(Sort of) Trending

Hey, hey—happy Monday!  And Happy Presidents’ Day!


Because everything comes back to chocolate, right?

Last night, Jen and I hosted our third #TriChat, and it went really well!  We welcomed ENERGYbits as a sponsor and guest host—which fit perfectly with our theme of pre-/during/post-workout nutrition and fueling strategies—and three lucky participants won samples.  The highpoint of the night occurred toward the end of the Q&A session when I glanced to the left of my newsfeed.


Trending for the win!  Technically, though, this is in terms of Twitter’s “tailored trend” algorithm. (For those unfamiliar with Twitter, its “tailored trend” shows hot topics based on your location and who you follow; its old system showed hashtags in reference to the wider-world of Twitter.) So even though #TriChat didn’t trend on a global scale (yet!), it still made its mark in triathlon and fitness circles.  Very cool!

Shameless plug:  Feel free to join us Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. EST for the next #TriChat!

Workout #1 – Running

Let week seven begin!  There were only 10 of us at our Full Throttle Endurance practice this morning (a bunch of guys went on a ski trip), which changed the group dynamic, but still lead to a great workout.  Like our previous sessions, we started with technique drills and barefoot running before doing tempo work on the track and tempo/hills on the treadmill.  On paper, this was the most challenging workout to date (our ‘mill incline values increased from 3.0 to 3.5 to 4.0), and it was also the strongest I’ve felt mentally and physically.  As you know, I read Chrissie Wellington’s book yesterday, and one idea that resonated with me was turning your brain on “autopilot,” which I did during this workout.  I’ll definitely talk about this concept more in the book review, but basically, even though it’s important to have a constant stream of assessment and feedback during training and races, it’s also crucial to know when to override your brain, shift into “autopilot,” and somewhat disconnect your head from your body.

Workout #2 – Swimming

Although tempted to call it a day after the running workout, I knew I needed to spend some quality time in the pool.  It was only 40 minutes, and nothing groundbreaking to report—except for the really cute (and obviously legit) guy wearing a TEAM USA swim cap.  Uh, what?!  He definitely wasn’t Vince Vaughn or Michael Phelps … I need to get to the bottom of this!


Breakfast started off with a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich, plus coffee.


And about an hour later, I also ate an unpictured banana with some PB.  Swimming revs my appetite big time!


I ran some errands this morning and heated up a piece of leftover pizza for lunch.


Yes, I totally impulse-bought whole-wheat pizza dough at Whole Foods yesterday.  They saw me coming!  I also had a peach for dessert.

Later this afternoon, I multitasked–doing laundry and baking.


Seeing as how I’ve eaten five of these banana “cookies” already, this recipe is a keeper—and coming your way later this week!

Are you guilty of impulse buying while grocery shopping?  What items typically find their way into your cart?

16 responses to “(Sort of) Trending

  1. I’m pretty good about sticking to my list.
    Congrats on trending!

  2. Oh man, I saw pizza dough at Whole Foods over the weekend and was SO tempted.

    Great job on your workouts, Carrie!

  3. congrats on trending! I have no idea how to even do a twitter chat. ps I am doing laundry right now and want to die, hate it

  4. Hold the front door. Twitter tailors the trends to you? I didn’t even know that but I do know I saw a ton of people participating in trichat last night so I’m excited for you! I actually don’t really know how to do a chat either.

    • Yeah, isn’t that nuts?! It’s still relatively new (system was introduced in July), but I don’t feel like the change was publicized very well.

  5. I’m the worst at impulse buying while grocery shopping. The worst. And by that I mean the best because that’s how you get delicious things haha. Which whole wheat crust did you buy? There’s this one grilled crust that I’m obsessed with!

    And CONGRATS on trending! That’s so cool!!!

  6. Hey Carrie! I always go to the store with a list and a promise in my pocket to NOT impulse buy. But I guess I have holes in my pocket because that promise almost always goes out the window. I’ll see a dark chocolate bar and think, “Oh, I totally meant to add that to the list” and then add it to the cart. That often happens with ice cream, chips, and gelato, too. 😛

    • LOL–love it! Sometimes if I’m craving something, I’ll make a deal with myself, like I’ll get it if it’s on sale or if it’s less than $TK.

  7. Impulse purchases are my undoing. I usually end up picking up one or two extra items that weren’t on my list. Case in point: I went to Wegmans on Friday to get some green tea, peppers and onions, and a folder for my tax forms/student loan forms. Walked out with all that plus a new iPhone case and some cookies. I was contemplating a six-pack of Shock Top before I caught myself. It’s worse at Target though. I usually walk out with a new wardrobe.

    • I miss Weggies so much! My classic move in college was to get a small bag of chocolate-covered pretzels from the bulk bins on Saturdays. I miss those days. And Targets gets me every time–you walk out with so much stuff you didn’t know you needed! 😉

  8. Congratulations on the trend! That’s exciting! I’m not much of an impulse buyer. I usually end up with things not on the list, but it’s only because I forgot to put them there!

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