Saturday, April 25, 2015

One day before the race!

Well it's been really hot here compared to back home in NH where it has snowed a few times but that was to be expected. I did my openers this morning and now off my feet for the rest of the day so I have time to write my blog!

Day 1: Downpour!! 
Plan: Put bike together, run the run course and either drive or ride the bike course, watch the Red Sox play the Tampa Rays
After Steve and I put my bike together and had to problem solve the seat post clamp bolt I tightened too much and broke. We rented a bike for Steve from St. Pete Bicycles but due to the high demand for rentals for the race he ended up with a hybrid which was much better than the Barclay bike he rode in London! We tried reserving a road bike but couldn't because of the race.

Gina dropped us off at the race venue to check out the 6.2 mile run course; Steve riding and myself running. I started with a 10 min warm up followed by some agility drills - to get my legs warm and ready for fast running. I did some intervals at race pace. During which the skys opened up, like really opened up. It was raining so hard we go lost! The course is marked with orange spray painted dots for cone placement and they seemed to disappear in the heavy rain. The course is an out and back in a neighborhood with alot of side roads. Some dots mark road closures some the actual course. We told Gina we'd be back at 12:30 and it was nearly 12:45 pm when we realized we were lost. We asked for directions and got a funny look, us being completely soaked and out in the rain. As we made our way back Gina came and found us, a little worried but she figured we had taken cover, nope! It could rain on race day so why not train in it! The streets flooded so I was running through deep puddles and rivers which of course soaked my shoes with water and street debris. This created and opened a blister on the back of my foot, not great for having to race in a few days.

Because it still looked like rain we decided to drive the 24 mile bike course. We followed the course map provided online and we were off. All streets in the city are by number both east and west and north and south but the east/west streets don't reflect that. 1st Street South actually runs north/south and then there is 1st Ave which runs east/west it was very confusing for me. Some of the streets are one way and are not distinguished on the course map because they will be closed on race day. We had to navigate around those and make do. There are quite a few turns which makes it's a technical course. Steve and I practiced taking corners at speed while pedaling so it will help. There is a long section where the pavement is rough which makes it hard to drink from my water bottle that has a long plastic straw. It is mounted on the front of my bike so I don't have to pull it out of my cage. So I will prepare to drink before that section because I don't want a straw up my nose!  It took us nearly 2 hours to drive the course but very worth it. We decided to ride it with intervals the next day.

Gina bought tickets to the Red Sox game while were running! I've only seen them play once so this was a treat, I was worried about sitting in the sun all evening but the stadium is a dome so that wasn't an issue. We were about 20 rows up from the Red Sox dugout! Thanks for being spontaneous Gina!

Day 2: Sunny
Plan: Ride the course, pick up race packet and swim the course 
After looking at the bike course map I decided it would be better to write down the directions to take with us. Gina dropped us off at the venue and was to meet us back at the hotel around 1. Steve and I planned to practice cornering in the Tampa Rays stadium parking lot. Gina drove to the Gulf Coast to check out a restaurant on the beach. After we negotiated the bike course we broke it into sections and discussed the plan. This is really good for me to break it into pieces. It doesn't seem as long and keeps my mind occupied on the tactic for each part. We ride through a golf course community which has big speed bumps actually speed humps. Steve told me to ride them at 20 mph to see how it felt. There is room to ride around but in case there are riders around me I needed to know how it felt to ride over. There are also raised reflectors sprinkled throughout the course, yup he had me hit one of those too, just in case it happened during the race. Can you tell he has a ton of racing/riding experience? He thinks of everything! Once we got back to the venue we headed to the stadium parking lot for some cornering practice. Due to the cold spring weather in NH I have only been on the road three times before flying down here so it was great to get this practice in.  We rode back to the hotel after covering nearly 35 miles. Hit the showers/pool and enjoyed smoothies from the Ninja Pro that Gina brought down.

We drove back to the venue and checked out the swim course. It was not completely marked and it was hard to tell exactly where it started but I think we swim about 3/4's of it. The last ocean swim I did was in Maine and it was cold, not here! The current water temp is 83º so wetsuits are not allowed. Steve wore his to keep him higher in the water to swim fast enough so I could draft off him. The water got pretty choppy half way through but earlier we had watched a video with tips for dealing with rough waters. I tried my best to keep them all in mind as well as all the things going on thinking about technique.  It will be difficult but everyone is dealing with it so I just have to stay focused on my race.

