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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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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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The Broken Hip Chronicles: Everything the Cyclist/Triathlete Needs to Know About a Fractured Femoral Neck

I have been incessantly Googling since my hip started bugging me in April, finding several super helpful forum posts and other sources regarding all things cycling, broken hips, fractured femoral necks, etc. I thought I’d add my own experience to the conversation to hopefully help out those who are going through similar experiences. For those of you for whom this post has no relevance: run for the hills! Avoid breaking your hip at all costs! For those of you interested in reading on: enjoy the saga. The Actual Injury: April 2016 Eugene and I went cycling in the Blue Ridge…

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Recovering from Work Travel and Catching Up

Finally! Back from a crazy few weeks of work (travel, taking on a colleague’s responsibilities, etc.) and jumping headfirst into the offseason. Here’s what I’ve been up to on the triathlon front: I’m allowed to run again! Just 4.5 months after surgery to repair my broken hip, my orthopedist deemed me fully healed and gave me the green light to run. I was expecting a full 6 months of no running, so this was wonderful. Easing back in with run/walk intervals: My physical therapist has me doing 1 minute run/1 minute walk intervals, starting with just 15 minutes and moving…

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5 Goals for the Triathlon Off Season

After two years in a row of suffering huge injuries that impeded with my triathlon season, all I’m craving is a little bit of normalcy! I’m really hoping to use this off season to prep myself for a successful, injury free 2017 triathlon season. While I have a handful of races swirling around in my head for next year, I’m holding off to commit to anything until I have a better grasp on my schedule and a clear idea of what’s realistic (and fun). In the meantime, here’s a look a five specific off season goals: Ease back into running: I…

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Welp, I’ve been busy!

Since we last talked, I: Won the Outer Banks Triathlon Half Distance Aquabike! [race report coming soon] Put together an epic avocado toast spread for my book club. Took and LOVED my first ever Sufferfest class. [power station – lots of hard hill efforts] Took over almost the entire workload of a coworker who left my organization (boo – miss her!) Prepped for starting the Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge. [dedicated post coming soon!] Entered the off season! [goals coming soon]  

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5 Things People Say to Female Triathletes

While running races are becoming more predominantly female and organizations like Women for Tri are encouraging female participation in triathlon, it’s still a male dominant sport. This results in some pretty funny and ridiculous statements — all of the comments/questions listed below have been said either to me or to someone I know, by both men and women. Did your boyfriend get you into triathlons? How do you stay on a bike seat for so long? You must meet a lot of cute guys. Bike shorts feel like diapers/are so unflattering. Can you change your own tire? I know there…

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Rev3 Maine Racecation Recap

After Rev3 Maine, we spent a week exploring Maine and Vermont — it wasn’t nearly enough time to cover everything we could have done, but it was amazing to enjoy the gorgeous weather and take some much needed time off of work. Rather than recapping the whole thing, a few key highlights included: Taking the ferry from Portland to Peaks Island, renting bikes (a fixie cruiser for me!) and exploring the four mile loop around the beautiful island. Kayaking 10 miles down the Androscoggin River in less than 3 hours. I was bummed that we didn’t spot much wildlife, but…

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Let the Rev3 Maine Racecation begin!

Tomorrow Eugene and I head up to Maine for a little more than a week of racing, riding, great food and exploring. Here’s a few highlights of what we’ll be up to: Racing Rev3 Maine (Eugene: half distance tri. Me: half distance aquabike) Exploring Old Orchard Beach, Portland and Bethel, Maine Visiting Mt. Holly and Ludlow, Vermont Hopefully checking out a new coffee shop every day Lots of touring around on our bikes Cliff jumping and some nature walks (I’m not allowed to do actual hikes yet #brokenhip) Kayaking down the Androscoggin River Taste testing a few breweries, distilleries and…

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