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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Adirondack Recap

by Amy

Greetings from Tucson! Since my school district didn't plan its schedule around Ironman Lake Placid, I flew back last Monday in order to avoid losing my job. As much as I lamented leaving the Adirondacks, I'm admittedly happy to be back in the desert. It doesn't hurt that I ran all but two of my runs last week with training partners, we've had fabulous (for a Tucson summer) running weather in the early mornings, and my first week of work was fairly low stress. There's something inherently human about wanting to get back into a routine, and I've done just that this week.

Spending a summer in Lake Placid had been a dream of mine since I worked as a camp counselor there circa 2006. I am so grateful to have made that dream a reality, and turned it into a "honeymoon" nonetheless! At the beginning of our trip (after the wedding), we did a lot of training and a lot of nothing. Unplanned time felt necessary on the tail end of a school year that included working more than full time, finishing my Ph.D., planning our wedding, and training hard. After a few weeks of little more than swimming, biking, and running, we were both feeling restless. So, we set an ambitious goal - do something fun and "Adirondack-y" every day. I think we were pretty successful - we managed to enjoy the area while still leaving time for a daily nap. Here are some of our favorite non-training moments....

Touring the Olympic facilities

ski jumping show

Main St shenanigans

roaring brook falls, Keene

hiking in Keene
picnics on Mirror Lake

As far as training, I was able to put in the high mileage summer I'd dreamt about. I ran three 90 mile weeks, a couple in the 80s, and a cutback in the 70s when I raced the 4 miler in New Jersey. I also swam a few times a week with Jesse. Without the daily stress of work and the Arizona heat, I anticipated feeling strong every time I hit the pavement. Turns out, running high mileage is exhausting regardless of life stress. I also had to acclimate to running in humidity after living in the desert for the past five years. As a result, I felt pretty awful most of the time! In fact, I felt better on my first set of mile repeats in Tucson than I did during any of my workouts in Lake Placid. Regardless of my less than stellar workouts, I know I built a strong base towards a Fall marathon. I'm starting to see the benefits of my hard work this summer, and feeling excited to continue training these next few months!

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...