We headed to the athlete tent to pick up my race packet. I registered in the Open Elite (now Open Age Group) so I will not be racing in age group this time. Yes I am nervous and have been since I registered a few months ago but it will be somewhat of a good test to see how I do against the next level of competition. I say somewhat because it's early season, this is my first race but I know what I have to do and I just need to execute it the best way I can. 

From there we headed to the Gulf Coast and had dinner on the beach. Salmon with sweet potatoes and veggies, lobster mac and cheese for Steve and a shrimp salad for Gina.  She wanted us to see the sunset but we were pretty tired and needed to get back and sleep. We'll be going back for that sunset before we leave for sure!

Day 3: Sunny 
Plan: Openers, transitions,  bike drop off, a quick walk through expo and rest for the afternoon
Openers are a brick session. Ride for about 20 mins or so to get legs warm, yes even in 85º they still need to be warmed up, then 3x 3 mins hard efforts with 5 mins easy spin in between then ride back and switch to a 10 min run then agility drills followed by 2x2 min hard efforts with 2 mins in between sometimes 4 mins depending on how I feel. We drove to the venue to do this on course but the Meek and Mighty Tri was using the same course. We had to park the car on a side street and Gina was going to move it closer to the venue after the race ended and I was going to call her to find that location when we were finished running to practice my transitions.  Steve and I re-routed around the race and went the "bottom" part of the course for openers. I did the best I could and had to obey traffic lights and stop signs so it was a little frustrating to get up to speed only to put the brakes on and sit and wait.  I switched to my run shoes and took my jersey off, I was cooking. I did buy the water proof blister bandaids and they held through the bike but not the run. I ran for 10 mins and it started peeling from the bottom due to my shoe rubbing. Steve pulled the map out of the plastic baggie and we put it around my heal to protect it from my shoe. It worked for the time being. I ran my hard efforts in the blazing sun and realized my phone was in my jersey in the car that Gina moved. Steve and I got to the venue and knew she'd be near the pool but not exactly sure where. It didn't take long to find her and she told us she sent me a text with her location. I laughed and said my phone was in the passenger seat right next to her when she sent it!

I ran through T1 and T2 a few times because I haven't done them since September. It went well and hopefully it will go a little smoother tomorrow! Gina made lunch for us in the park before I dropped my bike for the night in transition. We walked through the expo again and then back to the hotel for a nap and relaxation. Dinner is home made tonight, chicken and veggies on Gina's camp stove.

Race start is 6:50 for Pro men, 6:53 for Pro Women and Open Elite (now Open Age Group) start together at 7:03 am tomorrow! You can track the race live here. My race number is 117 in F Open. At the time of this post we are not entered into the system so I'm not sure how this page will display tomorrow. There is a search option for my name or bib number so that might help.

Mega thank you to Gina for navigating through the city, parking, waiting around for Steve and I to train, prepping the food, shopping and moral support.

Huge thank you to Steve for creating the workouts and doing them with me on a hybrid bike, working on my bike, researching videos and tips for better racing and checking in with me about how I'm feeling.

I've been updating my Facebook page with photos and videos click here to take a look!

Bed time soon and mentally prep for race day!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Press Release - Skidmore Competes for her Pro Card


After a very successful 2014 triathlon season, culminating with a 4th place finish in her age group at the U.S. National Triathlon Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Meghan Skidmore is setting her sights on the 2015 World Triathlon Championships in Chicago, on September 15th. Meghan is also competing in several elite races hoping to secure her Pro Triathlon license in 2015.

Meg at the finish line at the 2014 U.S. National Triathlon Championships, Milwaukee WI.
Two goodie bags for racing the Olympic Distance on Saturday and the Sprint Distance on Sunday.

Meg competed in (17) triathlons last season, introduced the Olympic distance triathlon into her training and competition, and earned a spot on the podium in (15) of those races, including an overall win at the Lightlife Triathlon in Greenfield, MA. Very few females are the first to cross the finish line in any race, and to do it in the Olympic distance was a huge personal accomplishment for Meg. 


