I guess it is safe to say that 2014 training is well underway now that all of those holiday pounds have melted away. I recently moved to Boulder, CO to train full time with the one and only Dave Scott. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be under his guidance. He challenges me mentally and physically everyday and his knowledge of the body and of triathlon is never ending. Regarding the new location, as of lately I have been cringing a bit when I swipe through the weather forecasts on my iPhone of Tucson, Clermont, and Boulder. Usually they read 57F, 75F, and 2F. In all honesty though, Boulder has been very good for me the past month. Motivation is high and the number of talented athletes here is mind blowing. Even when it is snowing and below 0°F there are still 40+ people at the outdoor swim sessions. I never imagined that I would consider 30°F appropriate and WARM riding weather, but now I do. Hopefully I am toughening up a bit for the season to come.
Going into 2014, I can say with great confidence that I have a strong team of support diving into the season with me. My manager, John Jones, and I spent the past few months developing relationships with the companies that I wanted to represent and be an ambassador for:
Trek Factory Racing Team- I am honored to say that I will be 1 of 15 athletes racing on Trek triathlon squad. Trek has put together an international group of athletes to represent Trek across all distances of racing. Since I started triathlon I have always wanted to end up on a Speed Concept one day so it is really a dream come true. In addition, we are fortunate to have Mark Andrews for bike support when needed.
Frame: Trek Speed Concept 9.9 sz S
Components: Campagnolo EPS
Power meter: SRM 53/39 170
Wheels: Bontrager Aeolus
Saddle: ISM Time Trial
Shoes: Bontrager RXL Hilo
Extras: Atomic High Performance coating on chain rings, chain, and cogs
TYR- Fortunately, I will be continuing my relationship with TYR for 2014. I am going to try a new race kit this season, the women’s Carbon Aero Back Short John. I will be wearing the Freak of Nature wetsuit, the Torque light swim skin, and Velocity goggles.
Altra- I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce my new running shoe partner. I will be training and racing in Altra running shoes, which are a zero drop minimalist shoe. For training, I am rotating between the Superior 1.5 and the Intuition 2.0. I will be debuting the 3-sum, a triathlon specific shoe, in my first race.
First Endurance- FE will continue to be my main nutrition partner for the next few years. As I have said before many times, FE not only provides top of the line product but they also provide me with nutrition guidance and educate me on how to properly fuel the engine to get the most out of racing and training. My favorite FE products are Cappuccino Ultragen and Grape EFS. Here is my triathlon race day nutrition plan.
110%- I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with 110 compression. 110 has some new products coming out this year that I am really excited to share with you all soon!
Biotta- Beet juice will be my main juice partner. Anyone surprised? As you all know, I have a big place in my heart for beets and I am a huge advocate of the health benefits provided from raw beet juice. This spring, beet juice will be going to another level with the release of a new product. I am very lucky to be involved with development of the future of beets in the endurance community.
Smith- My eyes will be protected this year with the Pivlock v90 Max. Smith also just released a new retro line of sunglasses that are pretty sweet with some fun colors.
I will also have the opportunity to work with ISM for saddles, SRM for power on the bike, Atomic High Performance for chain and chainring coatings, Garmin, and NormaTec recovery.
Thank you to everyone who follows and supports me. I am looking forward to having you all on my team for the upcoming year. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about equipment I use or anything triathlon!