5 ways you know that it’s not summer anymore.

  1. Open water swims and long beach days are a thing of the past and have been replaced with indoor lap sessions and the whole “trying to convince yourself to get out of bed and venture into the cold” ordeal each morning.
  2. You. Have. No. More. Tris. This. Year. Planning next year’s calendar already?
  3. Your hard-earned training tan lines have been replaced by paleness. All. Over.
  4. You’ve brushed the dust off off your cycleops or other indoor trainer and have began to realize that you can no longer ride in the morning without being FREEZING. Brr.
  5. Out with the nike running shorts and tank tops and in with the leggings and long sleeves!
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One of the tell-tale signs of summer = training tan lines

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Missing open water swims & beach days!

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Missing the days of reading by the beach!

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Nothing better than summer races!

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Spending time with family is one of my favorite parts of summer!

Hey, but fall isn’t all bad — right? Kona, Halloween, pumpkin runs, cider, cool air perfect for running… 🙂

What were your favorite parts of summer that you’re missing in the fall? What do you like about the fall training season?

Tri Hard,

Caity

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

Reflect & Recover. {Set Goals & Look Ahead}

As the summer racing season has officially come to a close, many of us are just squeezing in a few more fall races before our tri-life takes a hiatus for a few months. Although it’s always exciting to wrap up an event-filled season, it’s important to not forget about the months of work you put into the races — that is, it’s vital to reflect & recover.

Here’s how you can do this:

  • Go through your races in your head. What went wrong? What went right? If you notice a pattern in the races (like poor transitions, nutrition problems, etc.) write it down. Focus on it for next season.
  • Analyze your performance. Did you accomplish your goals? If so, what is your next step for next season? If not, what can you do to achieve them next season?
  • Look ahead & Map out your goals. What do you want to accomplish next season? Big or small, it always helps to look ahead and map out your goals. After you look ahead and reflect, how can you take steps to accomplish your goals for next year?
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After Ironman! Next spring, I’ll start training again for IMLP 2014 🙂

Taking a few moments to analyze your performance from the season & map out a plan for how you’d like next season to go can also help alleviate off-season blues — for having something to look forward to (like a new goal or race) definitely helps increase motivation.

For me, reflection often takes place on walks. Walks back from practice, to class, or otherwise. Especially when I’m walking back from practice along the Charles, I often like to take an extra second to think. To reflect. I’ve begun to map out in my mind how I’d like next season to go — how I’d like to improve my Ironman time, how I can train more, etc. But I’ve also taken time to recover — to take some time off from super long swims, bikes, and runs so that I can return to next season’s training refreshed and ready to go. Find your best spot to reflect. And take some time to do it.

Both reflection & recovery are vital to healthy goal setting for each season. Without reflection, you can rush into new goals without fully taking into consideration your past season. Likewise, without recovery, burn out becomes much more likely.

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Looking ahead, planning, and setting lofty goals for the upcoming year can be difficult — but it’s definitely worth it.

How do you reflect & recover from your season? Does it help you to map out your goals for the upcoming season in advance?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Back to School: Talk about Tris {Back to school means making more tri friends}!

This post appeared in yesterday’s YoungTri Times Newsletter. To receive the newsletter each Tuesday night, sign up for YoungTri.

With school starting for many of us today, I’ve been thinking about meeting new people and how I’m excited to make more friends! Within the last 48hrs I have already met three other triathletes (which is very rare at my school) and have convinced three others to try a race!

Photo from freshman year - excited to be back at BC this year as a sophomore!

Photo from freshman year – excited to be back at BC this year as a sophomore!

Triathlons make great conversation; it’s not your typical sport, therefore people are interested in hearing more about it. Don’t be afraid to bring up triathlons when someone asks you what your hobbies are. I can’t wait to find more triathletes and maybe even start a tri team this year!

Have you met any triathlete friends at school recently?

-Kaitlin

Your mind has rested this summer, and now you are back in classes and you have motivation to study and work hard! We all have that “I want to work hard this year” motivation the first several weeks of school, but then that drive tends to die off a little as the winter months approach. Don’t let laziness take over! This is your year to shine both academically and athletically.

Ready to go back to school? Keep that positive and organized outlook all year long!

Ready to go back to school? Keep that positive and organized outlook all year long!

To stay motivated, try and set goals for yourself throughout the year. For example — you could set a GPA goal and work hard towards that, or maybe you want to work towards an A in your difficult math class this year.

Setting these small goals will keep you motivated and help you stay focused and strong all year long!

What are you most looking forward to this school year? 

-Patrick