The world of BIG SEXY RACING

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As 2014 drew to a close, I got word that I had been accepted as a member of the 2015 Big Sexy Racing Elite Squad.

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This is a group of fantastic people, not to mention athletes, from all around the world, led by pro-triathlete Chris McDonald and his wife Erika Race (amazing folks).

This a fabulous opportunity to try out new products and represent the vendors accordingly; in addition to pushing myself to a higher level, as this something the BSR group does very well on a daily basis! So far, it’s been a lot of fun. The 2015 season is sure to be an interesting one, hanging out and playing with these characters all year!!

Keep an eye out for all the latest and greatest product reviews from some terrific sponsors and check out BSRX3. This is an arm of Big Sexy Racing for anyone looking for training guidance, access to other athletes, race plans, coaches, and/or simply wants to be part of an amazing team.

See ya’ soon!

 

Closure

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2014 ended rather abruptly around here and so I’m going to put a bit of closure on that chapter before moving on to the next one.

Last year was a tough one. Good races and bad.

It was a battle, plain and simple.

Me vs Myself.

I had to face some harsh realities about my mental fortitude during difficult training sessions and how I race. It’s not all that fun to look deep within yourself and admit that while you may… “talk the talk, you’re not always… “walking the walk”!

I had to figure out a way to stop coddling myself like a mother would her child. I had to learn how to no longer accept the negotiations, that went on inside my head, as if I were writing a UN peace treaty. I had to truly embrace the challenge of a difficult training day and carry that with me to racing.

Was I successful? We should ask my coach, but I’ll go ahead and give my thoughts…

I made great strides. I’m closer now than ever before, but it’s constant work. Some days are easier than others.

My last race of 2014 was River Roux 70.3 in the worst conditions I’d ever faced. Conditions I don’t think I could’ve imagined and I’ve got a pretty wild creative streak in me.

Nine months of hard physical and mental training got me to the finish line that day.

And when I got there, I cried. Hell, I started crying when I SAW the finish line.

And just so you know, I’m not a crier. I didn’t cry at my wedding, when my son was born, when I finished my first Ironman….I’m very practical and pragmatic. I typically don’t get that emotionally “spent”.

But on that afternoon I was fried. Sure I was tired physically, but mentally; it was the hardest thing I’d ever done.

Every now and then though, we get rewarded for our efforts.

My time was far from record-setting, but that was the nature of the day. Part of my battle was being able to “let go” of what my computers were telling me, keep the frustration at bay, and trust my training. All of it.

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I earned 1st place (40-44 women) at River Roux. I wanted more, but on that day…for the 1st time ever…I can honestly look at myself and say that I left everything out on that course.

I’ll carry this with me and continue to build upon the foundation that was laid, creating what I feel will be a remarkable 2015 season.

-Whatever the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve…..Napoleon Hill

See y’all soon!

 

 

2015: A Year In Pictures

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And blogging can become a real pain in the ass.

So when things don’t work, it’s time to try something new!

Enter 2015: A year in pictures. Short posts, less verbal vomit, and more visual stimulation. And a few other changes here and there as well.

Let’s see how it goes.

Grab some “take-out” if you need it….

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See ya’ soon!

 

Hello Again…

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No I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth…

Felt like I was about to a few times, but thankfully the planet is round. Phew! Lucky me.

Spring has been crazy busy and to be honest, blogging was shelved. Things have finally settled down and I have a few minutes to catch my breath and get a quick update posted. I know y’all are itching with anticipation!

So what’s been going on??!!!

Well, now that you ask….

A LOT actually!

Around the first of the year, I got together with a few characters and we decided to start a multi-sport team here on the gulf coast. WHO KNEW how much work it would be! I assure you, I did not.

But it was…and still is. This is not a project I would recommend tackling, we basically function in sink or swim mode. The paperwork is ridiculous, graphics/art a nightmare, and trying to get people involved (aside from signing up) is near impossible. Sounds like a party, eh?

And here we are! woo-hoo!

I’m actually pretty proud of what we’ve started and with a good foundation I know things will only grow upward. Crazy times getting here though, that’s for sure!

Check us out:

www.hurricanemultisport.com or

www.facebook.com/hurricanemultisport

Bj7hTuUIAAAXymk.jpg-mediumIn the midst of getting this group up and running there was training and a little (err hilly) half marathon on my schedule. Y’all will be happy to know I did survive, but barely! I’m not embarrassed to say that it kicked my ass. The recovery was worse than my Ironman. The downhill portion was particularly brutal and I was in misery for well over a week. My high hip flexors are still not 100% and they require daily work to keep them supple and happy. Sadly, it was a training run so I can’t even say I ran it fast and that was the cause. It was simply not being prepared for the terrain.

Bad athlete!

That being said, I was very pleased with my “non-rested/tapered”, hilly, windy half marathon time of 2:03 and 5th in my age group. The real purpose was to finalize nutrition and hydration for Gulf Coast 70.3. Mission Accomplished! It was a good day, overall. It’s taken a while to get here, but I feel really good about where my running is right now. And not a moment too soon as race season is literally right around the corner!

