The Kona Dream

The Kona Dream

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Jaimee's Blog |

Race Highlights High-fiving thousands of people while running down Ali’i Drive My race crew riding beach cruisers during the run Racing with the best athletes from all over the world Living out my dream of competing in the World Championships After two years of consistent hard work, a lot of determination and countless miles logged in training, I accomplished my dream of qualifying for Ironman World Championships in Kona by winning my first Ironman in July 2016 at Ironman Canada (Canada race recap). On October 8, 2016 I got to live out my dream and compete in the Ironman World Championships. Kona truly is a magical place and the race experience is unforgettable. In the weeks and days leading up to the race Ali’i Drive is filled with athletes from all over the world running around town, swimming at the Kona Pier and biking along the Queen K all hours of the day. Race week is almost* more fun than the actual race day, it’s full of activities such as swim competitions, kids races, the famous Underpants Run down Ali’I drive, if you’re lucky enough to be invited there’s a beer mile race and my favorite swimming out to the Cliff Bar coffee boat, getting a refreshing drink and talking to athletes from New Zealand, Australia and Florida. Ironman village is huge and of course full of tons of new products and limited edition Kona gear that is all must have! With so much going on and people from all over the world the energy is crazy. It’s intimidating, exciting, anxious and unreal all at the same time. Thankfully we didn’t stay in Kona, I prefer to stay at least 20 minutes away from the race site. It helps me get away from the “race scene and energy” and not feel so anxious. We lucked out with a sick house big enough for my parents, brothers, grandpa and two friends who are basically family. During my taper week I did many light workouts, stretched, tried to stay off my feet, ate Basik Acai, drank out of coconuts and watched the boys as they jumped off cliffs. I really wanted to jump, just once but everyone told me it wasn’t a good idea. I saw a guy there with the Ironman wristband on who was jumping, I asked him if he was racing- he wasn’t he was a volunteer- the look of disappointment on my face must have said a lot since he told me, “don’t jump it’s not worth it. Think of all you did to get here and how horrible it’d be if it got taken away from a jump that lasts 3 seconds.” Valid point, so I videotaped and lived vicariously through them. Finally, 24 hours to go! We got to rack our bikes and drop off our gear at transition, it was hands down the coolest...

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How I ran my way to Ironman World Championships! Ironman Canada Recap

How I ran my way to Ironman World Championships! Ironman Canada Recap

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

Race Highlights First full Ironman Fastest swim, bike, run 1st place AG Ironman World Championship Kona Qualifier How to make the most of an Ironman Have an epic support crew Pick a race with gorgeous views Make a realistic race day plan and stick to it Have a positive attitude I apologize for the longest race report I’ve ever written, but if I can race 140.6 miles you can read the whole thing! In July 2014 I witnessed my first triathlon, after that I set a goal to start racing and in four years compete in a full Ironman and qualify for Ironman World Championships in Kona. In 2015 I had my first year of racing, competing in three half- ironman’s and a couple Olympic distance races. After landing myself on the podium each race and a couple wins I decided to chase my Kona dream in 2016. For those who don’t know, Kona hosts the Ironman World Championship race every year and every year over 80,000 people compete in an Ironman while only 2,000 qualify for Kona. The chances of qualifying are less than 2.5%. I knew it was a big goal but I also know the value of hard work and determination. I signed up for Ironman Canada in August 2015 and every day after that worked towards that race knowing it was my one shot at Kona. I woke up early every morning to train then would train again after working all day, weekends were full of long training days followed by recovery and rest. A lot of sacrifices made, a lot of miles and hour logged and a lot of sweat all to prepare me for Ironman Canada and dedicated to a dream. Fast forward to this year, I had some good days but felt like the bad days outweighed the good. 8 outta 10 times my workouts never went as planned, always felt fatigued and some days were just a struggle but I kept the dream in mind and plugged away day after day. By the end of June I was done, mentally, physically and emotionally drained from it all. I didn’t feel fast, I didn’t feel ready and I didn’t feel excited. Luckily my coach had me start tapering early, my friends and I got some fun training days in and before I knew it I was feeling good and excited to head to Canada. My mom and I embarked on our road trip from California to Canada. Two bikes, over 10 bags and over 1,000 miles to go! I was in awe over the beauty that surrounded us in Canada. By Wednesday we were in Whistler, made it to our house, relaxed and went to the Village to explore. Some friends I grew up racing dirtbikes with came up for the race, not to watch but to compete in their first Half-...