Meghan’s training will focus on finishing within the top 8th percentile of female finishers, in at least
(3) elite races this season. Her first race will bring her to St. Petersburg, Florida, on April 26th, joining a field of 1700+ triathletes including pros, where she will face competition in the open elite division. 

"Setting a goal to meet the criteria so I can apply for my pro card is both exciting and challenging! Knowing I have an excellent coach and manager along with tremendous support from my friends, family and community will keep me mentally tough and physically ready for the next chapter of my triathlon career."

Meg continues to prioritize her structured training schedule, focusing on precision cycling, running technique and improving her performance in the water.  The valuable support that she has been able to cultivate with Team Skidmore, has been critical to her inspiration and success, and invaluable on her journey.  With that, she would like to extend her sincere gratitude to The Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails, Gorham Family Dentistry, Northconwaylodging.com, MWV Bicycling Club, Stan and Dan Sports, White Mountain Aquatic Center, Peak Health Sports Massage, Top Notch Inn, Jay’s Quick Lube, Gorham Hardware, Pollock Photo, Smith & Town Printers, Skratch, Stabil Icers and with a special thank you to Dave Power of the Comfort Inn, North Conway, for his help in securing accommodations as she takes her racing across country.

Every dollar contributed and every minute spent in support of Meghan, has been an immense gift and privilege.  Meghan hopes you will continue this journey with her, as she enters a new level of physical challenge and competition.

Do you want to join Team Skidmore and help Meghan achieve her 2015 goals?  She is accepting financial gifts via her blog at http://skidmoreracing.blogspot.com/p/donate-here.html, you can forward donations to Regina Ferreira via mail at 339 Randolph Hill Road, Randolph, NH 03593, or you can join Meghan and Team Skidmore at an upcoming fundraising event.  For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Meg at megskidmore@gmail.com.

Shannon Door & Team Skidmore will be hosting a benefit night on Thursday, May 28th, 2015; friends and supporters are asked to gather for pizza and stay for a raffle on Meghan’s behalf (a portion of the proceeds from all pizza sales that evening will benefit Meg’s triathlete pursuits). 

Berlin Bowling Center will host Skidmore Bowling Benefit Night, June 13, 2015; tickets are $25/per person, and include an evening of bowling, friendly competition, pizza, salad and a raffle. Tickets must be purchased in advance. This event is sure to be a fun celebration; don’t miss it!

Libby’s Bistro hosts a benefit night July 9, 2015.  Tickets are $35.00/person.  Join Meghan and Team Skidmore as they celebrate Meg’s race season, all while enjoying expertly and lovingly crafted food by Liz Jackson’s culinary team. Reservations are required and tickets for Libby’s and Bowling can be purchased by contacting Regina Ferreira at 603-915-6665.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1st Training Tri!

As my first race of the season approaches it's time to put all the pieces together. Today's training was a practice tri. I was so nervous as I drove to the White Mountain Aquatic Center; my practice "race venue".  As with most of my training Steve was right there along side me, timing, encouraging and pushing me to do my best. Gina also came for photos and support. Thank you both so much!!

The break down: 
Swim: 10 x 100yds at a 1:32 pace then a 500yd swim. This equals the Olympic distance
Bike: 20k outside!!
Run: 5k sub 7:00 pace


It was sunny but still a little chilly. So I made sure to have the right clothing. After being soaked from the pool, my transition wasn't super fast. It's hard putting long spandex, socks and a long sleeve jacket on when you are wet!

Today was my second time off the trainer and riding on the road. It was a challenge to be on top of shifting, hill transitions, cornering, dealing with traffic and wind while concentrating on the zone I was supposed to be riding in. It sure did feel good to be going somewhere and not looking at a TV and my washer and dryer!

The switch to run went much better, clothing wise, I only had to take off my jacket and put on my shoes. My legs definelty felt the 20k ride but I focused on really good technique. Steve was riding his bike while timing my splits. He waited at the 1st mile and I though for sure I was about 8:00 but much to my surprise I ran a 6:25!! Technique sure does help!! I held that pace for the rest of the run.

