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70.3 Timberman: Just racing

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I headed up to 70.3 Timberman with my family and my friends the Swifts.WP_20140817_10_22_14_Pro Timberman was my first 70.3 race back in 2001. I really enjoy everything about the race. The area is beautiful and my family really enjoys the weekend. This year was my 11th time racing this event. My coach and I had slightly different goals for this race. I was still carrying a little fatigue from USAT Nationals the week before and I just wanted to enjoy the race. My coach wanted to use the race to prep for 70.3 Worlds and Kona. I felt that I only have so many bullets to use during the year and I did not want to use them up at this time. So my game plan was to swim consistent, bike without pushing to hard, then run to my rhythm. I got a good jump at the beginning of my swim wave and managed to get open water right away. I did the entire swim by myself. I just had to navigate through some of the earlier waves around the turn buoys, but overall the swim was very enjoyable. My Blue Seventy Helix is so enjoyable to swim in. I came out of the water at: 27:37 46th Overall. swimstartWP_20140817_07_00_02_Pro The wetsuit strippers are fantastic at this race and really helped me as I had forgotten to use my Tri Swim glide. I made my way through transition quickly. WP_20140817_07_47_54_Pro Fortunately it was an overcast day, as I had also forgotten my sun glasses (rookie mistakes). I hopped on my Trek Speed Concept and just tried to get up to a decent effort. I ended up riding well within my comfort zone and I only spent 5 minutes in zone 3 heart rate. Here's a testament to my Trek Speed Concept. I road the bike course at 15 normalized watts lower than my best on the course, but still had my fastest bike split there by over 1 minute. I came off the bike with a split of: 2:16:50 which had moved me up to 7th Overall. WP_20140817_10_25_53_Pro I got out onto the run and just tried to find an effort level that was decent without any pain. The weather was really nice and I was able to dial in my nutrition. I came into the finish line with a run time of: 1:21:50. WP_20140817_11_46_28_Pro My overall time was 4:08:57 5th Overall/ 1st Amateur This was my 2nd best time on the course and I had a wonderful time with my family over the weekend. I'm really looking forward to going back next year and racing the Sprint race the day before the 70.3 with my oldest son, Ryan. This will be his first adult triathlon. Enjoying the journey!
08:21
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USAT Olympic Nationals: Attempt at Speed

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I had decided at the end of 2013 racing season that I wanted to try to go back to USAT Olympic distance National Championships. I had not raced Nationals since 2008 and I wanted to see if I could pull any speed out of my legs. I always consider Nationals to be the most competitive Olympic distance race in the country and it definitely lived up to the hype. My training journey into the race was very interesting. It was the first time that I experienced significant issues with recovery. My coach, Paul Regensberg, laid out a game plan that incorporated training for my three biggest races of the year, USAT Nationals (Aug 9th), 70.3 World Championships (Sep 7th), and IM World Championships (Oct 11th). The combination of trying to add speed work into my longer strength training left me really depleted at times. The end result was that I just could not hit my Olympic distance training properly a day or two after 5 hour bike rides or 2 hour runs. However, I did feel I was in the best possible shape I could be in considering trying to train for all 3 distances. I was really looking forward to racing so I could find out what I could do. I traveled out to Milwaukee, WI with my friend Chris Swift, 940 miles each way in the RV: 10559660_799554756752160_2847947972111322562_n I had a good wait race morning as I was in the 9th wave to start and we had 20 minute cushion from the wave prior to ours. WP_20140809_07_58_18_Pro. Once my wave started, I tried to get out as fast as possible. WP_20140809_08_47_11_Pro The first 200 meters went great and I found myself in 2nd place. Then I watched as 12 guys swam past me and dropped me. I had made one mistake when I thought I could swim faster than another athlete I had been following. I ended up swimming solo for the remainder of the swim and came out of the water in 21:01 and 14th place in my age group. I had a pretty good first transition and managed to pass 4 athletes before we hit the bike course. However, I did not realize this at the time. My goal for each discipline of the race was: 95% effort on the swim, 100% of FTP on the bike, and 105% of threshold on the run. I tried to get right up to my FTP, but I noticed that I was having a hard time hitting my numbers. As I continued to see my power numbers sit well below my goal, I became pretty frustrated and decided to stop looking at my data. At this point I just went by feel. My new goal was to keep a decent steady effort. I was trying to count the guys I passed in my age group. I came off the bike in 56:25. I thought I was in 5th place at the time. I figured out about half way into the run that I actually had the lead in the age group. In hindsight, I had the fastest bike split and that had put me onto the run course in 1st place. WP_20140809_19_09_11_Pro I was able to have a decent run and finished the 10k in 35:25. My overall time was 1:56:05 1st Masters(age 40+)/ 16th Overall. WP_20140809_10_43_11_Pro WP_20140809_19_56_46_Pro WP_20140809_19_02_37_Pro I had a great time racing with my Timex teammates and seeing Susanne Davis win the women's Masters division for the 2nd year in a row! WP_20140809_12_11_21_ProWP_20140809_16_58_41_Pro
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Endurance Hour Team does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Endurance Hour Team does the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeThis week Roger Thompson and I threw down a challenge to three endurance related podcasts, including the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast, to perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise awareness and funding for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Here's how it went down. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk3XgeTWWTA&list=UUCbJaS79efzaDJGgiOI1obQ[/youtube]
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How to Fix a Flat Tire? What Can Cause a Bike Flat?

