KR Endurance Athlete Katie Visco writes about her run across Australia to embolden women in the outdoors!

KR Endurance Athlete Katie Visco writes about her run across Australia to embolden women in the outdoors!

I typically set big goals. I am a “dream big” kind of gal. For as long as I remember, I’ve thought that I can will whatever I want to happen if I just push forward with faith and tenacity. “Dream it and you can achieve it” type of thing. In 2009, this belief and hustle enabled me to become the youngest female and 13th woman overall to run across America, along the way speaking with hundreds of groups about the importance of living a passion-driven life. I was on fire, to say the least, living my own dream. Now, ten years later, I want to reignite that 23 year-old Katie – driven, determined, strong, fully and deeply alive following her passions. I want to lead with courage and curiosity rather than let fear and the “what ifs” step in. “One day,” I’ve said, “I will run across Australia, through her deserts, into her complex and elegant desolation.” That day has come. Starting this July 2019, I will finally be running across Australia! I will be starting on the northern coast in Darwin and run south to Adelaide, through parts of the Tanami, Central, and Simpson deserts. I will run 30 miles a day and the trip will take about 3.5 months. Instead of the ease of using vehicle support like I had for my run across the USA, my husband Henley will be supporting us on bicycle, peddling up to four hundred pounds of gear, food, and water at a time, a feat that even I can barely fathom.  Our supply of food and water is our biggest hurdle for...

5 Parts to the Triathlon Swim Stroke by Coach Kristie

There are 5 parts to the triathlon swim stroke known as the front crawl and/or freestyle stroke. They are: Entry Reach Catch Pull Recovery Entry: The entry is the point where the hand enters the water in front of the shoulder.  Wrist should be relaxed, hand flat, fingertips facing down with the thumb slightly downward.  Think of your hand as a paddle. If you hold your arm up and relax your wrist, your hand will naturally fall into proper position.  Spread your fingers, your hand is now your paddle. Reach: Once the hand is in and under the water, the arm will extend out from the body.  Think of the fingertips putting a hole in the water that the hand, forearm, and elbow will follow through.  The head is kept still keeping the neck in line with the spine. Catch: Once the hand has reached forward as far as possible, the hand will grab a pocket of water thus calling it the “catch”.  The hand will catch the water as the wrist flexes (bends downward) slightly and the palm rotates outward. Both moves of the wrist and palm are small moves.  You don’t want to over exaggerate the moves thus losing the amount of water that can be caught. Pull: The “pull” part is what moves you forward through the water.  Pull back your arm toward your hip in a straight line.  The arm will move in an “S” shape in the water but in a straight line with the body due to the body’s rotation.  Keep the elbow higher than the wrist and pull the hand all the...