Still in Shock

Hi, friends!  First, thank you so much for your supportive comments on yesterday’s good news.  When I entered the 2013 Aquaphor New York City Triathlon lottery, I obviously crossed my fingers and toes, but I didn’t get my hopes up.  After all, the event caps at 3,000 triathletes, and since there were several ways to obtain a guaranteed entry, I didn’t think my chances were too favorable.  Honestly, I still can’t believe my luck because I’m probably one of the unluckiest people ever.

I took some time to enjoy the good news, and this morning marked an important mental shift:  no more “fartin’ around”—it’s time to get after it! (My high school basketball coach would probably roll his eyes because I’m both using and making fun of one of his signature phrases.)


Before my workouts, I toasted two Van’s Power Grains and slathered them with almond butter and banana slices.

Workout #1 – Swimming

Chelsea Piers is still out of commission, so I headed to the McBurney YMCA to swim.  The pool was packed this morning; each of the seven lanes (two “slow,” “medium,” and “fast” sections, plus one “multi-use”) contained at least three swimmers, but I hopped into a “medium” one and got to work.  I focused on kicking today because I tend to rely on my arms during the swim portion of triathlons; I’m all about saving my legs for the bike and run.  However, using my legs more effectively will help me become a more efficient in the water.  Plus, during the final 100m or so, it’s common for triathletes to surge and kick harder, which helps to break up lactate acid and ready legs for the bike.  Anyway, I drilled for 50 minutes and then headed home for my second sweat session.

Workout #2 – Biking

Even after yesterday’s trainer-tire drama, I still wanted to “spin out” my legs after swimming.  And conveniently, ESPN is broadcasting 24 straight hours of college hoops today (which equates to 16 games), so I setup another front row seat for the Harvard-UMass game. (The Harvard Scholars Crimson couldn’t hang with the Minutemen; final score was 67-64.)

Can’t beat it!  I also used a climbing block today. (It supports the front tire and makes for a more accurate road-riding/climbing simulation.)

Oh boy—biking with less-than-fresh legs on slight incline made for a sweaty, 30-minute workout.

Post-Workout Snack

As I stretched, I drank plenty of water, plus this vanilla shake from Premier Protein.

OK, I’m not a vanilla person, so I didn’t care for this flavor.  It tasted like French vanilla coffee creamer–too thick and too sweet.  Yes, I still polished off the entire thing, but I wouldn’t have it again.


I’m still making my way through some leftovers, so lunch came together quickly—tofu and chickpea curry with spinach.

I also snacked on some carrots and an apple.

Off to work on some freelance assignments!  Have a great Tuesday!

20 responses to “Still in Shock

  1. Ok, when we finally get a chance to meet, I want a swim lesson! I can swim, but I want to do it like an athlete!

  2. those bike trainers just seem so awesome! I would love to try one out.

  3. Eeek – you call three swimmers in each lane packed?! Wherever you swim usually is a luxury then. I regularly contend with up to 5 people in the lane, all swimming at different paces! I don’t have time now, but remind me to share with you a mini swim workout that you might like – it’s one that I do, and did this morning, but it struck me that it would work well at all levels of swimmers.

    • For me, three or four to a lane is packed, but I’m also going at off-peak times, which I’m sure has something to do with it. And yes, pass along the workout when you can!

      • Here we are:

        It’s 200m (but I guess yd for you would do just as well) full stroke (8 lengths of 25m/yd)
        150m just pulling with the arms (use a pull buoy if that helps you)
        100m of drill (you choose what)
        50m of kick.

        The beauty of it is that you can structure it for your own goals/endurance levels. So, I do 4 lots of that with 30 seconds rest in between each 500m chunk as a main set. You could take 30-60s rest between each segment, and just do it once, or you could do it twice with rests between the bits AND a longer rest at the mid point? It’s also good because you can slot in different drills depending what you work on. The coach that suggested it, also said you could mix the four elements up and do them in different orders as part of doing it several times in a longer set but that’s too hard for me to process whilst swimming. I like this little set as it’s easy enough to remember without having to write it down on a bit of paper that gets wet at the side of the pool.

  4. PS: Also, using your legs more effectively, will mean that you hold a better body position in the water, which means in turn that you will require less effort to get around the swim course.

  5. I can’t stop laughing at they say “see you in the Hudson”. I’m so happy for you and I know you will do awesome. I actually swam competitively for a while and never used my legs! LOL. If you ever need/want advice I got you!

    • The Hudson has a pretty strong current, so I hope the swim won’t be *that* bad. And yeah, I have a feeling I’ll need some new drills/workouts soon, so I’ll let you know. 🙂

  6. Two awesome workouts under your belt to get you in gear for the race! So exciting, 8 months isn’t really that far away!

  7. Congratulations on getting into the NYC triathlon! Yay!

  8. The shock is going to wear off, inevitably. But I hope that the spirit stays with you until race day!! You can tell from your words alone that you’re beaming (and it’s fabulous to read)!! 😀

    • Aw, you’re so sweet, Chelsie! Just thinking about the race brings a smile to my face, but I know I have a lot of training ahead of me. Like you wrote, the feeling will eventually wear off, so I’ll have to keep it mind when I can’t find workout motivation.

  9. Congrats on getting selected for e big race! That is a huge accomplishment! The bike set up is interesting…I don’t think I have the right kind of bike to work with that set up. I am looking at typical indoor computerized cycles…with a nice big seat. 🙂

    • Thanks, Shelia! I’m not a bike buff by any means, but I’m pretty sure it’s possible to hookup all kinds of bikes to indoor trainers; not totally sure, though, but it’s something to research.

  10. I love the action shot of the television from the bike!! Get it!

  11. I’m so excited for you Carrie – this is AWESOME!! (And I hope you went out and bought a real lottery ticket the day you found out, too. Super lucky!) I can’t wait to follow on this adventure; I know you’re going to rock it! No advice from me, just admiration. 🙂

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