Laurel & Rebeccah Wassner

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Boston Triathlon

Over the weekend we traveled up to Boston for a family gathering and baptism for SJ's cousins. Fearing that the weekend would be a complete loss training-wise, I decided to find a race to jump into ensure that I would at least get some exercise. I thought I'd find a 5 or 10k, but it just so happened that the Boston Triathlon was on.

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Training Day 

I spent all day yesterday with a film crew from Digital Kitchen, getting shots for a very exciting project. We'll fill you in on that once we are able to. The crew followed me and Amy (and Amy's babysitter Maggie) as we went from workout to workout. The day started with a 2 hour ride, right into a track workout. This was my first track workout in about 2 years and it went surprisingly well. Two things contributed to this. One was that I focused on Amy's stroller, which was parked on the starting line, as I ran down the backstretch. Knowing I was going to see her little face every lap motivated me to run my 800m repeats faster than my goal pace. The second thing was that I was being filmed, so I really focused on keeping my running form together. 

After the track workout, we went home, refueled with a protein shake and set up our living room for an interview. We chatted for an hour and then rushed up to the lake for a swim. By this time it was pouring rain and the lake was in a giant cloud. Pretty for swimming, but the view of the cliffs was completely blocked. We swam for about 45 minutes and got in some fun underwater shots. 

The final workout of the day was a quick ride to shake out my legs from the track workout. The crew followed me around on one of my favorite easy training loops. You can't really tell in this video, but it was pouring rain. For once, I didn't mind riding in the rain since I was just happy to complete my biggest training day yet. 



Victory at Giant Eagle 5150 !

After 6 tries I finally got my first win of the year at the Giant Eagle 5150 in Columbus, Ohio.  (YEAH!!!!).  I also got enough points (still awaiting official confirmation) for a spot in the Hy-Vee Triathlon in September.  And, I had fun.  Three for three on my goals for the weekend!  

One of the best parts about the trip to Columbus was I had a stress-free travel experience.  My flights were uneventful, my luggage arrived intact, and I had an incredible homestay.  Thanks to one of my triathlete friends Erin Spitler, I was hooked up with David and Sue Bell.  

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Laurel Wins!

Congratulations to Laurel for winning the Commit to Be Fit Giant Eagle 5150 Triathlon in Columbus, Ohio.

Details to follow, but in the meantime, here are the official race results and a slideshow from The Columbus Dispatch.

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Instagram #Contest: Win a Rudy Project Helmet

Lately I've become fascinated by the Instagram hashtag.  I guess it's the photo researcher in me that can spend an hour just looking at random people's pictures for one that stands out.

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Athlete Food: Summer Training Plum, Apricot and Cherry Crisp

Most pro triathletes spend the winter at training camp, putting in grueling hours of work in order to prepare for the upcoming season. Instead of spending my days trail running, going on group rides and smashing swim sets, I spent the winter recovering from a C-section and waking up at in the wee hours to feed my newborn daughter. For the first time in my career, I kicked off the racing season while easing into training—slowly and solo.

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Athlete Moms: 6 Months!

Look who turned 6 months old yesterday! 

Here's Amy's half year scorecard: 

Walking: no

Crawling: almost

Swimming: yes

Riding a bike: soon enough



NYC Triathlon - the best worst day of '13 

It has taken me a few days to process last weekend's race. I cried about it and got pissed about it and felt really stupid about it and the last thing I could think of was writing a race report about it! But, Bec reminded me that I have a responisibility to inform all our sponsors and supporters and fans about what happened. As much as I want to hide- you guys all deserve to know what went on.

Before I go into my race- there were 5000 other participants that did amazing and inspiring things. Congratulations to you all! One of the many reasons why I love this race is because it's challenging whether it's your first triathlon or if it's your 13th time doing the race. Everyone who conquers the Central Park hills in brutal heat should feel really accomplished. One of these racers just happened to have a baby 5.5 months know her side of the story...but coming from her twin and competitor, I was in awe of her race. I knew that nothing would stop Bec from competing in the NYC Triathlon. I had some serious doubts as recent as a month ago that she'd be able to do it. I knew she was working really hard in her rehab, but was wondering if that would translate to swimming, biking and running. When she told me she swam a 5:42 500 free in practice and dusted off her TT bike, I knew she wasn't fooling around! She won the swim and came off the bike within seconds of first. That was after only having ridden her time trial bike 3 times in the last year and a half. I think this is just a testament to her natural talent and determination - which I'm sure we will be seeing more of soon.

So, what happened...why did you happen to see a 1:20 bike split from me? Well this:

I had a good swim, a pretty easy pace which got easier once I found Bec's current. We got out of the water first and second with Jenna just behind. I cruised through the 3 min run to the bikes and when I got to my spot, I found my bike turned around and moved. I was a bit flustered but just got on and started riding. I was in first...for about 2 minutes. Then Jenna passed me and Bec zoomed by me a few seconds later. I pushed on telling myself I didn't want to go out too hard and just kept my watts at my normal race pace. Not too long after the entire field passed me - including people I swam 4 minutes faster than! I just kept pressing on working hard and wondering what was going on. I finally just convinced myself that I was having a bad day. I tried to look down at my wheel but couldn't see the brake because of my aero water bottle. I had thoughts of stopping to check if things were ok, but thought it would just take even more time. In hindsight, and why I feel so stupid about this is, I should have stopped immediately when I got passed by Bec and checked my bike. I learned a big lesson - don't doubt your abilities when you are in great shape, and don't be afraid to stop for a second to check for mechanical troubles. I learned a costly lesson - financially, emotionally, and personally.

Despite riding so slow, my overall power was actually higher than last year when I rode 13 minutes faster. And, I managed to have the fastest run of the day. So... as my dad said, in his best Brooklyn accent the day after the race "Ya shoulda won that thing". But, it takes more than just swimming, biking, and running fast - execution is key in triathlon. Getting it all together is what wins, and Jenna did just that.

So, that's my story, and I have plenty more from the day that I'd like to share in my next post.