Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ironman Melbourne 2015- Asia Pacific Championship

Before the down and dirty, I want to give a few personal Thank-you's that don't get lost at the end of a too-long race report :)

Thank you SO very much to the race organization and team- Ironman Melbourne is as top-notch and first class as they come. The event team is so very helpful and supportive of the pros and age-groupers alike, and to me, racing in Asia-Pacific feels like home because of this amazing team. Thank you always to Luke for... everything, and to Nanna Vicki for coming along for the ride and looking after Wynne the entire Melbourne trip.

Congratulations & Thank you to the deserving and inspiring four that beat me: Mel Hauschildt, Yvonne Van Vlerken, Caroline Steffen, and Äsa Lundstrom. Thank you to all the professional women that lined up and have influenced me daily in this sport with their passion, talent, and determination.

Ironman #13... check! 


OK... And.... we're off!

After a week of letting my thoughts on Ironman Melbourne marinate, here we go. The lead-up to this race was nothing short of perfect until 2 weeks out when (cue ominous music) I got Salmonella which I talked about in my last post.

Once race week arrived, I decided that I was in-fact going to race so I chased the negative thoughts out of my head and focused on the positives and can-dos. I knew I had already done nearly all of the work prior to getting sick and I just missed maybe a little topping off. Luke was quick to shut me up any time my confidence wavered (frequently) and tell me that I needed to change my mindset. He was right. We arrived in Melbourne on Thursday and by Friday I was able to do a few short (4, 3, 2, 1 minute) run efforts that re-convinced me I actually was capable of running faster than a 10-minute mile. I did everything I could to re-establish a healthy digestive system including taking probiotics & colostrum, drinking kombucha, and going completely dairy and gluten-free for race week to minimize inflammation. As the week went on, I began to feel great and like my old self. All systems go!

Logistically, Ironman Melbourne is rather difficult as it is a two transition race with a point-to-point marathon and most people get accommodations near the finish in St. Kilda. This means that you need to drive multiple trips to Frankston (T1) to drop your bike, attend pro meeting, etc and it takes about 1 hour to drive there (driving along the marathon course you realize it is a very long f$%^ing way to run!)  The logistics are handled extremely well by the Ironman race organization (The Asia-Pacific crew puts on a truly world-class premier event), but the logistics still take time. As an urban race, it often takes 15 minutes to drive just a few blocks, so plan accordingly.

Race day dawned and we were truly blessed (sorry, The Real Starky) by the weather gods. Melbourne is nothing short of a crapshoot for weather in late march (which is the end of Australian summer). You could get a blustery and rainy 50 degree day or a scorcher. Nobody knows. Race week had its ups-and-downs weather-wise (they say Melbourne is 4 seasons in a day and they are right), but race day was near perfect. Forecast was pretty much 75 and sunny although with a headwind for the entire point-to-point marathon. I was personally just thankful for calm seas and a warm morning and I thought the harder marathon conditions would benefit me as it wouldn't be easy peasy for anyone and might give me a few extra minutes to catch up if girls were running slower.

I had my standard GF pancakes with gobs of syrup for breakfast and chased it with a white chocolate blondie Harmony Bar in the car on the drive down to the race start. We arrived 90 minutes ahead which I think is perfect for Ironman. A bit excessive for some, but I like to leave time for any last minute emergencies and also my pre-race jog (about 15 minutes of my favorite songs on my Ipod, a few strides, and a lot of visualization). When all was racked and ready, I put on my brand new Blue Seventy Helix & Aquasphere Cayenne clear goggles and headed to the pro start.

The Swim - 2.4 miles - 1:00:22 (1:33/ 100 meters)
I've mentioned before that I get super nervous before swim start. The old, "Wait, why would anyone subject themselves to this?" feeling and bringing lambs to slaughter always enters my mind as we are corralled and waiting. However, I was near the ever-smiling Bree Wee who seemed super relaxed and was waving to cameras and things and that helped. I've been swimming really well (for me) lately and was hoping for a sub-1hr swim. The gun went off and we had to dolphin-dive about 10-15 times due to knee deep water extended for about 200m off the shore. I felt I had a pretty good start, but soon realized I had lost feet in front of me and was leading whatever group I was with. I didn't know who I was swimming with, so I couldn't make a judgment on if it was going well or not, I just focused on swimming strong out to the first turn buoys.
At Ironman Melbourne, the sight buoys and turn buoys are quite far apart. For age groupers, this is no big deal as there is a constant stream to follow. Also, for the lead pro men and women, no big deal as there is a lead paddleboarder to follow. However, 2nd packers in the pro field were definitely at a disadvantage here. After making the first two turns, my group turned into the sunlight to come back to shore and all the buoys in the distance seemed to line up oddly and we had NO idea which one to swim for. We ended up swimming back towards the wrong buoys until a jet ski finally came and corralled us to change direction. Unfortunately, we still couldn't see exactly where to go. After a lot of breaststroking and frustration, I just hopped on the feet of a girl who seemed to have more directional sense than me and trusted her feet. It turned out to be Äsa Lundstrum, and she helped navigate us back on course. Once we made the 3rd turn, sighting became easier and we worked to make up the time we had lost. Somewhere before that turn and slower group caught us when we got back on course and we became a pack of about 10 swimmers. So, I was bummed we made such an error, but relieved there was at least company and not all was lost in the race. We ended up exiting the swim in 1:00:22, just missing that hour cutoff. After the race, I was disappointed I missed my swim goal, but confident that if I hadn't made errors, the fitness to go under an hour was there. Also importantly, the wetsuit felt absolutely amazing and I couldn't be happier to be in the Helix. I think it is a game-changer for me as it is super flexible in all the right places and allows me to rotate well and keep my stroke. it almost feels like swimming without a wetsuit combined with all the benefits of swimming with a wetsuit. Ok. That makes no sense. Anyway, as this is already probably my longest swim report ever, I'll stop now.

T1: Wetsuit off. Helmet and glasses on. Roll out. 2:37 - pretty solid.

