Are you a Fish? 5 Tips to Get Started Swimming

Five Tips to Swim Like a Fish

The first sport in triathlon is swimming.  They say that you can’t win a race on the swim, but you could lose it.  I’m grateful that I grew up swimming, so I’ve always been pretty comfortable on being in the water and that I’m somewhat efficient in getting from point A to point B.  However […]

Ironman Louisville Race Report: Swim

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On Sunday, August 24, 2014 I became an Ironman! It started early that morning, with a wakeup call at 4 AM to eat breakfast and begin hydrating for the day.  After getting dressed, Mike & I headed out to transition so I could add my bottles & nutrition to the bike, and then head over for […]

New Orleans 70.3 Relay Race Report

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This weekend had the perfect start to my newest race-cation! (I’ve had a history of these:  Disney Princess, Las Vegas, Amsterdam… to name a few)  This time, New Orleans.  A warm locale was NECESSARY after the ridiculous winter we had.  And with triathlon, especially long course triathlon like the 70.3 distance, a relay was a […]

Three Things Thursday

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Run with me on June 7 at the Michelob 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon!  Enter my giveaway to win a free registration! 1. I’m done with my big tests for this week! Swim Test, check. Bike test, check. Pretty big improvements on both (although I wonder if I tested poorly the first time on the swim…) […]

Triathlon Tuesday: Swim Golf

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It’s almost warm enough to golf, eh?:) Each week I do a few swim workouts.  Two are masters swim practices, and one is a swim technique class with my Ironman training group.  Last week we worked on swim golf. What is that? It’s a way of finding your sweet spot in terms of how many strokes […]

BHAG (Big Hairy Ass Goals) for Ironman Training

I just finished cycling* with my IM group tonight and our coach asked us to think about and write down 3 goals we have for our training. I had the whole ride to think about what I’d put down. Blog-o-sphere, here’s my goals: 1. Train Smart.  This will mean train consistently, listen to my coach, […]

Triathlon Tuesday: Get your Swim on & a Race Giveaway!

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I’m going to honor my triathlon obsession by starting a Triathlon Tuesday series!  Last week I posted about some common first timer triathlon questions, and later in the week about a training plan. So when you’re working on swimming, there’s a big general tip that’s different than what you may think about with running or […]

So … you’re making a triathlon training plan

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So you’re thinking of a triathlon!  Congrats! My blogger friend Katie asked me to take a look at the training plan she’d put together. My Assumptions: You’re starting at a point you can handle.  Your healthcare provider has OK’ed you training for a triathlon. Good things in her training plan: YOGA! & Strength!  I think […]

TGIF

It’s been a tiring few days. Wednesday was a work day w/ a Chicago Tri Club meeting after work!  Goose Island is always a great host, and I loved that our speaker for the week was my new triathlon coach! Here was my Thursday: 6 am computrainer class at FFC. This was my first FFC […]