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A GREAT YEAR full of GREAT STUFF

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I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I can’t keep them. I have these great ideas and then they fizzle after the first couple of weeks of the new year. Having typed that, 2018 showed me something new. It showed me that staying focused, staying on top of what’s important and being a little proactive will make for a great year full of great stuff! In 2018, goals were made along the way. Professionally, personally and athletically…mainly to handle my anxiety but it turns out, my goals handled my life!

This year, I decided to really think about who I want to be, where I want to go and how in the heck am I going to do it? I didn’t want to just write down and study a list a year, I wanted a realistic plan. I found a pretty cool tool on LinkedIn from the pages of Tony Robbins called Goal Mapping. You may have heard of it. You not only write down your goals_you answer two major questions, WHY is this goal important to you and WHAT STEPS do you need to take to get there?

This is a great tool to be alone with. Try and fill it out when you are alone, there are no outside influences and really try to make your dreams become reality. Goal Mapping is also an awesome tool for athletes, a sales office, a small business owner, even an active mom/wife who’s busy within her community. Goal Mapping puts things into perspective and sets you up for success.

Each year, my daughter and I have a “goal mapping” conversation, at least twice a year. She looks at accomplishments and mishaps in the past year, I tell her to write them down. Then we go through the “should-of, could-of, would-of” conversation to get all the gunk out of her system. Then I ask her, “What do you want? What do you want to accomplish? and How bad do you want it?”. I tell her to WRITE IT DOWN. Then, we come up with a plan on how she’s going to get there. It’s very effective. Again, student, parent, working-joe…you can use this tool!

For me, 2019 is the year of BUILDing. Each month, I want to build something new. Whether it’s organic, financial, relationships…SOMETHING. I don’t care, as long as I am builder great things in my life, that’s the theme for 2019 for me!

What is your word of he year? STRENGTH? FIGHT? WORK? GUIDE? FAITH? HOPE?…Before starting my Goal Map, I wrote the word BUILD at the top of the page. I have a new life right now. I am on my own, I am not looking back and I am excited! What’s going on with you? Write it down? Why is it important to meet that goal? Write it down…etc etc.

Even though I’ve been running for years, it’s like starting a brand new race. I am not familiar with the course, the people or the area the event is being held in but I’m ready. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time. My heart is beating fast, the gun goes off and I am out there with hundreds of thousands of people who are also trying to make it to the finish line. You know what? We will all get there in our own unique way and when we do, it will be fantastic!

So, if you are looking to start something new, start writing it down, ask yourself why and what are you going to do to get closer to your 2019 goals!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tony Robbins | Goal Mapping

What now? OFF SEASON Training

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For me and many other multi-sport athletes, the 2018 duathlon/triathlon season is over, so now what? It’s time for plan B. Did you know the “off-season” is just as important as the season itself? Burn-out and getting the post-race blues are real, so I have listed 5 things that will keep you motivated and excited for the upcoming season.

Here are 5 things you can do during the “OFF-SEASON”

  1. REST. No, wait…S L E E P! If you are serious about your sport then you are serious about your training. As soon as the season ends C H I L L for a bit. If you can stand it, rest for one full week, maybe two. Give your body time to rest, recover and recharge. Sleep is perfect for that. Add a couple of hours a night if you can and let your body like you again.

  2. REFUEL with REAL FOOD. I know when I am in training and preparing for an event, I am watching EVERYTHING I put in my little body. So, when I take a break, I eat what I want, pretty much, when I want. Unless you are under strict orders from your doctor, allow yourself to let go and EAT!

  3. CROSS TRAIN. I know some of you just CAN NOT sit down and chill. I get it! So, cross train. Hit the gym, take up another sport that is not too hard on your body. I have a girlfriend who runs 5Ks each month until tri season starts again. Another takes up yoga and strength training. Me? I follow a strength and flexibility program to help prep me for next season.

