Sunday, August 30, 2015

Josh's Chicago Kids Tri Report

Josh had his second triathlon on a rainy cold day yesterday.  Water was high 50's-low 60's and the way they set up transition, he had to wait 3.5 hours from transition closing to start (bad planning and won't come back if the set up is the same next year)

Got him a mylar sheet to stay warm. Even with all the waiting, josh got excited right before the gun.
Josh aligned himself in the back up the pack of the water but managed to emerge out of the water in the front pack (maybe 7th). The kids basically ran through the water... which i would to with that cold of water and it being only waist deep.  He went from front of back to back of pack when he took 6+ minutes in transition.  He refused to put on his shoe the right way and it kept getting stuck... UGH, it was painful to watch.  He also struggled to find his bike... so it was a long time.  Once he got onto his bike, he did well and looked good in the bit we could see.  He later said he enjoyed the bike and being on my hybrid.  Ran into T2 and then onto the run.  The run was a 1K and he kept a good pace. Came running to the finish looking strong!

He seemed to have a blast and happy he enjoyed the sport I love so much!

Chicago SuperSprint Race Report

Leading up to the race, I had a crappy back for 2 weeks.  Nothing earth shattering but didn't have full range of motion, some twinges when i bent over and not able to sit super well.  I wasn't even sure if i would be able to do the race 2 days before the event but I was getting better and better and thought it was worth a go.  My chiro said as long as i sat up straight and took the run easy, i should be ok.

Did packet pickup morning of.  It was raining and we got a bit of a late start so it was hectic race morning.  Scot dropped us off and josh and I made our way to pickup tents.  We got our packets with about 10 minutes for me to set up transition. Annoyed they ran out of shirts and had to settle for a mens tee. Set up quickly and then helped josh set up.  Went over to the start and saw two employees that were participating in their first ever tris.  They were not excited about the cold water but a little late to bail! haha

Wowsers, it was cold!  I could not get in a groove for the life of me.  But it was only 375 Meters so it was over pretty quick.  The water (although cold) was super clear which was nice.  Ran up to transition and gingerly put on my socks (no back twinges) and onto the bike.  Three laps around on the bike.  No big deal.  Then the run.  Got started and was feeling a tight back and wasn't sure how it was going to go.  I have 2 more triathlons this year so i didn't want to abuse myself.  Right as I was thinking about this.. there was a lady running on the  side of the course and someone was telling her to stay on the correct side.  She was struggling b/c she didn't want to run in the puddles and I made the quick decision I would stick with her.  Soooo happy I made the decision, it made my race.  We chatted, held hands, ran, sprinted, walked, jogged, asked the aid station why they didn't have pop and had a blast.  Really made for a great race!  Love this sport.

Hawk Harrier 5K

Signed up for this race night before as I found myself with a free morning. I didn't really read the description and when i showed up, realized it was a partly a cross country run.   Hawk Harrier 5K benefited the cross country team.  Course was pretty straight forward with about 60% on grass and the rest of sidewalks ending on the track.   Due to some medication changes, I started the race and my HR shot up super high.  So high that i thought I might has a vasovagal response, slowed down and got my composure and picked up the pace again.  My first mile was 9:45 which was too fast for me considering the humidity and my HR.. so i slowed it down and kept plugging along.  Not much to report.  Walked/run the 2rd and 3rd mile.  It really wasn't a race (even by my slow standards) and more of a decent workout.  The race only had 50 or so participants so excited to see this grass roots race grow in the future.

Challenge Cedar Point... Something for everyone

Rev3/Challenge Cedar Point has been a favorite of mine since 2011.. long before I made the Rev3 team in 2014. It is a race where there is literally something for everyone.
We are Triathlon!

