Transition Periods {Back to Cambridge!}

After getting back into the swing of things in New Jersey over the summer, I’m now transitioning back to life in Cambridge! I moved back in yesterday {I’m a sophomore at Harvard}, and things {surprisingly} already feel settled.

Transition periods can be a bit rough — the anticipation of a change, moving from one atmosphere to another, and so on and so forth; but they can also be fun. It’s been great to see everyone & be back in Massachusetts! I saw my crew teammates for the first time today, and I’m super excited for the fall racing seasons for both crew and triathlon.

Some tips for transition periods –

  • Stay organized. Last year when I moved in I brought WAY too much stuff & I wasn’t very organized. I’m making an effort to keep my room a lot more organized this year. Transitioning from one place to another {or from one point in your life to another} can be a lot less overwhelming if you’re organized.
  • Embrace the change. Worrying about the change in your life will only create more stress! Stay positive & excited for what’s to come.

See below for some pictures from my transition week 🙂

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Last family day at the beach!

On the ferry home

On the ferry home from Martha’s Vineyard 😦

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Leaving Martha’s Vineyard 😦

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Good to see the boathouse again! Love rowing at Weld

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Kaitlin (YoungTri Executive Board Member) and my families finally met this weekend in Boston!

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Reunited in Cambridge!

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First bike workout in the dorm!

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Bike in the room! (connected to a Cycleops) – and almond milk in the background haha

The wall above my desk!

The wall above my desk! (with lots of tri stuff – my Ironman race bib, medal, & some YoungTri stuff) 🙂

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Mom (&dad &TJ) helped me move in all day!

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The room!

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Roommate love! First weekend out!

Have you gone through a transition period recently? How have you been adjusting?

Tri Hard,

Caity

“Let every minute of training and racing make you happy”

“Let every minute of training and racing make you happy”

LOVE this quote from YoungTri Ambassador Paloma. Training & racing — although challenging — SHOULD be a source of happiness. 

Read below to learn more about YT Ambassador Paloma – from Mexico City! Stay tuned for more Ambassador features {and the Ambassador Page launch} very soon! If you’re interested in applying to be a YT Ambassador, click here.

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Why are you excited to be an ambassador?I’m excited to be an ambassador because I want young people to get involved into sports!

Fun fact about yourself

A fun fact about myself is how emotional and silly I get during training… the good part is that I can stay focused during cycling! So focused, in fact, that I remember during my first triathlon I came out of the water and ran to T1, geared up and hopped on my bike….it wasn’t until T2 and un-clipping my helmet that I realized i still had my goggles on…..OOPS!

Are you a part of a triathlon club? What events do you have coming up?

Im not part of a triathlon club, however i am part of a swimming club. We will be crossing the sea, approximately 35k swimming in teams of 8 and by pairs every 30 minutes to help raise funds for kids cancer research and equipment! We’re all very excited and training hard! The race is two weeks before my Ironman 70.3 in Austin so I’m racing as part of my last long hours training before the big day! 🙂


Fall Collegiate Triathlon Racing Season. {NECTC}

Screen Shot 2013-08-26 at 11.06.52 PM.jpgThis Fall, the Harvard Triathlon Team will be joining the NECTC (New England Collegiate Triathlon Conference) in their fall racing season. Joining 21 other teams, the NECTC participates in 5 fall races, in which placing determines point allocation and qualifying for nationals.

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Harvard Tri’s first race as a team last spring!

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Harvard is one of the 22 teams in the NECTC

The races take place all over New England {and the Mid-Atlantic, technically} — from Massachusetts to Maine to New York to New Jersey. Harvard will be attending 4 out of the 5 races, and I’ll be at most of them!

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NECTC fall race schedule!

In addition to race reports from the various fall races, we’ll be doing features on some of the NECTC teams this fall, as well as teams in the other collegiate conferences. If you’re a part of a collegiate club that would like to be featured, let us know! Email info@youngtri.com.

