sure nothing got loose on the ride there. Checked our bikes in at registration and then headed to the hotel for an early dinner and early to bed.

3:15 a.m. came quick. Beautiful race morning. Arrived at the site at 4:45 a.m. With 2,500 athletes and families I wanted to make sure I was there on time. Met my triathlon family of friends for a pre-race talk. It always helps to have friends by your side on a day like this.

7 a.m. the gun goes off and I am in the water. 1.2 mile swim in the flat Jamesville Beach lake. Could not ask for better swimming conditions other than a bright sun to site off of. Once I was able to move away from the pack of swimmers, it was just time to settle in and enjoy the water. Swimming is my strongest of the three events. 42 minutes later I was out of the water.

Started out on the bike knowing I had 12 miles of hills to climb. That took me almost an hour! Knowing my goal in mind, I had some time to make up and I pushed the bike. Down hills were spectacular and the views on the course were breath taking. Saw some fellow Long Island Triathletes on the course which made the time fly by. 3.27 hours later I was done! I was able to make up the time and then some. All those bike workouts paid off.

Running….well not the easiest of runs. It was very hot at this point and not a lot of shade on the course. Some flat terrain, large hills and uneven pathways which made for a challenging course. I followed my plan and made it through the run in 2:38 hours.

Overall, a fabulous day with an ending time of 6:58! My goal was 6:59 and I did it. I took away a lot from this day. Hard work pays off. Staying on track will take you to the finish line. Always have fun. Lastly, a race is a celebration!