Pre Race Thank You from Ironman Mont Tremblant

I will upload videos through out this week about my journey from Ironman Mont Tremblant and how I got that Kona slot. PS. I got 3rd in my age group and KICKED ASS!

Pre Race Ironman Mont Tremblant from Jen Rulon on Vimeo.

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Follow Us at Ironman Mont Tremblant

On Sunday, August 20th 2017, Chris and I will be attempting Ironman Mont Tremblant. This is the 2nd time we have done this race and absolutely LOVE the venue, the lake, the mountains and the people. This is truly an epic race!

My number is 465 and Chris’s number is 466. Click the photo below for the Ironman Live link.

PS. The internet is very slow up here (Sort of OK with that), so my video post won’t be available,like I thought I could do. Please head to my Instagram Stories for my daily fun! I am shutting down after Friday to get into the right mind set!

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“Data Driven” or “Heart Driven” Athlete?

This past week, I was in Boulder, CO at the Endurance Coaching Summit (ECS), that was put on by Training Peaks and USA Triathlon. I needed to get my CEC’s (Continuing Education Credits) for my USA Triathlon Level I and this knocks out 12 out of the 15 credits, I need to get every two years AND I was heading to Boulder, CO. Win. Win!

The conference was at the University of Colorado – Boulder. What an amazing venue, tons of coaches, along with Pro Athletes, Influencers and people wanting to learn about triathlon and how to improve as coaches, business owners and athletes.

The Man. Dave Scott. 6 x Ironman Triathlon World Champion. He was the first speaker and his talk really hit home.  He talked about technology now to technology back in the days that he won his Ironman Triathlons, especially his first Ironman Triathlon in 1980. Dave said this…

“The technology that I had in 1980 Ironman Triathlon was “Can I do this?”

Then, he pulled out his bike that he used for the 1980 Ironman Triathlon. No aerobars. No Power Meter. No Garmin, Polar or Tom Tom.

After Dave spoke, I took this thought with me throughout the whole conference and started thinking about my athletes, my coaching and my business as well.

During the conference, I learned about:

  • How to Grow a Racing Team
  • Strength Training & the Triathlete from a Strength & Conditioning Coach from UCB
  • Nutrition from the Gatorade Sports Institute
  • How to Grow my Coaching Business
  • Getting into the mind of athletes through Sports Psychology
  • How to Grow my Coaching Brand even more so!

As you can see, it was an AMAZING conference. As you know about conferences like this, you take in what you want to take in and how it applies to you and your business.

The final “Good Bye” was from the owner and co-founder of Training Peaks, Gear Fisher and Dirk Friel.

Gear’s talk was short and sweet but hit home and tied into Dave Scott’s talk very well. Gear said:

“The #1 need that a triathlete wants from their coach is feedback.”

As an athlete myself, I couldn’t agree with them more. I value the feedback that I receive from my coach.


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Pre Race “Life Lessons”

As I was out on my long ass ride this past Sunday in San Antonio and dealing with 100+ degree weather, there were a few things going through my body, my mind and my soul. I was bonking. It was hot. I wanted to cry. I didn’t want to run. It was 102 degrees. It was miserable. As I was dealing with the elements of the weather, along with the hot spots on my feet and bonking, I had a few thoughts about the next three weeks and I wanted to share them with you. My hope for you is that you can utilize these Pre Race Life Lessons for your own race.  

Pre Race Life Lessons Round #1

Life Lesson #1: “Shit, I am 3 weeks away from Ironman Mont Tremblant.”

My Own Learning: In 2002, when I did my first Ironman Triathlon, I probably was FLIPPING OUT like a madwoman but I had to remind myself that I have been three weeks before 11 other Ironman Triathlons. This is nothing different. What I realized though was that I am more prepared now than I felt like I have in the past. I have been getting my workouts in consistently. I have been putting in 14 – 17 hours of training. We pulled back on the sugar, the sweets and the alcohol. Chris and I are in a different mindset heading into Ironman Mont Tremblant.

Now, I am saying, “Sweeet, I am three weeks away from Ironman Mont Tremblant.”

How to Apply to Your Life: Maybe you have never been three weeks away from an Ironman Triathlon and that is ok. Maybe you are three weeks away from your first 5k, starting a new job, or heading back to school. There will ALWAYS be a first for something. You are going through so many emotions: excited, scared, nervous, anxious and looking forward to the next step in your life.

Life Lesson #2: “You did not eat or drink enough. You just bonked.”

My Own Learning: It was brutally hot that day in San Antonio. Starting temperature was 78 degrees and ending temperature was 102 degrees. I stopped two times for water but I should have stopped three times. I could NOT get enough water in me. At the end of the ride, water didn’t even taste good, nor did Gatorade. By that time, I knew I bonked. I tried some Cliff Blocks, which seemed to help a bit. I need to remember when the weather hits like that, my pace may be a bit slower, my fluid intake will be higher and I need to stay on top of my calories every 10 minutes. It didn’t happen. Lesson learned!

How to Apply to Your Life: Have you ever got angry at someone for no reason at all? Have you ever just broke down and cried? Yes, we all have. Now, think about when you get that way. Have you eaten enough or drank enough water? I noticed when I crack, cry or get frustrated, I am lacking one of two things: Food and Sleep. This is for on the race course and off the race course! Start tracking your food and water intake with My Fitness Pal and start tracking your sleep intake with The Whoop. (Contact me TODAY for a discount!)

Life Lesson #3:  “Wow. This is my 12th Ironman Triathlon…God willing.”

My Own Learning: God has guided me through 11 Ironman Triathlons, safe and sound. He will not falter on this one. On my Road ID, I have this quote:

“Let Go. Let God.”

How to Apply to Your Life: I am not giving you a faith lesson here. I want you to find something that you look up too, whether it is a higher power, or it is your Mom, Dad, Grandparent, etc. It is something that you look up too, makes you a better person from within yourself.

Every obstacle I hit or things that I think about when I am out training, will generally turn into a “Life Lesson” for me. Maybe I don’t always share because I have moved on to the next challenge. I wanted to share my challenges and my thoughts to you all, as I am embarking on my 12th Ironman Triathlon…God willing :)

If you are interested in seeing more of my “Life Lessons” and my “Rulon Tri Tips,” check out my Instagram Stories on a daily basis. Be inspired, motivated and learn how I train, coach and help others to be the best that they can be!

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August Rulon Racing Fearless Athlete of the Month

Congrats to Brandi Shipman for being the Rulon Racing Fearless Athlete of the Month! 

Where do I even began with Brandi. Brandi and I have known each other for years…maybe since 2000?

We started racing triathlons, seeing each other at races, chasing each other down and then developed a friendship. I really don’t know how it happened but it just did.

Brandi is one of those friends that just gets life, gets me and loves me for who I am.

This was a pretty easy vote for the Rulon Racing team! She KICKED ass at Ironman Lake Placid last month, along with kicking cancers ass.

People have asked me, “Do you coach, Brandi?” I did many many years ago but currently, no, I do not. Her coach is Zane Castro. Brandi also coaches triathletes and runners. So, why did I ask her on my team many years ago? Here are five reasons but I can guarantee I can provide a shit ton more for you…

1. Because I can.
2. She is a beautiful soul…inside and out.
3. She brings positive juju to not only me but the Rulon Racing team.
4. She is a women that brings me up and not puts me down.
5. She is my friend.


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