The Bike- 112 miles- 4:55:13 (WAHOO!) - 22.8 mph
The bike was a bit of a "choose your own adventure" for me (Remember those books?). I was constantly making decisions that could each impact my race and lead to different outcomes.
Photo: Adam Weathered
Problem-solving is key in Ironman and I tried to stay calm and make the best decisions throughout the day. I exited T1 about 30 seconds behind Mareen Hufe and Äsa Lundstrom, two strong girls known for their cycling prowess. I had made some totally amateur mistakes mounting my bike and then trying to get my feet in the shoes. The "old" me assumed that since they were 30 seconds up the road, they'd continue to pull away. I began to ride by my own watts and my perceived effort was quite comfortable. To my suprise, I was catching the girls. After about 5k, I was directly behind them and settled into a 12+ meter gap to ride with them. If felt quite easy (famous last words- that's the trap in the beginning of an Ironman!). After 15 minutes, I went to take a turn at the front thinking (who am I taking a turn with these girls? but I felt good and wanted to share the work). I continued to ride with Äsa and Mareen for the first 30 miles, but then they put little bits of time into me (especially on downhills, they just pulled away). I would catch back up on the uphills, but eventually, the space gap grew a bit. However, I still could see them, about 50 meters ahead.
Photo: First Off the Bike
At 35 miles, I had to make a big "choose your own adventure" decision. I dropped my key nutrition bottle which held 1200 valuable calories. I thought, " I can (A), leave the bottle and keep in contact with these girls, hopefully bridging back up, or (B) go get the bottle and lose sight of them. I actually chose (B) because I knew that the bottle would only take 20-30 seconds to retrieve, and I could lose much more time than that and possibly jeopardize my race by fiddling with getting enough on-course nutrition and wondering if it would settle well in my stomach. At the end of the day, I think I made the right call but you never know. Asa and Mareen put about 7 minutes into me by the end of the bike ride, so hopefully in the future I can learn how to stay with girls like this. After the dropped bottle episode I was really on my own. One legal-looking group of age group men passed me but I wasn't able to stay with them and pace off of them. For the last 70 miles, I just kept reminding myself to stay focused and aero. My personal goal was to break 5 hours (I have thought about this goal for MONTHS now) and lap one of the bike told me it was possible, coming in around 2:25. On lap two, the headwind out to the turnaround really picked up and I just stayed focused on trying to make it up to a couple girls ahead. I eventually caught Ashley Clifford, and then Mirinda Carfrae near the end of the bike, but it was all a struggle. My watts definitely dropped (by about 10-15) on the second lap and I just didn't feel super strong and like I had that Ironman endurance after being sick but I was happy with what I had done on the day. AND I BROKE 5 HOURS! I DID IT! Super thanks to coach Luke, Endura for the super fast skinsuit, and SRAM, ENVE, and Scott for the kickass & ridiculously fast bicycle.

I came off the bike in 9th place, ready to see what the run had in store for me.
Nutrition note: I ate 2000 calories on the bike. Yep, you read that right. 400 calories per hour, more than most giant men. This included: 
 1 Harmony Bar
12 Gu
1 pack Clif Bloks
2 big bottles of Gatorade. 
Most literature says you can only digest 250-350 calories per hour (which most people would think I'd be on the lower end of weighing 110 pounds). The funny thing is, I actually "ran out" of nutrition and wanted more. Especially another Harmony Bar. I think my secret to a good run is the amount of nutritional damage I can do on the bike and seemingly digest it all with no problems. I don't think I'm giving away my secret sauce though because I don't actually think most people are capable of ingesting like I can and if they tried it could ruin their race. See, scared you away, right? 

T2: Toss bike to lovely volunteer, Socks, Hoka Cliftons, fresh pair of Smith glasses, Garmin, Betty Trucker, and I'm out! 1:00 exactly.
exiting T2. Photo: Witsup.com
The Run- 26.2 miles- 3:05:56- 7:05 min/mile
The run was where I was most concerned my recent sickness would catch up with me as I hadn't done any substantial running in about 3 weeks except for the Subic Bay 70.3. But, as I clicked off the first 5k, my worries subsided. I was running really well, right on my goal pace, and it felt "easy". I passed a couple of girls and thought this could be my day to run a 2:55. That is, until about mile 5 when it got hard. All of a sudden, the easy pace felt like it required a lot of effort. I felt dehydrated, hungry, tired and slow. This all continued for about, oh, the next 21 miles.
Turning it over. Photo: Luke McKenzie
After mile 5, I never felt good. I just soldiered on, running what felt like a slow tempo pace, not the blazing marathon I was hoping for. It didn't help that Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae ran about 100 meters behind me for a good 15 miles. Nobody likes the crazy fast running World Champ hot on their heels! Rinny never closed the gap (she's saving her fitness for the big day in October), but I also had difficutly closing the gap on any of the girls ahead of me after the first 10k. I was in 6th place for the vast majority of the run, making no moves forward or back. Luke was on his bike and would occasionally pop by to give encouragement or splits, but he didn't get the best version of me that day  :). I was grumpy and cranky and wanted to be done but he reminded me to never give up. At around 24 miles, Annabel Luxford had slowed dramatically as a day of racing off the front (in her first Ironman!) had caught up with her. I passed my friend and moved into 5th place.
The Giant party at mile 25 was definitely a highlight

I crossed the finish line and fell into Luke's arms (cheesy but true), so done with the day! I was very happy with 5th in this Championship race (there are just 5 Championship races per year and they have double the prize money and Kona points of most races, drawing exceptional fields). I also came close to my super secret goal of breaking 9 hours, with a 9:05. Guess that is more fuel for the fire!
Done. 


Finally, thank you to my sponsors. I feel I have the very best team around me this year and I can't wait for more.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tour down under & over (& Subic Bay 70.3)

The past six weeks have been nothing short of crazy, awesome, and sometimes, honestly, just a total blur. Mid-February, we hopped the big bird back over to Australia to spend some time with Luke's family, get in a quality training block in Noosa, and check a few more of our 2015 races off the list.

