Ironman Bracelets: July to February

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July —> Feb!

Crazy difference — six months apart! A lot more worn and a lot less tan! Not time to take off yet 🙂

Stay tuned for a post next week about the YoungTri presentation at the Triathlon Business International conference… I’ll explain a bit in it why these two bracelets mean so much to me.

Do you ever keep on race bracelets — or other bracelets — for inspiration while training?

Tri Hard,

Caity

 

Favorite Finisher Photo: Anthony from UCLA

This is YoungTri Member Anthony crossing the finish line Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon, June 2013.

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It’s special to him for three reasons:
1) It was his first Olympic Distance and longest race at that time
2) He’s proudly representing UCLA!
3)He’s smiling, expressing the pure joy of the moment, as well as the realization that he could go even further. Thus begins the obsessive pursuit & preparation for an Ironman distance race. 🙂

Anthony says “Thanks for the constant inspiration! Happy Holidays!” to all those at YT!

Do you have a favorite finisher photo? Email us at info@youngtri.com!

Tri Hard,

Caity

“It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done.”

Today, one of the world’s greatest leaders passed away — Nelson Mandela. As the former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mandel made great strides in anti-apartheid efforts in South Africa.

Mandela is an inspiration to all — and leaves a remarkable legacy behind.

seems-impossibleOne of my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes is “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.

Whether in the case of political efforts, business endeavors, personal relationships, or even training — this often seems to be the case. Lofty goals and far-off dreams can seem impossible and unlikely at first, but with careful consideration and arduous efforts anything can be accomplished. People like Mandela are tangible examples of this.

Don’t dissuade yourself from making goals because they seem impossible.

Delineate the steps you need to accomplish them — and you’ll see that things will fall into place.

If we can learn anything from Mandela, it’s that nothing is impossible.

Tri Hard,

Caity

 

Easy.

If it’s easy, it’s not always worth as much — right?

Often, the best things in life come with a little bit of work. I think that the key is both a mixture of direction and a sense of “que sera, sera” – that whatever will be, will be. Work your hardest to achieve your goals, coupled with the mindset that things will work out they way they’re meant to be.

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I’ve found that the best things in life take time.

More on this soon.

Tri Hard,

Caity

Triathlon = a LIFESTYLE. {My Tri Beginning: YT Executive Board Member Kaitlin Adams}

I was never interested in swimming, biking, nor running… let alone triathlons. I was a soccer player and (more importantly) a basketball player. I had no idea how to swim freestyle, I simply rode my beach cruiser around my neighborhood for fun, and I absolutely loathed running. Who in their right mind would volunteer to swim, bike, and run ALL in the same race?

Little did I know I’d change my mind drastically very, very soon 🙂

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After I changed my mind and became hooked – at the Nautica South Beach Triathlon 2011 with the best training partner: my dad 🙂

In 2006, my dad was getting a little “plump”, so my mom forced him to take up running. He shocked all of us and ran the Chicago marathon in 2007 (yep, the infamous race with record heat waves where one man died and 300 needed medical attention). Despite the disastrous race, he fell in love with running; however, he realized it would be too much on his body to run 6 days a week.

A friend of his suggested he try a triathlon, so he did, and that was the beginning of it all. He was hooked. Four years later, he finished Ironman Lake Placid (where I met YoungTri prez, Caity!!).

A little bit after my dad started racing, my little brother started too… but I still thought they were absolutely insane. I couldn’t understand how anyone could enjoy such a grueling sport. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be racing right there with them just one year later.

In the summer of 2009, my family and I flew out to Colorado Springs to watch my little brother compete in the USAT youth national championship. The race was so invigorating; each athlete was so intense, and it was evident how hard many of them trained. I was so excited and passionate as a spectator, even though I knew nothing about the sport. After watching the race, I was obsessed and immediately signed up for my first triathlon.Who knew it would be so easy to convince me to participate in a sport that I once thought was stupid?!

One month later I did IronKids in Alpharetta, GA. By some miracle I won my age group and qualified for the IronKids National Championship in Tucson, AZ. I had so much fun in both races and it was evident that I caught the “tri bug.” I have been racing ever since, although I recently have taken some time off due to a concussion (don’t ask…).

