Our ambassadors bring a certain ‘light’ to our company. They make us laugh, they make us cry and most of the time they make us giggle with anticipation at their accomplishments. We always like to delve a little deeper into the minds of those we admire, so we decided to create a little segment aptly dubbed: Up Close and Personal.
Nikki LaRochelle is SkiMo and endurance badass number one in our book. Plus in the summer you can find her doing crazy things like racing 50 miles. As a personal trainer for the Town of Breckenridge she is the go-to for health advice. Here are a few things she cannot live without on race day:
1. My heart rate monitor and my Garmin watch – The basis of how I train is primarily focused on heart rate. SO! I’d be totally lost if I didn’t know where my HR was in a race. It’s a great tool – particularly with races that are 7+ hours long. It keeps me from going out too hard and pushing too soon. I also would never run a marathon without it!
2. The ol’ lucky headband/buff – We’ve all gotta have something that brings us luck on race day, right? And if your lucky thing stops bringing you luck, just ditch it and find a new lucky thing. I always wear a particular headband running and a particular buff when ski racing. I need all the help I can get – even if it’s completely contrived. I have no issue with that.
3. Kate’s Bars – DUH! Okay, when you’re doing long races that are hours and hours long, a goo can only work for so long. At some point you’ll say, “There’s no possible way I’m going to eat that goo – I’d rather pass out and loose my race dignity”. That’s why you bring a Kate’s Bar – something solid! Something that doesn’t freeze! Something that tastes good and has all the right nutrition to keep your body going!
4. Post Race Quitters – My good friend Morgan (who is quite clever) calls any sweatpants or sweatshirts “quitters”, as in “Well, I’ve given up on trying today so I’m going to put on my quitters”. I delight in thinking about what I get to put on after a race. You can only wear a full body spandex suit for so long before you need the comfort and roominess of quitters. So I pack a bag and almost immediately change when the race is done. I’ve noticed a trend of women who podium wearing nice clothes – like skirts and such. Well, you’ll never see me trying that hard. Quitters for life!
5. Sunglasses – as it turns out, you can severely burn your eyeballs if you stare at the glaring white snow all day – this is news to me, but I’ve recently learned the hard way (people telling me I don’t look good because my eyes are puffy and bloodshot) that sunglasses during any season are critical. Who knew? They’re not just fashionable, they’re functional too! God bless UV protection. And while we’re on the subject, we might as well all throw on some sunscreen too. Safety never takes a vacation.