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Hi All!
I hope everyone is well and enjoying the transition from winter into spring. This is always one of my favorite times of the year - the weather gets better and better as the weeks go by, my favorite flowers (tulips) come into season, and there is a wonderful sense of awakening as more and more people start to get outside.
The last month has been a bit hectic for me, and I’ve had to remind myself at times to literally stop and smell the flowers. After my first race of the season (in Monterrey, Mexico, where I finished 4th) I immediately launched into 2 weeks of intense and volume-heavy Ironman training. I felt great, making some consistent gains, but it left me with little time to do much else. For just over 14 days it was sleep-eat-train-massage-eat-train-PT-eat-train-sleep-repeat.
Early April had me away from home for a week doing some product testing for one of my sponsors. It was an incredible opportunity and I am SO excited for what will be launching in the coming months.  I wish I could share more, but stay tuned... I’ll fill you in more as soon as I can!
Then, it was off to New Orleans on April 12th, where I had a packed schedule! On Thursday morning before the race I made an appearance on the the local CBS morning show with WWL-TV (you can watch the clip here). For me, doing things like this are important to raise awareness of the sport of triathlon and talk up events that are happening locally. I was thrilled to be on the show and grateful for the opportunity.
Thursday night I hosted a Q&A event at Bicycle World (see details below), participated in a charity dinner event on Friday, and then did a pro panel on Saturday before the race. Race day came and the winds were CRAZY - a consistent 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. It made for an interesting day. The swim was rough and choppy with some strong currents.  The bike was challenging, and then the run was demoralizing as the headwind was like running into a brick wall. However, I was thrilled to walk away with the win, AND share the podium with my purplepatch fitness teammate, Sarah Cameto, who had an amazing breakout race.

I am writing to you now from Kansas City, MO, where I am training for the next two weeks for my last training block before Ironman Texas on May 14th. Outside of the World Championships in Kona, this race is my most important of the season, and I have some big goals. With a new bike course this year, I’ll be heading there (from KC) on May 5th to spend 9 days riding the new course and prepping for the race.
Thank you so much for all of the support and for following along!  I’ll check in soon.



Ride & Wine iTri girls Fundraiser with BohèmeWinery

Join us on July 24th in Sonoma for a fully SAG-supported 40-50 mile ride followed by lunch at Hazel and a wine tasting with Bohème wine maker, Kurt Beitler. 

We are super excited to have this new event added to the calendar, showcasing the amazing riding in Sonoma as well as the incredibly tasty Bohème wines. Kurt has kindly agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from wine purchases towards the iTri girls, a wonderful organization that supports empowerment in at-risk girls through triathlon. 

We will have more specific details in the coming weeks but you can sign up here now to confirm your interest in the event and to hear more about it just as soon as details are finalized! 


WiSP Sports Podcast Interview
I was interviewed by Sara Gross, whom I met at my first Professional Race, about how my life has unfolded and how it has helped me as a professional athlete.
TRS Triathlon Audio Interview
I had a great time being interviewed by Aaron Webstey about my recent victories, my goals, and whether I'll ever step back into the world of Finance.
Purpose 2 Play Article
A look at my journey as a triathlete - from investment banker to 7th in the World at Kona.  But more then that, it looks at the notion that chasing a dream doesn't mean being serendipitous - it takes planning and preparation. 
Ironman Article - Stepping Up Your Game
A look at 5 pro women (including me!) who all began racing professionally the same year and share the ups and downs of the journey from 5 different viewpoints. 
Interviewed On WWLTV
It was extremely exciting to be interviewed by WWLTV in New Orleans about the ins and outs of what a professional triathlete does and to promote the New Orleans 70.3 event.


