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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?

Santa Sighting

What I saw:

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What I thought:

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Yes, I did have a Buddy-the-Elf moment on my walk to the YMCA this morning.  Good thing I snapped a picture on the way there; poor Kris Kringle deflated by the time I headed home.

Dinner

Even though I really wanted pizza, I fired up the crock pot yesterday afternoon for an easy set-it-and-forget-it meal—chicken cacciatore.

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In related news, I remembered why I never cook chicken; trimming it takes too long, and I totally blame my type A/OCD tendencies.  It took at least 30 minutes to remove all the fat and cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  The end result tasted good (I followed this recipe), but the end did not justify the means.  Oh well.  At least I don’t have to cook for a few days.

Workout – Swimming

My Santa sighting occurred this morning because I went to the Y for the last time.  Tomorrow is Dec. 1, so Chelsea Piers will reopen—woohoo!  Anyway, I swam for 40 minutes and split my time between pulling and kicking drills.  I snagged a spot in one of the medium lanes, and it seemed like the other two people were swimming in molasses.  At one point, I was using a kickboard and swimming behind a guy who was also using one, plus flippers.  I figured his fins would create a big cushion, but I ended up drafting and eventually passing him several times as we circle swam.  Hmmm—maybe I am getting faster?

Breakfast

After my swim, I made a deconstructed spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich.  While out shopping the other day, I meant to get Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Whole Grain English Muffins, but I ended up grabbing the sprouted whole grains variety.  Whoops.

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On the plus side, the muffins contain zero sugar (wow!), but they didn’t have any flavor.  I still have five more to eat, though, so we’ll see if things change.

Lunch

I spent the morning running errands and editing a freelance assignment, and I broke for lunch a little bit before 1 p.m.

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There’s nothing better than a salad with lots of roasted veggies.

Alright, back to writing.  Happy Friday!

Have you seen Santa yet?  What are your plans for the weekend?

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?

Blame it on the Snow

Hiya, friends!  Did you watch the election coverage last night?

I did until my bowl of frozen grapes was gone.  OK, this will be the end of politics here until 2016, but I thought it was neat watching Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie do their thing on MSNBC because both spoke at my alma mater back in the day.  Todd talked as part of our President’s Forum, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, I even got to interview him!

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He was surprisingly funny and down-to-earth.  And at graduation, Guthrie delivered our commencement address.

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She did a great job!

Workout – Running

Well, winter has arrived in New York City.  This morning’s chilly temperature (35 degrees Fahrenheit) called for Under Armour and fleece gloves. (Oh, and we’re also expecting a nor’easter, and some areas are being evacuated.  Sigh.) Anyway, on my way out of the building, I met a fellow triathlete!  He was wearing an Ironman shirt, so I had to ask him about it.  We chatted for a few minutes before heading separate ways for our runs.  Or rather, he crossed the street and sprinted ahead of me.  Yep, he’s an Ironman all right.  After a 45-minute run with some fartleks, I also did some upper-body strength training.

Breakfast

Somehow, I’ve been hoarding almost-empty almond butter jars, so it’s going to be an overnight-oats-in-a-jar couple of days.  Not that it’s a bad thing, of course.

Today’s mix included frozen strawberries and blueberries, plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, almond milk, and chia seeds.  Oh, and Seneca7 registration, aka the best race ever, opens today if you’re interested.

Lunch

Blame it on the snow—I was craving a warm midday meal, and I knew a salad wasn’t going to cut it, so I toasted a turkey and cheese sandwich.

I popped it in the oven to for a few minutes and microwaved some leftover roasted veggies.  Mmmm!

Again, blame it on the snow—dinner’s cooking already.

Gotta love the crock pot!

Do your eating habits change with the seasons?  What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?  Please linkup and share!