If We Were Riding’ is a weekly triathlon-ish newsletter written by Kelly O’Mara and produced by Live Feisty Media. Subscribe to get it in your inbox every Wednesday morning. You can also read past issues. This episode is from April 17, 2019.
I was in Lima this weekend for Peru 70.3 and it went badly for me and I don’t really want to talk about it. I actually don’t really want to talk about triathlon at all and I definitely don’t want to answer questions or listen to opinions about the sport. I sort of just want to curl up in a little hole and shut off my computer. Which, sometimes, is just what you need to do for a few days. Take your 48 hours and wallow. Then make some decisions. But, unfortunately for you all, I’m still in the wallowing period. Which means this week’s newsletter is a bit short and hopefully not too dark.
A big announcement
The biggest news of the week (and one of the actually good things that happened): We’re launching a Patreon for Live Feisty. In case you don’t know, Live Feisty produces this newsletter, the ‘If We Were Riding‘ and ‘Ironwomen‘ podcasts, Facebook Live coverage at races, and the Outspoken Summit.
It’s also a labor of love (as they say), because who doesn’t love triathlon-ish stuff and women and sports. When Sara started Live Feisty a little over a year ago, it was with the belief that there is ultimately a need for new voices in endurance sports, especially the voices of women and minorities, especially in triathlon. But also it was with the belief that this can be fun.
We’ve wanted to ensure everyone can access the content, but increasingly also want to expand what we can do and make it sustainable. So if you enjoy the podcasts or live coverage or newsletter or articles on the Live Feisty website, then consider becoming a Patron even at some small level. Plus, there are perks for subscribers and we’ll ultimately give them more chances to be involved behind-the-scenes too.
OK, that’s all for now. Go check it out.
Boston & some other races too
While it’s officially triathlon race season again — Peru 70.3, Craig Alexander still winning at Liuzhou 70.3, Challenge Melbourne — the biggest race of the weekend was obviously the Boston Marathon.
The men’s race came down to a full-out sprint between Lelisa Desisa and Lawrence Cherono. It’s quite the video. It’s also basically the nightmare of more than a few athletes out there. The women’s race played out opposite, with Worknesh Degefa leading from early. But the U.S. women used teamworkto take three of the top 10 places — 3rd for Jordan Hasay, 5th for Des Linden and Lindsey Flanagan in 9th. (The U.S. men went 7th and 8th in Scott Fauble and statistician Jared Ward.) But really I think we’re all most excited about Joan Benoit Samuelson’s 3:04 at 61 years old.
Of course, a lot of people had rough days too. Here’s how the race messes with athletes and slows them down.
Do you race solo?
While Boston is all about the crowds and the friends and the scene, there’s something to be said for solo race travel. I do a lot of it and it’s intimidating — where are you going to eat, how are you going to get a ride to the start, what if something goes wrong — but it’s also liberating. (Just be careful about spending too much time in your own head.) That probably can be said of solo travel generally, which is on the rise. Yet, which still remains dangerous for women (arguably in some ways more dangerous as more women venture out on their own).
I traveled to Lima on my own but ended up rolling with a squad all weekend. Acquaintances and friends of friends and just other triathletes. It was both amazing — uh, yes to invites to penthouse post-race parties with a bartender serving up Pisco sours — and also overwhelming at times. I wouldn’t have been able to get in a pre-race ride without borrowing a trainer, and I wouldn’t have been able to figure out rides without us all pow-wowing. But sometimes you have to go lay down in your room by yourself too.
Do you race solo or always with an entourage?
Someone of you pointed out I didn’t include the link sources last week. Sorry, I was rushing to a flight and very tired. Fixed now.
- Philippe Gilbert won Paris-Roubaix this weekend too. It’s a crazy race and I want to love it, but mostly ‘I just feel excluded.’ (Cycling Weekly)
- Can crowdfunding raise enough money for a women’s UCI race? It’s an interesting idea. (VeloNews)
- NASA canceled its all-women spacewalk because of a lack of space suits that fit. But why are the suits so narrowly designed anyway. (Outside)
- She went from being a world champion cyclist and Olympic medalist to homeless in Seattle. (Seattle Times)
- The running boom — and let’s just say triathlon too — isn’t going anywhere. (Outside)
- There’s a new pro swim league coming to the U.S. and Katie Ledecky is signed on. (Washington Post)
- Are you tapering your caffeine correctly for maximum performance? (I’m definitely not, mostly because I also don’t really do caffeine.) (Outside)
- Clif Bar and KIND Bar are going to war. (Triathlete)
- The era of easy online returns is bad for the environment. It’s also coming to an end. (Vox)
Comments & thoughts
– Allison wants to know “When is it a bad day or when are you (in general) just making excuses?” And, man, Allison, I want to know too.