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rain 72 °F

Two Days - Two Races

'"Escape the Cape Sprint"
June 4th
1st female
10th overall / 590

Support crew of the day - Love these kids!! (Understatement)

"Ludlow Sprint"
June 5th
3rd place female

June 12th Race
1st place female.
4th overall.

  • So many good people (thanks to Lauren, Bridge, and Gainer for cheering me on, hugging me even though I was sweaty and loving me despite my crazy head for being a little mad that I didn't break into the top three. Big special love to my Pepe' for coming - there is something about making your family proud that means so so much)
  • *Some footage of T2 - heading out for the run.
  • And BIG HUGE hollers to Erin, Adam, Kate, Mike, Seth & My pops for racing...yikes there were so many familiar faces...Brett & Paula, a ton of clients from the shop, old high school swim buddies......so much good energy.
  • Ran 6ish miles with Gainer @ the resevoir after the race, then spent the day playing on the brand new ropes course and BBQ-ing with staff. PARADISO BABY.

Was pretty awesome to do some races back to back...
I am however definitely ready for more international distance races, enough sprints already!

Advice of the day:
Always have breakfast....
& make it a really classy experience.

Do what you love. (& the rest will fall into place)

Northeast Regional Champs = TOMORROW
Philadelphia Toyota Cup Series Event - 8 days
USAT Nationals - 2 months 2 days

Here's to peace, ultegra cranksets and FACT carbon,

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"Plan B is.....

....that there is no Plan B"

rain 50 °F

"The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost." George Shultz

Happy Tuesday
I wore heels to work today, and thought to myself "hmm...it's nice to get dressed up just because...." that temporary moment of reflection was interrupted when I realized in the car that I was A. still wearing my heart rate monitor B. roadID bracelet was on my other wrist and that C. I had subconsiously put on my compression calf sleeves underneath my skinny jeans....while laughing at myself I pegged a HUGE pothole which hurled my coffee onto the floor and coincidentally the boots that started this whole thought process. Ha. Oh well. Happy Tuesday!

Have been having some really good training days in the pool lately and other venues of life are good. I <3 my roomie, and our outrageously inappropriate conversations / explosive laughter episodes which according to the old, single ladies who neighbor us...probally occur far too frequently. Miss Deely is still the cutest yellow lab on the face of the planet. All my swimmers at work are getting rather beastly, I'm pretty proud of them and their progress. The OWLs are inexplicably cool and summer staff / plans are epic. Kayak demo for the shop (www.weu.com) went really well - over 80 different boats for people to try on the water. I registered for 5150 US championships elite amateur (umm...first place is 5 grand and a new car!?!)...and Bridget is going to come with me.....to Iowa!

Pro women in T2 (Transition from Bike to Run) @ Last years Hy-Vee Race

Oh and running in the rain is pure bliss.
End blabbering recap 101.

The Ten Commandments of Racing
1. Train Hard
2. Make Sacrifices
3. Make Positive Choices
4. Seek your potential
5. Set High Goals
6. Relax Under Pressure
7. Attack Pain
8. Push the Pace
9. Live in Balance
10. Run To Win

Recent Results
Mothers Day 1/2 Marathon -
2nd Place = 1:35:38


Stanley 5ks
Week #1 = 19:24
Week #2 - 19:31

Upcoming Things of Excitement
Northfield Mountain 10k - May 21st Saturday

Memorial Day Weekend = 4 days of Maine, Whitewater, Hiking, Campfires and Good People.

June 4th - Cape Cod Sprint

  • Really excited for this one, a huge crew of my OWLs are coming out to watch me race! (And then of course play on the beach all day!)

June 5th - Ludlow Sprint

Quote of the Day:
"Obsession....is just another word to describe the passionate, unwaivering determination someone has to reach their highest, truest potential"

Mindset of the year
"I ain't settlin' for anything less than everything....."

Here's to peace, greek yogurt & blue macaws,

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St. Anthonys 2011

sunny 65 °F

It's amazing how much growth can happen in just one year.....
A baby panda will go from 3 1/2 ounces to over 75 pounds.
A tulip poplar will grow about 18 inches.

Babies will triple their birth weight, grow ten inches, hear/see as well as an adult and start to walk.

These are all very cool facts - and damn, if we really think about how much can happen in the course of a year it's mind blowing.
Really. What were you doing a year ago? Where did you think you're life would be in a year, or two?
We can plan and prepare for what we think we want, but the truth is that life just has a way of happening.
It is such a crazy, sweet and beautiful thing.

BBUUTTTTT what really gets me going right now is that with one year of time, energy,
dedication and training my St. Anthony race time went from a 2:32 and change to a 2:12.

