Picking Myself Up Off the Pavement

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Super Superlatives

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In the interests of being a cliché triathlete blogger, here are some superlative moments from my 2014 season. Best moment: Finally riding in the lead pack for the entire race in Monterrey and the huge sense of relief, happiness,  and accomplishment I felt after getting off the bike there. Doing the same in Alanya and Cartagena was huge for me. …

Season Capoff in Cartagena

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The weekend of the 12th, I trekked down to Cartagena, Colombia for my last race of the season. Cartagena was my third race in Latin America this year, and although these races seem to be unpredictable in many ways, having the opportunity to take in the vibrant culture has been exciting. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year …

Turkish Delight

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‘Tis not a story of a boy who ate too much Turkish Delight from a White Witch and as such becomes willing to betray his siblings for MORE Turkish Delight (and to become a Prince, but us food motivated people know Turkish Delight is what Edmund really wanted). If that’s the story you seek, C.S. Lewis has got you covered. …

THREE RACES, FOUR DAYS.

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Last week, I competed in an Olympic Distance race in Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday and a pair of Super Sprint races in Las Vegas on Thursday in prelim/final format. MONTERREY – NOT THE MEXICO YOU ARE THINKING OF If I had to choose one word to describe Monterrey, I would choose slippery. Everything imaginable was slippery. The swim took place …

The GOOD, the BAD, and the …

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Kelowna was my second fourth place finish of the summer. I was frustrated to miss the podium (again), but I had many positive process points so it’s tough to be too disappointed in the race! THE ALMOST UGLY I got off to a great start on the swim, but disaster nearly struck when I turned after the second buoy on …

Racing in the Magical Land of Tim Horton’s

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I headed up to Canada for a pair of races this month and had two of my best triathlon results to date! Toronto The race in Toronto also doubled as the test event for next summer’s Pan American Games. The course was urban and took place on some of the most beautifully paved roads I had ever seen. Both the …