  4. WRITE DOWN NEXT SEASONS GOALS. This is a great way to stay motivated and provide a clear path for your upcoming season. Write down the things you want to improve (time, technique and/or overall performance). I believe when you actually write down your goals there is a real connection of what you want and how you’re going to get it. So, start writing and start doing!

  5. STRETCH and “YOGI IT OUT”. Yoga and pilates are a great way to stretch out tight muscles, realign your body and mentally relax. In season, I can bet money many of my fellow-athletes do not stretch enough. How do I know? They are the ones who are always injured or limping. Yoga/stretching increases flexibility, improves athletic performance and prevent injuries.

Take your OFF SEASON seriously. Get the rest your body wants, train smart and enjoy life. Trust me, your body will thank you for it. ~Nicol is NASM and PES Certified

Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018 - SD Tri Series

What a surprise tonight! I was named the “Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018” by Koz Events and San Diego Triathlon Series. I am in shock and honored.

If you know me, you know I had a rough couple of years_personally. At the beginning of this year I decided I needed a good distraction, so I committed myself to train for AT LEAST 3 duathlons and couple of running events. I surrounded myself with other multi-sport athletes ended up doing 7 duathlons, 3 5K runs and 2 half marathons this year!

Yep, I desperately needed strength and positivity in my life and I got it. As each month flew by this year, I was getting stronger mentally and physically. I was not going to be stopped.

I want to thank all my parents, daughters and close friends for their support and motivation to keep going this year. Thank you KOZ events and the San Diego Tri Series from the bottom of my heart and "sole" for pushing this old-girl forward and making 2018 a fantastic year! So grateful. 

KOZ EVENTS | San Diego Tri Series

FUN FITNESS FACTS

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Did you know a good workout can…

  • make you happier

  • improve your sex life

  • slow down the aging process

  • make you feel stronger

Would you go to the gym for those reasons? Would you workout more often because you know that exercise can improve other areas of your life and not just decrease your waistline?

Well, I know for some, working out can be a burden but for me everything listed above holds true. Also, working out sets the tone for the day and gets me ready for any challenges I might face. Check out more fun facts below!


Fun facts that will make you see fitness in a different way and get you moving!

Turn that frown upside DOWN.  Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being. When you increase your heart rate, challenge your body and get out of your comfort zone. . .not only did you complete a workout, you have proved to yourself that you CAN do anything that you put your mind to.  That alone can make you feel really good inside and prepare you for your next challenge!

You don't have to run ALL THE TIME to lose weight.  Wait. What? Yes, you read it correctly. Did you know that when you run long distances frequently you can actually prevent fat loss because your body will start to burn muscle and not fat.  Studies have shown that when you consistently strength train and add possibly less cardio, you will burn more calories for a longer period time than just running or doing cardio exercise.  So, make sure that you don't confuse more cardio to lose more weight.

Visualization can improve your workout.  Like anything else, if you visualize completely your workout, not only will you finish the workout, you will improve the way you worked out. Knowing what's ahead, understanding why you are doing what you are doing and focus on the end results will get you through a workout much more effectively vs. not knowing what you plan on doing once you hit the gym. So plan, prepare and complete!

Now that you have these fun little tips, let's get MOVING.

Peace -Nic

I Need Motivation...4 Things that will keep you GOING!

FOUR THINGS TO HELP YOU STAY MOTIVATED

What’s the theme of the month for a lot of my friends?..."I just don't feel like it...I am not motivated to do anything". What's funny about hearing this...I feel the same way too and I am the person who motivates others!! YIKES!

Look, I get it. The year is coming to a close A L R E A D Y and we have that last leg of the year to finish. Thanksgiving, Christmas and you know it’s true…FAMILY…URGGGG! So, starting a workout is probably the last thing on your mind. Well, I put together 4 things that MIGHT motivate you to keep going and start your day off on the right foot! Just like the quote above, “Awe SH!T, they’re UP!”…get up, piss off the negative people, spread some good around the world (we need it) and let’s finish this year strong.

