Workouts, Rides and Carly.

Training for the 2018 triathlon season is kicking into high gear for the BW Racing Team. And we really want you to come join us for some workouts as we begin ramping up - because misery loves company, er rather, we're always stronger together. We've got quality sessions FOR FREE nearly every day of the week. Pick one (or two or three or ...) that works for you and get your 2018 season going right.

This past Sunday, more than 20 athletes joined us and the Austin Triathlon Club for a fun run around Lady Bird Lake and breakfast afterward at Austin Java.

This coming Saturday, Feb. 3, we're hosting a special Liv Winter Warm Up ride. As Austin's Liv Ambassador, I'll be leading the ride, along with fellow Ambassador and Jasmine Pacheco. It's a ladies-only, no-drop ride (we might let a dude or two tag along if you can keep up). We'll head from the shop down to Buda and back with a stop at Spokesman Coffee on the way back. The weather's looking great, and we're looking forward to seeing lots of lovely cyclists out there.

This week, our athlete spotlight is on BW Racing Team member Carly Conrad. She recently completed the Chevron Houston Marathon in a blistering 3:24, easily qualifying for the 2019 Boston Marathon. Next, she'll be racing Ironman New Zealand on March 3, so she's spending some serious time in the saddle and getting ready to head to the southern hemisphere.

Carly answered a few questions for me about her training and why she chose to go down under for her next ironman.

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Q: Why did you choose to race Ironman New Zealand?

When I first got into this sport, it opened a lot of doors I never knew existed, including travel and adventure. Ironman events are all over the world in crazy destinations, some of which I’ve never seen or even heard of. So why not kill two birds with one stone, and experience some of the world’s most amazing places on foot, on a bike and in the water? 140.6 miles is long, so I figured I might as well do it somewhere that’ll make it interesting, new and exciting. Plus, you get to throw in a super sweet vacay as reward for all the hard work you’ve done! I can’t fathom doing Ironman any other way. Cool races in cool places makes perfect sense, and New Zealand rose to the top as the next exhilarating destination to hit.

Q: What’s been the best part of IM training so far?

The social aspect, having friends and various groups to train with. Also, feeling like my body is getting stronger and stronger every day. I didn’t think it was possible for my quads to turn into rocks!

Q: What’s been the hardest part?

Training in the winter – I hate the cold!

Q: What have you learned about yourself during this process so far?

First, that I can keep pushing longer and harder than I give myself credit for. The second is kind of negative, but I’ve learned that I’ve actually become quite selfish, revolving my life around my racing, my training, my schedule, my goals, etc. Once this race is over, I’d like to start figuring out how I can use the sport of triathlon to give back in some way.

Q: What are your goals for IMNZ?

To experience one of the world’s most beautiful countries on foot, bike and water. Oh, and a podium finish would be nice, but I don’t like making that a goal, because you never know who’s going to show up and how the day will go. The main goal: just have fun!

Q: What’s the silliest thing that you’ve done in training?

Probably my propensity to constantly fall off the bike while trying to get my water bottle. I’ve just given up. I'll have to stop and refill my bottles and eat at pre-determined intervals. There are many things I’m good, but coordination is not one of them. That’s why I’ve never played sports with balls.

Q: When the going gets tough on IM day, what will you think about to keep you going?

This, too, shall pass. And when it does, you’re going to wish you were right back here doing it all over again. So suck it up and enjoy it!

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