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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Race Memories. {IMLP Bracelets Still On!}

Uncle Mike and I still have our Ironman bracelets on from July!

Uncle Mike and I still have our Ironman bracelets on from July!

Uncle Mike came to take me out to dinner in Cambridge last week, and sure enough both of us still had the blue IMLP bracelets on!

It’s a family tradition for the Beggs to keep on the bracelets until they fall off (or get super tattered). My Uncle Billy once made it until the next Ironman an entire year later with the bracelet still on (with the help of some tape :))

Do you keep on race bracelets after important races? Or put race bibs on your wall? Or something else?

What’s your favorite way of reminding yourself of race memories?

Tri Hard,

Caity

 

CollegeTri with Friends: Submit your Pictures!

One of my (many) favorite things about college is sharing my love for triathlons with my friends! Whether it’s racing or training, it’s always more fun to do with a friend. 🙂 Kaitlin and I do a lot of things together besides triathlon/YoungTri related stuff (although tris do come up in a lot of our convos) too!

Sophia (one of my best friends at Harvard who is on the crew team with me) and I! Classic YT pic haha

Sophia (one of my best friends at Harvard who is on the crew team with me) and I! Classic YT pic haha

Out to dinner in Boston with Kaitlin and Lilly (her awesome little sister)!

Out to dinner in Boston with Kaitlin and Lilly (her awesome little sister)!

We want to see pictures of you and your college triathlon team, with your tri friends out and about, or anything of the sort! Email info@youngtri.com with the subject “CollegeTri”. Some of our favorites will win free YoungTri gear (shirts!) with their next purchase in the YoungTri store!

What’s your favorite part about sharing your college triathlon experience with friends?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Adrenaline. {Get Your Blood Pumping}

Adrenaline.

Blood pumping.

Heart racing.

It’s one of the best things about athletics — and triathlon specifically. The rush of adrenaline at the beginning of the race; heart beating and mind racing. The extra surge of power your body produces to get you up that hill. The extra surge in muscle strength and production of energy from the production of adrenaline often leads to improved performance (scientifically proven!).

Everyone has their own way of getting pumped up before a race — but there are a few general things that help me get my “blood pumping” before and during a race.

[[Get your blood pumping: Adrenaline in Tris]]

Pump-Up playlist – I like a mix of Drake, Tyga, country music, and other random inspirational songs. Find the genre/mix that works for you and stick to it!

Some of my favorite workout songs recently:

  • Furthest Thing – Drake
  • Enjoy the Ride – Krewella
  • Rock N Roll – Avril Lavigne
  • Youth (Adventure Club Remix) – Foxes
  • Stay the Night (feat. Hayley Williams) – Zedd

Mental Clarity/Focus – Controlled Thoughts and focus can help to channel your adrenaline and extra energy in a productive manner. Think of things that motivate you or that anger you (or a bit of both) to push yourself up that difficult hill or stretch during the race. If it helps, you may want to take some time pre-race to think of what types of thoughts will keep you focused and motivated during the race. So much of the race is mental — and it’s important to make the mental part of your race useful in channeling your extra adrenaline and strength on the course.

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Breathe. Focus. Find a great workout playlist. And conquer the mental portion of the race. {Get your blood pumping}

Extra Push – The ability to push that extra l i t t l e bit is so important – especially at the end of your race. Dig deep, channel all of your inner strength, and get your blood pumping to have a great finish.

How do you feel adrenaline affects your race? 

Tri Hard,

Caity

YoungTri Store Launch! {youngtristore.com}

We felt it fitting to launch the YoungTri store on the 39th anniversary of the sport of triathlon. On today’s date in 1974, the sport of triathlon was born – and we’re celebrating with YoungTri gear! 🙂 We ship to all 50 states and internationally (shipping rates vary by location).

YoungTri sweatshirts, cotton and moisture wick t-shirts, sunglasses, stickers, and drawstring backpacks are now available for purchase on youngtristore.com!

The first 5 orders today get free sunglasses – and EVERY order placed today gets a free sticker!

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Happy shopping!

Tri Hard,

Caity & Kaitlin

Flooding = My first Duathlon. {Buzzards Bay Adventures}

I woke up yesterday morning thinking that I was going to do a triathlon in Buzzards Bay with the Harvard Team. Little did I know I wouldn’t even be setting foot into the ocean!

It rained. A LOT. And kept raining. And storming. The ride from Harvard to Buzzards Bay was filled with a crazy amount of rain. After delaying the start from 9 AM to 10 AM, the racers eventually received a call saying that the swim was canceled — and  that the race was to now have a run start (the 1/3 mile swim was switched to a 1.8 mile run).

