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ROCK the BAY was ROCKY

…but the ladies ROCKED!

2019 TEAM HEREV

2019 TEAM HEREV

With one more race to go, I completed the famous but infamous Rock the Bay Duathlon. Infamous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride and famous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride! You read correctly. Having blogged that, when you’re done, you find a whole new set of chest hairs to be proud of!

Rock the Bay Triathlon/Duathlon is one of the more challenging events in the KOZ tri-series. When it comes to the bike ride, you have to navigate around the slower riders, dodge the super fast riders, look out for all the pot holes and maneuver around very the sharp turns with tons of people taking the same turns. Last year was my first year participating in this event. It was an EYE OPENER to say the least. I was shocked at how hard it was because, like I said, you have to pay attention to eVErYThiNg around you BUT Rock the Bay made me a better bike rider for sure!

This year did not disappoint with the drama. No, not the event itself but for me and my teammates! One of my girls fell transitioning from the water to the bike. We were literally crossing paths. While she was in the midst of her race, I was running to the starting line. From the corner of my eye, I saw a woman go down and immediately turned to help but when I realized it was a teammate, I freaked out and hung around until I saw she was OK. Her feet flew from under her (the ground was so slippery) and her head met the concrete with a nice bounce to it. Don’t worry, she’s good! She’s TOUGH. MY GOODNESS! She freaked the sugar-poops out of me.

Once I finished the first mile run, I headed out on the bike. Coming around the first curve, a guy twice my size went down! I just missed him by a few inches and got around him. Sorry, guy! Once I completed the first loop, on to the second one. I was kind of struggling and couldn’t understand why until a rode over a bump and heard some metal. I looked down and noticed my back tire was flat as a pancake! SERIOUSLY? Seriously. I didn’t know what to do. Well, yes I did. I had to keep going because I didn’t have a spare and I don’t do tires. Ah,no.

As I was coming back to finish the 3 mile run, I saw another teammate heading in my direction. I put my hand up to give her a high five and she throws both of her hands up, full of black grease yelling “technical difficulties”! Apparently, her bike chain decided to play tricks on her after hitting a bump in the road. Her bike chain dropped and unlike me…Miss Prissy over here…SHE got off the bike and fixed it, got back on the bike, caught up with her competition and made the PODIUM! Yasssss!

Hey, sugar-poop happens and you just have to make the best of it. The one great thing I learned this weekend, I have truly surrounded myself around some AMAZING women. We are BOSSES, baby! We love competition. We love to finish what we started. My teammates, my girlfriends…ALL OF THEM…ROCK!

I have to dedicate this blog post to all the women out there who ROCK! The one great thing about being a woman with just a little tenacity? Women will make things happen no matter what the circumstances. Rock the Bay was RoCkY but the women at this event truly ROCKED!

RESULTS for SEENICRUN: 5th overall human | 2nd overall female | 1st age division | 45 seconds slower than last year…thanks Mr. Flat Tire!

1st Sprint Duathlon of the Season Complete

Photo by Cherrie Chilom  TEAM HEREVOLUTION 2019

Photo by Cherrie Chilom TEAM HEREVOLUTION 2019

KOZ Event - XTerra Wetsuits Spring Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon event is in the bag and I am thrilled to start another year of racing! Speaking for myself, I am surprised at how well this race unfolded. I have been training nearly every day since December 2018. It’s hard training alone but I only have a window of time in the early morning hours. But I get it done and I feel so much better after every workout.

Duathlons are definitely my jam. A sprint duathlon consists of a 1 mile run, 10 mile bike and a 5K run. The first mile run, which is always a shock to my body, went well! It is always the perfect amount of time to wake up my legs, control my breathing and push myself to get on my bike as quickly as possible. BUT WHY? OH WHY?…was my first transition so slow? UGH! I’ll tell you why. I was messing around with my helmet and shoes a g a i n. I had everything laid out, ready to go and I STILL looked at my gear like, “what do I do next?”. #airhead

Next, the bike. Oh, my favorite (#sarcasm). The bike portion is always a challenge for me. Luckily, I do get better throughout the season, so for this race, the bike was a little “sketch”! Because of the rain and chilly weather during the week, I do 30 minute high-interval spinning workouts and try to hit road on the weekends. It’s always better to get as much real bike time as possible.

