I didn’t know Frank Guinn. But he knew me

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Or at least the internet version of me, which I like to think is somewhat similar to the real thing.

I didn’t know Frank, but I knew of Frank. His coach had mentioned him, and how excited he was to be coaching a firefighter. Just like me, Frank was from Atlanta, a Dynamo Multisport coached athlete. And just like me, Frank was in New Orleans last weekend, excited to race 70.3 miles through the Crescent City.

Frank’s wife Kimberly gave the most amazing pre-race speech. She said the last thing Frank would have wanted was for anyone to shed a tear on his behalf. She encouraged us all to race hard for Frank. She told us about the brotherhood of firefighters, and how she saw that same family dynamic in the triathletes standing on that start line. She told us about her brother Andrew, who from his hospital bed, was already making plans to race again. I didn’t know Frank, but I know Frank’s three little girls have an amazing role model in their mother.

I didn’t know Frank, but I raced past his memorial, past his ghost bike on Chef Highway. I thought about him often during that race and I admired the way his firefighter brethren showed up in force, collecting funds for his family at the finish line.

Most of us didn’t know Frank, but that hasn’t stopped the triathlon community from embracing him, donating to both his and Andrew’s fundraising sites. Both sites are close to their goals, and I am confident they will be far surpassed. Because even though we may not have known Frank, we DO know Frank. Frank is one of us, and the endurance sports family is SO strong.

Donate to the Frank Guinn Family Fund: http://www.gofundme.com/89mhhs

Donate to Andrew Powell’s Recovery Fund: http://www.gofundme.com/89yriw

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1-IMLC0352Big thanks to Nick from TriJuice for capturing this great shot of me charging out of the Sea of Cortez and leading the pro women’s swim at Ironman Los Cabos!

(Bonus, if you want to see what happened immediately after I hit the deep sand on shore, check out the sixth pic HERE, and try not to laugh!)

My full Ironman Los Cabos race recap is in the works (Spoiler alert: I had a great race and finished 5th!), but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few “in case you missed it” links from the past couple weeks!

#SMASHCabo Results!

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While Alyssa, Anabel, and I all had GREAT races in Cabo, the real winners were Steve and Stephanie! Steve actually had the closest guesses for BOTH Anabel’s Bike time and Alyssa’s Run time! VERY impressive considering the number of entries!! Stephanie managed an equally impressive closest guess to my swim time!! Hopefully Steve and Stephanie enjoy their SMASH prizes, and thanks to everyone who played!! If you didn’t win, you can always treat yourself to your own SMASH prize anytime at Smashfestqueen.com!

all3Sports Video and “My Favorite Things”

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Triathlon gear gurus/comedians Brent & Ian featured me and my Quintana Roo Illicito bike on their weekly all3sports.com video! We talk about a little bit of everything bike and tri related with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

Watch the whole video HERE.

Then go check out a list of my favorite things HERE.

Remember, use the code CHURA14 to get 15% off in store or online at all3sports.com!!  And be sure to watch Brent and Ian review new gear every week at dreambigdreamfast.com!

OSMO Nutrition Blog!

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 2.56.04 PMThe good people at Osmo put together a great pre-Cabo Q&A that’s definitely worth a read! I talk about racing in heat, nutrition, family, and my favorite Osmo recipes!! Read the full article HERE.

Next Up?

I’m headed to New Orleans this weekend to race Ironman 70.3 New Orleans this Sunday! I’m super excited to defend my title and keep the 2014 season rolling!! Follow all the action on twitter and hopefully on Ironman.com! If you’re in New Orleans, look for me! I’ll be dressed like this:

cabo_runGreat Cabo run shot courtesy of my sister!!

Thanks for the cheers!

 

 

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#SMASHCabo

by Haley on March 24, 2014

It’s race week, folks!! I’ll be on the start line for Ironman Los Cabos THIS Sunday! Even better, I’ll be sharing that start line with two of my fellow Smashfest Queen ambassadors, Alyssa and Anabel!

