St. George 70.3 Race Recap

St. George was my second race of the season and one that I had been very much looking forward to when I signed up many months ago. I have heard so many great things about the city and the race that I felt I had to see it for myself. Well race week rolled around and in full honesty I was really unsure as to whether this race would go well at all. I went into St. George with very little expectations; with a combination of a lack of training in April coupled with having thrown my back out (so badly I couldn’t even stand up straight or walk) only a week before the race I really was not sure how this was going to go. Read more to find out how it went!!

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Kayla Bowker
Race Week Nutrition Plan

You’ve made it!! Race week is finally here! All that hard work you’ve been putting in for the last 4-9 months is time to be put to use. All those early mornings, late nights, sacrificed Saturday cocktail hours, the sore legs, chlorine soaked hair, and blistered feet are ready to be put to the test and you couldn’t be more excited. Race week is really magical but it is also really over whelming and exhausting especially when you are trying to figure out what to eat that week. Well, I am going to lay out a simple race week road map that you can follow to hopefully help guide you to fueling your body for optimal performance rather than spending your race in the porta-let.

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Kayla Bowker
Choosing To Race While Pregnant

The number one thing that my parents taught me was to chase my passions, never give up on your dreams, and do whatever it takes. This may mean that my route and path may change a little bit, it will be adjusted, but it sure as hell does not mean that my dreams and goals have to change unless I WANT them to.

I want my child to grow up watching its parents chase their dreams, to go after their passions, to get down and dirty with the crazy ideas that they have. I want my child to look at me and know that I never gave up on what I wanted in hopes that someday when they are out their chasing their dreams they will think my mom never gave up so why would I.

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Texas 70.3 Race Recap

Texas 70.3 kicked off the racing season with a bang, complete with terrible swims, strong bikes, and a really fun photo finish!!! You never really know how the first race of the season is going to go especially when it is one that is so early season and Texas 70.3 was a great one to test out the legs!

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Open Water Swim Tips

We have all been there, standing in the funnel of the start line just waiting for our turn to jump into either a lake or ocean churning with white caps and swells, or maybe its a calm day and the water is calmly waiting for the 1500-2500 humans about to churn it up. The anxiety of open water swimming is compounded by the fact that combined with weather, masses of humanity, and currents the water can be very choppy and/or tough to swim in. Open water swimming does not have to be terrifying and even it is never going to be your favorite portion of a triathlon you can tackle it with grace and grit.

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Importance of Post Activity Fueling

Recovery practices are vast from the sleep that you get, compression, baths, massages, supplements, nutrition, and so much more. There are two post activity (training) windows for fueling towards recovery. The first window is the 30 minute window immediately following training and the second window follow immediately after during the next 90 minutes after that 30 minute window. Proper post training fueling facilitates; Replenishment of electrolytes in the body, Fluid replenishment, Replenishment of glycogen in the body, Muscle repair, recovery, and synthesis, Decreases risk of illness and injury, and Prepares the body to do it all over again the next day.

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6 Tips to Faster Transitions

Because transitions are so short it is easy to forget about them, but there are two of them and a smooth transition can help prevent an unnecessary heart rate spike, stress, and is FREE speed in a triathlon, who doesn’t like Free speed?!?!

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Coach Kayla's Five Rules for Everyday Nutrition

Daily nutrition is one of the most difficult pieces to manage whether you are an athlete or not. It is very time consuming and in the time we live in our days are often so full of “stuff” that finding the time to focus on our daily nutrition is really hard especially when you can just head to the drive through and quickly pick something up. The thing is that your daily nutrition did not have to be crazy, it doesn’t have to take a really long time, and honestly it really is just going back to the idea of the basics of eating.

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Race Simulations: Why We Love Them

A race simulation doesn’t always have to be a complete day that is treated like a race but merely a specific workout say your long Sunday run where you do it at race pace effort, or even just a bike done with large portions at race pace effort. Now you can’t, and don’t want to do these types of training days, all the time because our bodies would break down but strategically placed they can be very beneficial.

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Nutrition Rules of Thumb for Racing and Training

Dialing in your nutrition in racing and training is daunting and complex, when you nail your nutrition you feel so much strength but when it goes bad it can go really really bad…. Part of my goal as a coach and through this blog post is to help change the mindset that calories and fueling our bodies during training is detrimental to us.  I want you to start thinking of fueling during training and racing as consuming calories during training and racing as providing your body with the support needed in order for your body to perform at its absolute highest ability; calories are fuel and fuel is strength and fuel is performance.  The calories consumed during training and racing are the fuel our bodies need in order to optimize our performance and recovery.

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