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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Run Where I Live: Dallas

My friend and fellow Bib Rave Pro Danielle of Live, Run, Grow invited several #BibChat bloggers to participate in a Run Where I Live series highlighting favorite running trails. To read more about our blogger road trip and visit other cities, visit our Visitor Information Center. If you’re visiting Races and Rescues for the first time as part of the Run Where I Live Blogger Road Trip then welcome to Dallas, ya’ll! I moved to Dallas in 2009 and got into running in 2011. Here are five of the best road running trails in Dallas I’ve found over the past few years. If you’re travelling to Dallas, make sure to check one of these out! Katy Trail – I end up running mostly on the Katy Trail because it is within walking distance of my home and office. The Katy Trail starts at American Airlines Center and runs 3.5 miles through Uptown to Airline Road, for a back and out total of 7 miles. It’s fairly flat and has a lot of trees that provide shade. The Katy Trail is very popular for runners, walkers, cyclists, strollers, dogs, and a locally infamous unicyclist, so be sure to follow the rules of the road...
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Race Report: Portland Rock ‘n‘ Roll Half Marathon

A little known fact about this Floridian currently parading as a Texan is that I’m actually an Oregonian. Did ya get all that? I was born in Portland, Oregon and lived there for 18 months before my family moved to Frankfurt, Germany. And in case you aren’t following – yes, I’m a military brat. After Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas last fall, I was so excited about adding to the RnR runcation experience and looked into other cities I could race and visit. Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland was the right time of the year, gave me the opportunity to visit the city I was born in but didn’t know much about, and visit my extended family that lived close by. So plane tickets were purchased, hotel reservations were made, and off we went! We flew into Portland Saturday morning and headed straight to expo. Ohhh RnR expos…you have an undeniable and incredible knack for getting a good grip on my wallet! I went a bit nuts with the branded merchandise (tank top, short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, 2 hats, drinking glass, and a magnet…#sorrynotsorry). I also picked up The Stick, a massage stick that looks like a torture device but actually...
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Happy National Running Day!

My fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador Kristen from Jonesin’ For A Run invited me to her linkup for National Running Day. National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday of June (this year it’s June 3, 2015), is a day when runners declare their passion for running. To celebrate, fellow SPAs are contributing to a survey about running. See below for my answers.   Why do you run? To prove to myself that I can physically do more than my mind gives my body credit for. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day? I’ll actually be riding my bike on National Running Day, ha! I have an important group ride that falls on June 3rd this year. But I will be celebrating with my run on June 4th! How many miles have you run so far this year? I’ve tracked 107 miles so far this year with my Garmin. I know I’ve forgotten my watch a few times and added a few more miles, so let’s estimate about 125 miles. What big events do you have on the race calendar this year? My “A race” this year is Ironman Augusta 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, then...
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Product Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 18s

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s 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 was pumped when BibRave contacted me with the opportunity to review a new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s! I was currently in a pair of neutral shoes with a very low heel drop (3 mm from heel to toe). I was starting to experience aches and pains I previously hadn’t due to this very low heel drop. I had some very painful Achilles issues as my mileage increased. I ran my last half marathon in this pair, and the back of my legs took several days to recover. So when BibRave and Mizuno wanted to pass along a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s to a group of BibRave Pros, I jumped at the chance to give them a try! I put them on and jogged/jumped/walked around the house the first night. I could immediately tell the huge improvement in heel cushioning, so I went online to compare specs. My previous pair gave me a 3 mm heel drop...
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Looking Back and Looking Forward – Race Report: TexasMan Olympic Triathlon

My first triathlon was the TexasMan sprint in May 2014 at Johnson Branch State Park in Valley View, Texas. I had joined a local triathlon club after I learned they were forming a team to raise money for a breast cancer research organization. I had a running background and liked the idea of supporting a cause close to my heart, so I took the plunge and joined. I had never had a swim lesson and didn’t own a bike. I went through a few months of training with the club, bought a bike, and toed the line of TexasMan in 2014. I swam 500 yards, biked 16.1 miles, and ran 3.1 miles. I had practiced each leg of the race, but hadn’t practiced putting it all together. I was hot and tired at the finish line, but most importantly I was happy. I returned to TexasMan this year as my fifth triathlon and also my first Olympic distance triathlon, meaning it consisted of a 1 mile swim, 24.1. mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. I had a bit more experience and was looking forward to the new distance challenge. It was also a planned increase in race distance as I...
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