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Real Talk: Training Edition

Hi, everyone—happy 2014!  For some folks, the new year signifies a time to make resolutions, set goals, and take advantage of a fresh start; and I’m sure you’ll see plenty of these posts around the blogosphere during the next few weeks.  For others—like yours truly—2014 means structured training begins.

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As usual, I’m keeping it real.

I have mixed feelings about the start of training on Monday morning.  Mainly, I cannot wait to start completing structured workouts with everyone again; I miss seeing my coaches and teammates everyday!  Oh, and two words:  South Beach.  It seems like my last race occurred forever ago, and even though I’m nowhere near race fitness, I’m already excited for this event.  On the other hand, though, I found my groove in terms of the NYC social scene, and not going to lie, I’ll be sad to give up my party warlord MO for a bit.

In related news, I’m anxious to see how my body responds to six consecutive days of training. (The team will train Monday-Friday, and I plan to hit the CompuTrainer on Sunday.) This wasn’t a problem during high school basketball …

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Sorry, had to do it.  I posted this on Instagram for throwback Thursday.

… but toward the end of my collegiate seasons, my body felt like it break down and snap in two.  Thankfully, it held up well when I moved to the five-day program during the final month of training, but those workouts weren’t typical:  We completed one workout each morning instead of two (and removed bricks all together) because it was the end of the season.  So I guess we’ll see what happens.

Here’s what my training will look like from Monday until early February: swim and run on Mondays; bike (on spin bikes) and strength train on Tuesdays; run and swim on Wednesdays; swim and run on Thursdays; bike (on spin bikes) and strength train on Fridays.  Since I’ve been all about the cycling lately, I’d love to replace one of the swims with another ride, but I’m not in charge yet.  Also, I’m not sure what will happen to my weekly threshold Tuesday CompuTrainer rides at Tailwind Endurance.  Obviously, I want to keep going, but it would look questionable if I always “slept in” during the team’s Tuesday morning workouts.  Again, we’ll see what happens.

Last week, my Slice appeared in a dream:  I was riding along (and being all legit in aero), when I slowly tipped over and hit the pavement.  But it didn’t hurt.  In fact, the ground acted like an inflatable bounce house and sprung me back to an upright position.  To me, means either (a) it’s pretty rare to wipe out on a tri bike, or (b) even if I do fall, I’ve ate it before and know what to expect, so the fear of the unknown isn’t a factor.

Speaking of my Slice, the first few rides have been tough, but I’m adapting.  During workouts, I spend time in the aerobars and on the bullhorns; usually, I stay in aero for a few minutes and take a one-minute break.  Shifting is slowly starting to make sense, and I definitely feel more powerful and efficient in this position.  I do need to get an in-depth fit done, though.

Seeing as how I haven’t mentioned running yet … it’s going OK, but my team’s two-mile time trial (TT) on the first day of school practice will be a reality check.  I made a decision this offseason to focus on the bike and put the run on the backburner, so I have no idea how this will translate to a TT.  I’m not expecting big things obviously, but it would be awesome if I could beat my time from last year.  It’s all about progress, so if I start off this season at a better running spot then 2013, then that would be awesome.

… and on that note, I’m hopping onto my indoor trainer, aka not running.  Happy Friday, friends!

What fitness and healthy living goals do you have for 2014?

My 2013 Running and Triathloning Recap

… but mostly triathloning.

Can you believe 2013 is coming to a close?  As part of Miss Zippy’s yearly roundup, bloggers post their “year in running” recaps, and since both Jen and Jamie shared their reviews, I decided to follow suit.  Below are some 2013 highlights.

Best race experience

Whew, starting with a toughie!  Three races stand out from this season, so I’ll briefly talk about each.  Going in chronological order, my first swim-bike-run contest of 2013 was the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.

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As my first official race “flying” the Full Throttle Endurance colors, this event served as a benchmark; it gave me an accurate idea of where I stood in terms of my training and showed which areas needed more work.  Due to the waves, the swim was hands down the most challenging one I’ve completed, but I put together a decent bike and run to take second place in my age group.

