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Race Report: ITU Long Distance Aquabike Worlds

Buckle up – this baby is lengthy! The Pre-Race Wow – what a long road to get here! It all started when I broke my hip last year. As a result, I couldn’t do the Rev3 Maine Half Iron Triathlon…but I could do the aquabike. And let’s be honest – I had fun, but with two flat tires, that just wasn’t my day. And since I’ll make any excuse to go to the Outer Banks, I ended up doing the half distance aquabike at the OBX Triathlon, where I did well enough to qualify for Worlds this year. To say…

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Race Week Feels: IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City

Well, I am still working on my Aquabike Worlds race report, but IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City is just six days away and I wanted to capture this week so I can look back and remember it down the road! I’ve completed two half distance aquabike races (Rev3 Maine and Outer Banks Triathlon), and also did longer distances just a few weeks ago at Aquabike Worlds (1.9 mile swim, 75 mile bike), but this is a whole new rodeo!   How I’m Feeling Nine times out of ten, I am feeling excited and ready. I know the distance of the swim…

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Race Report – Church Creek Time Trial

When planning my race schedule this year, I knew that I really wanted to sneak a time trial in there. I’d never done a standalone cycling race before, but I’d cheered on Eugene at several time trials and thought it seemed like a good entrée into the world of bike racing. The Church Creek Time Trial is 40k (about 25 miles) that covers much of the Eagleman course – so just like that race, it is flat and windy with very little shade. Just before the race Eugene had given me an early birthday present of a Giro Aerohead helmet,…

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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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