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?
I've eaten too much leftover Halloween candy. Bia hasn't moved from where I left her after the race, front tire askew against the basement wall. I dust off my bikes every now and then and spin the pedals, but they haven't moved more than that. I feel like I've abandoned Ikaika and Bia. I struggle … Continue reading Post Ironman Blues
The Surry Century Ride on September 8 was my second century ride of the summer while training for Ironman Chattanooga. My friend, Catrina, suggested the ride because it was perfect timing in our training schedules--she's training for Ironman Maryland the day before Ironman Chattanooga. This ride is in it's 26th year in rural Surry, Virginia … Continue reading Surry Century Ride
Cleveland is my home town, so when USAT decided to hold Nationals for 2018 there, I was beyond thrilled. Two of my athletes were also competing as well, which meant that a trip to Cleveland was in order. If I'm not participating, I love to be a spectator for these events. The weather leading … Continue reading USAT Nationals
When I first started the sport of triathlon, I had little knowledge of triathlon terminology. I asked what some of these terms meant if I didn't know, or I requested an explanation in conversation. Below is a list of basic triathlon lingo and definitions. There are many more, so if you have a favorite, please … Continue reading Basic Triathlon Terms
This little gymnast did her second triathlon over the Independence Day holiday in Cambridge, MD, where Ironman Maryland is held, with her BFF from Norfolk, VA. She's done more than her fair share of 5Ks, and even though triathlon is not her main sport, she can still hold her own in a race with swift … Continue reading Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon
I kind of see the sport of triathlon as mid-life crisis sport because it's so freaking expensive. TT bikes, aero helmets, designer tri kits, fancy bike shoes--all of that costs lots of money brand spankin' new. And it's nothing short of intimidating to see athletes donned in full tri gear when you have a … Continue reading Triathlon on the Cheap
So, which shoe is better for you: triathlon shoes or road shoes? As a triathlete, I'm all about the gear that goes along with the sport, but I am also frugal when it comes to dropping my paycheck on unnecessary accoutrements. Yes, I have a road bike and a TT bike, but I bought them … Continue reading Tri Shoes or Road Shoes?
For bike rides, there are a few essentials that you should have with you in your saddle bag, just in case of a flat or to fix something on your bike when things go wrong. If you're prepared, you'll be able to correct the problem and continue on your ride. Spare tubes. You'll need these … Continue reading What’s in Your Saddle Bag?
Yes, that's my road bike, Bia, off the trainer and appearing to be dead on the basement floor. I had an hour and a half ride planned, my podcast was ready to go, I logged into Zwift, and set my watch to view my heart rate. About ten minutes into the ride when my heart … Continue reading How to Change a Flat Tire