Race Report – Post Mortem Analysis

In commercial real estate it is a good practice to do post mortem analysis of any site within a year after that site has opened as a business. A team of folks review what worked, what didn’t and what can be done better the next time. This a great general practice that can be applied to almost any discipline. The more you learn from your missteps, the better your next go around will be. ...

Timing is Everything

Thank you Captain Obvious! Seriously, yes I am writing a blog about timing. But before you roll your eyes and exit out of this blog post let me explain myself. This little glaringly simple cliche of “Timing is Everything” is true in life, racing, training, raising kids and our professional lives. Soooo, that means Tri-mama’s gotta blog about it!...

Race Report – It Takes My Village

My first triathlon of the 2017 season is in the rear view mirror. And in true Tri-mama style race weekend could NOT have been more complicated! Hubby was called out of the country on an assignment, The Big One had a swim meet, and I was officiating the meet. The ONLY way to get to the starting line, with everything else going on, was with the help of my village!...

How Well Do You Transition?

In the sport of Triathlon, the Transition can make or break your race. A smooth and efficient transition allows the racer to bank their energy for the chief tasks of swimming, biking and running. In life we are challenged with transitions. We transition from one job to another, from being single to being a couple, from working to not working and working again and so on. If a smooth and efficient race day Transition can make for a successful race, can the same be said for the...

It’s Race Week and I’m Excited!

Race season is in full swing with my opening day scheduled for this Saturday. My 2017 race schedule starts with the Soldier Field 10 Mile on Memorial day weekend and culminates with the Schaumburg Turkey Trot 1/2 Marathon right after Thanksgiving. In short… ready or not… here it COMES! From now until Thanksgiving I will be in full racing mode. ...

Lists are your Friend

When out riding last week occurred to me, quite out of the blue that I have my first triathlon of the season coming up in less than a month. To be precise, my thought was, “Holy $hit, I have a triathlon in less than a month…..” So today, in honor of any Triathlon newbies who had a recent and similar line of thinking, I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite lists (yes, I am the proud owner of...

Always All or Nothing

Why is it that my family’s schedule is either completely void of activities or jammed to the gills with everything at one time. Two weekends ago not one of the four of us had anything going on. We spent the weekend lazing about, reading, watching TV and being generally inactive. Then last weekend, the Little one had a retreat, the Big one a swim meet and a birthday party, and hubby and I each had double digit mileage to cover...

Perfect, a Total Loss or Just Good Enough

When it comes to working out I am a data freak. With my trusty Garmin 910XT clamped on my wrist at all times I can collect copious amounts of data. That sounds great right? Well, not when you (read “I”) become obsessed with said data and freak out when the numbers don’t match the prescribed workout. So here’s the question – If the experience is not perfect, is it automatically a total loss?...