July 17, 2018

After the 2018 Ironman Boulder, the biggest complaint I heard from athletes was the heat and its relation to a high Did Not Finish (DNF) rate. We are all aware that heavy exercise in high temperatures can lead to medical emergencies such as heat stroke, but so many tend to brush this off as something that could happen but won’t happen to them. So instead of focusing on heat illness, I’d...

June 19, 2018

My first season of triathlon, I entered the sport absolutely clueless. The spectacle of a multisport event was daunting and sorting out the essential gear and clothing was a challenge. Race after race I experimented with swim suits, soggy bike shorts, and cham-less spandex, always on a borrowed bike with a pair of cracked fashion sunglasses. I looked like a completer, not a competitor. W...

May 29, 2018

I’ve always been defensive of triathletes and their cycling prowess. We are not “faux” cyclists, we are extra tough as we push limits and wow onlookers as we pedal away dripping lake slime, unload questionable substances on our bikes and then charge off to run, often with helmets still stationed on head.  …Okay, maybe these onlookers aren’t wowed by our awesomeness but rather are gaping...

April 11, 2018

Just a slight shift can bring increased speed on your TT bike. Watch to learn how!

February 21, 2018

As a three-sport event, triathlon requires a lot of… junk. Although you want to set up your transition areas to be minimalist and clutter-free, I recommend packing a bag armed to help you take on any possible pre-race disaster. Here is the packing list I run through before every race.

Pre-Race Items

  • Timing Chip

  • Race clothes

    • Tri kit or whatever garments you plan to race in


January 15, 2018

Female athletes face many challenges that our male counterparts do not. There are the big things: unequal payout, fewer sponsorship opportunities, sexual harassment out on the road, and much more. And then there are the little things, the small nuisances, such as the fiasco of losing a hair tie half way into a run.

On such occasions I find myself torn by a civil war raging in my mind. To...

November 1, 2017

As my race season neared it’s close and I was gradually checking off my season goals: build endurance, race a 70.3, qualify for ITU Worlds there was an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction that I just couldn’t seem to shake. With the guidance of my coach, I had made big changes to my training approach, I felt more fit and faster than ever before. With the benefits of proper fueling whil...

November 1, 2017

This season I vowed to improve my endurance, try something new- a 70.3, chase a short-course World ​​Championship qualification, and to have fun along the way. In retrospect, this was a lot to take on, and I thank my lucky stars that a secondary goal was to become a better coach by being coached myself. Because my coach and sister, Emma Maaranen with Wenzel Coaching, reined me in and egg...

March 27, 2017

I never crawled. Apparently crawling is an important developmental milestone that can impact a child’s motor skills and learning development. But me? I’ve never been the most patient person or been willing to follow well-established paths. Even as an infant, I was in a rush. Instead of crawling, I’d plop one foot on the ground, pull my weight forward and scoot myself around.

PHOTO— My par...

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