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A Whole Lotta Updates

Hey, everyone—happy Thursday!  Geez, it that right?  This week has flown by.  Maybe it’s from coming off a race?


Thanks for your support, by the way.  I rode the post-race high through the wee hours of Sunday morning, which was fueled by way too much red wine and Endless Summer cocktails at The Surf Lodge in Montauk.  But doesn’t this recipe sound good?  Vanity Fair says it contains Belvedere vodka, red grapes, and chardonnay.

Anyway, I have a lot of updates to share on the triathlon and real-life front, so grab a cup of coffee and get comfy.

1.  A rest day means enjoying gourmet coffee, courtesy of Wegmans. (And in related news, I slept in until 7:45 a.m. this morning!)


Please tell me I’m not the only one who rations good coffee.  Chugging a cup of this before practice would be sacrilege; it needs to be savored.

2.  I’m settling into my new position at my big-girl job—and I’m officially official!


Ekkk!  Even though it’s been about two months since I started at JRab, I still can’t believe how lucky I am.  My coworkers are absolutely fantastic, and it goes without saying that we have a ton in common.  And our store’s manager and assistant manager have given me so much freedom and responsibility in terms of brainstorming, planning, and organizing events and truly want me to take this position and make it my own.

3.  Strength training made its post-taper resurgence to my workout schedule on Tuesday.  How Rinny doesn’t lift is beyond me, but if I could run 6:20’s off the bike during a half-Ironman, then I wouldn’t hit the weights either.

4.  Speaking of triathloning, the splits from Saturday’s race were posted online; my swim was faster than I thought (31:14) and my bike was slower (1:07:31).  It is comforting to know my swim was semi-decent, especially for not pushing, but the bike remains my Achilles heel.  My coach and I chatted yesterday about preparing for a certain August race, and there will be a new game plan moving forward.  I owe you a post, but it boils down to focusing on my “strengths” (in quotes because I don’t see myself as a super strong swimmer and runner) and minimizing my weakness, aka the bike.  My quest as a #wannabeswimmer continues!

5.  And on a completely unrelated note, this article from BuzzFeed had me laughing out loud; this is reason I lovingly refer to my alma mater as Camp Hoho.  Numbers 2, 5, 11, 12, 14, 29 are spot-on.  Thanks for the find, Michele!


Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a busy day ahead of me—a long shift at the running store and shoe class tonight—so let’s keep it simple with a survey.  Sound like a plan?

Current Book(s):  Aside from my pre-bedtime magazine reading that includes Triathlete and LAVA magazines (#trigeek), I’m also working my way through Savor:  Mindful Eating, Mindful Life for book club!


Most nights, I get through one chapter before falling asleep.

Current Music:  My most recent workouts have been sans music, but here three of my favorite high-energy jams.

“Can’t Hold Us” by Mackelmore

“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy

“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

Current Guilty Pleasure:  My Paleo chocolate chip banana bread.


It may have disappeared in less than four days.  Just sayin’.

Current Nail Color:  No polish right now, but you better believe my nails will be red for the Mighty Montauk Triathlon!

Current Drink:  Water.  So exciting, I know.  My second cup of coffee will happen momentarily, though.

Current Food:  Post-ride (during which I got “called up” to ride with the ladies on the “racing team!”), I ate my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.  However, four Central Park loops (about 24 miles) means breakfast number two is only a matter of time.  It’s super humid today, so a smoothie sounds perfect.

Current Favorite Show:  Well, you know I’m obsessed with Dan Stevens, and I’m always down for some Downton Abbey.


I also get sucked into Say Yes To The Dress and Sex and the City marathons.

Current Needs/Wish List/Indulgence:  I’m combining these three because they’re connected.  Since I only have one team cycling kit, I need another; therefore, it’s been on my wish list.  And the online team store reopened, and even though this may not qualify as a typical indulgence, I treated myself to some new pink gear.


I even opted for the (unpictured) bib shorts—who would’ve thought?  Ha!

Current Blessing:  My supportive and loving (and goofy!) family.


Hopefully they will visit again soon!

Current Outfit:  One thing I love about working at a running store?  A laid-back dress code.  I usually wear jeans and a race or JackRabbit t-shirt.  And sneakers of course.

Current Excitement:  My big-girl promotion still makes me giddy (I have my first conference call today–ahhh!), and I’m also counting down the days until Montauk.  Only 17 days until race day!

Please play along in the comments!