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Race Report – 2017 Culpeper International Triathlon

Every triathlon this season feels like a real treat after not being able to do any swim-bike-run racing the past two seasons! This wasn’t my top choice for a race this season, but I did want to do an Olympic distance race before my 70.3, and I had limited local options that worked well in my schedule once the monkey wrench of Worlds was added in. Here’s a few reasons why I wasn’t so keen on this race initially: Culpeper. Is. Hilly.  And while I’m not afraid of a challenge, I haven’t been doing much training on hills (especially running-wise)…

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Race Report – Rev3 Williamsburg Sprint Triathlon

This was sure was a long time coming! After two tumultuous years of zero triathlons, two orthopedic surgeries, 60+ physical therapy sessions and a handful of aquabike races, I was so excited and so ready to actually race a triathlon again. And yes – I said race, I really wanted to focus on doing my best vs. just getting across the finish line. Eugene and I drove down to Williamsburg on Friday morning (I was racing Saturday, he was racing the half distance on Sunday) to avoid traffic and it went super smoothly – only took us about 2 hours…

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The Type A Triathlete: 15 Ways to Prep for Success

I may not be the world’s fastest triathlete, but I am pretty sure I could compete in some kind of head-to-head prep challenge with the pros! I am a true believer in the quote “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” and I think it’s one of many ways that you can get yourself ahead in the world of triathlon (in addition to: speedwork, rest, nutrition, really nice gear, etc. etc. etc.). Here are a few of my top preparation tips in hopes that they can help a few others looking to get organized in their triathlon life.…

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2017 Race Calendar (Finally!)

Erm, it’s been a while. Oops! In the meantime, I’ve been training lots, plus I finally figured out my 2017 race calendar! I thought I had a plan in place — and then USA Triathlon threw a wrench into things when they invited me to join Team USA for Aquabike at the ITU World Championships! I was shocked, delighted and just couldn’t say no, though I’m definitely suffering from a bit of imposter syndrome. Anyway – here’s how things are shaking out: July 8: Rev3 Willamsburg Sprint August 6: Culpeper International August 19: Church Creek Time Trial August 27: ITU…

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Fitting it all in…

One thing my friends tend to comment on is how dedicated I am and that they don’t know how I manage to fit it all in. The truth: it’s NOT pretty! After reading Cynthia’s Day in the Life post [ages ago at this point], I decided it would be interesting to keep track of one of my crazier days. Let’s dive in (or just scroll down for a few tips)! 4:18am: warning alarm goes off. I know I have two more minutes of “sleep” before… 4:20am: real alarm goes off! I lie in bed for a few more minutes before…

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TRX Suspension Training Course

[Oops: it’s been more than a month since I last posted! But, that’s okay because this is supposed to be a fun outlet and not a stressor. I have lots to post about soon!] Last month, I took a TRX Suspension Training Course at Prime Fitness in Gaithersburg, Maryland so that I could start teaching TRX classes at Wired Cycling, where I teach indoor cycling. I was a bit apprehensive going into the class! One the one hand, I use TRX regularly in my strength training, and after all, it’s just some adjustable straps, could it really necessitate a full day…

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Breakthrough day: I ran a mile!

Since breaking my hip in April of last year and having three screws put in a month later (read more about the broken hip saga here!), I’ve: Taken a four month break from running while I recovered from surgery Aquajogged and used an underwater treadmill Had two gait assessments done by my physical therapist SLOWLY eased back into running! My running has looked like this: Run 1 minute, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week) Run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week) Run…

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45 Minute Indoor Cycling Class Profile & Playlist: 2016 Hits Remixed

Happy 2017! I’ve got plenty of goals and plans brewing for the year, but I kicked things off with a fun indoor cycling/Spinning class with a playlist full of remixed 2016 hits. Let’s dive right in: Playlist Access the playlist on Spotify here, or see the embedded version below. Note: the first three and last three songs are pre/post class songs, and the class totals 45 minutes of work. Class Profile Goal: This is a cardio-heavy class meant to increase V02 max through interval work. Class Setup/Structure: The workout is divided into three stages, each one ends in a tabata.…

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Guppy Challenge COMPLETE (and swimming update!)

In late September, Eugene pitched an idea: completing the Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge. The promise of the challenge: reduce your Ironman swim time by 10-15 or even 20 minutes. Well, I’ve never done an Ironman nor have I swam 2.4 miles all at once, but I definitely made improvements that would help cut my time! For 10 weeks, I swam a minimum of 4x/week: Distance day with Alexandria Masters Swimming, and 3 Guppy workouts. I’ve heard several times that in order to maintain your swimming fitness, you need to swim 3x/week: if you want to get better you’d better be getting…

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Off Season Update

I am deep into the off season and equal parts enjoying the “time off” but also craving some structure and plans. I’m still working out lots and keeping my eye on my goals…but not having a race to work towards is half liberating, half maddening. Here’s a few random thoughts re: what I’ve been up to: Guppy Challenge: In October I started the Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge and I’m still at it — it’s going great! I am halfway into week 8 and sticking with 3 guppy workouts plus one Masters swimming session each week. Since I started, I’ve swam more than…

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