Training Kick-Off Party

Come to Highland Wednesday (tonight) from 6:30-8:00 and find out what it takes to compete in a triathlon. Join seasoned veterans and newbies as we mingle and enjoy yummy snacks and drinks on the 3rd floor. It’s not as hard as you think!

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Thank you to everyone at the Pleasant Prairie Rec Plex, the Xxtra Mile, the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series and our own Wheel & Sprocket for a spectacular race! Truly well managed, supportive and tons of fun! We can’t wait until next year!

Thank you to all the 2011 Highland Honeys for training so well and giving it their all on race day. You are Triathletes! You are an inspiration! Way to go Jill, Maria, Deb, Dani, Janet, Rachel, Wendy and Veronica – and in spirit, Ellen!

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Race Day Checklist

Here is a PDF of an updated Triathlon Gear Checklist for Race Day. It lists just about everything you might need or want. Use it to check off your gear as you pack so you won’t forget anything.  tri-checklist

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Race Numbers & Race Day Names

Just a little fun for race day – inspired by Colleen Dier and a few of the Honeys love for roller derby! Click here to find out who you are – Numbers & Names.

#104 – Sprinterella!

#433 – Eva Destruction!

#581 – Miss Chief!

#677 – L’Assassin!

#718 – Rumble Kittie!

#830 – Ms. Behavin!

#845 – Boom-Boom!

#937 – Miss Fit!

#583 – Rebellicious!

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Knowledge is Power!

Please go to the official 2011 Trek Women Triathlon Series website and familiarize yourself with all of the information provided there. Lots of good stuff, like the Swim Angels, your race #, transition specifics, how to leave the race site and retrieve your bike, Expo details, etc. Be sure to review the parking instructions for yourself and those who are coming to cheer you on. The more informed you are the less afraid and nervous you will be.

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Pre-Race & Race Day Nutrition Tips

First, let me start off by saying that everyone is different, so what works for one person may not work for another when it comes to fueling your body before and during a race. The most general and sound advice I can give you is to get enough sleep and water over the next few days. Good advice any day but with a Sunday race, Friday is probably the most important day to be strict about this.

If you respond well to carbs be sure to have small meals of pasta, rice, bread, oatmeal, bananas, etc. now through Friday evening. No need to overdo it, just until you are full should suffice.

If carbs are not for you, check out this website – Gluten Free Athlete for nutrition advice.

For race day consider eating something light about 2-3 hours before your start time, oatmeal, banana, yogurt, bagel or toast with a little almond butter, hard boiled egg, smoothie, an energy bar, etc. You want your body to be able to digest your meal before the race start, so the 2-3 hours is a general rule. Eat what you are comfortable with, race day is not the time to try something new.

During the race fuel with adequate amounts of water (mostly during the bike but try not to overdo it so you are not too full on the run; there will be 2 water stations on the run as well) and maybe an energy bar or energy gel on the bike around mile 11 or 12. Coconut water or another natural electrolyte drink (no Gatorade please) can be used as well but are probably not necessary since we will be racing for 2 hours or less.

Post race nutrition should be in the form of a protein/carb combo. Chocolate milk is good and I’m sure snacks will be provided by the Xxtra Mile, like bananas, etc.

We are fortunate in the fact that a sprint distance triathlon will not take us too long to complete. Once you move to the 2-hour + timeframe, to complete an athletic event, is when you need to be much more concerned with specific pre and race day nutrition details.

For more information, do a google search for “race day nutrition.”

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Do You Know What PMI is?

No, not private mortgage insurance but rather Positive Mental Images. Michael used to always say to me, “PMI PMI,” when I would complain of this and that during pregnancy. Of course, I wanted to kill him but that was the hormones talking. Now I say to you Highland Honeys, “PMI PMI!” And I hope you don’t want to kill me.

I just read a great article on about staying positive during your race. Check it out for some inspiration! My favorite affirmation, “I’m showing up to my life today.” I love this thought too, “Absorb the environment around you, and you will have an opportunity to take home inspiration. The memories of race day will be like a gift for your spirit that whispers, ‘You can do it’ the next time you hit the road for training.”

Or take a tip from Dory in Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Followed by “just keep biking” and “just keep running.”

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming"

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