Triathl-ART

As amazing as the training part of the triathlon world is — the swims, bikes, runs, and races — there’s something to be said for incorporating the sport into other parts of your life.

This not only refers to clothing, friendships, writing, or personal photos — but also to art. I’ve recently discovered that there are so many cool ways that triathlon is incorporated into art. Some of the prints and other forms of art I’ve stumbled across I REALLY want to incorporate into my dorm room/room at home!

Some of my favorite tri prints & other forms of art:

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Evolution of the Ironman

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Triathlon Wall Art – Medal Rack

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Swim, Bike, Run in reclaimed wood 

(also available in green) (and navy)

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Funny print

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Triathlon & Co instead of Tiffany & Co! Haha

Do you have any cool triathlon art in your house/room?

Tri Hard,

Caity

 

Looking Ahead: 2014

Although New Year’s Eve has never been my favorite holiday (it can seem like a whole lot of build up for a few anticlimactic seconds, haha), there is something to be said — something inherently exciting — about a new chapter. Looking ahead to twelve full, whole, exciting months packed with late runs, early swims, thoughtful bike rides along windy paths, and more.

Twelve months to accomplish, become, and build new goals, new ideas, and new accomplishments. That’s what I like to look at New Year’s as.

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Instead of “resolutions” — I like to make a year-long goal sheet; delineating some of the things I’d like to accomplish over the next twelve months and how they can get accomplished.

Some things I’m looking forward to in January of 2014 and beyond…

  • Ironman Lake Placid in July!
  • Speaking at the Triathlon Business International Conference in January
  • Nationals in April!
  • Meeting some of the NJ YoungTri Ambassadors next week!
  • YoungTri’s 3rd Birthday (and what’s ahead)!
  • Summer races
  • Harvard Triathlon’s spring season!

I think it’s important to remember that resolutions — or New Year’s goals — aren’t made or broken in a single day. They’re built; sculpted, developed, and changed over the course of weeks, months, and years. That being said, there’s no excuse not to start today 🙂 To take a moment — if you haven’t already — to write down what you’d like to accomplish over the next twelve months.

The “YoungTri New Year” starts on January 8th (our 3rd birthday)! We have a whole lot of new surprises in store for you that we can’t wait to share 🙂

What are some of your tri goals for 2014?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Beautiful Workout Spots: France, Arizona, and Georgia {Your Responses from Yesterday!}

Below are some of YT Members’ responses to the Beautiful Workout Spots post yesterday. Enjoy! (& submit yours to info@youngtri.com!)

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YT Member Monica from Texas, a sophomore at Northern Arizona University, loves this training spot.

She says, “This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever worked out. It’s in Sedona, Arizona. This pool is surrounded by mountains and it’s at about 5,000 ft. ”

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YT Member Anthony’s Favorite place to swim and run in the south of France!

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YT Ambassador Emma’s favorite training spot in the Georgia mountains!

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

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,

Caity

 

Ironman Training with VERY Limited Time: It’s Possible

Right now, I’m about 4 and a half months away from my first Ironman. As if that isn’t scary enough, I’m also a college student and a division 1 athlete (rowing) trying to balance school, rowing, social life, and training for an Ironman. Many of you may be in analogous situations – whether it be balancing school and countless extra-curriculars, going to through a busy period, or something else.

At this point, school and rowing are definitely my priority. However, having said that, it isn’t TOO difficult to find the time to fit some swim, bike, and run workouts in during the week. This helps my rowing, also, because it helps me to fit in some extra cardio – which can only help my overall fitness.

My cousin Erin is in a similar situation as me, as she is a college student at the University of Pennsylvania training for Ironman. She told me about this great, low time-commitment plan that she found in Triathlete magazine for Ironman training. I took a look at it and was really impressed.

The most important thing for me, and for all of you student-athletes or triathletes juggling work and training, is to plan ahead. PLAN your workouts for the week on an excel spreadsheet if that’s what it takes. Rowing at 6:45 and class at 10? Try to fit in a spin afterwards. Work until 5? Set your alarm clock an hour earlier in the morning to fit in some extra cardio.

This doesn’t just apply to Ironman training – it’s applicable to all events for which you might be training. It’s possible to accomplish anything – you don’t always have to have the whole day open to do it!

More updates on this topic soon. In the interim, check out the training plan I’m using from Triathlete.

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Weeks 7-13 of the 20 week plan

Tri Hard,

Caity

Backwards

I’ve heard so much about the movie “Backwards” lately. It’s about rowing and not triathlons, although the competitive spirit and fascinating athletic stories present throughout the movie make it a must-see for any athlete.

Next time you’ve finished a workout and want to relax or just want some inspiration, check it out. The trailer is below.

I loved this quote from the trailer:

“Sometimes the only way forward  is to learn from what you’ve left behind”

Something to think about.

Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts?

Tri Hard,

Caity

In the News: ER Doctor (and Ironman) William Begg Featured on CNN Speaking Out About Gun Violence in the Wake of Newtown Tragedy

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Click the picture to watch. Bill Begg, ER doctor at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut and longtime Newtown resident, will also be speaking out on Capitol Hill about this issue. Regardless of political beliefs, I think we can all agree that mass shootings like Newtown need to stop.

For Dr. Begg’s original speech, click here.

Choosing an Ironman: Videos, Videos, and More Videos

Thinking about doing an Ironman event but not sure which one to choose (or just looking for some inspiration)? Race videos are a great way to get you motivated and to help you choose the event that’s right for you. To get started, check out the Ironman YouTube Channel here. At the channel, you can watch “Race-Day” videos featuring the course and participants, as well as “full-circle” featuring participants more in depth and the area as a whole. Other Pro Interviews and different video categories are also available at this site.

Completing an Ironman is a huge triathlon accomplishment - be sure to choose the event that's right for you!

Completing an Ironman is a huge triathlon accomplishment – be sure to choose the event that’s right for you!

To get you started, here are a few great picks:

Another favorite is of the Ironman Lake Placid 2012 Video.

Tri Hard!

Caity