Wildflower Race Report

Wildflower Race Report

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

Wildflower was my first long course race. I really didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and nervous, not knowing what would unfold for the next 5 hours. I had more fun than I thought, at least in the first 3 hours of the race, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend! Tri-California put on another great event and the volunteers were fantastic! A year ago, I would not have told you I would be racing the long course distance. I loved to race the Olympic distance, enjoying the thrill of red-lining for 2+ hours. By the end of 2014 I felt I gained enough experience over the past couple of years and improved drastically from when I started competing in the sport. I decided to race professionally at the end of the year, but my focus was the Olympic distance. At the start of the 2015 season, my plans to primarily compete in the Olympic distance and possibly dabble in the longer course races changed. I am not going to talk about the disappearing Olympic distance race in this race report, but it did affect my season’s plans for 2015. I am excited for new experiences in the long course distance and Wildflower was just the beginning. Swim: I was hoping for a non-wetsuit legal swim so I could try out my HUUB swimskin, but it was just cold enough for the race to be wetsuit legal for everyone. We started off at a good clip with lots of kicks, punches, and jostling for position until the first buoy. By then, Emily Cocks had probably taken off and the first group was forming. I kicked hard to get to that group and I am glad I did because there was definitely a separation after me. I hung with them for most of the swim, losing contact 400-500m from the end. I felt smooth in my new HUUB Aura wetsuit, but was excited to start the rest of the race. T1a, run, T1b: As I was running up the boat ramp, I heard the announcer say that the top 10 were still coming out of the water. I didn’t know what position I was exactly, but it was nice to be up in the top after the swim. It was definitely a slow jog up the boat ramp! I couldn’t quite find my legs yet and I didn’t want to burn too many matches early in the race in this 2.2 mile run to T1bberzerk When I was cresting the top, Heather Jackson and Liz Lyles came flying by me. It was absolutely impressive how smooth they looked. About a mile into that run, I found my legs and also found a good friend hollering at me up the way. Andy Jessop was going berserk with his cowbell. He made my race for the next 2 hours! Bike: For...

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Half Moon Bay race report

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

photo by Andy Jessop This was my first race of the season. It was great to finally race and dust off some major cobwebs. I had the itch to race throughout March, but stuck with the plan and waited until the HMB tri. I did this race last year but it was a different bike and run course. This year, we biked along Highway 1 the entire time, which was fun to do! There weren’t many cars at 7am, just us triathletes and surfers. The swim was colder than last year… absolutely frigid. It was no warmer than 55-degrees so many people wore a neoprene cap. I felt sorry for those few who had a sleeveless wetsuit on. Fingers, face, and feet all froze as expected. My pinky finger was wandering off away from the rest of my hand and I couldn’t bring it together. It was weird! I talked with others afterwards who had the same problem, and we concluded that this is just an indication of how cold the water was! Overall, swim was nothing spectacular. I just tried to keep moving and couldn’t wait to get out of that water. Long run to transition. I was hoping my extremities would warm a bit, but that was not the case. I got some feeling in my feet to realize they were hurting stepping on all the little rocks on the pavement! Since I was in the first wave and one of the first people on the bike course, I knew people wouldn’t be expecting bikers. I was careful of parked cars potentially opening their doors on me and of cars turning before me. We had a slight headwind on the way out, which I was happy to realize when we turned around! I usually start to feel better on the bike a few miles in, but I never felt “good.” I was curious how my legs would respond on the run. T2 was pretty terrible. I can usually get in and out quick but I still could not move my hands. I struggled with getting my helmet off and running shoes on. I carried my running belt for awhile until I could get my hands to clasp it together! The run was flat as a pancake. It was up and down the coast – beautiful if you could take the time to look around! I felt like my legs were going to buckle under me the whole time. I tried to keep my focus despite my body’s resistance to keep moving. It’s amazing how the body can just keep going out of habit and training. I was happy to see the finish (when are you not?!) photo by Stephanie...

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Are you ready to race?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

I go through my own checklist of things that need to be in order prior to the night before my first race of the season. As I prepped my own equipment, I made a list to share. My season opener is the Half Moon Bay Olympic Distance on Sunday, April 19th. I am looking forward to racing with USA Productions and all the athletes this weekend! When is your first race? Some things to consider as you get ready: Is your transition bag cleared out from last year? If it still has stuff in it from last year… you might want to throw the contents in your neighbors trash can… Goggles: Check that the seal and strap of your race goggles didn’t get old from sitting for several months Wetsuit: Soak it before you put it on for the first time! Here are some guidelines to good wetsuit care as well: http://www.huubdesign.com.au/wetsuit-care Electrical tape: is it still sticky? Tri bike shoes: Is the Velcro still in good shape? Clean your bike. Check the tire treads, cogs, chain, brake pads. Bring your bike and wheels in for a check-up if needed.. a few weeks prior to your race Has your body glide dried out? Is your sunscreen old and needing a replacement? Speed laces: Don’t forget to put these on your shoes and run in them before the race Helmet: are the pads still in good condition? Is your race sticker still on your helmet from the last race you did last year… you might need a major scrubbing..! Make sure your cleats are good. It is always good to have a spare pair For really cold water swims, do you have a neoprene cap and/or booties? Try it out before the race to make sure it works for you. As I re-pack my bag and check my equipment, I always make sure I have the following spares if I am traveling to a race: -cleats -tires and tubes -spare cassette and cassette changing tool -extra cap -extra goggles -extra goggle strap -electrical tape -rear derailleur hanger -extra kit (yes, I have heard of people’s zippers ripping race day)   Good luck and have fun! Hope to see you out there racing!               photo by Brian...

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It takes an army

It takes an army

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

  Triathlon is a team sport. For many people who toe the line, there is an army of people who have helped that person get there. For some, it’s about getting to that finish and for others, it’s about performing. But for everyone out there that day, there are countless others who are there in spirit – ones who are not actually competing but who have contributed a significant amount of effort to the athlete’s ability to race that day. I am 110% sure that I would not be where I am, performing like I am, and be able to keep up this demanding lifestyle if it weren’t for the team of people behind me. My husband first and foremost, family, coach, teammates (past and present), sponsors, friends, bike fit specialist, nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractor, doctors, and even my employer… have all been a big part of my race successes. I like to think I am not a high maintenance person in real life, but when I think about all the people who have supported me throughout the years to get me to where I am today, it seems as though I may be a little high maintenance! Photo by Brian Pomeroy I am amazed at what it takes to perform at an elite level, and what it will take to be able to succeed at it. It’s not easy and I know I couldn’t do it without the support. Before I started triathlon, I had no idea what I was really getting myself into. I was excited to combine the 3 disciplines I have competed in individually. Over the past few years, I have realized how much I don’t know, and am continuing to learn how to live this lifestyle with the fabulous support team I have behind me. I look forward to growing together with everyone for many years to...

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