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Another reason I loved this event?  I got to race, cheer for, hang out with my teammates!

Taking place in late June, the Stamford KIC It Triathlon was another favorite.  The race had an edge in terms of logistics:  located close to New York City, a.k.a. no overnight stay required.

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The event’s atmosphere made it one to remember too.  The volunteers and crowd support were awesome, and even though the bike course kicked my butt, I loved almost every minute.  The pictures from this race speak for themselves.

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Last but certainly not least was USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee.  This was my first trip to the “Big Dance” of short-course racing, and wow, what an experience:  perfect venue, ideal course, and an exciting atmosphere.

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I got my butt handed to me, but I loved racing and hanging out with my teammates.  I can’t wait to get back on this course in 2014 and see how much I can improve!

Best run

During the end of my season, I used to run long with one of my pace group teammates as she prepared for Timberman 70.3.  These outings were always fun; we slowed the pace, chilled out, and talked literally the entire time.  And during my half-marathon training, I had a lot of quality runs with my coach and teammates.  Gotta love going long, right?

In terms of best run off the bike, I finally started to get close to the lactate threshold “sweet spot” at the Darien ITPMAN Triathlon.  Giving credit where credit is due, my coach yelled at me, which helped a lot.  And I also wanted to leave everything on the course; after all, it was my last race of the year.

Best piece of new gear

OK, so I’m obviously pumped about my Slice (my parents bring it tomorrow!), but since I didn’t use it this season, I’ll go with my wetsuit.  As a wannabe swimmer, I need all the help I can get!  My new saddle comes in at a close second.  Again, I didn’t race on it this year, but it’s made my offseason CompuTrainer/indoor bike trainer workouts so much better. (For the trigeeks, I went with the Cobb Gen2.)

Best piece of running/triathloning advice you received

This has been drilled into my head:  “Shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker.”  The principle of taking short, quick strides has revolutionized my running.  I’ve become a midfoot striker, which has alleviated nearly all of the calf pain I experienced last year.  Also, reminding myself to run this way makes it easier to turn over my legs, maintain an ideal cadence, and overall hit and hold paces coming off the bike.

Most inspirational runner

Between teammates and customers at the store, I see inspirational runners everyday.  One woman does stand out, though.  Earlier this month, she stopped by to get a pair of sneakers because she just finished chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.  She used to run half-marathons all the time, but things changed with her diagnosis.  Even after everything she’s been through, she absolutely radiated positivity.  We had an hour-long shoe fit and found two options that would help her start running again.  Working with folks like her in this component of my job make me feel like I’m actually making a difference.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Swim, bike, run, improve, repeat.

How did your year of running/triathloning go?

Wannabe Swimmer

It’s funny; shortly after I post about not swimming, there are some water-related updates to share.  Go figure.

With the offseason in full swing, I eased off the structured training, reflected on my races, and pinpointed areas for improvement.  Based on results, it’s no secret my bike needs the most attention now. (And a new tri bike only fuels the fire, right?) My run calls for improvement as well.  And what about my swim?  It can be summed up in one phrase:  wannabe swimmer.

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Centered on proper technique and muscle memory, swimming requires years of experience spent honing form to be as efficient as possible.  When I joined the triathlon world, I figured this portion of the race would be my Achilles heel.  After all, I had zero competitive swimming background and simply thought I’d be joining the pool party too late.  My mantra was even “survive the swim.”

However, since logging one official season of training, my swim improved a lot.  Granted, I’m nowhere near being a fish, but this discipline has proven to be a strength.  During my first few races, I attributed my swim time to being a fluke.  Sure, I passed folks whose waves began before mine and exited the water in the lead group, but this was due beginners’ luck, right?

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It looks like that isn’t quite the case, though.

Growing up in Central New York, I took swimming lessons as a kid and spent plenty of time in pools and lakes.  My hometown has a lake as does my alma mater.  In fact, during my senior year, my room overlooked Seneca Lake. (And a half-Ironman takes place there too.  In case you’re curious, the run course goes through campus.  Just throwing that out there.) Basically, for almost as long as I can remember, I’ve had a view of a body of water.  Maybe because I spent so much time in the water as a kid and maybe because I’ve always been around it, swimming in the open water doesn’t intimidate me.