Steve is amazing he got each of my splits right down to each 25 yd


10 x 100 @ 1:32 on 2:00
1 - 21, 44, 108, 132.5
2 - 23, 46.5, 110.5, 134.5
3 - 22.5, 45.5, 111, 134.5
4 - 22.5, 45, 109, 133.5
5 - 22.5, 45.5, 109, 134.5
6 - 22, 45.5, 110.5, 134.5
7 - 22, 45.5, 109, 134
8 - 22.5, 45.5, 109, 134
9 - 23, 45.5, 110.5, 135
10 - 22.5, 45.5, 112, 137
 
500m TT:
100- 22, 23.5, 26.5, 26
200- 25, 26, 26, 26
300- 26, 27, 27, 26
400- 26, 26, 27, 26
500- 28, 26, 27, 27
      - 26, 27( I lost count and did an extra 50yds)

 
Ride:
31:02 (I think)
 
Run:
1st mile 6:25
2nd mile 6:30
3rd mile 6:30
5k in 20:58


It felt so good to be outside and to put it all together!
 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Speed

Last week I had an appointment at the SweetWater Swim Studio in Amherst, NH with ASCA Level II certified coach Stacy Sweetser, who has kicked my butt in numerous races! Although it is a two hour drive it was well worth the session!

The SweetWater Swim Studio houses an Elite Endless Pool with underwater mirrors and underwater video capability in Amherst, New Hampshire.

The SweetWater Swim Studio is a training facility that aims to enhance athletes stroke technique across all levels of swimming, from the pool to open water. The immediate feedback from the swim current, the visual feedback from the mirrors and optional video analysis all help guide the swimmer to a more effective and powerful stroke technique.

About the coach:
Stacy Sweetser is an experienced coach with a background coaching USA Swimming age groupers, U.S. Master's swimmers and triathletes. Stacy is a USA Swimming and ASCA Level II certified coach.

Stacy is a former NCAA Division I swimmer. Most recently, Stacy was recognized as an All American in both U.S. Masters Swimming and U.S.A. Triathlon. Stacy is experienced in events as diverse as sprinting the 50 Free and 100 IM to open water swimming events including sprint and olympic distance triathlon and the 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay Swim.


Before I made the appointment Steve and I were hesitant because we didn't want have too much feedback. Steve has an excellent style of coaching me where he layers on different techniques or tips as I progress and am ready to work on them. We agreed that if I was given too much we'd choose a few things now and save some for later so I wouldn't get overwhelmed. To our surprise that did not happen!!

Stacy and her husband have worked so hard over the last few months to prepare her studio for swimmers.  I was so impressed when I walked in. It wasn't just an endless pool in a basement. It was so professional and comfortable. It has a beautiful bathroom with a shower and storage for towels and cubbies for all the swim tools you need! The pool has mirrors on the bottom so you can get instant feedback too!


She watched me swim for a few minutes and noticed I was diving my arm in and "snowplowing" the water creating A LOT of bubbles. I wasn't getting much glide and was slowing myself every stroke.



Watch the video of this analysis here (only 1:37 long)

Simple fix: a PVC pipe and the Power Y drill! This keeps my hands/arms closer to the surface to glide with less friction and I can begin my pull much earlier - FREE SPEED!!


After working on this drill for 15 minutes there is already a huge difference!

Watch that video here (2:06) 

This is the only thing we worked on and it was perfect, I didn't get overwhelmed at all! Since the session I have already seen huge improvements with less energy expended. Now I just need to re-train my body to swim this way.

Thanks Stacy!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bretton Woods Winter Tri - Baxter Outdoors Packed Powder Series

When I see an event that has Triathlon in the title I am naturally drawn to it. So when the Bretton Woods Winter Triathlon by Baxter Outdoors showed up on my Facebook news feed I had to race it. I talked with Steve and he ok'd it. Yes I have to run everything by him, especially in this case because it changed my training the week leading up to it.

I've never run on snow and I've only snowshoe ran once at the Winter Tri at Whittaker Woods, three years ago. So I had to get used to running with resistance/weight on my feet. I did an easy 5k snowshoe run at work on Wednesday only tripped twice and the next day my hip flexors were sore but that was to be expected.

