FOMO…by now you’ve heard this term. And if you haven’t, it stands for “Fear Of Missing Out”. When I first heard this, I laughed out loud. But it really is a thing (if you’re a sociable person, like myself).

I will be completely honest in saying that ANY Ironman sanctioned event I have ever signed up for was due to FOMO. In 2014, the only reason I signed up for my first half Ironman was due to FOMO. When I discovered that I could actually complete the half distance, the following race choices were based on which races my friends were doing.

Then, in May of 2015, my friends signed up for Ironman Texas. The FULL. I had stated several times that I had no interest in ever racing a full Ironman. I completely and utterly respected anyone who could or had, but I just didn’t think it was in the cards for me.

When my husband confirmed that even he was going to sign up for Ironman Texas, the FOMO kicked in. “I could totally just go to Houston and be a cheerleader for everyone.” That was my first thought. Then I imagined watching my husband along with my other friends getting out of the water with a smile on their faces. Hopping on the bike and riding into the sunrise. Hopping off the bike after completing a 5 or 6 hour ride and happily heading out into the run. Watching them complete loop after loop, getting closer and closer to completing an amazing feat. All the while, I’d be standing there dying because I was too chicken to even try.

So, because of FOMO, 2 months later I took the leap and signed up for Ironman Texas. And what a day that was. I’m happy FOMO pushed me into it.

The aftermath of the full Ironman was a weird feeling of almost depression/burnout. And though I didn’t completely quit triathlon, I resolved (to myself) that I would only sign up for 2017 races if I really wanted it, and not only if Mike or my friends were doing it.

know for certain that I’m sitting out a full-distance in 2017. That is completely my decision. I am beyond happy to train with and support my friends who have already or will sign up for a full this year. It’s an amazing accomplishment that deserves recognition!

But in this decision of mine, I think it will help me to refresh mentally and put the joy back into racing. I look forward to the smaller races; sprints and an Olympic or two. Those are completely fun for me. And yes, there are 2 Half Ironman distance races in the cards ;).


So, after all this rambling (which I’m not really sure where my direction was) I have to say that FOMO can be a good thing. It can push you out of your comfort zone and help you discover things about yourself you didn’t think were there. But honestly, we control our own decisions (with God’s guidance of course), and we should choose to do things that make us feel fulfilled and give us joy. So…no (race) FOMO for 2017.

I said it, now we’ll see if I stick to it ;).





patience quote

I’ve always considered myself a fairly patient person. I have been working with children since I was about 17 years old (when I started teaching swimming lessons to 4-year-olds). This is also my 7th year of being an elementary music teacher where I teach children from age 4 to 11. You HAVE to be patient to work with children.

I am also married to Michael Gutierrez….enough said.

49ers game

Just kidding babe, I love you!

But training for an Ironman has taught me a different type of patience. Not just a “social skills-type”, but a time-management patience, and a patience with my mind and body.

on bike 100 mile

When we started hitting the “peak training” weeks in our training plans, the LONG workouts showed up. 3, 4, 5, and even 6 hour bike rides (some on the trainer, some outdoors). Long, double-digit mileage running. A minimum of swimming for an hour straight 3x a week. I’m sure that anyone who’s human could get easily bored and burned out by it all. Not to mention those who are employed full-time!

cycling-rec-room-essentials(Trainer essentials for a LONG ride)

But as the workouts were checked off and the weeks ticked by I needed to do an attitude check. I needed to remind myself that all of this is part of the story. The race is the reward (if you can believe that) for all of those workouts where I just wanted to quit (and sometimes did). But I just set the alarm for the next day and got at it again; doing my best to get done what I could in the time that I had.

This past weekend was our last long run and long ride. On Friday I had an Earth Day program with my 2nd graders and needed to look nice, so I didn’t do a workout that morning so I’d have time to do my hair (for once). I also work later on Fridays than other days, so the last thing I wanted to do was get that LONG run in….but I did! I just started running, and running, and running, not caring my pace or how many miles I got in. I was PATIENT with myself and got it done.

after 2 hr run

In my opinion, patience in my mind and patience with my body is what is going to help me meet that goal: crossing that finish line. One of my favorite sayings is, “Just keep moving forward“…that’s what we have to do. Keep moving forward and have patience, trust, and faith that we’ll get there.

18 Days out!