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. Newly armed with an iphone, this blog will be 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. All-in for Cozumel, he used last summer to plan his assault on the 2013 Kona Pro Rankings. Amy is a former division one swimmer turned triathlete turned elite runner. Two summers ago, she decided to stop cycling and swimming in pursuit of marathon glory. The result was a 47-minute PR and sub 3-hour finishing time at the 2011 Tucson Marathon. She has four years until Rio 2016, during which she will transform her 5K pace to marathon pace and qualify for the Olympic Trials Marathon.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|Team Ramrod Wins The Keg!|
A couple weeks ago, Jesse helped me fulfill my dream of us competing together in the Fine Valentines Day Couples Relay. We made a last minute decision to race in costume, resulting in a frantic plaid shirt sleeve removal and searching of our trucker hat collection on race morning. An hour later, we stood on the starting line as "American rednecks" among a sea of Valentines Day/Superhero themed runners. Jesse ran the first 2-mile leg, meaning he had to put as much time on Tia as possible. We knew her teammate, Lucas, would outrun me considerably in the anchor leg. Jesse faced stiff competition from a runner dressed as Superman, who beat him to the finish and began hugging and kissing his Batman-clad girlfriend as part of the mandatory relay exchange PDA. Fortunately, Jesse and I had discussed our PDA strategy during our course preview warmup. With a quick boob grab, we made up for lost time and I set out on my 2-mile leg. Running in fear of a fast charging Lucas, I was able to cross the line in victory.
|leg 1 - JV v. Superman|
|leg 2 - running in fear!|
|representing Zoot at 24HOP|
The weekend after our couples relay, I tested my spectathlete skills at an entirely new level. While accustomed to 8+ hour days spectating Jesse's Ironmans, my most formidable support crew challenge came at the 24 Hours In The Old Pueblo. As part of a 5 person relay, Jesse did four 16-mile mountain bike loops in 24 hours - at 5pm, Midnight, 5am, and 9am. I stayed awake through his second loop before passing out for 8 hours in the back of our Honda Fit. Spectator Fail. Congratulations to all who raced 24HOP - you are truly amazing. More updates to come!
|JV finishing his last lap|
Monday, February 3, 2014
Anyone who knows me (Amy) also knows that I love Tucson. When it comes to this desert city, I'm obnoxiously vocal about my love of all it has to offer: 350 days of sunshine a year, cheap rent, great running routes, and enough grit to keep anyone grounded in reality. My mom and I spent a few days escaping this reality the weekend after PF Changs, when we took a post-marathon spa trip to Miraval just outside of town.
|Reason numero uno to love Tucson...the Saguaro!|
We hiked, did yoga, ate spa food, and got massages in the tranquil Santa Catalina mountains. The endless opportunity for relaxation became somewhat overwhelming, and I cleared my mind with my first post-marathon run...3 miles! In the seven days that had elapsed between my PF Changs Victory and this run, I went from feeling like Abdi Abdirahman to relating more to baby giraffe trying to walk for the first time. Speaking of which...
|Reason dumero dos: Olympic runners at coffee shops!|
In the midst of my little break from running, spa time, and avoiding the reality of my upcoming dissertation defense, my mind has been churning out a spring race schedule. Many of the races on my calendar exemplify another reason why I love Tucson: The running community puts on so many great events. My goal for the next two months is basically to increase my fitness and have fun. Running is always fun for me, but I did put a decent amount of pressure on myself in the months leading up to PF Changs. I know that this will happen again as the spring season progresses, and I am okay with that. Sometimes it's nice, however, to take a step back and have your biggest running concern be the type of PDA you and your significant other should demonstrate at the Fine Valentines Day Couples Relay handoff...
Amy's Spring Schedule
Feb 9: Valentines Day Couples Relay! After three years, I've finally convinced Jesse to do this race with me. We are teaming up with some of our Tucson running buddies in an attempt to win the coveted 1st place keg!
Feb 23: BE Tucson Womens 5k . I'm probably going to get my ass kicked, but I'm going to go for the $100 bonus awarded to the top 5 girls under 19:00
March 1: Phoenix Half Marathon. Great opportunity to race when I'll be in Phoenix for the Sonoran Distance Project anyway. This is a great course and a well organized race. The full is sold out, but the half is still open to entrants! Rumor has it Jesse will be racing with me in another attempt to defeat his nemesis, John Reich!
March 9: Mountain to Fountain 15k. I will be here as long as my dissertation is submitted!
March 30. Shamrock Shuffle 8k/Club 8k National Championships. Heading up here with my teammates Ariana, Priscilla, and Tere. This will be our first national championship as a team and my first one ever. Excited!
April 12: Sabino Canyon Sunset Run. I highly recommend this beautiful, challenging race. Can't wait to do it again. The hills will be great practice for...
May 25: Vermont City Marathon. This is my goal race and I am so excited about my decision to return to Burlington. This is one of the best marathons around, and the race organizers are so supportive of upcoming runners. I love the VCM!
As you can see, my attempts to turn Jesse into a runner are still working their magic, as he will be racing with me a few times this spring. He has, however, returned to his roots in the pool and on his TT bike! He will do his first non running race in several months on Valentines Day weekend...24 Hours In The Old Pueblo!