A few weeks ago, I decided to register for my first pure bike race at the Rollfast Gran Fondo in Indianapolis. My goals were to go hard at the start, hang on as long as I could and keep the rubber side down.
What did I learn? The first two hours of a big bike race are fucking bananas. Everyone redlines, the ...
Winning is a habit. My habit starts yearly with training camps. Join me and Coach Marilyn Chychota at one of two training camps in 2016. More info here.
The three words I texted my Coach Marilyn Chychota post-race; Oops. I won.
The plan for this race was simple, swim hard, bike harder and run steady off the ...
“Did I build this ship to wreck?”
Florence + The Machine
My goal this season was to qualify for the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. My long term goal is continuing improvement culminating in a podium spot at Kona.
I failed short term, but I am a significant step forward long term. And ...
This will not be my typical race report. On Friday, as I was waiting for my flight to leave, I found out that one of my oldest and dearest friends was found dead. I had a short thirty minutes to notify friends/family, sob openly and make a decision. Yes, I was that woman crying in the airport. I learned that if you put ...
Hardest. Race. Ever.
And exactly what I would expect of a race that determines a World Champion. Out of my three Kona experiences, this one had it all; ocean swells, relentless wind, and surface of the sun temperatures. And for me, a touch of redemption.
If you have been following along, I managed in the middle of ...
My top five tips for IM Texas:
1) Always pack your wetsuit. Too many people were unprepared for a wetsuit swim.
2) Always train in your wetsuit for one to two swims. No the chlorine won't kill it. Just rinse if off post swim. Being comfortable in your wetsuit will help you swim confidently and faster.
3) If you think the ...
The Good: I came out of the water in 3rd place. Huh? What???? I have to thank Coach Marilyn Chychota (@chychota) for making it happen. After last season, we both agreed that to get to my long term goal (a podium at Kona) I need to come out of the water with the top athletes. Last year, I came out of ...
Last year I participated in the inaugural version of the Mercuryman Triathlon. This year I returned for an early season wake up call in the middle of my holiday. I had about nine days to acclimate to the heat and humidity (I started a few days earlier at home during my training).
I arrived at the East End of the ...
This would be my second crack at the code of the world championship (you can read last year's race report here). Changes from last year:
More athletes. 2100 on the start list. I only see this increasing.
More international athletes. The diversity in countries and languages surrounding us throughout race week ...
I have now worked with my coach, Marilyn McDonald (@chychota) a little over a year. Louisville was our third Ironman together. When I looked at TrainingPeaks for her notes on my race execution in Louisville, I found one phrase; Get After It. Perfect. It was time to go get my race.
This year I had the following ...