@parkrunau picton this morning. Haven't done parkrun for a while so it was fun to get out there and give it a little crack. But today is double run day so didnt give it all. Settled for 80% effort and left some for long run tonight!
Side note; these @salmingrunning Speed 6 shoes are 🔥🔥🔥🔥 available from @shoeyz_australia
🚴🏼 > 🏃🏼🤙
Solid brick session this morning 👊. Love getting out on the country roads for a spin!
Just over a week until @eliteenergy_au#bighusky... time to sharpen up and dial it in 😜.
Good luck to all those racing tomorrow at #imgeelong703 🏊🏼♂️🚴🏼🏃🏼💨.
It’s a bluebird kind of day today before we get hit by another nasty weather!
Attended a Women’s Leadership Symposium at CU Boulder this morning with a focus on diversity and women’s leadership. It’s always a pleasure seeing and hearing our company’s president in action, sharing her story to everyone, and inspiring other women!
Then I went out for a quick ride around Boulder/Gunbarrel.
It feels refreshing to be able to ride my road bike today!
Yoga for cyclists 🚴🏼♀️ 🧘🏼♀️ Adho Mukha Svanasana Variation Kapota Pada! That’s a mouthful! Downward dog with variation of pidgeon. This pose and variation seems simplistic but it is a bit challenging. Once my ankle is across my knee, I find it challenging to keep equal pressure on both hands. Practice makes perfect as you have to focus on keeping your hips and shoulders in line. The more you press into downward dog the more you feel the stretch in your glutes and hamstrings. Your shoulders also get a great stretch and you can drop your head to feel it even deeper. Just make sure you breathe! As you exhale drive your heels down and get further into the stretch. .
Have a blessed Friday folks! I’m on the road this weekend to celebrate a close friend Who is going to have a new baby boy. 👶🏼 💙
Säger hejdå till Gent för denna gången! 🇧🇪 Jag gillade: + Hotellfrukosten med bl.a. belgiska våfflor! + Alla dömysiga kvarter med gamla hus, statyetter, trånga vägar, etcetera! + VÅREN! SOLEN!! + Mitt utomordentliga resesällskap @erikalovisaelna .
Jag gillade inte:
- Simhallen som saknade ALLT vad kallas ordning 😑 Folk överallt; bröstsimmare, ryggsimmare, snorklare, barn med armpuffar, flytdjur, farbror Petter, hans moster och HELA PACKET! Såg en kille som valde att simma under alla istället för att simma om dem 😂
- Att man har pommes till precis allt! Och att caféer i Belgien betyder öl > kaffe. .
Bye bye Gent! 🇧🇪 Hope the spring comes to Gothenburg soon too... .
N°36 | Sunset run
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Ending the week with such a nice view is what I call doing it the right way! Sadly, my legs were clearly not ready for the 10km I had planned. Lesson learned: Stop trying to run hills 🤷🏻♂
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I started feeling pain on both of my calves after 6km. This is because of the very hard run I did last Saturday combined with cycling. I must take it easy sometimes and remind myself that I should listen to my body before risking an injury 🤦🏻♂
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Anyway, I will take a rest until Sunday and enjoy my weekend. I wish you all a great time ❄☀ #insportwetrust
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Thanks Yvonne! And congratulations on your run!
In 2014, I'd decided to quit smoking after my 1st daughter was born. I would run to overcome the nicotine withdrawals. But I was always getting injured, my bones couldn’t handle the workload. Something was off. So, I started cross-training & swimming as it helped with my anxiety/depression.
In 2015, I did my first Tri: 70.3 Texas. I've done many races since. But I always struggled to recover, got injured, & experienced extreme fatigue. Now I understand why: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease with no cure - where your body pretty much attacks itself, destroying your joints & organs.
Although I've been battling RA for years, I was only diagnosed last month, when it finally fully manifested itself. I was doing IM Florida '18 & what 2 docs thought was an overuse injury 2 months from the big day - ended up getting so bad that I could not walk more than 10 steps without getting winded & dizzy. RA had attacked my kidneys, liver, lungs, & heart. 4 specialists & many tests later, here I am - taking a bunch of meds to control the disease…all while training for IM Texas.
Triathlon means way more than racing to me: it means SHOWING UP even though that’s the last thing you feel like doing. It means inspiring people around you, defying what's possible, & overcoming adversity & sickness by believing in yourself. It means family, community & support. It means selflessness. It means getting to know yourself in ways you didn’t even know exist. Inside out, raw! I love Triathlon because it never gets easy & it keeps me on my toes! Crossing each finish line is just a celebration of life & determination.
Although my body can't follow my heart anymore, I will continue to pursue my passion. After IM Texas & Florida, I will decrease my racing to shorter distances, for obvious reasons. My main goal for doing this is: inspiring, raising awareness, & overcoming the mental game that comes with having an autoimmune disease with no cure.
I don’t know what the future has in store for me. And I don’t know how long I will be able to do this for, but that’s okay because I’m living every day as if there’s no tomorrow. ~ Alfredo Allende [@alfre.allende] #humansoftriathlon
I started Triathlon in 2011, having ridden bikes for fun since I was a teenager. I joined my local tri-club (@suncity_tri) and never looked back! From that first fight to swim one length of the pool and that gasping crawl to keep up with the social run group, all I wanted to do was be a part of it and keep getting that little bit better each time. Fast forward almost 10 years, one of my biggest sources of pride is that I’m repaying my club for their guidance and support by becoming a Level 2 coach myself, and bringing new people into our sport gives me massive satisfaction. I'm also so proud to have been voted as Chair of Sun City Tri in 2019.
My enthusiasm must have rubbed off at home, as it wasn’t long before my wife Claire (@being.claire) started to show an interest and slowly but surely got herself involved, starting with club sessions, then her first pool sprint, building up to her Iron Distance debut at Outlaw Triathlon in 2015. Sharing the course with her on that day and being at the finishing chute for her crossing the line is my single greatest Triathlon memory.
Although my favourite races are middle and long distance, and I’ve been lucky enough to complete 7 Ironmans (with three in 4 months in 2014 – IM Lanzarote, Outlaw & IM Wales), the arrival of my child, little Eve in 2016 has meant that my training needs to be a little more focussed than before. The turbo trainer and treadmill are my new friends now! In 2019 I will be 40, and I’m doing three 70.3 races across the year with the hope of being faster than ever!
I have anxiety (I will NEVER say “I suffer from anxiety” as that would mean it's winning!) and will often dwell on the smallest things I’ve done/said to people and how they feel about me, or about things that have happened at work – often at 3am! - but as clichéd as it sounds, when I’m on my bike or running none of those thoughts are there.
Triathlon has made me, has inspired me and has honestly changed my life. ~ David Purvis [@david.purvis]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, David! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃 #ordinarypeopleextraordinarypassion
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