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NJ State Tri-Race Report 

Yesterday was my first official triathlon-NJ State Triathlon. All of the time I spent training came down to yesterday morning. I am super excited to report that I was happy with my official finish time of 1:22 and 18th in my division. I want to share with you my overall thoughts on the race and break down each part of the race: swim, bike, and run! LEANNNJSTATETRI

Set up for transitions

I arrived at Mercer County Park around 6am to set up my transition area for the tri. Everyone had to out of the transition area by 7:15am. Being this was my first race I made sure to ask plenty of questions to USAT referees. There are many different reasons you can be disqualified or receive a time penalization.

Swim -12:30

The dreaded swim! Ugh! My weakest link in the triathlon. I’ve put a lot of time and energy to the swim training. Open water swim is very different than swimming in a pool.  As I lined up in the water with my age group reality set it. When the announcer said, get out of here, the group started to swim! I started off my swim feeling pretty comfortable until there were a few kicks here and there. It became hard to get in my groove because everyone was thrashing around me. I had to talk to myself and ensure myself that I had this under control. The water temperature was 88.9! Bath water!

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Transition-3:10 swim to bike

Bike 38:28

So this ride was 11 miles and I averaged almost 18 mph. For the majority of the ride it was flat with a few little hills. There were mostly right turns and at every turn there were police officers with flags making sure everyone was making the turn. The only thing I wish there were markings of the milage. I would have liked to know at least the half way point. It wasn’t until I was re-entering the park I knew I was close to the transition. I felt I had a solid ride, but would like to improve my time here some.

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Transition-2:43 bike to run

Run 26:02

The run, my strength! At this point it was brutally hot. I told myself, it didn’t matter how slow I ran, but I was going to finish strong and not walk. I still had plenty of energy and felt good. The downfall of this run was it was on a paved trail inside of Mercer County Park and it was narrow. This was an out and back course and the runners shared the one path. At times it became a little tough to be able to pass, but at the same time I liked the camaraderie. The other triathletes seemed to encourage others to continue on, not give up, and the finish was close up. When I rounded the corner and saw the 3 mile sign, I knew it was time to release all the energy I had left and give it my all until I crossed the finish.

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Overall, this was a great race. I was able to meet some of my Mojo Racing teammates. Which was awesome! My experience at my first triathlon was great. I’m already hooked and looking forward to my next race in two weeks at the AC TRI!

Keep calm and tri on!

xo

Leann

 

 

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Clean Sport Athletics

In general we all have heard about performance enhancing drugs. Usually you hear about professional athletes taking them to become bigger, faster, or stronger. As these drugs have become more widely accessible even amateurs have started taking them. You are probably asking yourself, how this topic came up. Since I’m not doing much, I’ve been watching Netflix documentaries. I like to find things of interest to educate myself on. It just so happens the Lance Armstrong documentary, Stop at Nothing was on there. Armstrong was an amazing athlete. I say was because he had an amazing start to his early career. He was super dedicated to the sport of cycling, until he found it necessary to take performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times, before being banned for life!

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So my connection to all of this is just about living a healthy and active life. I workout for the physical, mental, and emotional benefits. I would never even consider taking any kind of performance enhancing drugs. The Clean Sport Collective also supports this. The Clean Sport Collective  believes in athletes, brands, clubs, fans, and communities that abstain from performance enhancing drugs. The Clean Sport Collective allows you to pledge to be and support clean living. You can also donate (if you wish and get some rad gear) and show support by taking a pledge (which is completely free). I also urge you to check out the many companies that are partners with the Clean Sport Collective supporting the cause and do not support any athlete who has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, these companies are: Nuun, Rabbit, Oiselle, SOS Rehydrate, and the rest of the list can be viewed here.

I urge you to pledge to be a clean athlete and only encourage those who compete clean.

xo

Leann


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South Jersey Belle Vlogs

In addition to this blog I’ve started a vlog (video blog)! It is a learning process for me, but the vlogs give supplementary information to what I give here and share more details of my daily life. Here are the two I’ve created so far to catch you up for the time being!

