Jen Rulon

I wanted to put together a vlog for you all this week before I left. Life got in the way. Then I thought, I will do a vlog when I get to the condo. Since, we are literally ocean front, the beautiful ocean waves crashing will be too noisy to talk over, #toughlife, so with that said, I will share with you what I wrote in my journal yesterday, October 10th, 2017…

Travel Day to Kona

It was an early morning for us, especially getting to bed late. Of course, the Whoop said I was 40% recovered with only 2.5 hours of sleep. I am really hoping to get some more rest this week. I would think the sound of the ocean wave crashing will be helpful.

Wow. I am 4 days away from the race of my life. I am seriously honored and blessed to be here at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

How am I feeling with being 4 days out?

Excited. Nervous. Motivated. Scared. Happy and honestly, a bit tired.

My guess is the tiredness will improve over this week, as I know I will be able to sleep well and take an occasional nap, which is pretty common for us heading into race week.

My nerves will be there until that gun goes off in the morning. As I look up in the sky, I say “Thank You” to my God and wave to my Grandpa, “See you at the finish line!”

The excitement will be there with me for the rest of my life. How could it not?

My motivation is the course, the people watching from Kona (my Mom, my bestie, Krista and their friends Kathi and Jen), the people watching from their computers, the volunteers and of course, seeing Chris on the race course. This place is ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL as a spectator. Now, I get to experience it as a participant. I can’t even imagine what it will be like but I believe it will be all that it could be and more!

Being scare comes from the unknown. It is a long day for an Ironman Triathlon, so you have to be on top of mind, stay with the plan that you and your coach put together. The plan is very simple:



The happiness is there and I am truly overwhelmed with joy and emotion right now. I really need to get that sleep that I am craving.

There are SO MANY people in my “stadium” to cheer me on from Kona to Wisconsin to Michigan to Canada to Mexico and of course, my home state, Texas.

I have realized, “It is time to “Fly with the Butterflies.”

I have never been more excited to be able to participate in this Super Bowl of the Ironman Triathlon. Truly my cup runneth over…

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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