USAT Age Group National Championships

Hiya, friends—long time no see!  As usual, I’ve had a busy week:  my big-girl internship ended yesterday, which was very bittersweet.  It was a good experience, and I learned a lot about magazine land, plus I had the opportunity to attend cool events and interview some neat people.  I’m definitely ready for a change, though, so I’m excited to pick up more hours at JackRabbit and become truly immersed in the world of running, biking, and triathloning retail.


Wore these Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s during my last shift.

Anyway, short and sweet post this afternoon because I need to pack; remember the MuckFest MS Mud Run?  Yep, it’s this weekend!


Team t-shirts because we’re so legit.

I also need to figure out what apparel will help me trudge through five miles of mud and obstacles the most efficiently.  Capris would probably work, right?  And an old pair of sneakers?  I’m a mud-run newbie, so help a girl out!

Before I face my empty suitcase, I have some news to share:  I received an email from USA Triathlon that I qualified for the 2013 USAT Age Group National Championships!


What the what?! (Liz Lemon reference)

There are several ways to qualify for this Olympic-distance event, and since I finished second in my age group (AG) at the Nautica South Beach Triathlon (or top 10 percent), I made the cut.  Honestly, I’m still taking it all in.  I’ll be the first to tell you my AG isn’t super competitive (most people start doing triathlons in their late-20s or early-30s), but it’s obviously a great honor, and I couldn’t have done it without my team, coaches, mentors, and support of my family and friends.  So right now, it looks like I’ll be heading to Milwaukee for the Aug. 10 event! (I guess that means I won’t be doing the Cazenovia Triathlon on Aug. 11 anymore.)

Have you done a mud run?  Any tips?  What’s on your agenda this weekend?

27 responses to “USAT Age Group National Championships

  1. That is SO AWESOME – you should go! I grew up in Milwaukee and really want to go, but 1. I haven’t qualified and 2. It’s a week before IM Mont Tremblant. I have it on my radar for 2014, though.

  2. That’s so exciting! Congrats!

  3. um congrats! that is awesome. look at you, kicking butt and taking names

  4. Enjoy that mud run!! Bring lots of plastic bags 😉

  5. That’s so exciting about the Age Group nationals!! Yay!! Good for you 🙂

    • Thanks, Jamie! Lots of work (in terms of training) needs to be done before, but I’m ready for it. 🙂

  6. Way to go, Carrie! 🙂

  7. Congrats on Nationals! I qualified a couple years ago but didn’t find out until it was too late to go. I would definitely go if you can swing it. Such a great experience! I did a mud run last year last minute because a friend of a friend dropped out of a team and they needed another member. I was a bit nervous at first because I had a 10-miler that day on my schedule, but it turned out to be a total blast! (and I still had a great 10 mile run later in the afternoon 🙂 )

    • Thanks, friend! I’m going to try my best to swing it; like you wrote, it would be an amazing experience! And hopefully I don’t get my butt kicked too badly. 😉

  8. Congratulations on the 2nd place finish at Nautica South Beach and for qualifying for the AG Nationals. Those are amazing accomplishments. Sorry I’ve dropped off for the last few months…my injuries had my sidelined more thane expected. But I’m back at it now and looking forward to once again reading about all of your adventures.

  9. Wow that is awesome and congrats for qualifying. I can only imagine how excited you are and you def deserve that.

  10. Woo! Have a blast at your mud run this weekend! I wore a pair of fitted capris, a tank top (it was summer) and a pair of old sneakers. It worked well! Afterwards I just threw everything into the wash a couple times in a row and it was fine! haha

    • Thanks for the tips! I’m wearing all old stuff–sneakers, capris, sports bra, you name it. Also bringing plenty of plastic bags to quarantine the mud, lol.

  11. So, so, so excited for you! Such amazing news and such a great reward for all of your hard work so far 🙂

  12. Congratulations! This is such exciting news!

  13. Oh wow! Congrats on qualifying!!!! That is awesome.
    For the mud run – wear tight fitting tech clothing. It’s easiest to wash the mud out of. You’d be surprised how heavy soggy muddy clothes get! Stay away from cotton! And wear a pair of shoes you don’t care about throwing away after 🙂 Have a great time!
    How’d you like the Inspire 9? Seth at Mizuno recommended that I give that shoe a a try. Thinking about it…

    • Thanks for the tips, Beka! I’m bringing old sneakers, and my capris and team t-shirt are both tech/sweat-wicking material, so no cotton. I’m debating whether to wear Under Armour underneath the sleeveless t-shirt; weather is supposed to be in the high 60s. The Inspires felt good–definitely a heavier shoe than most Mizunos because they offer more support.

  14. GAH!!! I’m so flipping happy for you Carrie!! Seriously, you are incredible. That is all.

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