nourish your body, it will thank you later

sweatventure | trichick


Not too long ago I made a commitment to perseverance and hard work in order to compete in Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast (it consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1 run).

Up until this point, I competed in one long course so it’s safe to say I call myself a rookie, not in triathlon but in long course racing.

I learned the hard way, there is no straight path to the top. Life throws curve balls at you left and right but that’s okay because that makes the end result taste so much better!

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Mistakes, mistakes, and negligence of my own health brought me down with nasty respiratory infection and just like that, months of hard work were gone in a heartbeat. I was devastated to let go, but I knew that it would be an absolute nightmare to race on that day. It is hard to get a perspective in situations like this one, I thought O-M-G what a waste of my time. It’s tough, but if you are going through something similar, don’t worry there are plenty of races that you can sign up for once you are fully recovered and ready to resume training. I was oblivious to the fact that Ironman Foundation puts out hundreds of races each year and this one was one fraction of all of them. Thank goodness for family and friends, with their help I realized that regardless race or no race, I would be swimming, biking and running anyway.

Technically, the plan was to race amongst my dad and a brother and push each other past our limits. So that’s exactly what we did, there is no way I could just abandon those two amazing individuals in action. Even though my plans changed from racing to a role of support crew on sidelines, I was happy to see their faces light up when they saw me cheering for them on the course. I was beyond excited and relieved that they made it to a finish line without any major injuries and meeting their personal goals!

                        Congratulations to both of you! You guys are rock stars!

 

 

An important lesson, I cannot stress this enough if you think triathlon is just about swimming, biking and running, WRONG, I hate to break it to you but that’s just one aspect of it. Of course, I had to learn the hard way (perks of being stubborn). A lot goes behind the scenes of every successful triathlete whether your goal is to finish your first sprint triathlon or compete at the highest level in long course, it doesn’t matter what your goals are but you have to be ready to give it your all! Plan it out, pay attention to nutrition, sleep is crucial, don’t take recovery lightly and add strength training! Your body will thank you for staying healthy and injury free!

 

UP NEXT: Summary of IRONMAN 70.3 RACINE

 

‚Äď Dana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 FUN THINGS TO DO near Dillon, CO

sweatventure | Winter Wonderland


Hey everyone, considering it is almost summertime this post might seem little irrelevant to you at this moment but WAIT, it is easy to get wrapped up in all your summer plans and before you know it, winter knocks on your door yet again!

Is winter your best friend? Are you day in ¬†n’ night dreaming¬†about fresh pow, hitting the slopes or maybe even going on a little backpacking adventure? It’s your call, do what makes you happy! ¬†This winter I got a chance to ski out west for free ~ perks of Vail Resorts employees. I taught snowboard lessons at Mt. Brighton (Michigan), where in my own small way I changed the lives of many. In February, ¬†I jumped on a plane to Denver ¬†for a week of ¬†pow-pow and backcountry adventures.

 

Planning a trip out west?

6 TO DO THINGS

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DILLON AREA

 

1. Section House Backpacking Trip (2 days)

DAY 1 ~ Hike to Section House (10th Mountain Division Hut Association) 

My dad is more than a mountaineer, he loves to rock climb and ski. He is a 100% blood and sweat outdoorsmen. My guess is that he has around hundred of peaks climbed under his belt, no kidding! He is an experienced skier, climber and adventurist. I still have a lot to learn from his life long adventures. February 2, 2017 the day of my first backpacking expedition!  You betcha I was glad to have my dad right there by my side to explain all the ropes and tricks to skinning.

Section House Hike is highly suggested for beginners.  It is a great first backcountry mountaineering experience.  This 6.4 mile gently up-hill ascent offers stunning views of the valley and takes your breath away with railroad history. Once you find yourself above the tree line, you will be astonished  by exceptional view of a Bald Mountain.

Section House: Offered cozy LIVING ROOM space with fire-place, BEDROOMS with bunks beds,  KITCHEN with everything you possibly could need and well- kept OUTHOUSE.

DAY 2 ~ Climb the Bald Mountain

After struggling to sleep throughout the night due to a high elevation and trying to keep the fire going, I got myself together and we ventured on a very steep climb, the BALD MOUNTAIN. My lungs felt like they were going to jump out of my chest and my legs were literally on fire. We were so high up, I could see for miles in all directions, unfortunately I ran out of strength and I was unable to make it all the way up, dad and I agreed to make it to a certain spot and then we skied down back to the valley. Overall, I had a great time, definitely one of the most grueling experiences of 2017 so far but well worth it.

