July 31, 2013
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KSL ~ Racing with Passion

Racing with Passion inspired by parents,

designed by a runner

By Amy Donaldson

July 19th, 2013 @ 9:46am

Family Team Triathlon 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Marti Davis only stood on the sideline watching her husband, Stan, compete in triathlons a few times before she decided standing from behind the fence just wasn’t for her.

“She said, ‘This is kind of boring,’ and so she joined him,” said one of the couple’s three daughters, Stephanie Anderson. “When she started racing, there were only about eight women in the sport. I consider her a pioneer in the sport.”

Anderson said it was her mom who coined a phrase that became the framework for how she would view her own accomplishments.

“She said, ‘You must be present to win,’” Anderson said. In other words, you can’t win a race that you don’t run.

Davis’ philosophy was that even if you’re the only one in the race, competing is the reward for all of that training, so any recognition is rightfully earned.

Anderson said her parents’ passion for triathlons was contagious. Not only did all three of their children compete with them in dozens of races over the last 29 years, but in-laws, extended family and now grandchildren all joined in the fun. Stan Davis retired in December and Marti retired in June.

They bought a retirement home in Toquerville, Utah, but so far they’ve spent nearly all of their time on the road training for and competing in triathlons.

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“I loved having active parents,” Anderson said. “They gave me so much. I’ve needed exercise my whole life. I was shy in high school, and running the races always gave me something to look forward to. Exercise makes me happier, and I absolutely love racing.”

The 46-year-old Murray native always dreamed about starting her own race company, but it took a near-death experience to transform that desire into a reality.

Anderson underwent an operation in December of 2010, and a mistake led to two other operations and nearly 88 days in the hospital.

“I honestly didn’t know if I would live,” Anderson said. Various infections and complications made it so difficult to eat that she left just under 90 pounds when she was finally released from the hospital.

“Before this, I thought I was invincible,” she said. “I exercised everyday, and now I didn’t know if I would ever race again.”

She had paid for a triathlon before she entered the hospital, so she decided that with a little help on the swim section, she could complete it.

“I wanted that finisher’s medal,” she said laughing. “First it was, ‘Will I live?’ Then it was, ‘Will I race again?’ And then it was, ‘Will I ever eat 10 tacos again?’”

Anderson ran, swam and biked her way back to health and in April of 2012, she decided life was too short not to pursue her dream.

“I put on my first race in April of 2012, the Racing with Passion 5K at This is the Place Heritage Park,” she said. “I knew race directors did a lot of work, but I found out so much I didn’t know.”

Her goal was to stage the kind of race that she might enjoy running. “What I really wanted was to put on the best 5K in Salt Lake,” she said. “I wanted to cater not only to a charity, but to the runner.”

The best compliment she received after that first 5K was from a woman who said she could tell the event was staged by a runner. From the food to the T-shirts, she knows runners want a reward for those weeks and months of dedicated training.

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Stephanie Anderson, who started the company Racing with Passion, competes in the St. George Half Ironman. (Photo: Courtesy Stephanie Anderson)

This Saturday, Racing with Passion will put on the Gravity Hill 5K. It’s a unique run on a storied section of hillside near the state’s capitol building.

“I wanted the younger generations to know about it,” she said of the hill that feels like an uphill grade on the downslope, and like one is running downhill on the incline.

“It’s a cool thing that we have in our state, and it’s a great course,” she said.

Anderson said the sponsor support allows her to offer a lot of prizes through a drawing, as well as recognizing the top-three finishers in each age division. She prides herself on an impressive post-race feast, and this year, finishers will get a key chain finisher medal featuring the state capitol building instead of another T-shirt.

Maybe the most exciting prize is that all the participants will be entered into a drawing for two race entries into the St. George Marathon one male and one female. Registration is available online at racingwithpassion.com until Friday at 6 p.m. or on the east side of the Capitol Building Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

Anderson, who now lives in Henderson, Nev., with her husband, Todd Anderson, is most proud of the fact that her races help the charity One Hour for Life — an organization that allows volunteers to help teach preventive, even life-saving medical instruction in poor countries and communities.

With another 5K scheduled for September 7, 2013, Anderson is relishing the reality of living a dream. She knows, however, that it likely would never have happened if she hadn’t had parents who saw the value of a sport many hadn’t heard of 30 years ago.