Event Overview
Sunday May 1st
7:08am my waves start
3,125 finishers
994 females (non-professional)

Video of my waves start. All women 15-29 years old. 165 +/-
I'm in the front row, right corner - not that you can see me at all. (*4th +/- out of the water)

  • Southeast regional championships
  • Qualifier for 5150 US Championships in September
  • One of the deepest seeded pro fields in the country.

- Sarah Haskins - 1st place professional female

Sunrise over the swim start

The Race
1,000 meter swim*
1/4 mile run into transition*
40K bike
10K run

  • slightly modified course because of strong winds and rough ocean conditions.

Heading into T2

2:12:19 Total Time
1st out of 104 in 25-29 year age group
17th woman out of 994
I would have been 15th in the elite amateur division out of 32....still lots of work to be done.

Loaded up with goodies

Qualified for age-group elite 5150 championships (back to iowa.....)
This race is slated to be the most competitive age group race in the country - even offering cash prizes. HOLLER!

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We cleaned up nice for dinner.............. (as long as you don't look at my feet)

Next Event:
1/2 Marathon - May 8th in Whately, MA

Quote of the Day:
If you are tough enough any road is flat.

Here's to peace, flying mounts and neosporin,

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1st place, Page 112, & Odwalla

sunny 70 °F

Race Recap:
Wrentham Duathlon: 3.1 mile run, 11 mile bike, 2 mile run
There really is nothing like getting up at 5am, to drive two hours for a race. It makes the season feel like it really is here. Which it is. Ahh. YES!
A competitive field showed up at Wrentham – even though the forecast was sketchy. I set out strong running a 5:56 mile, then settled into a more sustainable pace – crossing into T1 first with a 19:31 (my fasted by 14 seconds). The bike was FUN! Cat and moused with another woman for most of the ride, until ¾ through when I made a break. It felt so good to cross that finish line first, I want more of that. A lot more.

Spreading the Odwalla L-O-V-E
Afterwards I got to sample out a ton of Odwalla bars. It was awesome to chat about a great company / product with a ton of hardworking and devoted athletes – many of whom were new to the Odwalla world. Plus it is really rewarding to promo a company who is so supportive and amazing to their athletes.


Triathlete Magazine
Page 112 (and Page 122) May edition

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No more to be said. (Other than FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC)

St. Anthonys Tri: 8 Days

Quote of the day:
“It doesn’t get easier, but you do get faster.”

Here’s to Peace, laying in the grass and pearl izumi,

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Balance. Focus. Speed.

The quest for all three

rain 45 °F

"The season has officially started hasn't it Paul"
"Man...I guess its time to start getting ready for the season now huh Jim?"
"Wow Mary, that off-season went by quick, time to dust off the swim cap..."
"I can't believe its been 5 months out of the water..."

Select dialog from the Y pool deck as I watch the new group of Cyclonauts / triathletes find their way to open lanes.I smile inside a little bit as I think about how many of these folks are just starting their training season.....I started in December.

What was deemed 'Pre-Season' HAS shifted into 'THE-Season' however.
Really cranking up now, and races are starting fill a majority of the weekends from here on out....until October?

Clermont Swim Start

Assorted Highlights:
Rode 60 on Saturday - I had let myself get a bit distracted for a while so I headed out that morning with the goal of piling on miles until I regained some mental focus on what my goals and direction are. Got back from the ride in the need of some more miles so I ran a quick 10. Feeling much better - I crashed hard that night and was in bed by 9:30. Glorious.

Opted to run the half marathon in Westfield a couple weeks ago.
My per mile pace for those 13 miles was faster than what I was pacing a 10k at this time last year. Yeahhhh. Super stoked.
I think I'm going to find a marathon to do once tri season is over.....TBA

Started speed workouts again. I'm certain that those 40 minutes were comparable to how hell would feel.
Despite the absolute mental and physical shredding that occured, it was good to be on the track again.

Went to the New England Triathlon Expo at MIT in Cambridge a few weeks back. Some great clinics, free swag and good knowledge. I broke down and bought a pair of Five Finger 'shoes'. Updates on the barefoot / minimalist running experience are sure to follow.
So far I am just enjoying the looks I get from the senior water fitness ladies I see in the locker room.

Little miss muffin tops....almost two years ago.
Who would have thought that she can run about 4 miles on trails holding a 7:15 / mile pace.
Not bad for a little stumpy girl.

Wrentham Duathlon - 5 days

St. Anthonys Triathlon - 19 Days

St. Anthony crew from 2010 - So much <3 for these ladies!!

Quotes of the moment:

"Whatever it takes - get it done"

"Sometimes you must lose your balance in order to live a balanced life" E. Gilbert

"I ain't got time for halfway, I ain't got time for half-assed.....
you've just got to jump into the center, you've just got to launch your attack" Ani D.

Here's to peace, t-shirts and mountain tops,

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