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Swim, Bike, Run, EAT

Hi again!

Triathlon training is officially in full swing.

Yesterday, my mom and I went for a swim at our local pond again. It was gorgeous- the water was warm, the birds were singing, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It was very serene.

Calm, tranquil swim

Calm, tranquil swim

Totally peaceful.

Totally peaceful. (I’m the speck in the middle!)

Do I have good form? No idea, but at least I'm floating!

Do I have good form? No idea, but at least I’m afloat!

Probably nothing like the swim I’m going to experience 1 week from Sunday.

Oh. My. God. What have I gotten myself into?!

Oh. My. God. What have I gotten myself into?!

BUT I REFUSE TO DWELL ON MY FEARS!

After coming home, my mom whipped up some stuffed zucchini for dinner, using a leftover stir-fry of tofu, pesto, sundried tomatoes, chicken, and onions, which we mixed with some breadcrumbs, and topped with parmesan cheese. [Recipe to come!] It was the perfect post-swim workout meal.

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Today, I continued the triathlon training with a long bike ride. We’ve been in a heat wave for about a week so far, and the forecast was calling for a high of 99 degrees today. Absolute craziness for New England! I made the best of it by getting up at 6 am for my ride. It was great! There were next to no cars on the road that early, and I got to see at least 4 bunnies at one point on my ride! They were nibbling away at their breakfast of grass, looking super adorable. I really wanted to scoop one up to bring home to be my pet, but I resisted the urge. 

These were the bunnies I saw! At least, they bore a striking resemblance.

These were the bunnies I saw! At least, they bore a striking resemblance.

I did 15 miles total, not too shabby for someone fairly new to biking! When I was done, I was a sweaty, quivery mess. My plan is to try a “brick” workout tomorrow- meaning, I’m going to try to run after biking 8 or 9 miles to get the feel of what it’s like for my leg muscles to switch to running after biking. The best I can hope for is that my legs will adjust after 10 minutes or so of running, and I will be fine. The worst that could happen is that I fall flat on my face. So we’ll have to wait and see!

After coming back from my ride, I cooled off with a tall glass of half Gatorade/half water and a bowl of blackberries and strawberries topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Nothin’ like a little Greek yogurt to celebrate a good bike ride!

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Now I am relaxing in the air-conditioning, happy that I got my workout in before the heat of the day. You know what they say- “the early bird gets the worm!”

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Exciting Things Are Happening!

Hello again 

I have a couple of really cool, exciting pieces of news to share!

First off, I’m happy to say I’ve become a Sweat Pink Ambassador. You’re probably wondering what the heck that is. The mission statement of Sweat Pink sums it up pretty nicely:

“We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. We sweat pink.”

I’m super pumped to belong to a network of women who embody these values, and I can’t wait to start sweating pink myself.

So, remember that part of the mission statement about the “thrill of the challenge?”

I’m embarking on a new challenge- A TRIATHLON!!!!!! (in 1 and a half weeks. Eek!)

Have I lost my mind? Possibly. BUT, in my defense, it’s an itty-bitty sprint triathlon. It’s called the Wild Cat Sprint Triathlon, and it consists of a .25 mile swim, 11 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run. I think I should be able to manage that, right?!

I’m probably most nervous for the swim. I took lessons when I was 5, I think. So I know how to swim but not very well. I also don’t really want to get kicked/punched/wacked in the wild throng of swimmers at the beginning of the race. My plan is to hang back a bit, and let the crazy-competitive types do their thing. I’ll follow along at my own pace from the back. This triathlon is really just going to be a fun experiment for me- I want to finish and enjoy myself, and that’s it.

Since the turnaround from running the half-marathon is going to be pretty quick, the training’s already begun!

I tried out swimming in a local pond yesterday- wearing goggles and a swim cap for the first time ever! No offense to the professional swimmers out there, but I’m pretty sure I looked like an alien in that get-up. Oh well. The swimming went pretty well, I think? Not really sure how far I swam, but I think it was more than .25, so that’s encouraging!

Here I am trying to figure out the whole swimming-thing again!

Here I am trying to figure out the whole swimming-thing again!

Today, did just over a 10 mile bike ride with my mom! We did 2 loops of my mom’s favorite running route- it felt very different experiencing it from the bike! Gotta say, I love the downhills and cool breeze you get with a bike ride. You can’t get that on a run!

I ride a mountain bike- not perfect for a triathlon, but it should do the trick!

I ride a mountain bike- not perfect for a triathlon, but it should do the trick!

My blisters on my big toes are still healing, but once they’re better, I’ll start adding running back into the training plan!

I’m so excited (and nervous!) for this new challenge  Here we go again on a new adventure!

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