- This car serves as a transportation vehicle for just about everything, carrying at least 2 Surftech Paddleboards and 2 bikes all at the same time! And that is just on the outside of the vehicle.
- Total lack of anonymity while driving around town… can’t be picking your nose while driving this vehicle!
- Safely transports my swim cap and Aquasphere goggles on the rear bumper for a 40+mph drive home from the lake. How does it do that?
Hip, hip, hooray! If you’d like to learn more about this amazing and fun car, and give you a serious reason to cheer, check out the Ford Flex Online.
It is July 1st and as much as I hate to admit it, I have been a total blog slacker! We have been having summer for a solid month here in Madison, WI and during that time, some awesome opportunities for training and racing.
I’ve raced 4 times so far this season (Triple T in Ohio, 2 local events, and the most recent being the Buffalo Springs 70.3 in Texas). I know several teammates have already expressed this, but I’d like to reiterate how amazing it is to be a part of the Timex Team and have so many friends throughout the country (and world!). Traveling to a new race or destination is so much more enjoyable when you get to share it with others. Even if you travel alone, you know you will be greeted by friends at the race venue. A special thanks to Barry, Tingle, Hola, Thomas, Dennis, Hodges, and Alex for being awesome out in Texas and making this a memorable race experience. Your smiles and encouragement (grunts) during the race helped keep me going… especially since I could see you were all hurting as much as I was (that is a compliment, I think). You guys rocked that race and it was evident to spectators and athletes alike that Timex was there to represent in dominating fashion. Congrats to all!
Last year when I finished Kona I thought I had checked that box on the life list and put that baby to rest. But, as life goes, things change and I once again will have the opportunity to race this October. This time, my goal is to be less scared and more excited, less slow and more fast, less serious and more FUN!
Looking forward to the adventure and being surrounded by a bunch of wonderful teammates and friends. And as Timex does not disappoint, they will once again be there to represent in dominating fashion.
Congrats to all of you in your performance so far this season, you are an inspiration. Keep it going!
With just a couple more big events left on the US triathlon calendar, including IM 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, FL on Nov 14 and IM Arizona on Nov 22 (GO TIMEX!), many of us are already well into our off-season. And if you aren’t celebrating yet, you are probably looking forward to taking a break in the next couple weeks.
I take my off-season very seriously. It has been over a month since my last race and I have done little more than what even a casual exerciser would call a workout. I can count 3 times on my bike, 3 jogs of 45min or less, and zero trips to the pool. And the primary reason for the 3 bikes and runs were simply to enjoy some of the beautiful fall days we have had here in Wisconsin (after all, I love to run, bike and swim). But instead of hours huffing and puffing, I have traveled to spend time with family, watched several movies (including “Race Across the Sky”, a documentary on the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race (crazy!) and Warren Miller’s new “Dynasty” extreme skiing movie (crazier!)), slept more than 8 hours a night and spent time with friends and training partners celebrating (and not sweating… unless you count dancing).
It is difficult for some exercise junkies to believe that someone like me can take 1-2 months at the end of a season and cut out exercise pretty much cold-turkey. However, I know that for me, in order to be ready for the next season, I need a serious physical and mental break. I am not saying that this is the recipe of success for everyone, I just know that it works for me and I have no shame in telling anyone that I love to be lazy in the last couple months of the calendar year. I have no guilt in this confession. And if I put on a couple pounds, so be it (I am not stepping on a scale anyway!) and I am healthier because of it. And as the holidays approach, I, like many of you, shift my focus to prioritizing more time with family. When it comes down to it, I’d rather spend time in the kitchen helping prepare the daily feast than trying to squeeze in a little workout before dinner. But that is just me. Do what works for you in the offseason, but most of all, give yourself permission to take a break, to try something new, to spend more time with family and friends and to enjoy some rest and relaxation before ramping up toward your 2010 goals.
Three cheers for the off-season! Cheers!