Ironman Bracelets: July to February


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,



Standing on the Side of the Treadmill: You Know You’ve Done it

Thud thud thud zzzzzzzzzz That all too familiar treadmill water break turned into a, well, longer break.

Standing on the sides of the treadmill is a pretty common thing, especially if you’re pushing yourself a little too hard. It’s not like stopping to walk outside or walking your bike outside because with those, you account for the break.

With that step back onto the moving ground, you’ve lied to yourself. Or at least I do. The treadmill might say I ran 6.2 miles in an hour but it really should say ran 6.07 and hung out for .13 miles.

This brings up a difficult dilemma: should I pause the treadmill during my breaks and have to wait for it to start up or should or watch the treadmill run underneath me and feel like I’m cheating myself? Both are far from ideal. Waiting for the treadmill to reach it’s full speed again, even though it may only take a few seconds, can seem like a lifetime when you have your music pumping and you are ready to go.

Personally, I’m a side-rider. When I need a break, I take it. My stats may be a little off, but hey, no one is perfect.


Are you a side stander or a pauser? …And don’t say neither. Even the best of triathletes tires out once in awhile.

Stay Classy YoungTri,


GoShiggyGo Photography LAX Sign Project with YoungTri!

While Kaitlin and I were in Los Angeles for the Triathlon Business International Conference, we connected with Shiggy of GoShiggyGo Photography for a really fun photo shoot! Shiggy (a triathlete himself AND Ironman Finisher!) wanted YoungTri to be a part of his unique “LAX Sign Project” — photographing individuals on the LAX sign.

Throwin’ up the YT!

Shiggy finished Ironman Lake Tahoe in 16 hours 58 minutes 33 seconds! Crazy — and SO awesome! He claims that he was too busy taking photos and videos along the way to keep track of time. 🙂 With a 17 hour time limit for an official Ironman finish, Shiggy finished with a minute and two seconds to spare! GO SHIGGY GO! 🙂

Shiggy after his awesome 16:58 Ironman Finish!

Shiggy after his awesome 16:58 Ironman Finish! (Clock different from wave)

Kaitlin and I had a TON of fun during the shoot. Shiggy made the experience super fun and relaxed — and it was a gorgeous day for outside photography. (About 70 degrees – a HUGE difference from the Boston weather right now!) Photography is Shiggy’s true passion, and it definitely showed during the shoot. He was energetic, fun, and so creative!

The three of us even enjoyed In-N-Out Burger afterwards… which was SOOOOO good and such a nice treat (it was Kaitlin’s first time trying it)! West Coasters are so lucky to have In-N-Out… wish it was in Boston!

Classic East Coasters In-N-Out Tourist Pic :)

Classic East Coasters In-N-Out Tourist Pic 🙂

If any YoungTri members are ever in Los Angeles, drop Shiggy a message and have your very own photo taken with the LAX sign!

We had a great time at the shoot with Shiggy!


Harvard Tri!

Kaitlin and I are missing California already!

To find out more about Shiggy, check out the Go Shiggy Go Photography Facebook Page.

Tri Hard,


“Work is Love Made Visible”: Train With Your Heart

photo-233I stumbled across this quote on the wall of the iLab last week while working on some YoungTri projects. While short, it carries a great deal of meaning — work is love. Putting time, effort, and passion into your work (for the purpose of triathlon, training) — rather than stress, dread, and negativity — increases productivity, results, and happiness.

The full version of the quote is below:

“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy”

― Kahlil Gibran

This especially applies to training. When we train with our hearts — with everything we have; down to the core with passion, focus, and excitement, we often see much better results than if we are constantly dreading workouts or focusing on the negative aspects of each workout.

The most successful athletes — especially triathletes — pour their heart into their work (training).

If you’re stuck in a workout rut, find yourself beating yourself up over training results — or even if things are going well lately workout wise — give today’s workout some extra heart. Whether it’s finding inspiration from a touching story, challenging yourself to run that extra mile or pedal up that hill just a little bit faster or otherwise, small changes can lead to increased satisfaction, happiness, and drive in your training.

Go for it.

Train with your heart.

Give it everything you’ve got. 

It makes a HUGE difference.

How do YOU train with heart?

Tri Hard,




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,


Surviving Frosty February

Counting down the days until nationals in Sunny Arizona!

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Tons of snow in the Northeast this winter!

My parents sent me these snow-covered snapshots this morning — the view from my house in New Jersey. Although Massachusetts hasn’t been hit as hard this week, we’re supposed to get a huge storm tomorrow!

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Covered in snow!

It’s made training outside almost impossible at times — so I’ve turned to indoor workout. Trainers & treadmills.

Looking for some training tips for surviving Frosty February? Check these out:

ONE || Spin Zone: 3 Cycling Workouts For The Winter

TWO || Winter Training: Indoor Brick Workouts

THREE || Learn to Love Indoor Triathlon Training

FOUR || Variety is the Spice of Indoor Training

FIVE || One-Hour Workout: Treadmill Hill Pyramid

Tri Hard,


Top Ten Tri Stats from Triathlon Business International Conference

Kaitlin and I learned so much about the sport at the TBI Conference!

Kaitlin and I learned so much about the sport at the TBI Conference!

Learn more about Triathlon Business International here.

1. There were 193 Youth Triathlons in 2004, and this number rose to 1,046 by 2012.

2. In 2005, less than 1% of USAT Members were youth (7-17 demographic). By 2012, this number rose to 35%.

(I used the above two figures in my speech — which I will be posting on YT this week — the next 8 were featured in a presentation at TBI by Gary Roethenbaugh of Multisport Research).

