Friday, December 2, 2016

It's That Time of the Year! It's Time to go Streaking!

It's that time of year again where I challenge you and myself to run every day. I will make it my goal to run every day for at least two miles or at least 15 minutes. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Riding and Reviewing the ISM PL 1.1

For those of you who have not ventured into quality saddles, it's time to check out ISM. It may be another investment after spending a pretty penny on your bike but you will be spending a lot of time on it, so you should be happy and comfortable right? YES! 

This past triathlon season, I have been lucky enough to test out the ISM PL 1.1. This updated version for 2016 is similar to the Prologue if you have ever ridden on it. This saddle provided an enjoyable ride for me this year and a great option for those of you who need a saddle with a decent amount of cushioning. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thoughts From Erin: Migraines

This has nothing to do with training but it has everything to do with it.
Recently I have been suffering from migraines or acute headaches. I have experience headaches but nothing like this before and its really killing me because:

1. It makes working out impossible and 
2. I can not have my wine

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ironman North Carolina 70.3 Review

Wilmington, NC
October 22, 2016
Finish Time: 5:47:57
AG- 5th

Probably the toughest conditions I have faced due in part to the wind, but I finally made the podium of an Ironman race at my last race in the 25-29 age group and man was it bittersweet.

There were many things that made is weekend challenging. From the check-in hours to getting to each transition location to the updates to the bike course due to the catastrophic flooding (we were informed the week of it would be 50 miles for both distances). But a lot of it felt redeemed with my finish even though I wasn't thrilled with my bike time but I will still give my full on report.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Zamst Product Review

If you are looking for your next knee, ankle, wrist brace, socks or compression sleeves, then you should check out Zamst.

Zamst was created to reinforce and protect athletes of the world by allowing them to push harder than the body can endure.

Zamst has a diverse line of products, but what caught my attention from the start was how comfortable they are to use. Many runners suffer from IT band issues, myself included, and I was able to test out the RK-1 knee brace that was made for those with IT band syndrome. While wearing it, I didn’t feel any pain, and I felt secure during my workout. Throughout all of my exercises, I had my typical range of motion.

Monday, October 17, 2016

TriBarbie's Advice for Running in the Cold

The temperature is starting to drop which means we will soon be running in the cold. All runners continue running throughout the winter, including myself, but there comes a certain point and temperature where I take my workouts inside. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Osprey Daylite Review

After my luck with the Osprey Radial, I decided that my fiance needed a real running backpack, not just a regular one that he runs with. So I research Osprey products and found the Daylight. I purchased it for him and man does he love it. So I asked him for his review... check it out below!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Osprey Radial 26 Cycling Commuter Pack

For those of you who commute to work via bike and are looking for a great backpack, I would check out 1. Osprey and 2. the Osprey Radial 26.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thoughts from Erin: My Summer and When You Know It's Time To DNS

I knew going into this racing season that it was not going to be like the previous ones. I had 6 weddings to attend this year including 3 bridal showers and 2 bachelorettes (I had to pull from the third due to work). Go figure that 3 of those weddings took place in the month of August. Not only that but I got engaged this summer as well, so next year it will be my turn. This summer was very challenging for me mentally and as a result physically as my training and long training sessions took a nose dive. I was exhausted from traveling and the other things in life taking place that all I could rely on was the regular training I could fit in.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rev 3 Williamsburg

Rev 3 Williamsburg
Olympic Distance 
July 10, 2016
AG- 2nd
Finish Time: 2:37:03

Williamsburg is the cutest little town and I loved doing this race there. The venue was perfect, everything was run incredibly smooth and the race was a definite favorite. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Barkley 100 (more like 130)

Considered one of the toughest and most secretive 100-mile races (possibly longer thanks to the unmarked trails), it covers approximately 65,000 feet of climbing and descents. To put it into perspective, it is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice from sea level.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Anchorage Mayor's Alaska Half Marathon

Anchorage, AK

This race report is courtesy of my awesome mom who went on vacation to Alaska and decided to stay longer in order to run this race which by the way is also known as the Summer Solstice race with the most amount of daylight hours. Check out her report below!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

Purceville, VA
June 4, 2016
Finish Time: 1:46
AG: 13th

This was an extremely tough course. The conditions of the day did not help but you can't stop the weather. The race is located about an hour from D.C and starts and finishes at Doukenie Winery in Purcellville. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Escape The Cape Sprint Triathlon

Cape May, NJ
June 12, 2016
Finish Time: 1:20:09
AG: 1st
Overall: 5th

I jumped off a boat and escaped the cape!! Ok, so this race is definitely a must for anyone on the east coast or in general. It's not as long as Alcatraz or as expensive but I loved Cape May and I recommend it highly! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

The DC Blast Life

If you haven't had the chance to check out Blast in West End DC, you need to take your booty over there. 