“Racing with Passion is possible because of my parents,” she said of their influence. “I get to race with my parents — how cool is that? It’s been so fun and so helpful to me.  I am really enjoying sharing it with others. I’ve had some really, really hard times in my life, and it’s just kept me happy.”

Twitter: adonsports  Email: adonaldson@deseretnews.com

October 23, 2013
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Race Report from the 2012 Racing with Passion 5K

Coming into this race I was hoping to be able to follow my race plan, unlike last time, when I lost 10s or so in the last mile. After a quick scan of the runners in the front of the pack I spotted one, whom Naty had warned me of, who looked like he would not make it easy for me… And indeed he didn’t… lol

For once I started fast in the first meters just because I did not want the other guy to leave me in the dust at the start of the race… After 0.2mi I was already a good 20 feet behind him and I was barely hanging on, running much faster than expected based on my race plan… I wondered if I should let him go to avoid blowing up in the end, but I decided to stay as close as possible for as long as I could. I knew that right before the 1mi mark there was a short downhill with 20ft loss or so; I used that to bridge the gap a little. Then I was within 10ft or so of him, but the effort of the first mile was making it too hard for me to place myself by his side so I stayed behind until the turnaround.

At the turnaround, he took the turn very much on the inside so he left a lot of speed there; I took it a little more from the outside, thus conserving more speed, which allowed me to bridge the final gap and placed myself by his side. At that point I had already dismissed my race plan and just “took it easy”, just trying to recover before the final mile…

Starting the last mile, there was a sharp left turn… I was on the inside so I used that to gain a lead of 5ft or so. He hanged on behind me for 2min or so, and then I just pounded my way to the finish, embracing the downhill… Soon enough he was out of sight.

It obviously wouldn’t have been possible to finish without gagging… which first appeared after 2.65mi… Somehow however, I didn’t feel emotional despair as last time, distress yes, but no despair. I think I have to thank the very cool temperatures for that (was freezing my butt before the start). I managed the gagging, finishing strong to get 1st place overall and getting a new PR!!! 18:31.87 for 3.104, 18:33.02 for an exact 5K (5:58 pace); official result of 18:32.6.

In addition of getting the first place overall award, I got a trophy for having the lowest combined time of the 3 races, as well as the RWP award “for embracing running and being fearless when it comes to competition”. Almost got a bit emotional when I was presented the award.

On a sidenote it was very windy during the first 0.8mi and during 0.1/0.2 after turnaround, and I had no stitch whatsoever :D

Now NUMBERS! I love numbers ^^
Goal splits (0.5mi): 3:20, 3:10, 3:07, 2:50, 2:55, 2:40, all out
Actual splits: 3:11, 3:12, 3:06, 3:04, 2:47, 2:41, 0:31 (4:57)
Mile splits: 6:23, 6:10, 5:28, 0:31 (4:57)

Elevation: +312ft / -434ft (Seems much more accurate than last time +350ft but same -120ft difference)

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/220244552
http://runnercard.com/runner/data/1825/3822/Result/2012_Racing_with_Passion_5K.htm

July 23, 2013
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Winners of the St George Marathon entries!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO JODI & JOSH PETTIT

Entry Winners for the St George Marathon!!!

 I have been married for 16 years to my best friend and the love of my life. Together we have 5 fabulous children ages 4 to 14 and live in South Jordan, Utah. I am a Mom, I work from home and I am a full time student at Weber State University completing a medical laboratory science degree. I also volunteer at a local hospital as an extern. I love to learn new things, especially about how the body works and how to improve health. I love being with my family. We spend a lot of time together and my husband and I make it a priority to have a weekly date. We enjoy being outdoors, hiking in the mountains or playing in the backyard. 

