Tongyeong and Miyazaki World Cups

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Tongyeong World Cup This was my second trip to Tongyeong. After last year’s win, I had fond memories of the town and the course and was excited to return to race. After my crazy September racing schedule, I felt pretty run down for most of my October training block. As my coach promised, I would come around and the first …

Super League Triathlon: Jersey

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After following the first Super League Triathlon event in Hamilton Island, Australia in March that was men’s only, I was hoping that I would get an invite when the female field was added and I was thrilled when it came through. The Super League Jersey event lived up to the hype!  SLT kept us busy before the races. We had …

Rotterdam Grand Final

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After a week and a half spent training in Tuscany, I headed to Rotterdam for the Grand Final. While there is no single day “worlds” event for the senior elite athletes, the Grand Final weekend includes world championships for age group athletes, juniors, and U23 athletes. For senior elites, the Grand Final is one of the most important races in …

Karlovy Vary World Cup

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My race in Karlovy Vary was my first time back in the Czech Republic since my study abroad trip to Prague in 2011. KV is one of the prettiest places I have ever visited. The main part of the city is a promenade along the thermal river in a valley. Once you got off the main promenade in any direction …

Yucatan World Cup

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Yucatan World Cup was one of the more logistically interesting races that I’ve done. The host hotel in Merida, where I and the rest of the USAT were staying, was located 35km up the freeway from Puerto Progreso. Due to extreme heat and humidity, which should have surprised exactly zero athletes when they signed up to race in Mexico in …

WTS Edmonton

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I was really frustrated coming off of WTS Hamburg. Part of my performance was of my own making, but circumstances outside of my control exacerbated my poor result. Without going into too much detail, it would probably surprise people that Edmonton was the worst I’ve felt on a start line all year. For reasons that later made sense, I found …

Banyoles Camp and Altafulla European Cup

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After my DNS in Leeds, I headed down to Banyoles, Spain for training camp. Banyoles is about 90 minutes north of Barcelona and 30 miles south of France. The town is pretty small, but is a paradise for cyclists with quiet roads that wind through the hills and a lake that is perfect for open water swimming. It took a …

Yokohama WTS

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Yokohama is one of my favorite races and I was thrilled to be headed back this year. Yokohama was my very first WTS race back in 2015, so the race is a little extra special for me as it always proves to be an opportunity to measure my progress and realize how far I’ve come in the last few years.  …

New Plymouth World Cup & Gold Coast WTS

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New Plymouth New Plymouth is one of my favorite places and a pleasure to visit. I love the rolling hills, the rocky seaside, the coffee, the people, and the pace of life. I think I might be a kiwi at heart 😉 Much to everyone’s surprise, the water was a “20.2” non-wetsuit swim (20 degrees is the cutoff) on a …

Super Superlatives 2016

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I did similar posts for the 2014 and 2015 season, and it’s time for another edition. Its quite entertaining for me to look back on the year and reflect on some of my favorite parts and also laugh at some of the horrible/absurd things that happened. Here is the 2016 edition of my superlatives:   Best moment – Winning Edmonton …