Tri Hard,

Caity

Final Summer Race: YoungTri Takes West Point Triathlon

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The West Point Triathlon was my last summer race before heading into the fall racing season. I wore my Harvard jersey alongside many of the West Point athletes {both teams are in the NECTC – New England Collegiate Triathlon Conference. Stay tuned for a post on the NECTC tomorrow, as well as more features during the fall season}.

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Camp Buckner – site of the race

The race took place at Camp Buckner, about 30 minutes from my house. My cousins had car trouble and arrived less than five minutes before transition closed, so my dad and I helped set up the other 5 Beggs’ transition areas quickly! 7 Beggs total completed the West Point Tri this year — missing a few!

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Transition Area

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YT Contributor Alex is on the West Point Tri team & was at the race also

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Before the swim start… rockin’ the cone head look!

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Team RWB was represented quite a bit at the race.

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…And we’re off!

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Coming out of the water

My aunt Leah on the bike!

My aunt Leah on the bike!

Post-race selfies

Post-race selfies

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After the race! #selfies

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Same number! Lol

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The 4 Begg girls that raced after the finish!

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Dancing after the race (I was terrible)

My cousin Erin placed third in her age group, Alex got second in the cadet category, my dad placed second in the clydesdale category, and I got second in the Athena category! For the full results, click here.

The West Point Tri is always a favorite for me, since I did my very first triathlon there in 2005. I’m excited to race again there next year again with my family! It’s always a nice way to wrap up the summer racing season.

What was your favorite end of summer race?

Tri Hard,

Caity

DormTri: Bring Triathlon to Your Dorm!

This post appeared in this week’s YT Times Newsletter! Want to see more posts like this in our weekly newsletter the YoungTri Times? Sign Up for YoungTri to receive it!

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Race numbers on the wall – so cute!

YoungTri Member Savanah from Illinois, a freshman at the University of Kentucky, decorated her dorm room by putting up some of her favorite race bibs on one of the walls! She added that the numbers “brought a bit of home” to her dorm room. So cute!

Have you decorated your dorm room with any tri memorabilia in a creative way? Let us know!

How to Deal With the “What Might Have Been”s. {We Can’t Take Every Path. Enjoy the One You’re On.}

For my entire life, I’ve had a bit of trouble letting go of things. Of people. Of friendships. Of memories. Of things of that sort. I hate losing touch — and part of this may have to do with the fact that endings make me uncomfortable. I often find myself wondering about what might have been — if things had worked out with such and such a person, if I had taken a different path in life, and so on and so forth.

But I’ve realized — more so in the past year or so than ever before — that this can do more harm than good. Letting your mind wander down the hundreds of windy paths and courses your life could have taken can get quite exhausting — a truth to which I can testify.

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

-John Greenleaf Whittier

This wondering about “what might have been” can apply to all areas of life — from daily life to friendships to school to relationships and even training. The nagging “what ifs” can become overwhelming if we don’t learn how to approach them – but they can turn into positives if we approach them in the right manner.

So, how do you deal with the “what ifs”? WIth the times when your mind won’t let go of certain people, events, or otherwise — even though every other part of you wants to?

I think that the biggest thing that I’ve learned is to let your emotions take their course.

Let your mind wander. Take your mind down those “what if” paths. Cry if you need to. Take a long drive, blast music, and scream. Or center yourself. Meditate. Whatever it takes. (I’ve done all of these things, haha)

And then… make yourself stop. Even for a bit. Channel that energy into something positive — like a hard, grueling workout. One of the main impetuses in my workouts — the things that push me to pull that faster split in an erg piece, bike ride, run, or otherwise — is thinking about the “what ifs” that have been frustrating me on that particular day. Sometimes of specific people; of specific events; moments, races, or otherwise. It all depends on the day. Sometimes feeling that extra burn after doing so — and pushing extra hard — can let go of some of the frustrations you’ve been feeling.

Training — as I’m sure it is for many of you also — is a way for me to channel my emotions in a direct and productive manner. To let out every ounce, every bit of everything I’m feeling on that given day. A way to attack our ever-wandering minds — and the frustrations over the “what might have been”s head on.