I had about two days to catch my breath, wash some clothes, hand out some team t-shirts we were on to hosting our first team pro clinic. Yup!

Go Big or Go Home, right?

Linsey Corbin came to town the weekend after winning Ironman Los Cabos for a few workouts and a whole lot of socializing! Friend and bike fitter, Mark Miller of Precision Bikes in Lafayette, La is actually very close to Linsey and Chris Corbin and was nice enough help arrange the weekend.

It was a whole lot of fun, but took me almost 4 days to recover. Do you see a pattern here? I’ve been doing an awful lot of recovering lately! Let’s hope that works out for me…

A few pictures of the weekend….

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Lazy Magnolia Brewery Tour

 

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Group Dinner

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Linsey’s post-ironman fuel plan

Group Dinner

Group Dinner

Group Ride

Group Ride

Bike Fits with Mark

Bike Fits with Mark

 

 

It was a great weekend!

Mark Miller really went above and beyond to help put this thing together. It’s always such a pleasure to be in his company and when he brings along such gracious people like Chris and Linsey Corbin it’s just lagniappe!

If you ever plan on being in the Lafayette, La area you should take a few minutes to stop by his shop or take the morning to have him look at your bike fit. It’s always time well spent.

So there ya’ have it!

The past six weeks have flown by and the next three will be just as busy.

Following Easter weekend, the season really gets going. We’ve got events lined up for the next three weekends starting with a sprint tri and wrapping up with Gulf Coast 70.3 in Florida.

FINALLY!

This winter seems to be dragging on forever. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m long overdue for a high heart rate and a good sweat in ugly matching spandex…

Bring on the races! :)

Run Happy, My Friends!

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One…or Two for the Record Books

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The 2014 race season has begun and it has been one for the record books, in more ways than one.

images-2First there was the half-marathon (out-of-town!) that was cancelled after standing in a local restaurant watching the electrical monsoon on radar from 6-10am….HOPING to get a break in the weather, long enough, to eek out a 5k. Nope. Didn’t happen. I would’ve had better luck racing a kayak. This was a first for me.

 

A PR in race cancellation. Go ME!

I suppose the first time is always the hardest.

I still don’t like talking about it. Quite frankly, just thinking about it still pisses me off. Mother Nature and I have been butting heads for well over a year now and it’s getting a little tiresome. Sadly, it’s not likely to change anytime soon either.

1618654_704801236219574_290373926_nNow I’m left to running a local half marathon in 2 weeks. It’s going to be hilly and it’s going to be windy, as it’s along the beach then up and over a few bridges. Despite simply using these 13.1 glorious miles as a fine-tuning event for my 70.3 in early May (pace, nutrition…ie no taper for me), there’s no way to enter into it without some serious reservation. I know the route well and it’s going to be hard. A lot harder than the one that got rained out! So wish me luck and for Gods sake, some decent weather! That which doesn’t kill you, blah…blah, blah :)

sigh…

On a more cheery note, last weekend I finally DID get to race and even set a few records of the right kind!

I officially kicked off 2014 (better late than never!) with a duathlon!!! If you know anything about me, you know I find it totally rude to exclude a swim from any event. I’d just assume swim-run-swim or swim-bike-swim or just SWIM as opposed to anything else, but race directors never seem to approach me for ideas. Go figure??!!

And so the 2014 opener was just that….a RUDE wake up to the season, but man it REALLY felt good to race again!

It was a short event at 2-16-2, but it was challenging. It was about an hour north of the coast and it chocker full of rolling hills. I did several of my long 80-90 mi+ Ironman training rides/bricks out there so I know the roads oh-so-well!  As a side note, it was also the first time I got to take out this lady and put her to good use, along with a new fit which happens to be drastically different from what is seen here…

All KINDS of changes going on!

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Recovering from Ironman has been a very interesting process with more ups and downs than I could ever try to explain. Regaining any semblance of speed has been difficult and frustrating. One day I’d have some, the next I was too tired to hit my warm up swim set. No way to describe it besides….Ridiculous. It was right around the first part of March that I began to notice a difference though. I could effectively hold a variety of paces, in all 3 disciplines, day after day. I was recovering better, I wasn’t feeling as sore and beat up, my mood was better….and I WANTED to race agin. The apathy was lifting. The bad case of “whatevers” that had seemed to plague me for months was waning. Almost 4 months after IMFL, I finally felt recovered.

And the timing couldn’t have been better!

There really isn’t a lot to say about a duathlon and if done correctly, not much time to think about the finer details much less write about them.

Run hard…not too hard though. Build the bike leg to the point the legs feel like they’re going to spontaneously implode, all while wondering how in the HELL are they going carry you through another run. Then run one last time…like your life depends on it.

Last weekend, I’m proud to say I nailed it. I’m not the best pacer in the world and that recklessness is magnified when I have to sprint. It’s something I’ve been working very diligently on across all three sports this off-season. I’ve been far less dependent on the technology and more on me. I still have the Garmin, power meter, and all that other “stuff”, but I’ve better learned what those numbers “feel” like. More importantly, I’m learning the art of “building” to a certain pace, speed, or wattage. It’s not an easy skill to achieve, but the benefits are well worth it.

