Beginning this month, we will be featuring a YSL athlete on a monthly basis. This month’s feature highlights Becky Koze. As a member of the YSL team she has been training hard to prepare for the 2014 season. She is a reliable source of wit and humor at our computraining sessions, strength training, and on our group runs.
Q: How many triathlons have you participated in?
A: I’ve done 9. 2014 will be my 3rd season. I did 3 tris in 2012, and 6 in 2013.
Q. What has been your favorite experience with this sport?
A: Finding that I like swimming again. I was a swimmer turned runner. For years you couldn’t pay me to get in the pool, I was just done with the sport. But when running was leading to injuries I knew I had to start cross training, that lead me back to the pool, and to triathlon.
Q: In your opinion, what prepares you the most for races?
A: Doing more races. So much of competing in endurance sports is mental. Race after race you become more confident on race day and learn how training will lead you to reaching your goals.
Q.: Do you have any strange practices or traditions associated with race day?
A: It’s probably pretty common, but I lay out everything I’m going to race in the night before. The week before a race I like to do a run in what I’m going to wear on race day to make sure everything is just right.
Q: How do you make sure you have enough energy during endurance rides/runs?
A: Pre race breakfast is usually a banana and an English muffin with peanut butter. During a running race I do Gu Chomps (preferably orange flavor). I don’t like the energy spike of a Gu Gel, with Chomps I can eat one or two every few miles to keep energy a little more even. During a tri, on the bike I might do a Honey Stinger Waffle. I haven’t found an energy drink I like, so I stick with plain old water.
Q: What is your favorite leg of the triathlon? Swimming, biking, or running?
A: Running is my favorite, the swim is my strongest, and the bike….well I tolerate the bike.
Q: Considering you are basically a vegetarian, how do you get enough protein for all of the hard work you do?
A: I’ve gotten this type of question a lot, not necessarily specific to training, but generally how do I get enough protein. I can honestly say I’ve never noticed a lack of energy from not eating meat, from lack of sleep yes, but not eating meat, not so much.
Q: What is something you couldn’t live without on race day?
A: Post race brunch. I race to have fun and without a celebratory meal and cocktail with friends after a good race, well that’s just no fun.
Q: What are you most excited for this season?
A: I wouldn’t say there is any one thing I’m most excited for. I love the process of training and racing, so I’m just excited to get out there.
Q: In ten years, do you see yourself training?
A: I sure hope so, as long as injury doesn’t stop me. I know my fastest days are behind me but I look for decade PRs now.
Q: How has YSL improved your game?
A: Training consistency and having a good group of people to train with.
Need proof of her great sense of humor? See her finishing the very competitive and much anticipated Tricycle time trial below