Last Day at Home

Hi, everyone—Happy Hump Day!  Was today your first workday of 2013?  Sadly, it’s my last 24 hours at home.  I’ve had so much fun spending time with my family, celebrating Christmas, and ringing in the new year, but I’m ready to head back to the Big Apple.  Don’t get me wrong; I’ve loved being at home, but it’s time to go back—my big-girl internship starts next week!


Last night marked my second-to-last dinner at home, and we had spicy shrimp with cilantro and lime, plus jasmine rice and steamed snow peas.


I mixed the spice blend, so I made sure the entire 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper made it in—love the heat!

Workout – Swimming

On Tuesday, I called the pool hotline about eight times, hoping to hear the updated hours, but last week’s message kept playing.  Even without confirmation, I headed over at 6:30 a.m. this morning:  It was pool or bust—I was determined to swim.  Thankfully, it was open (woohoo!), and my 45 minutes of drill work passed quickly.  If I counted my final set of 5x100s correctly, then I set a new record, but since it was about 1:30 faster than the times I’ve been clocking at Chelsea Piers, I’m going to assume I messed up.  We all know how much I like math—ha!


I was obviously ravenous after swimming, so I quickly cooked up a breakfast sandwich.


I usually use egg whites, but there was only the equivalent of one left in the carton; if I’m being honest, I was too hungry to walk to our fridge in the garage to get a new container, so I just added an egg.  It worked.

After breakfast, I drove to the Pewter Spoon Café to get coffee with MB.


It’s my hometown’s newest (and only true) coffee shop, and even though it opened about three months ago, I hadn’t been before today. The menu looked impressive—lots of breakfast sandwiches/wraps, soups, and salads—and the coffee comes from a local company, too.  Anyway, MB and I caught up and talked triathlons for more than an hour.  I had some questions for her, and it was great to discuss the upcoming season.  My first task when I get back to NYC?  Buying and getting fitted for aero-bars so I go faster and really look legit! (For the non-triathletes, aero-bars basically move your body into a more aerodynamic position, making you faster and more efficient.)

What I want to look like:



(70.3 and Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave.)

What I actually look like:


Girl can dream, right?

My mom, sister, and I ran some errands and went shopping this afternoon, and I stocked up on running shorts, and I finally found a new swimsuit.


Since I’m on the taller side, I’ve been struggling to find a swimsuit that’s “long” enough.  The first one I bought ended up being too big, and the one I wear now has stretched out quite a bit, yet somehow doesn’t stay up.  I hope this TYR one works! (Oh, and Craig Alexander is a TYR athlete, so I have high expectations.)


After shopping, we stopped at Cantina Laredo for lunch.


Yummy chicken tacos!

What’s your go-to brand of athletic apparel?  Do you have a hard time finding shoes, shorts, swimsuits, etc. that fit?

34 responses to “Last Day at Home

  1. aw sorry it is your last day at home but sounds pretty awesome. That shrimp dish is making me drool, really anything shrimp is my absolute favorite.

    • I love shrimp, but I never make it; it seems intimidating for some reason. Learning how to cook shrimp correctly could be a good “resolution.” 😉

  2. Wah wish you weren’t leaving quite yet. Your food looks really good though. My favorite brand is Nike all the way…even for swim suits and I know a ton of people don’t care for nike training stuff.

    • I love Nike shorts, and the swimsuit I have now is Nike. I like it, but it’s stretched out and doesn’t stay up, so I’m constantly pulling it up between sets. And I kind of have an awkward side-boob too, or what would be a side boob if I any, lol.

  3. Oh, that spicy shrimp dish looks yummy. And what a pretty purple swimsuit! I’m on the short side, but it still seems like I have a hard time finding swimsuits. From my swim team days, I remember that it should fit tight, but I always feel like the size they give me is too tight… *sighs* 😉

    • The question is how tight is too tight! The one I got today fits perfectly, but the size smaller was probably the right tightness. *Sigh* over here too!

  4. All of your meals look delicious! That’s so exciting that your internship is starting up soon!

  5. Those chicken tacos look yummy! Have a safe trip home!

  6. I think the reality picture is pretty great too! I can’t imagine being too tall to find a good swimsuit…I actually buy a girls size because it’s cheaper and I’m short enough! haha

    • Aww, thanks, Meghan! 🙂 I wish I could go shopping with a knowledgeable swimmer/someone who knows how tight swim suits should be. Finding a suit may be more challenging than picking out a pair of jeans!

  7. I loveeee shrimp! Sounds like a good recipe. I want to get aero bars on my bike this year to hopefully (key word lol) help me get some better times on my bike for duathlons! My go to is Oiselle- they’re awesome!

    • Making the transition to aero will be tough, but if it will shave seconds off my bike time, then I’ll deal with the learning (and pain!) curve. I have a tee from Oiselle and love it! 🙂

  8. Pool or bust! That’s my kind of talk.

    Aerobars can be scary when you first start working in them, but don’t give up. It’s worth it.

    • Hit the pool this morning, too! 🙂 Aero-bars both excite and intimidate me, and I know it’s the next step in my biking/triathloning training.

  9. Boooo for having to leave home. The older I get the longer I want to stay at home and be a kid. Nothing like having a mama fuss over you. I laughed the bike form comparison and immediately imagined what I would look like if someone snapped a picture. I decided it would look something like me being on a beach cruiser. lol! Good luck with the aero-bars. I have a hard time with swimsuits, too. I have a long body so length/comfort/desire to not have wedgies is always an issue with one pieces.

    • As I get older, I definitely appreciate being home more. I’m not sure when my next visit back to the homestead will be, so I really tried to soak up the family time. Oh, and I hear you with the swimsuit issues. Between sets, it seems like I’m constantly readjusting my suit, but my new one worked well today!

  10. All of the food looks delicious.
    Swimsuits are difficult – long torso here.
    I usually order grab bag suits from

  11. That lunch looks AMAZING! Also, has Downton started there yet?

  12. haha I think you look mean and lean on that bike! Those delt, oh my! .. and can you send me some chicken tacos…quick…I might starve… 😉 xo

  13. I love your “what I want to look like” but “what i actually look like” picture! I love reading those college tumblrs (what should we call me) with funny pictures! You look great in your picture though- super fit! 🙂

  14. I need aero bars too! Mike and I are going to buy new pedals, and clip-in shoes and we’ll probably get aero bars too. I look pretty much the same as you right now and that’s not going to work during a 70.3!

    Good luck with your internship!

  15. Ahahahaha! I always want to look like a pro runner… but I always look absolutely horrible when running. I also look horrible while rowing… then again nobody looks good while rowing. Keep up the hard work!

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  17. Those tacos look amazing! I love Lululemon, although if I were to start triathlons, I would definitely be looking for a different brand.

    • I love Lulu for yoga, and I bought my first pair of running pants from them this winter, which I also love. 🙂 If they took on the triathlon world, they would have a total monopoly on the market!

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