Time for Tri: Time Management During the School Year!

Below is a feature from YT Ambassador Brittany Abuhoff.

Now that school has started, I have not been able to train as much as I would like. Long training sessions have turned into hours in front of textbooks and eyes staring hopelessly at a computer screen. With years of experience of having to deal with this, I have come up with a solution: time management.

Time management is not something that you can learn, but it is something that involves a lot of experimenting- everyone’s different! My technique may not work for everyone and somebody else’s technique may not work for me.

Here are some of my tips!!

1.     Make a to-do list that ranks everything according to importance.

2.     Make a schedule so that you can get everything in. This is not the time for procrastination!!

3.     Instead of planning workouts that involve being out for hours on end, try short high intensity workouts. It’s the off-season, which is the perfect time to try something new! I have been doing a lot of spinning classes, sprint-based indoor swims, and kettle bell sessions.

4.     Make sure you don’t stress yourself out!! There should always be time where you just RELAX! Also, make sure you get enough sleep.


YT Ambassador Brittany and President/Founder Caity this summer!

-Brittany Abuhoff, YoungTri Ambassador

On Stress. {And The Importance of #TeamHappy}

In high school and during my freshman year of college, I had a lot of trouble dealing with stress. Triathlon was always a means through which I helped to manage my stress, but at times it began to take a toll on my body without me realizing it.

My stomach condition became worse as a result of my stress (even though it took me years to realize this). I was happy – with great friends and family around me, awesome friends, and more – but at times my preoccupation with things and stress would cause be to become quite upset. Which became draining.

I realized that stress is normal – but not when it’s happening too often for too long.

This summer, I decided to work on making a permanent change. To stress less. To take things as they come – and realize that little speed bumps along the way aren’t the end of the world.

It took a lot of soul searching and work, but my plan was successful. By the end of the summer and beginning of my sophomore year at Harvard – as a result of my training, some of the projects I was working on, and my focusing on taking things as they come – I found myself A LOT less stressed. (Which helped out my stomach a lot too!)

I noticed a huge difference in my life as a result of this. The happiness I had once felt on a daily basis had exponentially increased – I felt as if I was constantly walking around with a bounce in my step and a smile on my face (and inside). I learned that true inner happiness and lack of stomach-wrenching stress is a process; a collection of emotions from varying facets of your life as well as an underlying DECISION to be happy.

My friends and I even came up for a name for our new way to approaching life: #teamhappy. It didn’t mean that we had to be outwardly happy ALL the time, but it means that we have an inner content ness with how our life is at the current moment.


This “high on life” feeling lasted quite a few months. 🙂 But as with any highs, lows at times come.

Finding myself more stressed over the past week or so, I noticed a change in the way my stomach felt. In my mood. In my organization. In the way I felt about everything. Part of this has to do with the fact that my foot injury has dragged on for over a month – and I haven’t been able to use workouts as a stress reliever.

We have a saying this year for our crew team – “Don’t let the highs get to high or the lows too low.” And that’s what I — and you — should make sure that you do.

Hit a high in life? Enjoy it. Savor it. But keep an inner calm. Hit a low? Breathe. Know that it is just a speed bump and things WILL be okay.

It’s important to remember that even during the “speed bump” periods that the little things aren’t the end of the world. Right now, during my “speed bump” injury period, I’m trying to focus on the things that give me the most happiness in life – my best friends, family, YoungTri, and more – to make sure that I’m always on #teamhappy (even if at times it’s beneath the surface a bit 🙂 )

Because when it comes down to it, being happy is truly the most important thing in life.

Have you felt especially stressed lately? How do you deal with it and try to stay #TeamHappy?

Tri Hard,


Fearlessly Fitt: Two SDSU Students’ Solution to Staying Fit and Healthy in College

About a month ago YoungTri Member Andrea Nunez-Smith and Jessie Aarnold started running together in preparation for a half marathon in November in San Diego. They had recently met at their new college San Diego State University and quickly became best friends. They found that they both have a passion for fitness as well as nutrition and staying healthy. They are both nutrition majors and hope to one day own a business together to help others achieve their fitness and nutrition goals.

