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Meeting Pro Triathletes Tim ‘T.O.’ O’Donnell and Mirinda ‘Rinny’ Carfrae

So … guess who I got to meet Tuesday morning?  Professional triathletes and power couple Tim “T.O.” O’Donnell and Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae!

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Check out these accolades:  A nine-time Ironman 70.3 Champion, T.O. most recently won and tied the course record (8:01:31) at Ironman Brazil; Rinny has 15 Ironman 70.3 wins and finished first at the 2010 Ironman World Championships in Kona (aka the Super Bowl of triathlon).

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Thanks to Castelli and Colavita, the two came to Chelsea Piers for a brunch and Q-and-A session that our head coach moderated.

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Here are a few things I found interesting:

1.  Before the official chat, a few teammates and I talked to Rinny about last weekend’s Rev3 Quassy, a half-Ironman in which she finished 5th in the competitive pro women field.  It was a tough day for racing—temperatures notched 90 degrees Fahrenheit—and even without the heat, the pros say this Connecticut course is the toughest 70.3 the United States offers.  Based on the pros’ finishing times, the heat didn’t seem to be a factor.  What’s their secret?  Rinny said she regularly retreats to the sauna post-workout and spends 10-15 minutes acclimating to the heat and humidity, so that her body’s used to it on race day.  As you may remember, I experimented with this strategy for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, and looking forward, it would probably be a good idea to log some quality time in the sauna before NYC Aquaphor in July.

2.  Rinny doesn’t stretch, foam roll, or strength train.  Ever.  But she does get two massages each week.

3.  T.O. and Rinny listen to music during all of their workouts.  Both enjoy the Foo Fighters, and Rinny said she listens to David Guetta a lot.

4.  T.O. was recently diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity, so he eats gluten free now.

5.  What’s your go-to pre-race breakfast?  T.O. and Rinny eat cupcakes.  T.O. also has a cup of coffee, but Rinny doesn’t ingest caffeine of any kind (except caffeinated gels).

6.  T.O. and Rinny come from athletic backgrounds—he swam, and she played basketball—and when asked about their favorite workouts (swimming, biking, or running), both T.O. and Rinny would pick running.  T.O. likes long runs (at a “steady” 5:40 pace!), and Rinny enjoys intervals on the treadmill.

7.  The couple made several references to drinking red wine.  Winos of the world unite!

After the talk, I snagged some photos and autographs.  #Trigeek.

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I talked to T.O. about the transition from sprint- to Olympic-distance events and asked if he had any tips for Saturday’s race.  He said to trust my training (easier said than done!) and focus on the bike-run.

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Speaking of, I need to start packing.  Montauk, here I come!

Would you ever eat a cupcake before a race?  What’s your favorite type of workout?

My First Indoor Triathlon

Saturday morning, I slipped into my tri top and shorts for the first time this season—three cheers for “race” day!

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Technically, it wasn’t a true “race”:  Full Throttle Endurance invaded Chelsea Piers at 7 a.m. for a 500-yard swim in the pool, 12-mile bike in the spin studio, and 3-mile run on the indoor track.  Fifteen triathletes from both Andrew and Danny’s level-one teams attended (not the crazy-intense racing team) this training-session-turned-super-sprint triathlon.  I had so much fun, and overall, I’m pleased with how it went!  And looking forward, I know what I need to focus on before South Beach.

SparkNotes version:  solid swim, OK bike, decent run; finished in 1:00:10–fourth overall/first female.

Swim – 500 yards – 8:09 (“secret” goal – sub-10 minutes)

Logistics:  Since we had Chelsea Piers to ourselves (the facility doesn’t open until 8 a.m. on weekends), we took over the entire pool.  Andrew and Danny assigned lanes based on gender (girls swam with girls; guys swam with guys), and they said we should determine our order based on speed and not be afraid to pass if necessary.  After completing 500 yards, we would hop out of the pool and run up the steps to the spin studio. (Prior to the start, we set up our transition area near our spin bikes.)

The swim itself:  My swim will always be a work in progress, so I was excited to see how much I’ve improved so far.  First, I’ve become a lot stronger mentally; it wasn’t about “surviving the swim” anymore—I felt like I could compete.  Also, this was the time I warmed up for a triathlon; I did a short 100 yards before we began—and I definitely wanted a longer warm up.  Progress!

Anyway, thanks to caffeine and adrenaline, I started out way too fast.  The guys in the lane next to me pushed the pace, and I wanted to keep up!  My first 50-yard split was 30 seconds, and since my steady pace is around 40 seconds, I backed off big time.  Here’s what bodes well for future events:  It took me 400 yards to get into a groove.  Call me crazy, but I wanted to keep swimming!

