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 …

Super Superlatives

Summer Cook

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

Summer Cook

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

Summer Cook

‘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. …