Why do I run? Simply stated I run because I can. I have spent my adult life batting rheumatoid arthritis; a chronic, painful, debilitating disease that at one point literally had me begging my doctor to cut my feet off for relief. The idea of running seemed like an impossible dream to me a few years ago. I love that I have regained mobility and that I am capable of running. When my feet hit the pavement and carry me forward it is absolutely amazing to me. Beyond that, I run for me. Running gives me the opportunity to let go of the burdens and worries of everyday life. It kept me sane when health issues threatened the quality of life of one of my children. Running is cleansing and therapeutic. On a long run the physical exertion allows me to let go of whatever burdens & stress I am carrying and it is just me and my body.  I do have to say that I enjoy longer distance runs more than short runs.  It takes at least three miles for running to be fun. At that point the endorphins start to kick in and the sense of self empowerment- the feeling of knowing that I can do this starts to build. Running gives me the belief and confidence that I can overcome and conquer the obstacles of life and I love that! There are so many different answers I can give as to why I run but I like the simple answer “because I can” best.

When I was diagnosed with RA at 19, I was told I would be in a wheel chair within 10 years. It was a hard blow.  Emotionally it has been a hard battle on top of the physical pain.  I have an amazing husband who has always inspired me to keep fighting for what I want and to not give up.  I want to inspire others to not give up when they feel like life is stacked against them with whatever challenge they are facing.

So why St George? I ran Provo City Marathon three years ago, what I didn’t realize was that the ache in my hip was a stress fracture in my femural head and not a tight muscle.  My marathon became very painful at mile 14 but I didn’t quit.  My 4:20 estimated finish time turned into 6:15 but I finished.  After that it took me 6 months and hours of physical therapy to learn to walk again.  A year later I was running half marathons.  I am ready to really run my first full marathon and St George sounds like an amazing course to run on and of course there is always the dream of qualifying for Boston. My husband and I put in for the lottery but was not selected.  I am excited for the chance to try again. :)

~ Jodi Pettit

 

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June 16, 2013
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Happy Father’s Day Dad!!!

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Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, Stan Davis!!!

I want to share a little about my Dad on this Father’s Day. This is a sports page so I am going to focus on the healthy lifestyle that he embraced and passed on to his wife, kids, and grandkids. My Dad has lived an adventurous and athletic life. People call him, “The Fountain of Youth.” He has always had a zest for the new and exciting and often times created his own fun for the family. We grew up going to the races and racquetball tournaments.

 My Dad was a motor cross racer and did desert races and rode the Widow Maker Hill Climb several times. He transitioned into being a top Racquet Ball player in the state of Utah and then moved over to running races, then triathlons and has been doing them for over 27 years.

His first running race was a 10K in July in Salt Lake City. He talked my younger sister, Lori into racing it with him. He wore the old grey sweat bottoms and lined up for his first race. They didn’t really know how far a 10K was and my sister was in last place listening to the motorcycle cop ask her if she could run a little faster. J When my Dad realized that it was 6.2 miles, he said to someone, “my daughter is going to kill me.” This was the beginning of a long racing journey for our family.

My Dad was the first person I ever saw on roller blades. He told us how cool they were, checked them out in detail and bought them in ParkCity.  He went for his first spin on them with no padding whatsoever. As we watched from the car, he began descending a hill approaching some railroad track and had this panic look on his face not knowing how to stop he braced himself for a large leap over them and barely made it without a scrape. He took them off and said “wow that was a ride” and took them back to the store. He bought another pair about a year later.

We mountain biked the slick rock trail in Moab before it was as popular as it is today. We took very little food with us and had hill climbing contests in 100 degree heat midway on the trail. Towards the end we were rationing out our food and were huddled under a piece of sagebrush for shade. These were great memories for all of us.

Our family vacations consisted of competitions, mock races that my parents made up and they had nice pottery for the awards at the end. We roller bladed, played roller hockey, mountain biked, road biked, skate skied, ran hill repeats with a rope tied around our waist dragging a tire, ran in many road races, did family team triathlons, etc…Fortunately for my sisters and I, we married spouses that adopted the healthy lifestyle and joined us on these adventures. Now the grandkids are involved and continue to get outdoors and enjoy life.

When he first started swimming to train for triathlons, the swim coach at the Sports Mall laughed at him, and said, “Stan, you should never swim.” He didn’t let that stop him, he read everything he could get his hands on to learn about swimming and to this day, continues to perfect his stroke. He is a strong swimmer and does really well in the swim. My Dad is a great triathlete and finishes really well in his age and overall. Our boyfriends never beat him in any of the 3 sports and it took our spouses a long time to catch him on a few of them. I still have never been able to beat my Dad in a triathlon. Maybe when he’s 80 I will get the chance. J

Like I mentioned on my Mother’s page on Mother’s Day my Dad has also accomplished many great things. Here is a list of them.

