Hey green team,
Every now and again, we like to share stories of our awesome WWMS members. This month, we’re hearing from Alyson Fletcher, one of our longest standing members and coolest chicks around. (I love you all equally, Wheelworkers.) Want to know more about the March 25 Swim Clinic? Our annual Training Weekend? The World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest?! Keep reading!
How long have you been on the Wheelworks team?
I've been on the team since 2009 save the four years I was in graduate school.
What's your favorite of the three sports?
Growing up as a swimmer all my life, the swim leg was a natural favorite. During a period of success with running marathons, I really looked forward to the running finale and when I was training to bike cross country, I fell in love with the biking. But my love of swimming stays strong through all the years..but I have never loved swimming in salt water. I have also been a big fan of the other legs of triathlon - strength training, yoga, and massage recovery.
What types of races are you training for?
After a little over ten years of racing tris, I am a bit crippled by injuries. So, I am focusing this year on training for swim competitions, charity rides, and aquabikes while rebuilding from chronic knee injuries. I'll be doing the aquabike at Musselman in the Finger Lakes and the aquabike at Lobsterman. If I can get my ducks in a row, I am also planning to compete at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest this summer.
What do you do for work?
I work in transportation planning - so, planning people moving there, too.
What motivates you to keep training?
I am motivated by having something out of my comfort zone on the horizon. In the past, that has been half-ironmans, marathons, and biking cross country. This year it might be swimming in an international competition.
What is your favorite thing(s) about our WWMS group?
The people! I love that we lead balanced lives where we can talk about more than your average gear and gu junkie.
You're involved in planning multiple awesome events: in particular, the Swim Clinic and Training Weekend. Can you tell us more about those?
Swim clinic - We will walk through drills you can practice on your own that segment the stroke to enhance efficiency and balance in the water. If equipment allows, we will also video your stroke along with some individualized feedback! Training weekend - It's the most wonderful time of the year! We will take the White Mountains for our annual training trip. For those that haven't been before, we takeover the Franconia Inn as our basecamp for a weekend full of tri training (with cycling having a large feature). Our friends at the Inn offer us a super affordable all-inclusive rate and the trip's a great team bonding experience for all against a backdrop of gorgeous high elevation scenery. You can even take on alternative training like riding horses or flying planes if you so choose.
Random question #8: what's your favorite brand of running sock?
Random question #9: what's your favorite race nutrition?
Clif Shot Blocks - new salted watermelon flavor is the bomb.
Random question #10: what's your favorite recovery snack?
Vega protein shake with hemp seeds
Three cheers for Alyson, especially for her leadership of the Swim Clinic and Training Weekend. See you all in Franconia - bring your helmets, and your party hats.