Dressing For Triathlon Success

Happy Friday, everyone!  TGIF!  It’s been another busy day filled with fitness and food, so let’s get to it.

I had such a difficult time falling asleep last night.  I’ll be the first to admit I watched one too many episodes of Gossip Girl—courtesy of Netflix Instant—but there was another legitimate reason I kept tossing and turning:  Last night felt like Christmas Eve because “Christmas Day” signified getting triathlon gear!

Workout

Before my trip to Fleet Feet—which is beginning to feel like my second home—I went to a morning spin class at the Y.  Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Is there a better way to start the day than with a sweat session (heavy on the sweat, clearly)?  Do you like to workout first thing in the morning?  Or do you prefer sweating during the afternoon?

Breakfast

I had two cups of coffee and half of a homemade granola bar before class, and I whipped up a favorite when I arrived home.

Two Kashi waffles, PB, and banana slices.  So, so good.

Triathlon Shopping at Fleet Feet

Around 11:30 a.m., I arrived at Fleet Feet to try on triathlon attire.  Luckily, MaryBeth—my new triathlon mentor!—was there to help.  Before I started trying on gear, she explained the types of getups, pros and cons of these outfits, and showed me her personal favorites.  I’m already learning so much about triathloning.  For instance:

-There are two “types” of triathlon uniforms so to speak—one piece (or uni’s) and two piece suits.

-Bottoms generally come in two lengths—shorts (which MB referred to as “booty shorts,” ha!) and longer shorts, which hit above the knee.  Both styles contain some “basement” padding for the bike portion of the race. (However, it’s much less cushioning than true cycling shorts contain because the biking leg of a triathlon is relatively short.) Also, the triathlete does not need to wear underwear with these compression shorts!

-Most tops boast build-in support—ya know, to tame the ta-tas—but a lot of women wear a normal sports bra anyway.

Looking at the array of brands, styles, and colors took my breath away—Zoot, SUGOI, Pearl Izumi, oh my!  As per MB’s suggestion, I grabbed a ton of different brands and styles to take into the fitting room.

This was the first tri-ensemble I tried on. (No pun intended.) Pearl iZumi top and Sugoi shorts. (You know you’re in a legit triathlon store when there’s a rack of wetsuits in the dressing room!)

Next up was another Pearl iZumi top and a longer pair of shorts.

Ultimately, I decided to go with the second top and shorter “booty” shorts.  The purple top will complement my Lexa SL.  Plus, it’s tough for me to pull off hot pink.  Initially, I was leaning toward the longer shorts because of my long legs, but I know I will be more comfortable running in bottoms that are a traditional length.

I also purchased a swim cap and goggles, which means the only item missing from this ensemble is a wetsuit.  I’m going to try on my dad’s this weekend and see if it will work.  Wetsuits can cost an arm and a leg—quality ones start at $700, and used suits price in around $300—so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it works.

MaryBeth and I also spent some time talking about general triathlon training, and she’s sending me a 12-week plan this weekend.  I sort of bombarded her with newbie questions—do I need to bring my own swim cap to the race, should I practice swimming in the wetsuit, etc.—and she was super patient and answered everything.  In terms of training, she said following a plan is important, but she also told me not to worry too much:  Since I’m young and athletic, I will have no trouble picking up this sport.  I sure hope she’s right!  MB said aside from my training program, the best things I can do include attending the CNY Triathlon Wednesday night series—where I’ll get to complete a triathlon every week—surrounding myself with experienced athletes, and asking any and all questions.  I’m excited, nervous, and above all pumped to start this new phase of my fitness career!

Lunch

Today’s midday meal was a simple turkey and cheese Panini on Ezekiel low sodium bread.  I kept lunch light because Margaret and I went to our grandparents’ house this afternoon for some baking (and obviously taste-testing!).

Easy pineapple cookies and dark chocolate truffles.  Yummy!

Here’s a quick look at yesterday’s lunch:

Spinach salad with red peppers and carrots, plus leftover almond crusted tilapia and rice.

Continuing with this blast from the past, I was in charge of preparing dinner last night, and I wanted to make a tofu-based dish so Margaret could enjoy it as well. (She’s a vegetarian, and I just love tofu.) Enter Honey and Orange Tofu with Broccoli.

The best part?  It’s a crockpot recipe, which means minimal prep!

Do you prepare dinner each night?  Or do you cook a big batch of something on the weekends?  What are some of your favorite dinner recipes?  Clearly, I’ve got food on the brain now.

8 responses to “Dressing For Triathlon Success

  1. I like preparing dinner each night, it is so therapeutic! Check out my blog for some great dinner ideas!

    • I agree! I love cooking fish and seafood–your salmon and roasted veggies look delicious! I like spicy foods, too. I use a lot of Tabasco and cayenne pepper 🙂

  2. I prefer working out in the evening. 😉

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