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The Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge

One of my off season goals this year: correct my swim technique and improve my speed. I already swim 3 days/week and go to Masters swimming — I have great swimming endurance, can maintain a steady pace for a HIM distance swim, and feel comfortable in the open water. That’s all well and good – but I still need help because I am s-l-o-w. Not as slow as I used to be, but we’re still talking bottom 20% here in terms of swim times. Yikes! As part of accomplishing this goal, Eugene suggested that we try the Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge…

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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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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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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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Training Log #7: September 5-11, 2016

We lost a week worth of training logs to the racecation — let’s just say there was lots of awesome riding, a little gym time, and plenty of recovery! This week was a bit weird because at the beginning of the week I was just two weeks out from the Outer Banks Triathlon, so this was a maintenance week more than anything before a short taper next week. Monday (Labor Day!): AM: Master’s swimming with an 800 swim, then 8×100 descending each 25. This practice went quickly and I felt pretty strong throughout – the 8x100s definitely raised my heart…

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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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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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Training Log #6: August 22-28, 2016 [Rev3 Maine Taper and Race!]

It’s race week! Which also means the racecation is almost here! Obviously taking it easy this week as I do a mini taper before the Rev3 Maine aquabike this weekend.   Monday: AM: Master’s Swimming, last practice before the race! The workout had lots of kicking and drills, all freestyle. Perfect prep for my ocean swim. Tuesday: AM: 50 minutes on the trainer! Z2 for most of the ride, with 5×90 second z4 intervals. Wednesday: AM: 35 minutes of aquajogging. I usually aquajog at night, so it was nice to get this over with first thing in the morning. Thursday:…

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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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