Summer Race Schedule

After barely surviving this crazy Boston winter, spring is finally here…which means triathlon season is just around the corner! USAT Collegiate Nationals is taking place this weekend in Tempe, Arizona (Caity is on her way there now!) and most triathlons (at least in the Boston area) start happening early May. 

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Collegiate Nationals last year. Source: USAT

I’m heading home for the weekend where I hope to solidify a race schedule while I have some time to sit down with my parents. I really want to do USAT Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee, WI, but I’m not sure what other races I want to sign up for. Any suggestions?

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Have you decided on what summer races you’re competing in yet?

-Kaitlin

#DormTri

One of the small ways I incorporate my swim, bike, run love into my dorm! Painted wood blocks from etsy 🙂

Send us your #dormtri pics! On Instagram, Twitter or info@youngtri.com.

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Tri Hard,
Caity

Respect.

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Chase what you want. Get respect for what you deserve.

Respect is important — whether it means going out and earning your own respect by working hard, training hard — or just staying dedicated to a goal.

Respect yourself. Respect your friends. Your family. Your training. Your goals.

You’ll be surprised how far it’ll go.

“You want some respect? Go out there and get it for yourself.”

Tri Hard,
Caity

A “Spin” Off of Your Typical Spinning Studio

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source: soul-cycle.com

Soul Cycle just opened near my school and I’ve been dying to go! These studios host spin classes- with a spin. Soul Cycle believes in a full body workout, so it incorporates free weights and even bands into the typical cycling class. Through different arm exercises and choreography (all while spinning), you get the most out of the 45 minutes on the bike.

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source: patrickmcmullen.com

Click here to find out more.

-Kaitlin

New Obsession: Kind Bars

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Seriously OBSESSED. So. Good. And a lot of the flavors are gluten and dairy free which is a huge plus!

Try eating one as a pre-workout snack – many have 7 or more grams of protein and low amounts of sugar (so it’ll give you an extra boost during your workout)!

Have you ever tried Kind Bars? What’s your favorite flavor? If not, what’s your favorite type of bar?

Tri Hard,
Caity

Socks: Have you found your favorite pair for training?

Growing up, I never liked getting socks as a birthday or Christmas present from my family. “What’d you get for Christmas?” “Socks.” So not cool.

It’s funny how my attitude towards socks drastically changed after becoming a triathlete and yet again when I started going to school in New England (everyone here is obsessed with socks).

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Injinji toe socks seem to be popular with distance runners.

In triathlon, socks actually play a big part in your performance. The wrong socks give you blisters, those blisters annoy you, and in turn you don’t have a pleasant workout. Playing basketball my whole life, I have always had issues with blisters. I used to have to wear two pairs of socks for all practices and games to protect my feet. However, that’s not usually feasible in a running shoe, plus you shouldn’t have to wear two pairs of socks!

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I’m also a fan of these Throlo Experia socks.

After having foot problems this summer, I went to my local running store and asked the salesman which pair of socks was his favorite. He immediately responded with Balenga. After using my Balenga socks for almost a year, I agree with the salesman’s choice. I finally solved my blister issues. 

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My favorite socks.

The type of sock that works best for you doesn’t always work for everyone else. If you’re having sock issues, I suggest trying out different styles and brands to find which kind your feet like best. Unfortunately, trial-and-error is the most effective process in finding the best triathlon products for your specific needs.

What brand or style of socks is your favorite?

-Kaitlin

No Day But Today.

I saw this quote on a bumper sticker while home last week — my dad first noticed it — and it really struck a chord with me. I put it up on my wall in my dorm as a little reminder that the best time to accomplish things is now. today. in the present.

Do it. Today. 🙂

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How do you keep yourself motivated to accomplish things on a daily basis?

Tri Hard,

Caity