3. Overall participation in triathlon is up 111% since 2007.

4. Triathlon (Traditional) is the third fastest-growing sport in the United States, after Non-Traditional/Off Road Triathlons and adventure racing

5. The average age of a triathlete is 38.

6. 77% of Triathletes train for 5 or more hours a week.

7. There is a 193% rise in the number of triathletes who race 10+ times per year since 2007

8. Triathletes post triathlon-related information on social media less about triathlon participation, more about the triathlon experience/impact (brands, events, etc.)

9. When asked “What does it mean to be a triathlete?”, the most common response from triathletes worldwide incorporated the words challenge, confidence, and variety.

10. Average triathlete spends $4,000+ on triathlon-related costs – gear, travel, race registration, etc.

Fascinating, huh? Triathlon’s growth is so exciting 🙂

Tri Hard,


Pro Triathlete at 22: A Few Minutes with Zara Guinard

This week I spoke with Zara, a 22 year old professional triathlete (and new YoungTri member!) who’s also the owner of Z.A.G. Health Consulting. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona where she majored in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics.
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What’s your favorite part about being a professional triathlete? Least favorite part?
My favorite part of being a professional triathlete would have to be the ability to potentially earn money and make a living doing what I love. When you’re growing up everyone always tell you to find a job that makes you happy, and there are few things that make me as happy as I am when training and racing.
Least favorite part would be the few races where the Pro’s go off after the age-groupers have cleared the course and consequently this is usually the hottest part of the day. What doesn’t overheat you makes you stronger though… right?
What motivates you?
All of the people who believe in me and support my goals. Honestly, when people reach out to tell me that I motivated them to finish a tough workout or get out of bed when that snooze button looked oh so tempting, that is what gets me up and out the door in the morning. Knowing that through my consistent hard work and dedication I am inspiring others to achieve their goals.
Zara at Clermont ITU Last Year
Who is your favorite person to train with?
I don’t think I could narrow it down to one person. My team is made up of some pretty amazing people and I’m grateful for every workout that they can push me during. I love my BAM fam!
(Balanced Art Multisport
Can you tell me more about Z.A.G. Health Consulting and why you started it?
I have always been very passionate about nutrition and health education. I feel that a lot of people don’t eat right simply because they have a misconception of what a diet is. A diet is simply all the foods you eat in a given day. If you eat McDonald’s every meal, that is your diet, if you eat paleo or vegan or organic that is your diet. During my time in school I would often have people reach out to me and ask specific questions pertaining to their health and fitness goals. They knew I was an athlete and that as such fueling my training well was essential.
Aside from just athletes I have found that many people have the desire to lose weight or just feel better in general. There are many health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, heart disease, etc. that can be prevented and even treated through a healthy diet. With Z.A.G. HealthConsulting I want to be a resource for those who want to feel healthier and hopefully happier.
What are your future plans for Z.A.G.?
I would really like to branch out and work with more sports teams in the junior high/ high school range. Nutrition and performance are directly correlated, and I feel that teaching the younger generation about hydration and nutrition early on will help them to stay healthy and reach their potential.
Competing in Memphis in May
Do you have any goals set for 2014?
I have a few performance goals for this season. I would like to see my mile swim time under 20:00, and my bike time for a 40k closer to1:05. This past weekend I actually broke one of my goals by running a 5k sub 20:00, now I’m shooting for a sub 18:00.
What races are you most looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to St. Anthony’s triathlon in St. Petersburg. I participated in this race for the first time last year and really had a wonderful experience. My host family the Gagen’s were absolutely amazing and are like a second family now. The race is run very well. It’s a beautiful course and the whole  community that is created by the prestigious St. Pete Mad Dogs triathlon team is so welcoming and energetic. (
Lastly, Do you have any advice for YoungTri members on how to succeed in triathlon?

Never give up. No matter what people say you can or cannot do. If you believe in yourself and are willing to consistently work hard, make the necessary sacrifices and put the time in then you will be successful.

Thanks to Zara for taking the time to speak with YoungTri! You can follow Zara on Twitter and Instagram at @ZaraGuinard


Triathlon Business International: ActiveX Fun Fitness Challenge!

The Triathlon Business International Conference has been GREAT so far! This morning, at the crack of dawn, I headed up to the roof of the hotel for one of the four workout options (there were also swims, bikes, and runs) — the ActiveX Fitness Challenge.

Attendees were split into two groups, and we did an INTENSE and fun 30 minute circuit workout! It included planks, burpees, situps, squats, work with bands, jumping over a pole, and throwing 25 lb sand medicine balls down and squatting. I was sweating a ton by the end — haha.

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The group of TBI Attendees at the Active X Fun Fitness Challenge!

My friend Beth (I worked for her when I was a freshman in HS!!!) with HUUB did the workout too!

My friend Beth (I worked for her when I was a freshman in HS!!!) with HUUB did the workout too!

The views from the rooftop of the hotel were Spectacular — the sunrise was gorgeous and Los Angeles was visible nearby.

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AMAZING Sunrise after the workout!

after the workout!

after the workout!

Do you enjoy circuit workouts?!

Tri Hard,





Stay Tuned… YoungTri at TBI!

Kaitlin and I have only been in California for a day, but it’s been great so far! We’re really excited for the conference to start today 🙂

Stay tuned for updates, and tweet at us (@theYoungTri) with #TBIConf if you have any questions about the conference! For more information about the event, click here.

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Ran into Mike Reilly RIGHT when I got to the hotel 🙂

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California is Gluten Free Heaven – Tofu & Vegetables with Lavender Lemonade 🙂

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Loving the California weather! So much warmer than Boston 🙂

Stay tuned for more TBI Updates! I speak on Monday!

Tri Hard,