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Game Day 5k Race Report

Since 2012, my Super Bowl Sunday has involved the Super Half Marathon / Game Day 5k in some way. In 2012 and 2013, I ran the half marathon. Last year, as I was recovering from one hip surgery and soon to find out that I needed another, I volunteered at the Jack Quinn's aid station. 

This year was a little more meaning behind it. First, I'm running again after the hip surgeries. Woohoo! Second, it was on Super Bowl Sunday last year that I experienced initial symptoms of optic neuritis,…


Added by Nicole Odell on February 1, 2015 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Join My Colorado Bike MS Team!

Do you ride a bike? Would you like to ride for a  great cause?

I'd like you invite you (yes, you! All of you reading this here in the Pikes Peak region, or anywhere for that matter!!) to join my team (Team 303) for the 2015 edition of the Colorado Bike MS, taking place June 27-28, 2015.

Why? Because in May of 2014, I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). And chances are you know someone who has MS, even if they haven’t told you…


Added by Nicole Odell on January 17, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

Catching Up and Athlete On Fire

I haven't posted here in a while... I kept meaning to but life got a bit crazy (once race season starts, I'm a very busy coach!)

Regarding my hip surgeries, I'm mostly recovered and am starting to walk/jog again. Hooray!

To catch up on that and maybe be a little inspired (that's the goal anyway), check out the interview I did with Scott Jones at Athlete On Fire

And once high school cross country season…


Added by Nicole Odell on September 24, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Bike Racing (Volunteering) Weekend

The first weekend in May has become the weekend for the Tri-Lakes Time Trial and a Gran Fondo, both sponsored by Cafe Velo. The local master's race team, Rotor Bike/CP Racing, a local masters race team, organizes the time trial, and based on the comments from participants it's one of the best organized around (if not the best.)

For anyone not familiar with the Time Trial format, it's a bike race against the clock. Riders are released from the start at specific intervals (in…


Added by Nicole Odell on May 5, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Recovery and Coaching - Still Going Strong!

In a couple days as I write this it will be 3 weeks since my second hip surgery to repair a torn labrum.

I wrote about my recovery from the first hip earlier this year. Partway through that rehab my other hip started to shout out in a mild fury, and it turns out that one was injured, too. So the quickest way to get back to action is to fix it. So I went under…


Added by Nicole Odell on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Triathlon Training at the Garden Ranch YMCA

I'm really excited to be working with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to start a triathlon program. We're kicking it off at Garden Ranch location (2380 Montebello Drive West) and the April session begins on Monday, April 7th. To sign up, simply swing by the YMCA front desk or call them at 593-9622. There is more info here on the flyer: GardenRanchTriFlyer.pdf 

Swims are…


Added by Nicole Odell on April 2, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

A Different Kind Of Race Goal

This morning I woke up, checked the weather, and started in on my preparations to get downtown to participate in the St. Patrick's Day 5k. I've run this race since 2008 (except in 2012 when I ran the LA marathon). Even though I'm not really running yet, it's my favorite 5k so I didn't want to miss it. The two main reasons I love this race are:

1) So many people participate and get in the spirit of "green," regardless of speed.

2) It's a flat (for here) course that takes place…


Added by Nicole Odell on March 15, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Lactate Threshold Explained

Some people run away when they hear the term 'lactate threshold,' but you don't have to! Even the recreational endurance athlete should understand the concept so that they can plan their training more effectively. And while the best way to know what your LT is to get tested with a blood lactate test, understanding the concept and the approximate effort levels associated can help you get faster.

I'm going to explain LT in a way that I hope everyone will be able to understand.…


Added by Nicole Odell on March 4, 2014 at 4:07pm — 3 Comments

My Thoughts On Being Coached

I originally posted this on my coaching blog http://neoendurancesports.com, but thought it would be a good one to put here on Pikes Peak Sports.


Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a group of women at the Colorado Springs Bicycle Village Ladies Night. As local female coaches, Alison Dunlap and I kicked off the presentations for the evening. Alison had an entertaining slide show…


Added by Nicole Odell on February 25, 2014 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Progress In The Making: Recovering From Hip Surgery

A few months ago I wrote about handling recovering from an injury that needed surgery to repair it. It's been just over 3 months since my surgery (More specifically 14 weeks tomorrow as I write this.)

