Spring has Sprung! …Well, Kinda

Today marks the first day of spring!

…except there’s snow everywhere.

Hey, at least there’s free Rita’s today – did you get yours? Unfortunately there’s none nearby while I’m at school. But if you’re near one, enjoy an icy treat after your first spring workout 🙂

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Snowy Spring

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Yummyyyy Rita’s

Hey, at least planning out your races for late spring/summer can get you to thinking about snow-free training days. Unless you’re already in warm weather 🙂

Enjoy the first day of spring wherever you are!

Tri Hard,



Transition Talk: Control

As triathletes, many of us like to carefully plan out or races. How we will perform, when we will intake salt tablets, take a sip of gatorade, etcetera etcetera. The “Type A” personality is certainly prevalent amongst triathletes, and even those who don’t classify themselves in this category can often find themselves trying to control situations in their everyday lives.

1692835_6668533_lzBesides racing (having to be SUPER early, meticulously planning out my race plan, signing up way in advance, and things along these lines), it can also be hard to “let go” in other areas of life, whether it be interpersonal relationships, school, work, or extracurricular activities.

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

This living a life without control as mentioned above can be hardest when it comes to interpersonal relationships – with friends, family, and otherwise. If someone drifts apart from you, or acts in a manner in which is contrasting to that of what you think they’re really like, it can be easy to try to alleviate the tension by controlling the situation and obsessing over how you can make it better.

This control in other areas of life can put stress on training — and, eventually — start to negatively affect performance. If you’re constantly obsessing over how you’re going to fix things with an old friend, or how you HAVE to get an A+ on your presentation or the. world. will. end., it can add a great deal of extra and unnecessary stress to your life.

Realistically, no piece of advice, story, or tip will completely alleviate many of our innate desires to control situations in our daily life. But here’s a small challenge — try to go a full day without obsessing over how to control and perfect your training, your next race, your conflict with a friend, or whatever it may be. (For reference, I tried this on Sunday. It worked for about half of the day until I felt the need to try to attempt to fix some situation. It’s a lot more difficult that you may think, haha).

At a certain point, after you’ve done everything you possibly can to alleviate the conflict or prepare for an event — the control needs to subside. After all, none of us can control everything.

Sometimes great things are worth the wait. And other times, letting go is the best option. Control isn’t bad — it can keep us in charge, organized, productive, and powerful. But it’s best in small doses. Challenge yourself — especially when it comes to your next race — to put in all the work necessary to perform, obviously, but to let go. Don’t obsess or try to control things out of your power.

As one of my favorite songs from childhood says — Que sera sera.

Whatever will be will be.

Tri Hard,


(Now for trying to live by that motto… haha)

Busy, Busy, Busy: Some Balancing Tips

Things are a bit crazy here with midterms, papers, and such. As I’m sure many of you have been, I have been constantly running around this week!

Luckily, I am able to train twice a day through my team. However, if you’re not a part of a team and find yourself skipping workouts, check out these tips from Triathlete.

My favorite piece of advice for staying sane during busy times is to TAKE BREAKS. Watch a quick show in between essays. Go on a jog. Take a nap. Your brain will crack if you don’t give it some rest!

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Take a deep breath and carry on!

Tri Hard,


Thought of the Day: Be Happy.

I saw the ad below in a magazine yesterday when I was finishing up  an image analysis project for my “Woman and the Body” class at school. Even though I think it was for Amazon.com or something, I really like the language, message, and coloring presented in the advertisement. Sometimes, it’s easy for us to get ahead of ourselves and to not live in the moment or to just be happy.

I’m challenging myself today to accept the fact that it’s okay to be overwhelmed sometimes – but that it shouldn’t always necessarily take away from our overall happiness.

Today, I have practice, lift, a project to print out (and my printer is broken!), a paper to finish, two other assignments to finish, essays to write, people to email and follow up with, 5 hours of classes, and a few phone calls to make. And I’m sure many of you have days similar to this – packed from sunrise to sunset with a whole lot of BUSY.

Things may be a bit stressful, but at the end of the day I have a lot to smile about. And so do you.

A goal going forward should be apply this positive mantra – to be happy – to our everyday lives and training. It can definitely help us to become better and more effective athletes.

[smart is being happy.]

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