One Is Better Than Two

Greetings, friends! Its finally happened: The long anticipated merging of our two mediocre blogs into a Gestalt-like one. Figuring Jesse’s mom needed a break from switching from page to page (hi, Melinda!), and not wanting to lose Amy's three readers in South Korea, we have decided to keep our friends and family updated from the same internet home. This blog is a collection of pictures, recaps, and ramblings from a pro triathlete and elite runner. Jesse has been racing triathlon since 2007, turned pro shortly after, and has posted several top-10 Ironman finishes. His eyes are on Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Chattanooga, and Ironman Arizona in 2014. Amy is a former division one swimmer turned triathlete turned elite runner. In 2011, she decided to stop cycling and swimming in pursuit of marathon glory. She has since won several races, including the 2014 PF Changs Rock n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. Her sights are now set on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

3 birthdays, 3 wins

by Amy

It's no secret that I love local races. From September-May, I try to run as many Tucson races as I can without compromising my training. Nothing beats sharing the starting line with friends, racing on familiar roads, and enjoying a 5-minute drive home from the finish line. 

This summer, Jesse has been enjoying these same benefits by racing right in Lake Placid. Every Monday from June-August, the High Peaks Cyclery hosts a mini-triathlon. For a mere $20 ($15 if you've already raced before), participants complete a 400m swim, 12mi bike, 3mi run before returning to Mirror Lake Beach for a chance at winning sweet raffle prizes. For the past two Mondays, I've had the pleasure of spectating Jesse V's consecutive victories while working on my race photography skills. Rumor has it he's going for win # 3 this Monday!

en route to mini-tri victory #2. sometimes the photos take themselves...

Not wanting to be left out, I found a local race of my own when visiting family in New Jersey last weekend. The main reason for my visit was to celebrate three birthdays - my sister Mel, brother Brenden, and niece Hazel were all born on July 3rd in different years! Brenden and I celebrated and fueled up with lamb shish kebabs and carrot cake, as the next day was a NJ tradition - the 35th running of the Cranford Jaycee's 4 miler. Although I won the women's race, I may have to watch my back because Brenden would have been second female! While my time (23:22) was slower than I was hoping for, it was a solid effort in the middle of my high mileage summer. I also executed my goal of taking it out conservatively and reeling in several men in the last couple miles. After reading this article, I figured that was a good race plan...

running buddies since 1986!
Living far from family means they don't often see me race. It was awesome to have my "quarter sister" (half brothers half sister - got it?) Helena spectating along with her gf Ally, mom Johanna and friend Melissa. In honor of their spectating skills, here is a video they shot of me in the finishing chute.  They are the best!


I have nine days left before I leave Lake Placid. I could say I feel ready to resume normal life again, but that would be a lie. I could stay here forever, or at least until winter blows in. It's time to make the most of the days left, starting with the Lake Placid Ice Show tonight! I think I'm more excited about this than Jesse is...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Best June Ever

Jesse V during his last 5k. I don't understand how someone can look this good while racing...

As this month comes to a close, we can safely say it was the best of our lives.  Spoiler alert: Since we are now married, I'm taking the liberty to brag about Jesse V's races in this blog. They are, after all, one of the main reasons June was so great. Come to think of it, May wasn't too shabby either..


St. George
It began when we loaded our friend's minivan for the 8 hour trek to St. George, Utah. We arrived at 1am weary from travel and delayed by a few paying-attention-to-the-GPS-instead-of-using-common-sense debacles. A few days later, Jesse was one of 50ish male pros racing Ironman 70.3 St. George. The race was held on the original St. George Ironman course, one deemed too difficult to host a full 140.6 again. In one of his best spring openers, he came in 40th overall with a solid time of 4:15. After his longest off-season ever, he was psyched to have executed a spring race so well.