While the time has gone by quickly, it's definitely not an easy process, but I am making good progress and not missing out on too many activities along the way (except for running.) I've been going to physical therapy (Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates near Powers/Dublin) religiously…


Added by Nicole Odell on February 4, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Let's Talk About Goals

Yep, it's that time of year where we think about what we wanted to achieve last year and what we hope to get out of the next. It's definitely a process, and one we should think about more often than once a year.

I was curious about the goals of the attendees at last Tuesday's JQRC/PPC holiday bash so I set up a white board and a notebook. I love…


Added by Nicole Odell on December 13, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Dealing With Injury

All of us here on this site are active. Whether it's running, hiking, or cycling - we love to be active and enjoy the beauty Colorado has to offer.  But sometimes injuries set us back and keep us from doing what we love. 

My 2013 was going to be a great comeback year. I was a little fatigued after doing a late season Ironman in 2011 (Arizona), followed by a spring marathon (LA). After doing some mountain bike racing in the summer of 2012, I took several months off of…


Added by Nicole Odell on December 5, 2013 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

High Altitude Fueling - Pikes Peak Sports Exclusive!

Do I need to do anything different when riding up to 14,110 feet?

For those of you who are taking advantage of the Pikes Peak Highway being open to bikes, you might have some questions about fueling for the trek up the "hill."

If you have run the Ascent or the Pikes Peak Marathon, you may be familiar with these tips, but here we go...

Eat a good breakfast with plenty of carbohydrates. Don't skip this! Get in a good meal 2-4 hours…


Added by Nicole Odell on September 19, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments

Win a Free Entry to the Cafe Velo Tri-Lakes Time Trial!

CONGRATULATIONS to Anastasia Meadows - Winner of the entry to the Cafe Velo Tri-Lakes Time Trial!!!

You may have read how I love the bike in the April edition of the Peak Region Cyclist. (If you haven't yet, don't delay!) But now I want to know why YOU love the bike. Follow this link below for contest information and how to…


Added by Nicole Odell on April 22, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Team NEO HITS Squad - Triathlon Training Group!

Coach Nicole Drummer of NEO Endurance Sports & Fitness will be leading a Triathlon Training Group specifically for the HITS Triathlon Series races in Fort Collins, CO, July 28-29, 2012.

The Team NEO HITS Squad Includes

  • Twice weekly…

Added by Nicole Odell on March 13, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Ask the Coach - Hills?!

Yves D. emailed me recently: " Hi. I'm a recent cyclist - started it to lose weight. Lost 30 pounds, but still have a long way to go. 290, 6'3". I can ride pretty quickly on flats. I train outdoors and indoors and have made good progress in becoming a stronger rider. But HILLS!! At my weight, will I ever get faster on hills or is the physics just unassailable? I can get 16 - 18 mph flat. But a good hill will slam me back to 7 - 9 mph or worse. 



Added by Nicole Odell on March 7, 2012 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Ask the Coach - If you don't snooze, do you lose?

What is the influence of sleep on your performance, how important is it? Hormones, Recup, energy etc! - Jean (@Mambaa24)

Since endurance sports are increasing in popularity, it is very common for athletes to work full-time jobs, have a family, and try to get in 10-20 hours of training a week. Add in some social commitments and we have a very full day. What gets…

Added by Nicole Odell on January 11, 2012 at 6:53am — No Comments

Ask the Coach - Tune-up for Boston?

Chuck (@chuckfeerick) will be racing the Boston marathon and asked if he should do a tune-up marathon before Boston.The 2012 Boston marathontakes place on Monday, April 16th, so we are looking at about 3.5 months from now or about 15 weeks. I am going to have to make some assumptions right now because I don’t know where Chuck is in his training plan. But let’s say
  • Chuck is just coming off his off-season
  • Chuck will want to treat Boston as…

Added by Nicole Odell on January 4, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Bring on 2012!!

(from http://neoendurancesports.com)

Yesterday I posted a review of 2011, so today I will talk about plans for 2012.

The following three words summarize my plans for 2012 and NEO Endurance Sports & Fitness.

Engage. Educate. Motivate.

My attention will be focused on building NEO Endurance…


Added by Nicole Odell on January 1, 2012 at 8:35am — No Comments

Ask the Coach - You pull your motivation from where?

I made a quick post on my personal facebook page about finishing a spin. One of my friends replied:

I've taken ten or so long breaks from exercise since I have known you and you've taken maybe one day off. How the heck do you stay so motivated!?

Instead of writing…


Added by Nicole Odell on December 28, 2011 at 7:47am — No Comments

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