My week leading up to my race was full of nerves, deadlines, and wrapping up loose ends. Wherever you look in the triathlon world, it is universally recommended that you sleep as much as you can prior to your race. The benefits are not only for your body, but your mind as well. I failed completely at this. Prior to leaving Thursday, I had yet to accumulate more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night...
Updates be damned. It works, I like it. I'll keep using it as long as I can. Final grade on our super sophisticated grading scale? 18.7 out of a possible 23.2. Losing marks only for the stupid blinky lights and precarious charging cradle. I'm happy, and if I'm happy life is not crappy.
For this topic I would say I am bias for sure towards Nike. As to the fact that I work here and love the company and the work that we do. But I also know how big of a topic shoes are when it comes to triathletes and what types should be worn. From the minimal 0 dro pshoes to the massive drops of 14+mm.
After finishing the Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2016 I of course went back to the drawing board and looked at things that I could change to become a better athlete. In general, most improvements that I will get is from just training.
It was QA/QC testing day for drainage in my new Salomon Speedcross 4s. They were solid in a trail race last weekend. However, the course wasn’t wet or overly muddy, so a backyard drainage trial was in order before I rely on them in an obstacle race. The verdict? Thumbs up all around.
It's that time of year, kids! Baseline testing up the wazoo to figure out "where you're at".
Have many of you done these? I used to hate them. If you never have, they're basically a variety of efforts over a variety of distances to figure out "where you are" so that you can then decide "where you're going".
I had my first trail race last Saturday. I was rightfully terrified. I had only managed a few runs in prep and couldn't go longer than 1.5kms (that's one and half, not 15) without pain. Uphill was the worst, and the prospects of facing a large elevation trail race were daunting.
Enthusiastically, I had registered months ago for the 10k option. On race day, I decided that was optimistic and bumped it down to 5km. My friends Alex and Alex (they have thus far resisted being called "Alex squared" or "double A" ) took off on the 10k route, leaving me with my painful thoughts for another 20 minutes or so before the start of the 5k effort.
It's training season and I just did my first brick training session of the year. As I obviously let the world know this on Instagram ... I received a few questions along the lines of - "What the hell is a brick session? Why do you do them?"
The best time to take up a new physical activity is in the WINTER when it is very dark, cold, wet and gross outside. Did I mention that there has been an abnormal amount of snow lately? Great time to start my new hobby of Running right??!! Lucky for me, we have a treadmill so I was able to get started the next day. I set my alarm for an hour earlier to make sure that my first 30 minute run would end in time for me to get ready for work.
And off I went...
I have no ambition to race back to the store and buy fancy running accessories. I am not even training to run a marathon. I am just a girl that was abused by a fellow co-worker while he trained to be a Super Star Ironman Dick of the year, learning how to tie my shoes in this world of stinky sweaty gross people that run