Tag Archives: Craig Alexander

23

At approximately 8:41 a.m. this morning, I turned 23 years old.

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Holy cow—talk about old!

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Ballet days throwback.  My grandparents included this photo in the above birthday card–aren’t they sweet?

It seems like yesterday I was playing high school basketball, then hanging out at CampHoho going to college.  Where has the time gone?

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In all honest, though, 22 treated me very well.

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I rang in my second year of official adulthood with plenty of homemade cupcakes and Pinot Grigio.

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I ran my first relay race, the Seneca7, with some awesome Writing and Rhetoric teammates.

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What?!  Who doesn’t like pondering grammar?

I had so much fun fully embracing the sweetness of senior spring—after completing my Honors project, of course.

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I survived my first wine tour.

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I graduated?!

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I decided to give blogging and triathloning a shot.

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I volunteered at the Syracuse 70.3 Ironman—and watched MB kick some serious butt!

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I partied through ran the Boilermaker 15-K with Sara.

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I bonded with Zelda at the Grapehound Wine Tour.

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I finished my first triathlon—and was instantly hooked!

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I completed my second and third swim-bike-run events.

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I moved to New York City, survived Hurricane Sandy, and found a big-girl internship.

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I explored Brooklyn with Gabby and Connie.

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I spent lots of quality time with my family during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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I officially started training with Full Throttle Endurance.

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I trigeeked out and met Craig Alexander.

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Twenty-two was pretty sweet, but 23, I’m ready for you—let’s do it!

Last Day at Home

Hi, everyone—Happy Hump Day!  Was today your first workday of 2013?  Sadly, it’s my last 24 hours at home.  I’ve had so much fun spending time with my family, celebrating Christmas, and ringing in the new year, but I’m ready to head back to the Big Apple.  Don’t get me wrong; I’ve loved being at home, but it’s time to go back—my big-girl internship starts next week!

Dinner

Last night marked my second-to-last dinner at home, and we had spicy shrimp with cilantro and lime, plus jasmine rice and steamed snow peas.

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I mixed the spice blend, so I made sure the entire 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper made it in—love the heat!

Workout – Swimming

On Tuesday, I called the pool hotline about eight times, hoping to hear the updated hours, but last week’s message kept playing.  Even without confirmation, I headed over at 6:30 a.m. this morning:  It was pool or bust—I was determined to swim.  Thankfully, it was open (woohoo!), and my 45 minutes of drill work passed quickly.  If I counted my final set of 5x100s correctly, then I set a new record, but since it was about 1:30 faster than the times I’ve been clocking at Chelsea Piers, I’m going to assume I messed up.  We all know how much I like math—ha!

Breakfast

I was obviously ravenous after swimming, so I quickly cooked up a breakfast sandwich.

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I usually use egg whites, but there was only the equivalent of one left in the carton; if I’m being honest, I was too hungry to walk to our fridge in the garage to get a new container, so I just added an egg.  It worked.

After breakfast, I drove to the Pewter Spoon Café to get coffee with MB.

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It’s my hometown’s newest (and only true) coffee shop, and even though it opened about three months ago, I hadn’t been before today. The menu looked impressive—lots of breakfast sandwiches/wraps, soups, and salads—and the coffee comes from a local company, too.  Anyway, MB and I caught up and talked triathlons for more than an hour.  I had some questions for her, and it was great to discuss the upcoming season.  My first task when I get back to NYC?  Buying and getting fitted for aero-bars so I go faster and really look legit! (For the non-triathletes, aero-bars basically move your body into a more aerodynamic position, making you faster and more efficient.)

What I want to look like:

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(70.3 and Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave.)

What I actually look like:

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Girl can dream, right?

My mom, sister, and I ran some errands and went shopping this afternoon, and I stocked up on running shorts, and I finally found a new swimsuit.

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Since I’m on the taller side, I’ve been struggling to find a swimsuit that’s “long” enough.  The first one I bought ended up being too big, and the one I wear now has stretched out quite a bit, yet somehow doesn’t stay up.  I hope this TYR one works! (Oh, and Craig Alexander is a TYR athlete, so I have high expectations.)

Lunch

After shopping, we stopped at Cantina Laredo for lunch.

