Thursday, October 11, 2018

Life Is What Happens When You're Busy Making Other Plans

I am in Kona this week as part of 303Triathlon's media team covering the 2018 Ironman World Championship race. It's an incredible experience, and I feel lucky to be here on the big island for the single biggest day of the triathlon season. At the same time, being surrounded by triathletes at the peak of their elite fitness level feels like a slap in the face to my current pathetic existence of shuffling along at something kind of resembling a walk. I can't even get down stairs properly. I almost-not-jokingly want to wear a sign around my neck explaining that I'm three weeks post-bilateral bunion surgery, and really this is not who I normally am. More so, this is not who I was supposed to be this week - I was supposed to be in near peak Ironman-fitness myself. But apparently life had other plans.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

So You Wanna Be An Ironman

... Or: Five Things to Consider Before Jumping Up to A New Race Distance

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It’s that time of year: your friends‘ Strava feeds are exploding, social media is clogged with finisher photos and race recaps, your FOMO antenna is quivering, and you’re left wondering … should I throw my hat in the ring? If you’re considering making the jump from sprints and Olympics to a 70.3, or from 70.3’s to the Ironman distance, here are five things you should consider:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

6 Reasons Why Wildflower Needs to Be on Your Bucket List

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I recently traveled to California to participate in the iconic Wildflower Experience, a race that’s been on my bucket list for nearly my entire triathlon career. My weekend did not disappoint! The gorgeous venue, challenging course, and full weekend of being off the grid with thousands of compatriots were exactly what I’d been imagining. If you’re looking for a race venue that does not involve the Boulder Rez, I highly recommend making the trip to Wildflower. Here’s why:

Saturday, April 7, 2018

IM 70.3 Oceanside 2018 Race Report

I sent the following email to Coach the Monday before race day:
Just thought I’d let you know that I’m losing my shit to the point of (not actually) thinking that I just shouldn’t come to the race. I don’t really mean it, but it is definitely circling through my batshit crazy brain. Normally I don’t get cold feet till 12-24 hours before the start, so this is super fun for me.

- I still have a cold and my sinuses seem hell bent on staying clogged up.
- I have shit weather karma and so it is clearly going to rain.
- The water is stupid cold and I am going to freeze.
- I hate disassembling and reassembling my bike and the wheels don’t fit well in the case and TSA is definitely going to break something.
- I am never going to be able to hold my watts and it’s going to take me forever to finish the bike and my time will suck and so there’s no point in showing up.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Four Things I've Learned as a Coached Triathlon Coach

I've been a triathlete for nearly a decade and have been a triathlon coach for nearly four years, but this is my first stint at being a coached triathlon coach. Layer onto that the fact that I am a highly opinionated, strong type A, serious control freak, logical-coach-by-day, classic-headcase-athlete-by-night, and you can imagine that my adjustment window from self-coaching to being coached has been ... interesting.

It's taken me about four months to settle in - yup, FOUR MONTHS - but I've learned some great things along the way.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Wildflower

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Maybe you’ve signed up for Wildflower (what’s Wildflower?) and haven’t quite sorted out your logistics for the epic weekend of triathlon, camping, beer, wine, and music. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to sign up for Wildflower, but have been holding back because sorting out the BYO details is just too overwhelming. (Do I have to eat freeze dried camp food for my pre-race dinner? Is there an option besides instant coffee? Where do I shower? No, really. WHERE DO I SHOWER???) No worries, I’ve got all your answers right here.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Musings from a Data Geek: Two Things to Ignore, Two Things to Watch

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I am a big time data geek. Not in a casual "I like numbers" kind of way; more in an "I love physics" kind of way. So I definitely get into the data when I review my athletes’ training logs, and I enjoy talking with them about the data - how to interpret it, what to watch, and what to ignore. Through my own conversations and too much time spent in Facebook groups, I’ve noticed that often athletes are paying attention to the wrong metrics. Here’s my advice on what matters and what doesn’t:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Year. New Product. New You.

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We’ve all been there: It’s Friday, you’ve just finished a tough bike ride, your legs feel like lead, and your coach / training plan has two more daunting workouts on your calendar before you get a recovery day. My prior solution to this problem was to stare longingly at TrainingPeaks, in hopes that if I blinked my eyes quickly enough the recovery day would magically move up and I could breathe a sigh of relief. Shockingly, despite dozens of attempts, it has never worked.

Monday, November 6, 2017

O.M.F. ... My Coach Is Trying to Kill Me

For starters, there is not a typo in the title. Sometimes OMG is not enough. But before I get to my OMF moment, allow me to backtrack ...

I started working with my new coach, Julie, on November 1st. After two years of self-coaching, I decided this past summer that self-coaching is a ludicrous concept for two reasons: (1) you don't have the distance or perspective to talk yourself out of a "taper tantrum" (full credit for this term going to my husband); and (2) you are never going to put a workout on your own calendar that you are truly scared of. Just not going to happen. At least, not in my world.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Rudy Project Boost 01 – Aero Every Day

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When I first stepped into the world of triathlon on my entry-level road bike, I was somewhat taken aback by all the fancy, tri-specific equipment - time trial bikes and disc wheels and, in particular, those long-tailed aero helmets. I thought that normal bikes and normal wheels and normal helmets were for normal people like me, and all that fancy gear was for the fancy people winning the races.

Fast forward almost a decade, and my concept of “normal” has changed considerably. I still consider myself a normal person (as in, not one of the fancy people winning races) but I am now surrounded by lots and lots of fancy, tri-specific equipment. My one hold out has been my helmet - I just haven’t been able to get past the idea that I need to be really, really fast not too look like a massive poser in an aero helmet. My mind may have been changed, however, by the Rudy Project Boost 01 helmet.