Boston University Try-A-Tri: Super Sprint Indoor Race!

This morning, Kaitlin and I headed over to Boston University’s athletic complex for the BU Try-A-Tri! The event was an indoor “super sprint” triathlon designed to get more people involved in the sport. Athletes started out by doing a 200 yard swim, followed by a 15 min bike on an indoor spinner and a 1 mile run on the indoor track.

We had a great time watching YoungTri Ambassador Jessica from Tufts compete (and kick butt… she did amazing!) as well as Harvard Tri Teammates, members of the Northeastern Tri Team, MIT Tri Team, BU Tri Team, and more.

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The Try-A-Tri T-shirt!

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Kaitlin and I had fun spectating!

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BU’s pool

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Indoor Spinners!

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Indoor Track

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My friend Liz on the BU triathlon team! 🙂

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YoungTri Ambassador Jessica from Tufts!

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Northeastern Tri Team with their YT stickers 🙂

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Yaaaaayyyyy Jess!

To find out more about the BU triathlon team, click here.

Have you ever competed in a super sprint or an indoor tri? 

Tri Hard,

Caity

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Women’s Triathlon = Officially a NCAA Division 1 Emerging Sport!

As of today, women’s triathlon has been OFFICIALLY approved as a NCAA Division 1 Emerging Sport!!! Today, the vote received over 95% support from the NCAA Division 1 Legislative Council.

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Thanks to all the YoungTri members who signed the petition to show their support!

From usatriathlon.org:

“Today is a watershed moment for the sport,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “After four years of hard work behind the scenes, this announcement represents a huge victory for current and future student-athletes, for the NCAA member institutions that will operate varsity triathlon programs, and for USA Triathlon’s future Olympic success.”

Read more from USAT here.

Can’t wait to follow NCAA triathlon as it grows over the years!

Are you excited about this new development?!

Tri Hard,

Caity

SIGN THE PETITION: Women’s Triathlon as an NCAA Sport

The vote for triathlon to become an NCAA sport for women is on January 15th… and we need your help! Sign the petition at http://chn.ge/1gQmoGv to show your support.

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YoungTri members at female collegiate triathletes from UConn, BC, Harvard, and UVM!

If you are on a collegiate triathlon team, YoungTri encourages you to reach out to your coaches, athletic directors, and team members to show their support also. Find out more about why your school should vote yes here.

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Make this your cover photo to show your support!

If the initiative passes, the change could affect athletes as early as this fall. Sign (here). Share. Show your support for the sport we all love so much 🙂

Want more information? Check out the FAQs for the initiative here.

Tri Hard,

Caity

Harvard Tri: Looking Ahead (We Want to Hear from Your Collegiate Tri Team!)

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Some of the Squad!

As 2013 is coming to a close, I’m starting to look ahead to 2014 — and I’m getting excited for another awesome season with Harvard Triathlon! I’m a Co-Captain and the Publicity and Social Director this season, and I can’t wait for what’s ahead. The team will be attending nationals this year in Tempe, Arizona on the Arizona State University Campus.

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5 Captains at Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon! 

We had a super fun fall season, and along with the five other captains (two new for the spring season), I look forward to our team growing and enjoying another year together! As a relatively new team (we started last year) and a member of the NECTC, it’s always exciting to see how much things progress.

I’ll also be aiding in planning fun social events for the team — which will make team bonding enjoyable 🙂

With the spring season coming up soon, my teammates and I have begun planning for pre-race training!

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Pre-Race Dancin’

We’re going to start featuring more college triathlon teams on the site — as well as interviewing collegiate triathletes on their experiences racing, training, and socializing as members of a college tri team.

If you’d like your team to be featured, please email info@youngtri.com!

Tri Hard,

Caity

Support Triathlon as the Next NCAA Sport for Women… Sign the Petition Today!

Triathlon is poised to become the next NCAA emerging sport for women… and we need your support! ***SIGN THE PETITION AT chn.ge/1gQmoGv TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!***

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As a triathlete of 11 years and Co-Captain of Harvard’s team, this cause is very close to my heart (as I’m sure it is to many other YoungTri members’ also), and would be a big step for the sport of triathlon. The vote takes place in a few weeks, so sign the petition today!

