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.

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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!


Let the training begin

Well, here we are. Week 1 of 37. THIRTY-SEVEN.

Bruno and I are going to be training for 8 events this year (he’s doing 9, actually), and the training starts now and won’t end until October. My list is below:

The way we handling this is by focusing on a couple events at once. Bruno created a training plan for me, and right now I’m focused on the Richmond Tri and the Buffalo Half.

Triathlon goals

I don’t have any grandiose goals for my first triathlon, other than to finish gracefully. Time-wise, this is what I am conservatively estimating:

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5 hill workouts in State College, PA

There is something about hills that I just can’t resist. Inspired by my trip to San Francisco last week, I decided to write a post with some of my favorite hill workouts in State College, PA.  Get your heart beating and your quads burning!

Don’t forget to leave a comment if I missed your favorite hill or if you try any of these workouts!!

1. Research Drive repeats (400s)

This is my favorite hill workout. If you start doing it once every 2-3 weeks and don’t get faster and stronger I’ll return your money, guaranteed!

  • Length — 4.5 miles (with 2.5 repeats, you can add more)
  • Elevation gain — 241 feet
  • Concept — 400 meters uphill sprints
  • Road type — Bikepaths and sidewalks
  • Where — Loop from the Haymarket Park on Bristol Ave
  • Description — The course starts from the parking lot of the Haymarket Park. Begin with a 1.5 mile warm-up on a 2-3% incline up the bike path to the top of Research Dr. Research Dr is a  Λ-shaped half-a-mile-long quiet little street. Jog down northbound to Bristol Ave, catch your breath, and sprint back up to the top as fast as you can. Jog down southbound to Whitehall Rd, catch your breath, and sprint back up again. Repeat as many times as you have it in you (or you think it is safe). Finish up with a flat cool-down jog back to the starting point.
  • Kicker — For an extra challenge, take a good break between repeats and sprint as fast as you can on your way up. My PRs are 1:04 on the northbound climb and 1:48 on the southbound climb (strava.com/activities/456096972/overview). Can you beat them?
  • Map — mapmyrun.com/routes/view/950977781

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