I would like to introduce you to my friend Coy of First in Philly. Many of you may already “know” her as she is a world famous blogger. I have been fortunate enough to get to know her really well over the past year and I couldn’t be happier or more privileged to call her my friend.
Anyway, more about Coy. Her name is Julie Coy, but she just goes by Coy. She was named after a race horse. Now some people might think it’s crazy to name a child after an animal, but I have a feeling her parents knew what kind of girl she was going to be, so the name is more than fitting. A race horse is strong, athletic, smart, graceful, determined and beautiful……just like Coy. She truly has the spirit of the race horse and embodies all of these sentiments! She’s also the funniest person I know. Now, I don’t think horses are particularly funny, but then again there is Mr. Ed.
Coy ran her first half marathon in Philadelphia, hence the name of her blog and she’s been a woman on a mission ever since. It didn’t take much for her to develop the racing bug. She has logged countless half marathons, marathons, trail races, relay races and triathlons and she loves every second of it. She is always looking for the next challenge….the next race…always. She is completely crazy. She actually finished her first marathon without any training. She and her friends were signed up for the half and just decided the night before to do the full. But this is Coy, always ready for a challenge.
|This girl Loves Life!|
I have been lucky enough to get to run 2 half marathons with her. She’s always so positive and upbeat throughout. Nothing seems to faze her. And when Jim and I asked her to join our pre-race dance party – well you didn’t have to ask her twice. She was in!!
Several months ago she and I set off on a new “journey”. The journey to Half Ironman! It would be our first! We had both hoped to race together, but unfortunately our paths took different routes. So while we won’t be racing together, our races are only 1 week apart and I know we’ll be there for each other in spirit!!
While Coy had done several tris, she hadn’t done one with an open water swim until a few months ago. We each had an Olympic distance triathlon (our first as well). And suddenly, I saw the very composed Coy lose her composure. She went out for a swim the day before the race and panicked a bit. She was ready to quit….but she’s not a quitter. I knew she would be JUST fine and I told her so over the phone. The next day of course, she went out and rocked the course!!
I know that as she inches closer and closer to her race she’s starting to get nervous again. But I KNOW she is going to do AMAZING! She is someone who always goes out there and gives it her best. She puts 110% of her heart into racing.
I would wish her luck, but she doesn’t need luck for this race because she’s worked hard, and she’s trained, and she is ready! She has given up countless hours of her time to swim, and bike and run and now she’s ready to put it all to the test.
So, on Saturday, my friend Coy WILL become a Half Iron
So COY, go out there and kick that Muncie 70.3 in the teeth!!!! You are going to ROCK it!!!!!