IronKids Alpharetta 2009 - my first race! The 2nd place girl never identified herself haha

IronKids Alpharetta 2009 – my first race! The 2nd place girl never identified herself haha

My favorite part about triathlon is the passion its athletes possess. The sport is not like football or basketball where you can just be “a natural” and score all the points.

Triathlons require dedication and a strong mind: training every day and pushing yourself to the limit even when your body screams it can’t go any further.

These two components create a fire inside triathletes and make them so passionate about their sport. I could talk about triathlons for hours on end, which is ironic because I can’t talk about basketball the same way even though I’ve only been a triathlete for 5 years, while I was a basketball player for 10 years. I love triathlons so much that I am confident I will be racing for the rest of my life.

Another awesome aspect of triathlons is that even your parents can compete! I love training with my dad; we bond so much over training and racing together. This is one of the few sports where your career is not over once you hit 30. Instead, you can race for over 30 years and even race with your kids and spouse!

I always say that I will not marry a man who will not train with me (hahaha but I’m serious). My dream is to do an Ironman with my future husband, after first doing one with my dad of course. 🙂

Triathlons mean a lot to me and I can’t imagine my life without them. I get so excited when I explain the sport to my friends. As dumb as it sounds, the sport creates a passion in me and I’m sure others can see the little “tri” fire inside my eyes. I met my best friend through YoungTri and I don’t know what I’d do without talking to her every single day (love ya Caity <3). Triathletes have a special bond; we all suffer in training just for the sake of suffering!

Triathlon is not just a sport- it truly is a lifestyle.

How have triathlons impacted your life?

🙂 Kaitlin

Thought for the day: Take the road less traveled

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Morning drive to West Point Triathlon

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Oftentimes the right path isn’t the most easy or convenient one. Do what you know is best for you long-term – no matter how difficult it may be now.

{Take the road less traveled} 

Tri Hard,

Caity

Tri Top 5: Your 5 Favorite Parts of the Swim, Bike, & Run World

Tri Top 5 is a new YoungTri Column featuring members from across the world and their five favorite parts about the swim, bike, & run world. The first member featured is Diana D’Achille, a senior at Marywood University in Pennsylviania.

306280_10150768734175643_11312_nAll my life I have had a passion for competitive sports. When I am not working on school work assignments, I am outdoors being active. I’ve played soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, track, volleyball, and even was on a rugby team. Anything active, I’m in!

In middle school I competed in travel soccer and was on my schools cross country team. When it came time to graduate to high school, I had to decide between soccer or cross country. Back in middle school I was beating most of the guys on my team. The choice to continue cross country was very difficult because I loved soccer, but in the end it has been very rewarding.

I now am a college student at Marywood University going into my senior year. I compete in cross country in the fall and lacrosse in the spring. The two sports compensate each other, a lot like triathlons — in that working in multiple areas can help you in more ways than one. Being involved in team sports has always been something I enjoyed. These sports have taught me about discipline and perseverance, which ultimately a triathlete should possess.

{My 5 favorite reasons for competing in Triathlons……}

1. The Competition – I’d be lying if I said competition didn’t give me the desire to compete. The competition you find in triathlons is outstanding! With triathlons you always have that one event that you love and maybe one you just feel is average. The same goes for the other competitors. With that being said, there will always be a competitor in the swim, bike, or run that goes above and beyond… or a competitor in the men’s wave that started minutes ahead of you, but is within your reach… a challenge, a feeling of exhilaration. Competition makes me happy and motivates me to work harder as an athlete.

2. The Goals – The idea of setting multiple goals for different events is a thrill. I love planning out exactly what needs improvement and developing a workable training plan. Analyzing my strengths and weaknesses of three sports helps to keep things interesting. Hard work certainly goes a long way as a triathlete.

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3. Adventures – The possibilities are endless when it comes to selecting a race to compete in. I find myself getting into as I call “adventures” along my triathlon journey. There is no end of the road for triathlons. The training will bring you places you never thought you would see yourself. You will always have that opportunity to finish a race that you have trained for months for, only to say to yourself, “What race am I going after next?”