Thursdays training was a brick - 5k snowshoe run to 5k skate ski. Just figured out how to get video to display on my blog!! So here is my Facebook post on this brick:

Post by Meghan Skidmore.
If it doesn't play click here

Thursday afternoon I contacted the president of Stabil Icers as they were one of the sponsors for the race to let him know I am the "cover girl" for their product and see if there was any support/sponsorship available to me. Here is part of his response

          "We do have a new Ambassador Program with only one Ambassador to date who is a      
           Canadian runner. We would love to have a New England Ambassador and would be happy to 
           provide product and support your presence online and at events as well."

In a matter of two hours of email correspondence I became the New England Ambassador for them!! They overnighted gear and I had it just in time for the race!


Friday I had to do openers (three, 3 min race pace effort invervals on my bike) as I do before every race.

Saturday morning was race day! I was able to eat all my oatmeal mixed with sliced almonds, granola and honey so the nerves hadn't gotten a hold of me yet. I packed a few snacks for pre race, 10am is my snack time so I knew I'd be hungry again.

The race started at 10am which is when I am almost finished with my summer tris so it was a bit different for me. It allowed more time to get nervous.  Plus it was about 10 degrees. I don't race much in the winter so had no idea what to wear. I packed my big duffel and made changes as I needed while warming up.

I arrived with plenty of time to warm up but that time disappeared quickly as I had to figure out clothing, the transition and a warm up. I checked in and Adam, the Race Director, said we knew you were coming. Neil from Stabil Icers had contacted him about my new role with the company. Adam was glad to have me race.

My summer warm ups are ingrained in my head. I set up transition after askingAdam how the flow would go and went out for a ski. I forgot my h20 waist belt so I couldn't drink. I skied for less then 10 mins and started to feel way low on energy and almost felt "bonky". I turned around and dug around in my bag and I didn't bring what I needed. I purchased some energy gummies and had two but almost spit them out they weren't great. Glad I didn't spit them out it would have been funny to try and spit partially chewed gummies in an area packed with people. I had a few almonds and finished my banana. I only brought one gel, that was a mistake. I keep a few gels in my summer tri bag but that bag wasn't big enough to hold all my stuff so I used a different bag.

I set up my transition where I thought it would be and went for a short run. Start time was fast approaching. I returned and my stuff was still the only set up. As Adam made announcements I had to decide on adding another layer or not. I ran in a got my vest and set it down near my snowshoes in case I needed it.

I had to get a picture of my Stabil Icers to share on their Facebook page to fulfill my ambassador duties.

Although this race was small I still got nervous and never once though I would win, I wanted to and told myself I would on the drive over, but as Steve always tells me "You can't control anyone or anything else. Stay with in your race and block all others out. The chips will fall as they do and do the best you can." Reason #145 I am lucky to have Steve.
The run was 3.1 miles broken into 2 laps around the Mt. Washington Hotel mostly on roads, a course change the morning of. Bretton Woods Nordic didn't want us running on their groomed trails. I was dreading running in snow and hadn't had a chance to do so during the week. So I was elated at this change.

3....2....1 Go!! At the start of every race everyone goes out too hard to jockey for the perfect position. We filed in after the first turn and I was passed by a female in under 5 minutes and in less then 3 minutes she was out of sight! I stayed at my pace and when I finished the first lap Regina yelled "She's got 2:00 minutes on you!" Two thoughts went through my mind "Whoa, who is this girl?" and "Keep your pace you still have more than 10km of racing to go." I did my second lap and was passed by one guy. I came into T1 and made the switch before him and never saw him. Felt good about that. (I found out later he only did the run portion)

As I took my running shoes off and put my feet into my Salomon's that were already strapped into the snowshoes, Regina yelled "She just went over the bridge!" (200 yrds away) Great I might have a chance of catching her! Thanks to Doug Mayer for letting me borrow them!!