Nearly as soon as we arrived in Australia, Luke hopped yet another big bird and flew 14hrs to Dubai to give a shot at the first jewel in the Triple Crown, Challenge Dubai. Challenge Dubai didn't pan out as Luke had hoped (too much travel maybe?), but while he was gone, I really learned to fend for myself (& Wynne) in Noosa which was a bonus. I finally bit the bullet and started driving on the left side of the road, and I studied maps and routes and ventured out to learn the lay of the land in the Noosa "hinterland" (a fancy Aussie way to say "inland").
Once Luke returned, we hit the training hard thanks to copious amounts of help from Grandma, Auntie Jacque and babysitter Danielle (Callum Millward's better half). Wynne was taken very good care of while mum & dad hit the daily grind and focused on doing the work. Aside from family, we also have a great support network of friends in Noosa that makes it feel like home. You seriously cannot go to one of the favorite coffee shops without bumping into a friendly face (and stopping to chat for an hour).
Wynne's in her happy place with Nanna & Pa

I had a very solid Ironman buildup in January & February in San Diego (some serious bike miles on the Coast Ride and lots of consistent training & run races following Pucon 70.3) that set me up for a final big block leading towards Ironman Melbourne. Training in Noosa was nothing short of  amazing and it's quite possibly rivaling Bend, OR as my favorite training locale in the world. In some ways Noosa beats Bend without question. For example, Noosa wins in the swimming department: Daily swims in a gorgeous 50 meter pool with an amazing swim squad and warm ocean waters with weekly group swims. But, although Noosa has one of the most beautiful runs in the world (Hells Gate in Noosa National Park), I vote Bend for running hands down over Noosa as Bend has endless trails, dirt roads, and several really good running tracks in town (Noosa has only a grass track that feels 'slow' to me). Riding is a toss-up between the two- both some of the best in the world with good variety (big climbs to long flat TT rides) from what I have seen.

Anyway, I completely fell in love with Noosa on this trip... Can't wait to get back already! It's definitely no surprise that so many professional triathletes call Noosa home (or 2nd home). While we were there, we got to train with so many incredible athletes (name drop alert) including Greg & Laura Bennett, Belinda & Justin Granger, Mirinda Carfrae & Tim O'Donnell, Canadian ITU star Kirsten Sweetland, Emma Snowsill (though retired she still calls herself a "rent-a-runner" to help us that need training buddies), Jan Frodeno, Jenny Fletcher, and Callum Millward. Siri Lindley was also basing her elite squad in Noosa and we got to hang with her short-course girls on some of the local group rides like the ever-ridiculously hard Tuesday World Champs. The day-to-day vibe in Noosa is "serious about training, and relaxed about life" Training is hard & life is easy in Noosa. Everyone is nice and cool, no pretenses, just hard work and loving life.
Sunday Noosa ritual: Group swim here followed by a sunset beer. 
Another daily Noosa ritual: Coffees post-ride at Costa Noosa or Little Cove. American coffee is definitely not on the Australian level (Luke pictured here with riding buddy Tim DeVries, best known for his Strava KOM for the Tuesday World Champs loop ;)  )
Starting rides here then heading to the hills does not suck! 

The quintessential Noosa run in the National Park - just wish it was longer than 10k! 
Inside the National Park Tanglewood loop
I guess I forgot to take pics of the amazing Noosa Aquatic Center 50 meter pool but if you check Siri Lindley's Instagram there are about 1000 if you're curious.

Amidst the training haze a couple weeks into our trip, we took an easy taper week and flew back over the equator to the Phillipines to try our hands at Subic Bay 70.3. We thought a 70.3 two weeks out from Ironman Melbourne would be a great final hit out for me, and I was excited to get back to race in Asia...The three Asian races I have been to (Ironman Malaysia, Challenge Phuket (just spectated), and now Subic Bay 70.3) have been amazing, especially in terms of community support and passion for triathlon. Subic Bay was on another level... the fans were amazing and they truly made the pros feel like rockstars! 
30th birthday boy Tim Reed doing a royal wave for the crowd. 

I swear Luke signed more autographs in two days than he does in an entire week in Kona and I even got to sign a few myself. I'm pretty sure the requesters had absolutely no idea who I am but they knew I was a pro that was enough for them to want a signature! Aside from the fans, the organization was top-notch and Sunrise events truly wowed me- thank you to Princess, Fred, and the team! They really involved the pros and we did lots of panels, Q&As, and got to help out at the ALASKA IronKids event.
Katy Duffied & Belinda Granger inspiring future triathlets at IronKids

Anyway, the Subic Bay half ironman race was a chance for me to test my progress and I came out super happy with where my swim and bike were in terms of progress. The course was hot, hard, and windy, but totally fun & do-able. I had a great battle out on the field with the strong pro women and came out 2nd in the end. I had a super solid swim for me: 27:45 non-wetsuit - thanks in great part to Belinda Granger teaching me how to harden up in the pool in Noosa.. On to the bike I was out in 3rd place behind super swimmer Emma Bilham & the legend Belinda Granger herself. Belinda and I stuck (legally) together throughout nearly the entire bike which was motivating for me as she is a rider I really look up to for her strength. I knew that if I was riding with her, I was going pretty well. We did get passed in the first half by the charging Parys Edwards (folks, she reminds me of Chrissie Wellington if only she could swim faster!)  There was a pretty strong headwind on the way out and I just concentrated on making myself aero, small, & strong.
Proof I was suffering
Climbing the long hill. Photo: Asia Tri
This was my 2nd race in my Endura skinsuit and it was amazing again. It just feels so fast compared to a standard tri kit and combined with my Scott Plasma 5 & Enve wheels, it's no surprise I'm riding faster this year for many reasons. Not taking anything away from myself- the good ole engine is definitely on the upswing thanks to the training Luke is giving me, but the best-of-the-best equipment is absolutely helping with the end result of the equation. I came off the bike in 2nd place after passing Emma around 50k, but heard the announcer call out Dimity-Lee Duke hot on my heels as I entered T2. I know Dimity is super strong in tough conditions as she beat me at the sweltering Ironman Malaysia and has been living & training at Thanyapura in Thailand. So, I made sure to get out of transition quickly to get outta sight outta mind.
Runnin' down a dream

I knew Parys was a few minutes up the road already and the heat and wind were really starting to turn up. I knew that Parys' strength was in her bike/run so I doubted I would catch her, but I was determined to try and also to hold on to 2nd place. The run was darn hard but overall uneventful. I stayed a few minutes behind Parys and Dimity stayed a few minutes behind me & rounded out the podium in 3rd
Smiles for 2nd (and a fist pump OF COURSE) 
Finish line hugs from the coach
After finishing a happy 2nd, I saw that I had finished in 4:24 which is actually a personal best for me and on a tough day to boot. I rode 2:26 (I think my first-ever sub 2:30 bike ride on not the easiest course). My run was just meh (a 1:26), nothing flashy but good enough to keep me in the game. Luke's race had highs and lows and he ended up with a 4th place finish. Proud of him as always as even when he's not in the lead, he stays solid and finishes what he started with strength.
Solid day for team McGerdes 


Coming home from the Phillipines, I was excited for the flight to watch movies and sleep in my EMPTY ROW of seats (Wynne had stayed with Grandma & Grandpa for the trip and a child-free plane flight is a total luxury!) but unfortunately I did very little sleeping and a very lot of trips to the bathroom every 30-minutes or so. Turns out I had earned more than just a little cash in the Phillipines.. I got myself 6 days of bedridden agony and several doctors visits later I found out that I had gotten Salmonella (still no idea what from, maybe a bite of chicken salad on the plane).
Luckily Wynne had her fan club (Luke, Jacque, Nanna, and great Grandpa Jack!) to look after her while mom was quite unable. 