Also, according to the book Racing Weight: How To Get Lean For Peak Performance by Matt Fitzgerald, I have some characteristics that prove beneficial in the water.

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Let’s see:  Swimmers are typically tall—check.  Swimmers typically have long torsos and arms—check.  Swimmers have large feet—check.

So the combination of my water background and body characteristics have led to some OK performances in the water.  As the season progressed, I got moved to the fast lane in my original training group.  And like I mentioned, I usually do well in my age group in terms of the swim.  You don’t win races during the swim, but there’s an adrenaline rush when you come out of the water in the lead packs.  That’s pretty cool.  Plus, I need the time cushion to offset my bike!

Anyway, I haven’t been spending a ton of time in the pool lately.  And I’m OK with that.  The bike especially and the run need those workout hours.  However, I’m pumped to have finally reached an elusive wannabe swimmer’s rite of passage—I learned how to flip turn!

Back during the season, one of my coaches broke down the process into four phases, and I made it through the first two.  We never revisited the concept, but two weeks ago, one of my teammates gave me a flip-turn clinic.  Not going to lie, I feel pretty legit throwing down those turns—even though I can only do it for 200 yards right now.

As the real swimmers know, doing flip turns eliminates the extra breath you can take before pushing off the wall.  Plus, you’re not only missing that breath, but you’re also blowing out through your nose, which means you’re using more oxygen.  Basically, this means you get gassed quicker.  Ah, another triathlon learning curve.  But that’s what the offseason is for, right?

Finish this statement:  I’m a wannabe _________.

Humble Pie

Hey, hey—happy October!  Yikes, September sure flew by.  Even though this means no more triathlons until 2014,  I am doing a half-marathon soon (in less than two weeks!); and aside from running, I’ve been logging lots of swimming and biking time too, which is a direct result of getting “called up” to the racing team. (This group trains five days each week.) Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve experienced a new level of training intensity—and I love it.

But it isn’t without its frustrations and growing pains.

Sometimes, I can hang—like during last Thursday’s long-course pool swim.  Sometimes, I fail to execute the workout properly and crash—like during last Thursday’s speedwork.  And sometimes, I push, get dropped, but fight my way back—like during last Friday’s bike ride in Central Park. (Actually, the same series of events happened this morning too.) Basically, this is the hardest I’ve ever trained.  And it needless to say, it’s been one reality check after another.  But since food metaphors are irrefutably better, let’s say there have been several servings of humble pie. (And that’s also the phrase my coach used, so I’m accurately reporting the details, ha!)

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My first serving of humble pie was consumed on Thursday when a few teammates and I made the drive from New York City to Stamford, CT for a swim workout in the long-course pool at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.  Even though my swim is at a good spot now, I’ve noticed improvements thanks to new-to-me drills this training group does regularly. (For the swimmers and those curious, we’ve been doing a lot of sculling and hypoxic breathing sets.) And during this workout, I tried to “punk out” of a hypoxic nine breathing set (or breathing once every nine stroke).  My coach called me out, yelled at me a bit, and said there’s no reason I couldn’t do it.  So I womaned up and did it.  Sweet!

However, after a quick rinse and gear change, a few teammates went out to do some speedwork on the Darien Triathlon run course, and I royally blew up.  The game plan was to do a 10-minute warm-up, then alternate between two minutes at lactate threshold and one minute off for five miles.  Long story short, I took the first three intervals too fast, then crashed and paid the price during the remaining sets.  It was frustrating because I knew the pace that I should hit, but I pushed too hard in an effort to keep up with the fast people.  Train and learn, right?

And last Friday’s ride in Central Park was solid, yet mildly frustrating as well.  When it became my turn to pull (or take the lead) the paceline, I struggled to maintain the speed, which usually isn’t an issue.  Later, I fell behind the group as we climbed Harlem Hill, but I somehow fought back and regained contact with the pack. (Shout out to the friendly cyclist who gave me gearing and climbing tips!)

