Remember that time I tried to buy a wetsuit? Remember how I walked away empty-handed and covered in sweat? Well, not this afternoon—I am happy to report that Carrie not only got on the wetsuit without sweating up a storm (there was some sweating involved, though), but she also walked away with a winner! Carrie: 2, Wetsuit: 1. Yahtzee!
I walked into Fleet Feet, aka my second home (which isn’t a bag thing!) with a definitive plan: I knew exactly which suit I needed to try on, and since I now consider myself a rookie-no-longer in wetsuit dressing, the process went fairly smoothly. First, I applied Bodyglide on “exposed skin,” or skin the wetsuit would touch directly.
Triathletes apply this balm on their legs, arms, shoulders, and back like deodorant. Essentially a skin lubricant, Bodyglide creates an invisible non-greasy barrier between the wetsuit and skin, thus protecting against rubbing, blisters, and chafing. It also makes it a heck of a lot easier to strip off the suit after swimming.
Next, I put on Fleet Feet’s “wetsuit gloves” that would help me grab, pull, and smooth out the suit, and I slowly worked the suit up my left leg. As soon as I had the suit over my calf, I knew it was the one. Girls, you know how you get that feeling when you’re trying on your prom dress? Runners, you know that feeling when you lace up soon-to-be-yours sneakers? I could’ve taken the suit off and bought it immediately; I just knew it was my tri wetsuit. Anyway, once the suit sat on my hip, I started working on the right leg. So far, so good!
I slipped my left arm into the sleeve and used my gloved right hand to pull and smooth out the area. Finally, I slid into the right sleeve, wiggled in, and admired my handiwork.
Women’s Z Force Zoot for the win!
Let’s shift gears and take a peak at today’s workout and eats.
After I drank two cups of coffee, I made a simple bowl of cereal around 8:30 a.m.
In the mix:
1/2 cup Fiber One Honey Clusters
1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean
two spoonfuls of chia seeds
Around 12:30 p.m., I headed out for a 5.26-mile out-and-back run. Overall, I did not run smart today: I’m still sore from standing all day at the Syracuse Ironman 70.3, and I started way too fast. (Subconsciously, I think I was imagining I was one of the pro women triathletes!) My legs felt good for the first two and a half miles, but I couldn’t sustain the pace. After, I did about 20 minutes of upper-body work and ab exercises.
On this week’s workout schedule, I also penciled in a swim for today, so I headed over to the YMCA after I bought my wetsuit. Unfortunately, it was primetime for kids’ swimming lessons, and the youngins occupied all the lanes. Rats. I was experiencing such a wetsuit purchase-induced swimming high, too.
Following my run, I had leftover salad plus red peppers from last night’s family dinner as an appetizer.
I also ate a bowl of rice and beans with spinach.
When I got home from the YMCA, I had a banana and Chobani yogurt.
My parents and I enjoyed some clams as an appetizer.
For the main course, we had almond encrusted tilapia and roasted asparagus.
This is one of my go-to meals when I’m cooking for myself.
Enjoy your night, friends!