Whoa, summer!

We’ve lived in Colorado for a whopping 6 weeks, and in that time, I am pretty sure we’ve seen every season. It snowed the first week we were here; it was beautiful but rained in the afternoons; and now the days are easily in the 90s by noon. My body is all sorts of confused, as is my training.

As I’m still figuring out my work schedule, the heat has been super surprising in the afternoons! Been working through my heat acclimation – slow, short runs and heavily-hydrated rides. But it’s such a shock to the system!!

Looking forward to any additional recommendations on handling the heat at elevation – leave me a comment or send me a message!! Best of luck on your training this summer!

Seriously, let’s get silly.

A good coach knows when to be serious and when to lend a smile.

The balance is unique to each athlete, and a coaching skill honed only by on the job experience. And I am incredibly excited to announce that I’m officially ready to be the sometimes serious/sometimes silly coach for you! Coaching was my first calling all those years ago, and to have the formal USAT stamp of approval as a Level 1 coach is the icing on a long-time-in-the-making cake. Consider this the official ** KJ IS AVAILABLE TO BE YOUR TRIATHLON COACH ** announcement!


So what’s available? Races are looming on the horizon and your plan is leaving a lot to be desired, and maybe your pools still aren’t open, and maybe you’re just looking for a little guidance on structure. I would LOVE to be your resource to get you on track to plan out your season, or back into swim shape, or build a fully custom plan to help you achieve your 2021 goals!

Photo: Lou Falciani


Feel free to contact me here or you can reach me by email at swimcyclesprint@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interested in learning more! I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity and ability to pursue my passion as a coach. I’m thrilled to have a chance to work with everyone interested in taking your training to the next level – regardless of your current experience or fitness.

Happiest while cheering on athletes while wearing a shark!

Sandy but so solid: Sandman 2017

I returned to Aptos for the third year in a row for the 32nd Sandman and was once again thrilled to toe the line.

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After some upheaval in my day job the week prior, a wedding in Lake Tahoe the day before, and general stress around equipment, cars, and commuting, I was not sure how this race would go at all. 

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Back to the Russian River: Monte Rio Olympic Triathlon

The Russian River is an amazing place. The past two winters, while California struggled in a long drought, rainstorms upstream turned Guerneville (former home of the swim start for the Vineman) and Monte Rio into Atlantis – that is, they were momentarily underwater. These towns are used to the river overflowing its banks, however, and are resilient. Monte Rio was quiet as ever (though overrun by a bunch of triathletes) as I prepped for my second Olympic distance race.

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Ok, Russian River. Let’s do this.

 

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Morro Bay – Theme: Rock

Bestie Race!!!

Quick note: anything ‘rock’ related was fair game for jokes this weekend. Detour on 101? Rock Road. Instagram topic? Dwayne Johnson. Looming geological feature which Mom and I spent hours reading about on Wikipedia? Morro Rock (it is actually super cool). Really – all we talked about this weekend was ‘rock’ in all its forms. Except when Mom (aka the super-sherpa) found a Great Blue Heron and was very sad she missed a picture and then was super-ecstatic when he was there a few minutes later.

Mom, the heron, and the rock. She's going to kill me for sharing this picture.
Mom, the heron, and the rock. She’s going to kill me for sharing this picture.

Date: November 9, 2015  |  Location: Morro Bay, CA

Weather: Cool, clear skies, 60-70 degrees (except for the 58 degree water)

Race: Sprint  |  Age Group: 20-29

Results: Division – 2/14; Overall – 36; Women – 7/44

Location Distance Pace Chip Time Place (W/Div])
Swim 750 m (0:12:11) 1:37/100 m 12:11 1/1
T1 (1:21 min) 13:32 1/1
Bike 20.5 km (0:38:48 min) 19.8 mph 52:20 6/2
T2 (1:09 min) 53:29 4/1
Run 5.4 km (0:39:46)* 10:44 min/mile 1:33:17 23/6
Finish (1:33:17 min) 1:33:17 7/2

So awesome. Despite technical difficulties, so fun. Also the medals have rocks on them.

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Cal’s Bearathlon; or, A Practice in Receiving a Butt-Kicking

What happens when UC Berkeley’s Triathlon Club hosts an intercollegiate-but-also-open-to-the-public draft-legal, ITU rules race?

Well, a team from OTC decided it would be super fun to compete in the mixed team relay (it was super fun!) and try our hand against a bunch of college kids (this was not as fun!). The four of us arrived plenty early for the event to discover that we were really the only ones not directly connected to the Cal Triathlon team. Whoops. The Bearathlon was a great event!

The mixed team relay event is a really cool way to race. If you geek out over triathlon like some of us do, you can watch sweet videos recapping the elite races.

Every athlete races a full, but mini, triathlon. The order is typically woman/man/woman/man. At the Bearathlon, scheduling actually made more sense to have the first male leg go first, so that messed with our plans a little bit. I was originally going to lead off, because my swim is strong enough that I probably (hopefully) wouldn’t fall too far behind in the mile run. With our plan out the window, we entered the race just hoping to have fun and go as fast as we could.

Such. A. Fun. Day. Yayyy old people!
Such. A. Fun. Day. Yayyy old people!

Sprint triathlons are just that – you’re moving pretty fast for a fairly long period of time but not so long that you’re not, you know, sprinting. This was a super sprint. I could NOT stand up straight during the run, because I was trying to move fast and my body was not ready for it!

Cal put on a great little triathlon. I saw a friend (who won his event, easily) I used to coach with, which was a nice treat, and met Kaori, the Race Director for Morro Bay. I had no traffic issues, and since the race was so short there was no need for support on the course. It was super fun, priced very well, and a great experience!

 

Oakland Triathlon Festival – Bike Preview

I like knowing what I’m getting myself into. Is that obvious yet?

Today OTC previewed the Oakland Triathlon Festival Bike Course!

We love getting up early.
We love getting up early.

Basic course overview:

  1. Don’t plan on getting up to speed until you get to the port
  2. Don’t underestimate the size or number of potholes
  3. Do expect to see a bunch of awesome Oakland locals

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