It was time for my first duathlon! Haha

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Crazy amounts of rain on the way to Buzzards Bay!

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The rain didn’t damper our spirits. I had waaaay too much energy and was dancing in line with Jake!

I understood the race directors’ concerns for riptides and dangerous ocean currents in the wake of such terrible weather, but it was also super disappointing. I mean, technically we weren’t doing a triathlon (in the traditional sense of the word) anymore :(. But, instead of letting the switch get us down, my team and I decided to make the best of it!

I had an absurd amount of energy that morning (still don’t really know why, haha) and decided to embrace the rain and dance in line, hang out with friends in the damp conditions, and look forward to the race.

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Rain didn’t get us down!

When it came time to go over to transition — I was shocked at how flooded it was! I trudged through the waters to set up my things, and set down all of the garbage bags that I brought.

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Crazy-flooded transition area!

When it came time to start — it felt weird to not have to put on my wetsuit, grab my goggles, put on my cap (and look like a conehead) and get ready for the swim. The duathlon start felt like the start of a 5k — crazy, hectic, and packed! Since I was in the collegiate wave (and we went off first), tons of colorful jerseys representing schools like UConn, UVM, Syracuse, Dartmouth, and many more dashed off to start the 1.8 mile run.

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Iron 18s reunited (Hannah from Lake Placid) – making our way through the floods

The first run definitely felt weird — and I think that I went out a little bit too fast! My 7:06 average pace versus my 8:10 average pace in the final 5k was definitely indicative of this. My shoelace also came untied about five steps into the first run… but I didn’t want to lose momentum so I chose not to stop and tie it. It was definitely an adventure trying to keep my shoe on for the entirety of that run!

It was an unexpected adventure to try a duathlon — but I know for sure that tris are more my thing. I don’t think that I could get used to running at the beginning of the race!

More on the race soon — including stories from other YoungTri members, team pictures, and more about the collegiate triathlon world.

Have you ever done a race that was switched to a duathlon? How did you deal?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Short-ish. Sweet. Sweat. {quick triple-sport cardio workout.}

Try this workout next time you’re at the gym (or at home if you have an erg) for a superb AT/cardio workout. You can adjust for how much time you have to commit to working out to make it as short or as long as you’d like! (Details below)

Short (ish). Sweet. Sweat.

20 minutes warm up on bike (if you have time — if not do a quick 1-2 minute workout)

Bike portion

  • 7 x 1 minute full pressure, 1 minute moderate pressure
  • 1 minute slower to lower heart rate

total time = 15 minutes

Erg portion (see here if you don’t know how to erg)

  • 1 minute warm up
  • 5 minutes moderate pace at low stroke rate (18-22)
  • 4 x 1 minute fast pace followed by 1 minute moderate at higher stroke rate (24-max, in 30s)
  • 1 minute sprint at high stroke rate (in 30s)

total time without cooldown = 15 minutes

  • 1 minute cooldown

Run portion

  • 1 minute at conversational pace
  • 5 minutes moderate pace
  • 4 x 1 minute fast pace, 1 minute moderate
  • 1 minute sprint

total time without cooldown = 15 minutes

  • 1 minute cool down

—> If you have time afterwards, DO A LENGTHY COOLDOWN! Stretch, walk around, and so on and so forth.

{for a super short version, cut each portion down to 5 minutes. 1 minute warm up at start, and 1 minute on/off alternating at full pressure.}

Adjust the times in the three disciplines based on how much time you have for your workout! Notice that the erg & run workouts are analogous in time dedicated to varying levels of difficulty, so adjust accordingly. (For example, if you only have 20 or so minutes, do about 7 minutes in each). Or, if you’re really short on time, try one of the three workouts for a short burst of cardio! Enjoy!

One of my favorite places to do quick AT runs - around the area of the Harvard stadium!

One of my favorite places to do quick AT runs – around the area of the Harvard stadium!

What are your favorite short AT workouts?

Tri Hard,

Caity

 

 

{YT} Photo Contest: Win Free Gear

Chuck up the YT in a photo for a chance to win!

Submit a photo to info@youngtri.com of you (or you and a friend) holding up the YT (like in the pictures below), and you’ll receive a free piece of YoungTri gear & other surprise with your order once it becomes available, which will be within the next couple weeks!

You’ll also be featured on the site & in the newsletter!

Get sending! info@youngtri.com

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YT and ‘Murica

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Kaitlin and I YTing at dinner!

 Tri Hard,

Caity