Miami, Here I Come!

Good morning, friends!  Guess what—I officially registered for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, which will be my first race of the 2013 season!  I’m pumped!  Miami, here I come!

It isn’t until April 7, which means I have plenty of time to train (approximately 86 days, but who’s counting?).  For the past three years, Full Throttle Endurance has traveled to Florida for this triathlon, and signing up for a destination event (or a “race-cation”) is a great way to kick off the racing season.  Plus, I’ve never been to Miami, so it will be fun to explore, hang out at the beach, and celebrate post-race with my teammates.  In terms of the race itself, I signed up for the classic distance—0.5-mile ocean swim, 19-mile bike, and 4-mile out-and-back run.  Nautica SoBo also offers an Olympic-distance course, but since this will be my first event of the season—and not to mention my longest triathlon to date—I figured the shorter one would be a better decision.  And even though it’s still early in the training cycle (and even though I haven’t finalized my race schedule), I see this tri as a “C” race, meaning I’ll “train through” it; I still want to do well, obviously, but I won’t be “racing” it.  I’m so excited!


A pizza craving hit me hard last night, so I made an individual Paleo pizza.


Toppings included sauce, cheese, spinach, and chopped orange peppers—yum!

Workout – Yoga

The weekly workout schedule I posted Sunday has totally changed—Andrew emailed our training group a plan after that evening—and today was a scheduled rest/free day.  It’s been a while since I practiced yoga—remember my yoga phase in October?—and I knew a Vinyasa class would be good for active recovery, so I went to Hilaria’s 7 a.m. session at Yoga Vida this morning.  It was just what I needed; I worked up a good sweat, stretched out, and even completed some ab work (which will be even more important now that I’ll be riding in aero).


No judging—during savasana, my mind wandered to breakfast.  In my defense, though, Hilaria told us to listen to what our bodies were saying, and mine seemed to be fixated on hunger—ha!  A cold meal sounded good after a sweaty class, so I whipped up a protein smoothie.


This mix included a frozen banana, frozen kale, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb egg-white protein powder.  Plus my second cup of coffee.

Time to finish up some freelancing assignments.  Have a great day!

Have you signed up for a destination race, gone on a “race-cation,” or taken a trip solely devoted to doing something active?  Did you enjoy it?

42 responses to “Miami, Here I Come!

  1. Ooo… Miami! Exciting! I haven’t signed up for a destination race yet, but I would love to do Ironman Canada in the next 5 years!

  2. Wow, sounds amazing! Do they help you organise the bike transport etx? Think that’s the most daunting bit of racing away.

    I will let you know my opinion on destination racing after I’ve done my 70.3. 18 months ago we did combine a swim race with a weekend away but only in the UK. Was fun tho!

    • Unfortunately, no. 🙁 Thanks to basketball, I’m used to having travel logistics totally taken care of by my coaches, so planning will be a new challenge. I talked to one triathlete yesterday, and we’re both nervous about getting down there, so we may travel together.

  3. Registering for a race is always the most exciting part!! Congrats, I’m sure you’ll have a great time on your race-cation!

  4. Awesome!! Come on down!

  5. I love that protein powder, the one I can actually stomach to be honest. that paleo pizza, wow it looks tasty.I am impressed. Miami – so freaking cool!

  6. I’ve been on many recation. In fact, I tend to use them as my bigger races. Something about leaving town to race makes it seem more intense!

  7. That’s so exciting! I can’t wait for you to start your racing this year. It’s going to be so fun to follow along!

  8. I haven’t dont this yet but want to so bad! One day when I have some money for the trip. This sounds like an awesome time, and a good distance to kick off the tri season! 🙂

  9. No judgment this way- I always seem to think about my breakfast during a workout. 🙂 Also that pizza looks delicious. I’ll have to try your recipe! GO you for signing up for the FL race!

  10. Hey! I just stumbled upon your blog through ‘The Saucy Apple’ 🙂 I will definitely have to follow from now on.
    That paleo pizza looks delicious by the way.

  11. SO excited for you! Miami is going to be amazing!! I’m doing two DC races in April, but I’m most excited for October. I’ve decided I’m going to train for the Chicago marathon so that’ll be huge — my first marathon AND a big destination race. I can’t wait!

  12. I just got back from my destination race in Miami/Key West!! You’re going to have soo much fun! Be sure to post lots of pictures to make us all jealous! 😉

  13. That’s so exciting! You’re going to have an absolute blast. And I definitely think about food when I’m doing yoga. No shame!

  14. October will be a race-cation!! 🙂 Never had one before so I’m excited. Miami is a lot of fun – but make sure that you hit up a South Beach bar the night after your race. And of course relax on the beach. It’s hot down here!

  15. I get pizza cravings too! It’s so funny that if done right they can be so healthy. I usually bake them “margarita” style with flax bread (flax meal, water, salt and garlic powder) but I definitely have to try the paleo recipe.
    I’m over at with tons of healthy recipes and tips!
    Love your blog!

  16. I’m doing my first destination race this season – going to Cincinnati for a triathlon. Can’t wait. Hope Miami is fun and fast for you!

  17. I’ve gone on lots of “race-cations” (both to spectate and to race) and think they are great! only bad part is that it’s a little stressful to have to pack so much gear…and most of the trip is so race-focused, I wouldn’t do it at somewhere you really wanted to sight-see at…but all in all, a fun excuse for a vacation!

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  19. Ahhhhhhhhh! Super excited for you! I balked when I read ‘ocean swim’ (you know there are shark in that ocean?!) and then I thought, this is Carrie, she’s got this. I’m pretty sure you’d kick a shark in his pointy face. 😉

    • Ha! That’s funny because my main concern with the ocean swim is no wetsuits allowed. I think the average water temperature is 78, so the water will be too warm for suits. The saltwater will help with buoyancy, though. 😉

  20. So much fun, jealous! We always travel for races, but the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half was definitely a racecation. It was fun, even if the race didn’t go well!

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