Showing posts from 2014

An Off Season With No End In Sight

The only thing more depressing than an off-season is not knowing when that off-season will end. Usually, I would remedy this by meticulously planning out my next year... Now that everything is finalized, I guess it’s time to make it official that I will be going back to school in January. After years of not being able to decide what I want to go back for, I have finally made a decision, for better or worse!   I will hopefully be getting my paralegal certificate to add to my English degree by the end of 2015.   I decided to go this route for several reasons: 1) it seemed like the least expensive option for something more specialized than a general English degree and would allow me to keep student loans to a minimum (I am very blessed that this will be the first of my student loans!); 2) it should only take a year and most importantly 3) I love what I do-working in a law firm, and getting one-on-one time with clients, feeling like I am making a difference. However, I am not married to

My First, Last, and Most Terrifying Ocean Swim:TriRock Clearwater Olympic Race Recap

A destination beach race sounded like just the perfect note to end a busy and successful season on.     Always ready for a challenge, I thought I would tackle something that I was deathly afraid of-an ocean swim.   And a very long one at that! In classic Ashley-fashion, I had completely skipped over the Olympic distance when I signed up for my first half.   So logically (?), I signed up for the Olympic distance at TriRock in Clearwater. I had only swum in the ocean once before-my second ever triathlon in Jekyll and it was rough (18 minutes for 600 yards rough). I was terrified to say the least. My friend Kim and I planned to make a girl’s weekend out of it, and since she has a competitive swimming background, I figured she would be able to allay my fears and get me psyched up for the race.   After I signed up for the Olympic distance, Kim told me she was terrified of sharks and was therefore, debating signing up for the sprint. Ahhh!!!   Kim is an incredible athlete, having rac

My Top 10 Triathlon Favorites/Essentials

So I can’t even begin to list all the things I have purchased over the last two years to fuel my triathlon hobby, and there are some things I am still figuring out or still need to upgrade. But there are also a few things that I have discovered that I just can’t live without. Some of these can apply to only biking or running as well.  In nor particular order, here are my tried and tested and very LOVED favorite things :)   1.         Rudy Project Kylix Xy Raspberry with large multilaser red lenses. They don’t slip, they don’t fog, they don’t make me look like an alien, and they don’t get caught in my hair. What more can a girl ask for? (If they do make me look like an alien, just allow me to live on in my ignorance.) They also come in a super nice case for those of us who sunglasses don't stand a chance around (guilty!)     Nervous face, but glasses still look good.   2.         SOAS racing running shorts . Most comfortable shorts I have ever run in, hands down.

Avoiding a Midseason Bonk-Preventative Steps to Maintaining a Healthy Physical and Emotional Balance (for the rest of us…)

  Always a 'challenge junkie', my idea of downtime after a long triathlon season was hiking a mountain ;)     Disclaimer: This article probably isn’t going to win me a whole lot of brownie points, as I know that there is a lot of current discussion about the ‘dumbing down’ of sports and competition for the fun and inclusiveness of the masses. To which, I raise my hand and say that’s me!! I am a participator, and I have decided that that is okay, and that’s my goal for the moment. If you are closer to the participatory end of the spectrum than the professional end, this article might be for you.   As a competitive person, I always struggle internally when I see others who are faster, stronger, and fitter than me. The whole nature of competition is seeing how you stack up against others who are stuffed into the same category as you, based solely on age or gender.   This extremely simplified categorization often makes you feel that you SHOULD be competitive agai

Embrace the Pain: The Emotional Roller Coast of My First 70.3

As I sat soaking in the relative calm from the river shore, the reality and weight of the fact that I was about to start my first half Ironman became to feel more and more real.  With the sun rising over the river, and the clock winding down, over twenty swim waves had already jumped in the 68 degree water and fought the current waiting for the start.  Finally, about thirty minutes before my start, I zipped my wet suit, hugged my family goodbye, and walked down the hill to stand in line with a hundred or so of the other 18-29 year old women, strangers, that I was soon to be in very close quarters with, all fighting for the same goal.   I began to get fidgety, adjusting my swim cap and my wet suit constantly, feeling very alone in the crowd.     My biggest fans!   It’s hard to describe the feeling of the long and slow, but energized walk out onto the winding ramp along the river and finally, down onto the floating dock.   Volunteers were spaced at intervals along the ramps,