Hillary Biscay http://hillarybiscay.com Ironman Champion Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:54:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kona SMASHfest 2014 http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/10/23/kona-smashfest-2014/ http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/10/23/kona-smashfest-2014/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:54:44 +0000 http://hillarybiscay.com/?p=10365

In the past couple years Kona has become my biggest work week of the year. It is a crazy non-stop 7-10 days going full bore on the SMASH and coaching jobs. I always end up getting verrrrrry minimal training done myself yet coming home feeling like I’ve been run over by a bus. As I sit here on a plane to Texas for the next stop in our SMASH roadshow, I am still not sure I have recovered from the Kona madness.

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But it was well worth it! The only bummer of this new schedule is that my catch-ups with some of my besties are limited to their time stopping by our SMASH expo booth. Gone are the leisurely coffee chats and long dinners out during race week. Thankfully, as you can see, Belinda and my crew came by and visited and even got outfitted in the latest SMASH gear! We introduced a bunch of new stuff (see bikinis below) in Kona and were pretty stoked with how it was all received.

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This year was a huge year for TeamHPB with our biggest group of athletes racing yet—6 in total. I always relish being able to work with my kids in person even though there isn’t a ton of “work” left to be done race week. Still, I love seeing them in action and for them to have this time to bond as a group.

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The team suits are always a highlight . . . And we loved having a male mascot this year (first-timer Tim Perkin) Smile

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There are not many experiences in coaching more thrilling than watching the wide-eyed excitement and appreciation of a Kona newbie, knowing the kind of hard work for YEARS that have gone into getting him there.

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I don’t think Tim stopped smiling the whole day, all while flawlessly executing his race plan and going sub-10 in tough conditions on his first outing.

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Then this was another huge TeamHPB moment: our first Hawaii age group win. That’s Sam, running down Ali’I to take the 18-24 victory by over 40 mins (and 4th overall age group woman). I feel so incredibly fortunate to work with this group of athletes and already can’t wait to see who makes up next year’s Kona crew, as we have three who will be switching to the pro ranks now.

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I had one more responsibility this year in Kona and that was to try to be support staff for the GCM in his return to the Island. He took 2 years off from this race after a meltdown in the lava in 2011, which apparently took 2++ years to recover from.

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I knew he was back ready to embrace the pain when, race week, I asked him how his ride that day went, and he replied, “I just love that highway.” Dead serious.

Okayyyyyy. I guess someone is ready to go!

And he was. That’s him at the front of the race, where he managed to spent a ton of time last Saturday, leading the bike. If you missed the online coverage (I did), you can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmA9SkuQ_sI

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Cat had his best Kona yet (maybe the it was lucky Fast Cat kit we designed especially for him to wear in Kona?!?), coming off the bike in second and finishing 11th. This was his best place yet and closest he had been to the holy grail, or top ten—but it is a bit painful when that 10th is just 51 seconds ahead. Ouch! Next year.

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This is now my annual post-workfest decompression routine: my all-time fave open-water swim, the 10km from the pier in Kona to Keahou (also known as the Ultraman swim course). My friend Michelle Simmons has been an awesome partner in crime for this little adventure the past two years on Sunday morning while the rest of town eats their hard-earned cinnamon rolls. At that point I am just grateful to get a long workout in and go face-down in the quiet of big blue for a couple hours.

ALOOOOOHA!

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See you in Texas! http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/10/22/see-you-in-texas/ http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/10/22/see-you-in-texas/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:54:51 +0000 http://hillarybiscay.com/?p=10340

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Getting here . . . http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/10/05/kona-prep-in-tucson/ http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/10/05/kona-prep-in-tucson/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 15:58:12 +0000 http://hillarybiscay.com/?p=10335

We’re here!!! Kona, that is . . .

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Sam& I on our way to Arivaca—a 140-mile adventure on 2 wheels.

So before I dive into Kona updates and photos I thought I should update on how we got here. The last month we’ve been knee-deep in new SMASH merchandise, preparing for the expo here this week (our booth opens on Ali’i Tuesday at noon!), and I’ve been deep into smashfests with my kids.

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TeamHPB has 6 kids racing here this week and, well, I am pretty much beside-myself proud of them and excited about this! I was fortunate enough to have to have our young superstar Sam Morrison of them out in Arizona for some of her final prep in these past couple weeks. Our TeamHPB’s Kona Dawn even made a guest appearance to get smashed by the youngster on an interval ride out Mission Road.

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In my only semi-fit state, trying to keep up with her nearly killed me on a couple of occasions, but thankfully I have some “big guns” back home whom I can call on for these occasions. Above is Aunt Sammy tag-teaming pacing an 800s session with me.

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Someone is strong, tough, and ready to smash Kona.

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Oh yeah, so is this guy Smile Smile Smile That’s him and Faris post-Shootout/ Madera Canyon smashfest last weekend.

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Our Fast Cat! So excited to have him back racing in the lava again this year after two years away. He is ready to rock.

I will try to keep you updated from the Island via my twitter if nothing else!!

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Missing MOO http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/09/02/missing-moo/ http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/09/02/missing-moo/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:14:51 +0000 http://hillarybiscay.com/?p=10280

I am really bummed to write today’s update. As most of you are probably aware, about a month ago, we had some sad news both about some of our classic American races and professional ironman racing here in the States. The WTC announced that in 2015 we will no longer have professional races at some of my very favorite events, including Ironman Lake Placid, and—even worse—Ironman Wisconsin. Of course this was really sad for me personally, as I’ve had 7 outings in Madison and would have loved to get in 10 before calling it a career. But a month ago I learned that 2014 would most likely be my last one.