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How I (barley) Survived the Worlds Toughest Half

How I (barley) Survived the Worlds Toughest Half

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Jaimee's Blog |

Worlds Toughest Half- word to the wise This is not a PR course Hot. Hilly. Hard. More like 3/4 of an Ironman, not 1/2 of an Ironman Don’t race sick, unless you don’t mind blowing snot rockets all over yourself Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. The Auburn Half Ironman is named the “Worlds Toughest Half” and for good reason too. A few weeks after Oceanside half ironman I decided I needed more than just a few races, after all we spend so much time and energy training, racing is the best part. So I talked to my coach Jon, said I wanted to do the Auburn Olympic. His response was, I’d be okay with you doing the half. My mind flashed back to last year when Justin and I trained on this course, it was hilly very hilly. I thought well why not, it’ll only make me a better athlete and more prepared for my next big race so I signed up about three weeks prior. One week out from race day I woke up pretty sick. Told myself I’d rest for a few days but was pretty worried about losing fitness. Tapering weeks are the time to dial it back, focus on rest while maintaining your sharpness. You don’t want to over do it with your workouts while tapering but you can surely lose fitness while tapering, it’s a fine line. Being sick + tapering is about as bad as it can get. That same week, Justin sent me a text “You ready for the most painful race of your life this weekend?!” Coming from a studly, fast Amateur Elite that did not make me feel any better about race day. Race Morning– 2:58am on Sunday morning my alarm is buzzing. Anytime I wake up at 4am or earlier I ask myself, is this really worth it (answer still to be determined). I quickly made breakfast then my mom and I jumped in the car and headed up to Auburn. Pre Race– I got to the start of the race, set up my transition area and ran into Freeplay Teammate Elise Winter who was racing (and dominated) the Olympic distance. I also ran into my friend and training partner Jen, who was doing the half and crushed it. We wished each other good luck and I told them I’d see them at the finish because they’d be way ahead of me! Swim– Headed out to the start buoy where Boost Swimming was giving us our pre race talk. After being delayed about 10 minutes, floating and treading water we were finally ready to go. The swim started out strong but I quickly felt out of shape, short of breath and like my lungs were on fire. I just kept swimming, breathing every other stroke, got through the swim and ran up the boat ramp to T1. As I ran up...

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Amateur Triathlete, Professional Donut Eater- Ironman Oceanside 70.3 Race Recap

Amateur Triathlete, Professional Donut Eater- Ironman Oceanside 70.3 Race Recap

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Jaimee's Blog |

  Highlights– Best pre race week with my friends. Full of sunshine, Swami’s, Nekter, La Jolla and filming. A couple sub 7 minute miles on the run Seeing my friends on the run course and all of my cheerleaders Donuts at the finish line Podium finish against a fast field of chicks Oceanside is the race that brings out the fastest triathletes from all over. It’s the first race of the season for many, everyone wants to get out there and show off their off- season work plus who doesn’t love racing in Southern California along the beach. For me personally, my off-season wasn’t as ideal as I wanted it to be. As I like to say “life happens” and sometimes that effects our training. Going into the race I knew deep down I wasn’t my fittest or strongest mentally and physically but I didn’t care, I was just excited to race and be in my favorite place, So Cal. I headed down to Southern California about a week early to have some fun and a mini vacation with friends before the race. What better way to taper than tan on the beach? The week leading up to race day was filled with non-stop fun, food, filming and race prep with my closest friends. As race day was quickly approaching, Coach ordered me to stay away from the race site and expo for as long as I could so I wouldn’t start stressing about race day. The weird part was I didn’t feel like it was race week, I was in total chill mode and not race mode all week. Friday we headed to Ironman Village to check in, rack our bikes and check out the expo. The more time spent there, the more nervous and anxious I got. Seeing all the different athletes, their fast bikes with the newest race wheels and over hearing conversations about their off- season is intimidating. The only thing you can do is remind yourself of how hard you’ve worked. It doesn’t matter who has the fastest bike or the best swimmers body, anything can happen on race day and you have to go out there and race your own race. Race morning– 4:30am I hear my alarm buzzing, time to get up and get going. I love to eat but at 4:30am the hardest thing to do is get a good meal in you. I was given advice to go for a quick jog down the street and do some track drills to warm up my body, which would make it easier to eat. After about 10 minutes of that, I choked down some eggs, a banana, bagel with peanut butter and a few sips of Gatorade. Headed to Oceanside Harbor and finished setting up my transition area. I realized I had left quite a few things behind; luckily I had the...

