Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 Team Rev3 Summit

I am so blessed to be a part of the Rev3Tri Age Group Team and last weekend we all descended upon Manassas, Virgina for our Team Summit. I'm one of the the "Old Guard" these days, as this is my 6th year on the team.

We learned a lot about our sponsors and even more about each other. There were some old friends I got to see and new friends to make. All in all it was a wonderful weekend. One thing that I know about Rev3 is that we are a family and whether you work or race for Rev3 that is always how you are treated. A highlight of the weekend was listening to Charlie, the president and visionary of Rev3, talk about his vision for the company. He said his goal is this: "Inspire others as they inspire others." I love this idea of a ripple effect of inspiration because that is where it's at! If we all lived our lives every day like this the world would definitely be a better place.

Likewise, our sponsors are great too! This year we have Pearl Izumi, SBR Sports, BlueSeventy, and Powerbar, and, honestly, my favorite things about these companies are their business philosophies. They too are about family, support and connection.

As you plan your race schedule this year I encourage you to add in at least one Rev3Tri race! I'm going to be at Quassy, hopefully Maine, and the new Poconos race this year! Shoot me an email if you have questions and I can also hook you up with a discount code!

What are you guys racing this year?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Triathlon Perspective Shift

Well, hello there!! Long time no see, at least in these parts of the woods!!

I've been busy building up my new coaching business over at Strong Body Whole Heart and have been doing quite a bit of writing over there, but My Life as a Trimommy has taken a bit of a backseat the past few months, along with my triathlon training.

After my last race of the season at Rev3 Cedar Point, I decided I really just needed a break from the swim, bike, run routine. I didn't realize quite how much of a break it would be, but it's been really good for my head and my body to focus on something different for a little while. Having said that though, I am ready to get back in the swing of things.

My perspective, however, has definitely changed. I've recently been doing a lot of personal work on really digging into why I do things. Last season I was very focused on going under 6 hours in a half-distance triathlon and fell short by a minute or two each time. As I have been thinking about my goals for this season, I really started to wonder why that number was so important to me. I mean, the difference between 5:59:59 and 6:00:01 is only two seconds, right? Why did I care so much about that?

Well, I came to the stark and surprising realization that it was really about feeling validated as a "good" athlete, if you will. I wanted to prove myself to someone - not really sure who that was, most likely just myself. I put so much weight in that number that when I fell short I sort of felt like giving up. I think that is the real reason I needed to take such a big step back from tri training. I forgot my why.

So in thinking about this year, I have decided that I will race for me. My why this year is because I love triathlon, I love racing, I love meeting people on the course, I love supporting Rev3 and my teammates, I love swimming and riding my bike and running, and it's totally okay if I do all of that over 6 hours! LOL! I still haven't fully decided on which races I will be racing. Since I am on the Rev3 Age Group team again this year, you can better believe it will be Rev3 heavy.

The other difference this year will be my training. With all of the work I have been putting into my podcast and business, I am going to have to approach this year with less volume and more intensity and strength. I am going to continue to do crossfit throughout the season, and I will be aiming for 1 long run and 1 long ride per week, with some shorter stuff mixed in. I think it will be interesting to see how I manage everything, but I am really excited to dive back into tri training with a new attitude and a new perspective!

What's on your plate for this season?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Personal Food Philosophy

image by Pedro Cambra

I've been doing a lot of thinking over the past year about the whys behind what I put in my body. When you really dig down into it, it's quite a bit more complicated than just eating to live. There is so much emotional weight that food carries, for better or for worse. If you really know the whys, it makes hard choices much easier. I just got done writing an article about how you can develop your own food philosophy which you can find over at Strong Body Whole Heart, my new whole body health coaching company. (This is where most of my creative energy has been going lately if you were wondering why I haven't been posting here!)

My personal food philosophy:

  • I eat beautiful, healthy food – organic and local if possible, because it makes me feel healthy and beautiful and strong.
  • I buy food from local farmers if possible because it makes me feel vibrant and connected to the community.
  • I buy organic if possible because I believe it is better for me, and it also makes me feel like I am doing my own small part to contribute to long-term sustainability.
  • I think about how food is going to affect me short-term and long-term before I eat it.
  • I limit grains and sugar in my diet because I know my body functions better without them.
  • I do not eat cereal because it is a trigger food for me.
  • I include a lot of healthy fats in my diet and am not afraid of that because I know my body runs well on them.
  • I am always learning and refining what is best for me. I am not afraid to try new ways and ideas and remain open to innovative (and often scary) ways of thinking.
  • I eat vegetables every single day.
  • I will not feel guilty about eating chocolate – ever!
  • I believe in the way I eat and commit to it because my health is important, and I can't afford to let it go.
  • I listen to my body and give it what it needs, particularly in regards to training.
  • I indulge periodically, with intention and without guilt.
  • I do not eat mindlessly. I eat with full awareness of what I am putting into my body.
  • I do not eat something "bad" because I have already indulged on a particular day. I avoid the "whatever" or "oh, well" or "all-or-nothing" mentality.
So, do you have a personal food philosophy? I'd love to hear what are some of the main points of yours!