This is YoungTri Member Anthony crossing the finish line Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon, June 2013.
It’s special to him for three reasons:
1) It was his first Olympic Distance and longest race at that time
2) He’s proudly representing UCLA!
3)He’s smiling, expressing the pure joy of the moment, as well as the realization that he could go even further. Thus begins the obsessive pursuit & preparation for an Ironman distance race.
Anthony says “Thanks for the constant inspiration! Happy Holidays!” to all those at YT!
Do you have a favorite finisher photo? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Fitness wise, I’ve felt a bit off for the past couple of months. I came into this school year in great shape — coming off of an Ironman and intense rowing training over the summer. However, after a foot injury left me injured for about two months, I’m now at the point where I’m working my way back to where I was.
And quite honestly, it’s hard. And can be super frustrating. I was used to being able to bike for almost eight hours — and the past few weeks it’s been a struggle to continue to build up my fitness level.
But — you know what I’ve realized? It’s okay.
It’s okay to go through “rebuilding” periods — to take the time to get back to where you used to be, whether in training or otherwise. It can be difficult — but it’s always worth it. What’s helping me now is setting goals — looking forward to spring and summer races as well as looking back through racing pictures from this summer/fall to get me excited for what is to come.
Sophia and I are both recovering from injuries — getting back into it at the gym!
If you’re going through a “fitness rebuilding” phase like me, my best advice would be to take the ups and downs as they come — stay focused and know that you will get to where you need to be. It just doesn’t happen overnight
Staying positive is key!
How do you deal with “fitness rebuilding” phases?
This is one of my dad’s favorite finisher photos – Greg Welch Winning Ironman!
What’s your favorite finisher photo? Email yours to email@example.com and we’ll pick some of our favorites to feature on the blog. Our favorite will win a YT prize
We asked you to Show. Us. Your. Medals. and you answered!
YoungTri Member Anna Peterson from Minnesota’s room includes an awesome display of her medals & race bibs! Anna says that the bibs wrap around even further around her room!
Follow her on Instagram: theycallmeannap
Have a display of medals you want to show us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
One of my favorite thing about Harvard recently is the iLab (Also known as the Harvard Innovation Lab). It was launched in 2011, and serves as a means through which students can interested in entrepreneurship and innovation can grow their ventures.
I stopped by last night to do some work and brainstorm — and found that the workspace was very conducive to productivity! With inspirational quotes on the walls and friendly workspaces, it’s an invaluable resource.
We’ve been brainstorming some awesome things for YoungTri here! Stay Tuned
Inside the iLab!
YoungTri Work at the iLab!
“A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow” – one of the inspirational quotes on the wall in the iLab!
What are some of your favorite workspaces to be productive?
Today, one of the world’s greatest leaders passed away — Nelson Mandela. As the former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mandel made great strides in anti-apartheid efforts in South Africa.
Mandela is an inspiration to all — and leaves a remarkable legacy behind.
One of my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes is “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.
Whether in the case of political efforts, business endeavors, personal relationships, or even training — this often seems to be the case. Lofty goals and far-off dreams can seem impossible and unlikely at first, but with careful consideration and arduous efforts anything can be accomplished. People like Mandela are tangible examples of this.
Don’t dissuade yourself from making goals because they seem impossible.
Delineate the steps you need to accomplish them — and you’ll see that things will fall into place.
If we can learn anything from Mandela, it’s that nothing is impossible.
My cousins in Newtown definitely win for most medals/best displays around their house. You’ll hear more about their story (they’ve run HUNDREDS of road races) later this week, but in the interim we want to hear from you! Send in your best pictures of your race bibs/medals/trophies displayed, and we’ll post some of our favorites.
Some of the Newtown Beggs’ medals!
What’s your favorite way to display your race bibs, medals, and other tri memorabilia?
Me in my last race of the season a few months ago
This might sound dumb, but I had no idea that there was a season for triathlons until a few months ago. I always had basketball season from October to February, so I never was looking for races to sign up for. Therefore, I never came to the realization that they didn’t even exist during that time frame.
Now that I know I can’t do a triathlon until the spring, I miss the sport so much!
What other sports are you doing during the off season?
Are you preparing for any big races in the spring?
Gluten-free. I’m sure we’ve all seen this “buzzword” everywhere. But what does it even mean? To be honest, I don’t even know. I’m not here to do sciences. But I’ve decided, after months of encouragement from a certain older sibling, to try it out. I’m shooting for 1 week “gf” and I’ll keep all of you in YoungTri nation updated.
I’ve been dairy free (ish) for awhile, but I’m curious to see if cutting out gluten will do anything for my stomach. My sister has been gluten free for seven months, and it has helped her stomach a lot. So we’ll seeeeeee.
Beggs against Bread and Butter
Have any of you tried going gluten free recently? Have you noticed any health differences?
Stay classy YoungTri,
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there is no better place to spend your winter than skiing or snowboarding. This weekend, I was at Whiteface Mountain (also near where the Lake Placid Ironman is!) For anyone looking for fun or some serious cross training, skiing is the thing to do! And if you’re ever at Whiteface, I’ll probably be there too!
See below for some of my pictures from my trip!
YoungTri at Whiteface!
-YoungTri Ambassador Olivia Christmann