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A Silver Lining

Greetings, friends!  Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on yesterday’s post.  Obviously, Sunday’s race was a very scary experience, but I learned a lot.

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From what more experienced triathletes said (*cough* Victoria *cough* Katelyn *cough*) blowing up is the nature of the sport, as is figuring out nutrition.  Looking forward, I plan to sit down with my coach, discuss the meltdown in detail, and start to develop a new hydration plan for the run (and potentially the bike).  And speaking of Sunday’s episode, a race representative called me yesterday at work to make sure I was doing OK—and to let me know that since I didn’t cross the finish line (womp, womp), I qualified for guaranteed entry for next year.  Woohoo for a silver lining!

My road to redemption officially began this morning, although it almost didn’t.  I was tempted to sleep a little longer, but then I remembered this video that went viral (in terms of my teammates) yesterday.

So the run happened.  It wasn’t fast, and it wasn’t far, but I got it done.

Seeing as this was my first “workout” since Sunday’s race, there clearly hasn’t been any swimming, biking, or real running.  So what have I been doing?

Drinking … smoothies. (Hey, I was severely dehydrated and all.)

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It’s been so oppressively hot in New York City that smoothies sound super appealing.  The one I had this morning (look familiar, Alex and Hollie?) contained kale, spinach, frozen banana and blueberries, protein powder, plus lots of almond milk.

Cleaning … because I’m OCD just because.

Baking … because I’ve been bored.

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Paleo chocolate chip banana bread, anyone?

Admiring tri bikes … because a girl can dream, right?

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On sale at Zen Bikes.  And it’s my size.  Just sayin’.

Doing laundry … because it’s somewhat therapeutic.  And needs to be done.

Shopping … sort of.

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Uh, where were these when I was in college? (OMG, I sound so old!)

Hope you’re having a great Thursday!

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Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a busy day ahead of me—a long shift at the running store and shoe class tonight—so let’s keep it simple with a survey.  Sound like a plan?

Current Book(s):  Aside from my pre-bedtime magazine reading that includes Triathlete and LAVA magazines (#trigeek), I’m also working my way through Savor:  Mindful Eating, Mindful Life for book club!

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Most nights, I get through one chapter before falling asleep.

Current Music:  My most recent workouts have been sans music, but here three of my favorite high-energy jams.

“Can’t Hold Us” by Mackelmore

“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy

“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

Current Guilty Pleasure:  My Paleo chocolate chip banana bread.

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It may have disappeared in less than four days.  Just sayin’.

Current Nail Color:  No polish right now, but you better believe my nails will be red for the Mighty Montauk Triathlon!

Current Drink:  Water.  So exciting, I know.  My second cup of coffee will happen momentarily, though.

Current Food:  Post-ride (during which I got “called up” to ride with the ladies on the “racing team!”), I ate my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.  However, four Central Park loops (about 24 miles) means breakfast number two is only a matter of time.  It’s super humid today, so a smoothie sounds perfect.

Current Favorite Show:  Well, you know I’m obsessed with Dan Stevens, and I’m always down for some Downton Abbey.

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I also get sucked into Say Yes To The Dress and Sex and the City marathons.

Current Needs/Wish List/Indulgence:  I’m combining these three because they’re connected.  Since I only have one team cycling kit, I need another; therefore, it’s been on my wish list.  And the online team store reopened, and even though this may not qualify as a typical indulgence, I treated myself to some new pink gear.

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I even opted for the (unpictured) bib shorts—who would’ve thought?  Ha!

Current Blessing:  My supportive and loving (and goofy!) family.

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Hopefully they will visit again soon!

Current Outfit:  One thing I love about working at a running store?  A laid-back dress code.  I usually wear jeans and a race or JackRabbit t-shirt.  And sneakers of course.

Current Excitement:  My big-girl promotion still makes me giddy (I have my first conference call today–ahhh!), and I’m also counting down the days until Montauk.  Only 17 days until race day!

Please play along in the comments!

My First Wipe Out

A rainy day in New York City (and a day off from work at JackRabbit Sports) calls for baking and napping.

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I made a loaf of Paleo chocolate chip banana bread and enjoyed a brief siesta this afternoon.  After a late night JRab shoe biomechanics class and an early morning brick workout, I needed a nap.

So switching gears a bit, remember way back when I blogged about my Chinese horoscope?  Remember the injury projection and how I predicted a bike wipe out?

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Well, it happened yesterday morning.

Our bike session in Central Park started off great.  My coach led one pace line and told me to take the front spot on the other—progress!  Anyway, as we made our way through the park, he told me to try moving into aero.  Riding this way makes me nervous, and honestly, I haven’t been able to hold this position on the road yet.

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Being in aero while my bike’s hooked up to an indoor trainer is fine.  On the road, though, I can place only one arm on the aerobars; when I try to shift the other, things feel unstable, and I always chicken out.  But he’s my coach, and I trust him, so I gave it a shot, slowing moving my right hand and arm from the handlebars to the aerobars.

When I made the adjustment on the left, my bike drifted that way, and I panicked and overcompensated:  I steered too far to the right, which caused my bike and my coach’s bike to collide.  He’s an experienced cyclist, so he rode through it, but I went down and took another teammate with me.

Thankfully, everyone is fine.  I’m a little cut up on my knee (I’ll spare you pictures), but nothing serious.  The actual wipe out didn’t hurt, but I felt really bad:  My rookieness caused practice to stop and created an unsafe environment.

Even though I felt so frustrated and defeated, I got back in the saddle and finished the ride.  I wasn’t in a great place mentality, and my coach definitely noticed and gave me a pep talk.  My teammates were great too, checking in throughout the day and making sure I was feeling OK.

On the bright side, I couldn’t have asked for a better (?) first wipe out.  After all, I was riding with my coach and teammates, so I wasn’t alone, and we were in a familiar location.  Plus, no one was seriously injured.  And it’s the nature of the sport too.  As my Twitter buddy Chris so eloquently says:

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How do you pick yourself up after you’ve been knocked down?

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

When life gives you one too many ripe bananas, you could make banana bread.  But if your cupboard lacks the necessary ingredients, and it’s 8 p.m., and you don’t feel like taking a trip to the grocery store, then you’ll have to get creative with what you have.

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So out of laziness resourcefulness, this Paleo chocolate chip banana bread was born.

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Thanks to the coconut oil, there’s a hint of creamy, tropical flavor.  And from a non-coconut lover, I’ll say it’s perfect—not too overpowering.

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Feel free to add more or less chocolate chips based on taste.  But when is more chocolate ever a bad thing?

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsp. honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 cups almond flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2+ c. chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Coat loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2.  Use food processor or hand-held mixer to combine bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey, and coconut oil.

3.  Add in almond flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

4.  Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan.