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Anatomy of a Two Week Break

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Anatomy of a Two Week Break

After Rev3 Florida I embarked on one of the most challenging times for an athlete—the off season. For me, this included a two week break from activity. Since a daily dose of exercise keeps me happy and functioning effectively in mind and body I knew the next 14 days would be difficult at times but very important for recovery after a long racing season. Here are the four stages of a two week break, as I experienced them (everyone is different this is just what I went through): Stage 1: JOY I had no worries. It was lovely. This lasted a...

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Rev3 Florida…and a quick look back at Rev3 Branson

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

The Start. I am in the purple cap. This was the first time I got a different colored cap so they could “identify” me. Well, I finished up the 2013 season in sunny Florida. Unlike last year I got to swim in the ocean and it was perfect on race day; the water was about as calm as an ocean can be. I had a solid swim, got popped around the first buoy because I thought “I don’t want to get kicked.” This caused me to back off just a touch to stay out of trouble and a gap opened up. I ended up about :20 behind MBK and...

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I Missed the (speed) Boat at Rev3 Wisconsin…

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on I Missed the (speed) Boat at Rev3 Wisconsin…

Last weekend I ventured to the Wisconsin Dells (via Chicago) to race. A perfect pre-race day weather wise greeted me and I checked out what the course had in store for us on Sunday. The bike had a few hills, some rollers and lots of beautiful farm views. The run was hilly the whole way—not a bit of flat ground. After living in California for three years I have gotten used to the obligatory sun that shines from May-September. The midwest offers lots of green but to have green you need rain. Unfortunately, rain is what we got on Sunday...

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Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove

It has been a week since I traveled to Oregon to visit my 101 (almost 102) year old grandmother and race the Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove near Eugene.  The weather was beautiful and the wild blackberries were bountiful. In fact, they lined the run course at the race and it took a lot of discipline not to pull over and grab a few. I restrained myself but when I rode the next day near Lake Oswego I did make sure to stop and enjoy a few handfuls. I got to visit lots with my Ama (that is what I call her) and I wore her out because on Sunday...

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Taking a Chance—Vineman 2013

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

When I was heading to transition on Sunday morning I received a text from a friend that said “go fast, take chances.” I did not have time to reply to the text before the race but the words resonated with me. After Quassy I went into problem solving mode in an effort to make some headway on the bike. Giving up 19 minutes is not acceptable. There is NO WAY to recover from that against women who can run as well as they bike. So, even before I left Connecticut I had ideas about how to improve the situation. I knew I would not be able...

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Rev3 Quassy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Rev3 Quassy

“Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.” ~unknown I received the quote above in my daily “Tiny Buddha” email when I was at the airport flying back to California after Rev3 Quassy. It was appropriate given my feelings about my race on Sunday. It is no secret that my biking is one of the more challenging aspects of triathlon for me. It frustrates me to come off the bike 15+ minutes behind. However, I do not shy away from putting myself in situations where I could (and usually do) end up WAY behind the...

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Earning my Finish at Wildflower 2013

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Blog | 5 comments

After my “failure to launch” the 2013 season at Escape from Alcatraz I was really looking forward to racing at Lake San Antonio. Interestingly, the result, or lack thereof, at Alcatraz made me more relaxed leading into the race. I train and race full time because I love it. Even when it does not go as I planned, I still look forward to doing it everyday. Of course, sometimes a four hour ride feels like crap from the first pedal stroke but I still get to give it a go. I always try to will my legs to come alive if they feel badly....

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Escape from Alcatraz 2013

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

That is me on the far left (bum to camera). Photo: Nils Nilsen Alcatraz–my favorite race. When it was announced it would be taking place on March 3 due to the America’s Cup I was really worried about the cold.  I have had trouble with the cold in the past. I swore off Oceanside forever after 2010. However, I figured since the race was only an hour from my house I had to race it. I was hopeful that I would be able to handle the cold and I was happy because the weather forecast for the day seemed pretty good, especially given what...

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Descending

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Since I started riding my bike in Chicago, the land of flat and straight, my descending skills when I first moved to California were absolutely terrible. I was scared and slow. The road right out of my house goes down for three miles and I used to get super nervous before I went to ride. All the hills to ride in Napa allow me to work on my descending each and every ride. I would not say I am an expert by any means but I have certainly improved from terrible. Howell Mountain. Steep and technical. The ascent is quite difficult but is only two...

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It’s Sad…

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

That is does not shock me in the least that players in major sports (NFL, MLB, etc.) are using PEDs which are now dispensed at “anti-aging clinics.” For these people there are tens of millions of dollars at stake. The fact is, some people just do not give a s*#& and will do anything to get an edge. They will justify their decisions to themselves by saying others are doing the same and it is a level playing field but that is all a bunch of crap. I mean, we have age groupers doping in Gran Fondos and to get to (and compete) at...

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