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Let’s talk about the Beach to Beacon, shall we?

Back in March, I was one of those lucky thousands who managed to click and type away fast enough in order to secure a race spot. For many, the Beach to Beacon is the event of the summer – they train hard (and fast!) to be able to perform their best with the best. People anxiously await the event, meeting the elite athletes, and of course running along a beautiful stretch of road in Cape Elizabeth. For me, it was definitely a healthy combination of the three.

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On Sunday I participated in the Tri for a Cure for the second year in a row. Starting almost immediately after Sugarloaf, I dove right into triathlon training. I trained for six days a week with a rest day on Fridays. In the midst of this training, I left my job at a graphic design firm and joined the ranks of a larger business in town as a front end engineer. While it proved to be a very hectic and busy two week transition, my tri training and fantastic new job provided me with a huge confidence boost and finally brought about my excitement for the Tri for a Cure that had been missing for way too long!

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Earlier in the week, Darren and I had planned a hike that involved getting Jackson and Pierce. (Remember that time I had intended to do Webster and Jackson only to miss Jackson completely and end up 6 miles up the road on Rt. 302?) This was our “make-up” hike to try to bag that peak! After examining our AMC maps for a little bit, we realized that we could hit Eisenhower if we added on 3 more miles. We proposed this idea to our hiking friends and everyone seemed on board. So we added Eisenhower to the list of peaks to hit on Saturday!

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After months and months and months of anticipation, I finally did my first hike of 2015! Hiking was the #1 activity that I missed during marathon training. Now that I’ve hopped back to tri training, hiking is a perfect form of cross-training – so I gathered the troops and we planned a really exciting hike in the Whites.

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A few weeks ago after our monthly coaching call, I told Kelsey that I felt like I could PR my 5k. It kind of came out of nowhere. I hadn’t been training for one. (Unless you count the 5k at the end of a spring tri.) With all of my speed work in preparation for and after the marathon, perhaps I was feeling confident that I could do it. So I mentioned it and Kelsey encouraged me to sign up for a 5k only days later.

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