It’s that time of year again: the sun is trying to come out, the days are longer, and the temperature begins climbing. With change in seasons usually comes a change in workout location. We finally are able to venture outside and add some variety to our regular gym routine. However, many of us still find ourselves doing the same old workout day after day. And while there are advantages to following a set routine, getting stuck in a workout rut can be detrimental to our fitness goals. As a … [Read more...]
Jen Beth & Dustin Schmidt
Triathletes Jennifer and Dustin met on their triathlon team and share a love of biking (and swimming and running). Some of their favorite Schwinn memories include exploring National Parks by bike, camping, and exploring the Madison, WI area that they call home. While Jennifer is off in Illinois for PA school, Dustin is keeping busy by training for ultra marathons, and will be completing his first 50 miler in 2017! When they aren’t out swimming, biking, running, or eating, the couple can be found with a cup of coffee (or let’s be honest, the whole pot), nerding out over Star Wars, or cooking delicious food together. They are so excited to join the Schwinn Ambassador team for 2017 to show how anyone can begin to live a healthy life!
It’s been about 4 months since my goal race for the season, the Door County Half Iron, and just a short month from the Super Bowl of triathlon, the Kona Ironman. Instead of bore you all with a long race report (and let me tell you, this race was no easy feat!), I thought instead I would focus on what happens post-race. It doesn’t end after the medal is placed around your neck by any means. After the first week of recovery time, the luster wears off and you’re left with what feels like a hole in … [Read more...]
With the first race of the season under my belt and my sights set on the Door County Half in two weeks, it’s safe to say that this summer is flying by! Capitol View Triathlon was a beautiful course, but the weather just didn’t want to cooperate. Striking out into the water at Governor Nelson State Park, the sun was shining: right into our eyes. Sighting was near impossible and the waves began to pick up. I felt like I was eating water at every breath and sighting was near impossible. I rounded … [Read more...]
I remember the first time that I swam in open water about as vividly as I remember the first time that I learned to ride a bike. Although decades apart, these two events are more related than I could have ever imagined at the time. My first time in open water was the day of my first ever triathlon, at age 24. I had signed up for the Lake Mills triathlon in Wisconsin on a whim as a sort of New Year’s Resolution for 2015. I had recently graduated from college and had needed some direction … [Read more...]
Transitions (T) are the shortest time split of triathlons, but also one of the most stressful, yearned for, and crucial moments of the race. You look forward to T1 during the entire swim and to T2 during the entire bike course, but once you exit that transition area your mind is already moving on to the next hill, pedal stroke or run course. You can prepare as little or as much as you want for your transitions, but when race day comes around it all comes down to you and how you react to the … [Read more...]