When my coach asked me how I felt after the ride, I simply said frustrated.  And he put things into perspective:  Triathletes in this training group have been doing the sport longer than I’ve been alive.  Triathletes in this training group continually win their age groups—and win races overall.  Triathletes in this training group went to London for the World Championships.  Overall, the triathletes in this training group will make me better, but they will push, challenge, and humble me first.

Let the feast begin.

How do you deal with adversity?

Home For The 4th (and 5th) of July

Hiya, friends!  I hope your long holiday weekend is going great so far!  On Wednesday, I hopped on a flight home to Syracuse, and I’ve been fully enjoying Central New York.

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A little different than New York City, right?

My first stop after the airport was Wegmans.  Obviously.

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I have yet to find sushi that even comes close to this in NYC.

While home, I needed to complete a tempo run, so I signed up for my hometown’s 4th of July 5-K.

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I debated whether or not I should write a race recap, but honestly, there isn’t too much to say.  I did a quick warm-up mile on the high school track, and excluding two big hills at mile one and two-ish where my pace creeped up to 8:1X, I hit and held my tempo pace.  Official finishing time was 23:36 (7:36), which I’ll take for not “racing.”  Shortly after, I took Zelda for a “recovery jog.”

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Good news—the Mizuno Wave Sayonaras can withstand both road racing and greyhound walking!

Anyway, later that afternoon, my entire family—aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—came over for 4th of July festivities.

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My uncle’s girlfriend’s mother made this patriotic fruit salad, and I had to try really, really hard not to put away the entire spread.  The fruit was delicious, but it was the dip that proved to be my demise: fluff and cream cheese.  Yum!

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Other shenanigans ensued.

And yesterday, I completed a five-mile recovery run before hitting the pool.  I mean LAKE!

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Words cannot begin to describe how much I missed open-water swimming here.

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My 20-minute “workout” consisted of a 10-minute warm up and 10-minutes of intervals.  I swam steady to a predetermined point, then swam hard back, and repeated this cycle.  My mom and dad spotted me, and this was the first time since last year they’ve seen me swim, bike, or run—and they were floored.  They said I looked like a completely different swimmer.  Woohoo for progress!

The rest of my day consisted of napping outside and trying not to get sunburned.

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My extended family eventually visited for round two of festivities.  No pictures, but I will say we polished off a bottle of limoncello and citrus-flavored vodka.

How did you celebrate the 4th of July?

Party Warlord

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!

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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.

Breakfast

Back home, I made an extremely green smoothie that contained frozen kale, one frozen banana, frozen blueberries, spinach, protein powder, and almond milk.

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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.

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And in 2008, we went with a color theme—silver and gold maybe?

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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?

My Arms Might Fall Off, Part Two

TGIF, everyone!  I’m so happy it’s Friday—the week has seemed so long.  Anyway, thanks for your feedback on yesterday’s post regarding my unexpected bib shorts.  Since you raved about them, I’ve decided to give them a shot.  Can’t knock it until I try it, right?

And speaking of trying things, I finally tested a pair of Newton sneakers!

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Yet another reason I love working at JackRabbit:  Employees are highly encouraged to try on each pair of sneakers available for sale.  In fact, we can wear these new shoes during our shifts—and change pairs however often we want! (We do clean them, obviously, before the sneakers go back in the box.)

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During my shift last night, I rocked the Newton Gravity, a lightweight, neutral shoe designed for everyday running. (I sound somewhat legit, right?  Ha!) Even though I was working the floor, I didn’t get a chance to hop on a treadmill and truly run in them.  Next time, hopefully!

Workout – Swimming

The good news:  I survived this morning’s Full Throttle Endurance workout in the official fast lane.  The bad news:  My arms might fall off due to pulling for 1,350 yards, some of which included paddles, aka the new bane of my existence.  Before my upper body went down for the count, Andrew introduced a new-to-me-drill:  underwater swimming with fins.