Aside from the speedy start, I’m really happy with the swim.  My overall objective has been to minimize damage so I don’t have a huge gap coming into T1, and being first out of the water has never been a goal.  That being said, though, I was the second person overall to exit the pool and the first female. (Full disclosure:  If my training group’s top female raced, she would’ve smoked me, and I would’ve had at least a 1:30 gap to make up on the bike.  Not that I would’ve been able to catch her, but still.) Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you!

Bike – 12 miles – 26:31 (“secret” goal – sub-30 minutes)

Logistics:  After scrambling up the stairs and slipping into cycling shoes, we hopped on spin bikes for 12 miles.  Andrew and Danny told us push a solid gear—er, resistance, technically—and keep our revolutions per minute (RPM) between 85 and 90.

The bike itself:  Overall, I have very mixed feelings.  Even though I followed the coaches’ advice and pushed a solid gear, my RMPs hovered around 95; in hindsight, this should’ve been a signal to increase the resistance.  So why didn’t I crank it up?  First, I couldn’t stop thinking about my speedy swim start; I used too much energy then, so I chose to conserve a bit while in the saddle.  Two, I had the three-mile run in the back of my mind.  My greatest fear is “blowing up,” and although that’s never happened (knock on wood!), I haven’t pinpointed how much I can push it on the bike and still have a strong run.  So basically, I was way too complacent on the bike.

Around the six-mile mark, Danny announced the leaders, so I knew I was out in front.  At this point, I should’ve increased resistance and extended the gap.  I felt really strong, and there was zero pain—which should’ve been yet another sign to start working harder.

Anyway, since we were riding spin bikes, it was impossible to tell who was leading and who was chasing (aside from Danny’s announcement), and it was only after a bunch of guys hopped off their bikes and started the run that I realized they overtook me.  One girl also passed me, and that’s when I started hammering.  For the final 0.2 or so, I decreased the resistance and let my legs spin out to break up lactic acid and to increase cadence for the run.

Run – 3 miles – 25:30* (“secret” goal – sub-24 minutes) *also includes T1 and T2 times

Logistics:  As we laid out our gear beforehand, Andrew announced we weren’t allowed to wear socks.  Wait, what?  He said they weren’t necessary and would cut into our transition times, and since we would be racing sockless, it would make no sense to wear them.  Prior to Saturday, I tried running without socks twice (during the summer) and ended up with huge blisters on my arches, so this mandate made me nervous.  Also, to help our feet slide into our shoes, Andrew had us line the heels of our sneakers with an Aquaphor gel.  Anyway, after hitting the 12-mile mark on the spin bikes, we would hop off, change shoes, and charge down another set of stairs to the indoor track for 12 laps.

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Oh yeah–I rock speed laces now.  I clearly take T2 extremely seriously.

The run itself:  Because I didn’t attack on the bike, I felt super fresh for the run; my first split was 1:30, and I wasn’t working!  I had to back off, though—there’s no way 6:00/miles is sustainable.  After the first lap, one of my teammates who’s in a pace group above me was starting the run, so I stuck with him for a bit. (Our splits were 2:00-2:0X, and we overtook the girl who passed me on the bike.) Honestly, I anticipated and mentally prepared for a lot of pain, but I felt solid.  At the two-mile mark, Andrew totally noticed how comfortable I looked.  As I started lap nine, he yelled, “Carrie, you look really good!  I know you have another gear.  Let’s see it!”  Well, if you say so, coach!  My next two splits were in the 1:4X-ballpark (I wore my Garmin to keep track of laps and splits), and I really had to work for the final 800m.  Lots of suffering, which meant I was doing it right.  Danny said my final time was 23:xx (don’t remember the exact seconds), so I broke 24 minutes–yes!

Final time (including transitions) – 1:00:10 (“secret” goal – sub-1:00)

Ten seconds—really?!  But I’m very happy with how it went overall.  Not that it matters, especially during training sessions, but I was the fourth person to finish overall and the first female—woohoo!

Key takeaways:

-Be smarter about the swim start.  Granted in open water, I’ll definitely want to separate myself from the pack, but there was no need for that on Saturday.

-Attack on the bike.  Saturday’s bike leg was definitely complacent—not good.  However, I know myself well enough that had we been riding outside, I would’ve been pushing.  And there’s no way I would’ve let one of my female competitors overtake me and not respond.  Still, I shouldn’t need a race to work harder.

