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What happened at Chattanooga?

What happened at Chattanooga?

It’s been just over a month since Chattanooga.. a little late on the recap, but better late than never? 🙂 I’ve had enough people ask me about “what happened” that I thought it would be worth putting my thoughts on my blog. Chattanooga was my second full Ironman race, and one I felt confident going into.  I knew it would be hot and humid, but I felt prepared for that. I’ve raced in all sorts of conditions, and I felt…

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There’s a first time for everything: Ironman Arizona

There’s a first time for everything: Ironman Arizona

Let’s just address this photo right now because I LOVE it. The fact that my beloved dog is wearing a backpack/harness along with an oversized “Ironman training buddy” bandana is ridiculous enough, but then he is being held up mid-air to “cheer,” all while my husband is cheering and taking a picture of me racing.  It’s just all too perfect.  A huge thank you to my teammate Suz Martin for capturing this moment.  Guaranteed this will end up framed somewhere….

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Lost and found bike piece in Mexico & Cabo 70.3 race recap.

Lost and found bike piece in Mexico & Cabo 70.3 race recap.

I’ve been fortunate to have pretty smooth races in terms of mechanical, nutritional, or any other sort of major errors.  Los Cabos 70.3 was my first race that had some mechanical hiccups, and honestly, I’m glad I finally experienced some problems because it’s good practice to work through things you can’t control. Our first night in Cabo, Matt talked me into setting up my bike before going to bed.  I started setting up my bike in the condo and quickly realized…

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Cabocation – where “every day is perfect!”

Cabocation – where “every day is perfect!”

Oh, Cabo, from the moment I laid eyes on you in the Ironman pro race schedule, I knew you’d be my favorite race trip of the year and the perfect way to end my season!  I’m a girl who LOVES the beach, sunshine, hot weather, swimming in warm water, and eating good food, and Cabo delivered ALL of that and more.   Turns out Cabo won’t be my last race :), but it still made for a great racecation!  I…

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ITU Long Course World Championship: When you can’t tame the wind, tame your mind!

ITU Long Course World Championship: When you can’t tame the wind, tame your mind!

Every race is hard because that’s the point of a race, but there are a lot of variables that can make a race even harder than just the distance, course, or competition you’re up against. I posted on Instagram that this was was one of the toughest race days I had experienced, and during the race I yelled to Matt that this was THE hardest race.  Now that the race is well over (though my legs are still reminding me…

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A Day in the Tri Life – Indoor Edition

A Day in the Tri Life – Indoor Edition

Is there a better time to finish a blog post than when you’re sitting in bed, stuffing your face with carbs, just waiting for race morning to arrive? I don’t think so. I’m here in Oklahoma City getting ready for the ITU Long Course World Championship TOMORROW morning.  This will be the longest race I’ve ever done (4K swim, 120K bike, 30K run), so I’m looking forward to seeing what that feels like :).  Racing is always exciting because it’s…

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A Day in the Tri Life – Tuesday, August 2

A Day in the Tri Life – Tuesday, August 2

Here’s a peek at what a solid day of training looks like for me!  This is how Tuesday has been for the past few weeks (with some variation in the actual workouts).  The day starts early and requires smart fueling, a nap, and taking the easy stuff easy so I can recover and have a solid day (again) on Wednesday – which will be my next day in the tri life post. Enjoy! I know I did :).  Special thanks to all the…

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Because Summer Isn’t Over Yet!

Because Summer Isn’t Over Yet!

I love summer and never want it to end. We are sitting here at the beginning of August, and despite blazing hot temperatures outside, I’m already starting to feel like summer is over. But HOLD ON – summer isn’t over yet, and there is still some good racing to be done this season! (see my schedule here)  In the meantime, here is a little mid-season update! I’ve had a couple races this summer I am proud of (see my thoughts…

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Learning How to Race – Thoughts After Coeur d’Alene 70.3

Learning How to Race – Thoughts After Coeur d’Alene 70.3

Racing in the pro field this year has been a wonderful and challenging experience, and one I have absolutely loved.  If you want to realize how not tough and not fast you actually are, and how much better you need and want to be, I recommend you give it a try :).  This year I am truly learning how to race.  I know how to swim, bike, and run; I know how to train hours and hours every week; I…

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Five Things I Would Tell My Beginner Triathlete Self

Five Things I Would Tell My Beginner Triathlete Self

For those of us who participate in triathlon, we all came to the sport for various reasons. Some of us have a lifelong background in one of the three disciplines of triathlon (swim, bike, run)  and just needed a couple more sports to add to one athletic event.  Maybe some of us wanted to find a way to be motivated to exercise and stay healthy, or it was just something fun to do with friends.  There may even be those…

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