Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ironman Cozumel 2013

Hey!  I made it to off season!!

I was lucky enough to travel to Mexico again for my last race of the year.  Ironman Cozumel is truly an amazing race, venue, and community.  The volunteers go above and beyond and the community support top notch, a close second to Madison (of course).  I came into this race feeling more fit than last year, and with another year of racing under my belt I had that much more experience of how to race and make it the best race possible.  I didn’t go into the race with any expectations except to execute the race the best I could.   I ended up in 8th place (made enough to pay for the trip!) and am overall happy with the day....like every race, I learned plenty of lessons :) 

Pre-race prep with Jennifer - nice easy ride to the east coast of the island. 

We found a pool!  Super happy for this since the Ocean was 'closed' because of the current and waves. 
On our way to Bike/T1 drop on Saturday 
SWIM:  The swim was shortened due to an unsafe current and swim conditions.  After my struggles in the current last year, I was actually happy to hear this news.  It seemed like a logistical nightmare to have everyone get to the T1 (old swim start) and then re-load on busses to the new swim start 1.9 miles down the road, but somehow they seemed to pull it off flawlessly.   It was an in water start and a point-to-point swim with the current.  All went fairly smoothly and I had some nice feet to hang on almost all of the swim.  I came out in 37:22, a perfect spot right with the girls I wanted to be with! 

BIKE - 3 loops, 112miles, 5hr14min:  I flew through T1, determind not to let this group leave me in the dust.  Since racing with power at Ironman Florida and Rev3 Florida in November, I had a good idea of where I wanted to be and luckily the girls were riding in just that zone.  It is truly a completely different race when you’re out there as a pro.  It can be a lonely bike ride, which is why you see small groups form during the race.  It is amazing how just having  1 or 2 other people in your sights or nearby can make it seem easier.  The headwind was much worse than last year on the far side of the island.  I think it’s a 12 mile stretch, but it felt like FOREVER.  By the 3rd loop there were some serious packs (peleton’s) of men age-groupers catching up, that proved to be extremely annoying, disruptive, and dangerous.  They were riding with no regard what -so-ever to the rules of passing, drafting, or even just general cycling ettiquite.  There was almost no way out of it and at many points I found myself just riding on the far left (oncoming traffic) lane to avoid getting mixed in or knocked off my bike.  Ugh.  Finally an official did show up and threw out plenty of warnings, however I only saw 1 penalty go out.  

Out there on the bike is where I think I started to chip away at my chances for an awesome race.  Between the wind on each lap and trying not to get hit/mixed up with the guys on the last 20 or so miles of the ride I completely ignored nutrition.  I wasn’t used to the gatorade so I wasn’t drinking much, it was windy so the sweat was evaporating quickly, and I just didn’t eat enough calories.  I got off the bike in a deficit, which made for an extremely challenging last leg of the race.  

RUN - 3 times out and back:  I knew I was already in tough shape starting the run, but sometimes I can salvage things.  I pushed all my worries aside, reminded myself it was the last race of the year, and planned to give it all I could.  I left T2 with another pro (girl in red, Celine I think, ended up 4th) and thought “ok, run with her”....this was not a good idea!  Another lesson - stick to YOUR OWN RACE.  Chick went out hard and stubborn me was like ‘Just stick with her, you’ll settle in’.  First mile was ~6:30 and yep, then I knew I needed to not worry about this chica.  Maybe she would die and come back to me :)  After that first one the miles really just got slower and slower as the marathon went.  I was taking everything I could at the aid stations thinking something would get some snap back in my legs, but nothing worked.  I slugged it out, and experienced what it feels like to bonk and cramp during an Ironman.  I don’t wish this upon anyone!!  One false move, or running too fast and one or both quads and/or my right hamstring would just shut down.  Wow, it was tough.  I went through the 2nd loop still in 5th or 6th and knew it would take all the mental and physical gusto I had left to keep a run going for the last loop.  I was on the aid station to aid station plan, which soon turned into the walk the aid station plan, which turned into only walk once between aid station plan.  It was not pretty...and I know it never is toward the end, but this was a new version of the ‘Ironman shuffle’ that I really hope to never do again.  I ran (and walked) a 3:31 giving every single thing I had and managed to hang on for 8th place.  

