Happy Monday, everyone! Did you have today off for MLK Day? Three-day weekends are the best, right? Before transitioning to the bulk of this post, I want to thank everyone who came to last night’s first official #TriChat.
We discussed 2013 season goals, and Jen and I were blown away by the sheer amount of participants and the high-quality conversation. It wouldn’t have been as successful without USA Triathlon’s presence, and we couldn’t have asked for a better first chat. If you want to #trigeek out with us (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?) our next Twitter-based conversation will take place Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. EST. Yes, it’s Superbowl Sunday, but this afternoon chat time leaves plenty of time for football festivities! (After Feb. 3, we’ll return to our normal time of 8 p.m. EST.)
Workout #1 – Running
Today’s workout with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE) included the same running drills we did last week, including more barefoot running. During the tech work, Andrew told us to shorten our strides and increase our cadence, which will help improve running efficiency, muscle memory, and arguably recovery. As you can tell from the title of this post, the phrase of the day was “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker”—shorter strides and quicker turnover. Eventually, we split up into our pace groups for 2-3 tempo miles. Even though my group’s prescribed pace was 8:28 (which is a little conservative for me), we banged out two miles in the 7:20-7:30 ballpark, so I struggled to hang on for the final four laps. I kept telling myself “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker,” but I fell off the pace and ended up finishing about 10 seconds after my group’s first runner. (Our group contained three people, and our third member dropped off with 800m left.) I’m obviously disappointed I couldn’t maintain my splits, but it’s early in the season, and I can only improve.
I refueled after practice with coffee (obviously) and a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich.
Mmmm! A few hours later, I sliced up a banana and sprinkled on some cinnamon and almond butter.
I don’t usually blog my snacks, but most days, I have a banana or almonds between breakfast and lunch.
After doing laundry and watching President Obama’s inaugural address, I turned to the fridge for lunch.
First, I steamed a boatload of spinach in the microwave and then added some of the spicy vegan black bean quinoa I made yesterday. It tasted good, but it still seems to be missing something. Hmmm …
I spent about two hours shopping for big-girl internship clothes—and subconsciously thought “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker” as I walked from store to store—which proved to be unsuccessful except for an unpictured Americano from Starbucks. Priorities.
Workout #2 – Biking
Since Syracuse conveniently played Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m., I multitasked by watching the game and pedaling away on my indoor bike trainer. (I originally planned to swim after this morning’s workout, but the masters swim team had taken over the pool, and none of my teammates wanted to swim with them—ha!) Anyway, my legs felt a little tight and an easy 60-minute recovery ride sounded ideal. Holy cow, though–what a game! The Orange barely held on, 57-55!
When you run or workout, do you repeat words or phrases in your head? What do you say?