1. Surround yourself with positive people. Sometimes it is hard to be positive when the people around you are not so positive. You may think you are helping by listening to all of their problems but you’re not…it’s just bringing you down. That's not healthy. Stay away and change it up, even if you have to "go it alone" for a little while. #selfcare

2. Post pictures and quotes that really make your heart JuMp! It’s time to be “Being Mary Jane” and add a few post-its to your mirrors and doors. There are so many inspirational quotes and motivational sayings out there. Grab about 5 of them and post them, share them on social media and really soak in all those positive words and phrases.

3. Sign up for a local, small event. Wait? I haven’t started training yet, Nicol! Relax, it’s OK. Find an event you enjoy doing that is small and local. You don’t have to fully participate but being around others who are doing what you love might spark a little motivation to get back into the game! That’s what happened to me this year. I was surrounded by so many duathletes, runners and triathletes, their energy was so infectious, I started training consistently and preparing for a new event every month!

4. Meditate and Pray. I truly believe in prayer and meditation. Why? It's my quiet time to relax, recharge and get ready for a new day. Take 10-15 minutes to pray, breathe and be thankful for the things you have RIGHT NOW. If you start to think about the good things that are happening in your life (no matter how big or small), you will forget about the bad stuff and start to put things in perspective.

Alright...let's get out there and do this!

San Diego's Trail Running Series

If you are looking for your next challenging run why not try a few trail runs? Trail running is a great way to increase leg strength and build endurance. Every trail is different because of the hills, rocky terrain and unbalanced trails.

SEASICK SPORTS has an awesome series of trail runs right here in the San Diego area. If you are new to trail running start with one of their 5K trail runs and work your way up to a half marathon. What makes each run unique is that each run has it’s own challenges. Don’t worry, the race crew does a great job of directing the runners and helping everyone have a successful event.

Check out the upcoming races below. For more information, click on the photos and sign up with raceroster.com OR come out to registration, sign up and say “HI” to me and the volunteer crew! We would love to see you out there.

SEPTEMBER 19TH. Welcome to San Diego's only trail race through beautiful Gonzales Canyon Open Space and Torrey Highlands Community Park.

Participants at the 4th annual Carmel Valley trail race, regards of distance, will experience one of the hillier courses you will find without heading to the mountains. Elevation gains are only between 300'-700" depending on the course, ans some of the hils you may encounter are short, but steep. raceroster.com

DECEMBER 9TH. Welcome to the 4th Annual Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k at beautiful Lake Hodges in Escondido, Ca.

Join us for San Diego's fastest growing trail race. Take in the picturesque views of one of San Diego's most beautiful lakes, as all courses will feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100'-500'. When hills are present they are short but steep. raceroster.com

MARCH 9TH. Welcome to the 4th Annual Coast to Crest 10K and 5K trail race in Del Mar, Ca.

This very flat, very fast trail is considered a SPRINT COURSE by most, and if you are a runner looking for a new PR, then look no further. Both the 10K and 5K courses feature spectacular views of the lagoon, and a DOWN HILL finish. The trail is beautifully groomed and 100% dirt trail. raceroster.com

NOVEMBER 24TH. Welcome to The 2nd Annual Black Mountain Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K (new distance)!  The most technical race on the ERS" Sunshine Series schedule. 

Join us and burn off all that Thanksgiving food, as we race up to Black Mountain Peak in the beautiful Rancho Penesquitos area of San Diego County. 

The race location has moved over to Black Mountain Park, to give the event a more relaxed and spacious feel, but don't worry runners... you are still going to hit the top of Black Mountain. 

The courses are both 100% double wide trail, with a small mix of single track. Half Marathon elevation gains will be around 2100'. raceroster.com

FEBRUARY 16TH. Welcome to the 2nd Annual San Pasqual Valley Half Marathon and 10K, this race is as scenic as it gets in San Diego County. Regardless of which distance you choose, runners will be treated to epic views as they race along the vineyards and orange groves of San Pasqual Valley. 

