“#HappyBirthday to the “First Lady of Racing” Louise Smith! Smith’s reputation for evading local police with her high speed driving caught the attention of racing promoter Bill France (soon to be co-founder of NASCAR) who convinced her to start competing in 1946. Though she was meant to be a novelty as a female racer, Smith quickly became known for holding her own among the male-dominated sport. In 1999, she was the first female inductee to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Smith was born #OnThisDay in 1916.” 

Photo: Smith after a crash at Occoneechee Speedway in 1949 via the Orange County Historical Museum)

As seen on the National Women’s History Museum Facebook page

So even though I was kind of nervous to go to this class this morning I knew that my former kick boxing trainer Alison was going to be one of the instructors for the 8am class so that put my mind at ease.

And truth be told - I really loved this class!  I love that it is free weights and bar with fast reps, slow reps and does your full body in the hour long class.

As per usual when I join in a group class of any kind,  it was a room full of ladies along with me and one other guy.  I seriously don’t know why more guys don’t take these classes as you leave there dripping in sweat and can make it more challenging by upping the weights you are using.  Ah well their loss I guess.

I am definitely going to be doing this class as cross training on the days in between swimming.

So, so, so glad I went to this launch even this morning!

Finally getting caught up at home! I’ve been browsing through your comments and one of the most frequently asked questions was, “What are those black things you’re wearing on your ankles?” Multiple choice, was it: 

A. protection from trail debris  

B. prevention of Tibialis Anterior tendonitis/tendonosis 

C. gaiters to prevent ticks 

The correct answer is B. One of the most prevalent injuries on the trail for thru hikers, including Appalachian Trail uber tough record holders Jennifer Pharr Davis​ and David Horton is Tibialis Anterior Tendonitis/Tendinopathy. It can be excruciating and most problematic on steep, long downhills. It presents as a squeaky or grating type sensation while flexing the foot and ankle up and down. I wore Pro-Tec Athletics​ Shin Splint Compression Wraps preventively starting on Day 2 rather than waiting until I developed the injury. They became an essential part of my kit, I ended up wearing them everyday for the rest of my journey. 

While they may have looked odd, they were well worth it! Like Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” 

 photo: Alexis Berg / Grand Trail near South Mountain, PA