Blast is a 60 minute HIIT workout. But it's not your typical 30 minutes on the treadmill, 30 minutes on the floor type of workout. Oh no! The class was designed to make sure you get your heart rate up by doing blocks of anywhere from 2-15 minutes on the treadmill and then immediately transitioning and doing the same time blocks on the floor. This way you can build up your endurance, V02 and heart rate levels while also not being incredibly bored running on the treadmill for 30 minutes straight. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

One America Indy Mini Marathon

Indianapolis, IN
May 7, 2016
Finish Time: 1:39:53
AG- 40/1806

I am going to preface this by saying... THIS WAS THE BEST DAMN RACE I HAVE EVER RUN. I was incredibly impressed with this race, the course, the way it was run, like I am still on a high from it and it should be on everyone's bucket list, and I mean EVERYONE. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pikes Peek 10K

April 24, 2016
Rockville, MD
6th Age Group

This past weekend, the boyfriend and I ran in a local 10K. It was a point to point with a net downhill. The race was designed to make it very easy for the runners to get to the start line and return to it as the race started and finished at the metro stops. So once we were finished we hopped back on the metro to get back to our car. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Living the RAD Life with the All In One Kit

Have you purchased your RAD All In One Kit yet? Well if you haven't you should.

RAD has changed my myofascial life for the better. The products developed are unlike anything you have experienced, unless you typically put a lacrosse ball on your back.

My favorite product by far is the RAD Roller which is the companies bread and butter, but I am falling in love with their entire product line.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sometimes the Best Parts of a Race, Is the Race Itself.

While running in a half marathon last march, I passed one of the entertainment locations that were all along the course. Now, usually I don’t let these musicians or dancers get the best of me, but in this case, I almost stopped.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hagerstown Sprint Duathlon

Hagerstown, MD
1.9 mile run, 10 mile bike, 5K run
Overall- 3rd
Finish Time: 1:07:32

This past weekend I decided to run the Hagerstown Duathlon after being sick for a week and a half. I signed up at the last minute and I am glad I did. I was mainly looking to see how I was able to perform after not feeling well for a long time but I also wanted to put out a good bike time, I have been working very hard on my power on the bike so this would be a good early season test. 

I ended up performing a lot better than I could have predicted and came out with a third place finish. Not too bad right!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Top Races To Qualify For Boston

If there is one thing I want to do, it is to qualify for Boston. I I have been after this goal for many years now and am always looking to run the marathons where it is easiest to qualify. With Boston right around the corner, this post seemed perfect for the blog. So here is a list of the top 10 races where it is easiest to qualify for Boston and why they made the list:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ann Arbor Half Marathon

Ann Arbor Marathon
13.1 miles
Ann Arbor, MI
April 3rd, 2016

Well this was certainly a cold race, but it is Michigan after-all! The course was rolling with a combination of trails, running through downtown Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan campus. The race was run rather well and stocked with aid stations given the cold weather but I have my comments. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Some Thoughts From Erin: When I began running

For some people, they start on the track, others the woods or the football field. For me, it was the backyard, the front yard, the soccer field, the baseball tee (well that was more for cartwheels), these were all areas where I began running. But running to me was never a sport. It was something I did while taking part in other sports or just playing. It would not be until the third grade when the mandatory presidential physical fitness test was put into place, that I would realize my semi-enjoyment for running.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Swimming Terminology Guide for Triathletes

Back, Butter, Breast, Free. It's easy to understand as they are all styles of swimming. I remember this saying from the beginner days of taking swim classes including Tickle-T-Touch. But little did I know there was so much more to the sport. 

Swimming is one of those sports that I have always had issues with understanding its terminology. I find myself googling what exactly my coach has me doing for the day because I have no clue what a tombstone kick is. So I have an idea of, but then he fools me once again!

If you are like me, you would love and appreciate a swimming study guide of what every term means. Which is why I asked my coach and Master swim instructor Tony Rich to put together a list of the top confusing swimming terms that you may have in your TrainingPeaks or master's swim class workout. However, being the swim wizard he is, he sent a boatload of workout terms and man I had no idea there were this many! Some are easy and you probably know them from the workouts you have done or watched in the Olympics, but there may be some that surprise you. 

So to help you out in your next class, remember to come back to this reference guide and before you know it, you will be able to read a set and not have to ask what it means! If you are interested in having Tony as a coach of help you with your swimming, visit

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why Researching The Race You Want To Sign Up For Is Critical

Have you ever registered for a race, only to have it canceled a few days before the start or even the day of? Sometimes due to weather, other times due to permits. But how about a fake race that was never going to happen?

Well if this hasn’t happened to you yet, it might. Why? Because it happened to my mom. She was signed up to run a race in New Mexico under the race organization USRA Half Marathon Series and as she was boarding the plane she received this email.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Greater Albuquerque Half Marathon scheduled for this Sunday, July 13 has been rescheduled for a later date. You will have the option to transfer your registration to that race or any other USRA race. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The options he provided were to defer to a later race in the USRA series or deal with the cancellation. If you defer, who is to say that the race will actually happen? After researching the company, I found that this is not the first time this race director has done this. He has "held" races in other cities around the country, which he either pulled the same stunt or held the race but lacked everything needed including water, police presence, and food. He also had the audacity to not pay the police or other bills owed to that city.