Overall: 9:27, (swim 0.5mi short), 8th place woman

This race panned out much differently than I thought it would (obviously didn’t envision the run going that way), but I am very happy with how it turned out.  I love racing as much as ever!  There are lessons to learn at each race, and just because it doesn’t go as planned doesn’t mean it isn’t a success.  This was another lesson to me in racing my own race and another true test of mental toughness and motivations for finishing.  When your body wants to give out and stop so bad YOU have to be the one to make it go.  No amount of cheering, support, friends, or anything else can make you go.  The motivation and drive has to come from you.  How bad do YOU want it?  What are YOU racing for?  You need to be so strong in your conviction to complete what you came to do that you can’t be derailed, whether it’s finishing the race before the cutoff, reaching a time goal, or improving in a certain area, fully commit to it.  

ANYHOW!  I am excited for off season and to get back at it for another great year next year.  Huge thanks to everyone for the support throughout this entire year:  Mark (love you), Cliff English Coaching, Timex Multisport Team, Powerbar, Endurance House, Speed Cycling, Computrainer, Rudy Project, Powertap, Peak Performance Massage, and everyone else who had a hand in helping me live my passion.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ironman Cozumel Travel Guide

This post may be a couple days late for some traveling to Cozumel this year, but some things may still come in handy.  This is my second year taking the trip to Mexico for an end of the season race and I know there are many people, like me, looking forward to some warm sun!

Travel Logistics:

  • Avoid Flying with your bike - it turns into a HUGE hassle.  I use Tri-bike Transport. 
  • Flying into Cancun is generally cheaper and makes for a bit of an adventure getting to Cozumel.  When you land, collect your luggage and find the ADO bus  (ask for 'ahh-deh-oh') to take you to Playa Del Carmen for the ferry.   You will be approached by MANY taxi/bus drivers from private companies wanting to take you to the ferry.  You can haggle price with these guys, and if you are a small group, this can be an affordable option.  If you decide on the bus, you can purchase the tickets online before your trip, but I think it's easier to buy them when you get there incase you have delays in travel or get there early.  After an hour bus ride you are dropped at the bus stop in Playa Del Carmen, which is just a few blocks from the ferry stop.  You can easily purchase ferry tickets as you approach the ferry. 
  • If you have ever had motion sickness, take precautions for the ferry ride.  I like the motion sickness bracelets, or just regular dramamine.  It is ~45min ride to Cozumel.  
  • When you get to Cozumel there are plenty of taxi drivers waiting there to take you to your hotel/house/condo.  You need to have the address of where you are going (and maybe even a map so you can point to where it is if you don't know much spanish) and make sure to have pesos to pay them. 
Ferry to and from the Island!

Entrance to the Ferry in Playa Del Carmen

  • Check with your debit card on charges for using ATM in Mexico, most charge a small fee and something like a 3% charge for the total removed.  There is an ATM right by the ferry at Playa del Carmen if you didn't get to convert any money before that. 
  • You can bring cash to the airport and use a money conversion station there...usually a small fee associated with that, but nice to have it done.  
  • Any taxis and many vendors are cash only in Mexico.
Plenty of nice relaxing ocean front space...especially on the southern part of the island. 
  • Probably best to keep your phone off.   Even with an international plan, there are usually some charges still associated with calling, and especially data usage.  Things that seem very simple, like checking Facebook, add up on data very quick....for example, Verizon charges $5.12/MB.  Accepting texts are much cheaper than sending, and this is a cheaper option than calling... (on Verizon it costs 0.05 to get a text, 0.50 to send, and 0.99/min to talk)
  • Most hotels and condo's you stay will have wifi, so just take yourself back to the pre-smart phone days and do your computing on the computer, and use Skype to talk to your friends and family at home :) 
Race Logistics:
Swim start at Practice swim pre-race
Nice paved bike path to ride to swim start from town!
  • The swim start and T1 are a few miles south of the expo/finish/T2 area.  There are plenty of shuttles provided by the race and hotels that leave from the main expo area to get you to the pre-race dinner and swim start race morning.  You can ride your bike to the pre-race swim if you are up for it, or you will probably have to get a taxi.  This is one of the the only Ironman races where I think it somehow works to go without renting a car....BUT if you need one, you can find one from most major hotels that have daily rentals available. 
  • Separate transitions means that when you drop of that T2 bag you will not see it again until during the race...make sure everything is in there that you need.  
  • 3 lap bike and 3 out and back run = an awesome race with tons of spectators.  This is a good thing.  This race rivals the BEST crowd support of any Ironman. 
  • Athlete check-in. 
    T1, hanging bags that you grab on the way to the changing tent. 
    Great bike racks! 
  • They give you water in bags on the run.  Yep, bags.  You have to bite off the corner and try to  spill water into your mouth.  It's great, ice cold water. 

