Lake Erie from Edgewater Park in Cleveland, OH during USAT Nationals on August 9, 2018 Lake Erie in Cleveland is known for its fickle ways, changing from smooth as glass to a washing machine of waves in a short amount of time, bringing with it sudden changes in weather. Any local will tell you to … Continue reading Visualization and the Athlete
Ever since I got into the sport of triathlon, I've heard other athletes ask me if I plan to have a "Sherpa" for my first Ironman, and if so what that "Sherpa" would do. This has always rattled me because it reeks of cultural appropriation. How can I possibly call my husband and family my … Continue reading Why Using “Sherpa” is Cultural Appropriation
A chill hangs in the morning air like the cherry trees heavy with blossoms. I still have my puffy winter coat zipped up to my chin, hands buried in my pockets, and my swimming backpack, laden with wet towels and gear, rides low on my back. My hair is still wet from the swim, but … Continue reading On Recovery and Rest
If you have a need for speed in the pool, then this workout is for you. When I swam competitively, my favorite events included the 50 and 100 free after suffering through the 500 free at swim meets during my entire first season. Unlike my swimming buddies, I'm still learning to love distance and am … Continue reading Speed Swim Workout
My shoes did get muddy from the trail... I planned on going for a solitary run around my favorite trail. With the recent rains, I thought it would be muddy and considered taking another route when I noticed a guy running down my street towards me. "He's a runner," I thought. I'll ask him about … Continue reading Be Kind
Are you excited? Because I'm super excited! Own Way Apparel is in the process of designing triathlon kits for V Formation Multisport that will be ready to go in the spring and just in time for triathlon season. The store will have the following triathlon gear: Sleeveless Tri Kits in one and two piecesSleeved Tri … Continue reading Team Store Coming Soon!
It's 4:30am, and my alarm is going off for the third time. I set it for three different times in case I accidentally turn one of the alarms off. 4:03am. 4:20am (because it's funny for this former high school teacher who's students got a kick out of this particular number and begged to write the … Continue reading What Motivates You?
Darkness arrives unannounced just as I begin to make dinner. I didn't ask darkness to come over or darkness' friend, freezing cold weather, but they sat down at the table anyway so I set extra places because what could I do? Shortly after dinner I fall asleep on the sofa under a blanket because it … Continue reading Almost 2019
12 Days of Christmas Workout1x300 swim2x50 drill3x100s Individual Medley4x100s as swim, kick, pull, swim5x50s sprints on 1:006x75s IMO (no free) kick, drill, swim by 25s7x100s on 2:00 FAP8x25s as streamline kick and swim on :3510x kicks for 3 strokes for 1x10011x25s IMO with free12x 10 seconds Vertical Kicking in deep endMerry Christmas! I'm late with … Continue reading Holiday Swim Workouts
I started taking measurements once I stopped taking a medication that was causing some weight gain even with Ironman training and cleaning up my diet. I reached a weight I never thought I would see, but there it was on the scale: 152 lbs. on my 5'4" frame. I train over ten hours a week, … Continue reading Forget the Scale