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.

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.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Let’s do Wildflower! … What’s Wildflower?

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As soon as I heard that Wildflower was back for 2018 after a hiatus in 2017 due to drought conditions, I knew I wanted to race it. Except that I truly, honestly, knew nothing about the race. OK, maybe that’s an overstatement: I knew that it includes a challenging bike course, and I knew that it involves camping. But for real that’s all I knew.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fat, Drunk, and Out of Shape is No Way to Go Through Life

That's the line that's been going through my head almost daily for the past four weeks, ever since my off-season got extended well beyond what I'd intended. (And yes, it's an Animal House reference.)

I'll back up by saying that I am a strong believer in the importance of an off-season, on having some time when your focus isn't on training: When fitting in your workout isn't the driving force behind how you organize every day. When you have the option to go for a hike or take a yoga class instead of a swim/bike/run workout. When you ease back on the miles and give your muscles and your joints some time to recover.

Friday, September 15, 2017

WTF Is My Hand Doing? And Other Thoughts From Swim Physio Testing

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As many of us triathletes approach the off-season, we tend to think about how we can improve for next year. The off-season is an awesome time to focus on one sport at the expense of the other two and make some big gains in that sport. And if you come away from your tri season post-mortem realizing that it’s time to step up your swim, I highly recommend booking time at the CU Sports Medicine & Performance Center (CUSMPC) for a round of physiological testing in the swim flume.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Looking for Redemption?

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As we approach fall, many triathletes have completed their “A” races for the season - or at least the first of them. Maybe you had a great day and are working to identify those minor tweaks to make your next race even better. Or maybe on race day you weren’t able to accomplish what you set out to achieve. In other words, ‘round about now you might be looking for redemption.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Boulder 70.3 2017 Race Report

I had originally planned my 2017 season as IM 70.3 Texas + IM Boulder and then done. Well, actually then Triple Bypass - a 120-mile ride with 10k of elevation gain - then done. My 2016 season had been long, as in 11 months long, and I had therefore rolled pretty much right into my 2017 season and I knew after that I’d need some serious off-season. But I also had kept in the back of my mind that IM 70.3 Boulder was in August, and I could probably hold my Ironman fitness long enough to pull that off, especially with the Triple Bypass in between. I figured that I could decide a few weeks beforehand and jump in if I felt like it. But then in May, a month or so before IM Boulder, I heard there were only 100 spots left in IM 70.3 Boulder. And I have major sell-out paranoia. So I pulled the trigger.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blinky Bike Lights Make Me Look Cool

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I often explain that I have a low-grade fear of cycling the same way that some people have a low-grade fear of flying. Now, if you have a fear of flying you can potentially pop a Xanax or just down a few glasses of Pinot before boarding and you're good to go. With cycling, this is not typically advised.