IM 70.3 California Pre-Race Reflection

Excited to be racing IM Oceanside 70.3 for the first time this weekend. I have done many other half-ironmans but none this early in the season. It’s funny because the first time I watched my husband do this race in 2010 I thought to myself “I will never do a race this early and when it’s this cold in the morning!” And look… here I am!

At the beginning of 2012 I told myself that this was going to be the year of “giving myself the real chance to see what I’ve got.” I’ve/ We’ve had a lot of life transitions for the last two year’s, like me completing post-doc, then licensure, getting married, moving to Chico, moving back to Sacramento, buying our house, and changing jobs, so I’ve never felt like I had the structure and time to fully challenge myself. Soooo come 2012, I’ve stepped it up and done things I’ve never thought I would do… getting up at 5 AM to get training sessions in! LOL…No really! Not to mention getting up for masters swim workouts at 5 AM only to have coach Stu telling me to “get out of my own way,” and then getting positive feedback like “wow you finally got out of your own way!.” …yep that’s me alright.

On the real, just toeing the line will be a very special moment for me because I have challenged myself throughout the winter and the “off season” but I can’t say I did it alone…Huge shout out to my loving and supportive husband that has kept me motivated, encouraged, and focused. And all the thanks and praise to God for keeping us healthy and safe in the process. So here’s to another adventure and another challenge, another memory, and another blessing…Thanks for all your support. Go Team K & G!

Keep reaching for your peak and give thanks in the process…


“Strength is a matter of a made up mind.” -John Beecher

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” -Phillips Brooks

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

-Isaiah 40:31

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.

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