So, what was to be my last week of Ironman prep in Noosa was spent in bed, far from being able to train, barely able to hobble to the bathroom. It was the most physically painful week of my life so far (felt like 6 days straight of intense childbirth contractions) but by Monday of Ironman Melbourne race week, I was 90% back to normal. I had done a super easy swim & ride over the weekend to get moving, but was really worried about my run because my stomach/guts were in so much physical pain. Just walking was painful. By monday, though, I managed a 45 minute jog at 9 or 10 min mile pace. Not what you hope for for your A race week when you want to run a sub-3 marathon, but those were the cards I was dealt. Other than that though, I was feeling back to normal and had my appetite back. I slammed priobiotics like it was going out of style and re-committed to the race I had mentally backed out on about a million times the week before. Special thanks to Luke & Belinda for really making me believe that I was going to be okay and could still pull off a good race, because at the point I had gotten to, retaining confidence is at least half the battle...

After full recovery, I was able to enjoy my last 3 days in Noosa before heading to Melbourne on Thursday prior to the race. We were all sad to leave, so of course we made some plans to come back very soon... We are going to be super platinum status with the airlines soon with all this travel, but its worth it for us to be in both of our "homes".

Thank you to all of my sponsors who make travel like this possible and for what has already been an awesome start to the race season! 2nd place is my best-ever 70.3 result (I have a 3rd from Hawaii 70.3 2012 and a few 4ths), and hope to take that up a place in the near future..

Thanks for making it this far... Ironman Melbourne race report to come this week!


SO, If you've made it this far, you deserve some super special bonus #momoftheyear content.. This is what happens when you look away from your 9 month old for a few minutes:

Look mom! I scooped a little something out of my diaper. Tastes delicious. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pucòn 70.3

Having never been to South America, when Luke asked if I wanted to race Pucòn 70.3 4 weeks after Ironman Western Australia, I obviously said, "YES!". Pucòn has been on my race bucket list after watching the adventures and hearing rave reviews from Linsey Corbin & Ben Hoffman. The tricky bit is that a mid-january race can be difficult to get in shape for for us northern hemispherites. Not to be deterred, though, I knew that if I put in a couple of strong weeks of training in January, my Iron-fitness would carry me through and I'd hopefully make a couple of fitness deposits in the bank for 2015.
Getting to Pucòn, Chile is quite the haul, but if it goes smoothly (as our travel did), it's not so bad. I think we were in the 24-hr door to door ballpark. We flew from San Diego -> Houston ->Santiago -> Temuco, Chile. From Temuco, Pucòn is about a 90 minute drive along the beautiful Chilean countryside. Wynne did great and we stamped her passport in her 5th continent!
Instead of the typical effusive paragraphs of race rundown, I'll a top 10 things to know about a triathlete's trip to Pucòn 70.3 (and you'll get the idea of my race along the way... tricky, eh?)

1) The snowcapped Villarica Volcano flanks the town of Pucòn and makes for some serious "take your breath away" backdrops for your race photos. You can go hike this volcano (& slide down on a sled!) but we weren't able to- I don't think Wynne is ready for ice picks, crampons, and helmets in case of lava flow).
We admired the volcano from the comfortd of Pucòn village
2) South Americans LOVE triathlon. The race energy was INSANE all week and it felt much more like a full Ironman event where the pre-race dinner and festivities were all top-notch and very well attended. The Chileans were incredibly enthusiastic spectators and especially encouraging of females.. It was awesome! Luke was like a celebrity there and he signed more autographs than in Kona.
3) If you like meat, proceed directly to Chile! The town of Pucòn is incredibly cute and reminds me of a ski village, but its not a ski village. Throughout the walking streets, there are dozens of traditional Chilean restaurants with outdoor grills (Churrascarias) where they cook amazing meats to order. We definitely got our iron stores nice and high pre-race!


mmmmm...........

4) The swim takes place in Lago Villarico which is brisk, but not freezing. Definitely wetsuit legal. The swim course is awesome and the lake was calm for our race morning. I had a less than stellar swim in the beautiful Lago Villarica (one of those swims where I assumed it must have been long until I saw everyone else's swim times and realized it, well, wasn't)
Katya & I doing run recon pre-race. The swim is in that cove in Lago Villarica
5) The bike course isn't super technical or hilly, but you have very long shallow gradients (almost false-flat-like) to work with. I like these kinds of "climbs" because you can really get into a groove with your power. (I had possibly my best-ever bike split- 4th fastest female and "just" 3-4 minutes off the top bike splits which is a huge improvement for me). I think my improvement is a combination of a few things... solid coaching by Luke, my new Scott Plasma 5 w/ ENVE 6.7s, and finally a few really consistent months of training. My bike performance at Pucòn was almost good enough to make me forget my horrendous swim.
No pics of me on the bike, so you get one of Luke. Picture this as a female, but I was probably more aero ;)
6) The run course is HILLY. There are 4 steep (but not too long) hills on each loop of the 3-lap run course, so you do the math. I came off the bike in 6th, ran into 5th, ran off course (and back into 6th) and eventually back into 5th. I didn't feel great on the run, but I got it done and in the end was happy with my day. I got to see Luke a few times on the out-n-back loops. I could tell he was suffering, but he pulled home with a solid 4th.
On the run in my new Endura race kit. Photo: Wagner Araujo
Luke gettin' up the hills on the run... 
my fave pic- Luke & I crossing paths on the run!
7) When in Chile, drink the local specialty- Pisco Sours! (I had one, but honestly it wasn't my favorite...tastes a bit like a margarita with no ice).
Toasting w/ friends post-race: Mojitos & Pisco Sours
8) The village of Pucòn is very tourist -friendly, though most people do not speak English! Brushing up on your Spanish is a must, especially if you're a picky eater (I'm not, so I got plenty of surprises). I loved seeing a thriving tourism community that was not primarily fueled by US or European tourists. The Chileans and other South Americans vacation here. I loved this as, in contrast, when in Mexico, you feel as though there are hardly any Mexican tourists and the Americans (& our culture) take over much more, making the experience feel a bit less authentic
Wynne loved Pucòn and Chileans LOVE babies. It was so welcoming!
9) Also on the tourist-friendly note, Pucòn is a great walking town. No need to have a rental car unless you're looking to explore beyond the town (which you should if you stay a bit longer.. The volcano treks and hot springs look incredible but we didn't have time)

10) Just put it on your bucket list!

