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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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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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Race Report: 2016 Outer Banks Triathlon Half Distance Aquabike

What a difference three weeks makes! From two flat tires to my first ever podium..here’s a look at my experience at the Outer Banks Triathlon, where I raced the half distance aquabike. Pre-Race  Eugene and I drove down to Kitty Hawk on Thursday evening – making amazing time and arriving to the Outer Banks in less than five hours (including one stop!). Our Airbnb was a little “cottage” at a farm and was adorable/exactly what we needed. It also sported chickens, peacocks, pigs, horses and more.  On Friday morning we set out on our practice spin along the bay, where…

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Race Report: Rev3 Maine Half Aquabike

Otherwise known as: that time I got two flats in the first five miles of the bike course. Here’s a longer report! Pre-Race I was really excited going into this race — due to my recent hip injury and last year’s knee injury, it had been far too long since I’d done any kind of multisport event. I was extremely motivated to train, really putting in the work and recovering well from my injury. Lots of two-a-days, time in the pool, on the bike, in spin class and in the gym or physical therapy offcie leading up to this race!…

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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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Race [Spectator] Report: Culpeper Sprint Triathlon

Put on by the extremely popular Virginia / Maryland Triathlon Series, the Culpeper Sprint Triathlon is one of the hardest courses I’ve seen at races close to DC. Just an hour and a half away, this made for a good day trip to Mountain Run Lake Park. Eugene raced the sprint – so we were up at 4am, out the door at 4:30 to get to Culpeper for 6. I’m glad we got there early, because closer to 7 when transition was about to close, there was a huge backup of cars to get into the lot which undoubtedly caused…

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