Hey, friends! I hope your Thursday is going well so far!
As you may have noticed, I took a blogging hiatus in response to the Boston Marathon bombing news. One of my teammates ran and finished the race; thankfully, he’s OK and back in New York City. One of my cousins also spectated the event; thankfully, she left before the explosions. So much has been written on this tragedy—and rightfully so—and instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ll simply say please keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers.
Back to regularly scheduled blogging: Remember how I didn’t have a race kit to wear for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, so I borrowed one from a teammate? Good news—Full Throttle Endurance swag has arrived!
All of our gear—racing and cycling kits, plus jackets, sweatpants, sweatshirts, you name it—comes from Castelli. When our coaches handed out the swag Monday morning at practice, I obviously tried it on immediately, and I really like the tri top and shorts.
And the black does a much better job of flattering my fair skin than the white top I wore at SoBe. Not that it matters, of course—but who doesn’t want to look semi-decent in race photos?
The cycling apparel, however, fits strangely. Before we placed the orders, our coaches instructed us to order a size up because this brand runs small. (I guess Italians are smaller than Americans? Ha!)
I selected a bigger size for my cycling jersey and figured it would be fine because I’d wear a base layer underneath, but it’s still too roomy. Great color scheme, though!
Also, my teammates and I can’t figure this out: We’re fairly certain we ordered normal cycling shorts, but a bunch of us received bib ones.
Uh, there’s no way I can wear these in public because I could barely get them on—they run so small! Oh well, guess I’ll have to order more gear. Right now, I’m leaning toward this pink kit.
Since I can’t pull off pink real clothes thanks to my fair skin, I should take advantage when it comes to workout apparel, right?
Things workout-wise have been going well this week. Aside from a great nine-mile run along the West Side Highway and through Central Park with a teammate this morning, the most beneficial session was Tuesday morning’s bike handling clinic. During the next training cycle (which starts in two weeks with another two-mile time trial on the track!), we’ll be logging lots of loops in Central Park, so it’s crucial we know how to ride safely as a group. Most of my training group teammates and I are biking newbies, so Andrew organized an outdoor clinic and had practice skills like weaving through cones, making tight turns, signaling correctly, and drinking from water bottles. Although we almost got ticketed (twice!) by a West Side Highway cop, our group had a really productive morning, and by the end of the session, I noticed an improvement in my skills and overall riding confidence. It’s all about progress!
And the token food pictures.
My breakfast sandwiches have still been in the rotation, but Greek yogurt/overnight oats have sounded especially delicious this week, so I’m rolling with it.
Does your workout and fitness apparel fall into one color scheme?