Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Boulder Sunset Olympic Triathlon

Below are some pics from the Boulder Sunset Triathlon 10 days ago. Since my hamstring injury in the spring, I've been gradually moving up in race distance so it was nice to have the chance to do a local Olympic distance race, and one that didn't start until 10:30am on a Saturday!

The race went well and I won my age division (there was no pro race), but more importantly, I was able to be there to support one of my closest friends, Uta Pippig, who was doing her first triathlon. Uta is a former 3 x Boston Marathon winner, 3 x Berlin Marathon winner, New York City Marathon winner and 2 x Olympian for Germany. She has been of great support to me over the last 4 years since we met while both doing rehab in Vail in 2012 - she for a hamstring surgery, and I post-op bilateral hip labral repairs. She has given me ongoing support, advice and motivation over the last 4 years and has taught me that if you have the courage to dream, anything is possible.

Anyway! Uta did amazingly well in her first triathlon, placing 2nd in the sprint tri in her age group and of course, killing everyone on the run. I was so proud of her and can you imagine how fast she will be when she does more than 5 bike rides and a few swims to prepare for a race?;)

Next up, I'm leaving Boulder in 3 wks and heading to Kona to support some of my sponsors, do a training camp on the Big Island, and watch the Ironman World Championships. I'll head back to San Diego from Boulder mid October, and then get ready for another triathlon or two (still to be determined pending my hamstring), and the World 6hr TimeTrial Championships in Borrego Springs on November 5th.

Onwards and Upwards!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Boulder Sprint Tri

Happy to finish 2nd female and 11th overall at the Boulder Sprint Triathlon today (750m swim/28km bike/5km run). "Fun" waking up the fast twitch fibers, but yikes, I forgot how hard short races are!

Congrats to Amy Quirion from Boulder on the win and Sally Wang from Taiwan on taking 3rd.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Back in Boulder for the Summer!

Let's see, what have I been up to since my last blog post back in....ahem....January? It's been a busy winter and spring of training, rehabbing a hamstring injury, expanding my coaching business (https://www.facebook.com/DieselEnduranceCoaching/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel), doing photo shoots for my triathlon race kit and clothing sponsor, Wattie Ink, and then two weeks ago driving from San Diego to Boulder for the summer.

Boulder is my favorite place in the world to train, and this will be my fourth summer here. I'm back training with the JD Crew and my coach Julie Dibens, getting used to the altitude, and getting ready for a great summer of training and racing. It's already been an awesome couple of weeks of riding in the mountains (pedaling alongside Tyler Hamilton for about 30 seconds last Wednesday), running on my favorite endless trails, and back swimming at Rally Sport where Julie's workouts leave me barely able to crawl out of the pool by the time practice is over. Hopefully this will improve when I get used to the altitude....that's my excuse for now anyway.;-)

Onwards and Upwards to a great summer ahead! 

Wattie Ink photo shoot

Back in Boulder enjoying the quite roads and sunshine.

Rally Sport in Boulder, my home away from home.

The friendly neighborhood deer that roam the streets of Boulder.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 Sponsors

I'd like to thank all of my returning sponsors for 2016 : Cervelo, First Endurance, TYR, Wattie Ink, SRAM and Saucony. I'm especially excited to be riding SRAM eTap wireless on my Cervelo P3 this season. I've been waiting for this for a long time and it will make changing gears soooo much easier! Here's to a great 2016!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy 2016!

Looking forward to a great 2016! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Austin 70.3

I raced Austin 70.3 over the weekend - a race I've wanted to do for a long time - and it lived up to its reputation of being one of the most challenging half Ironmans in North America. The bike course was on beautiful country roads outside of Austin with an endless number of rolling hills and some short challenging climbs, and the run was a hilly 3 lap course mixed with cross country trails. Definitely one of the harder races I've done in a long time!

Since pulling my hamstring in the middle of the summer, I’ve had to make some changes to my race schedule, and so I was very happy to be back on the start line again before the end of the season. I had a good swim coming out of the water in 8th place out of 25 pro women, and a solid bike coming into run transition in 11th place. The lack of run training over the summer took its toll on the run, but I was happy to hang onto 15th place with some exceptionally strong runners in the field.

Next up, it’s back to San Diego for a short off season break, and then back to training to get ready for an early start to the 2016 race season.

A special thanks to my awesome coach Julie Dibens and my training group in Boulder as well as to my sponsors TYR, Cervelo, First Endurance, Fuel Belt and Saucony.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer in the Mountains

I've been in Boulder now for almost 6 weeks, and training has been going great so far. I switched coaches this year to be coached by Julie Dibens, and it's been great to be back in a group environment having regular contact with a coach and training with other athletes who are working hard day in and day out.

A couple of weeks ago, I did the 5km Carter Lake Crossing and came 4th in the women - one place out of winning money, but a great swim workout. Swimming 5k in a pool with regular breaks is really different than swimming open water in a race and always hoping that the other side of the lake is not tooooo far off!

The bike training in Boulder is also amazing. There are no shortage of open roads or long mountain climbs, and I love heading off on my bike knowing that I can do a 4 or 5 hour ride and not have any traffic lights. Riding up on the Peak to Peak Highway at 10,000 ft of elevation or climbing up to Estes Park at 7,500 ft are two rides that I'll never get tired of.