My legs felt the shift in stride and the light weight of the snowshoe but I blocked that out. Not far after the bridge I noticed a pair of snowshoes on the side of the trail and foot prints on the course. I was shocked to see someone already had their ski boots on for the next leg and tried running with snowshoes attached to them. Well apparently that's not a great idea. I had no idea who it was. After mile 1 ish of lovely groomed terrain, very easy to run on. We ventured into the woods for the ungroomed portion of the race very hard to run in. It was walked the day before by two snowshoers setting the course. So it wasn't really packed at all. It was a trudge and every time I lifted my snowshoe I was lifting snow with it and had to stay in the narrow path or else I'd disappear in the 3 feet of snow on either side. Even with three athletes in front, it still wasn't an even surface. It was THE hardest and most mentally challenging part of the race. I honestly wanted to stop and that's never happened in a race before but I have also never run in deep snow. I heard someone behind me and that kept me going.

I discovered the person running in cross country boots post holeing up to her mid shins, I finally caught her! Laura was struggling big time. I was hoping she'd step into the snowy abyss to allow me to stay in the path but that didn't happen. I stepped out almost got sucked into the deep fluffyness.  I kept trying to run and lost a little time but passed her. The deep snow went on forever! I finally made it back to groomed after a little more than a mile of slogging. The 3rd place female, Hillary passed me and started down the next hill. Then her snowshoe fell off I smiled a little inside - this is one of the things I can't control but I can take advantage of. I said "Shoot" and felt a little bad for her. I ran even harder for about a minute to build a gap. I held her off for only 5 minutes, at least that's what I thought. As she passed me she didn't have snowshoes on. It was Laura again, she passed me like I was walking and disappeared again. "Commme on!" I said inside. Again two thoughts; "If she can ski I won't catch her" "That's not fair she ran it all with out the weight of snowshoes maybe she'll be disqualified"

As I got closer to T2 she was making her way back over the bridge. I took one glance at her form and she was fumbling. I smiled inside and knew I'd catch her. Then I as I entered transition Hillary was right with me. I got concerned, I had no idea if she could ski. I noticed she had on small gaitors which I decided against because it would take longer to get them off and into my ski boots.

I stuck my feet into my boots and tried to close the straps, I couldn't because the snow had built up around the bottom of my tights. I quickly problem solved and yanked them up out of my boots and put my skis and poles on. I was out before Hillary. I was ready for the much faster pace of sliding on snow vs running with extra weight of the snowshoe. I wanted to ski hard but I was running out of gas so I focused on some small goals;
• Catch Laura
• Maintain my technique
• Push it on the up hills
• Hold off Hillary

I passed Laura with in 5 minutes and maintained my technique. I climbed up a longer hill knowing I'd have a rest on the other side. I bombed down the hill and half way down my left ski got caught in the rib of the corduroy. I tried my best to hold it together but I couldn't. My legs split and I must have looked like Bambi on ice. I went down and sprawled out everywhere, I actually laughed at myself.

My first thought was being in the way of the next skier. I quickly glanced up the hill and saw no one. I tried to get up really fast but my pole was under my ski and it slid down the shaft 3 times before I realized it. Then still in a panic, I tried to pull my pole out but the basket was caught under my ski. After 3 attempts and looking up hill I had stop the adrenaline and break it down. I took a deep breath and said to myself "lift up your leg so you can move your pole, now move your pole on the other side of your ski and stand up." This all happened so fast I was probably only down for less than a minute but it seemed more like five. Luckily no one came down the hill. I got up and continued on trying to gain my composure. 

I was holding Hillary off but I had no idea what my gap was. I pushed it when I could and made it back to the field. I glanced back once before the bridge 200 yds to the finish line and didn't see her. I gave it my all and crossed the finish line in 1:18:26. Hillary came across in 1:22:27.

I slowed to a stop and hung my head trying to regain my breath. I found Regina and gave her a hug and started crying. When I have difficulties in a race and give 110% I loose it and cry because I am proud of myself, I am exhausted, I am happy it's over and I am stronger. Mixed emotions get the best of me and crying usually wins the battle.
 
I cheered Hillary in and went inside to change for my cool down ski. I put my skis back on and began to shake I guess I didn't put enough layers on. Gina noticed this and ran back inside to get my puffy. I skied for five minutes and couldn't feel my fingers so I turned around and went back inside to warm up, drink my recovery drink and elevate my legs.

I learned so much from this race:
• Being 2:00 behind and not getting caught up in trying to run faster when it's not my pace.
• Knowing I can push myself a little harder, I wanted to give up on the ungroomed snowshoe portion but I didn't.
• Problem solving and staying in control of my race and trying not to worry about anyone else who I can't control.

