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My First 70.3…Turned 69.1

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My First 70.3…Turned 69.1

I’m fresh off my first half ironman race! I competed in IRONMAN 70.3 Austin last last Sunday, October 30th. After a week off after Age Group Nationals in mid-August, I put in a brief 10-week training cycle for the race. Cecilia put the idea in my head, and training for it followed suit – more on that here.

The Day Before the Race

I flew down on Friday afternoon so I had ample time to do pre-race scouting ...

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Austin City For My New Limits

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Austin City For My New Limits

This weekend I’m doing my first Half Ironman, Austin 70.3! Why Austin, you ask? Well, I had money to burn, and I heard that half Ironmans are an efficient way to do it. Just kidding! I wanted a challenge and always considered moving up in race distance.

The idea of Austin was planted by my friend and racewife, Cecilia. I told her we had to train together at least once a week if I signed up, and we ...

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Triathflight to Omaha: 3 flights, 3 legs, and 3rd place Podium Finish at Age Group Nationals

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Triathflight to Omaha: 3 flights, 3 legs, and 3rd place Podium Finish at Age Group Nationals

One of these days, I’m going to do a cold weather triathlon, where I need to wear a neoprene cap and dance around on the beach next to a solar-powered space heater while waiting for the race to start. Age Group National Championships was not one of those days. Middle America, specifically Omaha, Nebraska, boasted temperatures in the mid-90s when I arrived on August 12th.

The August 12th 4pm arrival was nearly a full day later than the original plan. My ...

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My First NYC Tri, Mechanical, and Hudson River Immersion

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My First NYC Tri, Mechanical, and Hudson River Immersion

The day began at 4:05am as I waited for the Uber with my Triathlon neighbors, Liz and Juan. After an easy 10 minute commute, I set up transition by the light of the temporary field lights spotlighting the thousands of bikes in Transition Yellow. I found my friend and eventual racewife, Cecilia, and we jogged to transition, which felt much less energy-intensive than walking. After my first swim warmup with Cecilia’s elastic bands (learn from the best!) and the world’s best acclimation ...

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U-S-A! U-S-A! My ITU Age Group Worlds Debut

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U-S-A! U-S-A! My ITU Age Group Worlds Debut

Thursday, September 17th

2pm (EST): Get an email that all American Airline flights to and from Chicago have a ground stop as soon as Herb and I arrive at LGA. Hang out in Au Bon Pain for a while, then on the plane for another unexpected hour. Luckily, we had snacks, and once in chicago, Herb’s friend picked us up from the L station with food in tow from Smoque!

10pm (CST): Inhale pulled pork, ...

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From 66th to 17th Place at Nationals

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From 66th to 17th Place at Nationals

I’m currently in the air, the only mode of the classic ways of travel – by sea, by land, or by air – not demonstrated in triathlon. Instead, we propel ourselves through water, pick up our trusty machines and traverse 40 kilometers on two wheels, then abandon our equipment as hurriedly as we swim to it. Finally, we run off on our own two legs, determined to demonstrate machinery-free self-reliance.

I’m on my way back from my second appearance at the annual ...

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Making Adjustments

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Making Adjustments

“The only bad races are the ones you don’t learn anything from.” -Mark Allen

Wiser words were never spoken! I’ve done three triathlons in the past two months, and one of the things I immediately think of after each, win or lose, is what I’ve learned from them. Each triathlon is a learning opportunity. Just like each pair of jeans reworn is one I don’t need to launder.

Here is what I’ve taken away from each of my races this year.

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Triathlife in NYC

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Triathlife in NYC

“Where do you swim?” people always ask when I tell them I compete in triathlon and live in New York City.

  1. “The East River. It’s the closest body of water to my apartment.”
  2. “The Hudson – I take it right down to my office in the Financial District – beats the 4/5 any day!”
  3. “The Reservoir in Central Park. But sometimes the ducks get in the way.”

I want to say all of these. Friends and family are intrigued by the fact that I ...

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Races’ Places for Cole’s Goals

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Races’ Places for Cole’s Goals

Kind of like picking an airline before picking your destination, I decided on most of my races before deciding on my goals. After I admittedly missed out on a few races for which I procrastinated signing up, I went on a racing sign up spree in late January. If I had decided my schedule just one month earlier, I’d have asked for race fees for Christmas. For a half second I balked at sharing my race schedule, then I realized ...

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Lift Things Up and Put Them Down and Other Goals for 2015

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Lift Things Up and Put Them Down and Other Goals for 2015

Does anyone else look at weekends as an opportunity to get in more training? That’s where I’m at right now. I’m coming off of a long Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend where the aim of each day, besides keeping my flowers alive and my chocolates from disappearing, was to get in solid workouts and resting the remainder of the day. With an average high of 18 degrees this weekend, the latter was pretty easy to do.

That said, I’ve been thinking a lot ...

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