Hey, You Never Know

Hey, everyone–I hope you’re having a great Tuesday so far!  Don’t forget to vote today!

Chilly, winter-like weather has arrived in New York City, but I can’t complain; Syracuse has already seen its first snowfall of the season.  Even without these flurries, I’m having trouble motivating myself to head outside for a bike ride.  I might wait until this afternoon and hope it warms up a bit.  Good thing my parents are bringing a bike trainer this weekend.  Oh, I haven’t mentioned that yet?  Yep, my parents and one of my sisters are visiting for a few days—woohoo!  It’s been one month since I’ve seen them, and not going to lie, I’m also very happy they’re coming with a trainer.

Speaking of cycling—and by extension, triathloning—I spent yesterday afternoon researching events and identifying races for 2013.  At this point, it’s an extremely rough list, but the racing bug bit me hard after I talked with Jessica, Robin, and Valerie on Sunday.  These NYC-based triathletes belong to different clubs, but they recommended a lot of the same races in the Tri-State area, including the Rev3 in Middlebury, CT, and Mighty Montauk. (Full Throttle Endurance has its own race calendar, which I scoped out, too.) Because it’s so early, a lot of the triathlons haven’t opened registration yet—or even established a race date for that matter—but I did enter the lottery for the 2013 Aquaphor New York City Triathlon.

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Hey, you never know.  In its 13th year, this Olympic-distance event (1500m swim, 40-K bike, and 10-K run) lets more than 3,000 triathletes swim the Hudson River, bike along the West Side highway, and run through Central Park.  There are several ways to get an early entry/guaranteed spot—if you volunteered in 2012, deferred 2012 entry, secured a 2012 champions club VIP, or placed in the top 3 of your age group/division in 2012—but for the most part, the majority of hopeful entrants will be on equal footing come drawing day on Nov. 12.  I really, really hope I get a spot, so I’m crossing my fingers and toes!

Breakfast

After running and strength training yesterday morning, I made an open-faced spinach and egg-white sandwich.

It was my first warm morning meal post-Hurricane Sandy (I’ve been eating bananas and dry cereal), so it tasted extra yummy.

Lunch

A few hours later, I threw together a salad with spinach, carrots, turkey, and yellow peppers.  I topped it with a dash of S&P.

And I completely forgot it was Meatless Monday.  Whoops.

Dinner

Since I spoiled my vegetarian day, I went ahead and baked pesto tilapia for dinner.  This is quite possibly the least appetizing picture ever, but it was really good!

Plus roasted mushrooms and red and orange peppers on the side.  And, drumroll, please–my first bowl of post-Sandy frozen grapes!

Totally hit the spot!

Have you ever won the lottery?  Have you made your 2013 race calendar yet?

24 responses to “Hey, You Never Know

  1. Hurrah for your freezer working! Random question, what do you do with the yolks when you have an egg white omlette?

  2. Love the JFK quote! How is voting going in the city? I’ve heard it could be seriously disrupted.

    • Yeah, I’ve heard voting here can be crazy, but I actually got an absentee ballot from my hometown and mailed it in about one month ago. It’s what I did four years ago when I was in college (wow, my first election!), and it worked out really well–zero stress.

  3. post sandy frozen grapes for the win! I am hating this colder weather as well

  4. MM girl to the Syracuse snow. I’m in Oswego which is no better. I honestly feel like I would be a bit frightened to vote in the city because of all the crazyness! I once won 40 dollars at the slot machines…it counts LOL

  5. Yay for your frozen grapes! I have not made my race calendar yet. I am going to do the winter road race series with our local runner’s club but everything else is up in the air!

  6. Race calendar done and redone as dates that had not changed in years decided to change drastically.

  7. Exciting news on the racing front! And so glad to see you back up and running after Hurricane Sandy!

  8. Okay silly question – really frozen grapes? Food looks wonderful and I’m curious on what you’ve heard on the Aquaphor race – is it a good one to consider? I’ve got my first one scheduled for April 7th in South Beach and am really looking to travel this next year to experience a wide variety of great triathlon events.

    • Give ‘em a try! Rinse and pop ‘em in the freezer for a few hours; they taste *much* sweeter. :)

      So far, I’ve heard good things about the Aquaphor–very fast swim splits thanks to the Hudson’s current (which is great for me!), and since the bike course spans the West Side Highway (which I ride pretty regularly), it isn’t too hilly. And you can’t beat running in Central Park.

      I’m pretty sure FTE went to the South Beach Tri last year, and I bet they’re going again. I’d love to make the trip down, but I’d have to convince Santa it should be a Christmas present. ;)

  9. Have fun with your family, Carrie! Glad you are doing well after Hurricane Sandy. Annnnd I voted– nervous over here…

  10. I totally got my vote on today!! Yaaaay, for family visits – I hope you have a great time with your parents and sister! Oh, and your first warm, post-Hurricane Sandy breakfast looks delish.

  11. I’m definitely building my race schedule for next year — 3 full marathons, and at least one half and one 10k on the docket, there will probably be at least one more half or 30k and a handful more 10k’s if I have my way!! ;)
    And it’s TOTALLY the “you never know” mentality that are pushing me to sign up for NYCM 2013 — who knows if I’ll ever qualify again. Maybe I’ll be injured, maybe something else will happen. You never know what life has in store, so carpe diem and log those miles!! ;)

    • Wow, lots of races for 2013, Chelsie, which you will totally rock, obviously! Since I’m going to be focusing on sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlons, I’d really like to get a few 10-Ks under my belt, especially because I haven’t done an “official” 6.2-mile race yet. (The run for sprints is 5-K and for Olympic it’s 10-K.)

      Please, please, please sign up for NYCM 2013! Then you’ll visit, and I’ll get to meet you! :)

  12. I’ll also keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!!

  13. 2013 is planned up through what’s not open to register for yet ;)

  14. I have a bunch of races on our 2013 calendar! We’re in the Cleveland Marathon, Around the Bay 30K and the Mount Desert Island marathon. We will be registering for the Seneca7 (tomorrow) and Musselman. I wanted to do Mighty Montauk but I need to know the date for that before it goes on our calendar, it was going to be our June Olympic race but it seems like the date may be later this year. Plus, we have tons of other races planned too!

    • I’m trying to rally my team for the Seneca7! I have a feeling the race will fill up quickly! I also want to do the mini-Mussel–not ready to make the jump to a 70.3 just yet. ;)

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