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Taking a Breath

Hi, hi! Just me popping in for an update. As per usual, it’s all over the place, and that’s indicative of my life right now.

For the first time since the holidays, my entire family spent some time together. The troops rallied for a last-minute Mother’s Day celebration, and we hung out for a few hours and enjoyed a delicious brunch.

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Smashed avocado toast for the win!

And in the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll add this “meal” served as my appetizer. Hey, I biked 50 miles. Toast—even with deliciously creamy avocado—was not going to cut it.

My team goes to Italy for a four-day cycling trip every year, so a few coaches and teammates were absent from practice last week—and my coach sort of left me in charge. No, I wasn’t coaching workouts yet, but I was dealing with all Full Throttle Endurance logistical matters: answering random questions, sending emails to confirm practice, etc. Basically, all the day-to-day operations. And after working in this capacity for one week, I have even more respect for my coach. Seriously.

Speaking of logistical concerns, this past week centered on the Brooklyn Half expo. You know how it takes a village to raise a child? Well it takes a store to facilitate a successful expo showing.

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The entire week felt surreal: hanging out in Dumbo, working at an expo for the largest half-marathon in the country … was this real life?

Do you ever have work meetings where you brainstorm creative ideas and leave feeling energized and ready to tackle anything? That was me on Wednesday. It reminded me of an endorphin rush that follows killer bike sessions and brutal speedwork. Minus the sweat.

I got my teeth cleaned Friday morning. After looking at my not-so pearly whites, the dental hygienist asked if I drink a lot of coffee—and red wine. Woah. I mean, yes … but for health benefits.

In addition to my FTE responsibilities, my party warlord status meant I also needed to make brunch reservations and organize a team drink up meet up post-Brooklyn Half. Everything worked itself out, but there was some added stress—sending emails, waiting for responses, and deciphering emails in an attempt to figure out if someone was actually coming. Since I’m a type-A person, I can roll with these punches, but I’m grateful my next party-planning shindig isn’t until the New York City Triathlon in August.

One highpoint from my workday? Doing tricep dips during a conference call. Hey, it’s called multitasking.

Do you multitask during meetings?

Triathlon Training Log – Week of May 12 (Phase Two, Week 19)

Gasp, I’m coming up for a quick breath of air—and a brief training check-in. I totally owe you a post, and as you can tell, I’ve been busy. Thankfully, I thrive off activity, so even though this was a stressful week, I much prefer it to being bored.

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Representing JRab at the Brooklyn Half expo—so hot, so many hours standing, so much fun.

General training notes: This week marked one month until my next racePat Griskus on June 14. Since post-South Beach, my mentality has been “I don’t have another race until June,” and it has seemed far, far away. But now, that’s obviously next month, so it’s time to get dialed in! Overall, this week’s sessions went well; Monday’s run was tough thanks to last Sunday’s hammerfest with the boys, but I recovered relatively quickly.

Monday – a.m. swim and run

As stated above, my workout week started on a rough note. Both the Friday and Sunday rides caught up with me, and my legs felt totally trashed. I planned to run five easy miles, but shut it down after three and a half. Triathlon centers on enduring and pushing through, and even though I hated bagging a workout, I know it was the right choice.

Tuesday – a.m. brick (bike and run)

… and this is why it’s important to train smart. My legs felt fine the next morning, and this bike-run (and some extra bike for good measure) brick went well. I rode about 18 miles, logged a progressive 5-K run, and then hopped back in the saddle for a cooldown. When all was said and done, I completed about 37 miles, which is a solid weekday ride for me.

Wednesday – a.m. run and swim

It’s no secret my run isn’t progressing as quickly as I would like—which is totally my own fault because biking has become my favorite discipline—but I nailed this speed workout. And I don’t remember the last time I felt this good in terms of the “doing work-to-pace” ratio. Basically, my effort level felt on the low side for the splits; like I thought I’d have to work harder to hit the numbers I was hitting. Anyway, we started with a one-mile warm-up and then did 3×1200 with 200m accelerators after each 1200. My coach put me in charge of my group, and I was able to lock in and hold the faster-end of the pace he dictated. And above all, it felt manageable; like I could’ve cranked out one or two more 1200s.  Nothing too notable in terms of the swim:  2,850 yards with lots of bilateral and hypoxic breathing.

Thursday – a.m. swim and recovery run

Because of the Brooklyn Half expo, my normal Thursday training day was nixed: to make the most use of my time, I stayed in the city and logged a 2,600-yard swim and six-mile recovery run. In past weeks, five miles has been a good shake-out run distance, but with Pat Griskus coming up, I want to log as many six-and-change runs as possible.

Friday – a.m. spin

Boo for being rained out. Not too much to report: just 75 minutes on the spin bikes. Le sigh.

Saturday – off

Sunday – a.m. bike

Because Griskus (starting to notice a theme?) has brutally hilly bike and run courses, my training will see more–surprise, surprise–hillwork. A few teammates and I went over the bridge and opted for hill repeats. Basically, we climbed one monster hill that spans about one mile, coasted down, and repeated the process—four times. It was one of those sessions that totally twists your insides, but I’m pumped to do it again next weekend! The ride clocked in at 46 miles by the time I got back home.

So the main takeaways from this week? Train smart and hit the hills!

Hillwork: love it or hate it?