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Andrea and Jessie!

The two girls thought of creating an Instagram account to help promote and educate others around the world on how to stay fit and healthy in college! We all know and fear of the “freshman 15,” and know that living in college on a budget can make it quite challenging to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. But with these two girls creative recipes and workout ideas,  you can stay and become not only fit but healthier — and most importantly happier!

Follow them at @fearlesslyfitt on Instagram for all their tips, workouts, recipes, and motivation throughout your day. It’s a perfect way to stay fearlessly fitt for life 🙂

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IMLP: 3 Months Ago Already!

Can’t believe that Ironman Lake Placid was exactly three months ago today. I’m already looking forward to round two next year! The race was DEFINITELY one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done… but it was also a really rewarding experience. Racing alongside my dad and with my two uncles and cousin made the day so much more enjoyable.

If you’re thinking about signing up for an Ironman, you can check out the full list of events here.

For my full race report on my Ironman at 18, click here.

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On the bike course!

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My two bracelets that I’ve left on since race day – three months can do a lot of wear and tear!

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After the race!

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Beggs with Mike Reilly at the Athlete Dinner!

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Post-Race with Erin!

Have you done an Ironman? If not, do you plan on doing one someday?

Tri Hard,


Truebar: Truly Delicious. {And Gluten Free. And Dairy Free.}

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At the Truebar tent in Lake Placid!

This summer when I was in Lake Placid for Ironman, I stumbled across the Truebar booth. Excited to find a booth featuring dairy and gluten free bar — I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and unique flavors. Originally founded as a “unique snack bar for health-conscious consumers”, Truebar is now especially popular amongst endurance athletes!

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Six flavors of truebars

It’s especially difficult for me to find yummy, low-cal snacks due to my gluten and dairy intolerances, so I was thrilled when I discovered these bars. (And, of course, being the neon, bright color lover that I am loved the colors of the bars :)).

The six flavors of Truebars above are Hazelnut chocolate cherry, apricot almond chai, walnut cappuccino, coconut cashew, fruit & nut, and raspberry chocolate almond. The bars are about 170-190 calories each.

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They’ve got nothing to hide 🙂

If you want to try Truebars, go here.

My favorite flavor truebar - coconut cashew!

My favorite flavor truebar – coconut cashew!

Have you ever tried Truebars? 🙂

Tri Hard,



5 ways you know that it’s not summer anymore.

  1. Open water swims and long beach days are a thing of the past and have been replaced with indoor lap sessions and the whole “trying to convince yourself to get out of bed and venture into the cold” ordeal each morning.
  2. You. Have. No. More. Tris. This. Year. Planning next year’s calendar already?
  3. Your hard-earned training tan lines have been replaced by paleness. All. Over.
  4. You’ve brushed the dust off off your cycleops or other indoor trainer and have began to realize that you can no longer ride in the morning without being FREEZING. Brr.
  5. Out with the nike running shorts and tank tops and in with the leggings and long sleeves!
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One of the tell-tale signs of summer = training tan lines


Missing open water swims & beach days!


Missing the days of reading by the beach!

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Nothing better than summer races!


Spending time with family is one of my favorite parts of summer!

Hey, but fall isn’t all bad — right? Kona, Halloween, pumpkin runs, cider, cool air perfect for running… 🙂

What were your favorite parts of summer that you’re missing in the fall? What do you like about the fall training season?

Tri Hard,


Tri Tunes: My Fall Favorites

One of the best parts of a workout is the soundtrack, right?! (That is, unless you’re biking outside. Then not such a great idea). I’ve come up with a solid longer workout playlist this fall, as well as purchased a few albums that are workout-worthy (that I’ll share later this week!).

See below for a list of the songs in my favorite fall workout playlist, and let me know yours! The songs are a mix of everything – from rap to country to pop and more. 🙂

They’re my favorite tunes to blast this fall in the boathouse, on my bike in my room, on runs, and more!



