Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Here comes the 2012 Season

This winter has been one of my best, both in my training and personally.  Greg has a new building with a Computrainer studio that has been a huge help with my cycling in the off season.  And we have been able to take a few trips to get outside and ride.  10 days in California and 4 days in Tennessee have given me confidence that my cycling has improved and that riding a Computrainer in the off season can really make a difference.  My swim has gotten better although the changes to my stroke have made for a somewhat long winter.  I can generate more power and faster times in the water, but I get fatigued faster and recovery time is a little longer.  I have been adjusting and by the time the season rolls around I should be good to go.  I am hoping to be a more complete triathlete this year! With the help of run drills and core strengthening, my run has improved without setting foot on a track. I am excited for what the season might hold. 

Some big sponsor news in the off season has come in the form of running shoes.  After posting fast runs off the bike the last two seasons Greg worked out a deal with Scott shoes.  I have been running in Scotts for about a month now and I am very happy!  I cannot wait to race in the new minimalist shoe Scott just released - the race rocker.

The 2012 season could be a big one!!  I just found out I got in to the Mooloolaba World Cup.  If I can do well in Clermont at the beginning of March and then post a good result in Mooloolaba, I might have a chance at getting in to the San Diego WTS race.  If you are not familiar with the San Diego race, it is the last chance Olympic Qualifier.  Any American that finishes in the top 9 automatically qualifies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  This would be a dream come true, to represent the US at the Olympics. It is still a long shot, but the fact that the Olympics are even on the radar this year is kinda crazy!!  Hopefully Greg and I can muster up a little magic this season and represent the US on the biggest stage in sport!!  I will try to keep you all updated as much as possible as the season unfolds. 

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.   ~Norman Vincent Peale


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