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Home For The 4th (and 5th) of July

Hiya, friends!  I hope your long holiday weekend is going great so far!  On Wednesday, I hopped on a flight home to Syracuse, and I’ve been fully enjoying Central New York.

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A little different than New York City, right?

My first stop after the airport was Wegmans.  Obviously.

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I have yet to find sushi that even comes close to this in NYC.

While home, I needed to complete a tempo run, so I signed up for my hometown’s 4th of July 5-K.

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I debated whether or not I should write a race recap, but honestly, there isn’t too much to say.  I did a quick warm-up mile on the high school track, and excluding two big hills at mile one and two-ish where my pace creeped up to 8:1X, I hit and held my tempo pace.  Official finishing time was 23:36 (7:36), which I’ll take for not “racing.”  Shortly after, I took Zelda for a “recovery jog.”

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Good news—the Mizuno Wave Sayonaras can withstand both road racing and greyhound walking!

Anyway, later that afternoon, my entire family—aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—came over for 4th of July festivities.

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My uncle’s girlfriend’s mother made this patriotic fruit salad, and I had to try really, really hard not to put away the entire spread.  The fruit was delicious, but it was the dip that proved to be my demise: fluff and cream cheese.  Yum!

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Other shenanigans ensued.

And yesterday, I completed a five-mile recovery run before hitting the pool.  I mean LAKE!

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Words cannot begin to describe how much I missed open-water swimming here.

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My 20-minute “workout” consisted of a 10-minute warm up and 10-minutes of intervals.  I swam steady to a predetermined point, then swam hard back, and repeated this cycle.  My mom and dad spotted me, and this was the first time since last year they’ve seen me swim, bike, or run—and they were floored.  They said I looked like a completely different swimmer.  Woohoo for progress!

The rest of my day consisted of napping outside and trying not to get sunburned.

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My extended family eventually visited for round two of festivities.  No pictures, but I will say we polished off a bottle of limoncello and citrus-flavored vodka.

How did you celebrate the 4th of July?

Two Things

Happy Saturday, friends!  How’s your weekend going so far?  Other than cleaning and doing laundry, I have only two noteworthy things to report today.  First, I completed an indoor bike trainer ride this afternoon, my first with aerobars.

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Hello, hot mess!  I obviously rocked my neon orange CNY Triathlon Club t-shirt because the Syracuse Orange played beat the Villanova Wildcats 72-61.  Anyway, the training schedule Andrew sent last Sunday called for a 60-90-minute ride in steady zone 2, but I cut my ride short at the 40-minute mark because my left knee felt off; not too painful, but noticeably not right.  It’s probably due to my saddle adjustment—coupled with being in aero and riding on the trainer for the first time since before the holidays—so I’m not concerned, but better safe than sorry, right?  Aside from my knee, the ride felt surprisingly good.  It’s probably in my head, but I feel much more powerful, and surprisingly, my back didn’t hurt at all.  It’s all about finding the positives!

Second, while flipping through the February issue of Runner’s World, I loved seeing Syracuse’s Lake Effect Half-Marathon featured as the race of the month.

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Woohoo for hometown publicity!

Has your hometown or current city been featured in a publication?

Bring Lady Gaga to Syracuse for a Revolution Ride with SoulCycle

Anyone else guilty of keeping tabs on celebrities? (Especially Ryan Gosling in my case.) Even though I don’t read Perez Hilton’s blog on a regular basis anymore, I still enjoy knowing what’s going on in the lives of some starlets.  Case in point:  Lady Gaga.  Sure, I need to be working out or drinking an adult beverage or two to appreciate her music, but even so, when I heard the media slammed her for gaining 25 pounds, I became pretty peeved.