After pushing through 10 miles on the bike, I had a better transition and had a great 5K run. My legs didn’t feel like jelly. I felt pretty strong and THIS WAS MY FIRST DU of the season! YASSS! During training, I replaced 5K weekend runs with 10 mile runs and 1/2 marathons. I feel like I have my “real” running legs back! Thank goodness.

One thing’s for sure, I love being around other du & triathletes. These events bring together so many people from so many different backgrounds. Young, old, short, tall, purple or pink, we are all having fun together! If you are interested in training for one of these events, check out my race calendar and sign up. DM me and ask me about training, gear needs and events in your area. Even if you sign up and walk the whole thing, you will still have fun and someone will be out there to cheer you on!

KOZ EVENTS - SPRING SPRINT | DUATHLON | TRIATHLON | SDTRISERIES

Rock The Bay Triathlon | Duathlon Event

Another race down and one more to go before the season ends. Rock The Bay San Diego Triathlon was a nice, challenging race. Loved it! The course was simple and straight-forward. Next year, if you decide to do a KOZ event for the first time (beginner) do the Solana Beach Tri|Du event in late July. If you can not make that event, Rock The Bay would be my second suggestion.

Of course, I participated in the sprint duathlon this weekend. The sprint duathlon consists of a 1 mile run - 10 mile bike - 5K run. For me, it is such a challenge and keeps my mind moving the entire race.

The course for Rock The Bay was pretty easy with a few exceptions. There was only one turn that was a little too tight and part of the road for the bike was SOOOO bumpy and rough, I think I did AT LEAST three “wheelies” just to avoid a flat tire.

There were only 31 participants in this particular event but nearly 900 participants overall.

I love these multi-sporting events because it brings so many people together. Like running, everyone has a reason why they participate and for some, it’s simply to challenge themselves mentally and physically. It’s like going to a rock concert and all the athletes are rock stars because they not only ran, they jumped on a bike or swam in the ocean. It amazes me every time!

After each race I check my time, think about how I felt and ALWAYS try to learn from my mistakes. My first lesson on Sunday was the first transition. It sucked! I thought I was organized but I wasn’t. I spent WAYYYY too much time in transition messing around with my shoes, helmet and hat.

The next lesson came from the bike. As I mentioned before, parts of the road was very rough. My back wheel got caught in a crack in the road, the potholes were so big, bad or packed all wrong I literally lifted my bike over the terrain! It was crazy! I was little scared too. LOL! No, seriously.

The third lesson, I will not doubt myself again. I saw an opportunity to beat someone, a man, who beats me every time. I was too scared to make a move too soon, so I waited. Once I found a little confidence, I gradually picked up the pace and when I was ready, I took off and I got him! LOL! If I would have made the move sooner, I could have shaved off time lost in that first transition. But, it’s all good!

So, there you have it! I have ONE MORE race of the season and I will be ready. What a year it’s been and I am so happy I made duathlons a significant part of 2018! I hope this inspires you to get out there and find something you can do athletically. Remember, being an athlete is anyone who moves and challenges themselves mentally and physically.

RESULTS: 1st place overall female | 1st place age division | 4th overall men and women | 1:02:57

PROUD TEAM MEMBER OF HEREVOLUTIONS 2018

SD TRI SERIES

KOZ EVENTS

Chula Vista Challenge 2018

DUATHLON. The Chula Vista Challenge duathlon was the MOST “challenging” event_for me this year. It was hot, humid and just freak’n CHALLENGING! 

