>Stolen from Slowtwitch

>So I haven’t blogged for awhile now and it’s mostly because I haven’t known what to write about. My training is still in the early phases, so nothing too earth shattering (too soon?) there. I will wrap up phase/month1 with the half marathon in Miami. My goal time is 1:37. I haven’t trained properly for a half marathon by any means and am probably drastically underprepared, but I am excited to try and go for it, so I will. I did back to back long runs Sunday/Monday and judging from how my legs felt yesterday that was a bad choice, but those runs are going really well and I’m excited for that. Oh, and the Nordell duo signed up for 3 Days (again) so I’ll get to compete against the 2x (3x?) returning champ. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Anyway, due to my lack of creativity for a post, I headed to Slowtwitch and stole the questions from their recent interview with Joanna Zieger and I interviewed myself. The only answer I overlap with her on is the first…..
What is the most overrated virtue? Underrated?

The most overrated virtue is patience. If I was patient, I wouldn’t be running ultras or Ironmans in the first place. The time is never “right” ….the moment is never perfect. It’s up to you to decide to do something and go after it. People often encourage me to take it easy – don’t try to do all these sweet things when I’m so young. What will be left for me to accomplish in 5-10 years? That’s the great thing about ultras. There’s always one more mountain to run up. There’s always one more way to challenge myself. And this way, if it all ever ends, for one reason or another, at least I can be satisfied with what I got to do.

The most underrated virtue is creativity. Things get crazy, especially when you’re an age grouper trying to balance life, love and the pursuit of happiness. But all you hear is about people saying that to be successful at it you need to be disciplined and focused. And while those are important things too, it’s important to get creative! Find ways of training to make yourself better AND have fun, meet people, etc. Keep it new, keep it interesting. Find ways to get in workouts that still leave you time to go to happy hour or brunch. Sometimes you need to think outside the box, but it’s gotta be possible to have it all. Because if you can’t maintain that balance, if you’re not winning, you’ll burn out and forget about why you’re competing in the first place…
What are some things that every elegant woman should have?

A catchphrase. Think about it – Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Paris Hilton….all have their little sayings. What’s mine? If you can’t be good, be good at it….If you can’t be good at it, just be pretty.

Oh, that and an always have an avalanche shovel.

Do you ever think about money when in a race?

Of course. You can’t be in that much pain and help but at point to curse the fact that you probably spent thousands of dollars to put yourself through it. Or the fact that I could be lying on a beach in some exotic land and have hired a small child to bring me drinks with those dollars. Sigh.

I believe in….. God? A metaphysical whatever? The human spirit? Love? The devil? Yahweh? Mohammed? Nothing? Random chance? Fate? Luck? The Great Pumpkin?

I believe that humans are smart, rational beings that have the ability to do the right thing and make themselves happy. Just takes some of us longer to find the initiative to be in control of that.

Why are so many excellent triathletes so smart? Mari Rabe is a Rhodes scholar, Scott Tinley got his PHD, Ray Browning has a PhD, Sri Lindley and Karen Smyers are Ivy Leaguers, you have a doctorate … Can a dumb triathlete be very good?

Smart people are more likely to make more money. Smart people are also more likely to be bored with mundane things. Therefore smart people are probably the most willing to spend so much on racing equipment. The nature of the beast sifts out the poor man. And if “dumb” means no Ivy League degree or PHD, then yes, a dumb triathlete can be very good. Same principal as in life applies here…book-smart doesn’t equal tri-smart.

If an asteroid hit the earth while you were leading Ironman Hawaii — given that the asteroid didn’t hit immediately nearby but was large enough that disastrous consequences were looming — would you finish or would you stop and hug your husband Mark and your mom and dad?

ummm, hello? I would finish the race. Family would understand.

If tri is swim bike and run plus transitions, is in-race urination the fifth discipline? What woman is best at this special skill?

Sure. I am definitely a contender for the best at this one. Although I can’t pee off the bike, I have mastered the “hold it until the aide station is in view, let it go slowly and grab water to wash it off of you” trick. I also am good at finding the perfect angle to squat behind a tree so no one can see my muffin….even if it’s a skinny birch tree.

Is it even possible to use makeup during a race? If so, what do you use?

I never really wear much makeup, but I also never leave the house without mascara on. Race morning included….waterproof, obvi. You never know who you’ll meet and take pics with! And if you’re not going to win the race, you should at least try to be the prettiest while competing.

What scares you the most?

Getting pushed into the harbor on a run in the winter. Falling off a mountain. The thought I may never going through with any of my sweet ideas and inventions I have. Never getting to the point of “my absolute best” before I can’t compete anymore.

Do you ever watch your races on TV? Why or why not?

I always watch them. The footage is never of me, but I watch them.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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