Thank you to my amazing sponsors and to the race organization for making Pucòn 70.3 possible.. And now, it's almost time for our next adventure... back to Australia in 6 days!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Never too late....Thailand & Challenge Phuket

The original purpose of this blog was for me. Just for me. A chronicle of healing from a running injury and starting to train for triathlons. My blog has changed from just for me, to a little bit for the people who I know read (this could be "read" in past or present tense ;) as well as sponsors.
But no matter what, all along, it's been about documenting my journeys and the blog has taken me from age 27 to nearly 35. I don't think I've missed documenting a trip or race in some fashion (not always a race report) and I'm not about to start now.
So, even though Pucòn 70.3 is SOOOOO last month and our trip to Thailand was SOOOOOOO last year, I wanted to throw up a couple thoughts and memories. For me. (Pucòn coming in the next couple days, but today, THAILAND!)

So, back in November, we went to Thailand for Luke to race Challenge Phuket (Can you say bucket list race?). We flew San Diego to San Francisco to Hong Kong. We stayed overnight at the Hong Kong airport and flew to Phuket, Thailand the next morning. Not the easiest trip with a six month old, but there are worse things. We made it work. Including an airport-hotel workout with Wynne. We were  those crazy people.




We finally arrived in Laguna Phuket (the resort area) and all I can say is that place is dreamy! Our little family is happy when we're in the hot and steamy tropics and Phuket did not disappoint. We stayed at The Banyon Tree resort thanks to the resort and the race organization and it was most definitely the most unreal and luxe place I have ever stayed. We had an amazing villa with our own private pool and were treated to the world's most unreal buffet every day (can you say MANGO STICKY RICE?). The grounds also have a 40 meter lap pool- perfect for training, and easy access to the bike and run courses for the race where I did my training.
pool just for us! 
I was secretly cursing my decision to race Ironman Western Australia the following week because all I wanted to do was lounge by the pool, drink fresh young coconuts, eat green curry, and relax. Truth be told, I gained a few pounds that week, but Luke actually thought it ended up being a good thing as the combination of breastfeeding Wynne + heavy Ironman training lead to skinny Beth. I thought I was at a good race weight (we always think we're never too skinny, right?), but alas, never got to test it out at super skinny raceweight (as after gaining a few I ended up racing at my previous ideal race weight which for me is about 114/115lbs).


Wynne met her first elephant- Candy! 

Wynne got plenty of life advice from the wise Belinda Granger

She also learned how to chop fresh coconuts



Luke demonstrates motor-pacing Thai Style


Luke's race at Challenge Phuket (half-ironman distance) went pretty well considering the training he had done after Kona (not very much). He had a good swim and the strongest bike, but was unable to drop a couple of fast runners and came in 3rd in the end. If you're wondering about the course- the swim is a warm ocean swim followed by a quick beach run into a freshwater pond. The bike is HILLY and TECHNICAL. I rode it in my training rides and was thankful to not wipe out around some of the steep descending corners. The run is pretty flat but STINKING HOT. The race of attrition is fun to watch and Challenge Phuket is definitely a race that is fun for the competitors as well as the spectators who get to watch the spectacle and experience Thailand. If someone invites you to Thailand, all I can say is GO! I think this is, thus far, my favorite place to visit in the world.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015- New Directions


I was waiting for photos. That’s my excuse. In the space between old sponsors and new ones and past years and present, it’s hard to define a perfect day (or way) to say that you’ve moved on in the sponsorship world. Often, there is the blank space of opportunity as the new year unfolds, with some winter hibernation time to write and think. Usually, races are only Sharpied in on the Men of Triathlon calendar later in Spring, giving ample time to lay out the new directions and give thanks for past support. 

But when you race on January 11th, this space disappears! All of a sudden, (if you’re lucky and your sponsors are ridiculously on top of it) I'm racing on a new bike and new wheels in a brand new race kit and never explained a switch, thanked my old sponsors, or properly conveyed my excitement about the new beginnings. 
I told you, I was waiting for photos. I wanted to have that perfect photo where I was in all of my new gear, cruising by some amazing backdrop looking happy and super aero on my bike etcetera etcetera. But there hasn’t been time for that yet. And then I raced! And then it was pretty obvious that things had changed in my corner, so without further ado..

For 2015 and beyond, Luke & I really wanted to team up and streamline our sponsorships. We love being partners to each other both in training and as parents, and it really seemed to make the most sense for us (simplification!) but also, the people we work with, to represent companies together. We think that by branding ourselves together, we can help the companies we work with even more…Let’s be honest, having won a bunch of Ironmans, Luke is the powerhouse of this relationship. He’s that guy that sells Scott bikes because he rides them faster than most anyone else. That might not be me just yet (though I was in the top tier of the bike splits in Pucòn last weekend for the first time ever!), but in a small way, I can complement Luke by continuing to reach out and hopefully at some point or another, maybe inspire girls, women, and now moms in a way that Luke alone cannot. So, we have paired up our major sponsors moving forward. 

(This is where I’d love to insert a really cool photo of Luke & I in our new kits with our new matchy matchy bikes but I don’t have one yet..) 



Luke & I have a new title sponsor, Endura, a cycling apparel company out of the UK that’s a leader in aerodynamic textiles (i.e. we will have very very fast suits). Endura is also breaking into the American market and I’m excited to help them launch into some new demographics in the US.  I'm already loving some women-specific features on the cycling apparel that I’ve never seen before- like these genius bib shorts just for ladies. 
Easy access! 