Thankfully, we only had to swim 25 per set instead of 50 like the champ in this video.

Breakfast

As I wrote yesterday, overnight oats have been the name of the game lately.

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This mix included one mashed banana, frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus plain Greek yogurt, old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and some cinnamon—and a heaping spoonful of almond butter.  It totally hit the spot.

After breakfast, I spent the morning doing some online JackRabbit training.  Although I have a solid amount of background knowledge in some areas—like all things triathlon, plus cycling, nutrition, and yoga basics—I can already tell talking about electronics and doing shoe fittings will be the most challenging.  Granted, the shoe fittings won’t happen for a while, but there’s so much I need to learn in terms of shoe sizing and anatomy, plus the nitty-gritty mechanics of running and gait analysis.  My head is totally spinning with all this new information, but in a good way.

Lunch

I’m saving the last of this week’s batch of spicy black bean quinoa for dinner at JRab tonight, so I made a turkey wrap with spicy mustard, spinach, and pepperjack cheese.

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Plus a ton of unpictured carrots.

Any fun plans for the weekend?  Which shoe do you currently use for running?

Six Things Thursday

Hey, hey—happy (throwback) Thursday!

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I’ve been sitting on this high school basketball picture for a while, and I finally uploaded it to Instagram today.  Miss those glory days!

Anyway, this post is all over the place, which makes for a perfect list.

1.  Wednesday’s edition of heat training for Nautica South Beach went pretty well.  During the Full Throttle Endurance indoor cycling workout, I wore three layers (Under Armour, short-sleeved t-shirt, and long-sleeved t-shirt) and noticed a few key things.  Aside from the obvious (warming up quickly, sweating more, etc.), my heart rate rose quicker during power intervals and took longer to drop during recovery efforts.  This was probably due to a combination of rocking the extra layers and pushing myself more—t-minus 16 days, so it’s crunch time!  Honestly, though, the heat didn’t take its toll until mile three of the run off the bike.  I had to work harder to hold my steady pace, and I was so tempted to take off a shirt or two; I was uncomfortably warm for sure.  Stripping won’t be an option in Miami (need to have some decency, right?), so I pushed through. (Side note:  We talked about the run during our bike workout, and Andrew said four miles have never felt so long.  Gulp.)

2.  My appetite and grocery bills have increased exponentially this week.  Case in point:  My supply of roasted sweet potatoes that normally lasts five days disappeared last night. (Who could’ve eaten them all?) This warranted a trip to Whole Foods, and I also picked up more spinach, almond milk, and protein powder.  Seriously, where is all my food going?!

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Can’t wait to have this fresh batch tonight!

3.  This afternoon’s swim workout wiped me out. (I tagged along with another FTE training group this morning for a 40-minute tempo run and waited until the afternoon to hit the pool.) My training plan called for an endurance swim with longer intervals, so I wrote this down beforehand:

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Swimmers, would you call the main set an endurance swim?  The 30 seconds of rest was too ambitious, though.  After the first and second 500s, I bumped it up to one minute.

4.  I’m so excited to go home for Easter!  This will be my first trip back to Central New York since January, and I can’t wait to see a certain greyhound.

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Let’s hope Zelda will pull me through a tempo run or two.

5.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year: March Madness has begun!

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Syracuse plays Montana tonight, but I’m not a fan of the 9:57 p.m. tipoff—that’s way past my bedtime! (But really.)

6.  For my fellow Downton Abbey fanatics, have you seen Dan Stevens’ new look?

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I definitely don’t hate it!

Did you fill out a bracket for March Madness?  What are your plans for Easter?

Snapshot Friday and Saturday

Every time my family visits, I tell myself I’ll be a good blogger, take tons of pictures, and write a really detailed recap about our adventures.  And every time I fail miserably—ha!  This weekend, though, I managed to snap a few pics, so I’ll share those with you.

Friday

After rocking my wetsuit at Friday’s swim practice, I spent the day hanging out with my sister Margaret.  First, we ate lunch at Terri, an organic and vegetarian restaurant.