Where to stay: 
  • Cozumel has PLENTY of places to stay for all sorts...there are your all-inclusives which tend to be busy with people and entertainment, there are homes for rent or small condo style rentals.  Last year I stayed in an AWESOME place, Villa El Encanto.  It's a small place, with ~8 condo's where the family that runs it lives on the same property...gated, pools, hammock, very tidy, nice rooms, and a perfect location for the race.  Very competitively priced and walking distance to the grocery store.  I like the condo/home rental for racing so I can cook my own food :) 
The bakery section ROCKS. 
Peacocks roaming at Villa El Encanto!!

VERY relaxing :) 
Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions!  I may learn more on this trip and update my post.  Happy travels! 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Florida Train-cation / Racing into shape

After all the fun in Hawaii (2 glorious weeks!) at the beginning of October, I realized it was time to get down to some business to get ready for my last race of the season, Ironman Cozumel.   I love racing, so of course I had to plan some epic training around some races to get motivated!

THE PLAN:  Wisconsin is cold...so I thought it might be nice to get a bit more outdoor training.  I volunteered to drive my grandma down to her winter home in Naples, FL...IF we could detour for a couple days for me to do part of Ironman FL :)  She agreed.  After Panama City Beach, it was a day drive to Naples, a week of training, then Rev3 Florida Half Ironman (just over an hour from grandma's) and I fly home Tuesday.  Sounds good, right??

IRONMAN FL:  I executed my plan of trying to swim hard and just survive the ocean swim (more on this coming), bike hard and try to 'stay in the mix' and run a couple miles.   WELL....I did get dropped from the pack I wanted to swim with, but it was still an ok swim.  I was happy with my starting position and did get out well...I only got dropped really when we had to get out at the end of the first loop, run around a table, and get back in.  This just zapped my energy!  FL Ironman was my first bike under 5 hrs (4:49) and I am happy to report it was competitive w/the other women pro's, which were also fast due to the great conditions!  Another plus is that I felt just fine getting off the bike (maybe a little light on nutrition, but ok).   Props to my friends that raced and fought for some awesome PR's and finished strong!!

Side note on the Ocean Swim:  I get motion sickness and often puke in salt water swims.  I have notoriously had horrible ocean swims (3xKona and Cozumel last year) and really want to fix this!  The only way I can figure is just to do more of them, since I don't actually live by an ocean to train in.

MORE DRIVING:  After Ironman FL, we booked it (9 hr drive the day after the race) to Naples, FL.  I was SPENT and immediately zonked out for 12 hrs when we finally got there!  Anyhow, it was a nice week of some volume, sunshine, swimming outdoors, and flat bike rides.

REV3 Half Ironman Venice, FL:  This was today.  Solid training day and made some monies.  I did have a horrible swim, which sucks.  It just was not going well right from the start....no good explanation, but I think when I got dropped and was swimming solo I was probably swimming just a little crooked here and there :)  Anyhow, it was a solo mission on the bike...really, I only passed a couple people and only got passed by a couple.  TONS of turns and 180 degree turn-arounds which I really don't think are good for me, but I tried to be technical :) I got off in 9th I think and just wanted to finish the thing.  It was getting hot and I forgot my hand-held bottle so I was really noticing the distance between aid stations!  I was using all my normal cues, but I just couldn't muster the normal 1/2 speed that usually comes pretty easy.  Oh well, hung on and even passed a girl in the last mile to take 8th.  Maybe I can just run that speed twice for a full!!  

swim: 29min :/  bike: 2:28  run: 1:30 :/   overall 4:34 (I think)

GOING HOME and MORE!  I am excited to get home for a little bit of normal life :)  I've got 2 days then Mark and I are off to my girl Christine's wedding in Colorado next weekend. Then it's 10 days home before Ironman Cozumel where I get to celebrate a Mexican Thanksgiving for the seconds year in a row.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 Kona Hawaii Report

Well...we are FINALLY home from one of my favorite places to visit - Kona, Hawaii.  This was my 5th year going to the Big Island for the Ironman World Championships, and I can safely say we packed plenty of new experiences into this one!  I actually feel like I could be a tour guide or trip planner for Kona, I've got this down!  Maybe there will be more on that in the next post :)

If you are following me on twitter or instagram you have probably seen plenty of updates...but here are some of the highlights!