See that white upside-down “U” piping from the thigh over the butt? That’s actually a zipper for easy access potty stops while riding. No more complete undressing in a gas station bathroom to get bibs off for me! I am super excited also about our custom wear. Aerodynamics genius (or would the word be aerodynamicist?) Simon Smart (The man who makes Luke super fast in the Wind Tunnel w/ Drag2Zero and an engineer of ENVE wheels & the new Scott Plasma 5) has also been working with Endura to make some very innovative aero speedsuit products and I’m so fortunate to be an athlete that gets to put them into use. 
Luke & I crossing paths on a hill at Pucòn 70.3 in our matching Endura speedsuits . Thanks Ivan Figueredo for the pic!

I’m also really excited about working with Endura because I feel like in the world of aerodynamics and cutting edge textile engineering, it’s always the guys who are at the forefront. As women increase our presence (and speed!) in triathlon, I’m excited to show that it’s important for women to go as fast as possible too (and dammit my kit actually looks really good too, so it’s fast AND flattering - a deadly combo I think!) 




Riding into 2015 & beyond, I’m please to announce that I’ll be aboard Scott bicycles. I’ll be racing a Scott Plasma 5, the latest superbike from Scott, that Luke has been riding since last summer. I can’t wait to be a part of the Scott team, as I already look up to the women they sponsor including Jodie Swallow, Annabel Luxford, Alicia Kaye and Leslie Paterson- four athletes I respect and admire. Clearly Scott likes the fiery and feisty women, which makes it a great match for me. I’ll be sharing much more about the Plasma 5 and the other Scotts I’ll get to ride, but first impressions after one race: HOLY S&%T that bike is fast! Everything is integrated and sleek and screams aero. 


Speaking of Aero, we’re working with ENVE wheels and could not be more excited. Again, with Simon Smart behind the wheel technology, everything at ENVE is cutting edge and the wheels are what I consider wheel “couture”. For us, the partnership is very valuable because Luke really wants to be a part of the research & design of the products he works with and he/we have that opportunity at ENVE. Whether it’s testing wheel combos in the wind or giving feedback on design elements, at ENVE we are able to make the connection between athlete and designer and truly have an impact on the future, something we feel is very important. 

Testing out some new gear the day before the race. Vroom Vroom! #bikelove




Our last new sponsor is The Island House, a 30-room boutique hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, set to open in Spring 2015 & we're excited to do some training camps there in the amazing facilities. The Island House is a new venture of longtime endurance sports supporter, Mark Holowesko, and this year he is sponsoring tri

athletes under the hotel title. I feel very lucky to be included as an Island House athlete, as the other athletes TIH is sponsoring are much more “decorated” than I. However, Mark has always been one to support not only the top dogs, but the underdogs too, and I hope this year I can make the Island House proud!

With all the new, there is absolute comfort in the tried and true and I’m happy to be continuing with some companies I don’t think I’d live without. SRAM has supported me since I started racing pro, and I’m happy to continue with the amazing component company, along with Quarq powermeters. I truly love the products, but even more, I love being a part of the SRAM/quarq family. The tech support at big races is absolutely incomparable and the people behind the parts make the relationship even more special. I’m also continuing racing with ISM saddles (this is non-negotiable for the last parts! Even if they stopped sponsoring me, I’d still my ISM), and Smith Optics. Locally, I have the longtime support of businesses & friends including by bike shop Nytro Multisport, my ART man Dan Selstad, and Beaker Concepts. Back this year, I’ll be swim training in Betty Designs swimwear- because every girl needs a good reason to hop in the pool . Lastly, my good friend, Jessica Cerra, started a bar company - Harmony Bar- and I’m getting in on this one at the ground floor. They're made from real food and are gluten free (two flavors are also vegan/dairy free). The bars are that good that they don’t taste like bars, but unfortunately this means the supply in our house gets depleted much faster than energy bars that would be purely used as “fuel”… 

Before I take off, a THANK YOU. First and foremost to Zoot, my very first sponsor and a relationship that began almost 8 years ago when I wore my first pair of Zoot shoes and got my first Zoot wetsuit An amazing, local California company that I grew up with in the triathlon world. THANK YOU. Although no longer my apparel sponsor, I will continue to race in Zoot shoes and wetsuits because I love them, so that’s not changing and they’ve offered to continue to support me in that, a gesture which means a lot. Thank you also to Cannondale bicycles for helping me start my professional career on great bikes. It was great to join the Cannondale team when women’s marketing was a big initiative and I really felt I was able to make an impact in helping to make cycling -for fitness or competition- more accessible for women. Along with Cannondale, I was lucky to ride Zipp wheels for 3 years and feel so lucky to have been supported by the Zipp products, and even moreso, the people behind them. Thanks also to Bonk Breaker and MRM nutrition, two Southern California companies that I’ll always love. 

So, if you’ve gotten this far, I owe you a Harmony Bar because you are likely bonking by now… Ask me for one the next time I see you. 

On we go to 2015! 
my team, 2015!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ironman Western Australia 2014 race report

It would be pretty easy to read all the comments and congratulations on my Ironman Western Australia race and misconstrue that I won the darn thing. In truth, I was 4th- 8 minutes from the win, but on so many levels, it was a win for me. First, I must congratulate the superwomen who actually DID make the podium- New Zeland's Britta Martin who set a new course record (8:56), Germany's Mareen Hufe who rode (in a good way) like a man (9:00), and Australia's own ever-solid Liz Blatchford (9:02).

Two minutes behind Liz, in 9 hours and 4 minutes, I crossed the finish line with a fist pump, a smile, and no regrets.. Ok, a few regrets, especially in that swim, but we will get to that later! All-in-all it was a huge day for me. To put things in perspective, 4th place and a 9:04 was not even (if I'm being honest) on my radar.  I was ranked 16th of 31 female professional starters coming into the race with a 'predicted' finish time of 9:47 or something. My personal "best-case-race" secret goal to "prove everyone wrong and that I still got it" was actually around 9:15 and my primary goal (that I was willing to tell people) was to break 9:30. I had no inklings that I'd post a time that would have won the race outright in 3 of the past 4 years. Just when thoughts of "maybe I should hang it up" and "wouldn't it be nice to spend all day with Wynne instead of on bike rides" crept back into my head throughout my race preparation, this had to go and happen and make me believe again, darn it. So, on I'll go into 2015 believing that I can and will one day win an Ironman and sneak onto some podiums along the way.... But first, to close out 2014- my 2nd & final race report of the year - my race year was short and sweet thanks to Wynne McKenzie's arrival 6 months ago, but I ended up accomplishing more this year than I ever thought possible. Okay, okay...THE RACE!

