Daring to bear… the main event 

Pre-Race: After an evening of waking up about every 2 hours, I reached my 4:30am wake up call and surprisingly felt rested. My friend Kelly and I packed up her car, ate our breakfast, made our coffee and were on the road by 5:00am. We got the park by about 5:40 to unpack and head…

Daring to bear… the day before

  One. More. Day. Actually at the point of writing this I am at less than a day, so try 8 hours from starting my first Olympic Triathlon. Today was packet pick-up and a practice swim. The swim would be more accurately described as a practice dip with my sausage suit on. Yes, sausage suit….

Daring to Bear… the week before

One. More. Week. This is what some would consider their taper week. I like to think of it more as a week where I try not to do anything new (so I won’t be sore). I’ll have one more day of heavy lifting for legs, and then leave the rest to my usual workouts. Also……

PeasantMan

As planned, I opened up the triathlon season with the High Cloud PeasantMan Triathlon. This race is truly for the High Cloud Foundation, as all proceeds from the race go directly to the charity. I was really impressed with the way DC Tri Club volunteered and setup the event. I treated this race as a…

just keep swimming

So Week 4 into training and I have hit the pool a total of 3 times. I know I planned on twice a week, but given my social life (yes I have one) I was in Boston two weekends ago for St. Patty’s Day madness and got caught up with a lot of work this…

tri time- let the 2015 season begin

The hibernation is over. March 1st officially marks the beginning of triathlon training season for me. I wish it also meant warm weather outside but beggars can’t be choosers right? I have a 12 week plan at the ready to prepare for the Black Bear Olympic in May. I’ll be following it loosely, but the…

tri and tri again, my (tentative) 2015 race calendar

I’ve been neglecting this space, and for that I am sorry. I’ve been trying to maintain and also make sure I am not broken. Which I am not, entirely. Still have to deal with the tendonitis but also have teeny tiny meniscus tear (maybe, after all my surgery it may also just look the way…

tri’d and true

The weekend I’ve been training 10 weeks for has finally come. I’m not quite sure when the nerves really kicked in, probably sometime Saturday morning. I managed to distract myself Friday with a dentist appointment, running errands and a Nationals game (I didn’t have a drop of booze the entire evening either, thank you, thank you). Here is how…

no sharks, just catfish

Yesterday marked my first ever open water swim. Not counting the times in high school I cliff jumped and swam around in lakes/rivers. Not that I condone that sort of thing…. Some things I learned: – Don’t panic – Don’t panic – Pace my breathing, and don’t panic Ok Ok, it was not that bad….

rule one of training: know your limits

Knee has not been feeling it the last few days, and today has probably been the worst. It is probably because of how tight my legs have been all week, putting too much pressure on my knee.  This is the time when I need to tell myself to CTFO. It is also when I hit up…

the road to tri

Years ago doing a triathlon seemed like a pipe dream. I remember when I was running a lot in the Summer of 2008 (I had a lot of thinking to do, but let us not dwell on sadder times). While I was stretching after one of my typical hometown runs at Rodale I was asked by…