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Ironman Texas

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: May 7, 2017
What an insane few weeks it has been. It’s always a big task to simply prepare for an Ironman; there are so many details involved that it can seem overwhelming at times. Couple that with a move to our summer training location in Boulder; it was difficult combination for sure! Its been a crazy few weeks getting settled, recovering and adapting to altitude that I’m not sure I would have had time to write this now had I not gotten food poisoning yesterday. So here it is, my take on my 4th place result at Ironman Texas.
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Puerto Rico 70.3

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: April 4, 2017
Travel to San Juan was a breeze; Jarrod and I travelled on a direct fly on the Friday before the Sunday race. Our friend Fabian picked us up from the airport and drove us to our hotel, where were upgraded to an ocean view suite! Score! We ordered a bunch of room service, built our bikes, and went to sleep.
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Pucon 70.3...better late than never

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: February 19, 2017
The trip to Pucon is LONG. You have to be pretty motivated to get to a race like this, especially in January. My trip went like this: Fly from Orlando to Houston, 4 hour layover in Houston. Fly from Houston to Santiago. Wait 90min in passport control line, pick up bags, wait in agricultural check line, check into a local airline and barely make flight. Fly from Santiago to Temuco. Arrive in Temuco and drive 2 hours to Pucon. The second I stepped out of my shuttle I couldn’t believe the view; the volcano is absolutely breathtaking.
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A Professional Marriage: 10 Years In.

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: January 9, 2017
I must confess that I wrote the majority of this post a couple years ago, but I never posted it. I stumbled upon it a few days ago when I was cleaning up my computer and thought it's appropriate to share after just celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary with my husband, Jarrod Shoemaker. So here it is, a sneak peak into what it's like for two professional triathletes to be married to one another.
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Island House Invitational Triathlon and 2016 Season Reflections

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: November 29, 2016
My 3 weeks post Kona to prepare for Island House went by way faster than I would have liked. I knew it was going to be a difficult challenge to recover from Kona in time to race my best at Island House. I had some great sessions and went in with the mentality that I was going to simply do my best; I had an open mind and heart. It was so great to spend time with Katie and Tommy Zaferes in the weeks between Kona and Island House. They are two of our closest friends, and they are also embarking on same journey as in this winter and buying a tiny house. We had so much fun discussing layouts, space saving ideas, and simply “living tiny”!
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Kona

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: October 21, 2016
It's amazing how much can change on a single calendar year. Last year I attended Kona as a spectator and was inspired by the difficulty of the event. This year I made it my goal to qualify and be competitive in Kona. My goal was to place top 10 and though I felt short of that particular outcome goal I am still proud of my race. Here is how my adventure unfolded.
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How to use SPF in an Ironman

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: September 19, 2016
With my first Ironman World Championship just around the corner, I thought it was appropriate that I share my tips for using SPF on race day. Many people gloss over SPF or choose not to attempt it because it seems difficult, but thanks to my extremely sun sensitive skin this was a detail that I simply could not afford to overlook. I suppose I write this post with a hint of bias as the owner of skincare company, but I mostly write this as an individual who loves triathlon and I think I've figured out a way to seamlessly integrate SPF into my race day. I hope that what someone will take away from this is that you can use SPF on race day, it’s easy and it just might save your life. Here are my tips on shielding your skin:
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70.3 World Championships

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: September 15, 2016
Travels over to Australia went so smoothly. A few of us from Boulder happened to have the same travel itineray; travelling with friends is always more fun as it definitely makes the layovers go a little quicker. It was so nice to have Jarrod with me. When he's traveling with me I completely mentally shut off and follow him around the airports- he has so much more experience with international travel than I do. He knows all the short cuts, lounges, good food spots and most importantly has status on United;) Joe Gambles, Jarrod and I rented a condo just north of the race venue. Joe was a blast to hang out with pre race, he kept the mood light and made Jarrod and I laugh constantly. I completely fell in love with the Sunshine Coast. I was genuinely very sad to head back to the States. This entire trip was just magic! Now onto the good stuff...
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Ironman Lake Placid

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: July 29, 2016
Lake Placid was an entirely different race experience than Ironman Texas. I arrived at Albany airport on Wednesday prior to the race; it was a gorgeous 2hr 15min drive up to Lake Placid. My initial race stressor was not having cell service for the first 24 hours of my trip. This completely stressed me out, not being able to call Jarrod, use maps to navigate a new town, etc. To make matters a little more challenging, my rental apartment also had no wireless internet. I settled into my rental apartment, ate food, built my bike and went to sleep hoping that maybe my phone would work tomorrow. As I fell asleep I imagined I was a little girl again, camping out at Guelph Lake with my family the night before a race. I had no cell phone them, no laptop or wireless connection; I was going to be fine.
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Ironman Texas

By: Alicia Kaye
Date: May 25, 2016
It’s been 10 days since I finished my first Ironman. I’m just starting to come down off the high of it all, I think no matter what else I achieve in my career it will be most of my proudest moments. Here is a brief (ok it turned out to not be so brief) reflection on how it all went down. Maybe go grab your favorite beverage and a snack and tuck into my race report.
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