Meet Me Downtown 5k
May wrapped up with one of my personal favorites: A Tucson Amateur Running Race! While I was getting ready to race in San Diego, Jesse joined his Running Shop friends for the Meet Me Downtown 5k. In 100 degree heat on a not-so-fast course, he ran a 16:54 and helped his teammates to the $500 first place team prize.

Meet Me Downtown 5k....a picture so good it deserves a 2nd post.

Road Trip
Since we can't seem to avoid overscheduling ourselves, things got tricky the next day. While I was racing Rock n' Roll San Diego, Jesse was loading our possessions in the Honda Fit. He began driving shortly after sunrise. The goal: Make it to Dallas where I would be flying from San Diego that night. Fourteen hours later, we reunited at the Dallas Love Airport with Addy in tow. Our wedding road trip was officially underway, and the best June ever had arrived with it...

The Best June Ever - Win, Wedding, Win x 2

Win Numero Uno
Jesse's Ironman length drive allowed us a relatively easy next few days on the road before arriving at my mom's house to drop Addy off for the summer (thanks, Mom!). En route, we enjoyed some great American beauty with a run in Memphis, gracious hospitality in Virginia, and a few too many hours of American family radio. We eventually arrived in Franconia Notch, NH for one of the most challenging 70.3s ever attempted by Jesse V: The White Mountains Triathlon.

The best June ever was off to a not-so-auspicious start when Jesse woke up resembling someone that had been punched in the face. In addition to its stunning views, the Northeast was giving him an equally stunning allergic reaction. After soliciting medical advice from the local pharmacy and my brother Brenden, he popped an Allegra and hoped for the best. By race morning, he felt pretty good. Besides an awkward chamois butter experience with some fellow athletes on the beach, the day went off without a hitch. The result? First place overall and $725 for the win and fastest run split. The next competitor? Twenty minutes back. It was the first time I've ever been bored spectating one of Jesse V's races.


you know the race was hard when Jesse V's smile is gone...

Wedding/Win #2
I rudely interrupted Jesse V's winning streak by setting our wedding date for the next weekend. On June 15th, we tied the knot. This deserves a separate blog post, and rest assured it will get one once our photos are organized. Also rest assured that despite my original desire to elope and avoid any kind of wedding spotlight, it was a wonderful day.

ok, maybe just one photo. making my entrance.

okay, maybe two. with my new cousins!

In the hours preceding our afternoon ceremony, I was busy getting all kinds of makeup applied while Jesse V was glued to the Rev 3 twitter feed. His favorite (okay, his only) athlete Brian was giving us an awesome wedding present: his first overall victory at Rev 3 Williamsburg! Jesse has been working with Brian for over two years, and he has become a fixture in our lives. He is often the topic of weekly dinner discussions, and Jesse has enjoyed coaching him to become the best triathlete he can be. If/when he moves on, his presence will be missed!

Win # 3
While many couples look forward to a lazy honeymoon spent on the beach, Jesse V and I were more excited to get back to the running and triathlon world. Post wedding, I ran my first 90 mile week in a while. Jesse continued his winning streak at the Mighty Mossman, another challenging 70.3 on the Connecticut shore. This time he kept it more interesting, winning by a slightly less impressive 15 minutes.

reunited with Addy to cheer at Mossman!

hey, we're the same height!

After being fabulous race hosts, Team Mossman extended their hospitality and invited Jesse and I to participate in their Ultimate Triathlon Camp here in Lake Placid. We both gave lectures and joined the group rides and runs. I have been missing my Sonoran Distance Project ladies, so it was great to get in some group training.

Jesse explaining the wonder of PowerGels...

As for me, I have enjoyed three awesome weeks of running in the Adirondacks. I am running higher mileage but still focusing on speed for some upcoming shorter races. I'll put my track workouts to the test with a 4-miler in New Jersey next week. I couldn't say no to a guaranteed PR (first 4-miler!) and the opportunity to see my family one more time while in the northeast.

one more picture from today. on a boat! if you like cheesy jokes and staring at lakeside mansions, i highly recommend the lake placid boat tour!