 - Alcatraz Triathlon several times.

- Skate Ski races in Bryce Canyon.

- BlueMountain Canyonlands Triathlon (Skate Ski, Bike, Run)  

- Vineman Half Ironman, on a whim with very little training.

- Ran the Grand Canyon

- Skate ski trip into Yellowstone 32 miles

- Rollerbladed 25 miles in Sun Valley and all over Salt Lake City and Park City

- Mountain biked the slick rock trail in Moab with clip in pedals!

- Competed in about 250 triathlons

- Competed in countless running races

- Went to “Nationals” in triathlon

- Went to “Worlds” in Switzerland and raced in 2 events. Triathlon and Aquathlon, they both placed 2nd in this. 

I want to thank my Dad for being adventurous and a great example of living life along the way. Don’t wait for retirement or some big aha moment to get out and start doing what you love, do it today! He retired in December and my Mom retired in June. They are on a fabulous vacation with nowhere to go and nowhere to be. Their days consist of running, biking, swimming, eating, sleeping, and total bliss! Because they kept consistently moving their bodies they are now able to fully enjoy retirement and act like 30 year olds living it up. I love you Dad and most importantly, I love who you are and the influence you have had on my life.

Love,

Stephanie

May 12, 2013
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My Mother, My Friend…

My Mother, Marti is one tough lady and I love her so much. Thanks Mom for leading the way and being willing to try new things. You are my inspiration in so many ways. Since this is a sports page, I want to brag a little about some of the crazy things you have done over the years to get out and enjoy life through exercise.

You were a wonderful racquetball player and most of the time competed against the men because you were so good. I remember those ugly bull’s eye bruises on your legs that were a result of you beating some guy in the court. I am so happy that you took up running and then moved on to triathlon where you were a little safer.

I am so impressed that you started competing in triathlons back in the 80′s when only a handful of women were involved in the sport.  You coined the phrase “You must be present to win!” Often times you were the only woman competing or the only one in your age group and you accepted your award graciously because you trained, you paid your money to enter the race, you showed up and gave it your best effort and it didn’t matter if you were the only one there, you earned your award that day. I loved that you lived by this and it is a great example to all of us to be proud regardless of the circumstances.

You got up at the crack of dawn, 4:45 am to be exact, for 27 years to get your workouts in. You were always so brave when it came to cold water and got in so many lakes I can’t even count them. I would be standing on the shore inching my way in when you were done swimming. I will never forget when the family ran 8 miles together and each one of us took turns running with you and then we would run faster and then come back to you. In the end we walked back to the campground and you just kept running right past us. I learned that it is better to pace yourself and be consistent to get to the end. We called you the energizer bunny after that.

Some of your many accomplishments include: 

- Alcatraz Triathlon several times.

- Skate Ski races in BryceCanyon.

- BlueMountain Canyonlands Triathlon (Skate Ski, Bike, Run)  

- Vineman Half Ironman, on a whim with very little training.

- Ran the Grand Canyon

- Skate ski trip into Yellowstone 32 miles

- Rollerbladed 25 miles in Sun Valley and all over Salt Lake City and ParkCity

- Mountain biked the slick rock trail in Moab with clip in pedals!

- Competed in about 250 triathlons

- Competed in countless running races

- Women of Steel Relay (Our team had someone in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s 50’s & 60’s)

- Ultimate Relay (Family Team)

I know I brag about my parents a lot but I am so grateful that they created a healthy lifestyle for us while we were growing up and have been good examples for so many years. I know that the body will keep going if I keep moving it. That is the secret to their success and why they are still competing at the level that they are. Thanks for showing me the ropes and helping me achieve my goals. I love racing and I am so grateful that we still get to compete together. I only wish I had started sooner. I love you so much!!! Without you and Dad, “Racing with Passion” would have never been a reality. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Your daughter,

Stephanie 

April 16, 2013
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USA Triathlon / Faster Transitions by Karen Buxton

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Transitions: The Fourth Discipline

By Karen Buxton

 

“I believe in the basics: attention to, and perfection of, tiny details that might commonly be overlooked. They might seem trivial, perhaps even laughable to those who don’t understand, but they aren’t. They are fundamental to your progress—they are the difference between champions and near champions.”- John Wooden

transitionEven though John Wooden is best known for being a great basketball coach, his quote rings true in triathlon, especially with the frequently overlooked portion of the race— transitions. These connecting segments of multisport events are often not given the thought and practice that they deserve, and a failure to understand their pivotal role in the bigger picture of a race can result in a disjointed and often disappointing performance.

