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 …

Life at the OTC

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If it makes sense, life at the OTC has its routine, but there is still room for variety. The tri program I am a part of usually starts the day with time to grab a quick snack in the dining hall before our 7:30 swim in the indoor 50m pool. We follow our swim with a big (but quick) breakfast …

Rosetta Stone: Triathlon

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about triathlons and some of the terminology I’ve been using on my blog, so I decided to take a stab at explaining some terms that I have used or may use in the future. Keep in mind that I’m still learning myself and I have yet to compete in a triathlon – concepts …

Community

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As I near the halfway point of my summer residency at the OTC one of the things I’m most excited about is that I have developed ties to the triathlon/OTC community. I am fortunate in more ways than I even realize to be starting out in this sport at the OTC with a phenomenal group of athletes, coaches, and staff …

Fresh

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I’m in a new place. I’m doing new things. I love it. Even the old things feel fresh. Since arriving in the Springs I’ve done four runs that have been at least 98% on dirt trails. Getting off the roads and the bike paths I frequent at school and at home has proved to be invigorating. Even the change in …

Tri Time

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Monday is moving day! I’ll be headed down to the OTC in Colorado Springs  to tri (pun intended) something new. After a break from the pool, I relied on Coach Andrew and his team, the Front Range Barracuda Swim Club, to get me back to swim fitness. The Cudas train in the beautiful 50m pool at Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC). …