Happy Friday, everyone—and happy first day of summer! Let’s hope the official start of a new season means tons of runners will be out shopping for new gear today.
Workout #1 – Swimming
This morning started with a Full Throttle Endurance swim workout that focused on long sets—think 10-minute steady swim, 8-minute steady swim, etc.—and pulling, my favorite type of tech work. (Note sarcasm.) Since a lot of us are racing Stamford next weekend, we also practiced sighting and drafting. And I rocked a new pair of goggles!
I received this TYR pair (polarized special ops if the #trigeeks are interested) in my shoe training graduation swag bag, and as you can see, the goggles have a blue tint, which works better for pool swimming. (My trusty Speedo goggles have a dark tint.) Nothing but good things to say so far: They didn’t fog up, they didn’t let in water, and they felt really comfortable.
Workout #2 – Running and Strength Training
After spending some quality time in the hot tub (more on that shortly), I hit the West Side Highway for an easy 20-minute run and finished with a full-body strength training workout.
Back home, I made an extremely green smoothie that contained frozen kale, one frozen banana, frozen blueberries, spinach, protein powder, and almond milk.
Perfect for a warm summer day!
So you’re probably wondering about the title of this post, right? In the hot tub after practice, my teammates and I started talking about the New York City Triathlon, specifically our post-race plans. Yes, we’re pumped to swim, bike, and run on our own turf, but let’s be honest—the after party is a major source of excitement too. (Exhibit A: South Beach. Exhibit B: Montauk.) Somehow, one thing led to another, and my teammates voted me “party warlord”—yes, that’s the actual title—which means I’m in charge of planning our afternoon shenanigans. How this responsibility gets delegated to the youngest person on the team … I have no idea. Luckily, I have some party-planning experience: In high school, two of my best friends and I hosted a summer “formal” for a bunch of our friends. Midnight Masquerade was the theme in 2007.
And in 2008, we went with a color theme—silver and gold maybe?
Anyway, organizing these parties was a lot of fun—and a lot of work. It definitely gave me a new respect for event planning. Our setup worked nicely because we were a team of three, and thankfully, two of my teammates volunteered to help with our upcoming get-together. But I was told to still “rule with an iron fist and veto dumb ideas,” so we’ll see what happens!
Do you have party- or event-planning experience? Also, NYC-ers: any recommendations for fun party venues?