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Indoor Cycling Class Profile: Tour de France 2017 Stage 5

Every July the Tour de France rolls around and never disappoints – from epic crashes to doping scandals, there’s bound to be high drama. And of course — it’s one of the best displays of athleticism, endurance and insane work ethic out there today. Add to all of that the fact that it’s the only cycling race most “normal” people can name off the top of their heads, and it makes the perfect recipe for an indoor cycling class profile! Or even a series of classes…. Much like my other class profiles (see here and here), below I have provided a…

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Race Report: IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City 2017

After signing up for two different 70.3 races and getting too injured to even train two years in a row, toeing the line of my first 70.3 was something I’d been dreaming about for years. I picked Atlantic City because the timing aligned well with my life this year — after a lot of weddings and bachelorette parties in the spring and early summer, I had most summer weekends clear for training before race day in mid-September. Plus, it was within driving distance and pancake flat, which was perfect for a non-intimidating first half Ironman. Even better, my friend Margaret…

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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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