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  • Pre-Race Affirmations with Ashley Crossman

    Current status: standing in front of the mirror and saying, “I am strong enough, I am brave enough, and doggone it, I can do this!” (If you are too young to get that reference, don’t tell me – I’ll feel really old). Seriously, though, my pre-race nerves are in a good place right now. They […]

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  • Trained, Prepared, Healthy, and I Can’t Believe This Is Actually Happening

    You know how sometimes you sign up for something or make plans for something so far in advance that you feel like it’s not actually real? This has been me for the past year. I set out to train for an Ironman, but I was so focused on the training and the race was so […]

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  • Quick Training Update

    The countdown is on. Less than 6 weeks to go until race day, which means that training is starting to get tough. Up until this point, training has not been a huge, exhausting endeavor. A few hours on the bike each Saturday and shorter long runs on Sundays – no big deal. That all changed […]

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  • Product Review: SLS3 Compression Sleeves & CSX Compression Socks

    I think you all know by now that I have a love of compression socks and sleeves. These days I wear them more often than not. I wear them every time I run and sometimes when I bike, and throughout the day and overnight for recovery. I know that the research is inconclusive as to […]

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  • Race Report: Esprit de She Olympic Triathlon

    This past weekend was the Esprit de She Olympic triathlon in Tempe, AZ. I did this race last year (although I did the Sprint distance) and had a really great time, so I was really looking forward to it this year. It is always extremely well organized and has a great after-party atmosphere, but what […]

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  • Family Does Not Have to Come Second

    I was hanging out with some good friends this weekend when one of them asked me a question that I cannot stop thinking about. I’ll be honest, it bothered me and I felt like I had to defend myself and the perception of endurance athletes, and Ironman athletes in particular, that exists among most people. […]

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  • April Favorites

    I’ve got a lot of new “favorites” that I recently started using, so I thought I would spread the love and tell you all about them, too. I always love hearing other people’s favorite things and have actually discovered a lot of new products through “favorites” blog posts. So perhaps this will be a more […]

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  • Lifetime Marquee Triathlon Race Report    

    The Lifetime Marquee Triathlon is the first major triathlon of the year in Phoenix, so it’s basically the tri season opener. It always has a big turnout and is filled with a lot of serious athletes. I signed up for the Olympic distance option (there was also a sprint and super sprint) months ago when […]

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  • Crisis Averted: Training Update

    As normal, with every training cycle, just when I think things are going so well, they suddenly take a turn for the worse. I thought that going to PT consistently every week would help keep this problem from presenting itself this time around, but apparently not. A few weeks ago my calf started to get […]

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