October Update



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It’s hard to believe our little Caroline just had her three month birthday.  Time sure has flown by since she entered our lives last July.  It has truly been a blessing and a joy becoming parents.  Nathan and I have loved seeing her grow and change over the past three months.  We look forward to much more growing and changing over the course of her first year and further into the future.  We have been blessed with a great sleeper!  Ever since Caroline was a month old, she would routinely sleep at least a five or six hour stretch each night.  When Caroline was two and a half months, she had a period of sleeping a full eight hours a night!  I joke with Nathan that she knows Mommy has to sleep to be able to do her job, so she is already helping Mommy out!  Our little girl continues to be very social.  She loves to smile, chat and when she giggles; our heart melts.

 

Caroline has also become quite the traveler.  So far, she has done very well on all the trips across the country.  Currently, we traveled to Oceanside, CA for the Toyota Triple Crown Finale.  I will not be back to racing yet, but I will be hanging out at the Toyota expo and cheering on all the athletes race morning.  Flying without race gear is much, much easier; however, the real travel challenge will begin next year while traveling with race and baby gear!!

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After the Oceanside race we drove up to Torrence, CA for a reveal of a triathlon vehicle that will be showcased during SEMA next month in Vegas.  Our biggest challenge as of yet was flying from LAX to Newark and then flying from Newark to St. Louis the following day.  Little Caroline has already gotten in some epic frequent flier miles.

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In New York City on Tuesday, October 21st, I was a spokesperson for the reveal of the Marathon Sports Bra created by Champion.  New York City is such an awesome city to visit and although we were there for a short 20 hours Nathan and Caroline where able to go around and tour at Rockefeller center.

 

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The past month, I have also been back to a routine of training.  I have slowly been building up a little speed in my running and building up volume on the swim and bike.  My cycling has been coming along very well and I feel this discipline is the closet to my “race” fitness.  My swimming and running are coming along a little more slowly, but I am really enjoying the process of getting back some speed.  I am able to push the volume and speed in the pool as much as I wish.  In my run training, I have to slowly build back with the speed and volume in order to keep my ligaments and tendons feeling happy with the six month break from running during pregnancy and post partum.   I have also included 2x a week of an intense Pilates class, which has really helped my flexibility as well as my strength.  The class is taught at Lifetime Fitness and is packed with many women who are aged a young 50 and older….and are much better at Pilates than me and Nathan.  Needless to say, we are impressed and improving each week ourselves.

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We have been training in St. Louis this fall and have enjoyed the very warm September.  With a long break from riding outside, I have loved getting out with Nathan on the roads and climbing all the steep climbs in the St. Louis countryside (fortunately Grandma can watch Caroline).  We were also invited to participate in Pedal for the Cause on October 6th.  This was a fundraising event to help with cancer research and all the donations remain in St. Louis.  Nathan and I chose to ride the 25 mile route and ended up doing a few extra loops on the ride since it was such a beautiful route and inspiring to see so many cancer survivors and supporters out on the road riding for a great cause.

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I had the opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs and speak at the International Altitude Symposium.  This is organized by Randy Wilber, Sports Scientists at the Olympic Training Center.  It was an honor to speak alongside Susan Williams, as she talked about her altitude training preparation for the 2004 Athens Games and I spoke about my altitude training preparation experience before the 2008 Beijing Games.  We also got a chance to see many of our Colorado Springs friends and visit the Olympic Training Center, where it is like a family for us.  Hard to believe it was nine years ago, Nate and I met…!  It was wonderful to have everyone meet little Caroline!  We will be back in Colorado Springs November 8-11th, as I will be helping out with a Junior Triathlon Camp.

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October was a month filled with travel for us, but we are headed back to Florida in November for a training block to get ready to race next season before the Christmas holidays.  It feels great to get back into some quality training and I know the real work is yet to come.  I have much more motivation in my training these days….all I have to do is picture the smiling face of my little girl.

 

As the end of the triathlon season wraps up, I wish everyone a fantastic finish to their season.  Enjoy the off-season and heal up any injuries, mentally refresh and recharge for an even better 2014.

Best Wishes,

Sarah

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