Who moved my speed?


As much as I am enjoying my training and racing right now, I do have one little complaint. I’m allowed that, no? Here it is: I can’t seem to get up to speed this year. It has been really frustrating to me, I’ll admit. And humbling. And confounding. I’ve been back from injury since last November. It would seem that nine months is enough time […]

My new post-race approach

My last tri, two years ago

If there’s one thing I’m good at when it comes to running, it’s mixing things up and taking chances. It’s funny, too, because I am not a risk taker by nature. Then again, how risky is it to chance things with running? So my latest experiment was to give myself permission to do whatever amount of swimming, biking and running I felt like last week […]

Race bag oddities

Starting to be over-run with reusable bags

Used to be when you did a race you’d get a cotton tee, if you were lucky. And really, for me, that was just fine.┬áThese days, however, there’s a lot more swag going into race bags. You’re going to get any number of things. Lately I’ve noticed a trend toward the race bag itself being a reusable grocery bag. I like this (better than the […]

Monday mix

From summer freedom to school

No big theme here today, just some scattered thoughts/happenings to share. And I do love bullet points, so here goes: I nailed my 18-mile glycogen depletion run on Saturday. I felt good all the way to the end, which was such a great feeling after my first couple of tough runs without fuel. Maybe my body is starting to adapt? At the same time, I […]

HIIT/CrossFit vs. endurance athletes: Can’t we call a truce?

I've done Cross Fit, and yes, liked it!

Am I the only one who’s noticed all the bashing going ’round lately? I’m not talking about Obama vs. Romney, either. I’m talking about the negative campaigns from one fitness camp to another. Neither party is guilt free here–both are voicing some strong opinions about the other. Both are espousing their superiority. And really, I think it’s all just stupid. What I’m talking about is […]

Running style

That left had refuses to relax

After Sunday’s race, someone sent me a picture they had snapped as I was heading toward the finishing chute. A quick glance at it and I saw what I always see in racing pictures of me–my left hand was clenched. Not my right, though. This is something I do in races, during speed work, and toward the end of long runs. I’ve been aware of […]

Three times the fun (IronGirl)

The transition area from a local CTA event.

Like I said last week, I really do think triathlons are more fun than running races. That doesn’t mean I’m going back to them, other than the occasional sprint, because running is how I’d rather spend my training time, but I have so much fun at tris. An Iron Girl event, being all women, being incredibly supported by the crowds, and being the place where […]

Iron Girl go time

This kit times 400!

Sunday’s the day I get to see if doing a triathlon is just like riding a bike. My Iron Girl sprint is finally here and I’m pretty excited to do a tri again. This race is a particularly fun one: It’s in my backyard, I know the course, and I know many of the other women who will be doing it. I’ll have my family […]

So far, so OK, with glycogen depletion runs

As I told you here, I am experimenting with glycogen depletion on my long runs. Why? Well, as Laura explained here, the theory goes that when you fuel during your long runs, you deprive your body of the ability to tap into fat stores for energy. And even the leanest of the lean have lots of fat stores from which to draw energy. Glycogen, on […]

My surprise 10k

Medal for third overall (see? a small race!)

As we headed up to the Adirondacks last Saturday, we passed through one last little “town” about 15 miles outside of Timberlock. I happened to notice a sign for a 10k the next morning. Hmmm, I always love to race on vacations–the new locale, the new faces, the whole experience. Should I do it? I quickly plugged in the URL to my phone before I […]