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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Fitness and Life

Be My Fitness Valentine

Suzi / February 10, 2018

I am thrilled to report that my husband has registered for his first triathlon. One morning, out of the blue, he announced, “I’m going to do a tri this year.” So we found an event that features sprint and Olympic races on different days (someone has to watch the kids), and we both registered. I bought him Your First Triathlon…

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Achieving Your Goals

Create Your Vision

Suzi / January 27, 2018

Using a Vision Board for Goal Setting and Achieving Let’s talk vision boards. Like selecting a word for the year, this has become a guiding structure for my goal setting and achievement. In this post, I’ll share how and why I create a vision board and use it throughout the year. Why should I create a vision board? This seems…

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Tips for Beginners

What to Know to Register for Your First Tri

Suzi / January 13, 2018

As an 80s kid, I, like Hannibal (Smith, that is), love it when a plan comes together. This goes for my triathlon training, too. I’m downright giddy when, 12 weeks before race date, I see the workouts written on my calendar and finally get started. This time of year, I’m itching to register for a race. If you’ve never completed…

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Oh, my word!

Suzi / December 30, 2017

Setting up for New Year success in one word It’s finally time to wrap up my December fitness streak (at least 10 minutes of deliberate exercise every day). As I am posting on the penultimate (one of my favorite words!) day of the month – and year – I am happy to report that I have kept the streak alive.…

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