Tri Treat: Quinoa & Kale “Burgers”!

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YT Ambassador Brittany made these “burgers” for a healthy & yummy post workout snack!

Thanks so much to YoungTri Ambassador Brittany for sharing this yummy recipe with us! She paired it with cauliflauer… yum! A great post-workout meal.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own (makes 10 patties):

Cheese and egg are optional!

  • 2 ½ c cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 4 c kale, cleaned, deveined, chopped small
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ yellow onion, diced small
  • ½ c chives, chopped
  • ½ c Parmesan, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ c finely ground bread crumbs (use gluten free breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten free)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil plus more for frying

Put it all together!

  1. Combine quinoa, eggs, Parmesan, chives and salt in medium mixing bowl.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in skillet on medium heat then sweat onions and garlic, approximately 3 minutes. Add kale to skillet and cook until kale is bright green and soft.
  3. Add kale mixture to quinoa mixture, then add breadcrumbs and stir to combine.
  4. Place clean skillet on medium heat and add enough oil to coat bottom of pan.
  5. Form patties using ½ c of quinoa mixture and place patties in skillet being careful not to splash hot oil or overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown on each side, approximately 5 minutes per side.
  6. Remove patties, drain on paper towel and serve.

Check out Cheryl Style for the original recipe and for an instructional cooking video!

Thanks again for sharing, Brittany! Yum!

Tri Hard,

Caity

 

 

Speed, Setbacks, and More: Jacob’s Top Four Tri Tips

Here are some tips from YoungTri Ambassador Jacob Bremer, student at University of Michigan and member of the University of Michigan triathlon team, has learned over the past few years:

Jacob is a Member of the University of Michigan Triathlon Team!

Jacob is a Member of the University of Michigan Triathlon Team!

1. Do not neglect speed work. Even at the Olympic distance people think of it as such a long event they often completely neglect speed work, which is crucial for (especially in running) keeping good form. Once a week, do a little warm up then head to a track or somewhere with an open space and do 6-8 150-200 all our sprints (about 25-40 second depending on distance and ability). They give your body muscle memory of its most efficient form and help develop speed which you may need to call upon at the that finish line someday!

2. If you’re on a bike trainer during the winter, don’t spend countless hours on a trainer at a steady state. While long rides are still important to accomplish, I find it more appealing to raise intensity and lower volume during the harsh winters I have in my home state of Michigan. That way I’m getting just as good of workouts and don’t get burned out from sitting on a trainer all winter.

3. Have a plan! Even if it’s just to do something every day. That’s still a plan. You’d be surprised how much more you’re committed when you just simply write things down!

4. Don’t look as a bump in the road as a setback. Look for other opportunities within it. Last year I suffered a contusion in my knee, which put me out of cycling and running for nearly 6 weeks. I thought my life was over, but I ended up just concentrating on my swim, which I ended up taking over 3 minutes off my swim time in just those six weeks. With every setback, there’s an opportunity for a comeback.

Jacob's first career win!

Jacob’s first career win!

A little bit more about Jacob, from Jacob:

I am junior with Education Major at the University of Michigan. I am excited about being able to give back to a sport that has given so much to me and being able to spread your passion with others who are passionate about identical things. In addition to competing on the University of Michigan triathlon team, I am also an assistant coach at a local high school for the cross country/track teams. I began triathlons two years ago coming from a serious running background. In high school I played ran cross country, track, and played basketball.

YoungTri NJ Ambassador Meetup (…And a Contest! Win Chrissie Wellington Autographed YT Gear)

In honor of YoungTri’s 3rd anniversary on January 8th, we’re having a contest where members can win autographed Chrissie Wellington YT gear!

To enter, all you have to do is:

SHARE THE YT FACEBOOK POST FROM TODAY (1/5) ON YOUR TIMELINE! 

The winner will be announced on January 8th! 🙂 And in honor of our 3rd birthday, we will have 3 winners. The first place winner will choose from one of the autographed items (moisture wick shirt or sticker) or another YT piece of gear. The second and third place winners will get second and third choices!

For unlimited extra entries (1 point for each friend signed up), sign up your triathlete friends (or friends interested in swim, bike, and run) for YoungTri by clicking here! There is a space to enter your name for member referral when signing up. (So we can keep track of your points!) You can also share the sign-up link with friends.