1.  Mark made it through his first Ironman race in Kona!  This was the main reason for actually being in Kona this year, so obviously this is a big one :)

Age-groupers getting in for the swim

Happy Campers at the Finish Line!

2.  We hiked --  After a winding drive around the north most point of the island,  I emerged from the back of the SUV slightly car-sick, but excited for a fun new place!  We made it to Pololu Valley where we  hiked down to the black sand beach and up the other side of the valley.  This was a super scenic hike anyone can do!

We also had a short hike up to an awesome view point at the visitor center at Mauna Kea - super steep and windy, but worth it!  Mauna Kea is a volcano standing 13,803 ft above 
sea level, its peak is the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

3. We swam with dolphins!  We hopped in Kayaks and traversed Kealakekua Bay to the Captain Cook monument....getting lucky with a couple pods of dolphins joining us on the way there and the way back!

4. We got 'stranded' for 2 extra days.  We first tried to leave on a red eye Thursday night.  After a dead battery, maintenance, and sitting/waiting on the plane for OVER 3 hours, our flight was cancelled.  After waiting in multiple lines, we made it to our new home at Waikoloa Village where they put us up for a couple days.  It was a pain to be up all night with a cancelled flight, but we certainly made the most of our 'bonus' days on the island :)

5.  Charter fishing boat!  We went out with Captain Shawn of the Night Runner, per a recommendation, and it did not disappoint!  They were all about catching as many fish as possible of all different types.

Check out a couple videos of the fun!

Thanks for reading and let me know if there are other things from Hawaii you want to hear about!!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ironman WI - My First IM WIN!!

WOW!  So I'm writing here about my first Ironman VICTORY, right here on my home turf in Madison, WI.  I'm so happy and thankful I don't know where to start!!

This year certainly started slowly - if you read any of my earlier blogs this year it was a long process getting back into 'race' shape and getting my run back up to speed.  Winning an Ironman was the farthest thing from my mind in February, where I could barely run a 7 minute mile!  I put in a lot of work this year, day in and day out, and even though I was tempted to try a earlier IM, I waited until Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT) in August.  At that race I felt it, I was ready.  My run was back and I my mind was strong to push through an Ironman.

This was my first time racing Ironman WI since 2010 (where I was an age-grouper and raced in prep for Kona that year) and it was just 3 weeks after IMMT, which would make it my shortest time between Ironman races.  In 2011 I raced Ironman Lake Placid and then 4 weeks later went on to have one of my best races at Ironman Louisville - putting up my fastest run (at the time) and somehow nabbing 2nd place.  So with that in mind, I was hopeful for this short turn around between races!

Ok- so I have a TON to say....but I'll go through the race quick here!
SWIM:  Love the 1 loop.  Don't mind the chop, as it favors 'swimmers' and usually leads to a larger gap from the 'non-swimmers'.  I got out hard (too hard) and was quickly in recovery mode - reminding myself I was in an Ironman and not a swim race :)  I settled it as much as I could w/the choppy conditions and found myself behind some feet that were just swimming all over the place!!  We did not swim straight AT ALL...BUT it's pretty crazy how swimming alone in a straight line is just way harder and no faster than drafting easy on some feet that just happen to be swimming a little whacky.  So I just went with it and had a fine swim.  At the last turn bouy I bailed on my crazy lead train and took a beeline to the finish, in hopes of losing as little time as possible to the lead girls.  Time: 57:00

BIKE:   I headed out 3rd female on the bike and was on a (controlled) mission to ride smart and not lose time on the ride.  I ride on feel, and the plan was to just push the bike harder than I normally do in Ironman.  I was feeling great, loved the support on the course, and knew it was going well when I was nearing the end of the first lap and wasn't getting passed by any women!  YAY!  So I kept on with the 'harder than usual' effort and stayed on the hydration/nutrition, just trusting that if I kept the fuel going in no matter how spent I felt at the end of the bike my fitness would take me through the run.  I certainly had some low points in the ride, like everyone, but just pushed them away and kept on the mission of finishing the ride strong.  Time: 5:27:30

