June 28, 2012
My good friend and fellow paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell was nominated for an ESPY recently! She is nominated in the category for Best Female Athlete with a Disability and she more than deserves to win this nomination!
I met Melissa last year at my first Olympic distance race, the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship in New York City. I’d been reading about her accomplishments for years so I was incredibly excited when I finally got to meet her! Later, we roomed together in China for the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships where she won her second-straight title. This year, Melissa has encouraged me in my return from surgery and recently was my roommate (again!) at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Melissa and I after finishing at Worlds. Two VERY happy campers!
Melissa served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War and became the first female soldier to lose a limb in combat. She has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for her service.
I’m truly lucky to call her my friend and admire her so much! So please take a few minutes out of your day to vote for her. Plus, this means she’ll have to come to LA for the awards and then I’ll get to see her!
Click here to cast your vote!
June 26, 2012
Hey! You! If you live in the Los Angeles area, come out with me and ZICO to Cycle House LA tomorrow to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation! As you know (or should), it is a great cause that has helped me tremendously. It’ll make you feel great because you are a.) supporting a fantastic cause and b.) getting your workout in! Plus, we can hang out. So come, okay?!
June 26, 2012
If you have been following this blog since I started it (almost a year ago!!), you’ll recall that I normally train alone. It’s not that I choose to train alone, it is that I’m fairly intimidated by other triathletes- mainly those who have been doing this for a long time and have done longer distance races like 70.3 and IM. I still consider myself a beginner and worry that on a group ride or group swim, I’m going to get dropped. But you only get better when you train with others, so last Friday and Saturday I did just that!
On Friday morning, I got up bright and early to join other TriFit members at the pool workout led by Rad. He also coaches the USC Triathlon team. I’m glad I went because my coach was there and I would have been in BIG TROUBLE if I had hit that snooze button on my alarm. Anyway, I was nervous. VERY NERVOUS. But I got in and started. I was in the beginner lane and realized halfway through it that I was actually the fastest in that lane. Phew! Nothing to be worried about. I only struggled on one technique drill that required kicking. With one leg doing all the work, I was MUCH slower than the others. But I did it! So I’ll be there this Friday and the next and the next!
Then on Saturday morning, I got up bright and early (I’m not kidding. I was up at 5:45 so I could have my coffee and breakfast) and headed out to Malibu to meet the group for a bike ride. I didn’t feel ready for this step but I was confident that I would try my best and go from there. Well, I managed to do pretty well. I felt strong and kept up for the majority of the ride! I did some climbing and am feeling better and better each time I get on the bike! Woohoo.
So it just goes to show that new experiences might be scary and nerve-wrecking at first but often times do not need to be!
Until next time, happy training!
P.S. I also managed to get in a 1 hour and 20 minute run on Sunday. Needless to say, my social life is in the gutter again because all I do is work and train. Little sacrifices for the long term.