Good luck! 🙂

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Win Autographed Chrissie Wellington YT gear!

 

YoungTri New Jersey Ambassador Mini Meet-Up

3 YoungTri Ambassadors from New Jersey (Diana, Olivia, and Brittany) and I met up at Veggie Heaven. It was so much fun! I met Brittany once this summer, but I had never met Olivia or Diana in person!

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We ate at Veggie Heaven… it was delicious!

We shared stories about races, spoke about how our breaks had been going, and had a LOT of fun! It was awesome to have the four of us finally connect in person.

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Diana and Olivia!

The four of us are so excited about what’s ahead for YoungTri… including lots of member meet-ups! We can’t wait for you to join in 🙂

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We had to take a group selfie 🙂

Diana is a senior at Marywood University, and plays lacrosse and runs cross country there. She even went to nationals last year. You can learn more about here in the feature “Tri Top 5”. Brittany is a junior at Montclair high school, and loves triathlons and writing. You can read one of the articles she’s written for YoungTri on how to beat post-race blues here! Olivia is a sophomore at West Morris Mendham High School. She loves skiing and triathlons — she did her first race this past spring! Read about her tri beginning in high school — and how it gave her strength — here!

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It was SO slippery and icy outside!

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Holdin’ up the Chrissie autographed shirt!

Even though we’re all different ages (and from different parts of the state), we all share one (of many) things in common: we. love. tris. 🙂

We plan on doing races together this summer… and we’ll keep you updated so other members in the area can join in!

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Love hanging with other YoungTri ambassadors 🙂

Are you interested in becoming a YoungTri Ambassador? Apply here.

Tri Hard,

Caity

YT Shades in the Snow

YoungTri Youth Ambassador Bryce, a 5th grader from New Jersey, took a dip in the hot tub yesterday to warm up after a winter workout. While doing so, he braved the frigid temperatures — and tons of snow — and showed off his YoungTri sunglasses!

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Rockin’ the YT Shades

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Cold temperatures didn’t phase Bryce!

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Go Bryce!

Want a pair of sunglasses like Bryce’s? You can get your own at youngtristore.com!

Have you ever braved the frigid temperatures in less-than-warm clothing either before, after, or during a workout?!?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Featured YoungTri Ambassador: Shelby from Canada

See below for information from Shelby, a YoungTri Ambassador from Canada. To find out more about the YoungTri Ambassador Program, click here

My name is Shelby Edgar from Sherwood Park, Alberta (Canada)  My first love has always been running. I ran track through high school, and now cross country for my University team. My team is currently 4th out of 13 university teams and we are hoping to further climb the ranks this season!

Triathlon came into my life through my mother who is an amazing athlete. In 2009 I watched her complete her first Ironman and I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I am looking to challenge myself in any facet that will lead me to competing with the best triathletes in the world.

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My favorite quote is,

“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.” -Oprah

It is definitely a motivator in training and in life!

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I believe that YoungTri provides great insight to a sport that is sometimes difficult to be exposed to, especially for young people. I have big goals for this year, and I hope to inspire and encourage people into the sport that I am so passionate about and live a life beyond their wildest dreams!

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“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! 🙂


YoungTri Ambassador Luke Birkett from Nebraska: IronKids Star!

Congrats to YoungTri Ambassador Luke from NE on his awesome finish at the IronKids race in Sioux City, IA! It’s his 8th race of the summer & 11th race so far! He came in 2nd place out of 19 ten year old boys & 8th out of 112 in his division! WOW!

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Luke & his mom rocking their YT gear!

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On the podium!

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Photo finish!

Follow Luke & his mom on Instagram: @ironkid12 @ironmom12

YoungTri Tips {Video}: How to Set Up a Transition Area

Check out YoungTri Ambassador Brittany A. show us how to properly set up a triathlon transition area!

Brittany is a junior at Saddle River Day School. She first started triathlon training two years ago, and did her first race as a 15 year old in June of 2012. Aside from triathlon, she plays tennis and runs track for her school. She is a certified Spinning instructor, and is interested in pursuing a career in kinesiology and biomedical engineering. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing, playing the violin, and traveling!