RUN:  This is where you find out what you're made of.  This run happened to be one of the toughest IM runs I have had.  I thought I was coming off the bike in 3rd, but someone dropped out either at the end of the ride or in transition, so I was in 2nd, only 5-ish minutes down!  At that moment I was thinking 'oh man, I think I can do this!'.   So this run was interesting because I was pretty sure I would catch Malaika, however I knew there were strong runners coming from behind...and for the first part of the run I really didn't know how much space I had.  So goal 1 was to catch Malaika, then it was to maintain so I didn't get caught!!  It was a serious mind/body struggle, with my body wanting to stop SO BAD.  My legs have never felt that awful during a race.  I kept my mind from wandering and just kept at it, concentrating on nutrition and keeping 'steady'.  My newest saying is "just like this, all day long" which seems to work :)  Wow, so here is where I was SO THANKFUL to know so many people!  I took in each and every cheer and tried to truly BELIEVE what people were saying.  Each time someone told me I could do it, I tried to take that and literally run with it.   The last few miles were a mix of amazing and painful.  The crowd support was UNREAL and my legs were each like 50lb cement blocks :)  I was convinced I was running 11 minute miles (turns out I wasn't, but geeeez)!!  Time: 3:16
FINISH:  AMAZING!!!  I was told I had a 5 min lead on 2nd, but still found myself looking back in the finish shoot in complete disbelief that this was actually happening!!  I was greeted at the finish line by my Grandma Mary, Aunt Kiki and Mark :)  I was interviewed by Dave Erikson, the Madison Newspaper and taken to drug testing.  

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ironman Mont Tremblant Race Report - 9th Place

Another IM in the books and I'm happy to report that I'm seeing some improvements on the run and am optimistic for more improvement all around!!

This was my first trip up to Mont Tremblant, in beautiful Quebec, Canada.  I was lucky enough to be able to stay VERY close to race start with Marks college friend, Chris Boettcher.

Leading up to the race was nice and relaxed, getting in some easy swims, bikes and a run while getting comfortable in Mont Tremblant.  On Thursday I rode the short hilly out and back (which is at the end of each loop - map on right) and decided I for sure had the wrong cassette on my bike.  Now usually last minute bike changes are not a good idea, but when you have a 12/25 and it's challenging to climb when you're rested and only riding an hour it's for sure going to suck (be impossible) at the end of an ironman.  I took my bike straight on over to the Shimano tent and had them throw on an 11/28.  Best decision EVER.
Saturday morning swim 
Ok, we are ready!!  

Pulled out the red carpet for the Pro bike racks! 
AND our own personal transition chairs!

WAY at the end, but still a good spot :)

We got everything checked in on Saturday and decided all we had to do on Sunday was show up :)  The transition area was awesome, one of the nicest set-up's I have ever seen!!

Race day: 

SO thankful to be staying within walking distance to the start!!  No hassle with parking, we woke up, breakfast, and headed down the hill.  Threw our special needs bags in the buckets, pumped up tires, put bottles on the bike, and started the 10ish min walk to the swim start.
I think this is my 'YIKES!' face :)  Taken just a couple minutes before swim start.

Swim:  This race is a beach start, which makes me pretty nervous...I really like to avoid contact in the swim at all costs.  So, I let everyone go and swam a nice clear path :)  It worked...I found my friend Jess Smith's feet a couple buoys in and just hung out there for the whole swim.  Thinking in my head it might be a bit easy, but hey, Ironman is a long day and I want to be strong on the bike and run!  

Heading out on the bike!

Bike:  Best part about this was that they were handing out Honey Stinger Waffles...this was a surprise to me!   I love my nutrition plan, but also enjoy waffles during training...so I went with it :)  YUM.  Legs were alright, had some shining moments, but also plenty of 'blah' moments when getting passed by a few of the slower swimmers.  I just hung in there and kept it rollin' steady, and stayed on top of eating drinking.  It is such a different day out there depending where you start the race, can be pretty lonely for much of the ride and it's tough seeing the packs of people on the opposite side of the road.   Just gotta put the head down and ride!  5:22

Run: Here is where I was looking to really be strong and test myself.  This is the first race since 2011 that I have really been able to train the run correctly (no injury, etc.).  I felt pretty great most of the time.  It was fun not having mile markers or any real idea of pace, or at first, how many K's I had to go :)  I just ran along at what felt like a solid clip and worked on keeping form in tact.  I know I can be faster here and am excited to keep pushing the limits!!   3:13

Overall, I am happy with this race.  It was a strong field, as it was the North American Ironman Championships, as well as the last big point race for the pro's.  It's tough to leave empty handed (one spot out the money) but is very motivating to keep working and improving.  I want to race where the competition is strong, but may mix in a little more 'cherry picking' next year :)  

9th place woman overall, 9:38:09.  