-Attack on the run.  Miles one and two felt too easy, aka complacent.  See a theme?  Once I settled into my default pace, I went on cruise control and didn’t push.

-Run (or swim or bike) your own race.  Honestly, when I saw my male teammate beginning the run, I thought I shouldn’t pass him.  After all, he’s in a faster pace group than me, so he’s faster, right?  I talked to Danny about this situation afterward, and he said my teammate could be faster during workouts and time trials, but maybe I’m faster running off the bike—it’s a completely different kind of running.  Dually noted.

Have you done an indoor triathlon?  What did you think?  How do you keep yourself from being complacent during workouts and race-like scenarios?

Top Health and Fitness Blogs Award

Happy Hump Day!  I hope you’re staying warm; it’s crazy cold here.

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Since I’m from the tundra Central New York, I should be used to this weather and shouldn’t be complaining.  On the bright side, at least there’s no snow.  Anyway, I have some exciting news to share today:  Fitness and Frozen Grapes won an award!

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eCollegeFinder recently released its list of the best “wellness, health, and fitness blogs on the Internet,” which it calls the “greatest resources in the health and fitness blogging community,” and someone (thank you!) nominated me!  If you want to add more blogs to your reader, then definitely check out the other winners, including Alex and Hollie!

Workout #1 – Biking

Another Wednesday, another Full Throttle Endurance indoor cycling session.  During our 10-minute warm-up, Andrew confirmed this week is our last big push for the month, meaning we’ll back off the intensity on Monday.  With that in mind, we completed a killer workout today that focused on increasing cadence and building strength.  It wasn’t exactly like Monday’s “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker” workout, though.  We started off with some high turnover rate drills (one minute greater than 110 RPM, then one minute at 90 RMP; repeat four times).  Next, we increased resistance and maintained cadence, and finally we completed four intervals at 80-90 percent effort.  Whew!

Workout #2 – Swimming

Next, I hopped in the pool for a reverse-brick workout. (The training schedule called for a swim, but a few of my teammates brought sneakers so they could practice running off the bike, which I plan to do next week.) Let’s just say it’s a good thing the bike comes after the swim during an actual triathlon.  I tried to work through the drills and maintain good technique, but I felt totally gassed after 20 minutes.  I wanted to push through and swim for half an hour, but I could feel my form going down the tubes, so I called it a day.

Breakfast

After having my hair freeze walking back to my apartment, I wanted oatmeal and not my usual breakfast sandwich.  Since I have a few super ripe bananas, I figured “oatless” oatmeal would be perfect.

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And it was indeed—with some strawberries and almond butter.  So not only did my breakfast choice prove surprising, but so did my luck shopping for big-girl internship clothes!

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The Gap came through—dot legging jeans, print denim top, navy blazer, and three pairs of socks.  I guess navy/denim is in right now?  Ha!  Would it be bad to say another purchase made me just as excited?

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The indoor cycling studio at Chelsea Piers has a state-of-the-art Suunto heart rate training system, so people can wear compatible heart rate monitors that track and display data on three huge screens located at the front of the room. (The system also emails the wearer stats at the end of each workout, so they can track improvement.) During our spin sessions, Andrew relays target heart rate percentages for each drill (70 percent, 80 percent, etc.), so this Suunto monitor ensures I’ll be on track.

Lunch

More leftover spicy black bean quinoa.

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There’s some wilted spinach underneath the avocado and quinoa, promise.

Would you rather shop for “real”/work clothes or fitness apparel?

Hello, Chelsea Piers!

Oh, happy day!

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After suffering and recovering from some severe Hurricane Sandy damage, Chelsea Piers officially reopened this weekend, and today marked my first trip to the facility post-storm.  Everything seemed normal—except having to climb two flights of stairs because the elevators aren’t working yet.  I walked up with a lady who told me she hadn’t done anything in one month, so she struggled a bit.  Consider it a workout warm-up, right?

Workout – Swimming

Here’s a one-word workout summary:  happy.  I was happy to swim at CP after a month-long hiatus, and I was also happy because I found a new-to-me drill to practice.

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Thank you, Triathlete magazine!  Featured in the January edition, this tombstone drill isolates the lower body—pushing a kickboard through the water adds resistance, and it definitely further engaged my legs.  I swam for 40 minutes total and saw Danny—another Full Throttle Endurance coach whose swim practice I watched back in September—who was working with another triathlete.  He said hi, but I couldn’t tell if he remembered me.