Much bigger than my personal loss, however, is the loss to the development of the pros in our sport here in the States. In taking away the smaller-purse events, we’ve done away with opportunities for developing pros who are willing to race their tails off and hustle for a dollar to make ends meet–that’s how many of my peers and I got our start. Now I find myself wondering where to send my young women who have pretty much maxed out age-group title-winning opportunities and will be first-year pros next year. At the iron-distance, they won’t have an opportunity to even try to make a part-time income racing as “professionals” domestically. And that, I think, is a huge loss—for the future of our sport.

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Now back to my personal situation: in short, my own sad news is that I now find myself unable to take advantage of my last opportunity to race at my all-time favorite venue in front of my all-time favorite crowds this weekend in Madison. I could not be more disappointed and feel really lame even detailing how I ended up having to pull my name off the start list last week. It basically comes down to a silly and unfortunate string of events that have kept me from preparing properly over the past two months: tendonitis in my foot and time off of running, followed by a bike crash / emergency room/ stitches blah blah, followed by an infection in my foot that once again kept me from running and ended up having to be cut open and drained . . . then ending with my back going out after five days of limping around on a jacked up foot with an infection in it. That put me 10 days ago, two weeks out from Ironman Wisconsin, having missed much too much training over 7 weeks, and still unable even to walk normally as my back was so freaked out.

It would have been one thing if I’d gone into this period super fit but after 3 iron-distance races and a 100K in 8 weeks then taking the last 3 weeks of June for a work-fest, I had long out-raced and out-“rested” my fitness. I desperately needed to be nose-to-the-grindstone during July and August and it didn’t happen. As much as I wanted so badly to experience IMMOO one more time–and my family already had their tickets to come watch, etc—it is also the last place that I wanted to go and jog around all day. So I had to make the tough call. I want to thank everyone who has already sent me such lovely good luck messages and send all my best smashfest wishes to everyone racing in Madison on Sunday—I will certainly be there in spirit!

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Where has summer gone?! http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/08/01/where-has-summer-gone/ http://hillarybiscay.com/2014/08/01/where-has-summer-gone/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:53:29 +0000 http://hillarybiscay.com/?p=10276

I just realized that it is August and that I missed all of July here! I promise I did not intend to quit blogging but the triple-job juggling has managed to get the best of me. All the “work” has been worthwhile though as my babies—my TeamHPB kidlets and SMASH –have been, well, smashing it.

Summer highlights thus far:

Revitalize

I came home from my Australian racing-fest and went straight into a life-changing weekend at Revitalize, a wellness summit put on by the amazing people at MindBodyGreen. It was a mind-expanding weekend in which I had the opportunity to spend time with some of my all-time favorite people, like Rich Roll and his wife Julie Piatt, and also to meet so many incredible new people—all thought leaders in the world of wellness. And everyone was so eager to learn from one another.

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The weekend involved two full days of content that was live-streamed over the internet on MindBodyGreen and I was fortunate to be asked to speak on a couple different topics. If you are interested, this is a link to my talk on How to Believe in Yourself When No One Else Does.

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And this is a link to the panel in which Rich Roll and I Talk about Mental Toughness.

SMASHing Coeur d’Alene

The next big event was Ironman Coeur d’Alene, where I had the opportunity for lots of bonding with SMASH fans and my TeamHPBers—what could be better!?

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Meeting our super SMASH people in person is always such a highlight, and I loved that my GCM got the men of Coeur d’Alene converted to proper attire too Smile

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Huge thanks to our Coeur d’Alene family, the Kozaks, for taking care of us yet again and to homestay dad, Jim, for hosting SMASH at his awesome bike shop, CycleMetrix.

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Coeur d’Alene was a huge day for my kids—all of them had personal breakthroughs of some sort, and three of my women ended up on stage the next day with top-five age group finishes. Our super-stud Maggie Rusch took the women’s overall age group title—the fastest amateur woman on the day—with a phenomenal race.

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More TeamHPB Wins

The overall age group win at these big races is a trend the women of TeamHPB have started for themselves this year, with Sam taking the title at Wildlower, Maggie at New Orleans 70.3, and then again at Ironman Coeur d’Alene . . .

Then Sam did it again at Racine 70.3, which left no choice but for our Leslie DiMichele to . . . well, annihilate the age group field at Ironman Lake Placid (by over 20 mins, I believe!)

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Introducing our newest overall age group champ and the 7th and final member TeamHPB’s 2014 Kona Team, Leslie!!

I am pretty much beside myself about what these women have managed to accomplish in the past few months and about the fact that we have seven kids heading to KONA!!!

Fresh Smashfest Queen Goods

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More big news in SMASH land: so. many. new. designs. We are frantically shipping IROCK (above) orders as we speak, and below is our 2014 Summer dress, the Michele Dress!

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Love!

Getting the Work Done in the Dirty T

My July mission has been to try to get fit again after pretty much neglecting this job after Ironman Cairns in June. The plan of attack was Lemmon, Lemmon, and more Mt. Lemmon.

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I must admit that the 4th time up in 8 days buckled me! But this is indeed the nicest place to be in the Dirty T in the summer time. Back up again bright and early tomorrow–Happy smashfest my friends!

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