After awards and more stretching Regina and I had lunch across the way at Bretton Woods Alpine and visited my friend Megan.

When I got home I had a 30 minute easy spin to help my legs recover a bit more and I was still chilled.


Online results here

Monday, February 2, 2015

Welcome Recent 2015 Sponsors

I've started the process of asking businesses to support my 2015 race season and I wouldn't be able to pursue my triathlon career at this level without their help and the support of friends and family. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

As of today the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, the White Mountain Aquatic Center and Peak Health Sports Massage have signed on again!  It feels amazing that I can say these local businesses, along with a few others I have not asked yet, have been a part of Team Skidmore since the beginning back in 2012.



http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/


I am also proud to welcome Stan and Dan's Sports as the official Team Skidmore bike shop!  

http://www.stananddansports.com/




Monday, January 26, 2015

I made the right decision....

Oh the life of a dedicated athlete, it brings out many emotions; the feeling of success, the physical hard work, the hours of training, the dedication to training and having to turn down most social engagements. It can get overwhelming at times, so overwhelming it can lead to break downs and uncertainties. Well about 3 weeks ago, that happened. I didn't know if I wanted to continue training at the level I was at, I was struggling to find time to spend with my friends, and I was becoming really unorganized and unmotivated.

I meet with Steve to talk about 2015 races and broke down in tears and let it all out. He understood and said I was the only one to make the decision to continue or to stop, that was hard. I wanted someone else to decide. Triathlon is my life and I couldn't image giving it up, I could picture coming home and not having to train but then come summer I wouldn't be racing- that did not feel right at all.

I took 2 weeks and didn't train. I thought long and hard about my life and what was important.  I sat with Regina and we made a list of priories and put them in order. At that point training was near them bottom and that made me sad. At the end of the 2 weeks I re did the list and tri was back near the top. I had to balance everything much better and become more organized if I wanted the two things most important to me (a social life and training for tri at a competitive level) to be at the top.

Fast forward to today and things are much different. I am continuing to train and am looking to apply for my Elite/Pro license. That requires me to race in three elite races (races that offer a prize purse of $5,000 or more) and finish within 8% of the top woman. These races are not local and will take me out of New England. I'm guessing they will cost about $1,000 each with flights, bike transportation, hotel, food etc. I will post them soon and hope that I can make a connection with some of you who might know someone near the venue. Right now it looks like the 3 locations will be St. Petersburg FL, Boulder CO and Mont Tremblant Canada.

In November I worked with Regina, Steve and my friends Pat and Julie to put together an official race portfolio and sent it to big companies but I didn't realize that most of them allocate sponsorship dollars in September/October. So I have only heard back from 2 of the 40 I sent out.

One of them was Skratch Labs. I add their Exercise Hydration Mix to every water bottle. It's like powdered Gatorade but MUCH better for you. It's made with all natural and real food ingredients. I applied to be a Taste Agent and received this email last week:
First, our apologies for the delayed response, we are still a pretty small team here. Due to the overwhelming interest in our program it has taken us awhile to get back to everyone, thanks for your patience!

Second, thank you for your interest in our Skratch Labs Taste Agent program, and for dotting every i, and crossing every t.

And finally, we are excited to welcome you to the team!

So, let's get down to business and spread some Skratch love! We have attached your individual agreement contract. Please read over everything carefully and sign and date at the bottom and return to us.
We definitely feel the need to thank you in advance as well, you are the flesh-and-blood organisms hitting the streets, trails, water, gym, classroom, air, to spread our message, humor, and love, and we are proud to be working with you!
 
So I have to talk about it with my friends and fellow athletes, connect with them via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and here in my blog. So I started a Twitter account @megskidmore and an Instagram account too @megtris !

The second was Specialized. They asked me to connect with Stan and Dan Sports to see what they could offer me. So I met with Stan today and I have support from them!! Welcome to Team Skidmore Stan and Dan Sports!!

I also have the support of the White Mountain Aquatic Center where I spend 3 mornings a week getting faster with Steve and the Masters class!

In other excitting news I did a photo shoot and am on the Stabil Icers Run and Hike boxes!! Thanks to Regina for setting this up for me!!