Repairs are sometimes upgrades

Summer Cook

​I actually had something different (read: more fun) written as a season wrap up (maybe I’ll still publish it because I do like it), but I realized that it wasn’t an appropriate summary of my year. I don’t want to be one of the people who hide behind peppy metaphors or pretty pictures that disguise the truth. It’s dishonest to …

“Autumn” Beach Racing

Summer Cook

Alanya ​Alanya is a place of firsts for me! Last year, Alanya was home to my first World Cup. This year, home to my first World Cup podium! The day I left for Turkey, over 100 people were killed in a bombing at a peace rally in the capital city of Ankara. Though Ankara is not near Alanya (300+ miles) …

An Island Adventure

Summer Cook

​After a tough past few races, I was excited to have the chance to race again in Cozumel, Mexico. It was my first time in Cozumel and I could tell right away that it was something special. Watching schools of colorful fish while swimming in crystal clear water is a luxury that I wish I could experience more often. Spending …

World Triathlon Winterfell

Summer Cook

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything! I didn’t do a lot of racing this summer for various reasons and I honestly wasn’t at all thrilled with my last race in Hungary. I was ecstatic to roll onto the start list for my second WTS event in Edmonton, Alberta a little less than two weeks out from the race. While …

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#LegDay ITU Dallas Style

Summer Cook

I had gone back and forth about racing Dallas for a bit. On one hand, I raced poorly enough in Dallas last year that I had no desire to ever return again. On the other hand, there aren’t too many races this time of year. Opportunities are limited and I wanted to get a race in. The desire to race …

Rice and Racing

Summer Cook

I saw this quote shortly after my accident and I decided to write it down. I think its a pretty accurate metaphor and my recent experiences proved it. Anyway, after somehow making it through a challenging couple of weeks I got onto a plane to Asia feeling relatively confident and excited to race. Chengdu 成都大步骤 I was actually a little …

Picking Myself Up Off the Pavement

Summer Cook

Some of you may know by now, but I got hit by a vehicle on a training ride about two weeks ago. I’m pretty much fine but my bike, not so much. I won’t go into details about the accident but I will say the following: I was hit from behind on a neighborhood road and the driver initially left …

Floridian Fun in the Sun

Summer Cook

Clermont Last year I earned my elite card in the Clermont EDR races. This was the first time I’ve gotten to go back to a course that I’ve raced on previously, and wow, what a difference a year makes. Either the turns got wider or I got better at cornering 😉 The beginning of my race was LOL worthy. The …

1 for 1 in 2015

Summer Cook

Spoiler alert: I won a triathlon! I knew training had been going well and I was excited to start racing. (I was also excited because a Saturday race meant no mile repeats at Rancho Penasquitos.)  I was 100% confident that I was better at swimming, biking, and running than ever before in my life. I could also take confidence from …

What I’ve Been Up To

Summer Cook

It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy working to get ready for 2015 and haven’t had much time for an update. Here’s a quick run down of the  things that I’ve been up to. 1) I joined the Triathlon Squad. I now live in San Diego, more specifically Powadise, and bask in the California sunshine on a daily …