I’m Amy. This page is all about me my triathlon journey and this website which we call a blog. Hmmm do people still say blog? I do.
First, let’s get one quick thing out of the way. If we’re going to be friends, and I hope that we are, I’m going to need you to take me seriously even when I’m wearing a spandex triathlon suit, or bike shorts, or in a swim suit and goggles or even an aero helmet and compression socks.
I’m kidding – a little bit. But for real this is who I am. I’m almost always dressed for a workout even if I’m doing more traditional grown up stuff like signing papers at a bank or meeting with a school administrator. In fact, in the rare time I wear jeans or <<gasp!>> a dress, my kids might say something clever like, “are you going OUT?”
If you’re more of a video person. There’s a video at the bottom here where I bare my Ironman soul to the world.
What else, I live and train in Miami, Florida.
I joined my first running club in 1999. I ran my first marathon in 2000. I have known that I wanted to run a marathon since I was a kid.
I don’t remember exactly when I decided I wanted to do a triathlon. My first (failed) attempt at triathlon was around 2003. I signed up through my local running store. I didn’t even get to the start line. I did about half of a group coaching session with my daughter strapped into my hybrid bike but in the end it didn’t work out.
My second attempt was with my brother a few years later I think 2006 or 2007. I barely survived the swim (which is an amazingly common thing in first timers) and due to a mechanical issue on my bike (flat tire and no skill or materials to change a flat) that was the end of my day. Amazingly, I was okay with that at the time.
My third attempt at triathlon was for redemption and I finished the race and looking back that summer was when I fell in love with the sport. Looking back I guess I was fairly determined to get into this crazy multisport world.
In 2012 I stepped up to a half-iron distance which is 70.3. Still not sure how long would be too long. I did a few of those and then in 2013 I completed Ironman France.
I loved it.
Yes it was hard but there is nothing like the Ironman finish line. So I signed up to do it again the next year at Ironman Chattanooga, then again at Ironman Lake Placid and again at Ironman Florida and now at Ironman Boulder, then Ironman Santa Rosa and then back to Ironman Florida. That should add up to 7 Ironman races. Double check it for me please because I do make mistakes. There is a whole page with a list of race reports and training events so you can check all of that out there.
I have not always been considered somebody who loved fitness. When I was a kid – fitness was team sports which I enjoyed but wasn’t very good at. I did grow up during the “jogging” boom of the 80s and I’ve always loved to run. Never really considered myself an athlete.
I love the challenge of triathlon. I love the challenge of endurance events.
In 2015 after completing my fourth Ironman race – Ironman launched their coaching certification course. My coach had retired and I was floundering and looking for a pack. After receiving about 2000 emails I signed up for the course. I figured what the heck I’ll be my own coach. I decided I wanted to help others fall in love with ultra endurance triathlons and I completed a coaching certification through Ironman University.
I love triathlon and I love Ironman. When I tell people that I think they (you) can finish an Ironman I say it because I really think it’s true. After all – I did it. I went from being on the couch having 2 kids to being an Ironman.
In 2016 I started a podcast called Mile after Mile. I interview people who accomplish amazing things in the world of endurance sports.
I have been featured as a writer on Ironman.com, RunnerDad.com, and Womensrunning.com, Beyondlunges.com and also on MissSipPiddlin.com.
Now about AmySaysSo.
Here is a little bit of history about this website – this blog. The blog started as a response to my brother having a blog. My brother is an engineer. He started a blog on blogger.com and wrote a race update about a race we did together. He posted the link to his new blog on Facebook. He left out a small point … that I beat him in that race. In the spirit of sibling rivalry – and because this had never happened before – I could not let that stand. The natural response was to start my own blog – correct the facts and send it back to him.
The name is a bit of a joke. A twist on the old mom phrase, “because I say so!”
I wrote when I felt like it and about what I felt like and my brother and his wife read it. It was more like an online letter to my family. And then a few strangers found it and read it. And I thought that was great.
This was my first post that I wrote which broke out of my “family readers.” It’s a classic.
To see an example of a post I wrote about balance you can read this classic about family and Ironman training.
Why – what’s the purpose?
I am working to make AmySaysSo an online resource where endurance athletes can go to find information and resources about how they can be a better endurance athlete. Fitness is a big world full of all kinds of claims and just stuff. It can be hard to sift through the bulk of information and find what you want. I’m a real person. I’m not a retired pro athlete. I have a life outside sport. I don’t win races. I miss workouts. This is real life – real fitness – real endurance.
There was a time when every age group marathoner and triathlete had a blog. But now that’s less of the case. People post their results on Facebook and Instagram and I do that too. But here is like an anthology of information of what it took to go from couch to Ironman finish (and everything in between). I think that’s helpful and I hope that you do too.
Take a look around and let me know what you think. From here you can go to the directory of other blog posts.
If you have a question that isn’t answered let me know. I really do reply to all comments and emails.
Thanks for reading.
For bloggers and other coaches
If you’re here as a blogger or a coach checking things out. Let’s be friends. I’m seriously happy to tell you all about my journey. Just shoot me an email. If you are looking to set up your own blog or website – here’s my affiliate referral link for Bluehost. There are lots of other options but this one is affordable and they have done alright for me.