For those of you who know me, welcome! For those who are hearing about “Small Fry” for the first time, brace yourselves! It’s going to be a crispy and salty ride.

I’ll get right to it. I LOVE potatoes- more specifically, french fries. Over the years, I’ve realized that no meal is complete without fries. I could eat fries day after day, meal after meal, and I’ll never get bored of them. Now you’re probably thinking “yes, fries are great” or something along those lines. If not, feel free to exit this blog- because fries are life. This is not up for debate!!

If you’re still reading, you may also be thinking, “who has a nickname like Small Fry and why”? Well, it all started at ENG Athletics several years ago. It would be difficult to pinpoint exactly when this nickname came about, but, we haven’t turned back since then. As a novice triathlete, a substantial part of my training initially revolved around strength training and weight gain; in order to prepare my body to withstand the physical stress of triathlons. Being the “string bean” I was 2.5 years ago, and my constant banter with my coach (Coach Kate) about eating fries on a daily basis, everyone in the gym started calling me “Small Fry”. Now here I am, 2.5 years later writing my first blog (by popular demand- which I will get into a later time)!

I’ve been a triathlete now for 2.5 years now. I’ve always had a sense of athleticism. From a young age, I participated in ballet, tennis, swimming, softball, cycling, and basketball. Including college, I played basketball for 7 years. I decided to rack my basketballs and venture into something that had always interested me – triathlons. I’m not 100% sure exactly what drew me to triathlons, but ever since I started, I haven’t looked back! (I will revisit and elaborate thoroughly on my motivation and persistence in triathlons in a future post)

The “Small Fry Tri Blog” reflects on the ups and downs of training for and competing in triathlons. For the record, I am by no means an Ironman 4x world champion like professional triathlete Daniela Ryf; but that’s where things become real and relatable. I’m just an average girl who has two jobs, trains for triathlons, and happens to have a french fry obsession. Having professional athletes like Daniela Ryf to look up to is always valuable and motivational for everyday aspiring athletes like myself. You’ll never hear the pros discuss their lousy training days or cheat foods and obsessions. That’s where Small Fry Tri Blog comes into play! I want to dig deep into the journey of a triathlete- both good and bad. New posts will launch on Fridays (yes, the pun was definitely intended!) and will cover a wide range of topics including triathlete nutrition, past race analyses, injury prevention, cheat days, motivation, and so much more. The journey to get to the finish line isn’t always linear or smooth- it rarely ever is. Training is sometimes dreadful, but that’s the beauty of it and I’d love to share the experience with you.

The 2020 triathlon season is upon us triathletes! We are already into March of 2020. Where has the time gone?! Honestly, I should be on a treadmill right now, not eating a double chocolate chip cookie at coffee shop writing this blog post. Sorry Coach Kate, I caved!!

Speaking of training, my racing schedule* for this year is finalized!

SMALL FRY’S 2020 RACE SCHEDULE

3/1: Iceman Triathlon- Morrison, Arizona

4/4: Merrill Ranch Triathlon- Florence, Arizona

5/3: Cactus Man Triathlon- Tempe, Arizona

6/7: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon- San Francisco, California

8/29: Anthem Sprint Triathlon- Anthem, AZ

10/18: Ironman 70.3- Tempe, Arizona

12/12: Holiday Classic Triathlon- Anthem, Arizona

*Subject to change.

I would LOVE to hear the opinions of those reading this blog post! If you have any questions, comments, or topics you’d like me to discuss or elaborate on in future posts, send me an email at smallfry@engardathletics.com and I’d love to connect with you!

On Friday (3/20), I intend on discussing my most recent event, the Iceman Triathlon. Everything from training to race day preparation and post race thoughts! This was by far one of my hardest events to date. Stay tuned next week to find out why!

Coach Kate and I prior to Ironman 70.3 Tempe, Arizona 10/20/2019 (I’m wearing: 2XU P-1 Propel Wetsuit from JustWetsuits!)

I would like to end this blog post with a huge shout out to my sponsors ENG Athletics and JustWetsuits! I would not be where I am today in my tri career if it wasn’t for Coach Kate and her incredible effort and patience she has to put up with me on a daily basis. If you’re in need of triathlon swimming gear, JestWetsuits is the place to go. They offer a wide selection of exceptional gear and accessories; you’ll find exactly what you need. JustWetsuits even price matches! It’s a no brainer y’all. I’ll talk more about my experience with my wetsuit from JustWetsuits during the next post. Seriously- my wetsuit was a life saver.

Until next time! Stay crispy friends,

Small Fry