a yogi in a triathlete’s world

It all starts with a phone call.

A lululemon conference call, to be exact. It goes a little something like this…"Hey guys, we're going to make some swimsuits. We need some peeps to test them out. Any of you swim?".

It'd been a while, but I swam in high school. 'Perfect', I thought to myself. I'd been trying to figure out a way to reach out to the triathlete crowd in my new hometown, North County San Diego. So armed with a borrowed pair of goggles, my lululemon polka dot one-piece and butterflies in my stomach, I walked into my first master swim.

Flash-forward a year, I’m swimming 10-12 miles a week, running and now biking! Who would have thought it?? Certainly not me. But the truth is, it's fun. Really fun. The people are great, the community's tight, and you get a ton of opportunities to be out in nature. Granted, sometimes nature is windy and cranky, but most of the time she's sunny, warm and happy to have your company (at least in San Diego).

things are a changin’

Now, it’s not all fun and games. I'm tired…a lot! I go to bed earlier. I bought a foam roller. And, depending on how you look at it, my yoga practice has suffered some serious setbacks.

things i’m picking up on

• Recovery Day – hands down, the best day of the week
• GU – at first I had to choke it down, now its my sweet friend
• ART – Active Release Technique, it hurts so good
• If invited to a triathlete party that starts at 7:30pm, show up on time. They’re gone by 9:45pm
• Run stairs, what?

things i wasn’t prepared for

• Falling into bed at 9:30pm
• Ever-shrinking hamstrings
• Chlorine-green highlights
• Wanting to eat everything in sight, all of the time

The funny thing is that I’m a yogi at heart. I’m so NOT hard-core. (I watch people do Cross Fit and shudder!) I love the union of breath and movement and how balanced I feel when my practice is consistent. See this picture?

This is me in one of my favorite yoga poses. My biggest goal of the year is two-fold - finish 3 triathlons and STILL be able to do this pose by Oct 1, 2009. Stay tuned to see how it goes! Any tips for me? I’m all ears!

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Girl, you will be able to do this pose BETTER and with ease after tri season.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — April 14, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

I like ClifShot Blocks – they’re wayyy better than GU!

Comment by Abbie — April 14, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

oh girl! i love you! i think i am going to have to join you one day for swim! lets hang!

Comment by Kate — April 14, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

Great work. Don’t skimp to much on yoga. Breath and awareness will get you through a lot.

Great new website, but what’s the deal with “tops” in the mens section? What guy would ever tell his friends he bought a “top”.

Comment by Sully — April 15, 2009 @ 8:06 am

Hi guys, wow.. ClifShot Blocks, I’ll be trying them and I’ll let you know what I think! Kate, any day girl, I’m at the pool a lot…Sully, I will make sure to let the designers know “Tops” ain’t the studliest description for the Dude section!!! Stay tuned for more :)

Comment by Kirsten — April 15, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

HI Tri coach from Australia and Yoga convert.

I coach a big squad and have done tris since 1984

17 Time Ironman finisher.

Contact me if you want some tips.

Tha position Ouch.

Comment by Jack Russell — April 16, 2009 @ 4:46 am

totally- i’ll give you some shot bloks- i LOVE the margarita flavor and i have a feeling your margarita-loving self might like them too. AND they have 2x the sodium of other flavors to help with cramping…yum.

also, get used to getting lapped going up stairs. i’m always the last one up! gottta save that energy for the workouts!

i’m so proud of your progress and how you dove right in! and your focus on learning and having fun- THAT is what will help you succeed.

Comment by beth — April 17, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

WHERE can I find the swimsuits? I’m doing my first tri (okay try-a-tri) and I’m thinking about doing it in a lululemon sports bra and bikini bottom because my speedo that I usually swim in has absolutely NO support for the run leg.

Comment by Sylvia — May 6, 2009 @ 9:13 am

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