So how do you prevent this from happening to you? Here are my 3 steps to making sure the race you are signing up for will take place. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Adapting to Change and Becoming an Early Morning Person

Some people are naturally morning people, other are evening, and some just adjust to availability during the day. I am not talking about sleep, I am talking about running/working out. It doesn't matter what you are but I found it fascinating recently when I discovered that I was now a morning person rather than an evening. In the evenings, I like to come home after work and relax rather than head out for a 1-2 hour workout. But if you had asked me 6 years ago things were different.... time warp...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Some Thoughts From Erin: Strength Training is Crucial!

This offseason I have really begun to focus on building up my strength, especially in my upper body. I have always had strong leg strength since I was a child but that doesn't mean I neglected it. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Is that Pre or Post Race Beer a Good Idea?

One of the favorite items runners enjoy before or after a race? Beer! There are many races sponsored by beer companies, a few of which I have completed. Drinking a post race beer for me has never been something I have needed to do. My go-to meal before every race? Shrimp fried rice and a beer. . Or at least, it used to be. It turns out, drinking that beer the night before a race may not be the best thing to do.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When Gatorade Won't Do It, Try These Options Instead

We drink them while in training, for recovery and sometimes as a pick-me-up. But are sports drinks really that good for you? Some may suggest there are too many additives but sometimes that is necessary while logging lots of miles due to how much we sweat and what we need to replenish our systems.

If you are not a fan of Gatorade or other sugary sports drinks, try these out as an alternative before, during and after your run.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Five Races I'm Running This Spring

The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming available for sale in the grocery store, and daylight savings time is amongst us. Which means we are back to racing season! For those of you who have spent the past few months training to get ready, congrats! You made it! Ok but seriously let's get down to business. This spring I have already a couple of races on the schedule with two still to be determined depending on $$ and time. But for those who may still be looking for races, check out my list below!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Are Extreme Endurance Events Taking Over the Marathon?

Ultramarathons, Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Ironman triathlons, Ragnar Relays; What do all of these races have in common? They offer athletes more of a rush than your average road race. In recent years, they have started to boom in popularity especially with the growth of younger athletes competing in mud races (Tough Mudder, Spartan) while some high schools are putting together Ragnar Relay teams. It seems to me that these events might be even more popular than your average marathon. Yes, you heard correctly. You may have just run 26.2 miles, but to some athletes, that is nothing unless it’s after you swam 2.4 and biked 112 miles.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Why a Siesta Time is Necessary for Endurance Athletes

What do endurance athletes crave? Sleep! What do Americans lack the most? Sleep! So I think it might be a good idea to take a page out of the Spaniards book and incorporate a Siesta time into our lives.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Winter Cycling Accesories We All Should Own

Credit Flickr: Reid Neureiter
Cycling outside in the winter is something I am not a fan of and, as a result, I retreat indoors for many months.

Winter can be very uncomfortable for cycling. The wind hitting your body when the temps are below freezing, can make it feel like it's zero degrees outside. As the rule of thumb says, subtract 20 degrees while biking, add 20 while running. 

Even though winter may soon be over in parts of the country, why not stock up now on items to continue those training rides or prepare for next year? That is why I put together a list of items that I feel every cyclist should own for biking during the winter or when it gets below 45. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Why You Should Choose ISM and My Breakaway Review

For those of you who haven't ventured into the world of better bike seats, then it is time.

Some bikes come with generic bike seats that are not very comfortable but who would think to upgrade their bike saddle after just spending a lot of money on a brand new bike? The saddle should be a good quality right? Wrong! Not all saddles are created equal and not all saddles are made for everyone. I would know. After experiencing this myself, I made the switch to ISM which I am now proud to represent them as an ambassador.

So for today, I am reviewing the first ISM saddle I've owned and my favorite, the Breakaway. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Why You Should Base

For 2016, I was lucky enough to be selected as an ambassador for Base Performance. For those of you who do not know what Base is, I am going to change your life. Ok, I may not change it but I will bring to you an incredible product that works and saved me during my Ironman.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Where to Run in Miami

Will Smith was right with his hit song Miami. That and as an alum of the U, I know how great this city is. The beautiful beaches, weather and nightlife! But the best part about it, the abundance of places to run.

Miami is paradise and it’s even better when you don’t have to bike indoors during the winter! There are more reasons why you should visit South Florida, but for my runners and triathletes, check out these spots if you are thinking about a visit.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Favorite Places to Swim, Bike and Run in Sarasota

I just returned from a trip to the wonderful white sand beaches of Sarasota and I thought I would put together a list of my top 5 favorite places to SBR in the Sarasota area if you decide to take a trip down there! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and finished their December Run Streak out strong! I spent the holiday in the wonderful city of Sarasota where the weather was in the 80s and perfect for getting my runs in. I finished out the month with 90 miles, less than probably what I have run in the past but I was more so just trying to enjoy the experience. Running on the beach, over the key, next to the ocean, it was the best way to end the year.