Over the past month I've worked hard on addressing the source of my seemingly ever-worsening back pain. I'm making progress but of course it's not as instant as I had hoped ;) . Also sorry for no photos but there's an embedded one below at least. Here's what I've done: 1. Switch the crankset on my Kestrel 4000 tri bike from size 170mm, to size 165mm for a short period, and then ultimately to size 160mm. My hips feel more open and my glutes more engaged in the pedal stroke. 2. Associated tri bike changes: raised the saddle and the bar height both by 5mm. 3. Switch the crankset on my Trek Superfly mountain bike from size 170mm to size 165mm. 4. I'm still settling ...
This was my second year racing the Rev3 Knoxville Olympic distance triathlon. Next year will be my third year, it's one of my favorite race courses and race locations! I was really happy with how the race weekend went. I got to spend great time with other athletes and teammates, thanks to the fact that many of us stayed in the host hotel (which had spacious rooms and great amenities, including free internet, thanks Holiday Inn Worlds Fair Park!). And I enjoyed checking out the new Lazer Helmet colors at the expo. [caption id="attachment_3622" align="alignnone" width="149" caption="Two of my favorites... Lazer + Rev3!"]...
Today Google Alert informed me that I was named USA Triathlon's runner up female elite (that means "pro" everyone) duathlete of the year! So that's kind of exciting. To recap 2011, I was the bronze medalist at the 2011 Duathlon National Championship and then the second American/12th overall at the ITU Duathlon World Championship in Spain. In my mind it doesn't quite make up for the fact that USA Triathlon changed the date & location for duathlon nationals after indicating that they'd be the same as last year, and changed the funding structure for worlds such that I will not be a duathlete this year... but I'm still happy about the honor!...
Subtitle: THAT WAS AWESOME I am en route from Spain back to Reality. It has been a whirlwind and amazing trip. I almost don't know where to start, because so much of duathlon and ITU and international racing still feels new to me, not to mention Spanish language and cuisine (I think the only things that felt routine were my Recovery Pump sessions and pre-race PreRace!). But, you know, "rarely at a loss for words" and all... It was awesome. The race format was 10k run - 42.5k draft-legal bike - 5k run. The U.S. Duathlon national championship race, at which we qualify for worlds, is 5k run - 35k non-draft bike - 5k run, which is quite different. ...
I really wanted to do a play on the word Du. (You're welcome). (Sorry). Anyhow this year I'm doing lots of Duathlons (run-bike-run races). I went to Nationals on the last day of school/first day of exams back in April, I am headed to Spain in three weeks, and in the interim I did the Mile-High Duathlon series here in Colorado. Today was the last race, the West Side Duathlon down in Arvada. [caption id="attachment_3440" align="alignnone" width="149" caption="Pre-race openers through Wash Park"][/caption] This was a really cool course, it actually reminded me a lot of the Nationals ...
I raced the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz yesterday. Then I flew home, slept a few hours, went to class, taught class, taught another class, went to another class, walked home, and stared at my computer. And got furious at a couple people because it was easier than admitting I was tired. So you guys are IN LUCK, this will be a medium-to-not-quite-long race report! The race was great, because I adore San Francisco. Cold, windy, foggy, I don't care, I love the city's vibrance and personality almost unconditionally. Which is a good thing, because otherwise I might have gotten really frustrated early on in yesterday's race and I might have given up. The current was really strong in a not-favorable direction, which ...
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