Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k

I returned to Las Vegas for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge after having such a fun time last year. We flew in Friday night and checked into the Vdara. I really like the City Center hotels because of their location. We had an awesome corner suite room with a full size fridge and washer and dryer, which came in very handy for the runcation! So admittedly, I’ve done nothing since Ironman Augusta 70.3. I was on such a post-race high that I couldn’t fathom slowing down. But then a week went by, and I realized how nice it was to get more sleep, not rush from work to the gym to home, and to spend time with my loved ones again. And then a week turned into two weeks. And then several “life” events occurred… and before I knew it, it was time to get on the plane to head to Vegas. Woops! It certainly wasn’t an ideal way to prepare for this race weekend, but I knew I would be able to get through it. We got a few winks of sleep Friday night and then hit the expo on Saturday morning. I always try to reign it...
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Product Review: 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights and a Discount

Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Quick poll. How do you pronounce the brand name 2XU? Two X You Two Times You Two Multiplies You Two By You I would mumble something indiscernible Confession: I did not know how to pronounce this brand’s name until a few months ago. The correct way to pronounce the Australian based company’s name is “Two Times You.” Over the past month I had the opportunity to review a pair of the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights. The timing was perfect with my increased training right before Ironman Augusta 70.3, and I planned on wearing them for recovery after tough workouts. If you’re wondering why I jumped at the chance to wear extremely tight pants*, then let me quickly provide you with an overview of compression gear. My fellow Bib Rave Pro Tom of Runs and Places has outlined the benefits of compression for runners. To summarize, wearing compression gear while you run helps: Push de-oxygenated blood from your muscles through your veins and back to your heart more quickly. Dilate your...
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My First Half Ironman – Race Report: Ironman Augusta 70.3

Pre-Race The day was finally here! It was a very early morning. I had my first snack of the morning and cup of coffee, then we all headed out together for the long day. My dad dropped me off as close as possible to transition, and I went in and set up. I made sure to give myself plenty of time so I didn’t feel rushed or get panicked. I hopped on the shuttle over to the race start and chatted with fellow racers. When I got off the shuttle, I was luckily able to find my family very quickly and easily perched on top of the hill. I was in wave 19 out of 26. The first wave started at 7:30 am and I didn’t start until 8:42 am. So I had plenty of time to hang out with my family, use the restroom, stretch, eat my nutrition and put on my wetsuit. It was very overcast, humid and slightly cool, but I would take that over heat any day. I watched each wave line up until I decided it was time to line up. My family sent me away with hugs and I walked down to line up....
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The Taper and Road to Augusta

So I’m actually post-Ironman Augusta 70.3, but I had wanted to capture my thoughts the final days before I left for Georgia so I’m doing a backdated blog. Because it’s my blog and I can do what I want 🙂 I had heard from several friends about the magical and mysterious taper. It was supposed to be a time when training drastically slowed down, things in your mind went crazy, and you would likely get sick. Well I was looking forward to training slowing down, but I wasn’t about to let those last two things to happen. My schedule had me running 11 miles two weeks before Ironman Augusta 70.3. Ugh. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. It was mid-September and still hot as all get out in Dallas. I decided I would loop White Rock Lake which is 9 miles, and then tack on an extra out 1 mile, back 1 mile to reach my 11 miles. I strapped on my Hydrapak and headed out for the lake around 9 am. I made my way around the lake listening to my music, saying hello to a few folks, stopping at the dog park for a stretch, and generally...
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Product Review: Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Many runners and gym-goers are very attached to their tunes and the devices that help them rock out while working out. While there are many cases for and against listening to music while running, I choose to listen to music during most training runs and races when allowed at low to medium volume. For safety purposes, I always keep the volume down enough that I can hear cyclists, cars, and others out on trails and streets. And public service announcement – if others can hear your music blaring form your headphones, it is too loud. Turn down for what? Because you’re hurting your eardrums and can’t hear what is going on around you. I had tried a pair of wireless headphones a few years ago, but had a heck of time getting them paired for each use, they never held a charge, and didn’t fit comfortably in my ears. The small earbuds constantly fell out and it was frustrating to continuously have to catch them and reinsert...
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Race Report: Tri Waco

For my second Olympic distance triathlon, I headed down to Waco, Texas for Tri Waco. In July. In Texas. It was so hot my flip flop melted to the asphalt in front of the convention center for packet pickup. And I paid good money to go swim 1500 meters, bike 40k, then run 10k in what felt like the equivalent of a sauna. The Swim Pre-race day, I did a scouting of the swim course. I wasn’t concerned about the distance, but I became concerned once I saw the swim start and exit. It was a piece of astroturf laid over jagged rocks that dropped off into the river. Uh…that does not look like it will agree with my bare tootsies. I wasn’t sure how the race directors planned on getting everyone safely in and out of the water. I had missed the pre-race athlete course review because I didn’t get to Waco until after it ended. Crap. But there wasn’t much as I could do about it now. This was also the first swim I did underneath a bridge, and I wanted to make darn sure I didn’t swim headfirst into a concrete pier. It was the first swim I started where...
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A Spectator’s Guide for a Long-Distance Triathlon

I recently traveled to Muskoka, Canada to cheer on a good friend as she tackled 70.3 miles of swimming, biking and running. Last year I headed down to Austin and cheered on several fellow DFW Tri Club friends in their 70.3 race. I fully appreciate the effort it takes to get to the starting line and the blood, sweat and tears all athletes are leaving out on the course. If you plan on spectating a long-distance triathlon, it helps to do some pre-race preparations of your own. I’ve outlined 16 tips for the spectator’s guide to long-distance triathlon to help you when supporting your athlete. Pre-Race Determine travel logistics as early as possible. If you are flying in for a race, make plane reservations, lodging reservations, car rentals, bike transport, etc. as soon as possible to get the logistics handled. If your athlete is a family member or very close friend, determine in advance if they want to share sleeping quarters or will need their own space, and make reservations as far in advance as possible. Make arrangements for children and pets. This is especially important for race day. Both children and pets require attention and care, which is very difficult to do in...
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Product Review: Everlast Vegan Protein

Disclaimers: I received Everlast Vegan Protein to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! I am not a health or medical professional and my review should not be taken as nutritional advice. I recommend discussing your individual dietary needs with a Registered Dietitian. I’m a huge animal lover and made the choice to reflect my passion for animals by selecting more compassionate food choices. I’ve made a conscious decision to avoid certain meat groups, and educate myself on the origin and treatment of my foods as much as I can. I’m not a strict vegetarian or vegan at this time, but I’m incorporating more plant-based foods into my diet. I was excited to learn Everlast Nutrition was producing a vegan protein and selected me and a group of Bib Rave Pros to sample and review it. Everlast Vegan Protein is a plant-based protein mix containing a blend of yellow pea, rice and hemp proteins to promote lean muscle growth and recovery. It is lactose, gluten, sugar, hormone, GMO and cholesterol free. This product is made or packaged in the same facility as products...
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