  • Enjoy the Ride – Krewella
  • Youth (Adventure Club Remix) – Foxes
  • Rock N Roll – Avril Lavigne
  • Stay the Night (feat. Hayley WIlliams of Paramore) – Zedd
  • Bruises (feat. Ashley Monroe) – Train
  • Royals – Lorde
  • We Were Us – (Duet with Miranda Lambert) – Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert
  • Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
  • Hey Brother – Avicii
  • Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
  • Eyes (feat. Mindy Gledhill) – Kaskade
  • We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
  • Furthest Thing – Drake
  • 23 – Mike Will-Made it feat. Miley Cyrus
  • Dancing in My Head (Tom Hangs Remix) – Eric Turner vs. Avicii
  • Marry Me – Jason Derulo
  • Take Me Home (feat. Bebe Rexha) – Cash Cash
  • Blood on the Leaves – Kanye West
  • Maybe You’re Right – Miley Cyrus
  • SMS (Bangerz) (Feat. Britney Spears) – Miley Cyrus
  • Timber (feat. Ke$ha) – Pitbull
  • Team – Lorde
  • Survival – Eminem
  • HeadBand (feat 2. Chainz) – B.o.B
  • Heart Attack – Enrique Iglesias
  • Rap God – Eminem
  • Who’s Gonna Save Us – Gavin DeGraw
  • Ride – Timeflies
  • SMFWU – Timeflies
  • Do What U Want – Lady GaGa

What are some of your favorite fall workout tunes?

Tri Hard,


Reflections – “Where to Go From Here?”

Lately, I’ve been very reflective. Pausing a lot to think — think about where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’d like to be (both in racing and in life). This summer was a big step for me — I completed my first Ironman at age 18, which had always been a goal of mine. It was an incredible feeling to cross the finish line with my dad; a rush of emotions and adrenaline that can only be experienced race-day.

This fall has been a transition period for me; moving from summer triathlon training to intense schoolwork, rowing, and otherwise here at Harvard. It took some adjusting to last year, but this year I absolutely love Cambridge. I have amazing roommates, other closer friends who make my experience here enjoyable and fulfilling. But besides all the exciting parts of being back at college — football games, social events, regattas, triathlons, meals out with friends, trips to Boston, and more — other things can become a bit overwhelming.

When I get overwhelmed, I tend to deal with it in a number of ways. One of them is reflection. I’ve found that this approach — both internal and external — can help manage the “Where do I go from here?” feeling that can eat away at not just me, but myriad other college students, athletes, adults, and more at various times in life.

Sometimes, especially at Harvard, I feel like everyone has everything figured out. Like people are rushing from moment to moment, place to place, class to class, without even thinking. Like people already have their entire lives planned out in their minds — graduate. Work in finance or consulting. And so on and so forth. Which makes me feel a little bit out of place, especially because I’m still debating what I want to concentrate in (Harvard’s word for majors, we have to decide by mid-November)! And I don’t have set concrete plan for the rest of my life.

This applies not only to my situation at college, but also with training. Sometimes, after finishing a big race or attempting a new milestone, we can come to a point where we need to decide where we want to go. Pick a direction. Pick a spot; a niche.


Sometimes it’s okay to not know. To sit back, reflect, appreciate, and think.

I think that sometimes, that’s the problem with our way of thinking. We don’t take enough time to reflect. To get lost. To understand that sometimes, it’s okay to not know where exactly you’re going from your current location.

This was best brought to my attention by Kaitlin — after she wrote a piece for YoungTri that included how she liked to get “lost” on runs (as in, run wherever the road takes her), but that she made sure to take her phone with her when she did so. So that she made sure to couple adventure with security.

And it kind of hit me that that would be a wonderful way to approach training all the time — and even life in general.

And as such, as of right now, I’ve been taking some time to let myself reflect. To know that wherever the road takes me will be the beautiful, right road where I’ve always meant to end up. Training, school, work, and social life are all a part of our puzzles — and they all have a way of working themselves out as long as we’ve pointed ourself in the general right direction.

It’s okay to not know exactly “Where to Go from Here?”. It’s okay to reflect. That’s what life is for. For figuring things out.

What have you been reflecting upon recently? Do you ever feel as if you’re at a stepping stone in life (but you don’t know where it’s taking you)?

Tri Hard,