10 Tips for Your First Triathlon

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There are plenty of tips out there for shaving time off your transition, improving your stroke, and finding the right shoes. But let’s face it, when it’s your first triathlon, the goal is to not drown and finish. Also, a lot of the tips to improve speed can be a little overwhelming and complicated to a first-time competitor. Sure, strapping your bike shoes to your pedals with rubberband saves 30 seconds but getting them flipped off without falling takes practice. Here’s a few triathlon tips to save you some trouble and help you survive.

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Everything You Don’t Want to Know about an ACL but Might Have To

Having blown out my ACL skiing down a steep chute (that’s my story, okay), I am now well versed in what fixing it entails. First of all, an ACL can’t heal on its own. Not sure why, but it might have something to do with the fact it was completely separated from my tendon but whatever. When you tear an ACL, you have two choices: 1, graft it together using your hamstring or 2, graft it together using your patella tendon. Fun options, I know. I had two very good doctors in their field each advise me to do one and not the other. What’s a girl to do?

I am now telling people I blew out my ACL instead of tore. It sounds awesome and more accurate.

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A Torn ACL and All I Got Was This Lousy Story

Like all my major injuries, the story that goes along with it sucks.

I was getting kids off a lift and when I turned to help the one on my left, the other one’s ski went under mine and swiped my leg out from underneath me. I felt a little silly about the entire thing until I found three other instructors who did the same thing the same way. I will say this for myself, I got those kids down the mountain and none of them had any idea I was injured. I did, however, ignore all requests to cut through trees and hit bumps. For one run, I was the boring instructor. Continue reading “A Torn ACL and All I Got Was This Lousy Story”

Proper Ski Boot Fit

When I heard that people spend hundreds of dollars getting ski boots professionally fitted, I couldn’t believe the things suckers will pay money for. But I’ve come to learn that a lot of our skiing weaknesses can be traced back to the wrong equipment. Last year I visited a professional fitter for custom insoles. After getting that toe in the water, I went back this season for the full deal and got an alignment. The question now: is it worth it?

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