Ironman….The race of all races

Ironman….The race of all races.  I am proud to have friends that have completed this 140.6 mile triathlon!  My friend Rachael has completed it twice.  Incredible!  I hope and plan on participating and completing an Ironman someday.  But, until then I will take pure pleasure in living vicariously through my Ironman friends.  They are my hero’s.  Ann, Rachael, Aixa and Pablo, Congratulations!  

Ironman Triathlon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon26.2-mile (42.16 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.[1][2][3]

Most Ironman events have a limited time of 17 hours to complete the race. The race typically starts at 7:00 a.m.; the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours 20 minutes), the mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 p.m. (8 hours 10 minutes), and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hours 30 minutes). Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon in these timings is designated an Ironman.


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Mowing the lawn….

When I was a kid, mowing the lawn was my job.  Fortunately, it never seemed like a chore to me.  I liked doing it.  I still like doing it.  It had actually been a while since I’d done it.  We have a huge lawn so we purchased a tractor when we moved into our house 9 years ago.  I have no interest in using the rider, so I don’t.  My husband takes care of all mowing duties on a regular basis, until recently.  Our tractor broke and has been getting fixed for the past 3 weeks.  Luckily our neighbor had an extra push mower that she’s letting us borrow.  I have to admit, I was a little excited to take over the mowing for a few weeks.  Here’s why:
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Navigation Junkie….

This mornings post is a little quirky.  I’m hoping some runner’s, cyclist’s and traveling sales people out there can relate.  I am a “Navigation Junkie”!  I love the unknown, discovering a new route, driving to a new location, running a race and not knowing the route.  The freedom of just going and taking in everything your surroundings have to offer.  This morning I did a 6 mile solo run.  I was on my own, which meant I could listen to my music, make up a new route, talk to myself, sing out loud, etc… Really challenge myself, because I had to make sure I was back home by a certain time and not run too far over 6 miles.  I nailed it! My Garmin hit 6 miles right in front of my driveway, 3 min. prior to my goal time of 6:00am.  Mission accomplished! Continue reading “Navigation Junkie….”

Take it easy…It’s ok…

This morning my alarm didn’t go off, and I didn’t automatically wake up between 4:30 – 5:00am.  I actually slept until 6:45am.  At first, I woke up in a panic! By 6:45am, especially a weekday, my workout is done, lunches are made, I’m drinking my coffee and almost finished getting myself ready to start the day.  Then I realized, I must have needed the extra sleep.  Missing a grueling workout and breaking the routine once in a while is ok.  You don’t always “lose when you snooze”.   Continue reading “Take it easy…It’s ok…”

Outside our comfort zone….


The main purpose of Nicol Living is to help others gain self-sufficiency in ways that I do every single day.  I focus on things that are important to me Fitness, Clean Cooking and DIY projects.  You need to take charge bit by bit and learn how to accomplish things yourself.  We’re all responsible for our own destiny.  You can’t rely on others for everything.  With that said, today I want to talk about stepping outside your comfort zone in terms of exercise / fitness.
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As the temps rise…. I’ve decided to re-post “As the temps rise”, because now in addition to the heat, we have the humidity. Stay hydrated people. Especially as training kicks in for my fellow Fall marathon runners.

The heat is on in the Northeast.  Summer temps are rising.  Yesterday the temperature rose to the mid 90s.  I went for a 26 mile bike ride yesterday morning, knowing it was going to be “hot”.  For me summer training is difficult.  I’m not a fan of the heat!  I’ll take a long run in the middle of February at 10 degrees vs. the middle of July at 90 degrees any day.  The thing is, if you want to participate in triathlons, Marathons or distance bike races etc…. they pretty much all take place in the summer and fall.  That’s if you live in the NE.  What that means is, you have to do a lot of your grueling training sessions in the hot, humid weather.   Continue reading “As the temps rise…. I’ve decided to re-post “As the temps rise”, because now in addition to the heat, we have the humidity. Stay hydrated people. Especially as training kicks in for my fellow Fall marathon runners.”

Euphoria of Running….


Runner’s High!  We’ve all heard about it and often wonder if it’s actually true? Well, I believe it is, but it’s different for every person.  It falls in line with simply how good getting up and moving can make you feel.  My friend Michelle, is nursing a hamstring injury right now, so she’s unable to run.  She hates it, because she misses how fantastic running makes her feel physically and mentally.  But she brought up an excellent point about how she can still gain the same euphoric feeling. She said, “just getting out the door, going for a walk, breathing in the fresh air is good for now.”  Running / walking is as much a form of meditation as it is physical exercise.  I’ve always loved getting my runs in at the crack of dawn, as a way to start my day.  Others may love to end their day with a run as a major form of stress relief from all the curve balls thrown at them all day.  Whatever the reason, just getting out there can clear your head, relieve the stress and simply just make you feel great!  Who’s going to argue with that?   Continue reading “Euphoria of Running….”

Finding what’s right for you….

When it comes to exercise, it’s all about finding what’s right for you.  The key is to get moving!  For me, I like to try just about everything out there!  I’m fortunate to live in an extremely active community.  The town of Bethlehem has so many options!  There’s simply no excuse not to get out there and try something!  We have a beautiful paved rail trail for walking, biking, running etc….  Plenty of places to take an array of classes.  Foundry Fitness for all types of H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) classes.  Stephanie is a great instructor, I took her “Power” class this morning.  365 Fit for Yoga, Boot-camp & Spin. I’ve tried them all & they’re all fantastic.  Revive is fairly new to the area and they offer so much variety!  I love H.I.I.T Flow (Yoga Pose Holds), very Yin / Restorative.  I am also a fan of Barre!   Continue reading “Finding what’s right for you….”

Farmers Market Fun…


Great Saturday morning!  The season has begun!  Yesterday was the opening day of the Farmers Market where I live in the town of Bethlehem.  Farmers Markets are a great community resource.  They provide many introductions in regards to local farmers, craftsman, restaurants, musicians and more….  Regardless of where you live, more than likely you can find a farmers market within a fairly close proximity.  Take advantage of it!  If you attend the Delmar Farmers market on Saturday mornings, you know what a treat and social event it can be.  My son loves it!  He loves going early in the morning with me, trying all of the samples!  One of his favorites is “Puckers Pickles”.  We always leave with a huge jar of the horseradish pickles.  They are Delicious!  Puckers also makes a great Kimchi and Pak Dong.  I make my own which I will discuss in a future post, but if you have no interest in making your own, buying it from a place like Puckers is well worth it!  The health benefits of Kimchi are phenomenal (packed with probiotics).  New to the Delmar Farmers market this year is brilliant artist, Pam Collins.  Pam is a close friend, so I’m fortunate to own a few of her pottery pieces.  Her work is unique and absolutely beautiful.   Continue reading “Farmers Market Fun…”

Getting active with your kids

When my son got home from school today, we went for a 30 min. bike ride.  Sometimes we run around the neighborhood, shoot hoops, play catch, kickball etc…  If you can’t figure out how to get a workout in, play with your kids.  They are a great source of exercise!  They are always full of energy, and it’s a way for you to spend time with them doing something fun.  Even if you have an infant, taking them for a walk is great.  You can even move it up a notch and build your strength with the stroller.  When my kids were stroller age, I used to do forward lunges.  The stroller helped me keep my balance.  You can always come up with  excuses on “why” or “not” to exercise, including “the kids take up all of my time”.  I know, I’ve been there!  I’ve probably used every excuse in the book at some point. The best thing you can provide for your family, is “being healthy”.  Believe me, once you decide to make the necessary changes, you’ll never go back.    

What are some fun activities you do with your kids?