Pick a Race... any race!! (or 2?)  There literally is a race distance for everyone -  From the 1 mile fun run to a full distance triathlon 140.6... the entire family can get involved.. and still can have fun even if they don't want to race!
    • Saturday - Kids Tri (7-14) - Two different distances depending on age
    • Saturday - Sprint Tri (800 M Swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run) Can be done as an individual or relay.. your pick!
    • Sunday - Half Distance Tri (1.2M Swim, 56 M bike, 13.1M Run) - Can be done as individual or relay
    • Sunday - Full Distance Tri (2.4M Swim, 112 M bike, 26.2M Run) - Can be done as individual or relay
    • Sunday - Full or Half Distance Aquabike -  Love to swim and bike but hate to run... or injured?   No Prob.  Do the Swim.Bike.Done option!  
    • Sunday Night- Rev3 Glow Run. Sunday, 8 pm 1 or 3 mile fun runs-
      Non timed fun run where you can get your glow on!
      Straight from the website: "At the pre-run dance party we will be handing out awards for whoever catches our eye. Make sure you are the brightest, have most creative use of glow sticks, or best costume, and you may get a prize flying your way." I have done a few glow runs with my family and had a blast! Great way to shake out the legs after driving and get the whole family involved. With them changing the time to Sunday night, families waiting for the full distance athletes have something to do after the park closes AND athletes already done can either run/jog/walk with their families OR cheer on their supporters as they take on their own run!
We have met up with my parents every year and have loved it each time.  My parents have enjoyed being spectators and also the Challenge Park. Staying right on site (at Hotel Breakers) also made it super easy for everyone to enjoy the weekend as they wish.  Read my Cedar Point Pointers as I outline a lot in that older post.  The only major thing to change from this is that Hotel Breakers has been completely renovated.  No more "gives off a Shining Vibe" section of the hotel (I.e. Bon Air section)...   which was where we stayed every time.   The hotel had a complete makeover so excited to see it at it's best.

See you all in 2 weeks.  Still time to sign up!  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Butlerville Days 5K race report

Anytime I am going on vacation, I have a tendency to look for races to see if i can squeeze a race into the mix.  When we went to Utah, we jammed a lot into the weekend but knew on Pioneer Day, there was a chance I could run.  There was a big half downtown but it was a lot of hooplah, shuttle buses, getting up super early and would suck up a large part of day.  For those reason, I vetoed that option and looked for others.  Found a 5K on the foot of the mountain which happened to be right near my friends house.. Butlerville Days 5K .. SOLD! 

Very safe neighborhood run and since a Utah holiday, not very many cars were out and lots of volunteers patrolling the course. There were lots of XC kids, families and some strollers.  The course could accommodate everyone nicely.  Lani and the Smiths joined me for the run and it was great to run with friends and family.  Course was a nice loop through residential streets that was mostly uphill on the front half and then downhill on the back half. This was great for me as I definitely had to adjust to the altitude.  We were 4,800 feet with only 200 feet elevation gain but that initial 4,800 feet compared to sea level was a tough adjustment.

My mile splits and thoughts were:
11:25 - Sucking through a straw and trying to find my breath.  Running in high altitude when you are used to sea level is an adjustment.. luckily only 2 more miles. 
10:58 -  There was a little aid station you hit right after a mile and I SWEAR my "gatorade"  was "kool aid".   I started finding my stride and didn't want to walk every other step. 
10:15 - This mile I felt great, acclimated to the altitude (enough) to be enjoying the process and trying to catch up to people. It really really helped it was mostly downhill!

Crossed finish to see Dave waiting for us girls to finish.  Grabbed some bottle water and then made our way back to the start (maybe .25 mile walk).   Dave thought he might podium so we waited around and when they posted the results, i realized I podiumed!  WHAT?!  Hell is freezing over... or the zombies are coming any minute.  Granted, there were only 5 people (which i thought originally was 6) in my age group but I was still excited.  Got my white ribbon and hopped up onto the podium!
As always, rocked some headsweats love wearing my Challenge Family visor!  Fun morning with friends and a little easier than my last Utah run!  Smiths mentioned the turkey trot is huge in this neighborhood and this race definitely has the potential of being much bigger while maintaining its safety and appeal!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Edge Athlete Lounge and Giveaway!

Love featuring local Chicago businesses and heard great things about Edge Athlete Lounge, so I reached out to them for an interview.  Not only did they agree but also offered up 2 Day passes to 2 readers!   See rafflecopter at the bottom of the interview to enter!

1. What inspired you to open EDGE Athlete Lounge?

We know what it takes to Train, Recover, Refuel and Repeat. How? Because, first and foremost, we are athletes.  Over the last 15 years we’ve trained and competed in everything from cycling crits, 5Ks and triathlons, to Ironmans, marathons, and ultramarathons. We understand what goals mean to athletes, and what it takes to achieve them. We also know that getting there is HARD. Through our years of training, we always felt that something was missing – the AFTER.
After finishing workouts we’d try to figure out, “What do we eat? Should we stretch? Do we need to foam roll?” and yet we didn’t have the answers. We struggled with injuries, set backs, and overall fatigue thinking that there has to be a better way to train….it turns out, there is!