The 10K is considered to be a relatively flat course, while the Half Marathon will summit the mountain, not once but TWICE, in this out and back course.  There is a chance this race will make you hate running, but fall in love at the same time. The views are definitely worth the effort, and are second to none once you reach the top. 

Wine at the finish line!! That's right... You read that correctly! We have partnered up with Old Survey Vineyards, to do a FREE wine tasting at the finish line. Each runner over the age of 21, will receive a custom branded wine glass at the finish line. raceroster.com

The End of a Season

I can not believe the San Diego Triathlon/Duathlon season is over. I actually finished over six sprint duathlon events this year. My goal was to complete one event each month and I did it!

If you are following my blog post, the last race of the series was the Mission Bay Triathlon/Duathlon event which was the first triathlon event in San Diego. There were so many awesome competitors out there, old and new. Everyone brought amazing energy to the course.

Remember, when one season ends, another season begins.

Here are 5 things I learned during this amazing Duathlon Season

I CAN DO IT. I always knew I could do a duathlon but I wasn’t sure how competitive my body would allow me to be. In the past, I competed in just one or two duathlons a year, NOT SIX! It was challenging but the training kept me on my toes and wanting more.

I AM STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT. Near the end of the season, I became much stronger. I altered my workouts to assimilate brick workouts. I didn’t have a lot of time to really train like I wanted to so I altered my workout program. It’s not always good to train yourself but I know what muscles needed to be stressed for competition and, let me tell you, I stressed the hell out them!

IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE WIN (kind of). It was nice to win an event or two but if I didn’t, I was AOK with it. Why? I felt like I finished something I started and I learned A LOT about myself at each race. Remember, live, make mistakes, learn and do better next time.

COMPETING IS BETTER THAN A “QUICK FIX” DRUG. While pushing through this competitive season I was also working through a difficult divorce, anxiety and depression. Let me tell you, doctors are quick to prescribe antidepressants and other drugs to numb the pain. Um, no thank you! Did you know that exercise is one of the best ways to fight anxiety and depression? You don’t have to run a marathon just start moving and stress the body. Get your BUTT MOV’N!

SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE FILLS UP YOUR SPIRIT. When you surround yourself with other supporting athletes, your spirit is filled with a lot of goodness and positivity. You train together, share goals and encourage each other to KEEP GOING and I have to tell you, when you have people who genuinely like to see you succeed, you can not fail.

All-in-all, I had an amazing FULL duathlon season here in San Diego and I can not WAIT until next year! To all the runners, duathletes, triathletes and training partners…have a great rest of the year and thank you for being in my life.

 
 

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

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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.

SOLANA BEACH TRI | DU EVENT

My duathlon racing continues. I had a another great weekend hanging with some amazing athletes. Solana Beach Triathlon/Duathlon is by far my favorite event of all time and I've run A LOT of races. The athletes are amazing, the spectators are super supportive and Solana Beach is beautiful. The ONLY thing I didn't like was the humidity but you can't fight with Mother Nature, so you push through it!

The first mile run felt pretty good. I had no problem getting out and making my mark. The first transition was quick, I didn't mess around and shaved 6 seconds off my transition time. The bike is usually my handicap but I refused to let the bike get the best of me. I pedaled and pushed all 9 miles. I have to say, when you train on a bike, you get comfortable on a bike, and you ride better on a bike...GENIUS...WHO KNEW?! Guess what, I shaved 8 minutes off my bike time! Second transition went well AND THEN THERE WAS THE 5K RUN. AHHHH!

OH MY GOODNESSSSSS! This time it wasn't my legs, I mean, they felt like jello but I was able to handle that...it was my darn breathing. With the thick air and being an asthmatic, it was a little difficult. I literally stopped, got my mind right, got over myself, put one foot in front of the other and pushed through it. 

So, I am VERY happy with my results. I received 4th overall and won my age division. No complaints when your competitors are 10-20 years younger than you. Happy Running!