St. George 70.3

I had a really awesome trip to St. George.  St. George 70.3 is one to put on your race bucket list  - a really tough but stunningly beautiful course.  The swim is in a (usually) calm and clean lake, and the bike and run have incredible mountain and desert views.  But, it is hilly, hot, and can be windy.  This course is no joke!   Pat, Doug, and I also got to stay with the nicest, most generous home stay ever – Sandy & Tom were wonderful hosts in their beautiful home!  They helped us experience the most we could in our short trip to St. George.

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BIC Bands Giveaway!

Hey y’all!

I am thrilled to have been chosen as an ambassador for BIC Bands for 2014!   I’ve been wearing these headbands since I spotted them at a marathon expo years ago.  Though there are a number of companies that make non-slip headbands now, Bic Bands has such a wide variety of sizes, colors, and patterns, and they never move from your head.  Even more importantly, Bic Bands is dedicated to giving back - each month, they donate from the sale of every band to a different charity.  So cool, right?  I’m honored to have been included in such an amazing group of ladies - check out the rest of #teambicchick.

We are super excited to be giving away $20 gift certificates to spend on BIC Bands!   It’s easy to enter – just reply to this post with your favorite BIC Band (worth 1 entry), or share your workouts on Twitter or Instagram tagged with #bicchick and @bicbands (worth 2 entries, 1 per day).

13 lucky ladies will win $20 store credit.  Contest open 5/22/14 through 6/1/14. Winners will be announced on 6/4/14!  Email info@bicbands.com with any questions.

And if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some of these awesome headbands, head on over to BicBands.com now and enter the coupon code KaitlinBIC at checkout for 10% off your order! bic-bands-ambassador-2

Texas 70.3

I kicked off the 2014 season with Ironman 70.3 Texas, held in Galveston.  I did this race last year, and was happy to see it was a QT2 key race again this year.  Last year it was my first race with QT2, where I got to meet a ton of my new teammates.  This year, the race also had some significance – it was my first race competing as a Pro! Read More

Pro Debut: The Before

So, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I was really happy with how my first race as a pro went yesterday.  The short – I grabbed 5th (a podium spot) and a 7 minute 70.3 distance PR (15 min better than this race last year).  There were certainly some ups and downs in the race, and I’ll give all the details in a race report coming very soon…  But, lots has happened over the past few months to get me to where I am now, so I thought I’d give you the run-down of what’s been going on!

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KA for CCFA

As some of you know, I will be competing in my first Ironman this year, heading south to Ironman Chattanooga.  I’ve been racing triathlons for just over 2 years now, and will be racing as a professional/elite this year.  This sport has given me so much already in only a few years, and I want to give back as much as possible. Right now, I can use triathlon as a platform to help me raise money for a cause that is personal to me and my family.

My younger sister, Jill, was diagnosed with Crohn’s / Colitis in 2008.  This chronic and serious illness has significant effects on daily life, and is often difficult to talk about with others.  She has had to deal with many awful symptoms of the disease over the past several years and tried a number of medications, but has handled it like a champ.  She’s even completed a marathon and many half marathons, while battling the disease. Read More

It’s supposed to be hard.

league-of-their-own

A great quote from one of my favorite movies. Talking to a teammate about Ironman racing yesterday made me think of this quote. Good to remember as the miles begin to pile up, you’re in the middle of a tough training session, or gearing up for a race!   This one is going up next to my trainer :)

Congrats to all my QT2 teammates who raced this past weekend – and good luck to everyone racing next weekend!  See ya’ll in Texas!!!

Chasing Dreams

Since I started this journey in triathlon, one of my goals has been to race at the elite level.  Having a solid background in swimming & running, and performing well at my first few triathlons, I knew this was not completely out of reach.  With some hard work and the right guidance, I thought I had the ability to qualify for my PRO card.   In my first meeting with Tim, he also believed I had the potential to compete at that level.  Seeing the achievements of the QT2 athletes, both pro and amateur, I knew I had come to the right place to help me reach my goals. Read More

2013 highlights

Phew.  What a year!  2013 was filled with a ton of, well, just awesome stuff.   It marked some amazing new beginnings, some welcomed endings, and a whole lotta fun adventures.  This is a little overdue, but so much happened, I couldn’t not share! Read More

70.3 World Championships

Riding on the bike course

All my training and racing for 2013 was basically a build-up to the 70.3 World Championships, held in Las Vegas.  I first qualified last year, finishing 1st AG at the Timberman 70.3, but I declined my spot.   At the time, I didn’t really know where I was going with triathlon, and having just finished my first 70.3 – it was a bit overwhelming to have to make the decision to race over a year away.  When I started working with Tim & QT2, we decided that I should try to qualify again and make that my A race for the year. Read More

Cranberry Olympic

Top three women

Last weekend, I got a chance to race an Olympic distance triathlon (0.9 mile swim, 26.2 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run).  I’ve only done one Olympic, as my second triathlon last year.   All of my races this year have been sprints or 70.3′s, so I was excited to take a crack at the Olympic. Read More

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