Finding a Wetsuit, Take Two

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!

Fleet Feet

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

almond milk


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.

Mid-Afternoon Snacks

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!

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