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I Mean …

Oomph. This has been the longest, strangest week. And it’s only Wednesday. Everything has seemed off—both at practice and at work. Are the tides changing?

Happy National Running Day!

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Just being a model (again) and hamming it up at work.

If using a crockpot during the summer is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

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Chicken has returned to the rotation thanks to this recipe. I made some swaps—chicken breasts instead of thighs, one can of black beans and one cup of quinoa instead of two cups of black beans, all the sweet potatoes, etc.—and I highly recommend this meal if you like Mexican/Latin flavors. So good.

Speaking of food, almond butter and jelly has been my, erm, jam. Before every bike workout, I toast a waffle and layer on this combo. I’m a little kid at heart.

… and I’m a little kid who can’t count. During swim workouts, I can keep track of laps up to 200 yards, but then all is lost. If the actual swimmers have any tips, then I’m all ears. #wannabeswimmer

Somehow, I end up in charge during workouts. Even though I got bumped up a cycling group, I’m definitely on the brink—meaning I’m the slowest and hanging on for dear life—but everyone turns to me: “Carrie, what’s the workout? Carrie, when do we attack? Carrie, should we be sitting or standing for these climbs?” It’s amusing because (1) I’m the youngest, and (2) I’m the least experienced. Yes, this happens during swim and run too, but who would’ve thought I’d be captaining my bike group? Certainly not me.

All I want is a maxi dress that actually touches the floor. I went shopping on Thursday and tried on all the clothes, but could not find one acceptable dress. You’re to blame, swimming shoulders and cycling legs.

I don’t blog about work a ton, but it’s going well. However, in recent weeks, I’ve been struggling to maintain a work/life balance. My schedule is unique (I’m off Thursdays and Sundays), which makes it tough to leave work at work, especially during the week. When I was the editor of my college’s newspaper, I trouble pressing “stop”—signing off email, taking a break from editing articles, and leaving the computer suite even though the InDesign layout wasn’t complete. I’m hardwired to work hard—if you’re going to do it, then really do it and give it 150 percent—and this is a blessing and a curse. I need to figure out how to “power down,” and I hope changing my work schedule will help.

How do you “unplug” after work?

Random Training Notes From Jan. 6

So after I wrapped up the training portion of Sunday’s post, I realized there were still some things I wanted to talk about; related to but not actually training, this stuff needed its own post.  Not sure if I’ll write one of these every week, but I had enough material this time.

Now that I’m swimming, biking, and running consistently again, I feel like myself—yet I didn’t know I’ve felt “off” for the past three months.  Returning to training has given me a renewed sense of self, purpose, and motivation; I know this is where I belong, and this is what I should be doing (as opposed to getting engaged like some of my high school classmates, but that’s neither here nor there).

On Thursday morning, I had my Slice fit with Mike from Bike Riders NYC. (I had a general fit done when I purchased the bike, but I needed to get dialed in.) No pictures, unfortunately, but the appointment lasted about two hours, and Mike did a phenomenal job:  He adjusted my cleats (my right leg is longer than my left), raised my saddle, and moved my aerobars forward (#tallgirlproblems).  Sunday’s CompuTrainer class was my first post-fit ride, and everything felt great.  It’s probably a combination of having a great fit and finally building some cycling strength, but today’s Tailwind class went really well too.  And I’m excited for next week’s FTP test—I can’t wait to see how much I’ve improved!

This past week or so, I’ve been playing with my fueling and overall nutrition.  Since our practices typically last three hours, I’ve experimented with taking a gel between swimming/running workouts, and it’s definitely helped my energy levels. (I use PowerBar Perform on the bike and haven’t felt the need for a gel before strength training.) And in terms of cooking, I’ve made a few recipes from The Feed Zone Cookbook, including chicken fried rice and these fish tacos.

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The meals I’ve prepared so far are easy to make, and one factor I struggled with last season included snacking after eating dinner.  I always have fruit for dessert, but there were also several trips to the almond butter jar. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!) Anyway, these Feed Zone recipes have eliminated my post-dinner “snacky” mood; they fill me up.

I really enjoy being “Young C.”  As the youngest person on the team, I secretly love how everyone teases me from time to time—because that’s what I usually do.  Before practice started on Wednesday a few of us were shooting hoops, and one of my teammates ended up with a cut on his nose.  I didn’t do it, but my coach called me a bully for the next few days—and then my nickname switched to Gumby when we did partner stretching.

Speaking of my coach, we spent some quality time running together in Central Park yesterday morning. (Practice was canceled because of electrical gym repairs.) As my first time in Central Park post-half marathon, I had zero expectations, but we ended up covering a little more than six miles.  Anyway, the more I get to know my current coach, the more he reminds me of my high school basketball one—which is definitely a good thing.

And in other Full Throttle Endurance news, being the team social media manager/warlord is going well so far.

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It makes me laugh when I receive about six of these emails before 11 a.m.

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And now, I’m off to mentally prepare for tomorrow’s two-mile time trial.  Oh boy.

Friday Favorites – May 3

Happy Friday!  Has this week flown by for anyone else?  There are a bunch of things getting me in the Friday/weekend spirit, so I’m going with a list-style post today.

1.  This will be my first time in four years celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  How is this possible?  In college, I always seemed to be stuck at a prof’s house for final portfolio presentations (ah, the joys of a small liberal arts college), which meant no Cinco shenanigans.  Things will be different on Sunday!

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My teammates and I will bike to the start line of Escape to the Palisades, run the 5-K, and then ride around Jersey.  More likely than not, some adult beverages will be consumed—after the race of course.

2.  While working at JackRabbit Sports last night, I wore the Saucony Kinvara 3’s—and immediately fell in love.

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I’ve been eying this pair for a while, and my size was finally available last night.  I’ll spare you the shoe geek specs, but it’s an incredibly light and comfortable shoe.  Coincidentally, I’m also due for a new pair of sneakers.  Hmmm …

3.  In terms of cooking, I took a risk and threw together a new spice blend.

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I don’t remember the exact measurements, but it contained cayenne pepper (obviously), garlic powder, brown sugar, and dried thyme, plus some cinnamon and salt.  Huge success!

4.  This Facebook post made my day:  MuckFest MS shared one of my aunt’s photos.

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What a great race–and we’re famous!

5.  Thanks to working tonight and swimming tomorrow morning, I’m going to have a crazy night filled with some baller reading material.

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If you missed yesterday’s post, Jen and I teamed up to start a book club.  Just fill out this Google form if you’d like to join!

What are some things that are making your Friday extra awesome?