Breakfast

After my swim, I made a spinach, cheese, and egg-white breakfast sandwich.

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Do you feel super hungry after you swim, too?  Biking and running don’t rev my appetite as much as swimming.

Lunch

I spent the morning working on an article and running errands, and I broke for a late lunch around 1:30 p.m.

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While the veggies roasted in the oven, I caught up on important British happenings.  Did you hear about Chrissie Wellington’s retirement?  I follow her on Twitter, so I saw her blog post first thing this morning, but no news sources confirmed her announcement until later this afternoon.  Oh, and Kate Middleton is pregnant!  I wonder if Royal Baby fever will top the Royal Wedding obsession excitement.

Okie dokie, back to writing.

PS – There’s still time to join the #HolidayaDay Instagram challenge Gina and Kat are co-hosting with a bunch of other bloggers!

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Hope you join us!

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Dec. 2

Wow, first Sunday in December already?  The days seem to fly by!  How was your weekend?  I started my Christmas shopping yesterday and baked a loaf of Paleo chocolate chip banana bread.  Unfortunately, I got distracted watching Elf (“SANTA!  I KNOW HIM!  I KNOW HIM!”) and left it in the oven about 10 minutes too long, so the edges burned a bit.  Guess I’ll have to make it again and take photos before sharing the recipe.  In other news, check out this neat t-shirt that arrived from Oiselle today.

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[Instagrammed, of course–@CarrieStevens25]

I won a Thanksgiving-themed Twitter giveaway, and this was my prize.  So cool, and I can’t wait to wear it during my next run.  Speaking of workouts, I have a busy week ahead.  Chelsea Piers has reopened, which means I can swim there again.  It also means I can continue to train with Andrew; we’re meeting this week to swim and to review a triathlon-specific strength training program.  I haven’t heard anything about Full Throttle Endurance’s off-season training, so most likely, the team will wait until January to begin structured workouts.

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Also, I might be running a race this weekend.  Since the Dash to the Finish Line 5-K was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, I hope New York Road Runners will let participants transfer their registration fees to other events.  If so, then I’ll run the Jingle Bell Jog, a four-mile road race, this weekend.  If registration fees won’t transfer, then I won’t run. (I’ve sent them two emails, but I haven’t heard back, so I plan to call on Monday.) Like the 3rd Annual F-M Turkey Trot, I won’t “race,” but I will use it as a chance to practice pacing in a competitive environment.  Let’s 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. swim; p.m. bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Tuesday – a.m. swim with Andrew; p.m. run

Wednesday – off/easy run

Thursday – a.m. run; strength train; p.m. bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Friday – a.m. swim

Saturday – Jingle Bell Jog (maybe?); p.m. bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Sunday – off/easy swim or run

What are your December goals?  Do you have any upcoming races or events?

Is It December 1 Yet?

Happy Friday!  I want to talk about my off-season triathlon training, but I must first mention the epicness that was last night’s dinner—tofu and chickpea curry.

Since my first crock pot endeavor proved successful, I decided to put my 1-0 record on the line and try another set-it-and-forgot-it meal.  I basically followed this recipe, but made a few changes (left out the onions and used jarred ginger and coconut oil).  PS – Check out my friend Gabby’s Foodie Friday post!

Now onto my second favorite thing after food—triathlons.  As you may have noticed, I haven’t been to Chelsea Piers since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City.  Julie wrote about the complex last week, and basically, Sandy slammed it; the entire facility remains without power “due to severe damage to the electrical switchgear room.” (That’s what CP told members in an email.)

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Overall, CP has kept its members in the loop via email, Facebook, and Twitter, and right now, its tentative reopening date is Dec. 1.  Which is almost one month away.  This stinks for a variety of reasons—no triathlon-specific workouts with Andrew, no time on the CompuTrainer, and no Full Throttle Endurance off-season training.  Even though I can somewhat fend for myself in terms of the bike and run (my parents are brining a trainer today!), I really need access to a pool this off-season, especially because I should be working diligently on my swim.  With that said, CP has negotiated reduced-rate memberships with nearby fitness facilities, and the McBurney YMCA also gave the nod to allow CP members access.  For free.  Yahtzee! (Well, except during peak hours during the evening.  There’s always a catch, right?) Since I haven’t reeked of chlorine been swimming in about three weeks, I figured there’s no time like the present to return to the pool.

Breakfast

Before heading to the Y, I ate a quick breakfast–Van’s Power Grains with almond butter and banana slices.

Mmmm!