 


2. Breckendrige ¬†CR√äPES ¬†A’ LA CART

Got a sweet tooth? Savory tooth? Crepes a la cart have it all ūü§ô

To everyone out there¬†please PLEASE¬†make sure you visit CREPES A’LA CART at least once in your lifetime. The wait can be up to 30 – 40 minutes ¬†both during summer and winter days but it’s worth it. They serve breakfast, lunch and they open till late at night. You can make your own crepe creation. My favorite is nutella/banana/strawberries. Literally a heaven in my mouth. It is dream come true to all the crepes lovers in a whole wide world. I can cook up some delicious crepes @ home¬†but I ain’t got nothing on crepes a la cart. That’s for sure…


3. Mesa Cortina Trail

A backcountry trip with easy ascent and fun descent! We ¬†decided to hike this trail the morning of our drive back to Michigan. It took us about 2-3 hours. Snowshoe // regular shoe hiking are welcomed. It was well-kept trail with ¬†great opportunities for trail runners and dog lovers. Wild life is present! This trail won’t disappoint. ¬†


4.Vail (BackBowls)

“Vail like nothing on earth” the amount of free terrain will blow your mind away! ¬†Para -para-paradise. Everywhere you go, you can potentially find a new pow-pow terrain [well, ¬†early bird gets the biggest warm]. I highly recommend, to wake up early after the night of snowfall and hit the slopes, you’ll find yourself extremely pleased with all the fresh snow possibilities.¬†


5. BreckFRIDGE

I love, love, love  Breckenridge because of its views. One of my favorite things to do at Breckenridge is to take Imperial Express Super Chair Lift to Peak8 and hike up all the way to the top of Peak8 (12,998ft) / 3,962 m where you get 360 view of Colorado mountains. Planning to go up? Remember there is only one way down, make sure you are experienced snowboarder/ skier to get down a steep sometimes icy terrain. NOT RECOMMENDED for beginners. 

That’s all my friends!

 

‚ÄĒ Dana//sweatventure

6 Things That Down Under Taught Me About Myself

Nothing screams “Adventure of a Lifetime” more than a study abroad experience. As a college student who is soon to graduate, I have applied to travel 9,478 miles from home with group of strangers to explore a whole new continent for 6 weeks. This opportunity is a chance to break away from the norm and fully dive into a different culture from my own.

Do you get excited by talking to different people from all around the world? Do you enjoy submerging  into different subcultures?  Are you eager to explore all the corners of  the world? If yes is the answer, then study abroad is the right move for you!

It won’t seem real ¬†until you are all packed up and driving to the airport to catch your flight. ¬†When you check in your first bag, a wave of euphoria will roll over you. All the months of anxious waiting turns into this indescribable excitement! Now, you are probably wondering if this is my first time leaving America? Wrong! I was born and raised in Europe, and no, this was not my first time getting on a plane but that did not matter, because ¬†I was as thrilled as ¬†I was the first time ¬†I left the country. It was the moment I had been waiting two long years for, and it was finally here. I couldn’t believe it – I was about to set out for an east coast adventure through Australia!

Prior to leaving, I knew very little about the continent itself besides its popular tourist destinations: white-sandy beaches and kangaroos. I was a clueless tourist emerging on an extraordinary journey of lifetime. I was oblivious to what was happening in other parts of the world. My perception of the “largest island” on planet earth was vague and that was the driving reason to fully ¬†dive in into the world of ‚ÄúDown Under‚ÄĚ.

During my time ‚ÄúDown Under‚ÄĚ, I was enrolled in two college courses that were meant to help me check off required electives that existed as a graduation requirement and to boost my GPA, besides that, I didn’t accomplish anything that would differentiate me from pool of ¬†professional job candidates. I did, however, learn about different parts of the world, culture, people, communication, sports, arts, cuisine, politics, the economy, environment and most importantly I learned about life outside of the college classroom. Reggie, by far the best professor I ever had, said, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page”. I would be lying if I told you I remember something, anything from electives during my freshman year of college, because I don’t, but I ¬†am certain that I will forever remember the classes taught ¬†by Reggie off-campus, miles away from home, where I explored aboriginal culture through interaction with locals, sat in on a court case, toured the NSW Parliament, went wine tasting, and had a chance to be part of Holden State of Origin series NSW vs. Queensland in ANZ Olympic Stadium. Hands on learning is the best kind of learning.

1) Use your Spare Time to Explore

I quickly learned that my time ‚ÄúDown Under‚ÄĚ was limited, class time, excursions and field trips were taking up most of the time and if I wanted to go out and explore on my own, I had to plan accordingly. A day off was an opportunity to wake up early and get on the road and embrace the public transportation that Sydney had to offer. One of my favorite days was taking a bus to Watson’s Bay, where I strolled along the coastal walk that offered breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

2) Talk to Locals 

Instances when I was caught to yell out “Go White” and a chance to meet up with my best friend who flew in for the whole 24 hours or spent a day with ¬†a former Michigan State Graduate living in Australia, it’s safe to¬†say the world is a small place and you never know who you might bump into. I was introduced to a local fish & chip place, grabbed a beer in fancy bar, explored the backbone of Sydney’s outskirts, and I was lucky enough to ¬†go see a local Rugby game.

3) Take Risks

Talk about risks? How about jumping from the sky on your last day in Australia? 14,000 ft! Why the heck not, life is about taking chances, whether it was a good idea or bad idea , I’ll let you decide on that one! But I learned that even if something is uncomfortable, scary and intimidating, take the jump because ¬†at the end you will only regret jumps you didn’t take.

4) Live In the Moment 

At that time I didn’t know better, and it was during my second week in Australia when I realized to take each day as it comes, that, I am still working on but Aussie’s lifestyle inspired me to enjoy ¬†both highs and lows because life is too short to worry about the future rather I promised myself to focus on what’s right in front of me.

5) See your own culture through different lens

Questions like¬†Who will you vote for?¬†or¬†Who do you think will win the election?¬†are more common than questions about occupation and future plans. Aussies express keen interest in our culture, such as politics, news, sports and anything worthy of the news release. You’d be surprised how much knowledge ¬†Australians have about America. ¬†The lesson is, invest in yourself each year ¬†strive to learn something new.

6) Say YES to everything

Say Kangaroo meat? Those creatures that I got to pet the other day? Some would say no way, I said serve it up. Talk about culinary experience, Kangaroo steak is very-delicious lean meat when prepared right. My tastebuds couldn’t get enough so when I had a chance to experience a crocodile burger I didn’t think twice. For all meat-lovers, don’t hesitate to make kangaroo and/or crocodile your ultimate cuisine goal!

I learned that life is more than just a classroom, you’d be surprised how much more you’ll learn when having fun! Everyone has their own story and that’s what makes traveling so beautiful. You’ll meet people from all over the world who love to share their adventures and are curious about yours.

It’s safe to say, that Australia forever stole my heart!

 

Chasing Passion

sweatventure|trichick


I get inspired when I read fitness stories. I find it uplifting and it motivates me to go after my goals with a fierce passion, stopping at nothing. I believe my journey can inspire others to live a happy and meaningful  fitness lifestyle  I am hoping my journey will inspire some of you into giving triathlons a thought or even a shot. 

Let me start of with a statement, triathlons changed my life in a way only triathletes can understand. I grew up participating in various sports [swimming,volleyball..etc.] ¬†but it wasn’t until recently when I started to identify myself as a triathlete. I am nowhere near to be a professional athlete but I have a passion ¬†for this sport and I am¬†extremely excited to¬†share my¬†LOVE¬†for triathlons with you.

NEED SOMETHING TO SPICE YOU YOUR LIFE? [Hint,hint… triathlon / running races]

It all started with a curiosity to keep active during summer weekends but it quickly escalated into an intensive commitment in a very short time.  Triathlon is addicting [in a good way!]

In college I was struggling to make a decision. I was either going to live a lie or let go of the comfort of old and venture into a world of unknown. I no longer was passionate about my lifestyle, it was time to make a change. I made a choice and transitioned from playing collegiate women’s ice hockey to racing collegiate triathlons. After settling into my new routine¬†everything fell into place and I knew I made the right call! It felt just right! I yet again found myself passionate about hard work and dedication to a sport.

“do it with a passion or not at all.”

The Michigan State Triathlon Club introduced me to a¬†phenomenal¬†group of individuals with similar interests and goals. I felt welcomed and excited for the upcoming season. Up to this point, I only had raced a sprint¬†distance, for those who are not familiar with triathlons it consists of [750 k (0.5mi) swim, 20 k (12.4mi) bike, 5 k (3.1 mi) run] fun stuff! The goal of the season was to race at the Collegiate National Championships in Clemson —-> Olympic Distance 1.5 k swim, 40 k bike & 10 k run. Let me just say, what an incredible experience.

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Fast forward to post graduation.

Early in June of 2016, I signed up for my very first half iron distance (USAT National Championships РMiamiMan ). The very first step of an ultimate endurance challenge. A test of my physical and mental willpower to push beyond my limits . My journey of 70.3 miles began with a single decision to tri.

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Through sports, I learned to believe in myself.¬†November, 13 2016¬†I crossed the finish line with a massive smile on my face and at that moment I knew I can truly overcome any obstacle in¬† my life. As for everyone racing that day, each athlete has their own story, everyone has a different reason to push through the 70.3 mile course, ¬†some race for the high others race for cause. Every athlete’s journey is different but on the race day everyone unites as one, to support each other , compete against each other and overall have some freakin’ fun! I love the tri community! Racing ain’t easy but unquestionably worth it. I learned a great deal about myself throughout the course of almost 6 hours.

I came to a realization that everything doesn’t have to go as planned. Life is full of challenges ¬†and the only way to keep moving forward is to fight through the bad and never give up. Half iron was a journey ¬†of discovery, it helped me to realize that¬†you gotta jump through loops to achieve great things.

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NEXT STOP: PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA

 May,13 2017

‚ÄĒ ¬†Dana

About Me:

Sweatventure|wonderlust


Hey! My name is Dana and I’d like to welcome you to my blog about triathlons, travel & outdoor adventures. I am a wild child who loves to go on crazy adventures. Traveling is a passion, I love exploring other parts of the world and snapping photos.  

On November 9, 2016 I had an itch to start a new instagram account to document my fitness journey because for those who know me, I forget stuff [not just boring information but actual FUN times such as vacations/outdoorsy trips] and that’s why I created a new account called Sweatventure, I wanted to be able to look back and see how far I’ve come. 

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 Some of you might be asking, why Sweatventure?

I used to be called a Tomboy and I did not used to embrace my tomboyish characteristics, I wanted to be like everyone else my age [wearing make up and dressing up], I might point out; I was very bad at it! Fast, forward to today, I love who I am! I love dressing up but more than anything I live for adventure. I get high off spontaneous weekend getaway trips. There is nothing ordinary about packing your bags and going on adventures. I grew up with parents who introduced me to athletics and I cannot be more thankful to them. From ever since I can remember, we camped out, swam in lakes, climbed mountains and hiked trails it was loads of FUN! Great times! I only wish I had more photos, and I don’t want to feel like that ever again. That’s why I document all the bits and pieces of my life journey. Follow me on Instagram @sweatventure to see what I live for. 
In June, 2016 I graduated college [Go Green!] and got my first GARMIN WATCH and that is when I found comfort in racing triathlons! Love for Long Distance racing was born.  I signed up for my very first half iron distance race. Signing up was just the beginning of an ultimate endurance challenge. A test of my physical and mental willpower and a push beyond my limits but that’s for another story.  Fast forward to the finish line, where I earned a spot at the Long Distance World Championships in Penticton 2017. Like WOAH!  
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Third Place at USAT National Championships, Miami FL

 
In February, 2017 I was offered a spot as a 2017 Sponsored Athlete for the Tri To Finish organization, based in Michigan. I am beyond excited to be part this incredible organization  and excited to meet the team in upcoming months. I am hoping I can contribute to the triathlon community by sharing my experiences and ideas with each one of you and positively inspire you to get on your fitness path and catch us at one of the TTF events this year. 
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Currently, I am in training for the Gulf Coast Ironman70.3, so far it’s been a hella ride with ups and downs but nothing worthwhile comes easy, am I right! 

SO there you have it, all my athletic endeavors for past year or so, I am excited to share all my upcoming adventures with you.

‚ÄĒ DANA