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Sometimes no plan, is the best plan.

Sometimes no plan, is the best plan.

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Jaimee's Blog |

With the chaos of life and stress of constant training, sometimes the best thing you can do for your mind and body is get away from your typical day, planned training schedule or your every day surroundings. My friends were headed down to Southern California for a fun few days, when they asked me to come with them I didn’t even think twice about it and said yes! It wasn’t until about an hour later I said to myself, I can’t go I have an FTP test this week, what about my three and a half hour bike ride with a run after, how will I get my swim in… but I couldn’t pass up a trip to my favorite place with some of my best friends. Within 5 minutes I had talked to my coach, rearranged my plan and started packing my bags to head on a spur the moment road trip. When I arrived in Orange County on Thursday I was so happy to be down there, enjoy the beauty of So Cal and of course, work on my tan. We spent Friday at Disneyland and there was nothing better than seeing the sweet little kids faces light up when they saw Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the first time. Saturday consisted of going to the beach, working on the 4th discipline of triathlons (tanning), eating at the best restaurants, getting our juice fix (because we have a huge obsession with juices) and having fun with more of our friends who live down there. Of course, what’s a little vacation without some type of race? Despite not having many long runs under my belt, as my focus has primarily been cycling, I was easily convinced to lace up my running shoes for a 15 mile run (warm up, race 13.1 miles, cool down). No goal pace, no nutrition in my pockets, basically my game plan was non existent which is not typical for me. A few miles in I started to panic that my pace wasn’t what it normally is, then I realized I came here to have fun and get away from ‘the plan’. So instead of looking at my watch I just ran and enjoyed every second of running along the ocean with the sun beating down on me giving me that awesome racerback tan line. After the race we hung around the beach, refueled with more juices and talked about our upcoming races. Even though this race was not my ‘A Race’ or even ‘B or C Race’ and there was no PR or podium at the finish, it was the exact type of training day I needed. Many athletes get so focused on ‘the plan’ and sticking to a set schedule that they forget to have fun and enjoy life outside of racing and training. I want to be a successful athlete and...

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The countdown has begun…

The countdown has begun…

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Jaimee's Blog |

  Less than 10 weeks to go until I tackle my first race of the 2016 season, in Oceanside, California. I am getting anxious already and looking forward to seeing my off-season training pay off. After Ironman Tahoe 70.3 I took some time to rest, let my body recover by doing other things that were not swim, bike, run and I ate a lot! Literally, my coach Jon ordered me to eat and gain weight. At first I didn’t want to listen because being at race weight, lean and fast is awesome but then I remembered how much I love donuts and pizza so it wasn’t too hard to follow orders. Tempo runs to the donut shop turned into walks with friends to the donut shop, which was better than driving to the donut shop. Our off-season plan was to improve on the bike so I biked until my legs couldn’t pedal, and then biked some more. Being a runner before a triathlete I am confident in my running ability and was willing to give up my usual weekly millage to focus on building my cycling strength. There were many days where I dreaded the trainer, didn’t hit my target numbers or had no turn left in my legs but my coach reminded me that consistency is the key to long term success so I stuck to his plan for me and kept plugging away at it. Now we’re getting into race specific training- more hours, less donuts and back to training with some fast friends (more like chasing them from a distance). I’m ready to get the season underway and looking forward to being in sunny San Diego with my family, friends, team and to go out there and do my thing! A huge thank you to the people who are in my corner helping and supporting me along the way. I couldn’t have gotten through this cold, rainy off season without the constant support of my encouraging family and friends, motivating teammates, smart and wise coach and of course Freeplay Magazine, Rudy Project, Natures Bakery, Salming, XX2i, Folsom Bike, Hoffart Chiropractic, FLUID, Sacramento Running Association, Obdura, Vitality Multisport, thank you for all the support, believing in us and help make it possible for us to succeed. Less than 10 weeks until we get this season underway, see you in Oceanside!!!...

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