PRE-RACE
We arrived in Western Australia on the Tuesday prior to Sunday's race. Monday night, we boarded a red-eye in Thailand (oh yeah, forgot about Thailand...will do a post on that soon!) and woke up in Perth, Australia. True to form, Wynne slept the entire flight like a champ, allowing Luke & I to log a few hours of sleep as well. The drive to Busselton takes about 3 hours from Perth, which passed quickly as I played on my phone and Mr. Driver-man Luke soldiered on to our destination. (Quick aside- we rented a Toyota Rav 4- and if you travel with a baby & all the fixins plus two bikes- it will all fit! Definitely will be our go-to rental of choice.) When we arrived in Busselton, we checked into a lovely little studio at the Sebel hotel and went about bike-building, etc. Wednesday through Saturday, I rolled around the Busselton course with Mr. Driver-man-daddy-day-care following behind me with Wynne and kept the swim & run ticking over.
Rolling through the perfect course

This might be the biggest "hill" on the course

Checking out the swim course from above with Wynne- That's a long way around that pier!
Coach Wynne gave me a good race-week swim set at the local Busselton pool. 
The bike fairy got my Cannondale Slice RS ready to race fast. Zipp disc on for a flat fast ride.. WHOMP WHOMP! 
I must say that planning my big race to coincide with Luke's first true week of off-season was brilliant. He was all about taking care of his girls and all I had to do was focus on the race at hand.

All-in-all, race week could not have gone smoother, and I was perfectly healthy and ready to toe the line. (So often, I come down with a cold during race week and am just incredibly thankful each race-eve that I get to go to bed without a sniffle or issue). I'm glad race week was so spot-on because the week prior, well, not sure it was the best race prep as we were in Thailand for Luke's race at Challenge Phuket. I admit to doing a bit too much sightseeing, eating, drinking, and playing and not quite enough specific training. In hindsight though, maybe the "extended taper" works well for me! I did have an unfortunate crash on my bike in Thailand that I didn't tweet, etc about because I didn't want any excuses out loud in the universe. The right side of my body was a bit banged up, but nothing that really ended up impacting me on race day, just a couple scars to add to the lot that already exist. Ok- back to race week.. Summary: it went well!

I did a few pre race interviews including the Toyota Early Edition presented by First off the Bike (you can see it here

RACE DAY:
Up at 3:30 for a 5:30am start... yes 5:30 am START! It gets light crazy-early in Australian "summer" and they like to take advantage (btw. as a side note, I asked Luke today, "Everyone here goes to bed late but wakes up so early, when do they sleep?" He answered, "Winter." )
Yeah, so I ate breakfast, which my Driver-man-daddy-day-care-slash-chef cooked for me- Pamela's gluten free pancakes with extra maple syrup and lots of coffee. Also add "scavenger" to the list for Luke's roles as he located an electric skillet for me in Busselton to cook said pancakes as we had a limited "kitchenette" in our studio. Closer to race time I also had a Coconut Cashew Bonk Breaker and a bottle of MRM Hydration Factor.

At the race start, I went for my lucky/standard warm-up jog (26.2 miles isn't long enough, eh?) and put on my Zoot Prophet 2.0 (Another quick aside... this suit has changed wetsuit swimming for me. A huge upgrade in my opinion from the 1st Prophet, it is incredibly comfortable and non-restrictive. It makes me love wetsuit swimming which has traditionally been a nemesis of mine). I did a warm-up swim for about 5 minutes and then we were called out of the water.

Calm & clear - ideal race morning conditions

As we lined up to go, I was sickly nervous as usual. The 30 minutes prior to race time in an Ironman are 30 minutes I'm still working on enjoying. I try my best to channel my anxiety into excitement, but it is very difficult for me. I'm never nervous about completing the race, I'm always just nervous about letting others down or being a failure in other people's eyes.. I dread people looking at their online trackers thinking, "oh dear, shocker of a swim!" or "her bike is hopeless!" or other things along the way. I say this because it's real and hopefully one day, I won't think this way, but in case you think this way as well, just wanted to let you know you're not alone.

Anyway, often once the gun goes off, I shake the nerves and just get into it. I lined up behind Liz Lyles (2013 IMWA winner) because on my best day, I believe I can swim with her and come in a couple minutes under an hour. Clearly, that was not the case last Sunday. With 30 women on the start line, the start was actually incredibly aggressive. I got pummeled and kicked and elbowed and am guilty of doing a bit myself to keep my position. I was smack in the middle and thought I got a good start with a big, fast pack. Unfortunately, a few hundred yards in, the feet I had chosen lost the feet ahead of her and I was too late to close the gap. I did try to swim around, but was about 10 meters off of where we wanted to be when I got to the front of our splintered group. The good news was that there were 6 or 7 girls with me. The bad news was that the 6 or 7 girls I wanted to be with were just ahead of us. I know I'm not the only one in our group who thinks we should have swum a bit faster. I think we are all capable of it, but made some critical errors at some point. Anyway, I led the crew all the way to the turnaround point (which is the end of a VERY long 1.2 mile Jetty). After the turnaround, things got washing-machine-esque and I was having trouble spotting the buoys. I have had some navigational issues in the past and even though I was swimming strong, I couldn't see the buoys and honestly didn't trust myself. I breaststroked for a few meters to signal the girls to come around me and then I hopped on the feet of the new leaders (one of whom was my friend Sarah Piampiano, thanks SP! ). To my right I found Michelle Duffield and to my left was Dimity Lee-Duke, both girls who had been swim companions in IM Malaysia.. I knew that we all wanted to swim with the group ahead, but there is consolation in company and I was happy to work with these girls. At some point I also saw Kristy Hallett who always makes me smile, so that was nice too. Michelle had told me that she had never swum over an hour at Busso, so I assumed we'd squeak in there, right? WRONG! Exiting the water in 1:02, I knew I had work to do. Actually, I had no idea of my swim time, but did judge by the (small) number of bikes remaining that our pack definitely had our work cut out. The good news- I was not alone!!

