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How to Set Up Your Garmin 920xt for an Aquabike Race

While prepping for Rev3 Maine and checking some items off of my list of things you might forget before a triathlon, I set out to get my Garmin 920xt race ready. Since I am doing the half distance aquabike, it’s not quite so simple as just going into Triathlon mode. I googled around a bit and couldn’t find anything, so here’s a step-by-step guide.   Note that you can also use this guide to set up your watch for another multisport race, like a duathlon or aquajog.  From the home screen, click the three dots button on the bottom left…

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The NOVA Triathlete’s Guide to Amazon Prime Now

As of yesterday, Amazon Prime now offers FREE two hour shipping to Alexandria, Arlington and Springfield, Virginia — or you can pay $7.99 for one hour shipping! Let’s dive in to a few triathlete essentials that you can get in a jiffy. What you need to know: Go to PrimeNow.Amazon.com to access the same-day shipping options Be sure your default shipping address is set to somewhere within Alexandria, Arlington or Springfield It’s available from 8am to midnight This service is coming to DC in October! Selection is somewhat limited, but there are still tens of thousands of items available DZ…

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5 Things You Might Forget to do Before a Triathlon: The Rev3 Maine Edition

Nailed your training? Got your photo ready outfit picked out? Here’s a great list of five things you might forget to do before your next race — also known as, my personal to do list before Rev3 Maine! Bottle handoff practice: If you’re doing a half iron or iron distance race, you’ll need to master this skill so that you can cruise through the aid stations and not lose any time. As for me? I’m still working on it but have practice on my calendar for this weekend! Try on your wetsuit: If it’s been a while since your last wetsuit…

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Training Log #4: August 8-14, 2016

This week I realized how close we are to Rev3 Maine on August 28 – yikes! Since I am “just” doing the aquabike and still very much in recovery from my hip surgery, this has been a weird training cycle versus my usual race prep. I know I’ll be very ready, but definitely caught me off guard when I looked at the calendar and saw it’s only two weeks away. Monday: Rest day! Tuesday: AM: Physical therapy, this time with back squats, sandbag deadlifts, some core work and lots of hip movement drills. PM: 30 minutes of aquajogging – thank…

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Tri Coach Q&A: Recovery

Recovery. Possibly the triathlon discipline I struggle with most (besides swimming…running…transition…). Striking a balance between working a full time job, triathlon training, and a social life is hard enough already (I don’t know how people with kids manage it) –> mastering recovery is something I’m definitely still working on. My natural state is in motion – I watch very little TV and though I love to read, I’m much more likely to be running errands, cleaning, meal prepping or working down my to-do list than relaxing. So, who better to answer some of my burning recovery questions than a USA…

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My Wednesday in Food

I always love seeing food diaries – I think it’s so interesting to see how people fuel themselves and what they choose day in and day out since it’s so personal and differs so much from one person to another. Let’s dive into my Wednesday – I included a rough outline of my day as well for reference purposes. 4:15am: alarm goes off for Master’s swimming at 5am. 5am-6am: 26 ounces water during swim practice. 7am: I get to Junction Bakery & Bistro, newly opened in Del Ray and a client of mine. I take some pictures for social media…

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Training Log #3: August 1-7, 2016

Goooood afternoon! Last week’s training was a little weird with some out of town friends staying with us and weekend travel. This turned into a little bit of a step down week — I think the universe was probably telling me I needed a rest week. Monday: AM: Master’s swimming. I woke up feeling hungry, didn’t eat anything, and paid for it with slow swimming. PM: I wanted to aquajog but ended up working pretty late, so just hopped on the trainer for 30 minutes of easy spinning after eating dinner. Tuesday: AM: Physical therapy, including 35ish minutes of squatting,…

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5 Best Places to Bike When Training for a Triathlon in DC (and NOVA)

We covered pools – let’s move on to cycling! Having been hit by a car while running a few years ago, I am not a big fan of riding on the roads in and around DC. The overall cycling infrastructure is improving with bike lanes, rising use of Capital Bikeshare, etc., but what about training? Intersections and crazy drivers definitely aren’t going to better my FTP. Luckily, there are a few trusty spots and trails that work great when you need to get in a decent ride but can’t spend the time to drive a ways for quieter roads: Hains…

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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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Training Log #2 – July 25-31, 2016

This was a go go go kind of week with a lot of fun social stuff going on. The old me used to have social plans almost every single day of the week – over the past few years I’ve really tried to ramp down on my social commitments to make more time for working out and generally live a healthier/more relaxed lifestyle. This week felt a little bit like that, with some social plans, a work dinner, and an outing with colleagues/friends. Luckily, I still got in all of my workouts! Monday: AM: Master’s swimming, distance day. Turns out…

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