Transitions should be viewed as a seamless part of your complete race, not an isolated entity. Like a flip turn in swimming, transitions are at once the end of one section of the race and the beginning of another.

Frequently, races are won and lost in the transition area. Take a look at some race results and check out the transition times of the top competitors, and you will generally find that these top finishers have the fastest transition times. From time to time we see race results where a competitor has been out-swum, out-biked and out-run only to prevail by seconds at the finish line. “How can this be?” you ask. Simple — the runner-up was out-transitioned.

Use the eight points listed in this article and the transition equipment list to help refine your transitions, and watch the seconds (or for some, minutes) melt away.

1. Less is more — Bring only what you will need for your race into the transition area. Too many pieces of unnecessary “stuff”— chairs, coolers, bags, tubs of water — can clutter your area and be a hazard to you and your competitors. Have a list of your specific transition needs and, the evening before your race, lay everything out and check the items off as you place them in your transition bag.

2. Have a plan — Mentally rehearse your movements through transition. Before you even get to your area, you should know in which order you will take off and put on equipment — it should be automatic. Work on a mantra for each transition: “Shoes, helmet, glasses, number-belt, bike, go!”

3. Be quick, but don’t hurry — Be calm and purposeful in your movements. Rushing around will just cause you to fumble with your equipment (slowing you down), or worse, to forget something. How often have we seen a runner heading back into the transition area for his race number or a runner heading out of transition with his bike helmet still on?

4. Expect the unexpected — If something goes wrong (e.g., a piece of equipment is not where you put it or you arrive at your bike and a tire is flat…), don’t let a “roadblock” halt your race. Have a plan for these situations, take care of them calmly, and keep on racing.

5. Mind your manners — Transition areas are often very tight, so keep your equipment in your area and try not to take up too much space. Be sure that you re-rack your bike in your original spot and that you grab your equipment, not your neighbor’s. This past season, one of our athletes noticed that his feet hurt a bit during the run portion of his race. It was not until he returned home that he noticed he had put someone else’s running shoes on — same model, different size. Ouch!

6. X marks the spot — Use a brightly colored towel on which to place your equipment and note landmarks around the transition area that will help you locate your spot. Balloons or flags/bandanas placed at the end of your rack are also helpful in locating your rack, but do not go overboard. Your best bet is to count the racks to your section — balloons can go flat and flags can disappear. Precious seconds can be lost while you are searching for your spot.

7. Know the flow — Walk through the transition area several times from the swim-exit-to-your-bike-to-the-bike-exit, and then from the bike-entrance-to-your-spot-to-the-run-exit so that you familiarize yourself with the flow of the transition area. This way you are sure to take the shortest and fastest route. Also, be aware of where the bike mount/dismount line is located. Your speedy transition could be nullified by a time penalty if you mount too soon or dismount too late.

8. Practice makes perfect — Practice transitions prior to race-day. Just as you work on other aspects of your racing, you need to rehearse your transitions prior to race-day. Work on wetsuit peeling, running with your bike, mounts and dismounts, racking and changing equipment. It takes practice to execute these actions smoothly, quickly and safely; and the more you practice the more transitions will become a seamless part of your race. Remember what Coach Wooden said, “Attention to, and perfection of, tiny details are the difference between champions and near champions.”

Transition Check List
o Race suit
o Swim cap
o Goggles
o Wetsuit
o Towel
o Bike
o Shoes
o Helmet
o Sunglasses
o Race number belt
o Water bottles and race fuel/gels
o Running shoes
o Hat

Additional items: Socks, photo ID/USAT license, bike pump, tool kit, anti-fog for your swim goggles, duct tape, zip ties, body lube, extra clothes for a cold race (arm warmers, gloves, etc.), safety pins, thin rubber bands, extra set of goggles, an extra swim cap, and sunscreen.