Workout – Swimming

I arrived at the Y around 8:40 a.m. and took care of some registration logistics.

After filling out a form with my contact information, the membership consultant made a copy of my driver’s license, and I received my temporary membership card.

A black-and-white photo makes it super old school, right?  Anyway, my workout went better than I anticipated.  My upper-body was quite tight, which should be expected, but I’m happy to report my fitness hasn’t totally gone down the tubes.  Even though I wanted to swim longer, I drilled for 40 minutes or so; it’s probably wise to ease back into it.

Post-Workout Snack

Back at my apartment, I broke into my stash of Premier Protein products and drank the original chocolate shake.

Although I prefer to make my own protein smoothies, this tasted delicious–very similar to chocolate milk. (In the triathlon world especially, chocolate milk is known as an ideal recovery drink; just ask Chris Lieto and Mirinda Carfrae.) Plus, take a look at the nutrition facts.

Only 1g of sugar and 30g of protein–pretty impressive, right?

What’s your favorite post-workout snack?

Hurricane Sandy—Keep on Keepin’ On

Greetings from Starbucks!

(Can we please note the festive cup?  When I camped out here yesterday, Starbucks didn’t hand out these holiday ones.  Maybe Nov. 1 marks the start of winter festivities?  Too soon?)

Friends, thank you so much for your texts, tweets, and comments; I feel so loved and lucky you’re concerned about me and my fellow New York City Hurricane Sandy warriors.  So how are things?  Well, I’m keepin’ on—still no power, but luckily, there’s a vacant apartment in my building that has running water, so my grunginess has been resolved. (City officials say power should be restored Friday, so keep your fingers crossed!) I’ve also been enjoying some romantic candlelight dinners.

Taking food photos hasn’t been a high priority at this point, but I am working on a couple “upbeat” Hurricane Sandy-related posts.  Oh, and my workouts have also fallen to the wayside—Chelsea Piers is closed indefinitely, and I haven’t been running since Monday—so I’m not sure if I’ll do Saturday’s Dash to the Finish Line 5-K.  I hope to run this afternoon, and I plan to make a decision regarding the race Friday night/Saturday morning.  Actually, holding the NYC Marathon has been a hotly debated topic.  Hurricane Sandy successfully destroyed the city’s marathon fever, but according to race officials, Sunday’s 26.2 mile event will go on as planned.  Even though I don’t have power, I still want everyone (who can) to run the marathon.  After all, they’ve trained hard and logged the miles, so as long as the city and course pass safety precautions, I say take on the 26.2 trek!  That being said, though, I think race officials should offer runners the option of transferring their registration to next year (if that’s logistically possible, of course).

Updated to edit:  I just found out Saturday’s NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K has been cancelled.  Race officials want Sunday’s marathon to be their “sole focus,” which is totally understandable.

Given Hurricane Sandy’s damage, would you run a race on Saturday?  How about the marathon on Sunday?

Hurricane Sandy Precautions

Hi, everyone!  First, thanks for your supportive comments and tweets.  Hurricane Sandy is supposed to hit New York City pretty hard today and tomorrow, and it means a lot that you’re thinking of me and my fellow Big Apple residents.  Both the city and my apartment building have been adequately preparing for this storm, and as you might have heard, the subways/public transportation closed last night at 7 p.m. (as did Whole Foods!); my building has sent a slew of emails and circulated fliers.

During Hurricane Irene in 2011, my building didn’t have to evacuate, and right now, management predicts it won’t be necessary this time around.  However, Chelsea Piers isn’t so lucky.

Yep, Sandy canceled this morning’s scheduled swim session. (Yoga Vida also canceled classes today and says practices tomorrow are TBD.) Although I briefly entertained the idea of swimming in the choppy Hudson River waters—totally kidding!—I ended up reformulating today’s workout plan.

Workout – Running

In the hope of avoiding Sandy’s wrath, I hit the pavement around 7:30 a.m. for a quick run.  I usually run farther west, but due to the city’s evacuation and at-risk zones, I avoided my usual routes.  Instead, I made my way up to Times Square—and was totally surprised to see tourists!  I figured the streets would be pretty deserted (given the relatively early hour and hurricane threat), but there were a fair share of visitors bustling around.  Even with the rain, I felt good and loose, so I picked up the pace, which basically resulted in a 40-minute tempo run. (I wanted to get back to my building as soon as possible.) There was one point where the winds became terrible—it felt like I was running with a weighted sled—but luckily, it lasted only 30 seconds or so.

Breakfast

Back at my apartment, I made a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich.