To celebrate what we’re calling #SMASHCabo, we’ve come up with a fun little contest, and YOU get to play!!!

smashcaboHow to Play (and WIN!)

1. Take a guess at my 2.4 mile swim time, Anabel’s 112 mile bike time, and Alyssa’s 26.2 mile run time.

2. Go to THIS google doc and enter your guesses!

3. Follow Anabel, Alyssa, and me as we race Ironman Los Cabos and see if you guessed right!

Submit your guesses by Saturday, March 29th! Prizes are SMASH apparel and accessories, of course!!

More Chances to Win!

Post a picture of your own SMASHFEST (aka CRAZY TOUGH WORKOUT) and use the hashtag #SMASHCabo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Extra points will be given to Mexican-themed shots!! Tag me and I might just post some of my favorites in a future blog!!

Friend, Follow, Like, Read – all the social media links you could ever need!!

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

WEBSITE

SMASH

@SMASFESTQUEEN

Smashfest.Queen

@Smashfestqueen

Smashfestqueen.com

HALEY

@haleychura

haley.chura.5

@haleychura23

haleychura.com

ANABEL

@anabelwcapalbo

anabel.capalbo

@anabelwcapalbo

anabelcapalbo.wordpress.com

ALYSSA

@alyssagodesky

alyssagodesky

@agodesky

alyssagodesky.com

 

Thanks for playing and for cheering!! #SMASHCabo is sure to be a GREAT time!!

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College Swimming!

The swimming world is ON FIRE right now!! So many fast meets in progress, including my personal favorite, the Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships! Georgia had a HUGE first day with wins in the 50 free, 500 free, AND 1 meter springboard diving!! Right now they’re leading the meet and I have high hopes for the Dawgs on Days 2 & 3!!

Here’s a great link if you want to check out results: http://swimmeetresults.com/2014d1ncaachamps/

The Swim Swam and CollegeSwimming.com twitter feeds are also excellent resources with tons of updates, photos & video from the meet!

#SwimStreak

This week I had the honor of joining my fellow Atlanta triathlete, Adam Heiser, on his #swimstreak! Our Monday swim was Day 46 for Adam, who actually wrapped up the streak with a 5k ocean swim on Day 48 to celebrate 5 years clean and sober!

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BIG congrats to Adam on the milestone and thanks for letting me join the fun! (You can read more about Adam’s journey on his blog.)

TYR Swim Set of the Week!

This week’s swim set is a variation of the Coach Maria set Adam and I did. I think it’s fun to do odd distances like 75s and 125s when swimming short course yards because the times are different, and you get to hang out on BOTH ends of the pool! What a treat!

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Best of luck to everyone racing the Publix Georgia Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k on Sunday! I’m sad to miss the race this year, but I’ll be cheering for everyone, especially the 17 (!!!) assisted athletes running with the Kyle Pease Foundation! So cool!!

 

 

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Nope, I’m not in California. But my good friend Ryann is! Ryann used to swim in the lane next to me at Dynamo Masters. Now she’s a California girl, swimming in the gorgeous outdoor pool pictured above and working for Osmo Nutrition!! Lucky lady!

Another friend of mine, also named Ryan (but a guy), sent me a link to Life Buzz’s “31 Most Exotic Swimming Pools.” The list claims #10 on the list, a blood red pool in Thailand, is terrifying (which it is).

Koh_Samui_poolBut really,  I think #1, this infinity pool in Singapore, is equally horrifying!

infinity_poolSomeone please tell me there’s a safety net beneath this pool!! And what is it with infinity pools? Almost every pool on this list is an infinity pool! Are they really that cool?! I feel like I would flip turn right into downtown Singapore.

In other news, I’m racing next weekend!! The first stop on my 2014 race tour is Ironman Los Cabos!! I’m pretty psyched for my first ever trip to Mexico, my first ever Ironman in March, and the race debuts of my new bike and new SMASH race kit!! More details to come! Olé!

 

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