Karen Buxton is a USA Triathlon Level III certified coach with over 25 years of coaching experience and author of The Triathlete’s Guide to Off-Season Training. Coach Buxton works and trains in Greensboro, N.C., and can be reached at Karen@coachbuxton.com. Find out more about Coach Buxton at www.coachbuxton.com

April 11, 2013
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Motivational Monday!

 

Motivational Monday (4/8/13)

By Waylon Christensen ~ Triathlete

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This is the first of a weekly column I’ll be posting every Sunday night. We all know how hard it is to get that monday morning workout in, so hopefully this will help!

One night, back in 2010 I received a phone call from my coach asking me if I wanted to be the swimmer for a relay team the next day. I was very eager to get a few more races under my belt so I enthusiastically agreed. My dad and I hurried over to the expo to pick up my race packet and make sure my name ended up on the list. I had no idea who I’d be on a team with nor how much this race would impact my time as a triathlete.

I found out later that evening that the reason I was called upon because the athlete I would be racing with was unable to swim. I didn’t know much other than that she had medical reasons preventing her from getting in the water. When I met her in transition, she was one of the nicest people I had ever met! She explained a little more about why she couldn’t swim; she recently underwent surgery and was worried about getting in the lake. At that, I hopped in the water and had an amazing swim! I managed to be first out of the water, passed on the timing chip, and let her do her thing! We ended up in fourth place which was super awesome!

In the days following the race, I learned more about her situation and was awe struck. It is hard for me to put into words just what she had experienced This is Stephanie’s summary of what had been going on:

- December 27th 2010 Reflux surgery when I got out I felt ok for a few hours, my sister took a picture of me and I was holding the book Mental Training for Triathlete’s.
- December 29th 2010 Surgery. Took out 1 inch of my intestine
- December 30th 2010 Surgery to make sure they fixed everything right
- March 12th 2011 I got out of the hospital.
- March 29th 2011 walked on a trail near my home for 30 minutes, this was my first workout since December 5th.
- March 31st 2011 walked and ran 45 minutes on the trail.
- April 16th 2011 I competed in the Rage Triathlon and did the bike and run portion.
- 2011 completed 19 races.

This is just absolutely incredible to me. This woman has the heart of a lion! Her drive and determination will forever stick with me. If her story doesn’t motivate you, I don’t think anything will!

Stephanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for me recently, and my level of respect for her went even higher!

During your illness was there ever a time when you didn’t think you would ever race again? If so, how did you convince yourself otherwise?

“My 3 main concerns in the hospital were:
1. Am I going to live?
2. When can I get back to racing triathlons?
3. Will I be able to eat normal again? I want to know that I can eat 5 tacos again. “

What was the most challenging part of returning to racing?

Stomach pain! This kind of pain puts my right down in bed crying. Some nights before a race if I ate the wrong thing I could be in pain for hours. My husband would massage my back until I could get relief. The nerve endings for the digestive system are accessed from the back and it brought me a lot of relief. I could be curled up in a ball the night before and ready to race the next day just from the massage and time. Luckily for me, the major pain was never on race day and I was able to complete all 19 races in 2011. I placed in my age group in almost all of my races that season as well. I’m still surprised about that.

What advice can you offer to those who are returning to the sport in a similar situation to what you faced?

Do whatever it takes to get back to what you love. People have overcome much worse things than I have and they still found a way to race. I thought about all the stories I had heard over the years and the numerous people that rose above their challenges and got back to racing. They inspired me while I was sick and continue to today. I often thought of my illness like a triathlon, I was on the swim leg, and pretty soon I moved to the bike and then the run and finally crossed that finish line with the Rage Triathlon. It doesn’t matter how fast you are but that you are there participating and putting one foot in front of the other. See how far you can go just by doing that one thing. You really won’t know what your body is capable of until you try. Let the passion that you have for the sport be the driving force that gets you back doing what you love.

What is the most valuable lesson endurance racing has taught you?

So many things….
1. PASSION. I now know exactly what my passion is…RACING!!! I love being around the people, the energy, the excitement of the Tri.
2. Never give up. “Do what you can in the moment” ~ Dave Scott
3. How to set and achieve goals
4. The body is capable of so much more than we think
5. How to overcome fears and face them head on
6. It keeps me happy
7. The family that plays together stays together. I really enjoy racing with my parents. They are wonderful athletes and I admire them so much. They have taught me what consistency and training can do for many years to come.

