March has been a very busy month, and race season is officially underway now that we've completed the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, Mercer Island Half Marathon, and the third Fitness For Vitality 5k/10k! Read on for more details from all the races! We've also got some exciting news to share with everyone; planning for upcoming races; and would like to highlight one of our team sponsors. Thanks for being a part of Sound Training and Racing!
We're excited to have passed the Lifeguard certification course! Not only will this help us ensure your safety during our swim workouts and open water swim practice, but it also allows us to more easily gain access to various pools in the area so that we can provide you with more group swimming opportunities. We're already in communication with Evergreen Community Aquatic Center, so we hope to have more news on this soon!
Instead of trying to schedule around other free workouts that are happening in the area, Peter will start attending West Seattle Runner's Tuesday Track Workouts at 6:15pm (meet at the store). The workouts are written by a member of the Seattle Running Company who has won the Seattle Marathon 4 times! At the most recent workout, there were men and women of all abilities, so everyone should feel welcome! Workouts are not defined in preparation for a particular race - some people are just running to stay in shape, others are preparing for marathons, and others for 5k and 10k races - and it's okay to shorten the workout if you feel it's getting too long for you. One of the most important parts about participating in any group workout, is that you RESPECT YOUR BODY and don't push it through something it isn't prepared for. Be smart with your training, and each week I'm sure you'll be able to got a little faster or a little farther.
The Mt Rainier Duathlon is April 26th and we'd love to get a group from Sound Training and Racing to have a presence there! For those that aren't sure what a "duathlon" is - it is a two-sport race that is split into three legs, typically in the order run-bike-run. At Mt Rainier Duathlon there will be both a short course (1.64 mile run, 14.44 mile bike, 3.79 mile run) and long course option (5.12 mile run, 28.88 mile bike, 3.79 mile run). We have a lot of relatively new swimmers in the group, so if you want to get a feel for triathlon without the worry of having to start with a swim, this is a GREAT option!
We're also planning to do a recon ride of the course next Saturday April 11th. We'll carpool down, planning to leave West Seattle at 8am and probably return 12-1pm (or later if we stop for lunch after the ride). If anybody is interested in joining us, please let us know either via Facebook, email, on the STR Members forum, or the contact us page!
It's time for another triathlon team relay! We were excited to see that Issaquah Triathlon is planning to have a relay category for the race this year! This is another FANASTIC way to get introduced to a triathlon race without having to complete it all yourself! The Issaquah Triathlon has only the sprint distance, but is beginner friendly with a 1/4 mile (440yd) swim, 14 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. Each relay will consist of 3 people, each do a different part of the race - one person swims, one person bikes, and one person runs. Let us know if you're interested in participating and we'll get you added to a team!
We had 4 Sound Training and Racing athletes in attendance for IM 70.3 Puerto Rico. We had fantastic support from friends and family while in Puerto Rico, and in an unexpected turn events, two of our members were able to form a relay team! Check out the Race Recap for the story!
Mariana Greene was determined to get back to the Mercer Island Half Marathon after a tough season following the race last year. She was incredibly dedicated throughout her training and had a fantastic race! She finished in 1:52:41, over 17 minutes faster than the previous year! Congratulations Mariana!
The third race of the FFV series was a huge success! It was great to have so many people from the team at the race, and to see so many smiles on the course! Check out the Race Recap for details, and our Facebook album for photos (you shouldn't need to log in to view the photos).
We'd like to highlight Biojunction Sports Therapy and Lora Clothier as our #1 go to physical therapist for all running related aches and pains. They have been amazing at diagnosing and treating various hip, leg, and foot pains that were inhibiting our athletes, and have seen great results from the strengthening exercises they prescribe. If you're looking for a reliable, trustworthy physical therapist, look no further than Biojunction Sports Therapy!