Fitness and Life

Somewhere Between Simplicity and Pandemonium

Suzi / July 14, 2018

According to one of those online lists of weird holidays, this week we have experienced both Simplicity Day (July 12) and Pandemonium Day (July 14). The internet gave me precious few clues about the origins or meanings of these days, or how to appropriately observe them. Simplicity Day, July 12 commemorates the birthday of Transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau. The…

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Tips for Beginners

Here’s to the Newbies!

Suzi / June 16, 2018

I want to apologize to beginners for over-simplifying things. It’s been more than a few years since I completed my first tri, and I seem to have selective amnesia. This spring, a funny thing happened: a brand new triathlete started living with me. Well, he’s been living with me for a long time, but he’s just become a triathlete. We…

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Fitness and Life

Sweatworking Works

Suzi / June 9, 2018

How to mix fitness with business If you are reading this blog, chances are you’re a multi-tasker. Like me, you probably wear many hats, often at once: ambitious professional, mom, fitness enthusiast (or at least trying to be), and any number of other roles. If I can wear my “professional” and “fitness enthusiast” hats at the same time, so much…

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Fitness and Life

Family Fitness

Suzi / May 20, 2018

Growing up, I wasn’t involved in my Mom’s healthy lifestyle. My memories of her exercising involve my puzzlement at why she would extract herself from bed at o’dark thirty to walk (and gossip) with her BFF. I now understand her desire to spend time in adult company, and the necessity of working out before the sun rose and her family…

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Tips for Beginners

No Excuses

Suzi / May 5, 2018

Overcome common obstacles to success in your first tri So you’re interested in doing a triathlon. Maybe you’ve seen a picture on social media of a friend standing by the finish line proudly brandishing her finisher’s medal. Maybe you’re looking for a new workout challenge. Whatever the reason, you think swim-bike-run might be for you. Except that you don’t. Except…

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Spring into Training

Suzi / April 7, 2018

Questions answered for your first sprint tri training plan The calendar tells me it’s spring, although it’s snowed every week for the past month and the last thing I want to do is get out on a bicycle. But in any event, my training plan has officially begun. If this is your first year jumping into tri, welcome aboard! You…

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Tips for Beginners

DON’T Go Hard or Go Home

Suzi / March 24, 2018

Incrementalism Can Work for You You’ve heard the saying, “Go hard or go home.” We glorify those who put it all on the line. Our heroes quit their jobs or drop out of college to pursue their true callings. They are the ones who, exhausted and gasping for air, stretch across the finish line ahead of the one who didn’t…

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What is Your Racing Personality?

Suzi / March 10, 2018

My Best Running Buddy cheats on me all the time, but I’m totally faithful to her. I run with her on the same day, at the same time, every week. When we’re apart, I’m not out sowing my wild oats with another running buddy, but I know that she runs, with multiple other running buddies, on other days. This kind…

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Fitness and Life

Learning from the Best…Sort of

Suzi / February 26, 2018

We’ve just concluded that time every two years when we marvel at the athletic achievements of a few wildly talented and grittily dedicated world-class athletes. The article I’d planned to write is what we mere mortals can learn from the Olympians to enhance our own training. So I started searching “lessons from Olympic athletes” and “Olympic athlete training,” and located…

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