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Abbey Copenhaver

About Abbey Copenhaver

Abbey a dairy farmer, Registered Dietitian (The “Dairy Farmer RD”), aunt, sister, graduate student, dog mom, and Ironman hopeful. Follow her journey to balance the hectic life of dairy farming with her dream to finish her first Ironman in Lake Placid, NY at
14 07, 2017

High Time for Tri Time: Tapering for Success

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: Dairy Diary, Dairy Spot, Dairy-Diary|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Well folks, it’s about that time!

Ironman Lake Placid is only days away and I’m experiencing every stage of race day jitters; anxiousness, nervousness, excitement and… the inevitable second-guessing of my life decisions.

In the spirit of race day preparation, I want to fill you in on my training status (most importantly re-capping Ironman 70.3 Syracuse) and how I plan to  get ready for race day.
Warm Up Race: Ironman 70.3 Syracuse:
A few weeks ago, my sister and I put our training and race strategy to the test at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse (a half-distance Ironman). It was a challenging day with a […]

15 06, 2017

A Different Kind of Triathlete

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: Dairy Spot, Dairy-Diary, Home-Featured, uncategorized||0 Comments

Bodacious Bovines: A Different Kind of Triathlete
Happy June Dairy Month to cows, readers and athletes near and far! Cows have always brought my family together, whether it was daily chores on the farm, at a cow show or conversation around the dinner table.

Once again, I look to cows for inspiration while training for the big 140.6 mile race day. Nutrition, hydration and chill-laxing (Yes, I’m making up words. I think we’re at that level in our blogging relationship 🙂 ) are just a few training tips my bodacious bovines demonstrate daily. Here’s how these lessons translate to becoming […]

05 06, 2017

Hydration Nation

By |June 5th, 2017|Categories: Dairy Diary, Home-Featured, uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Just a quick recap for new readers/followers that are not familiar with my audacious adventure, I’m a dairy farmer and dietitian training for Ironman Lake Placid in July 2017 (that’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run triathlon). I teamed up with the American Dairy Association North East to blog on my experience (if you haven’t read my past blog post free feel to check them out here or check out my video:

Originally when I planned on writing a blog about hydration I was going to tell you about all things hydration…. but so much […]

03 05, 2017

Planning for Ironman Success

By |May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Dairy Diary, Dairy Farming, Dairy Spot, Dairy-Diary, Home-Featured|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Growing up, my incentive to cook tasty recipes and crush some laundry was driven by getting home early from farm chores.

As a grown-up farmer, triathlete, and business owner, my incentive to plan meals, make lists and think ahead is driven by better recovery and satisfied bellies (let’s be honest – a fed hubby is a happy hubby 🙂 ).

Devoting a whole blog post on planning probably earns me “super boring adult” status, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Here are 3 areas of planning that triathletes focus on (or should focus more on) for ironman success:
Ironman Training […]

16 03, 2017

Ironman Nutrition: It’s All About The Food

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Dairy Farming, Home-Featured, uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Greetings faithful readers!!!

February was amusing; I had the opportunity of training in 10° and 60° weather… sometimes in the same weekend! I’m a month into training and it happens to be “National Nutrition Month”, so I figured the most appropriate topic for this month would be fueling the body. After all, everyone needs to eat!

Picture overload disclaimer:  I may have been a bit picture-happy with this blog. It’s food… I promise you will thank me.
Ironman Nutrition: A Full Fridge
It’s one thing to coach someone on what to eat before, during, and after training. It takes a whole new set […]

08 02, 2017

Dairy Farmer and Future Ironman

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: Dairy Diary|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Introducing (future) Ironman – Abbey Copenhaver! 
Hello curious readers, future friends, and fans,

My name is Abbey Copenhaver, I’m a dairy farmer and Registered Dietitian (otherwise known as the “dairy farmer RD”). I’m also a triathlete, dog mom, aunt, sister (to 7 awesome siblings), graduate student, and current Ironman pursuer. I consider myself a pioneer of combining my passion for farming, food and fitness into a career and lifestyle.
The Challenge:
Last August, I announced my ambitious plan to race in the Ironman Lake Placid 140.6 (IMLP) this upcoming July. As I prepare to test my mettle with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike […]