Freeplay Endurance Sports Club Team Applcication

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Personal InformationFirst Name *Last Name *Street Address City *State *Zip Code Email *Phone Race or Action Sport Image Age (as of December 2017) Casual Image  Primary Sport Participate In or RaceCheckbox *Road TriathleteOff-Road TriathleteRunnerMountain BikerPaddle BoarderOpen Water SwimmerOther:  Other sports you particpate or race in addition to your primary sport.Additionals sports *Click all that apply.TriathlonTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingPaddle BoardingOpen Water SwimmingNone CategoryWhat category do you plan to compete in for 2017? EliteAge GroupI don't race. I just swim, bike, run or paddle for fun! Additional InformationTentative 2017 Race/Event Schedule (Include competitions, no-competitive events such as centuries or list none if not applicable.) *Other Anticipated 2017 Sponsors (If not applicable type NA) *Goals for 2017  Social Media InfluenceFacebook URL Twitter Handle Instagram URL Other (Pinterest, tumbler etc.) Website URL  MarketabilityHow can you influence others and promote Freeplay magazine? * Additional InformationWhat did we miss? Is there anything else we should know about you?Other 2017 Team or Club AffliationsList teams and clubs here. If not applicable type NA. * Freeplay EventsCheckbox *Can you participate at a minimum of 2 Freeplay events in 2017? Freeplay events occur at least once a month in the greater Sacramento area and Tahoe and occasionally the Bay Area.Absolutely!NoMaybe VerificationPlease enter any two digits *Example: 12This box is for spam protection - please leave it...

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Fall Racing is Almost Here

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in News |

We can’t believe it is almost September! While summer racing is winding down Team Freeplay is not. Transitioning from summer to fall means the big races are right around the corner. We could not be more excited for our athletes who have been training all summer to give the upcoming championships races their best shot. Elise Winter will kick off fall racing for Team Freeplay at the ITU AG World Championships in Cozumel September 18. Winter qualified for Team USA at USA Triathlon AG Nationals with a top 15 finish in her age group in 2015. She is fresh off finishing second overall at the Big Blue Adventure’s Lake Tahoe Triathlon and looks strong and ready to go. Just a few short weeks after Elise returns from Cozumel Kelly O’Mara, Jaimee Davis and Sara Randolph will be packing their bags and heading to the Big Island for the Ironman World Championships. O’Mara and Randolph qualified at IM Wisconsin in 2015 and Davis recently qualified by winning her age group at Ironman Canada this summer. Also competing in Hawaii (but not on the Big Island) is Kimberly Larson. Larson is set to race at the Xterra World Championships for the second year in a row. She has finished on the podium in every Xterra she raced this season and is looking to carry this momentum with her to Maui. While the rest of Team Freeplay will definitely be cheering on these athletes as they take on the best in the world they are not ready to hang up their shoes for the season either. We have athletes busy preparing for Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3, Ironman Arizona, Spartan Sacramento, Run the Parkway, and the California International Marathon. We hope all of you have a great fall season. We love to see your fall racing and training pictures. Share your pictures with us by tag @freeplay_mag on Instagram and Twitter! #freeplay2016 Interested in joining Team Freeplay’s race team or NEW endurance sports club team in 2017? Check back September 1 for details and the application! Female athletes (Running, mountain biking, triathlon, paddle boarding…) of all ages and abilities are encourage to...

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A Long 24 Hours

A Long 24 Hours

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Stephanie's Blog |

My summer schedule is coming to an end so like any crazy endurance athlete I am busy sneaking in some last minute fun sessions before I transition to my fall schedule Monday. As I sit here and write this I am zoning in and out – taking long pauses to watch the women’s volleyball match (which is really just a blank stare at the wall behind the TV). I am tired and as usual I have no one to blame but myself. The last 24 hours have been jammed packed full of fun but not with traditional activities that “normal” people might partake such as concerts in the park or a picnic day at the lake. I am talking about sweat, dirt, and suffering – all components I deem necessary for a good time. Sometimes I think what is wrong with me; why don’t you just get an ice cream and relax for change but that’s just not who I am. And besides life is too short to just pick one sport… So here is a glimpse of the last 24 hours. (Tuesday to Wednesday) 9:30am Accept an invitation to run at 5:30am on Wednesday morning. 10:00am Tennis Lessons. 3:00pm Drive to Truckee-Donner to mountain bike. 4:45pm Arrive early. Yes!! With 30 minutes to spare I could grab a soda in the lounge, mill around the shop, sit on the patio and enjoy nature….the options were endless. So what did I choose? An uphill trail run in bike shorts at altitude. Why? Still wondering that myself! 5:20pm Finish my run, grab my helmet and jersey and head over to meet the women from Tahoe Mountain Bike Like a Girl group. 5:30pm Hit the trails to ride. 7:15pm Return to the lodge. Awesome dusty and dirty ride with some amazing ladies! 7:30pm Accept an invitation for a road ride at 9am Wednesday morning then jump in the car to jam home. Luckily I had a nice long drive home to question my sanity! With Women’s Team Gymnastics Finals and Michael Phelps 200 Butterfly on the night’s schedule I was looking to waste no time getting home. So that meant no stops for refreshments. While driving I missed women’s vault and uneven bars but was looking good to make swimming finals and the second half of gymnastics but panic was starting to set in. 9:00pm Home! I jetted upstairs and settled in. Shower? No time…the Olympics are on! Luckily Sean had dinner ready so I was set. I was able to sit with my dirt covered sweaty legs for hours. 12:00am Shower time…finally. 12:30am Off to bed. Quick math indicated I was going to get a “solid” 4.5 hours of sleep before my morning run. Setting myself up my success is something I have yet to master. But maybe I will pick it up sometime in the next 40 years. 😉...

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The Second Half of the Season

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Stephanie's Blog |

At the start of the season things looked promising. I check off race after race on my schedule like clockwork. I almost began to think I might actually accomplish everything I planned back in January for the first time ever. But just like that everything came to a screeching halt. Suffice to say my race schedule from mid-June to December has had a makeover. The original schedule was built around a summer of paddle boarding culminating with the Tahoe Fall Classic (a 22 mile SUP race across Lake Tahoe), a fall of Spartan racing and a second shot at the 50k distance in December to end the 2016 race season just before Christmas. Ambitious? Yes. But it all seemed doable until it didn’t. My “long” workouts have just now reached 45 minutes after 8 weeks of 3 times a week at 30 minutes max. Far cry from 50k training I was doing and the time needed to knock out all the events I had planned. But on the bright side I have had plenty of time to dedicate to other fun endeavors: tennis, mountain biking, strength training… So what is the new plan? If everything continues to progress accordingly I plan on getting in some early cross country races (3-4 mile events) while building enough mileage to hit some late fall Spartan events (up to 13 miles with obstacles). My hope is with the combination of extra rest, more recovery and less training volume I will be able to get a few more races under my belt this year and be healthy enough to tackle my postponed goals come 2017. A full list of my “tentative” races is available...

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Santa Monica “Rough Water” Swim

Santa Monica “Rough Water” Swim

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Stephanie's Blog |

We headed to Santa Monica last weekend for the the elite paddle board races at the Santa Monica Pier Paddle – we have some upcoming women’s SUP pieces we needed to work on for Freeplay. The Santa Monica Pier Paddle is an amazing event with races and entertainment for everyone (more on this in an upcoming blog on www.freeplaymagazine.com). I figured if I am already there why not jump in the one mile ocean swim and the run-swim-run a few hours after that. It would be a great way to get a workout or two in before getting to “work”. Since I don’t have a wetsuit I chose the non-wetsuit divison afterall it is almost officially summer and we are in SoCal. I will be fine I thought. And I was…after I defrosted, chattered for 20 minutes, changed and took a hot shower just to turn around and jump back in for race #2. Despite the cold and rough water (and whining) I am excited to return to this event next year but am hoping it will be with a board in tow! Here are a few thoughts that crossed my mind as I navigated around the course for the one mile open water swim....

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