Welcome to my new spin room. Isn’t it beautiful? Yesterday I went on over to BYU to figure out the sound system and get used to the bike a little before I start teaching this week.
After the last place I taught spin, I feel a little spoiled teaching here. Everything is brand new; the bikes are top notch and include digital displays that tell you your cadence, distance, speed and heart rate. At the top of the ceiling is a projector where you can play movies (routes) as you spin on the front wall. The ventilation system is awesome and the microphone will no longer shock me like the old one did;) Can you tell I am a little nerded out with all of this?!?!
Today we are talking about Shalane Flanagan and her road to the Olympic Marathon Trials in SIX days. She is absolutely adorable, crazy fast and in all of the interviews/videos that I have watched with her, she seems like a super sweet person.
Shalane was born in Boulder Colorado and is now 29 years old. I mean she is kind of cool and holds the AMERICAN RECORD TIMES for the 3,000 m, 10,000 m and in the 2008 Olympics she won the bronze medal for the 10,000 meter. She is 5’5″ and pure muscle.
During her high school career, Shalene took first in All-state in the mile and two mile, she also was a three-time All State cross-country champion and her mile PR was 4:46. She went on to college at University of North Carolina-Chapel and won a few cross-country titles and ran a 15:20 in the 5000 meter. After college she brought her 5000 meter down to 14:44.
In 2008 she ran the 10,000 meter in 30:34, beating the American record by 16 seconds. She went on to run in the 2008 Summer Olympics and set a new American record with 30:22.
In 2010 Shalene went on to compete in the half-marathon and won the Houston half in 1:09:45 (sorry for all the numbers in this post but they are incredible times and I have to include them all!) and later on that year she won the Phili 1/2 marathon with a 1:08:36.
NEXT UP FOR SHALANE….THE MARATHON!!!!!
Her first marathon ever and she was SECOND with a finishing time of 2:28:40……….the best American woman time at the NYCM in 20 years! Time to see what this speed demon whips out in HOUSTON!!!!
Are you cheering on for Shalane to get one of the three spots to compete in the 2012 Olympics for the marathon?
What are you looking forward to the most this week?
-My first spin class this Wednesday night and then another one the following morning. TIme to find some music!
Where are you reading this post from?
-Well, I wrote this from my family room floor. I brought out all of my blankets and pillows and made a very comfortable spot for myself.