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Shawn Blaesing-Thompson

  • Cyman Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    Shawn enjoyed the cooler temps at Cyman Triathlonby Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Cyman Triathlon (sprint)
    750 m Swim, 22.5 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Bondurant, Iowa
    September 21, 2014

    After the Hy-Vee triathlon I was pretty pumped to go out and give Cyman all I had and try for a new PR. My body conspired against me in the week leading up to the race and on the Saturday before the race I was not sure I'd even be up to racing.

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  • Hy-Vee Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn smiles for teammate Bob on the Hy-Vee Triathlon run courseHy-Vee Triathlon
    750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Des Moines, Iowa
    August 31, 2014

    I was apprehensive all week about doing another Olympic race after I imploded on the run at Bluff Creek. I came up with a nutrition plan, I worked with my trainer to improve my strength, and had a few solid workouts in the last three weeks. I also contacted the race officials to see if it was possible to move me from heat 22 (second to last) to something earlier as I was worried the heat and humidity on the run like it has in my other races. I am still getting a handle on doing triathlons with MS since heat causes a flare up of symptoms. The last couple of weeks with the stressors of all things related to my kids starting back to school I have struggled with nearly constant flare-ups in my hands and feet. The race director decided to move me to heat 12 which is a para-athlete heat so they could keep an eye on me.

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  • Triathlon Gear List: What to Pack

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn's Triathlon GearThis triathlon gear list will help you gear up to tri whether you are looking to do your first triathlon or just want a comprehensive gear list for your next race. Here is what I use to prepare. Continue reading

  • Bluff Creek Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn came out of the water strong

    Bluff Creek Olympic
    1500 m Swim, 40 km Bike, 10 km Run
    Don Williams Park, Boone County, Iowa
    August 10, 2014

    Bluff Creek Triathlon at Don Williams Park north of Ogden has been one of my favorite races for a while now. I have done the course twice as a sprint and once as an "almost Olympic." The swim was cut short in 2011 due to water temps being very cold, as the race used to be in May. This is also a very similar course to the one Iowa Games Triathlon used to run in the same park which I did several times before they moved it to Easter Lake.

    This was the first Olympic-distance race that I have done in a couple of years for a variety of reasons, so I have to say I was more nervous than usual going into this one. Continue reading

  • Iowa Games Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn Blaesing-Thompson exits the water with a smile at the 2014 Iowa Games TriathlonThe Iowa Games Triathlon was a late addition to my race list for 2014. I knew I was doing Midnight Madness (road race in Ames) the night before, but decided to go for it. I generally don’t prefer to do sprint triathlons because I like the training challenges related to doing longer Olympic distance races.

    This year my perspective has been a little different, since I was not able to race much the last two seasons due to injury. After racing Copper Creek, even though I did not have a goal and had all my “firsts” noted in my last blog, I was not feeling very good about where things were for me this season. In the midst of some emotions last week, my husband reminded me that I do not have to prove anything to anyone, but I felt like I needed to prove something to myself. Copper Creek was my “yeah, I remember how to do this” race, but I still needed to find my way to stronger workouts and a better head space.

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  • Cruise the Cornfields: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn Blaesing-Thompson rode Cruise the Cornfields to raise money for the National MS SocietyI chose to ride the Bike MS: C.H. Robinson Cruise the Cornfields (June 21st, 2014) because I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in February of 2014 just a few short months before my 40th birthday. For those of you who do not know much about multiple sclerosis it is an autoimmune disease where a person's body attacks the protective coating, myelin, around the nervous system as well as the brain. It affects the nerves ability to send impulses correctly and can cause vision and motor impairment, as well as tingling in the extremities and fatigue just to name a few things. For more information about MS you can take a look at this great article from MNT Knowledge Center.

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