My 1st and 2nd run were within 10 secs of each other and I rode well above my FTP for 50 minutes or so. In layman’s terms: I’ve gotten a little stronger, a little faster, and maybe even a little smarter. Naturally, I wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be (particularly on the bike), but for the first time…maybe ever…I walked away feeling like I executed a race properly. Not perfectly, but I acted correctly…with purpose and intent. A definite first for me!

My reward….

I earned 1st in the 40-49 AG and received an awesome gift card to use at our local tri shop! Keep the medals and trophies…gimme cash to spend!! woo-hoo!

More importantly though, I finally got the chance to see where I am now, almost 5 months out from completing Ironman. I recovered really well from the duathlon which was the biggest indicator that I’m finally healed up, back to 100%, and ready to go full throttle once again.

Now if Mother Nature will just cut me a little slack…

But as I listen to the rain pelting the bayou behind the house and wind whipping the trees that doesn’t seem to be in cards anytime soon!

That which doesn’t kill you…..

Run Happy, My Friends!

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Routine and Consistency

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This is a great 7 minute clip if you have time.

One of the things that really resonated with me was when Alex was talking about his routine and how it’s not always pleasant or enjoyable, but simply part of getting the work done.

I know for me personally, routine is what keeps me consistent in both the training and recovery. Throughout this horrid winter, it has been very difficult to maintain the typical day-to-day flow I’m accustomed to and I can feel the difference in my focus and attitude. I’ve been able to get the sessions done, but everything has been at odd times and I just feel like the ebb and flow has been way off.

Hopefully, with the ground thawing (yes, even way down south we froze over!) and the grass once again turning green, things will finally return to normal!

Routine= Consistency= Success

Swim Happy, My Friends!

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Power On

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The Olympics are over and while the athletes are always the BEST part, sometimes a great commercial airs that really sticks with me.

This year was no exception.

My favorite from the winter games:

Such a great message to young athletes and us older ones as well.

Keep on, Keeping on!

Run Happy, My Friends!

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Core Power Fit Kit WINNER!

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corepower 1CONGRATULATIONS to Lynette Berger! She is the lucky winner of the Core Power Fit Kit GiveAway which was selected using random.org.

I appreciate all the entries and would love to hear your thoughts on Core Power as a recovery drink!

Lynette, send me your mailing address so I can forward to it the corporate offices. Remember to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Enjoy your winnings!

Have a good week out there!

Ride Happy, My Friends!

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Core Power Fit Kit GIVEAWAY!

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Oh the weather outside has been frightful! And that’s putting it mildly….

With over half the country under snow and/or with temperatures around freezing, I know we’re all growing tired of Old Man Winter. I admit that I’ve been in a bit of a funk….a hibernation mode if you will. Oh I’ve done my training, but this rude decent of the polar vortex down, into the deep south, has left me lacking the motivation for much else.

Core_OlymSealNeedless to say there is a lot to catch up on around here! And what better way to get that started than with a Monday GIVEAWAY!

Recently, I was offered the opportunity to be an ambassador for Core Power. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that they have been my go-to recovery drink since way back to their Honey Milk days. It’s not often that I find a product I use 100% year around without fail….no substitutions. This is my post-training drink of choice when real food is not an option.

We all know how important recovery is to maximizing the benefits of each training session. And how essential it is to get your nutrition started within the 30 minute post workout window. Sometimes that can be easier said than done, but this stuff helps you help yourself!

Core Power has created the ideal recovery drink for you! It’s got the science in the bottle, however all that science in the world won’t help if athletes won’t crack the top. Therefore one of the most vital elements of any recovery drink, in my opinion, is taste. If isn’t palatable, then it won’t be consumed. If it’s not consumed, then it is of no benefit.

I’ve personally tried almost every recovery drink out there and Core Power actually taste GOOD! I look forward to finding it in my bag after workouts and I make sure that I NEVER run out. My husband and I keep an ample stock of strawberry-banana on hand and we have no difficulty reordering by the case through Amazon.com

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Now I know not everyone may be chomping at the bit to head out and order up a case of something new and untested. Luckily, singles can be found at grocery stores and most Wal-marts locally. Or there’s an even better option….

You can enter to win some right HERE, right NOW! In addition to a few bottles of Core Power, you’ll also get you’re very own fit kit which will include:

  • A Ogio Core Power gym bag!
  • Yoga mat
  • Towel
  • Stability Balance Ball
  • Camelback water bottle

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What’s a person gotta do to win, you ask??

Well here’s the deal…

  1. Tell me what you’re favorite recovery food/beverage is right now
  2. Like Core Power on Facebook and tell em’ I sent ya’ over
  3. Give Core Power a Tweet and a Follow as well

Winner’s will be drawn at random and will be announced next Monday, February 24, 2012. The Core Power Fit Kit will be shipped to the winning party within 4-6 weeks.

Good luck and try to stay warm out there…

Spring will be here before we know it!

Run Happy, My Friends!

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