With plenty of Tabasco of course.

I spent the past few days stocking the fridge, so I have enough grub here to keep me going for a while.

I also made not one, but two soups.

Red lentil and tofu vegetable.  Recipes coming your way shortly!

Please stay safe today, friends!

Take What the Defense Gives You, Part Three

This seems to be a reoccurring theme, but I’m not complaining. (Check the original Take What the Defense Gives You and the continued post.) When I left the building for my run this morning, there was a breakfast buffet set up in the lobby.  Apparently, my building holds this spread every Thursday?  Neat!  Anyway, after running and strength training, I nabbed a container of orange juice.

Hey, just taking what the defense gave me; I had plans to use it later.

Breakfast

Even though there was barely any peanut butter left from making the no-bake peanut butter protein bars (which have magically disappeared, so strange), it didn’t seem right to throw away an almost-empty jar.

Yeah, it fell short in the PB department, but any OOIAJ is better than none.

Workout #2 – Swimming

After some digesting and blog reading, I walked to Chelsea Piers to swim.

Guess who was there again?  Andrew does work there, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Like my last pool workout, I continued to practice the drills he showed me.  Here’s what I did:

200-yd. warm-up

100-yd. with kickboard (only kicking, obviously)

100-yd. “normal”

50-yd. using only left arm; 50-yd. using only right arm

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100-yd. stroking with fists

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50-yd. using only left arm; 50-yd. using only right arm

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50-yd. cooldown

Two high points from this workout:  one, I feel like I’m becoming more efficient; two, the on-duty lifeguards recognized me.  Ha!

Post-Workout Snack

Here’s where the OJ came into play.  On my “Refuel Post-Workout” board, I pinned a delicious-looking smoothie from Runner’s World.  The original recipe called for orange juice, but I didn’t want to buy an entire carton.  So thanks to this morning’s find, I made this tasty Banana-Avocado Smoothie.

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted

1 frozen banana

1/4+ cup orange juice

1 tbsp. lime juice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Jay Robb egg white)

Directions:

1.  In a blender, combine avocado, banana, orange juice, lime juice, and protein powder.

2.  Taste and add more orange juice if desired.

After mixing it, 1/4 orange juice wasn’t enough, so I added a bit more.

Lunch

A couple hours later, I threw together a salad for lunch.

I still had leftover blackened tofu to finish, and I saved some of last night’s sautéed peppers. (I’m a girl of routine; I had the same dinner as the night before.) I cooked the peppers in coconut oil, which gave them some extra sweetness.

What’s your favorite smoothie these days?

Rain, Rain …

You know how it goes.  It’s a wet and soggy one here in the Big Apple today.  However, the yucky weather didn’t stop me from hitting up the Union Square Greenmarket.

Unsurprisingly, the market lacked its normal crowd.  I quickly stocked up on spinach, broccoli, and yellow peppers before the skies really let it pour.

Dinner

Last night’s meal used up the remaining veggies from my first greenmarket haul.

Well, the blackened tofu didn’t hail from the market, but the roasted zucchini and red peppers sure did.  Yummy!

Breakfast

This morning’s original plan included a bike ride, but the rain combined with my achy and swollen knee (remember my special talent?) prompted me to pass.  Around 8 a.m., I fixed a yogurt bowl.

One mashed banana and frozen blueberries comprised the base layer, while plain Greek yogurt and Kashi Go Lean went on top.  I haven’t had cereal in a long time, so it was nice to bring it back.

My trip to the greenmarket happened after breakfast, and shortly after, I went to Chelsea Piers to meet with Andrew, one of the Full Throttle Endurance coaches.  Even though the appointment lasted one hour, I already feel much more prepared about my first triathlon off-season.  I’m still trying to digest and think over everything we talked about—it definitely deserves its own post—and for now, I will say this:  I am super excited to hit the water/trainer/pavement swimming/biking/running. (Whew, that’s a mouthful!) Today’s session with Andrew also confirmed FTE is the triathlon club for me; I’m meeting with him again next week so he can assess my current fitness levels for the three disciplines, which makes me excited and nervous.

Lunch

Back at the apartment, I threw together a “refrigerator” salad.

On top of a bed of fresh spinach from the greenmarket, I added leftover tofu and roasted veggies, plus some carrots and yellow peppers for good measure.  I also had an apple cinnamon Chobani for dessert.

Which reminds me, I only have one left–need to add it to the grocery list.

How’s your Friday going?  Any fun plans for the weekend?  How do you spend rainy days?