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Buying Your First Tri Gear

Suzi / October 28, 2017

The time has come for me to buy new tri gear. This weekend, I am planning to venture out to my nearest multi-sport store to squeeze into some pricey spandex while simultaneously managing a toddler who abhors being restrained in a stroller.  I’m hoping to save some money on last season’s clothing, which should make this a good time for…

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Time in Transition

Suzi / October 14, 2017

As a triathlete, I want to spend as little time as possible in transition. Our tribe reads, studies, and rehearses ways to shave seconds off of those few minutes between swimming, biking, and running. This is an opportunity – with relatively little effort – to decrease our overall time, or at least reduce some race-day confusion and stress. In my…

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Don’t Fall Away

Suzi / October 1, 2017

Setting up for Off-Season Success Fall, a time of changing colors, back-to-school, pumpkin everything, and the end of the tri season. Ack! End of season! What am I to do? I thrive on the structure and challenge of a training plan, and I sometimes feel a bit rudderless when the leaves start to fall. One year, I bought a book…

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C’mon Baby, Let’s Get Away

Suzi / October 1, 2017

Five Tips to Make Your Vacation Running Dreams Come True Ahh…vacation. Sun, sand…stress? As much as we idealize our getaways, staying in close quarters with your family 24/7 in a strange place does have its drawbacks. On the other hand, there may be no better way to explore your new environ and get some precious “me” time than going for…

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Sharing Is Caring

Suzi / October 1, 2017

The New York Times recently published an article about the increased use of bicycles in the city. A year ago, I became one of those riders, subscribing to the Citibike bike sharing program. I had watched for a couple of years while bike stands popped up with increasing frequency, their rows of cheerful royal blue bikes standing ready to accommodate…

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Owning it

Suzi / October 1, 2017

I only do sprint tris. It’s not a big deal. I find myself saying things like this a lot. When people learn that I am a triathlete, they seem impressed. For some reason, I feel the need to disabuse them of the notion that I am doing something worthy of their awe. And so I backpedal, downplaying the significance. It’s…

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Have a Heart(rate monitor)

Suzi / October 1, 2017

I just became the proud owner of a Garmin Forerunner 735XT. Although I’ve had activity trackers with heart-rate monitors before, I’ve never used the monitor for more than a quick glance and thinking “Wow, I’m really workin’ it” during a run. Not wanting to let my shiny new (at least new-to-me) toy go underused, I asked for advice from my…

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