Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us find out what we’re made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about

 

PattiSue Plumer

Two-time Olympian and track and cross country coach at Stanford University

Race Report: US Open Triathlon

I raced in the US Open yesterday, which was my third triathlon and my last one of the 2014 season. After a very rough open water swim practice on Saturday, I was worried the weather would be a big element in this race. Luckily the weather turned out to be very nice – a bit chilly and overcast, but the water was fairly smooth and it didn’t rain. I wanted to the end my first triathlon season on a high note, so I set out to push myself harder than in my past tris. I had put in more effort on the bike, and I was really hoping it would show in that leg. I also had been running more consistently, so I wanted to run more of the course than I had in the past. Having my friends and family cheering for me made all of the difference this race. My mom flew in from Florida to cheer me on (check out her sweet gear!). My good friend and fellow triathlete Novia hung up her racing gear and came out to cheer. And my supportive boyfriend came with a hot pink sign. I saw several DFW Tri Club coaches,...
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I Failed Changing My First Flat

Last weekend, I packed myself up and headed out to White Rock Lake for a solo ride. I was feeling great – the weather was nice, I had a clean chain, and just knew I was going to put in some good miles. Just 10 minutes into my ride, I could tell something was a off. I looked down and realized my front tire was so flat, I was almost riding on the rim. Shit. Okay, here we can go. I can do this. I’ve taken a class and watched two people do this before. I have my gear bag. I got it! I pulled over and successfully took my front wheel off. Look at me…changing a tire! Woo hoo! I checked the tire. No visible punctures. Hmm. Maybe I just need to put some more air in? Yeah, that’s the ticket! More air! I pulled out my hand pump and started pumping. Wait, which side of this thing do I use? Shit! No air is going into the tire. That can’t be right. Where’s my CO2 cartridge? Oh yeah…still in my car…. First rider passes and asks if I need help. I cheerily responded back – “I got it,...
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Race Report: Running with Ollie Virtual 4 Mile Fun Run and Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday I joined Lea and Ollie from Running with Ollie in a virtual 4 mile run and scavenger hunt. The best part of a virtual run in you can do it anywhere and anytime! I grabbed my shoes and Gracie, and we headed out on a beautiful fall day on the Katy Trail. I took Gracie on the first 2.5 miles of our 4 mile run. I have her on the Couch to 5k program to increase her endurance, so we completed a run from our week 3 workout. I always let her dictate needed stops for important sniffs or business. When a dog’s gotta go, a dog’s gotta go. She did really well on this run. After we completed the Couch to 5k run, I took her back inside and headed out to complete the remaining 1.5 miles on my own. My lungs felt strong, my legs felt strong, but there was an ache in my left knee. I lengthened my stride to ease the pressure and completed the race. I’ll be sure to watch this and make sure it doesn’t become an issue. For the scavenger hunt, we were looking to photograph the following items: something beautiful,...
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Race Report: Plano Balloon 5k

Last weekend I participated in the Plano Balloon Festival 5k in Plano, TX. My goal for this race was to not race (huh??). I know that might sound odd, but sometimes it’s nice to take the pressure off and just enjoy your time out there. I decided my first race at the Plano Balloon Festival 5k would be determined by Gracie’s walking speed. I invited my friend Novia of the Texan Triathlete to join us on our Sunday stroll. We ran into another friend along the course, who joined us for the last 1.5 miles of the walk. It was so nice shooting the breeze with friends, sharing good laughs, and getting to chat with fellow walkers. We met so many nice people along the course. There was an older gentleman wearing a shirt that said “WHY ARE YOU CHASING ME?” on the back. He was a retired marathoner due to age and stress-related injuries, but I loved that he was still out there giving it his best speed walk. They were groups of families and friends enjoying a walk or an alternating walk-jog. I saw a father with his young daughter jogging along at her speed. She was having...
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Life Planning

Mondays usually bring up thoughts of ‘what now?’ and ‘what’s next?’. A fresh start to the week makes me want to start planning ahead. Being in last three months of the year also lets me know next year is right around the corner. I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time recently doing what I call “life planning.” Planning helps me feel prepared and in control, and hey…I like being in control (there I said it!) “I can control my destiny, but not my fate.” -Paulo Coelho The three biggest items I want to plan for are: Which races I want to compete in 2015 Planning time off work around races and vacations in 2015 Financially preparing for upcoming expenses including races I have an idea of a distance for my goal race in 2015, but I can’t seem to find the right combination of time of year and location. Choosing this goal race will help me back into my training plan. Until I have that goal race identified, I’m withholding the desired distance. I know as soon as I write and say it, I will be fully committed. But until then, it’s going to continue to float around in my head...
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