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We can’t take every path. Enjoy the one you’re on.

So, what have I learned from all of this?

Most importantly that “what if”s and the “what might’ve been”s are a part of life. We can’t take every path. Things can’t work out with every person. Not every race is going to go our way. But the best way to deal with this is to take a level-headed, non-extreme approach.

Maybe I’m crazy that I let the “what might have been”s get to me sometimes… but hey, I’ve learned a lot from it. I’ve learned to not ignore your feelings… but to also not wallow.

Find your happy medium. And enjoy the positive people, events, and things in your life right now — because they’re the “what if”s that came true — for a reason. Seriously. 🙂

How do you approach your thoughts and feelings about “what might have been” in a level-headed way so that they don’t interfere with (rather, aid in) training or other aspects of life?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Best Triathlon Beach Reads. {Even if Your Summer is Already Over}

In the final few days of summer, I’ve been trying to pack in a lot of reading. I used to read for leisure all the time, but over the past year or so I’ve read on my own {read: not for school} a lot less.

My goal for the upcoming school year is to change this, and I’ve gotten a head start on this this week.

Two Books to Try this Month

A Life Without Limits – Chrissie Wellington

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I started this book awhile ago but got a bit distracted {I tend to do this with books often – again – working on it!}, and now that I’m into it I’m hooked. Chrissie is a fantastic writer – besides being a four time national champion – and her book centers around her journey to success.

It is a peek below the surface of one of the most high-profile triathletes in the world – into her struggle with anorexia, training with a controversial coach, and more.

Her positive attitude radiates throughout the book – and makes the stories flow nicely.

Sport has such a unique ability to inspire and empower. If used correctly, it can be such a force for good.
-Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment – Tal Ben-Shahar

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I came across this book when I visited my AP Psychology teacher from senior year last week {he has an awesome collection of books} and he let me borrow it. Written by a Harvard professor, the book centers upon the “positive psychology” movement and outlines a set of principles that you can apply to your life to make yourself feel more happy and fulfilled. He explores why people can achieve great things and have an abundance of material wealth but still feel unhappy, as well as many other topics. I’m only a few chapters in and I’m hooked.

One of the quotes used early on in the book hit me –

the best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.

Ben-Shahar goes on after this quote to say that a struggle free life is not the prescription for happiness. Although not technically a “triathlon” book, it’s definitely worth the read – the principles outlined in the book can have a huge positive impact on your daily life & attitude towards training.

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Reading on the beach!

What are you reading right now and what were your favorite summer reads? What books have inspired you lately?

Tri Hard,
Caity

What’s Your Time?! {Enough With the Excuses}

Inevitably, after a race someone will approach you and ask the all-too-common question: “What was your time?”

There are usually four reasons people ask this:

1. They genuinely care about how you did and want to show that they care by asking

2. They’re trying to make idle post-race conversation.

3. They know that they did better than you and are asking you for your time so you ask for theirs afterwards.

4. They’re trying to calculate your splits to see how you did.

It’s tempting to let this get to you – or to go down the road of making excuses-

I’m injured.
My nutrition wasn’t right.
I wasn’t having a good day.
I biked so much better the other day.
I didn’t train.
My swim was awful.
My run splits weren’t my best.

…And the list goes on. It’s super-tempting to go down this road {and don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to talk about the logistics of your race with friends or family, but there’s a fine line between that and becoming super negative}.

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past 10 years in the swim, bike, and run world, it’s that going down this road of excuses isn’t worth it. We’ve all been there and given them, but it makes things a lot more enjoyable if you stray away from it.

If someone asks the inevitable “What was your time?” question and you didn’t do your best {for whatever reason}, take a breath. Either be honest and say that it wasn’t your best or make a joke about it.

There’s always another race. Excuses aren’t worth it. Your time is your time. Embrace it. 🙂

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After races ranging from sprints to Ironman, my family encourages each other- and we try not to make excuses about our times 🙂

Tri Hard,
Caity