THE BIKE
One of the huge advantages of a large women's field is that throughout the day, there are races within the race. In smaller fields, I am often party-of-one for a 112 mile rolling buffet which is a feeling similar to that of poking your eyes out. Instead, today I had company! The bike course at WA is two, flat, 56-mile loops- a perfect course to pace yourself for a personal best if you ride smart. Right away, Dimity and Sarah P. motored their way towards the front of the race, but I stuck to my own race plan.  I settled into my goal watts (about 10 watts higher than IM Malaysia). I found myself "racing" Michelle and Kristy, and we pushed each other for the first lap. Kristy got away at one point, but Michelle and I continued to work to catch her- love racing wit these girls! At one point, I had to stop and take the sticker off of my Zipp disc (We had placed the sticker to cover the valve opening) because the noise was mind boggling every time I took a pedal stroke and I just couldn't stand it anymore. I lost about 30 seconds. After hopping back on, I rode hard until I caught the girls I had previously been riding with.

The most technical part of the ride are the eleven 180 degree U-turns
The second lap got very crowded as we were passed by a lot of age group men. I was pleased that there were no obvious draft packs, but there was definitely undeniable legal-slash-not quite legal pace lines of dudes. When men passed appropriately, it was easy to keep the 12-meter draft zone. However, often, even if I was what I judged to be exactly 12 meters (without pushing it) from the person in front of me, a man would pass and then slot in between us. This was incredibly frustrating because if I am at 12 meters, (per the rules) no one is supposed to come in between us until I have "opened the gap", they are supposed to keep riding and passing ahead. Unfortunately, so many age group men did this illegal slotting in and I'd be forced to sit up or drop back to avoid a penatly. It got to the point that I finally said (nicely) to a few who tried to slot in, " I'm sitting at 12 meters, please continue passing". Anyway, like it or not, there was a lot of company on the bike, but the girls around me all did a nice job of keep it legal, fast, and fun. I hope and believe that they can say the same of me. By the end of lap 2, I was actually dropping most of the age group men and found a 3rd wind... I motored home the last 40k and ended up passing a few pro women I hadn't seen all day who had ridden out a bit too hard. Into T2, I saw that I had ridden 5 hours on the dot and was pleasantly surprised.. My previous personal best was a 5:18 I believe, so that's a good chunk of time. My official ride time for the 112 miles was 5:00:25

THE RUN
I got to T2 and was happy to see at least 10 red run bags still on their hooks... I'm always a little pleased when I'm not dead last, (ok, that is not the remark of a "champion" but well, it's true). Anyway, I threw on my Zoot Ovwa 2.0s (love love love!), Zoot visor and Garmin and ran out of the change tent. There were SO many (possibly drunk, but very fun!) Aussie spectators cheering me on, I'm sure I had a huge smile to be off my bike and was excited to get the lay of the land and the competition on the run course. After the 1st half mile, I saw Luke (& Wynne!) and he told me I was in 12th  (I had come off the bike in 15th but passed a few in transition/the first kilometer) and told me where the girls were up the road. The 4-loop out-and-back run course is IDEAL for course support and also for spotting your competition.
Not a bad place to run a marathon

Within 10 minutes, I knew that I was within 8-ish minutes of at least 5 girls.. I didn't look at my pace as I was running and just tried to run comfortable until I settled in. If I had to guess, I'd have thought I was running about 7:15 pace. When my watched beeped signaling the first mile, I looked down and saw 6:20 for the mile.. Whoooooooops... Hold your horses, Harriett! I tried to slow down, but my legs didn't want to. I checked my heart rate for the first  time and saw that it had already settled to my special "you can run a whole marathon at this heart rate" number so I decided to just go with it. I ran the first 10k in 40min and 20 seconds, so yeah, coming in hot. BUT, I was not overexerting myself. I knew the pace would drop eventually, but I just needed to keep the "easy" feel. Spoiler: Nothing feels easy at mile 20 of an Ironman marathon. I also know that if I start out around 6:30 mi/miles and creep into low to mid 7-minute pace by the end, it balances out to around a 3-hour marathon. The first half of the run was unreal. I felt invincible and had easily moved into the top 10. After that though, the girls became harder to catch and further strung out. It took me a very long time to catch Sarah Piampiano, Dimity Lee Duke, & Asa Lundstrom. After that, I was in 6th, pretty sure that that's where I'd end up. The next girls ahead were Bree Wee, who was moving really well, and Yvonne Van Vlerken who was not moving as fast, but had a significant chunk of time on me. I don't know exactly how much time because I thought they were too far ahead to catch so I didn't take splits. Luke kept telling me I could catch Bree & Yvonne but I honestly didn't believe him. I just kept running and trying to hold my pace, but I started to feel super nauseous and really depleted/low on calories. I wanted to take in gels but I just couldn't face the gels. The thought of them made me want to vomit. So, I ran the marathon on Gatorade, Coke, and fumes. I was dying for something salty, but in Australia they only have Vegemite on toast as a salty option and that is not in my repertoire. Next time I'll pack some chips or pretzels in special needs in case I'm dying for some relief from the sweet. Anyway, the second half of the marathon was pure, painful work. I felt slow, hot, tired, sick and I just wanted to be done. I think that helped me march on to the finish line. At some point, I caught up to Bree and passed her, but that took a very long time. At the last turnaround (less than 2 miles to finish), I could see Yvonne ahead, but was happy with my 5th place. Already proud of myself, I thought I'd just make it to the finish and that was enough. But slowly, Yvonne was getting bigger in my view and then at some point I knew I had to make a move and pass her. With a little over a mile to go, I passed Yvonne, ran into 4th and knew that's where I would finish the race. At 25 miles, I finally looked at the elapsed time on my Garmin and saw 2:51:30 ...holy crap, if I just run, I will go under 3 hours?!? DONE! The last mile flew by & I crossed the line in 9:04 and couldn't believe I was seeing that number on the clock- except it was 9:07 but I knew that was the pro male time as we started 3 minutes later (my previous best is a 9:38! - but all courses I've done prior rate much higher in difficulty).
finished! 
Happy 

I got to hug Luke & Wynne just over the line and barely made it to the chairs before vomiting everywhere... whooooops.. But, that got me a quick ticket to medical and an IV. An hour later, good as new, I went to find my people and celebrate! Sure, it wasn't a win, but it was a bunch of little wins in my book and put the "what-ifs" and "maybes" back in my brain. What if I swam with the pack just ahead? What if I improve by 5 watts or 5 minutes on the bike? when you swim a 1:02 or bike 5:00:25 or come in at 9:04, it's hard not to dance around how to get those numbers just down below the round number zone..

Women's top 6 plus Wynne


Thanks to all who have supported me this year & beyond, especially my sponsors...On to 2015!