My Tri Beginning (Olivia from NJ): How My First Triathlon in High School Gave Me Strength

 Below is a feature from YoungTri Ambassador Olivia Christmann from New Jersey about her “tri beginning” and overcoming obstacles to get there.

Less than two months ago, I never would have imagined that I would do my first triathlon this summer, let alone ever.

My whole life, I’ve loved trying new things and challenging myself in ways that I didn’t always think was possible — but for years, I faced medical issues with my back and I wasn’t even able to walk down a hallway without having to sit right away. During this time, one year ago, I couldn’t even imagine being out of pain – let alone doing a triathlon.

After lots of work, I was able to rehabilitate myself out of pain which started by joining the school swim team this past winter. Prior to this, I never swam competitively and I only knew how to do freestyle. I just threw myself into the sport, hoping for the best. Without knowing it at the time, I was on the road to becoming a triathlete.

During that swim season,my health started improving a great deal. So, when that season ended I decided I join the track team! I’ve never ran long distances because of the pain that I was in, so when I joined the distance team, I literally gave it all I had. I wasn’t the fastest by far, but I was trying my hardest and loving it.

When track ended in May, it was time to schedule jaw surgery for my overbite. I didn’t want to waste my summer recovering from surgery and I really wanted to do something to get my mind off surgery. So, I made my surgery date August 8th, which would leave me a month of summer to recover.

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During Track!

So, around the time I scheduled my surgery, I was just browsing the Internet and I came across triathlons. At that point, the idea sounded insane. I couldn’t even imagine doing anything like that. Yet, in the back of my mind I kept on remembering the surgery I scheduled to have on August 8th. I needed to do something to prove I myself that I was strong enough to do anything. Without thinking much, I used the money I saved up and signed up for the New Jersey Stare Triathlon. With less than five weeks to go until the race, I didn’t really know how it would be possible, but I knew that I would make it work.

The next four weeks I trained like crazy. I went from having trouble swimming ten laps, to waking up at 5 am to swim 100. I took long bike rides with my family on the weekend, and ran with my cross country team (which I decided to join for the following fall) during the week. Things were falling into place and I finally felt ready. I couldn’t believe what I was so close to being able to accomplish after the challenges I faced in the past years.

Race day came, and I finished my first sprint triathlon. I actually did it and I could not believe what I was actually able to accomplish. You can read about my race here!

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After my first triathlon!

After the race, I had the confidence about my athletic ability that I never had before. I was proud of what I did, mentally and physically, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to try a triathlon.

Before I knew it, it was time to concentrate on my next challenge: lower jaw surgery. With my surgery date two weeks after my triathlon, I was told that I had to stop all physical activity. I lost too much weight (I dropped below 100 pounds) and I would not be able to eat solid foods for about five weeks. So, I could only dream about triathlons, as I just had to focus on my health for surgery.

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Trying to gain weight pre-surgery!

Last week, I had my last jaw surgery (hopefully) that took four and a half hours. I woke up with my mouth wired shut and everything aching. When I was able to walk around the hospital a day later, my dad said something to me that really hit me. He said this was just another step in my triathlon training. Physically, I was walking slowly (which would be the closest I would get to training for awhile). But I was also training mentally. For me, triathlons are a way of overcoming mental obstacles and powering through things when your body just wants to quit. During that first night after surgery, when I felt worse than I have in my whole life, I just remembered to keep on going, which triathlons helped remind me of.

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Going into surgery!

Today, I am still unable to talk or do anything but lay here, but I am dreaming of my next triathlon! For me, triathlons have given me hope, strength, and goals that I know can be possible. Triathlons have been able to give me strength and endurance to continue onward in even the hardest of times, which is something I couldn’t be more thankful of right now.

-Olivia Christmann

{A few words about Olivia (from Olivia herself): I’m Olivia Christmann, a 15 year old from Mendham, NJ. I’m a sophmore in high school and my favorite place to be is in the mountains. I love to ski and hike, and I am on the cross country, swimming, and track team at school! I just became a certified Pilates teacher this past year, too! I did my first triathlon July 20, 2013 and I can NOT wait to do another! I am so excited to be a YoungTri ambassador! Stop saying “I want” and start saying “I will”!}