We dug into the research and interviewed professional athletes, doctors, and physical therapists to uncover the most innovative methods for recovery and refueling. We then integrated these techniques into our own training plans. The difference was astounding – instead of days to recover after a long run, it was merely an hour. Instead of feeling fatigued, we were energized, healthier, and faster than ever.

And so, EDGE Athlete Lounge was born. Now everyone can TRAIN SMARTER.

2 . What services do you offer?

RecoveryPump Compression Boots, Core and Arms
The muscle pain, tenderness and fatigue that you feel after high levels of exercise is primarily due to muscle cell micro damage and inflammation, which leads to the accumulation of lactic acid, creatine and other metabolic waste the body cannot clear completely during exercise or normal cool down. Simply put, the increasing accumulation of waste and water in the muscle after exercise causes a decrease in performance and an increase of muscle fatigue. These elements must be removed via the venous and lymphatic system to efficiently recover the muscle. Compression devices work to rapidly recover you by:

- Clearing Metabolic Waste 50X faster than regular body functions
- Restoring the natural delivery of oxygen and plasma to the muscles
Taking 48 hours of recovery down to 1 hour (same day!)

Hot & Cold Water Therapy
Cold Water Therapy = Faster Recovery. By removing lactic acid, reducing swelling and normalizing adrenaline production, the body can recover faster from intense training. Another benefit? Cold therapy also reduces injury recovery time by quickly treating acute sports injuries. 

Hot Water Therapy = Balanced Muscles. As blood vessels dilate, blood flow is increased throughout the body helping to flush metabolic waste and relax the muscles.  Looser muscles mean greater flexibility and less risk of injury in future training sessions.
Electro Stim
Used by physical therapists for many years, Electrical Stimulation ("Stim") is becoming a largely adopted practice by endurance athletes and sports teams to treat injuries and accelerate recovery. When used as a recovery tool, Stim uses electrical currents to simulate the muscle patterns demonstrated in active recovery, but without the impact on joints and tendons. The result is increased blood flow and eliminated waste to the fatigued areas of treatment. 

Laser Therapy
This easy-to-use handheld therapy combines low-level laser therapy and micro-current electrical stimulation to treat damaged cells, promote re-growth, and relieve pain at the specific source. Able to address issues at the cellular level, laser therapy treats various soft tissue areas and injuries including tendonitis, bursitis, back pain, strains and more. 

Recovery Services
To prevent injury, facilitate recovery and optimize performance, EDGE also offers in-house medical recovery personnel for Physical Therapy, Sports Chiropractic including Active Release Technique (ART) and Sports Massage.  

3. What has been the most popular "day at EDGE" like for the majority of your athletes or does everyone do something different

There are really 3 ways that our athletes use EDGE:

During Training:  Whether it’s a speed session, long session or recovery session, our athletes train and recover with us throughout their training cycle.  The best part is that if they train with us, or get to EDGE within an hour of finishing a session, their recovery time is cut in half!

PREcovery: Used before a race or key training session, our athletes come in to PREcover before an event so they can have the freshest legs possible. This is how our #freshlegsfasttimes hash tag was created! This session usually includes compression boots, hydration and a healthy dose of chatting to fellow athletes to help manage those pre-race jitters.

- Post -Race: Who wants to feel beat up for days after a race? No one. Athletes find us post-race to minimize soreness and down time so they can get back to doing what they do best.  This session usually includes an ice bath, compression therapy and lots of race day rehashing with fellow athletes!

4. Why is the experience so unique?

Two reasons:

1. Community. EDGE exists to serve the Chicago athletic community, and our athletes are at the center of everything that we do - whether it’s providing support through educational seminars or advanced recovery tools, or creating a sense of community in our Lounge. One of our members referred to us as “Cheers for Athletes” – which is the best compliment you could give us!

2. One stop shop.  We’ve built EDGE to be comprehensive. From a killer bike workout to an ice bath-recovery-boot combo and a Kong smoothie, you can do it all under one roof. Oh, and did we mention that we have free indoor heated parking? Which means you can train like the warrior that you are, year round.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1747 N Elston Ave
Chicago IL 60642
Instagram: @edgeathletelounge
Twitter: @edgeathlounge

Monday, July 13, 2015

RocketPure Giveaway Winners!

Pulled the winners for the giveaway! Thanks to all that played!  Please contact me via email 
nicolekesten  AT gmail by the end of the week.  First person to contact me gets their choice of product sent to them and second person gets the other prize!   

Also, I have a code for 10% off one product and 15% off two or more coupon code:   Feel free to share! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway