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Kirsten Sass
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KONA IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS A: AKAHAI - Kindness L: LOKAHI - Unity O: ‘OLU’OLU - Agreeable H: HA’AHA’A - Humility A: AHONUI - Patience “From the ocean to the mountains, the spirit of Hawai’i and its guardians maintain balance and harmony through Aloha. The lessons of humility, patience, and perseverance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Omaha Somewhere in middle America Get right to the heart of matters It’s the heart that matters more… Thanks to Tami Winston who sent me the link to that Counting Crows song - this was on ‘repeat’ in my mind for most of the weekend. Oh, Omaha. It was good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Balance Penticton - Part Two “Everything in Life is About Balance” and “The Key to Keeping Your Balance is Knowing When You’ve Lost it.” ITU Multisport World Championship Festival. What exactly is that? Here’s the scoop: 5 events over 8 days. Multiple event racing encouraged. Anyone racing in 4 or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Feed the Good Wolf Penticton - Part One A friend of mine recently posted about this, and it has been on my mind since, so bear with me as I begin with a story . . . There is an old Cherokee legend known as the tale of two wolves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Ahhhhh Memphis in May. Triathlon weekend. One of my very favorite race weekends. Although I feel this story is getting worn out - I still want to share it again. You see, this is where my triathlon story begins. My first triathlon. 1999. 19 years old. My father excitedly signed... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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It seems I seldom have/make time to read, but am currently reading a book called, “Daring Greatly” written by Brene Brown. In it the author discusses being vulnerable - a word that still makes me cringe, and something we (or I) learned at an early age to avoid being at... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Saturday, April 29. I am driving home from Cary, North Carolina, after racing the Long Course Duathlon National Championship. Just as I’m stopping for food and a stretch, my phone rings. To my surprise, it is Ivonne, the girl I guided for in a triathlon earlier this spring. I hadn’t... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Please allow me to introduce you to an incredible woman. Her name is Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt. At age 1 she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (retinal cancer), curable but with a steep price, the loss of both of her eyes. Despite this fact, she has tackled more challenges than most of us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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I have to tell you - I had such an amazingly fun, inspiring, good-for-the-soul weekend. You see, I am fortunate enough to be a part of a women’s cycling team . . . Team WE. This past weekend WE gathered together for our ‘Spring Camp’ - but more importantly it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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La Vuelta Puerto Rico 3 Days. 375 Miles. 1 Island. Oh yeah - in January. Honestly, I was not sure I could do it. My goal was to try to hang with the fast group - the ‘A’ group, but the first day was around 150 miles . . .... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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January. Ohio and Tennesse. Swimming. 100 x 100. Let me say that again. 100 x 100. That’s 10,000 yards. Of swimming. That’s a LOT of 100s. On an absolutely frigid morning in January, a number of swimmers left their warm beds and homes (or came after working all night), and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Kirsten Sass
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Thanksgiving is long gone, but here are some updates (I'll keep it brief). . . The ‘Turkey Trot" has been a long-standing tradition in my family. Over the years more and more Thanksgiving-day races have appeared, but our standard is the Gold’s Gym Turkey Trot in Jackson, TN. Last year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, ‘How do you fit it all in? How do you balance training/work/family/etc?’. My ‘easy’ answer is, “I get up really early”. And - I do. As such, I am very limited in training partners - especially for running. However, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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It was SO fun to finish off my racing season, in Miami, racing with my father! He was doing the Aquabike in hopes of getting a Worlds slot - but I think mostly the two of us were just happy to be racing together. Last year I finished off my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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NEW ORLEANS DRAFT LEGAL TRI/DU TURNED ‘DOUBLE DU’ THE THIN LINE BETWEEN AMAZING AND CRAZY I would like to share a story with you. It is about a girl, named Kimee Armour. You see, Kimee has a burning desire to compete in the World Championship for Duathlon to be held... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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“The difference between possible and impossible lies in a person’s determination”. Tommy Lasorda I have a confession to make. The thought of doing an Ironman still scares me. Just the distances by themselves are a challenge - much less putting all three together. But it goes further than that. Not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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Oklahoma City, September 22, 2016 - ITU Age Group Long Course Worlds The amount of support I had for this race was so amazingly over-the-top that I (almost) don't know where to begin. Last year, I competed in the Redman Triathlon in order to qualify for the ITU Long Course... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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ITU Age Group Worlds - Cozumel 9/16 ITU Age Group Worlds Cozumel 9/16 ITU Age Group Draft-Legal Worlds Cozumel 9/16 ITU Age Group Worlds Cozumel 9/16 Cozumel Cheering Squad Muncie 70.3 (7/2016) Muncie 70.3 (7/2016) Muncie 70.3 (7/2016) ITU Duathlon Worlds, Aviles (6/2016) ITU Duathlon Worlds, Aviles (6/2016) ITU Duathlon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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Cozumel, Mexico. September 15, 18. ITU Age Group World Championship Mexico! Hot. That pretty well sums things up. Thank heavens that the Team USA hotel was VERY kid friendly - Bella and Sebastian were quite happy! I was again amazed at everything that the USAT team puts into these events... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
Kirsten Sass Cycling Race Resume 2016 Date Race Place - Cat 2 2/6 Taco Mama Time Trial 1 3/4-6 Tour of the Southern Highlands (TT, Crit, RR) 2, 7, 10 4/6 Tiger Lane Crit Series (training) 1 4/13 Tiger Lane Crit Series (training) 1 4/27 Tiger Lane Crit Series (training)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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Omaha, Nebraska. August 12-13, 2016. USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. What a weekend. I was deeply honored to be recognized on the Thursday evening beforehand as the Amateur Female Triathlete and Duathlete of the year for 2015 - and especially so because my coach (Suzanne Atkinson) made the trip... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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So - I LOVE to ride my bike. In 2015 Emma Cribb of TEAM WE (women's cycling team from Nashville, TN) invited me to come race with her team. Never one to turn down a challenge, or opportunity, I agreed and it transformed my whole year. With a fantastic group... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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Nashville, TN. This was SUCH a fun race because it was like a big reunion. I had my father and my husband racing with me - as well as a number of friends. Some doing their first triathlon, some doing their 100+ race. True to form, it was HOT. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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"KMF - Do you know what that stands for?" my father asked me. We had just finished the Long Course Duathlon National Championship in Texas (2015). Nope. No idea. As it turns out, on the second run there was a guy in front of my dad with "KMF" on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Kirsten Sass
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Kirsten Sass Race Resume 2017 Date Race Place 4/9 Los Locos Duathlon Sprint 1-F 4/29 Long Course Duathlon Nationals 1- AG 5/20 Memphis In May Sprint Tri 1 - AF 5/21 Memphis in May Olympic Tri 1 - AF 6/17 Duathlon Nationals Standard 2 -F, 1 - AG 6/17 Duathlon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Kirsten Sass