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

Athlete Banquets: A Fun Way to Celebrate Sports

Last night, my fellow Harvard rowers and I attended the Friends of Harvard-Radcliffe Rowing Banquet at the Harvard Club. It was a beautiful event at a gorgeous venue – and a great way to celebrate last season and look forward to the upcoming fall races. It reminded me a bit of the Ironman dinners I’ve been to!

Banquets & dinners (complete with great company, great food, and fun slideshows) are a great way to celebrate sports and get motivated to continue competing.

What are your favorite sports dinners/banquets that you’ve attended?

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The Harvard Club of Boston is gorgeous!

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At dinner with Ali (we’re normally next to each other in the boat!)

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Having a great time with teammates Rose and Sophia!

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Sophia and I after the banquet

Tri Hard,

Caity

How to Find the Motivation to Train

Do you ever find yourself unenthusiastic about exercising or frequently skipping workouts? Sometimes you’re just too tired, too busy, or just not in the mood to go bike 30 miles. But you know what- you’re a triathlete. The definition of this sport is learning how to push yourself. Get off the couch and go do that workout!

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Love training with Caity!

Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself: 

Just put on the workout clothes. I once read in a fitness magazine that by simply putting on your workout clothes, it greatly increases the chances of you working out. Whenever I’m going back and forth about whether to go for a run, I immediately throw on running shorts and a moisture-wick shirt.  Before I know it, I’ve hit the pavement. Works every time. 🙂

Make a routine. Making a schedule helps to keep yourself accountable and it will increase the likelihood of getting in your daily exercise. I swim every Monday night and take a spin class every Wednesday. I try to fill in the rest of the days with running. Take it up a notch from my routine: make a training calendar and plan what workout you will do each day!

Train with friends. Lately I’ve been running with my roommate, and I really enjoy it. We talk the whole time and we are both able to run a few miles more than we usually do on solo runs. Working out with friends can help motivate you to get out and exercise, and sometimes you can even get a better workout in than you would on your own!

Find new routes. My favorite part about running is discovering new things. I’m an explorer at heart; Columbus is my guy.  I purposely get lost on runs, but I pay attention to what turns I make, so I’m never truly lost. I always find the prettiest houses and neatest restaurants on my training adventures. A couple weeks ago I even found a forest conservation! I definitely recommend running with a phone though- in case you get lost for real. Plus, you can take pictures of the cool places you find!

Make a training time. What time of day best fits into your schedule? I always train in the afternoon after my classes, but sometimes I train at night if I’m going to swim or spin. Getting up early to workout doesn’t work for me because I’m too rushed getting ready before my first class. However, I have many friends who like to wake up early to workout to make sure they fit it into their day. Find what works for you and stick to it.

What strategies do you use to motivate yourself?

Kaitlin

 

New YoungTri Tips Page

With the popular demand of questions & inquiries by YoungTri Members, the YoungTri team decided to make an organized, thorough page for beginners and those looking to get into the sport — as well as experienced racers who want additional advice — to improve your overall racing experience.

We encourage you to utilize our Members-Only Facebook group to talk to other members about these topics, but if you have an unanswered question,  you can ask questions about tips that you need on the tips page — and a member of the YoungTri team will answer your inquiry and post it on the page.

youngtri.com/tips is now your source for tips on all things triathlon.

{Check out our specific tips pages under the main landing page}

Race Prep Tips | Swim TipsBike Tips

Run Tips |Transition Tips | Nutrition Tips

photo (49)We hope this page helps you with your tri life! 🙂

Tri Hard,

The YoungTri Team

How to Beat the Post-Race Blues

After training for many months, weeks, or even years for a goal race, some people feel what is called post-race or post-ironman depression. It is a feeling of “what now?” after completing any event that has taken a great deal of time and energy, resulting in a loss of motivation and a feeling of emptiness.

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Beat those post-race blues!

In order to stop post-race depression before it happens, make a plan for the weeks following your “A-race.”

1. Take time after your race to recover. This could mean 1-2 days for a sprint, to 1-2 weeks for an Iron-distance race. It depends on the distance but also how fast you recover. After recovery, get back into it slowly. Don’t start to train structurely yet. Listen to your body!!

2. Set goals! Without knowing “what to do with your life” after a goal race, it is nice to have another race to look forward to. It does not have to be as difficult and time-consuming as the first, but start thingking about that race and train for it. Your entire year should not be for 1 race!

3. Give yourself a “reward” post race. Make the celebration continue on past the finish line. Finishing your race shouldn’t be the end of it all.

It may not be possible to completely get rid of the feeling of post-race depression, but it is important to know what is coming and make a plan so that you’re prepared after the race. Happy training!

Cheers,

Brittany Abuhoff

YoungTri Ambassador

The New & Redesigned YoungTri Times WEEKLY Newsletter – Comes out Tonight! Sign Up

The first edition of the new WEEKLY YoungTri Times Newsletter comes out tonight! Don’t want to miss it? Sign up for YoungTri!

**Everyone who signs up is entered to win free YoungTri gear!** Winners announced next week.

We’ve turned the YoungTri Times into a weekly newsletter that will arrive in your inboxes every Monday night. The YT Times features pictures from members, triathlon tips, photos, recipes, relevant columns and more that will add a little more swim, bike, & run to your week.

Sign up here

A preview of the new weekly newsletter!

A preview of the new weekly newsletter!

Tri Hard,

Caity