Welcome to my blog. Here, I share with you my love of triathlon which includes the whole deal: the joyous moments, the down moments, and my commentary about what I find completely funny about the sport and what it leads me to do. Because my triathlon journey is also intermingled with my health journey, I share some of that too (and occasionally whatever is on my mind). I couldn’t do triathlon without the fuel to run on, and without the life environment that allows me to devote the time and money that I do to the sport.

Disclaimer: All material and information presented by Liz Smith at Trilife.blog is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The information on this site is not intended to be training or exercise advice specific to you. Please consult with your own physician or healthcare practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle. 
I do make product recommendations on this site when I try something and love it; and I will share what I try and do not love. I have no insider or financial connection to any of these products. Nothing has been offered to me free to try and review. If that ever happens, which I doubt, I will let you know up front.
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My name is Liz. I started triathlon in earnest in 2014. That year I completed two Olympic distance races and 3 sprint distance races (one of which was the day after an Olympic – the PG Squared). The next year I upped to 70.3 races and completed two of those. And then in December 2016 I completed my first Ironman distance race. I fell in love with that distance and have since completed one Ironman each calendar year.

I am not fast. I am not a trim athlete-looking type. I have been active my whole life, but never fast or particularly skillful. But something has drawn me to triathlon. I had dabbled in it, but also was trying out other things to keep me active. One of those ventures was to try indoor soccer. I loved soccer up through high school and wanted to get back into it, so I joined an indoor league in fall 2013. Sadly, the first time I went for the ball, my knee gave out. The meniscus ended up folding into the joint; and through xrays we discovered that I had fractured my knee and no longer had an ACL. It looked as though I probably hadn’t had an ACL in quite some time; which would explain why my knee gave out for a number of years. A year after surgery was my first year truly getting into triathlon and I have become increasingly obsessed ever since.

My years of triathlon have been quite the learning experience as I have explored different gels and creams in places and at times I didn’t think they made gels and creams for. I have bought and tried out different clothing options. Different training types. Read many different books. Eaten different diets. And, oh the different powders I have tried! It still all seems very new to me as I continue to learn and try new things. But one cold winter morning I found myself raving about a new cream – one designed to keep muscles warm in cold weather. It is designed for cyclists and I think for bare skin, but I used it under my tights and it seemed to really work! I decided that day to start sharing more about my triathlon journey through this blog. I stopped for a bit, but I’m back at it with a short post delivered daily.