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TriCal Alcatraz, Long Course Worlds, IMAZ & What’s next???

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on TriCal Alcatraz, Long Course Worlds, IMAZ & What’s next???

I have not written since March. Blogs seem to be SO yesterday with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the now countless forms of social media. If you feel like reading I have recapped the last few months of racing below. San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz After a successful race at Vineman 70.3 in July (5th place) I hunkered down for a long block of work leading into ITU Long Course Worlds at the end of September. TriCalifornia revived their Alcatraz event and I was stoked to get the chance to race the course. It also offered a bit of a...

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Amazing Napa Valley

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Amazing Napa Valley

When people visit Napa Valley most come for the wine and food. However, hidden amongst the vines and world class food is a place full of things to do for those who love to be active. In fact, a lot of wineries and restaurants are owned and staffed by people who are endurance sports enthusiasts themselves. This is my guide to some of those Napa Valley chefs and sommeliers who are combining wine and food with the sports they are passionate about. The Bottega Gran Fondo: Do you like wine, food and cycling? If so, this is your weekend. The days...

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Vineman 70.3

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Vineman 70.3

*All Race Photos courtesy of Jeff Kapic.* My husband Andy says I am fairly even keel when it comes to emotion. I don’t really have huge ups and downs. In fact, he often describes me as unemotional or ‘like a dude.’ When I got a flat tire at Escape from Alcatraz it was pretty anti-climatic. I got off my bike, confirmed my front tire was completely flat and then just shrugged my shoulders. There were no tears or Stadler like meltdown; it was what it was. My bike mechanic and friend, Tim Mualchin, said the bike gods “require a sacrifice every so...

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An Update…for the past 4 months

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on An Update…for the past 4 months

I have not been writing much at all this year. I think I got bored with the race reports. I should probably be better at updating what has been going on, so consider this post a catch up for March to the present moment. At the beginning of March I went to Tucson to hang with Hillary and Maik and help coach their camp. We had 25 campers come in and everyone had a good time riding the well known Tucson routes. We hit the Shootout Loop (with the Madera Canyon add on), Gates Pass and of course, Mt. Lemmon. It was my first time all the way up to...

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Pros, WTC and Messick

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Pros, WTC and Messick

11 days and counting since International Women’s Day and still no response from Messick/WTC on the #50womentokona campaign. In 2 days the first IM championship race of the year will be contested in Melbourne. Hopefully I am wrong, but I think chances are slim Messick addresses this issue before the gun fires. Why? Here are my theories: -He doesn’t give a shit and will do what he wants (ego). -He is not going to be swayed by anything unless the bottom line is affected (races still selling, it’s all good). -He wants less pros...

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Race Wildflower

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Race Wildflower

Part of the Wildflower Bike Course. Race Wildflower this year. Why? Because it is awesome, challenging, fun and we don’t want the race to go away forever. It is rich in history. It has been around for 33 years. All the greats have raced and won there. So what if it is swim/run/bike/run???? Everyone I talked to last year enjoyed it and thought it might have been even more challenging than the original course. It was well run and went smoothly. We all sat around the campfire and commiserated on our race day experience. We ran through the...

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For the Ladies….

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on For the Ladies….

It is Eating Disorder Awareness month and I find myself fortunate to have never really struggled with food. It was always fuel that I needed for training and I knew that eating well helped me perform at my best. Another health issue for athletic women is menstruation. Others have talked about it recently, (Angela Naeth Blog, Angela on a podcast, Paula Radcliffe, The Guardian here and here) and it seems periods and athletics can be a bit confusing. Is it being too skinny? Is it too much activity? Is it what you eat? It seems that you can find...

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MercuryMan Triathlon

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on MercuryMan Triathlon

January is a great month to escape and go race on an island. I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to go to the Cayman Islands to race MercuryMan, a half ironman on the east end of Grand Cayman. I have visited the Cayman Islands before, over ten years ago, and always stayed on the Seven Mile Beach side of the island. It is beautiful on Seven Mile Beach, however, the east end was just as pretty and had a more local Caribbean feel. The roads were quiet for riding, there was a grocery store across the street from the resort and swimming was...

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Lifetime Oceanside and Season Wrap Up

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Lifetime Oceanside and Season Wrap Up

Last week, we drove down to SoCal to visit family and for me to race my final race of the season, Lifetime Tri Oceanside. While Challenge Rancho Cordova was a race I focused on for the end of the season, I felt like October 5 was too early to end racing for the year. I knew Oceanside would be a battle with very fast women, most fighting for series points, but I figured I could try capture a bit of “speed” after RC and see if I could get close to, or under, 2:05. The race only paid five deep and with the field assembled I knew...

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Interview about Pacific Grove and Challenge Rancho Cordova

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Interview about Pacific Grove and Challenge Rancho Cordova

I know….I have not written in awhile. I got a little bored with usual post race play by play. And, I wondered, if I am bored my readers (mom and dad) might be too. So, I am mixing it up to tell you about Pacific Grove and Challenge Rancho Cordova. I am interviewing myself. I plan to ask the hard questions, no mercy from this interviewer. Why are you riding your bike next to the car on the street? People probably think you are pretty odd. Since Pacific Grove is draft legal and a shorter race than I am used to I knew I needed to be...

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