Sunday, April 24, 2016

Half Moon Bay "Super" Sprint: My first podium!

Last weekend, I did my first triathlon of the season, the Half Moon Bay Super Sprint. I'm not exactly sure why it was called a Super Sprint since it was basically as long as a regular Sprint. Well, the swim was only .33 miles but it was .35 up to the transition area, the bike was 11 miles and the run was the standard 5k.


I don't normally race this early in the season but I have wanted to podium at a triathlon for a while. I've done it in other kinds of races -- running, AquaBike, OWS, and Aquathlon -- but never a triathlon. This race is new and usually cold so I was confident that almost no one would show up in my age group. Of course, this means it was beautiful weather and more people signed up than normal. But I still managed to beat two of the people in my age group for a second place finish! I was so happy.

Friday, December 18, 2015

I'm famous! (Sort of) Plus some talk about 3D printing to aid weight loss

I've finally been in a podcast!

You can listen to it here:

So what is this "3DLILA" thing? LILA stands for "Late in Life Athlete". My friend who does the 3DLILA blog is also someone who became athletic later in life. She's a runner. And has also struggled with her weight. Which is where the 3D comes in.

There are these new technologies out that measure a person's size by scanning them. This is then translated into measurements. And, at a company called Shapely, they have technology that can scan anything and print it out on a 3D printer. LILA is getting little statues of herself throughout her current fitness project. It's a way to measure progress that isn't about a number on the scale. I would also think that having a model of yourself would help with body dysmorphia as you could really see in a physical, touchable way, how your size and shape is change.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

All about the ITU World Championships

Since I was gone at ITU Worlds for a week, this is going to be long. Here are some links to jump to the parts you are most interested in:

Pre-race Logistics

The Race

Opening Ceremonies

Not Enough Volunteers

The Elites

Closing Thoughts

Pre-race Logistics

I arrived in Chicago on Monday evening and took the "L" from O'Hare to downtown. There was another guy on the train who had a fancy bike box and I was pretty sure he was going to the same place I was, but I never got up the nerve to talk to him.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

On becoming a morning person

For most of my life, I have been a dyed-in-the-wool night owl, going to bed around midnight most days, if not later, and getting up no earlier than 8:30 am. Then on the weekends, I'd sleep in even longer.

I'd like to say triathlon changed all that, but it wouldn't be true. Even though most races start in the wee hours of the morning, I didn't really change my habits. I did my workouts after work on the way home and I would just push through that early morning "I don't want to be here" feeling on the days I had to get up early to race or attend a clinic.

This changed when I joined El Camino YMCA Triathlon Club.

Friday, September 4, 2015

You had ONE job. Just one

Yesterday marked the beginning of the two week period prior to racing in the ITU World Age Grouper Aquathlon Championships.

It has been shown that it generally takes ten to fourteen days for fitness gains to be incorporated into your body. 

What this means to me is that once I am two weeks out from a race, my main job -- my only job -- is to maintain my current fitness level while not injuring myself.

So what did I do yesterday? Went for a nine mile run to get ready for the San Jose Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon and tripped on absolutely nothing and hurt myself. 

Yes, I managed to fail in my one job the very first day!

I probably didn't really trip on "nothing." The ground is uneven on a trail. But I didn't trip on a rock or a tree root or anything I could see. I was probably just not picking up my feet enough.