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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Training 8/18-8/24; Austin Fitzgerald Memorial Dog Park

by Amy

The beginning of last week was a rough patch! I had only easy mileage to recover from AFC, but I was incredibly sore for three days straight. By the time Christina arrived on Thursday, things started to shift. It was so great to have her and Coach John for back-to-back visits. The week ended with an awesome long run and workout, confirming how quickly things can change during marathon training!

AM - 6 easy
PM - 4 easy

AM - 10 easy
PM - 4 easy

AM -12 easy
PM - Weights

AM - 10 easy with Christina

AM - 10 with Christina, Caitlin, Jesse, drills
PM - 4 easy

AM - 10 (8 on the Saguaro course) with strides
PM - Weights

18 miles with Autumn and Coach John. Workout was 8x1 mile in 6:10 with 1 min recovery in between each. Felt really strong and ran them all under 6:10. Last two were 6:02, 5:53.

Other happenings:
On Saturday, Jesse, Addy, and I went to a fundraiser for the Austin Fitzgerald Memorial Dog Park. Austin was a recent high school graduate when he died two years ago. Since he was an avid dog lover, his family is raising money to renovate one of our Tucson dog parks. The plans for the park look great, and I think it would be widely used by our community! For more info or to donate, go here:

Speaking of dogs/Addy, we took her for a short hike after the Sunday long run. She had a great time, especially when we found water in the desert!

love this desert!

happy dog!

Monday, August 25, 2014

How To Destroy Your Ironman (IMLP Race Report)

by Jesse

Lake Placid

It was an idyllic place to spend the summer. Leading up to Ironman Lake Placid, a few
out-of-the-ordinary events happened. First of all, I won six races in a row. These were small races, but three were hard fought, come from behind victories. I was racing well, which does not always happen during a hard training block. The next oddity was that I was able to live on the race course for five weeks, something I had not experienced before. I rode the bike course countless times, including several 120+ rides ending on the harder climbs. All of my long runs were on the run course - I knew every hill and felt strong each time I ran. I TTed the swim and did all of my swims in Mirror Lake. My familiarity with the course left me feeling confident that if I had a B+ day, I would be in the top five men. The finally oddity was that I tapered well. The perfect taper is a hard thing to master, and takes a bit of time to figure out. Elliot (my coach) seems to have it dialed in, even if I question him every step of the way. I was well rested, and felt sharp on race day. So, what was the problem? My execution. Which brings me to... 

 How to destroy an Ironman!

The face of someone on a mission to destroy himself inside of 30min

1) Be Overconfident

Train on the course enough to feel invincible and lose any healthy respect for the distance and elevation gain of a course. Fear no hill, speed, pace, or mile.

2) Forget Pacing

Feel so rested and ready to go that you forgo any pacing plan or perceived effort. Change to a "shoot from the hip mentality", and go full bore as long as you can. If you are well tapered, you should be able to blow up at the start of all three disciplines! FUN!

3) Close Gaps

Emotional racing is perhaps the best way to say goodbye to your day. For instance, if you had a bad swim (lets say you swam the exact same course a week out, solo, a minute faster), letting that get in your head can lead to an explosion quickly! If you feel that the group you should have gotten out of the water with is only 90 seconds up the road, this seems like a reasonable gap when you are racing on pure emotion. This turns into a great 30 minute effort!

Trying to show off the new kit!
4) Forget external factors

Don't worry if it is an extremely windy, rainy day! If you are confident enough, these things will not slow you down (until they do)!

Running at dream pace 
5) Hang On To Delusions of Grandeur, Never Settle!

Let's say you start the run after a bad swim followed by a horrendous ride, and have now blown up in two disciplines. Hold on to that dream pace you had for the run! Maybe you could salvage the race with a 2:49 marathon! Don't worry about what spiking your heart rate might do to your glycogen stores, or how taxing every muscle fiber early might make you feel 15 miles down the road. Start the run like nothing happened, and go for the trifecta: Three explosions in one day. That is how you give the crowd a show!
Hiding behind Smith Aviators after a long long day