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Yummy chicken tacos!

What’s your go-to brand of athletic apparel?  Do you have a hard time finding shoes, shorts, swimsuits, etc. that fit?

Meeting Craig “Crowie” Alexander

Last night, I rubbed elbows and swapped training tips with Craig “Crowie” Alexander, a two-time Ironman 70.3 and three-time Ironman World Champion.

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Although, to be honest, Crowie did most of the swapping.

Originally slated to start at 7 p.m. at JackRabbit Sports Union Square, the event featured a book signing and a chance to take pictures and ask questions.  However, the start time was bumped up to 6:30 p.m. (thank you, Twitter!) because Crowie’s appearance at another New York City triathlon shop was canceled. (There was a shooting near the store, so police shutdown the entire block.) Anyway, I arrived shortly before 6 p.m.

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I bought my copy of As the Crow Flies: My Journey to Ironman World Champion, and around 6:15 p.m., store associates said Crowie would arrive around 6:45 p.m.; they had us form a line that snaked through the store and ended outside.

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Not a great picture, but there were easily 100 people in attendance. (This was taken around 6:20 p.m., and more people continued to arrive.) While waiting for Crowie to come—who walked to the store, surprised?  Ha!—I talked to other triathletes.  A lot of people did the NYC Triathlon, so I picked their brains, and I relayed information about the Musselman to another athlete, which will be his first 70.3.  There’s nothing better than some trichat!

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At 6:45 p.m. on the dot, Crowie arrived.  Immediately, he struck me as being soft-spoken, low-maintenance, and very down-to-earth; he simply walked in the store, grinned from ear to ear when he saw the turnout, and made his way to the designed book signing area in the back.  He didn’t have an entourage, he didn’t have a bodyguard, and he didn’t have any outrageous demands.  It’s one thing to read how Crowie defines humbleness, but it’s completely difference to witness it firsthand.

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With only 10 people in front of me, I had to wait only 15 minutes or so.  After introducing myself and shaking Crowie’s hand, we made small talk as he signed my book and an autograph card.

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Then, I asked the question:  “I started triathloning this summer, so I’m new to the sport—do you have any tips or advice?”

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This is when Crowie became Crowie.  He paused, took a breath, and entered this place of knowledge and extreme intensity.

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He was in the zone, and he took me there with me.  His voice became even quieter like he was sharing his closely guarded secret to triathlon success.

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And his signature stoic gaze?

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Holy cow.  Among his words of wisdom, he told me to train consistently and keep my goal races in mind.  “And stick with it!” he added.

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Yessir, Mr. Ironman Champion!

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Dec. 9

Happy Sunday, friends!  I can’t believe how quickly this weekend passed!  I had fun hanging out with my sister and her boyfriend yesterday, and today, I cleaned, did laundry, and went grocery shopping.  Trader Joe’s totally saw me coming.

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Done and done.

Has anyone else noticed their schedule picking up because of the holidays?  For me, this week will be packed with deadlines, holiday parties, and a few exciting events.  Like tomorrow, I’m going to Jack Rabbit Sports to see three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander.

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Yeah, I’m pumped.

My family will be visiting this weekend, and I signed up for the NYCRUNS Hot Chocolate 10-K on Sunday, which will be both my first official 10-K and New York City running event. (I wanted to run the Jingle Bell Jog yesterday, and but it didn’t work out:  After several phone calls to the NYRR’s headquarters, I finally received an email address for their registration contact person.  I sent her an email on Monday, and she said there would be a message circulated within the next few days, and she specifically said not to register for the Jingle Bell Jog.  In the end, there was no email, and I did not register, so I did not run.  Very disappointing.)

Anyway, as the week progresses, my schedule picks up, so it will become more difficult to complete each workout on my pre-season triathlon training plan.  I hope to squeeze in some sweat sessions while my parents and sisters are here, but family time will be my number one priority.  OK, 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; p.m. swim

Tuesday – a.m. bike; p.m. strength train

Wednesday – a.m. swim; p.m. bike

Thursday – a.m. swim; p.m. run

Friday – off

Saturday – bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Sunday – NYCRUNS Hot Chocolate 10-K

Do your fitness goals change as the holidays approach?  How do you stay active with a full social calendar?