Here’s the Thing

Hello, friends! Are you bored with all the race talk? Don’t worry; after Stamford on Sunday, there are no more triathlons on the schedule until August. (Although my coach wants me to do a sprint in July, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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Dammit, heel strike!  Coach Pat, this is why I need you!

Even though the past few weeks have been tough, life is going pretty well right now. Here’s the thing:

Let’s talk training first. It’s still going strong. By the way, thanks for putting up with my previous posts where I talked about all my feelings. This training cycle has been mentally challenging, which affects my mood outside of swimming, biking, and running. Thankfully, the next block spans about one and a half months, so I can dial in, put my head down, and focus on putting together the best race possible at Nationals.

My work schedule changes next week—which is bittersweet. Since starting at JackRabbit Sports last year (wow!), I’ve worked Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, which gave me Thursday and Sunday off. At first, I liked having a day off mid-week; running errands and catching up on life seemed easier when all of NYC wasn’t doing the same thing. However, as I’ve started expanding on my community outreach position, it’s become clear a “normal” schedule would be more effective. Ninety-percent of my job happens during regular hours—expos, races, and other events comprise the other 10 percent—so it makes sense that I work Monday-Friday. Hello, 9a-5p world! (Er, probably more like 10a-6p, but you know what I mean.)

This also means I need more real clothes. Yes, it’s a casual, non-corporate environment—I mean, I work in the basement—but I will need to pull myself together and put forth a decent 75-80 percent effort most days. But my (swimming) shoulders and (cycling) legs make it extremely difficult to find clothes that fit. And being on the tall side further complicates this quest. Blahhh.

I’m SO excited to go home for the 4th of July! I booked my tickets—Central New York, here I come! I haven’t been home since Christmas, so I can’t wait to see my family. The only downside is my Slice can’t make the trip too; taking it on the train during a holiday weekend would be an absolute nightmare. Guess that means I’ll do all the open-water swimming and running instead, including a 5-K my Dad and I do every year. Should be fun!

That’s all I’ve got today. What’s going on in your life?

12 Responses to Here’s the Thing

  1. Hehe, I kn0w exactly what you mean about clothes. Impossible to get things for my shoulders! I wear vest tops with a stretchy cardigan over… And when I was doing tri, I would wear knee length boots with calf compression underneath :-D

    • carriestevens

      Since it’s getting warmer, I can get away with wearing sleeveless tops. I love wearing compression under “real clothes.” It’s like you’re keeping a secret from the rest of the world.

  2. So, for work, I almost exclusively wear skirts, which are more accommodating to long and strong legs than pants. A-line skirts win.

    • carriestevens

      THANK YOU! I’ve been considering the dress route, but I’ll investigate skirts too. Plus, it’s always nice to show off how we push all those watts. ;)

  3. One word: sundresses. You look like you’re trying to be super fancy, yet you only have to pick out one piece of clothing and don’t have to worry about ACTUALLY finding pants that fit well. Loft sells them in tall too to avoid any kind of ass-baring factor :-)

    • carriestevens

      Good tip! Yes, the butt-bearing issue is something we need to consider. I tried on a bunch of shorts the other day that were inappropriately short. Definitely not OK for work. I’ll check out Loft again soon!

  4. That’s an exciting change! I could not be happier for you.

    I am excited for you and your race. It’s so hard for me to believe there aren’t more tri’s to do since it’s the warm months. (I guess you are probably specifically looking for certain ones).

    • carriestevens

      Real world schedule, here I come!

      Hopefully, I can string together a solid, all-around performance tomorrow–I’m excited! For whatever reason, there aren’t a ton of sprint or Olympic tris around here during July. NYC used to be the big one, but the date was moved to August. My theory is July is so hot and humid that having a race then poses extra liability.

  5. Welcome to 9-5! Ok, I guess I shouldn’t say much since I technically don’t have a normal schedule, but still! I hope you adjust well!

  6. Hmm… want to get together July 4th weekend? ;) And I much prefer an 8-4 or 9-5 schedule!

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