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[caption id="attachment_13397" align="aligncenter" width="451"]How to Fix a Flat Tire with Dave Erickson and Roger Thompson on the Endurance Hour Dave Erickson and Roger Thompson on the Endurance Hour Podcast[/caption] This week on the Endurance Hour Podcast #116, Roger Thompson and I discuss the common causes of getting a flat tire and tricks on fixing it. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWLjYI0bpQU[/youtube]
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I did it! 2x US Master’s National Champion.

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[caption id="attachment_456" align="alignleft" width="173"] Winning US Triathlon National Championships in Olympic Distance![/caption]

I’ve been racing Triathlon for 20 years and this repeat victory as the US Master’s National Champion is one of the most rewarding wins! Each year I am faced with new physical and mental challenges, as are many others, especially aging Master’s triathletes (yes over 40 years old).  At the end of January I was training to run the Carlsbad Half Marathon. A week before the race both of my knees swelled up and it hurt to walk let alone run a step. I didn’t know what caused it but it felt like a knife pain. I thought it was arthritis that flared up from longer runs and speed sessions. I went to an orthopedic, had synovial fluid shot in both of my knee’s and took 3 weeks off of running. The result, my knee’s weren’t any better. I took off another 8 weeks and thought even a stress fracture could heal in 12 weeks. Still my knees gave me signals that they were not happy campers. I was discouraged and feeling pressure that time was running out. Then I found an amazing doctor who does muscle testing from head to toe and he found old hot spots for tightness and old patterns of why one muscle group would go out and compensate for another.  I had to trust him.  This was my last chance to have a successful season. Mentally I was unsure if my body had the mileage and intensity I needed to win again. I had no spring running base like my previous year. I ran 40 miles a week last year and this year I was lucky to hit 20 miles. Also I was coming into a Championship race I won last year and was recently on the Cover of USA Triathlon Magazine. In the past the pressure I placed on myself or felt from being in the media would work my stomach into a ball of butterflies.  As a Master’s athlete, mother, coach to myself and others I was the “calm before the storm”.  This is why I loved this victory and it feels so amazing.  My faith and mental strength is what enabled me to achieve this repeat win! My two previous races showed I was in solid form to have a peak performance, but my faith and looking at the big picture is what pulled it all together. At the US National Champions of the Year Banquet the room was filled with amazing athletes who shared their personal stories of how they persevered through cancer, diabetes, illness, set backs and personal challenges. My story wasn’t worn on my sleeve but my friends and family know that last year I still won 8 out of 8 races including the National Championships after my husband had a massive heart attack and double coronorary bypass surgery and the death of a best friends husband just 6 days before this race. Triathlon National Championships are people from all ages and all different circumstances bringing their “A” game to the starting line. Everyone is fit, but it’s those whose heart, head and strong spirit who compete to their best ability. My husband is my biggest support and his proposal in asking me to marry him states this victory best. He said, ” Look out at the big ocean. On the shore and these rocks the water is hostile, turbulent and unpredictable, but if you look out to the horizon the water is smooth and calm.” Life, marriage, motherhood, coaching and racing is like this analogy…Can you be the calm before the storm?  I finished in 2:08:35 which was a minute faster and I'm a year older!  I swam in my new Blue Seventy Helix and was 40 seconds faster coming out of the water in 6th place.  I averaged 23.4mph on my Trek Speed Concept cutting 47 seconds off my time from 2013 and moved up to 2nd place.  My run was strong out of the gate and I moved into 1st by mile 2!  I got a massive side ache  at mile 3 but pushed thru the pain.  I realized I got it from straining a stomach muscle sprinting  into T1 and slipped sideways to the ground in the wet grass as I made a 90 degree turn.   Age is just a number and a huge thank you to my sponsors.  Having the best equipment and people keep pushing me to become faster!   The Timex Multisport Team was screaming on course, my Team mate Chris Thomas also dominated with another Master's Champion Title!  www.tricoachdavis.com

[caption id="attachment_463" align="alignleft" width="300"]IMG_2716 USAT Triathlete's of the Year Awards Banquet at the Harley Davidson Museum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13369" align="alignleft" width="300"]IMG_2739 Timex Multisport Team Representing at USAT National Championships![/caption] [caption id="attachment_13367" align="alignleft" width="300"]IMG_2699 Timex Teammates (Mike and Barry) at Triathlete's of the Year Awards Banquet![/caption] [caption id="attachment_13370" align="alignleft" width="156"]orig-AAAA2378 Enjoying this moment coming in as a 2x Master's National Triathlete Champ![/caption] [caption id="attachment_13366" align="alignright" width="300"]IMG_2735 Biggest and heaviest Trophy I ever received as 2013 US Master's Triathlete of the Year.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13371" align="alignleft" width="300"]IMG_2771 Chris and I both WON 2014 US Triathlon Master's National Championship![/caption] [caption id="attachment_13374" align="alignright" width="300"]IMG_2801 My husband Scott should earn a Gold winning medal as a supportive spouse![/caption] [caption id="attachment_13373" align="alignleft" width="198"]orig-AAAI0936 Hiding the pain of a side ache, mind over matter.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13372" align="alignleft" width="199"]IMG_2761 On Stage at the Awards ceremony![/caption]

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