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Saturday Thoughts … and a Big Announcement

Happy Saturday, friends–and woohoo for the weekend!  Any big plans?  First, I have to thank you for your thoughtful and amazing comments on my Nautica South Beach recap.  You know how to make a girl feel loved!  Since coming home Monday, I’ve been bouncing around all over the place, trying to play catch up, which means this post has virtually no structure.  Have to go with the flow, right?

1.  You don’t want to know what I would do to be back in Miami right now.  I would do the race again in a heartbeat—and partake in the post-race festivities.

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Just taking over the hotel pool.  Hey, carbo-reloading while floating in a water sounds like legitimate recovery, right?

2.  Post-SoBe, my Full Throttle Endurance workouts have been a little easier this week:  low-key tempo work Tuesday and recovery indoor cycling session Wednesday.  However, I totally attacked the water during Friday’s swim, and not to jinx myself, but things technique wise seem to be clicking.  Like really clicking—guess who will be in the fast lane number one next week?  Woohoo for progress!

3.  This Facebook update from Brooklyn Cupcake totally made my Friday.

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My love of cupcakes (and Brooklyn Hijinx) knows no bounds.

4.  And the big news:  I got a part-time job at JackRabbit, a New York City fitness store that specializes in all things running, biking, swimming, triathloning, and yoga-ing.

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I actually held off on going public with this update for a while (shocker!) because I wanted to make sure it was A-OK with the company for me to mention this news.  You know how much I love JRab—remember when I went to the Craig Alexander event and bought my Saucony running sneakers?—so applying for a position seemed like a no-brainer.  Plus, since my current internship is part-time (and ends in May), I needed to make moves and lock down a steady paycheck. (Although it’s entirely possible my paycheck will go directly back to JRab—how can I say no to new gear at an employee discount?) Anyway, Friday was my first day, and it was great!  My coworkers are so awesome and friendly; I mean, they’re all runners and triathletes, so that’s not really a surprise.  And yes, there’s a learning curve, so even though I have to digest a lot of information regarding specific product features and general retail protocol, I’ve been around athletic apparel and bought enough gear over the years to know a lot about it.  And I feel very confident talking to customers about their fitness goals and figuring out which products they need.  I’ll definitely blog more about my experience as I gain–ya know–more experience.

Have you worked in retail?  What did you think?

Brooklyn Hijinx, Part Two

On Saturday afternoon, I met up with my friend Gabby for more Brooklyn hijinx. (As a side note, doesn’t “Brooklyn hijix” sound cool?  Manhattan hijinx just doesn’t have the same ring to it.) Katie, our friend from college, came to the city for the weekend, so we got to see her and her mom for a few hours filled with … food!  First, we hit up Brooklyn Cupcake—standard.

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Our previous cupcake run occurred at its flagship shop in Williamsburg, but we visited its new location in DUMBO (“down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass”).  The actual mixing, baking, and frosting takes place at the main store, but I will support BK Cupcake anywhere and everywhere it goes.   Anyway, it took me for-ev-er to make a decision, and I eventually choice the Guava con Queso, which is inspired by a traditional Columbian dessert.

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Blurry picture due to the rain, but holy yum!  Thanks to the cream cheese, it tasted like fruity cheesecake.  The cake itself was perfectly moist and absolutely delicious.  I also split a chocolate Nutella cupcake with Gabby.

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Friends and cupcakes!

For our second stop, we went to Rico’s Tacos in Sunset Park.

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I was so thankful to have Gabby there to help me navigate the menu—so many options!

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Again, it took me forever to make a selection, and I finally went with the pollo asado taquito—a “pocket-friend” chicken taco.

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Rico’s makes their tortillas in-house, which I definitely noticed, and I loved the spicy avocado cream sauce.

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It was such a fun—and filling!—afternoon!

If you could create any flavor of cupcake, what would you make?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Feb. 24

Friends!  Long time no speak!  I’ve had a busy few days, so blogging moved to the backburner, but I’m back.

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Someone in my building busting the lat pulldown machine!  I feel both peeved because I can’t use it and curious because I want to know who broke it.

Anyway, yesterday morning, I went to a Full Throttle Endurance team swim with another training group, and it was great.  For those who’ve been reading for a while, you may remember when I observed Danny’s practice when I was in the city apartment hunting, and this was the same session I attended.  I love having two coached swim practices back-to-back, and Andrew and Danny have very different coaching styles, which works nicely too.  Case in point:  yours truly struggled through did the butterfly for 50 yards!

After the swim, I had a bike/saddle fitting with one of our team’s cycling coaches.  There will be a full-fledged post on the three-hour appointment (yes, three hours of assessing and making adjusting), and it was definitely needed.  For my fellow trigeeks, my new saddle is the triathlon-specific Selle Italia SLR. (I’ll go into more detail in the post, but I also tried an Adamo model and absolutely hated it!) Right now, I’m not crazy about it, but it does feel a lot better than my old road saddle.

I also owe you a post on Brooklyn Hijinks, Part Two—Gabby, our friend Katie, and Katie’s mom explored the area yesterday afternoon and obviously ended up here.

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Brooklyn Cupcake for the win!

[Insert seamless transition from cupcakes to workouts.]

Hello, recovery week!  Can I get an amen?  Just like week four, we’ll be maintaining volume and backing off intensity this for the next seven days, which I’m also considering an active taper of sorts for Saturday’s indoor triathlon.  This means it’s basically race week, yes?  This training day won’t be a full-fledged race obviously, but I’m excited to push myself and see how much I’ve improved so far.  Time for Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – a.m. run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE); p.m. bike?

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

Wednesday – a.m. bike with FTE; a.m. run

Thursday – off

Friday – a.m. swim with FTE; a.m. run

Saturday – “super sprint” indoor triathlon (500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run)

Sunday – a.m. bike and strength train

How was your weekend?

Brooklyn Highjinx

Hiya!  As if you couldn’t guess from this post’s title, guess where I went today!

Hello, BK!  After my workout this morning—running and strength training; nothing to write home blog about—I met up with Gabby and Connie, two fabulous William Smith women and feminist activists to check off a few items on my NYC Bucket List.  First stop?  Brooklyn Cupcake!

Holy cow—just check out all these options.

Each of the ten-plus flavors seemed to stare back at me from the display case.  And each flavor—from the coconut to the chocolate cheesecake to the tres leches—seemed to say, not so subtlety, “pick me!”  Hello, red velvet.

And hello, homemade cream cheese frosting.

From the first not-so-graceful bite—did you see the mound of frosting?—I knew this would easily be one of the top three cupcakes I’ve ever had.  The cake tasted perfectly moist, and it was the cream cheese frosting that stole the show.  And I don’t even like frosting.  Since Brooklyn Cupcake changes its menu often—it even offers special weekend options like tiramisu and apple pie—I will definitely be back.

After our afternoon indulgence, the girls and I headed to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Sure, a stroll across the bridge would help burn off those sinfully delicious cupcake calories, but we also had another destination—Bluestockings, a bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side, aka feminist heaven!

So much room for activist activities–activism and social justice books lined these shelves. (Michele, come visit ASAP!)

And obviously, there was room for Ryan Gosling.  Love me some Feminist Ryan Gosling.

Would you believe me if I said some of us even got tattoos?  Well, we did!  No, not me, and no pictures.  You’ll have to head over to Gabby’s post to see the ink.  I will say this:  it’s very rhetorical.  Thanks for a great day, Gabby and Connie!

Edited to add link to Gabby’s post.

How was your Monday?  Did you do anything fun?