This video I made pre-hot chocolate 15k explaining the race expo

More to come soon! Looking forward to sharing my training and traveling with you all!

xo

Leann


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Bike MS

It’s that time of the year that I start raising money for a ride I will complete in September-Bike MS. I know its a ways off, but this year I have raised the goal of how much money I will be able to fundraise and the distance I will bike. 14022190_10104324653062473_7834320909764671262_n

Bike MS happens all across the United States. I will take part in the City to Shore ride from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ. Last year I rode 80 miles and was able to raise $400. This year I have set my goal to 100 miles and $500 to help find a cure for MS. Last year’s ride was the first time I have completed Bike MS. I was riding with my mom, uncle, and a riding group in Jersey I complete weekly rides with. I thought half marathons and marathons had a ton of people show up, but it was amazing how many bikes were on the road for this great cause.

What is MS you ask? MS -multiple sclerosis. MS is a disease that effects information being sent through the central nervous system from the brain to the spinal cord and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is still unknown. It can be difficult to diagnose since there is no single test for MS. It tends to be more common in women then men. I have had a family member that passed away from MS. Through the cycling event I’ve learned how important it is to advocate for change, raise awareness, and be involved by volunteering my time in the cycling event.

My experience from Bike MS last year was amazing. It’s hard to explain how it was without sounding a bit ridiculous. If you have ever taken part in a race you know the excitement when you take the first step over the start line and when you cross the finish, but with the Bike MS ride it was a bit more personal. It’s an all day event, you meet people that are from all over the country, some biking with MS. It’s so encouraging. Bikes take over the roads. Riders are looking out for each other, making sure everyone is feeling ok and not having issues with their bikes. When you ride into Ocean City the crowd of people welcoming you is sensational. Being able to donate money from all of my wonderful friends and ride in their behalf was incredible. It made me so proud to have such a great support group that I call my friends. I can not thank you all enough!

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I can only ask of you once again to please help support my ride for this amazing cause. Help me to bring awareness to MS and help find a cure to end MS. If you would be interested in donating to my ride please click here. If you are interested in riding with me and joining my team click here. Thank you!

Don’t just ride, bike MS.

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xo

Leann

 


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Sports Basement

I have to be completely honest most big box sports stores are a complete disappointment to me. I spend time researching and looking at reviews for quality versus price of swim, bike, and running gear. I like to support smaller companies that tend to be a little more creative than the conglomerates. Being a women seems to make it even a little more difficult. I’ve seen enough shirts that say run like a girl. (Insert eye roll here).

Recently I have been looking for a store that will carry equipment for swimming, biking, and running all under one roof. Trust me it’s more difficult that it sounds. In my google search I came across Sports Basement “Best Brands. Basement Prices. “ Only downfall it’s in the San Francisco area. Well crew scheduling couldn’t have sent me to the West Coast faster and I couldn’t have been happier.


Sports Basement has 7 stores in the Northern Cali area. All the time I’ve been going out to SFO I have been missing this store. In fact, on my run out to Hopper’s Hands I decided to change my normal route just a tad and there out pops Sports Basement on Old Mason Street. I planned my run out specifically to end when the store opens promptly at 9am.

img_3435Walking through those doors and seeing the selection of clothing and gear was exhilarating! I literally did not know where to start!!! Prices were amazing! The selection of clothing and gear was insane. I grabbed a ton of stuff and even ended up joining their basementeer program. For a one time fee of $25, good for my lifetime I would receive 10% off all of my purchases. This was a no brainer!

I will share just a few of the things I picked out! I’m sure the stock must change pretty frequently so I wouldn’t count on things always being consistent.

Rickshaw Bags– made in SFO. This bag usually retails for $15. It was marked as $12. There are many different prints to chose from.

Sugoi running/cycling skirt normally would cost me around $55 retailed at $25.

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Twin Six a cycling company from Minnesota! Finally a cute bike shirt for a female!

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I even picked out a Sports Basement cycling kit. I was so excited about it I had to try it on back in my hotel room. I’m ready for spring on the East Coast!

Sports Basement you did not disappoint in the slightest! I’m looking forward to coming back on my future trips. Maybe I will even be able to take a class or go on a group ride or run with the Sports Basement staff!

Catch me if you can!

xo

Leann