BIG HUGE THANKS to my friends and sponsors for being there for me.  Namely:  Mark, Timex, Endurance House, QR, Powerbar, Shimano (the Di2 shifting on the bullhorns was KEY on this course), Tri-Bike Transport, Rudy Project, Champion System, Nathan Hydration, Cliff English Coaching, Blue Seventy, Speed Cycling
Cracked a smile in the finish chute :)  Always feels good to run in strong!
Done... and pretty happy about it.

Great to see the town from up high :) LOVE this place!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

IM Mont Tremblant

Well, I'm sitting here in Mont Tremblant, Quebec Canada and finally feel like getting a blog out!  I don't really know what to say or think about this Ironman that's looming....somehow almost a year between this distance race is just too long for me!

Here's what I CAN say:

- I have come a LONG way since training camp in February.  I built my run up slowly and carefully and am finally getting back to decent form here.  Just sticking to the consistent work day in and day out, and not forcing the racing before I'm ready, has allowed me to have a nice fitness progression.

- I have a fire in my belly to race and my body is capable.  I felt it for the first time this year in Racine.  The legs were working and I was able to actually race.  I still have a lot of improvement to do on the bike, but it's coming around.

- I have a great support system in Madison and LOVE my busy life.  I am finally in a place where I am enjoying all parts of life and am truly grateful for everything and everyone that is a part of it.

It's been a relaxing afternoon working on my computer here in a little bed and breakfast outside of town.  I may not have done much 'race prep' today, but there is something to be said about getting the travel done and having a couple days to settle into where you are racing.  I took today completely off of exercise and it feels awesome :)

Hope you are having a great week!!  I gotta run, the guy at the front desk, who is also the owner, and the chef, just made me some sausages for dinner.  I will have some pictures to post as the week goes....stay tuned.


Monday, July 15, 2013


Hi Friends!!

Wow, summer is busy!  So much coaching, swimming, biking, running, camping, grilling, and fun I have just not gotten around to posting.  SO, what's the update?

1.  Triathlon - training has been going well and I think I have crawled out of the depths of out of shape-ness and am starting to get back into my groove!  I am racing Racine 70.3 this weekend, which I would really consider the kick-off of some bigger races for the year.  After that it's Ironman Mont Tremblant Aug 18, Ironman WI Sept 8th, and either IM Florida or Cozumel at the end of the year.   Whew, I will be a tired girl come December!!  But man do I love racing :)

Love this girl!  Whitney and me after Kansas 70.3...she rocked it, I got the cobwebs out...

2.  Coaching - I've been busy this summer w/ Open water swim training, individual coaching, and the Fourier Fitness Youth Tri Team

This is the 3rd year for Tri-Swim Madison open water group and we just keep growing.  It really becomes a close-knit group and I am so happy to spend the early mornings and evenings with such fun people.

Plenty of time in the Kayak and on the Paddleboard this summer! 
For individual coaching I partnered with Endurance House this year to be able to provide more group workout opportunities as well as store discounts and a real team atmosphere.  I have a great group of athletes and have enjoyed getting to know each person better and work toward goals.  It's crazy how much you become invested in your athletes as a coach, and I'm excited (and nervous) every time they race!

The youth tri team is a new adventure for me this summer.  The team has 25 members, ages 10-15, and meets twice a week for practice. Our team races are coming up quick:
August 10 
Oregon Kids Tri, Oregon

August 17 
Tri 4 Schools, Middleton

August 24 
IronKids Madison

3.  Other stuff-  I have an amazing boyfriend and we have been just doing as much as we can this summer!  It's great to have someone with a similar lifestyle and goals to spend time and go on adventures with.  We are pretty much packing up my car to the brim each weekend and heading out to race, camp, spend time with family, or sometimes all 3!!  I am a lucky girl :)

THANKS for reading and I hope to see you at the races or out training!!  There will be many race reports coming soon :)