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4. Non-Intentional Beach Body – Please read the title of this reason again. Yes, haha it’s a given. The worl you put your body through during training will not only bring you to success out on race day, but in everyday life! It will “non intentionally” improve your health, nutrition, strength, and outlook in life. Swimming, biking, and running are also a great way of cross training which help to prevent injuries!

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5. Meeting and Motivating – You have to admit meeting other athletes that are into the same hobbies as you is pretty cool! I have always found runners, swimmers, bikers, or any other competitive athletes to have a strong outlook on life. They tend to be very motivating, inspiring, and hard working people. The competitors you meet at the races are always down to earth and easy to get along with! Knowing that your hard work won’t only help you succeed in a race but will also motivate others is a great feeling!

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Want to be featured in our “Tri Top 5” series? Submit your information to info@youngtri.com and you could be featured on the blog!

Tri Traveling: What to Eat & Do to Stay in Shape {and have fun} On Vacation!

SO your bags are packed. Your itinerary is set. Your tri training is put to the side. (Unless it’s an Ironman trip. Haha).

One of the best things about the summer is traveling. Taking time off from training, work, and school to just relax, enjoy the sun, and not worry about completing your next AT workout or eating super healthy. But to avoid gaining weight/losing a ton of fitness over an extended vacation, try these tips:

  • Research food options. – Especially if you have a special dietary need (like Gluten Free or Dairy Free), research the food options available to you before you travel! You can plan to go to various restaurants, buy snacks at certain healthy stores, etc.
  • Watch your portions. You can go for that exotic {not so healthy} meal or yummy new dessert — as long as you watch your portions. Anything is okay in moderation {once in awhile} :).
  • Try unique workouts. To avoid that post-vacation “out of shape” feeling, try unique workouts! Go paddleboarding, an exploratory swim around the lake or ocean where you’re staying, sailing, yoga, a short jog along the shoreline, hiking, or something else popular at your vacation destination! Switching it up will help you stay in shape and enjoy yourself while on vacation.
  • Involve your family! – If you’re traveling with family, loved ones, or friends, involve them in your vacation workouts and healthy eating! Try paddle boarding with your sibling, go on a short swim and chat in the middle of the lake with your parents, or take your friend on a hike or jog. Split new & exciting dishes with each other at dinner, and keep each other in check when it comes to working out & not overeating.
  • Don’t be extreme. – Instead of either working out for 2 hours every day and eating perfectly and not working out at all, find a balance. It may be difficult at first, but your post-vacation self will thank you. Fit in a significant deal of rest (that’s what vacations are for!) but don’t go crazy.
  • Allow a little wiggle room. Remember that you’re allowed to take a day off from working out and eating healthy once in awhile. {That’s what vacations are for!} The most important thing is to enjoy yourself :).
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The key to staying in shape and enjoying yourself on vacation is balance.

What’s your favorite way to stay in shape while on vacation?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Join the YoungTri Members-Only Facebook Group: Connect With Members, Ask Questions, & More!

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Have you joined our YoungTri Members-Only Facebook group yet? Ask for advice, connect with other members, & more! (make sure you sign up for YT too https://youngtri.com/signup/) Contest later this week for group members to win free gear!

Click here to Join the YoungTri Members-Only Facebook Group

Tri Hard,

Caity

Mentally Preparing for Races {One Week}

One week until Ironman Lake Placid. Can’t believe it!

As the days are winding down before the big race, mental preparation is becoming more and more important.

For whatever races or events you have coming up in the next few weeks — or months — mental preparation is key.

Visualizing a good race.

Choosing a pre-race playlist that helps your adrenaline to start pumping.

Calming nerves by talking to friends, meditating, watching your favorite show the night before, or writing out a race plan.

Whatever it takes — prepare mentally. That’s half the race.

Be confident in your physical ability and put in the time to make your mind just as strong.

How do you mentally prepare for a big race?

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Lake Placid two years ago!

Tri Hard,
Caity