If you’re a YT member and this cause is important to you, say so when you sign the petition — and email us at info@youngtri.com to tell us why triathlon becoming an NCAA sport would mean a lot to you! We’ll feature our favorite stories on the blog.

Sign chn.ge/1gQmoGv now to show your support!

Tri Hard,

Caity

How to “Run Like a Girl”

If you asked me to describe what my workout drawer looked like in one word, it ‘d be “girly.” Pink on pink on pink. Whenever I buy new tri gear or running shoes, I always look to get the “girliest” colors possible. My Garmin is pink, my bike speedometer is pink, my headphones are purple, my shoes are neon blue/green with pink laces — you get the picture.

I love my colorful Newtons

I love my colorful Newtons

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Headbands during workouts are a must!

Female triathletes are definitely outnumbered by their male counterparts and this is reflected in the clothing/gear selections. It’s always hard for me to find apparel that’s not black and to find tops that are somewhat stylish. So every time I come across gear that’s pink and girly, I snatch it because I know I may never see it again.

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I never run without my Garmin. It’s great for tracking time, distance, and speed

So… how are we girls supposed to deal with the lack of female-friendly triathlon commodities? Don’t worry, I have a few suggestions 🙂

First off, if you’re a member of YoungTri, you have access to a huge number of female triathletes! Reach out to members through the Facebook group. You can make new friends, get tips on triathlon in general, and realize that you’re not alone as a girl in the tri world. When I first started racing, the only triathletes I knew were guys… but then I met President Caity (lol) 2 ½ years ago. I finally had a girl triathlete to talk to, which was very exciting!

Racing with Caity for the first time this fall :)

Racing with Caity for the first time this fall 🙂

In addition to talking to YoungTri members, check out BettyDesigns.com. Betty sells cute two-piece racing bathing suits, stylish race kits, and other awesome cycling clothing! You can even order custom race gear for yourself or your team. Another great website is TeamEstrogen.com. They have a great selection of colorful swim caps, bike shorts, and all the accessories in between.

Betty Designs founder, Kristin Mayer, is a triathlete herself!

Betty Designs founder, Kristin Mayer, is a triathlete herself!
(Photo taken from bettydesigns.com)

For well thought-out and extra chic running clothes, make your way to Lululemon Athletica. Although pricey, Lulu offers great breathable, smell-absorbing running shirts that make you want to go workout just so that you can wear them. They have great shorts and running tights as well: I’ve noticed that the tights are especially popular at my school. Occasionally they have cycling jerseys and shorts too. I’m a huge Lululemon fan and it’s quite evident on my Christmas list each year. Their clothes ensure that I will never be mistaken for a guy while I’m working out!

Me after my run! Shirt and cropped leggings from Lululemon Athletica.

Me after my run! Shirt and cropped leggings from Lululemon Athletica.

So now that you’ve discovered a few ways to “run like a girl,” what’s next for female triathletes? Well, according to USAT, the percentage of female triathletes has increased from 27% to 37% in the past 12 years. The sport of triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and it’s bringing tons of females along with it! I definitely don’t mind competing in a male-dominated sport, but it’s certainly exciting to see the growth of female athletes. 🙂

Now go run like a girl!

Kaitlin

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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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!

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#fallfavorites

  • 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,

Caity

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.

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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,

Caity

Tri/Run/Walk for a Cause: Racing for a Reason {share your causes with us!}

Today, I did a Walk to End Alzheimer’s event with my roommate Justyna and some other girls from Harvard. It was a really nice event – and the walk was gorgeous! Right along the Boston Harbor.

Walks/Runs/Tris for causes are super fun and a great way to workout and do some good 🙂

What are your favorite events for a cause? Email info@youngtri.com and we could feature yours on the site!

My roommate Justyna and I at the Walk to End Alzheimer's!

My roommate Justyna and I at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

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Cambridgeside Galleria – site of the walk

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Boston Harbor! Such a beautiful walk

Have you done a race or event for a cause recently?

Tri Hard,

Caity