Update

Where to even begin?!

Bruno and I clearly are terrible bloggers.

Here is what has happened in the past FIVE MONTHS:

  • Not one, not two, but THREE sprint triathlons
  • One half marathon
  • One Ragnar Relay in Pennsylvania

My feet are feeling great. I feel absolutely no pain anywhere, not even my knees as before the surgeries.

Today, I am a triathlete. — Almost exactly one year after my second bunion surgery, I crossed the finish line of my very first sprint triathlon. — 🏊🏼‍♀️400m swim: 9:00 T1: 2:10 🚴🏼‍♀️20k bike: 40:00 T2: 1:23 🏃🏼‍♀️5k run: 28:58 — I performed faster in all three sports than I thought I would. I had estimated my swim at 11 min, my bike at 45 min, and my run at 31-32 min. My transitions were ok but can be improved.. I struggled in T1 to get my left foot to clip on so I pedaled with one foot for a while and couldn't start the bike lap on my Garmin. My next goal is to figure out how to shave off at least five minutes 😏 — @swimbikebruno and I were in the newbie category, and both got first place! It was a sweet surprise. Thank you to my husband for being an amazing coach and training partner, especially on the hardest days. — All I can think about now is showering, taking a nap, and counting the days until the next one! — #swimbikerun #trigirl #triatleta #triathlon #triathlete #triathlontraining #trilife #swimming #cycling #running #roadtoironman #ironmantri #triathlonsprint #sprinttriathlon #girlswhotri #cyclelikeagirl #cyclinglife #runnergirl #runnerscommunity #runninggirl #fitfam #fitlife #fitchick #fitcouple #fitlifestyle #embracethespace #stravaproveit #milesandmiles #raceday #raceweekend

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We are in the middle of race season now and I feel very strong. I’ve got my first Olympic triathlon in 3 weeks, and then a 1.2 mile swim across Cayuga Lake in 4 weeks. Then I’ll shift focus to long distances again with a 106 mile bike ride and the Wineglass half marathon to finish the year. Oh and, I gotta squeeze some 5Ks and 10Ks in because I KNOW I can beat my old PRs.

Check out the events log for my times and current PRs!

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Lobsterman Triathlon 2016

We don’t know where we are going to live, but at least we know where we’ll be on September 17.

That’s what I said to Bruno as soon as hit “Submit Payment” on the registration page of our very first Olympic triathlon!

Finding the right “first triathlon” was not as easy as we thought. We both wanted to do a destination race in a city we’ve never visited, and we were looking for an Olympic distance. After scouring the internet for a couple of hours, we had a short list of about 6. We did a Google Image search and narrowed our list down to three:

  1. Portland, OR, Sep 17, http://www.portlandtri.com/
  2. Freeport, ME, Sep 17, http://www.lobstermantri.com/about/
  3. Clearwater, FL, Nov 5, http://trirock.competitor.com/clearwater/

I liked the idea of #3 because Clearwater was one of the beaches I used to frequent as a child. Also, it was later in the Fall and it would give me ample time to train (see: My Bunion Surgery). Portland has always been appealing and everyone I know only has great things to say about the city. Maine sounded interesting because the Lobsterman Triathlon made it on a list of the 10 Greatest Destination Triathlons, plus they have lobster and corn on the cob at the finish line… 🙂

To decide, we posted our shortlist to Facebook and asked our friends to vote. The results were Portland 7 votes, Maine 7 votes, and Clearwater 1 vote. We chose Maine because Bruno’s just-so-Internet-savvy dad voted for it, and we pretty much thought that was the most adorable thing in the world.

Lobsterman Triathlon 2016 Finish Line
See you in September!

So, here we are! Eight months from the big day. There will be some other big accomplishments between now and then:

 

  • March – Day will begin to walk normally again (fingers crossed)
  • Early May – Bruno’s first BQ attempt at the Pittsburgh Marathon
  • Late May – Bruno and Day graduate from PhD and Master’s degrees, respectively
  • June – Our first Sprint triathlon – Trirock Philadelphia Triathlon
  • July/August – We are moving to Bruno’s new place of employment, still to be determined!
  • September – Lobster!

Since we have other goals in between, our training plans are only set until the Sprint tri (see Day’s and Bruno’s). In the meantime, we will of course be purchasing gear and trying to convince myself that I really do not need a third bike at this time.

Both images borrowed from The Lobsterman Triathlon Facebook page.

Hello 2016


Hello world!!

2015 was an exciting year for us. We decided we want to do an Iron Man 140.6 together, and start a blog to record our journey (and maybe get some support :))

Our joint goals for 2016 are to race our first ever (!) triathlon during the summer, and our first Olympic-distance triathlon during the fall.

Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoy!!

 


Day’s 2015

This is the year I found my passion for long distance road cycling, and completed my first Century in September. I am not a routine person, so I made sure that every single one of my 40+ mile rides was in a different town, city, or state. Every ride was an adventure, every turn something new to discover and explore.

The weekend after the Century I rode the Pine Creek Trail on my commuter bike, completing 136 miles over two days. Three weeks later, I traveled to Italy and rode 120 miles down the coast of Tuscany (from La Spezia to Piombino), visiting Pisa and Bolgheri on the way. Needless to say, it was an awesome riding year.

At the end of November, I had bunion surgery on my right foot. My only focus now (until about April) is to heal and learn to walk again.

2015 was an incredible cycling year. I'm most proud of • Metric Century at 15.5 mph average (/\ 2,360ft) • My first 80 mile training ride • My first Century • Riding 120 miles down the coast of Tuscany 🇮🇹 Next year is bound to be exciting, my heart is set on becoming a triathlete, but first I have to learn to walk again after my foot surgery. Bring it on 2016! __________________________________ 🚴🏽 #2015bestnine #bestnine #cycling #cyclechick #cyclelikeagirl #outsideisfree #roadslikethese #bucketlist #bucketlistcheck #resolution #goals #youvsyou #madebymiles #trilife #triathlete #roadtoironman #swimbikerun #fitfam #training #fitforlife #2016 #fitness #recovery #footsurgery #newyearresolution #triathlon #triathlontraining #bikeporn #ridecannondale #bikeoclock __________________________________ @machinesforfreedom @fizikofficial @ridecannondale @sugoiapparel @pearlizumiofficial @garneausports @iamspecialized @rapha_n_america @tifosioptics

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Bruno’s 2015

I started the year with a hamstring injury that took me off the roads for 6 weeks. But I still managed to get 850 miles in and accomplished some good firsts

  • first marathon
  • first sub-6 mile
  • first sub-19 5k (18:31 FTW)
  • first time placing in a race
  • first pair of Newtons (love at first run) #HelloBetter

I feel I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been and getting faster and stronger every day.

Still, work got in the way towards the end of the fall. I had to interrupt my training and cancel what was supposed to be my second marathon and first Boston qualifying attempt. So, that is my starting goal for 2016, I’ll give it a go at the Pittsburgh Marathon and, if that doesn’t work, I’ll try one of the fast September ones.