Stephanie has taught me that indeed, anything is possible. Anytime I try to make up an excuse to miss a workout, don’t try my hardest, or just don’t want to get out of bed, I remember the challenges she has overcome. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I had to race alongside her.

So that’s that. Now get off your lazy butt and go train!

 

March 10, 2013
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Jordan ~ 10 Year Old Triathlete

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Hi I’m Jordan. Triathlon is a big thing in my life. I am 10 years old and my brother (who also competes) is 7. We are currently training for our upcoming Rage Triathlon. We are doing a sprint. This is a 750m swim, 12 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run.  

I have done many triathlons before, but my brother has only done 4 before. I expect to shave 50 minutes from my last sprint. My brother (Magnus) is only required to finish. Triathlon is a big thing in my life because ………. well I’ve been doing it ever since I was 6. I’ve made a ton of awesome friends. And it has made me fit, strong, and the best I can be. I love the adrenaline too. You’re just wading in the water waiting for the horn to blow, then it finally does, and then you’re just sort of going through the motions until you hit the finish line. Once you’re done you rest and team up with your friends to see the results. That’s my favorite part. That’s why I love triathlon.

We will continue to update you on Jordan and her triathlons. 

~ Written by Jordan 

February 21, 2013
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When do I Need to Replace My Running Shoes?

By admin on September 27, 2010

By Travis Hildebrand with Salt Lake Running Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest problems we as runners face is knowing when it is the best time to replace our existing running shoes.  Shoes do not come with a magic pop up device, obviously sticking a thermometer in them won’t help and eyeballing them can be very deceiving.  Some shoes that look trashed still may have some useful life, and other shoes that look new may be an injury waiting to happen.

So how do we know when to change shoes?  One way is to estimate mileage built up on the shoes.  Shoe manufacturers estimate that a typical running shoe costing $100 and above should last between 300 to 400 miles.  This is assuming the shoes are only being used for the workout and not being worn casually throughout the day.  If they are worn casually the protection the shoe gives a runner during the actual run is severely compromised.

300 to 400 miles sounds like a lot right?  Consider this:  A runner is training for her first 5K.  She starts running 15 to 20 minutes 3 times during the week and a little more on the weekends.  She estimates her weekly mileage to be around 10 miles to start and then builds up to let’s say 20 miles in 6 week time period.  To make the math easy we can say she averaged 15 miles during that time period for a total of 90 miles.  If she stays at the 20 mile per week mark those new shoes will be worn out in less than 5 months from the time she started.  Now imagine someone training 30 to 50 miles per week!

Take a look at the “Shoe Replacement Chart” and notice how quickly the miles add up to 300.  It is no wonder worn out shoes are one of the most common causes of running injuries.  The miles sneak up on us.  If you run based on time instead of miles, or if you use your running shoes for other workouts besides running, you can look at the Hrs/Wk column in the chart to estimate the life of the shoes.

The bottom line is running shoes are disposable.  The foam used to cushion the impact of running is light, flexible and fairly resilient, but it compresses with repeated stress.  Eventually this foam will compress to the point that it will not be able to protect a runner.  The shoes are likely still usable at this point, just not for running.  The upper materials rarely will show signs of much wear and the rubber on the sole of the shoe is usually still in really good condition, but the protection technologies in the shoe no longer function the way they were designed.  This is the dangerous time of the shoe.  We tell ourselves, “I can’t justify another $100+ dollars.  I just got these shoes 5 months ago and they still look fine.”  Then a few weeks later we are in trouble and wondering if we are going to be able to run that event we already paid for.

It is not wise to say, “I know my shoes are worn out when my knees start hurting.”  What?!  Why would you knowingly injure yourself?  You know you are going to eventually need to replace the shoes anyway so why not get them sooner, before you hurt, as opposed to causing unnecessary trauma to your joints and muscles?

Be on the safe side.  A new pair of shoes is not as expensive as a trip to see the Doctor.  If the worst thing that happens is you purchase an extra pair of shoes now and then, no big deal.  You will use them.  The alternative is you don’t make the purchase and wind up with injuries that could have been avoided.