Daily Archives: June 23, 2012

Paying It Forward

Hey, hey!  Happy Saturday!  I have some exciting news to share, so let’s zip through my workout and eats!

Workout

Man, I sure missed Ron yesterday, so I was extra pumped to go to spin class this morning.  After 45 minutes on the bike, I was in “the zone”—thank you, endorphins!—so I headed into the weight room and completed about 20 minutes of upper-body work.

Breakfast

Say hello to an old favorite—the best breakfast ever.

However, this isn’t your typical overnight oats in a jar.  Last night, I prepared overnight oats in a bowl (no almost-empty PB pars yet) using FAGE Total 2% yogurt (with strawberry jam in the mix), 1/3 cup Quaker Oats, and 1/3 cup almond milk.  Before digging in, I added about two spoonfuls of chia seeds and banana slices.

Lunch

We’re getting into food desert territory.  Around 1:30 p.m., I searched the fridge for signs of food.

An open-faced sandwich:  Two leftover pork medallions and hummus on a slice of Ezekiel bread.

Syracuse Ironman 70.3

So far, my transition from runner to triathlete has been incredible.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have several individuals and groups help me over the bumps and face the learning curve head-on; all the components of the triathlon community I’ve enlisted—Fleet Feet, Syracuse Bicycle, the CNY Triathlon Club—have been simply amazing.  Embarking on this fitness goal has been extremely nerve-wrecking—and, at times, it still is!—but everyone has been helpful, encouraging, and supportive.  I feel truly grateful to have both these individuals and mini-communities at my fingertips, ready and willing to offer help, advice, or guidance.

Since I’ve gained invaluable knowledge and constant support from this triathloning community, I’ve decided it’s time to give back:  Tomorrow morning, I will be body marking triathletes for the Syracuse Ironman 70.3.

Not only will this be my first time volunteering at a triathlon, but it will also be the first true triathlon I attend.  This is the ultimate win-win opportunity:  I give back to the community and learn from the best-of-the-best triathletes.  Volunteering will also give me a true “behind-the-scenes” look into what happens on raceday.  And let’s face it—right now, I might not be able to complete the Syracuse 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), but simply being around these athletes will provide a burst of motivation and inspiration.

I have an extremely early wake up call tomorrow—volunteers must be on-site by 4 a.m., which means I need to get up at 3 a.m.—so my Saturday night will be spent sleeping.

Have you ever volunteered at the triathlon or other race?  What was your experience like?  Did you enjoy it?