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I ordered the “tuna” melt (aka chickpea salad) with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

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It tasted great and kept me full during our entire shopping trip, which included stops at Zara and Kate Spade.

Margaret trying on shoes—YOLO.

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I took a class in college with Michele called “He Says, She Says,” so I found this iPhone cover oh so rhetorical.

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Even though it was blizzarding in NYC, Margaret and I ordered our first iced coffees Americanos of the season.

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Spring better be on the way!

My parents and sister Ellen arrived later that night and brought some goodies from my grandma—homemade sauce and meatballs for the win!

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I cannot wait to break into this stash.

Saturday

My weekend started with a Full Throttle Endurance swimming practice at Chelsea Piers and brunch at my teammate’s apartment. (Er, triathlete brunch, I guess; we ate around 9:30 a.m.—ha!) I didn’t want to be a creeper and whip out my iPhone, but the spread was impressive:  waffles and whipped cream made from scratch, asparagus and goat cheese frittata, plus bacon, Italian biscotti, and sparkling apple cider.  Holy moley, everything was so good!  I also enjoyed hanging out with my teammates outside of swimming, biking, and running.  Yes, we talked triathlons the entire time, but it was great to focus on the conversation without keeping an eye on the clock to time our rest and intervals.

Back at my apartment, my family and I watched the first half of the Syracuse basketball game (I don’t want to talk about the final result) before heading uptown to see Jersey Boys.

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Absolutely incredible!

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And get this—one of the “swing” cast members played Frankie Valli, and he totally killed it!  He even had his own friends and family cheering section.

Speaking of family …

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Doing what we do best—goofing off!

Next, we wandered around Chelsea Market briefly, but it was a bit difficult navigation-wise with all five of us, so we didn’t stay very long.  I was also experiencing some stomach troubles and was so not in the mood to take pictures.

For dinner, we went to a Raymi, a Peruvian restaurant for dinner, and it was phenomenal!  Again, not pictures due to being girl-down, but we plan to go back.

How was your weekend?

Return of the Wetsuit

Hey, hey—happy Friday!  First, thanks for your supportive comments on yesterday’s downer of a post.  Even though I’ve moved past it (sort of), I’m still struggling with the fact that I didn’t finish the 500 yards due to lack of effort; I would be OK with the cutoff if I had given 100 percent, but that wasn’t the case.  However, I do feel a little better because my teammate who also completed the “race” wasn’t pleased with his performance either, and like me, he was in a bad mood all day.  Takes one to know one, right?  What really turned my outlook around, though, was an email from Andrew. (I also briefly talked to him at our team meet-up last night.) I feel like I let him down (and myself, obviously) by doing not-so-great yesterday, but he said it’s a different kind of event that requires a different strategy, and it was my first time doing it—and he was happy with how I did.  Live, race, and learn.

Workout – Swimming

Guess what came with me to this morning’s swim session?

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Hey, wetsuit!  Long time no see!  Our practice was wetsuit optional, and based on my high school basketball experience, I know optional really means required. (My high school coach was notorious for holding “optional, but highly encouraged attending” open gyms, aka mandatory.)  I haven’t worn it since the DeRuyter Triathlon in September, and it’s been patiently waiting in my closet to make its 2013 debut.

According to my teammates, Nautica South Beach will be wetsuit-legal, so it’s time to start logging some time in it.  I forgot how snug it fits up top, and I thought my arms would fall off during our 500-yard warm up.  I was also overheating a bit, but wearing the suit proved to be worth it—we did the doggie paddle and water polo drills again, and the extra buoyancy was great!  More importantly, it was my first time wearing my wetsuit since really working on my swim, and it was awesome to feel the improvements.  It’s all about progress!

Breakfast

As soon as I got home, I inhaled a mashed banana and some plain Greek yogurt before taking a shower.  After, I made some instant oats and added half a scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.

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Plus some cinnamon and brown sugar—so good!

My sister Margaret is here, so we’ll be exploring, shopping, and eating the day away.  Have a great one!

And Happy International Women’s Day!  Be sure to read Gina’s post too!