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.
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!