Following my 3-peat in New Orleans I was interviewed by numerous media outlets about how the race panned out, my tactics, and why I keep returning to this venue. Here are the links: 
Triathlete Magazine
TRS Triathlon

The Advocate

Triathlon Magazine Canada

LRR TIP - Getting by with a little help from your friends

I’m someone who prides myself on being consistently responsive, reliable, and totally on top of EVERYTHING. I hate saying I will do something and then not doing it, or letting more than 24 hours go by without responding to an e-mail. But over the last month my work schedule (i.e my training schedule and sponsor commitments) have commanded a lot of my time, and a lot of things have fallen by the wayside.
This has been a source of stress for me and I hate letting people down or leaving someone to feel that I am not carrying my share of responsibilities. But I also know this HAPPENS, and at times, we simply cannot do it all. In the last week I’ve had to push back some deadlines and communicate that I simply don’t have the time at the moment to get some things done as originally indicated. And I’ve had to ask for help in doing things I might normally do on my own. My boyfriend, Michael Lord, has been amazing at chipping in on the cooking at home and helping me make sure I am staying organized and on track and (perhaps most importantly) getting to bed on time vs carried away with working late into the night. My LRR team - Jordan and Laurence - have stepped in to help with some of the tasks I normally take responsibility for. And others have been understanding at some pushed deadlines.  
It is hard to admit that you sometimes cannot do it all. But allowing yourself to ask for help does actually make life easier and can lift a weight and minimize stress in the most amazing way.
So don’t be afraid to ask for help… and if you have a little extra time on your hands, offering your help to others repays the favor!  
May 14th: Ironman Texas 

June 12th: Ironman 70.3 Victoria

June 26th: Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene 
During the month of April I had the opportunity to be part of 2 great events. The first - in early April - was a Q&A with the Cal Berkely Triathlon team. My Purplepatch Fitness teammate, Laurence Delisle, and I headed to the East Bay to sit down and talk to the team as they prepare for Collegiate Nationals, which took place this past weekend. We talked about training and nutrition, but also what it is like to train full time as a pro athlete as well as make the transition (as Laurence recently did) from an elite college athlete to competing and racing outside of school.
Just over a week ago, in conjunction with local Louisiana retailer Bicycle World, I hosted a Q&A event in New Orleans just before the Ironman 70.3 that was held there on April 17. The event was a huge success! We had nearly 50 people attend and the event lasted over 2 hours. We gave away some amazing raffle prizes that my sponsors - Saucony, Clif Bar and Shimano - generously donated. I also got to meet many athletes as they prepared for the race and the season ahead.
We have more great events planned in the coming months, including a SAG-supported bike ride in Sonoma with a picnic and wine tasting afterwards, and a women's panel in July in San Francisco - stay tuned!
Shimano is renowned for their amazing components but they have fantastic accessories as well. I am in love with their Triathlon Shoe the TR9. 

We've all had those races where we just can't get our shoes on or off wasting precious seconds in transition or coasting on our bikes. Shimano has taken all the triathlon shoe qualms and put them to rest with the TR9.
Reasons why I love it?
  1. Lightweight with super stiff carbon soles for maximum power transfer.
  2. Faster Transitions:
    Quick strap with hooks keeps shoe open and ready in transition
    - Extra wide collar = feet to enter faster
    - Offset heel loop = easy finger access for quickly securing the shoe
  3. Customizable Strap Length
  4. Breathable: Toe cap has holes for more breathability!
My transition times can mean the difference between first and second place. That's why I choose Shimano for not only my components and wheels, but my shoes as well. 
Triathletes tend to be known as cyclists that can ride straight and flat but add anything technical and we are unable to handle it. One of the first things I worked on as a purplepatch athlete was my bike handling skills. With the guidance of purplepatch's Paul Buick, the "Bike Whisperer", I learned how to navigate different terrain so that I could utilize my wattage to the greatest advantage. This has been key in all my races, especially Kona, where correct utilization of the wind and rolling terrain can preserve your resources and give you a leg up on your competitors. One of the keys to this? Riding my Cervélo road bike. 
The Cervélo R5 is an integral part of my training. During the season I will ride it several times a week to work on my bike skills and recruit different muscles. During the off season it becomes my primary bike as I give my body a rest from the prior season.
Awesome, challenging day at NOLA with winds ranging from 30-40 mph. Super excited to have taken the win and set the new bike course record!
Loved seeing the kiddos interest in the sport of triathlon at NOLA this year. Future champions!
Love my spiffy new kit! Thanks to all of my sponsors for making my dream a possibility.
A fun evening in the East Bay speaking to the UC Berkeley team about triathlon as they gear up for nationals!
The final bits of training before NOLA with friend and training partner Laura Siddall. Appropriately wearing our WITSUP kits!
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