triathlon

January 3, 2020

Two Nights Before the Race: HITS Sarasota Olympic Triathlon

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I’m really nervous. I’m on a plane to do my first triathlon on Sunday – the HITS Sarasota, Olympic distance. I feel reasonably prepared from a physical standpoint (well, mostly), but there is a lot lacking in my preparation. Namely, around all the stuff. One big selling point for running is that all you really need is a well-fitting pair of sneakers , even if you’re doing a full marathon. A watch? Helpful but not necessary. Gels / fancy nutrition? They hand it out along the course (as long as you’re not too particular about what kind you eat). Special …

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October 26, 2019

Weekend Recap: Chicago to Denver and Not a Moment to Lose

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Weekend of October 19-20 This weekend went by fast. I had workshops in Chicago on Friday morning, and since I had a lot of colleagues I wanted to catch up with, I decided to book an evening flight home to give myself a little bit more time there. I didn’t regret the decision, and had a blast reconnecting with some people I haven’t seen in months… but it did mean that I was only home for two days before I had to fly out again. C’est la vie – I just packed my schedule to make the most of it! With …

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October 12, 2019

Weekend Recap: Mom’s Fall Visit, Part 2

Weekend of October 4-6 My mom’s visit this fall was a full twelve days, extended from eight after I signed up for a half marathon in Louisville that I thought she would have fun spectating. However, with my stupid calf injury, I had to withdraw from the race and couldn’t run! I was really disappointed, though my physical therapist has been awesome and is helping me get back to running hopefully in two more weeks. On that note – I’ve been seeing Emily at Colorado Sports PT, and she is awesome. Last Thursday, she had me try something new – dry needling. …

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October 9, 2019

Weekend Recap: Mom’s Fall Visit!

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Weekend of September 28-29 I rolled into this weekend pretty exhausted… but also pretty psyched. My mom is visiting Colorado for 11 days! My mom was due to get in at midnight on Thursday, so I booked my flight home from Chicago to arrive late as well, at 11pm. That meant I just had an hour to hang out at the airport and wait for her to arrive. I ended up making it into a date with a fellow traveler at the Westin Hotel bar, which was a fun way to pass the time! But by the time mom and …

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August 3, 2015

Rediscovering My Old Hobbies

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While working on some of the talks I’m going to be giving at our senior associate training this fall, I’ve been going through the story of how I went from someone who couldn’t run a mile, to doing my first marathon, to a world record. However, my speech coach has been encouraging me to point out something I honestly hadn’t given much thought to before: that just because I picked up the new hobby of running didn’t mean that I changed who I was, or gave up my old hobbies. In this case, I was a musical theater nerd when …

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