I’m a 24-year-old from and currently residing in Kansas, going to school at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and starting a PhD curriculum focusing on stroke rehabilitation. I have been a KU fan my entire life, stemming from my Dad. I was lucky enough to go to KU for 4 years and still wish I was living in Lawrence! Such an amazing place! I also work at a local hospital in the Rehabilitation department, and volunteer at a pro bono clinic at the Med Center.
Growing up in Kansas, I stayed very active in sports, and focused primarily on soccer, basketball, and baseball in high school. My main sport was baseball, and I really focused on weightlifting and gaining power for hitting. Weight lifting for me continued clear up to my graduation from KU. I would lift weights 4-5 days a week, but never really did anything concerning swimming/biking/running. As far as endurance training goes, my only experience before 2011 would be summer conditioning for soccer in the summertime, running with the cross country team and getting smoked by everybody! The farthest I had run before this year was about 4 miles. I had zero swim experience, other than the basics (aka drowning prevention) and I had the cycling skills of a 10 year old.
I started multisport training on Jan 1, 2011, with the intention of just doing a triathlon. This stemmed from completing P90X, and I was looking for something “hardcore” to try (Tony Horton was driving me crazy! Just his voice gives me chills now). I participated in an indoor triathlon in February of 2011, and took first in my age group (out of 2, woot!). Since then, I have been hooked.
|Just about to start my first Triathlon!!!|
What I hope to do with this blog is paint a clear and accurate picture of what starting out in multisport is all about, whether that be training routines, what gear you need, time commitments, nutrition, and the sanity/insanity needed! Starting out can be very daunting with things like choosing a training plan, finding gear, and racing in general. I just want to share my experiences and help answer questions! I also hope to bring some of my research background to posts by reviewing different techniques for training, recovery, and racing. What I hope I get from this blog is advice, shared experiences, and input from others, whether that be athletes just starting out or elite racers! Thanks for visiting!