Race Season Is Here!!



It has been 17 months since I have competed in a triathlon race. Since January 2nd, and was able to get in a consistent hard training block that I feel is preparing me for the race season, which is key for me this time of year.  Later in the year, travel starts to add up with all the racing, so the winter is the perfect time to stay put and accumulate the miles from training rather than accumulate the miles from traveling!

Nate, Caroline and I have all gotten into a rhythm of training, eating, sleeping and balancing play time and training time.  Caroline is now seven months and starting to scoot around the living room.   Her personality is really starting to show and she loves to smile and play with her toys.  She loves bath time and I took that as a sign she would love swimming.  I have taken her a few times to the heated National Training Center pool and she absolutely loves the water!  She splashes, watches the other kids and doesn’t seem to be bothered when she goes under water for a few seconds.  Future fish on our hands?!

My first four races of the year will be close to home, all in the state of Florida.  Not getting on an airplane the first couple on months into race season is a huge bonus!  Especially this year with little Caroline traveling with me to the races, it will be much easier for all of us!  I will be competing in my first race this Saturday.  It’s just ten minutes from home in Clermont, Florida.  No matter what the outcome, I will be happy to give it my all and experience the thrill of pushing hard out on the race course.

I am equally excited to partner with some great companies this year.

Fuji Bicycles:  I am proud to be partnering with Fuji for the 2014 season.  I love the comfort and speed of the bikes and working with a great team.  I am excited to ride the new Norcom Straight, which launched last season.  http://www.fujibikes.com/

 ISM Adamo Saddles:  I first road an ISM saddle back in 2006.  Nate found a prototype in the USA Triathlon office and thought that I would really enjoy the saddle due to the design.  I have loved the saddle since I began riding it.  The pain I experienced in my early years of riding is no longer a problem and I have never looked back.  The company is comprised of great people who are passionate about the sport and it’s athletes. My favorite saddle is the Time Trial.  http://www.ismseat.com/

MissionAthleteCare:  I have joined as a partner in this company since 2007.  What is unique about Mission is that all the athletes have a say in the product.  We get the opportunity to test the product before they are out on the market and have a voice in changing the product to make it better for athletes.  Check out all the gear at www.missionathletecare.com  My favorite product is the Facestick.  One application and my face is protected for a six hour training day!

Polar:  This is my first year working with Polar and I am very excited to work with a high quality product to elevate my racing and training.  I am able to track my heart rate and pacing during training and can use this information as a valuable tool to help with my fitness progression. http://www.polar.com/us-en

PowerBar:  I am excited to partner with PowerBar for my training and racing fueling needs.  PowerBar understands the demands placed on endurance athletes and what it takes to get to the finish line.  My favorite product is the Kona Punch gel!  http://www.powerbar.com/

 Rudy Project:  I have been racing and training with Rudy Project since I started the sport and completed my first triathlon in 2003.  I know my head and eyes are well protected!  The casual glasses are comfortable and stylish and a must for me year round while living in Florida! https://www.rudyprojectusa.com/  I love to race in the Abilities!

 Skechers:   I am very excited to be joining the Skechers Performance Line for the 2014 season.  I will be racing in the Go-Meb Speed2’s this season.  I absolutely love the feel of these responsive, fast shoes.  I can race in these shoes in a 5k or a half marathon!  I love the variety of all the shoes Skechers has to offer.  http://www.skechers.com/

 Toyota:  I have been part of the Team Toyota since 2008.  Toyota is a revolutionary car company and always creating what the customer wants and needs.  I am excited to be driving the Rav4 this year to races and to my training sessions.  Team Toyota will be exhibiting during the race expos at the Lifetime Fitness/Toyota Triple Crown race series.  It’s truly a great experience for me as fans get to check out the vehicles and enter for a chance to win prizes.  In addition, I get to connect with race community.  http://www.toyota.com/

 TYR:  I am joining with TYR for the 2014 season!  I look forward to returning to racing in the fast carbon line of triathlon suits.  I will be racing in TYR wetsuits as well!  Check out all the gear at http://www.tyr.com/

 Quarq: I am excited to be using Quarq power meters this year for training and racing.  The feed back and data I get from these power meters help elevate my racing to new levels that I could not reach with out them.  http://www.quarq.com

Zipp:  I will proudly be training and racing on Zipp wheels in 2014.    Zipp wheels are the fastest wheels on the market and Zipp puts more into R&D than any other wheel manufacture on the market.  They have years of proven wins at the biggest races!   http://www.zipp.com/

 

3 comments


  • Nelly

    This is so exciting! Good luck, Sarah!! Can’t wait to hear about it!!

    March 1, 2014
  • This makes me want to get back at it. My last race was August 2009. Grad school and two kids have prevented me from racing since, but the drive is still there. Best of luck this season!

    March 5, 2014
  • Hello Sarah,
    Quick email to ask if you would be interested in a mutual following on twitter. I would like to assist you by giving you access to ‘anytime’ #RT support that will be viewed by thousands of folks from around the world. I’ll also be giving you a ‘solo’ #FollowFriday Shoutout including your website tomorrow & future #FollowFridays as well. In other words, like I told Melissa Mauschildt, Meredith Kessler, Heather Gollnick, Amanda Stevens & many others, ‘My Twitter Account, Is your Account.’ (Meaning, Anytime you want/need tweets RT’d for specific reasons, not a problem!) Note that I have thousands of Pro Ironman Triathletes following me worldwide. You may recognize a few of these Pro Athletes in my, ‘Photos & Videos’ section of my twitter ‘home page.’

    I look forward to hearing from you Sarah & hopefully we can share a mutual twitter friendship in the months & years to come. I’m currently following you now & awaiting your follow-back.

    “Keeping your sponsors happy thru marketing/advertising is Very Important to ALL Pro Ironman/Triathletes. And Twitter is a great source to accomplish that goal!”

    Darin
    twitter.com/DarinArmstrong
    Pro Public Relations / Marketing
    Team LIVESTRONG

    July 17, 2014

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