I wasn’t familiar with the course but my first running mile? No problem. The start of the bike? My first turn on the course, I fell. The next mile? A bus comes out of no where (even with cops and volunteers directing traffic) and nearly hits me a few other cyclists.  

Next, my second run. It was so HOTTT and sticky I had to stop and walk a couple of times (this part is also true but also a bit dramatic on my part).  I had no idea what place I was in until “the girl” (my main competition) past me with about 40 meters to go! 

I was shocked but I had nothing left in the tank and sometimes it 🐝 that way! 

 

You know what? It’s OK. My competition deserved to win. She didn't give up and I learned something that day...STOP FALLING, STOPPING and train harder for the next race! LOL!

Also, I don’t claim to be the best but I do claim to have the best time. One thing I know for sure, just like in life, you will fall, crash, people will pass you and sometimes you will even stop. You will win and lose some but what’s important is that you do not give up.

Love yourself, surround yourself with good people and stay strong & focused. As long as you are doing what’s right, do not apologize for who you are and what you want out of your life. Just like a race, put one foot in front of the other, learn from each step and start building your best “self”, your best life one step, pedal or stroke at a time.

Raising Female Student-Athletes

First of all, raising a kid is a challenge. From being an infant to the terrible 2s AND 3s (!), elementary school to hormonal teenagers! Yep, parenting is a challenge but SO WORTH IT. B U T when you add in athletics and extra curricular activities, life gets really busy really FAST! My girls started their athletic careers in ballet and tap classes once a week (oh, the good old days), now it's soccer, soccer and SOCCER and lots of running and track strategies to discuss.

Remember when you were a kid and you could try out for your favorite sport at the local high school? Everything was right there, with very little travel unless you won the conference title. Now, there is a club for every sport imaginable and clubs require dedication, time and money. 

For me, raising young female student-athletes was a requirement. If they wanted to do theatre or music, no problem, but in the meantime I wanted a sport to keep them physically challenged. 

All American 800m/Ivy-League Champion | Regional Soccer Champion/National Runner-up Surf Soccer

All American 800m/Ivy-League Champion | Regional Soccer Champion/National Runner-up Surf Soccer

Even though there's a 1 in 3600 chance of becoming a "professional" female athlete (in basketball alone), the benefits of being a female athlete are awesome.

BELOW I HAVE LISTED 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN RAISING FEMALE ATHLETES:

  1. Find a sport that your daughter loves to participate in. When your female athlete loves her sport, she will perform better, learn new techniques faster and will constantly search for ways to improve.
  2. Be supportive. This is always a hard one for parents (even myself at times). Whether your girl wins or loses, she has to know you still support her. As a parent, we will do anything to protect our girls but when they under-perform, parents can display disappointment quickly. Let it go and love them anyway.
  3. Wins are AWESOME, loses are learning opportunities. My girls LOVE to win and HATE to lose. That's normal. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, I have them write down what went right and what can they do different next time. It holds them accountable and helps shape what they want out of the sport.
  4. Allow rest, recovery and "girl-hood". When your girl finally gets a break, LET HER TAKE IT or in my case, MAKE HER TAKE IT. Between school, sports, peer-pressure and parents...it takes a toll on our girls. When they get a day off, let them sleep in, hang out with their girlfriends and do things they love to do. This will prevent burn-out, injuries and melt downs.
  5. Stick to the plan, schedule and goals. This goes back to being supportive. This is also where a lot of sacrifice happens with both parents and the student-athlete. Your student-athlete should have a clear plan, schedule and goal they want to reach. It's up to the parents and the student-athlete to stick to all three and if something doesn't benefit them, then do not allow "whatever it is" in their life. 

Remember, being a student-athlete is hard but extremely beneficial. Student-athletes learn time management, a solid work ethics, team work, physical endurance and responsibility. These are all great aspects they will carry with them in their future, real-life settings.