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Weight, sizes, and numbers shouldn’t matter, but they unfortunately do in our culture.  However, in true Gaga fashion, the eccentric recording artist isn’t hiding the extra pounds; rather, she’s using it to highlight an important issue.  Earlier this year, Gaga launched her charity, the Born This Way Foundation, which aims to empower children and stop bullying, and now, in conjunction with this organization, she’s joined forces with SoulCycle to launch a Body Revolution campaign/charity ride. (Proceeds will benefit her charity.)

This initiative hopes to help raise awareness of body image problems.  With the event in its planning stages, Gaga has asked fans for input, and a group of Syracuse-based female triathletes have invited her to come to Upstate New York and host her charity ride.

What’s the connection between body image and the sport of triathlon?  At every swim start, there are all types of bodies present.  Sure the professionals and elite age-groupers boast nearly perfect physiques, and “normal” people with “normal” bodies also compete.  In an effort to bring Gaga to Syracuse, Lisa Dolbear posted an open letter on her blog, and here are some powerful sentiments:

“The way you [Lady Gaga] tackle a piano with emotion, technique, and hunger is the same way we tackle each workout.  The way you own the stage for hours on end is the same way we’ve taken to the roads for hours on end (Ironman can last for 17 hours…ride, ride pony!).

“Girls need to know that this kind of strength and fire doesn’t come from conforming to society’s idea of what they should be doing.  It doesn’t come from throwing up, cutting, abusive relationships, or drugs.  It doesn’t come from those short-term vices we find and rely on in our darkest moments.

“It comes from accepting yourself and your flaws and being brave enough to feed your passions despite the obstacles that are in your path.  It comes from feeling good enough about yourself that you can rise above the pressures from society to look and be a certain way—as a superstar, as an athlete…

“As a woman.

“In that spirit, I would like to invite you to lead a #RevolutionRide spin class with me to support the next generation of girls who are fighting against society every day—from the people in their day-to-day lives who judge and bully them, to the strangers at large who stereotype the way women should look and behave.”

Attending a SoulCycle charity ride with Lady Gaga—which, if held in Syracuse, is rumored to take place at the Carrier Dome—would be amazing.  Hopefully, she makes the trip to Central New York!

Have you met a celebrity?  What were they like in person?  Have you struggled with body-image issues?

Last Bike Ride in Central New York

Good afternoon, everyone!  How’s your Thursday so far?  I kicked off my morning with a 2.5-hour bike ride with Laura and MaryBeth around my tiny town.

Our leisurely ride gave us plenty of time to tri talk.  MB is such a great resource, so it was beneficial to pick her brain and discuss things like nutrition and off-season training.  Plus, I really valued talking through my long-term running and triathloning goals with a knowledgeable source.  Even though the ride was a blast, I couldn’t ignore the fact that it will be my last Central New York bike outing for quite some time.

I’m bringing my bike to the city, and once it’s there, it won’t be easy to take it home for the holidays. (Does anyone know if Amtrak allows bikes on trains?) Speaking of CNY, I have to take a moment to brag about my homestead:  Active.com named Syracuse as one of its 10 Best Triathlon Cities in the U.S.

And the article mentioned CNY Tri.  Hollerrr!

Dinner

Let’s backtrack to last night’s dinner:  I heated up a piece of leftover almond crusted tilapia and roasted some veggies.

Even though the tilapia exploded somewhat in the microwave, it was still delicious.  I kept dinner on the light-ish side because I had some baking planned—more pumpkin crunch granola to be exact.

Before letting my family have some, I had to taste it myself.  You know, for quality control purposes.  Big mistake.  Friends, I literally cannot stop eating this stuff.  It’s addicting.  I’ll share the recipe tomorrow!

Breakfast

Before this morning’s ride, I ate two Kashi waffles with almond butter and banana slices.

Sprinkled with chia seeds for good measure.

Post-Workout Snack

Once I got home, I inhaled a slice of protein-packed pumpkin bread.

And the loaf is officially gone.

All right, it’s time to face my organized piles of chaos and start packing for NYC—ahhh!  Have a great afternoon!