I Left Haboobs for Flash Flooding

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The best way to learn is from experience, which is why we decided to add a non-draft race in New Orleans to my schedule two and a half weeks before the race. We put clip-on aerobars on my road bike, and I packed up my bags and headed to the Big Easy to make both my professional and my Olympic …

Professionality, Mixed Relaying, and the Interim

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It has been awhile since my last post and a ton has happened since then! Before diving into some quick race recaps, let me give some context to these events. A big highlight of recent weeks is when I earned my elite triathlon license in the Clermont Draft Legal EDR races on March 1st and 2nd, and then racing in …

The Business of Becoming a Professional Athlete

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A goal of the program I am currently involved in is to teach up-and-coming triathletes how to live like a professional triathlete. Last week, I got to experience two new and important facets of that lifestyle for the first time. The first of these experiences is one that is wholly critical to the survival of any professional athlete – sponsorship! …

Backwards and forwards are not mutually exclusive

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Nor do they necessarily indicate that things are stuck in neutral. Although we are not far into 2014, I’ve already learned this lesson. I hate to say that I’ve learned this lesson the hard way because it is both encouraging and discouraging. I started out my New Year with both a major highlight and a major lowlight. Our team started …

Lessons of 2013

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2013 was a year of change and lessons. It is hard to believe that only a year ago (actually, less than a year) that I was counting down the days to the end of my competitive swimming career and the end of the pursuit of my undergraduate degree. I am amazed to reflect back at how much my life has …

Winter is not Coming

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When the cold weather began to roll into Colorado Springs, my training group packed up our cars and headed south to Phoenix to spend the winter training in the warmth and sunshine. After a long day in the car – which included nearly running out of gas in the middle of nowhere – we found ourselves in a beautiful house …

Comparing OTCs

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My (short) first triathlon season ended in September after the Crescent Moon Triathlon. My time since has been spent training, breaking, and rebuilding. The highlight of my time since then was a trip to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California a week ago. As a resident of the Colorado Springs OTC, I naturally found myself comparing the two. …

Race Recap: I Didn’t Wake Up at 4:30 to Quit

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Yesterday’s race, the Crescent Moon Triathlon, is the closest I’ve ever come to a DNF. The Front Range corridor of Colorado received over half our annual average of rainfall in a three day period, which lowered the water temperature of the reservoir significantly. In several areas, this rain also caused extreme flooding, which has unfortunately affected and displaced thousands. I …

Race Recap: I Can Do This

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Today’s race is dedicated to my Grandma Violet who passed away on August 12th. After a rough night’s sleep filled with vivid dreams of my bike handlebars falling off during transition, I awoke at 4 am to head down to Cherry Creek Reservoir for my first triathlon, Athleta Iron Girl. After warming up on the course for all three disciplines, …

Leap of Faith

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Not long ago I was making plans that revolved around cross country, grad school, and another year at Villanova. However, plans change. Instead of returning to Villanova for my grad degree and final year of NCAA eligibility, I have decided to take a leap of faith and remain at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to pursue my craziest …