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Weekend Getaway to Portugal results in a Win!

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Weekend Getaway for Team USA A week ago I was sitting in a season-end recap meeting with Team USA program manager Amanda Duke at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Now I’m sitting on a flight home from the island of Madeira in Portugal with some pretty sweet hardware to show for this last-minute trip. Amanda, guide Kirsten and I sat down to study the tentative schedule for next season; Sarasota, Yokohama, Italy, Canada, Tokyo, Switzerland, then back to Sarasota seemed to fit with my goals and objectives for next season.  Despite a fabulous season, ending with 3 bronze…

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Full Squirrel in Italy

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“Full Squirrel” “Squirrel!” Debbie laughs into the phone as I go on yet another excited and nearly impossible-to-follow tangent. “Yes, ‘squirrel’ is right!” I reply.  I have a nickname.  Very appropriately given to me by my very funny British sports psychologist Simon Marshall, author of “How to calm the Fuck down and Rise to the Occasion- The Brave Athlete”.  Since I was a kid, I could carry on three or even four conversations in a given 5 minute span.  Conversations would typically meander from topics of horses, to the insane amount of laundry I had to tackle, boyfriend problems and…

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National Champions!

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  Tennessee and Me   I’m ten days into an incredible trip to train and race with guide Kirsten Sass here in beautiful, rural McKenzie Tennessee. I’m surrounded by miles and miles of cotton and corn fields and rolling hills with long country roads dotted with family farms.  It’s a little slice of heaven for a runner or cyclist.  Pair that with her saltwater 25-yard indoor 2-lane lap pool, weight room, and a husband who has been pulling quadruple duty as dad, chef, massage therapist and guide this week, and I’m tempted to stay beyond my race- lol!  Ok, the…

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The Reason I am ‘able’ as a Blind woman- Mom.

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Life’s little Instruction booklet:  #347   Growing up my mom had this tiny little coffee table book called “Life’s little instruction book”.  It has about 500 different ‘rules to live by’ and my personal favorite since I was a kid, and my lifelong lucky number was 347.  #347 means a lot to me this week as I got a card from my dear friend and triathlon guide Kirsten.  Kirsten is an incredible woman with an even more incredible family.  She’s one of 6 kids and her father is the person who has been the center of her universe since she…

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The Pain You don’t See on Facebook

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The Pain you don’t see   Every day on social media you see the best of us.  You see our vacations, our triumphs, our workout sessions, our happy family moments.  But what about the stuff we lock away?  The moments that only our closest friends and family even know about?  It’s time to pull back the curtain for a peek. I am honored and blessed to be able to compete as a Paralympic hopeful for the United States Paratriathlon National Team.  Every day I work my ass off, spending hour upon hour training, eating, recovering and responding to hundreds of…

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Adversity is my Super Power

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  I’m sure I’ve never been more nervous or felt more pressure going into a race.  2017 was a challenging year of disappointing race results and no Team USA funding to race in the US or internationally.  I managed to have a great spokesperson agreement that paid for most of mine and my guides’ training and travel, but that would run out in September, and I was on my own to put up the results needed to qualify to receive any team financial assistance and to qualify for World Championships in Rotterdam. Last year I needed to win the CAMTRI…

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Celebrating the “Can”

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I had a one woman epic pity party this week.  I didn’t send out any invites, didn’t make any food, and my poor guide dog laid there in concerned silence, probably wondering to himself, “when do we get to go to the park and throw the ball like we do every day after she trains?  And BOY, I guess she really must like that couch a lot.” For all of the wonderful things I’ve proved to myself, my family, friends, and the world that I CAN do as a blind woman, I still can’t help but occasionally get frustrated with…

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Blind Chick Traincation UK Edition

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  Blind Chicks Traincation 2016 UK Edition   What do triathletes do in the ‘off season’ you might ask. Some might take a vacation to a non-sporty island or throw in a ski trip or hop on a plane to see family they’ve missed throughout the year. When that’s over, we focus on building up our weaknesses as athletes, and for me, that’s my brain, my swim, and my strength. So, once I got some good strength training sessions in at home, and a good chat with my sports psychologist, I booked my flight to London to go visit my…

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Golden Therapy in Mexico

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Some Like it Hot- Mexico delivers The text went something like this.  “Hey Christy, I’m looking for a fast guide for Aquathlon World Championships on 9/17.  Interested?”  Within seconds, “Yes!  Is it a sprint?  How will I ever fill Susanne’s shoes?  What’s your Run pace?  Yikes!”  And with that, our adventure began.  Two and a half weeks later, we met at Cancun airport, ready to tackle our first time together as guide and athlete, and our first career Aquathlon (Run, swim, Run race). Missing out on Rio selection is hard to describe adequately in words.  Suffice to say that it…

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Guiding at the Pinnacle of Sport

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I have been blessed this year to have former ITU pro, Ironman Kona Masters Champion, and USA Triathlon Master’s Athlete of the Year Susanne Davis, a mom of two and a wife, be my race guide.  We have traveled the country together for camps, races, training sessions and media obligations.  She put going back to Kona to the World Championships on HOLD for me this year to allow me to qualify and go to the Rio Paralympic Games.  Next year she will be back on her training plan for Kona, and with her husband’s new job, less likely to be…

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