Augusta 70.3 race report

Augusta 70.3. What a day! I flew in from Seattle Thursday and arrived Thursday night. I was sharing a hotel room with my teammate, Sarah, who had already arrived and was settled in. We’ve known each other for 5 years, and been through a lot. I was excited to meet her in person. Friday morning I put my bike back together and everything thankfully seemed in order. I wanted to take it to the techs at the expo however, just to be sure. The expo wasn’t open until the afternoon, so Sarah and I took advantage of the morning with a practice swim. The race was looking wetsuit optional and with the hot temps not much of an opportunity for that to change. Sarah and I are both strong swimmers so wetsuit optional was no big deal and we did our practice swim in swimsuits. With the current assist, it was a quick swim. After showers, we headed to packet pick up. That went quickly and smoothly, and the tech wasn’t there yet but the guys at Tri Bike Transport graciously offered to check my shifting. Friday night we met up with Heather (teammate racing) and her husband Scott. We had burgers and beers and a TON of fun chatting. This race was all about team camaraderie for me and we were off to a great start. Saturday Sarah and I did a shake out ride, and I ran through all my gear combinations just to make sure. Everything was fine so I figured that will be that. We headed out to bike check in, then met up with... read more

Outlaw 140.6 race report 2017

Are you on the square, are you on the level? Are you ready to swear right here, right now, before the devil? Outlaw 140.6. My 4th iron distance and first non-branded event. I love this distance. Its not my strength – I do much better in 70.3s and shorter tris. The challenge of the distance keeps bringing me back, despite that most of the time during training I say to myself “this is my last one.” Funny side note – I have already registered for IMCA 2018. Leading into Outlaw, I had done IMCdA 70.3. I love the Coeur d’Alene course. It wasn’t my fastest 70.3 by any means. Even though it was a lead-in and I know better, I was a bummed to come in 8 minutes slower than when I did it last year. Last year it was my “A” race and the weather was not nearly as hot (it was 85 on the run this year, but I actually do ok in the heat so I can’t use that as any kind of excuse). I had a ton of fun out there and that’s what really matters most to me anyway. I came in at a respectable 5:32. I took a much more laid back approach to training this cycle. My goal was to get through it uninjured, mentally and physically. Physically, I did a great job. Mentally, well, hence the song lyrics at the beginning of this report. Let’s just say that song lyrics are like a mantra and I end up doing a lot of deep thinking during training, especially on the bike. The... read more

Exercise of the week: Sumo Squat

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, sumo squat. The sumo squat works the quads, glutes, and hamstrings. There are a variety of ways you can do this workout with weights.  You can as shown with hand weights.  You can also use kettle bells, a bench or squat bar.  Another variation is to have one leg slightly forward and thread the bench or squat bar through the legs. Stand with legs wider than shoulder width apart, toes pointing outward.  Shoulders docked in their sockets.  Relaxed neck and spine.  Activate the core muscles bringing the belly button in toward the spine. Lower until knees are at 90 degrees.  Hold for a count of 1-3, then slowly raise to the starting position. Endurance Athletes should aim for 4 sets of 20 reps.  Fitness, Strength and Power 4 sets of 10.  The weight load will be lighter for the endurance athletes. Fitness, strength and power, higher. Please feel free to contact any of the coaches at KR Endurance if you have any questions on the exercise of the week.... read more

Exercise of the Week: Dolphin

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Dolphin. This pose has been called the “forgotten pose” in yoga.  It isn’t used as much as it used to be.  It is an excellent strength and stability exercise.  It strengthens arms, core, lower back and legs.  Stretches the legs, arches and opens the chest and shoulders. Begin by placing forearms in front of you.  Close enough that the opposing hand can “hug” the other arm.  Then clasp hands in front.  Place feet down and slowly walk to the front of the mat.  Relaxed shoulders, pulling belly button in to your spine.  Coach Kristie is demonstrating a beginner level of this pose.  For increased difficulty the feet can be even closer to the front of the mat. Once in the start position drive forward moving the head and shoulders over the clasped hands.  Return to start position.  For increased difficulty you can drive forward and down, resting the top of your head on the mat between your arms.  Repeat this move working up to 20... read more

Exercise of the Week: Bird Dog

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Bird Dog.  This exercise targets all of the abdominal muscles and lower back. On your knees looking at the floor, have hands on the floor beneath the shoulders, neck and spine should be relaxed.  Extend opposing arm and leg, your arm should not be seen in your peripheral vision. Hold for 4 sets of 30 seconds (each side), working up to one minute.  Once you are are able to master the timed bird dog, for increased difficulty, laterally move the extended limbs 10 degrees to the side. This is a small, controlled, movement. Return to start.  Work up to 4 sets of 20 reps each side.... read more

Exercise of the Week: Monster Walks

Coach Kristie demonstrates the exercise of the week, Monster Walks. Using tubes (as shown), or with a resistance band around the ankles stand with feet shoulder width apart, then step to the side, then return to start position.   Repeat for 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions on one side, then switch to the other. You can monster walk to the side, the front and back or even in a “box” where you step front, side, back, then the other side.   You can also continue to move in the direction of the walk vs returning to the start. This exercise is one every runner and cyclist should have in their arsenal.  Great for glute and hip strength to prevent imbalances due to the repetitive nature of running and... read more

Letting Go

I started as a runner. I had a treadmill for walking, and one day I ran for about 5 minutes. 5 minutes became 10, then 20 and so on until I was able to run 60 minutes non-stop. I thought this was pretty fun so one day I laced up my old New Balance shoes, put my UW sweatshirt and some shorts, grabbed my yellow Sony Walkman and decided to run outside for the first time. No watch, this was way before gps was common and affordable. It was about 9 miles. At some point I ran my first half. A little more than a year later my first full. My first full I had no idea what I was doing. I just went out an ran a lot and ended up at 3:47. I knew I could improve on that and I did. But slowly marathoning became shaving not just tens of minutes off my time but just one or two minutes. It was pretty grueling and I wasn’t really having all that much fun anymore. Enter triathlon. I did my first Olympic in 2011 and it was so much fun. I didn’t stress and the run, my strongest leg, is last! I did well and it was a huge relief from the pressure of shaving off just a little bit of time from my half and full marathons. Triathlon was a new world, where every new distance was a PR and I truly did not care what anyone else thought of me. Fast forward to 2017. 3 IMs later and a ton of experience in all different... read more

Exercise of the Week: Lawnmowers

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Lawnmowers.  The exercise is shown using hand weights, it can also be performed using resistance bands as well as a cable machine.  Another variation of this workout can be done with one knee on a bench, today’s demonstration is standing. This exercise uses back and arm muscles to pull the weight up, while the legs work as stabilizers. The back muscles that are activated in this exercise are your latissimus dorsi, the largest back muscle, as well as the rhomboid major and minor, teres major, rear deltoid and trapezius. Stand with legs apart, the deeper into a lunge position you go will add difficulty to this exercise.  Front leg bent, body hinged forward at the waist, opposing arm from front leg holding your weight.  Pull the dumbbell up to your shoulder while rotating the upper body.  Return to the starting position, that is one repetition. Work up to 4 sets of 12 reps.      ... read more

Exercise of the Week: Hydration

This one bears repeating- guest blog from Dina Griffin on hydration: A couple of hot topics in the sport nutrition world lately relate to fluid and electrolyte needs for athletic individuals (no matter whether recreational or more elite in abilities). I want to address a few issues related to hydration in this article, some of which have also been questions previously posed by KRE teammates. Fluid and water recommendations for athletes have run the gamut in the context of daily needs and needs during exercise. As an example of this, check out the following list of recommendations that have circulated in recent years: 8 x 8-ounce glasses of water daily Drink 1/2 of your body weight in water daily Drink fluids until your pee is clear in color Drink fluids until your pee is pale in color Males: 15.5 cups of fluids; Females: 11 cups of fluids (Adequate Intake as set by the Institute of Medicine for healthy 19-70+ year-olds) 0.154 to 0.185 ounces of water per pound of body weight during exercise 3 to 8 oz of fluid every 15 minutes during exercise Drink ahead of thirst Drink to thirst Which one is right? The short answer is: none of them have been proven scientifically to be the “one and only way” for all healthy athletic individuals. What it really gets down to is figuring out what YOU need. Like most things when it comes to being an athlete, right? Before I present some hydration tips, let’s review some of the important benefits of hydration: 1. Aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food we eat... read more

Exercise of the Week: Back Hyperextensions

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s Exercise of the Week:  Back Hyperextensions Having a strong lower back and core muscles will aid in the prevention of back pain and injury.  As your muscles get stronger, they are able to offer more support to your spine, which improves your posture, running form, and relieves pain. In the starting position, the body is face down, arms in the shape of a goal post.   Activate core muscles and lower back to lift the upper body and hold for a count of 2-5, then return to starting position.  That is one repetition.  The neck and shoulders should be relaxed, lower back and core muscles should be doing the lifting. Work up to 4 sets of 20 reps. Please feel to ask anyone on our coaching staff if you have any questions about this exercise of the... read more