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Snapshot Friday and Saturday

Every time my family visits, I tell myself I’ll be a good blogger, take tons of pictures, and write a really detailed recap about our adventures.  And every time I fail miserably—ha!  This weekend, though, I managed to snap a few pics, so I’ll share those with you.

Friday

After rocking my wetsuit at Friday’s swim practice, I spent the day hanging out with my sister Margaret.  First, we ate lunch at Terri, an organic and vegetarian restaurant.

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I ordered the “tuna” melt (aka chickpea salad) with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

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It tasted great and kept me full during our entire shopping trip, which included stops at Zara and Kate Spade.

Margaret trying on shoes—YOLO.

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I took a class in college with Michele called “He Says, She Says,” so I found this iPhone cover oh so rhetorical.

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Even though it was blizzarding in NYC, Margaret and I ordered our first iced coffees Americanos of the season.

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Spring better be on the way!

My parents and sister Ellen arrived later that night and brought some goodies from my grandma—homemade sauce and meatballs for the win!

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I cannot wait to break into this stash.

Saturday

My weekend started with a Full Throttle Endurance swimming practice at Chelsea Piers and brunch at my teammate’s apartment. (Er, triathlete brunch, I guess; we ate around 9:30 a.m.—ha!) I didn’t want to be a creeper and whip out my iPhone, but the spread was impressive:  waffles and whipped cream made from scratch, asparagus and goat cheese frittata, plus bacon, Italian biscotti, and sparkling apple cider.  Holy moley, everything was so good!  I also enjoyed hanging out with my teammates outside of swimming, biking, and running.  Yes, we talked triathlons the entire time, but it was great to focus on the conversation without keeping an eye on the clock to time our rest and intervals.

Back at my apartment, my family and I watched the first half of the Syracuse basketball game (I don’t want to talk about the final result) before heading uptown to see Jersey Boys.

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Absolutely incredible!

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And get this—one of the “swing” cast members played Frankie Valli, and he totally killed it!  He even had his own friends and family cheering section.

Speaking of family …

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Doing what we do best—goofing off!

Next, we wandered around Chelsea Market briefly, but it was a bit difficult navigation-wise with all five of us, so we didn’t stay very long.  I was also experiencing some stomach troubles and was so not in the mood to take pictures.

For dinner, we went to a Raymi, a Peruvian restaurant for dinner, and it was phenomenal!  Again, not pictures due to being girl-down, but we plan to go back.

How was your weekend?

Trial By Fire

This morning, I attempted to complete a new-to-me triathlon training challenge:  a swimming and running race, which Scott, the head coach of Full Throttle Endurance, rightfully dubbed Trial By Fire.

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I got burned.  Big time.

The sport of triathlon is very humbling:  It’s crazy that I can kick butt on the swim during an indoor event, yet DNF on the same section less than one week later.  Yep, you read that right.  I notched my first DQ/DNF this morning.  Sigh.

Here’s the breakdown:

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The FTE racing team took over Chelsea Piers around 5:20 a.m. to set up transition and warm up.  The “race” started at 6 a.m.  I’ll be honest; I was intimidated going into this event.  Andrew invited one of my teammates (the guy who won the indoor tri last weekend) and me, and beforehand, we joked about being called up to the big leagues.  Everyone was very friendly, and I asked a few people about their strategies.  The consensus was to not go out too fast.  I also talked with MB and exchanged a few emails with Andrew, and based on their input, I decided to pace myself (duh!), recover during the swim, and use the majority of my energy during the run.  This is a very unique event because it caters to my strength and weakness Achilles’ heal, so I expected it to be quite interesting.

Sidenote:  There were photographers and camera crew who documented the entire thing.  Not that I should be surprised after a photographer attended Monday’s practice.

Anyway, around 5:50 a.m., Scott outlined the logistics:  The elite wave, which the top 10 men comprised, would start ahead of everyone else.  After they finished, the rest of the team would begin.  That’s standard, but what really surprised me was the swim-to-run transition:  Each time we exited the pool, the “course” took us outside and down a set of stairs, so we entered the track from the ground floor.  I totally didn’t prepare to run outside in 30-degree weather.  There were flurries, too!

Next, Scott and Danny assigned lanes, and after each run segment, we would hop back in the same one to swim again.  There were 10 people in my lane, which led to a total washing-machine start.  Like swim starts in open-water, there was jostling and fighting for position, but in a super-condensed area.  At least during OWS you can spread out.  I didn’t want to waste energy trying to pass and swim over people, so I waited about five seconds and then started.

During the opening 100 yards, I conserved energy by drafting off the swimmer in front of me, but the pace was too slow.  I wanted to make moves, but passing in a lane that contained 10 people (we were circle swimming) would be nearly impossible, so I settled in and hoped this conservative start would pay off.

During the first transition, I made some my rookie mistakes like putting on my shoes (everyone ran the 0.25 and 0.5 mi. segments barefoot) and taking off my swim cap and goggles.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it was lost time.

Up to the 500-yard mark, the race was a blur.  I followed my plan of recovering during the swim (I passed only three people) and somewhat attacking on the run; I dialed in to my default 8:00 min./mi. pace, made up ground lost, and passed who I could (about 10 people).  Surprisingly, my heart rate stayed under control during transitions (I think the cold air outside had something to do with it), and my body seemed to respond relatively well going from swimming to running to swimming, etc.  The discomfort never seemed out of control, and cardio-wise, I felt really strong.

Spoiler alert:  I didn’t make the cutoff for the 500-yard swim segment.  The master’s swim team had the pool reserved for 7 a.m., so we had to be out by 6:59 a.m.  I completed 400 yards before Danny told me time was up.  What?!

An expletive dropped, and my mental game went down the tubes:  How could you DNF?  Did you really think you could hang with these triathletes?

Not finishing part of the session never crossed my mind.  Sure, I knew it would be tough and hurt quite a bit, but I thought completing 1,500 yards and 5 miles wouldn’t be an issue.  That being said, though, I knew my run splits, but didn’t track my time in the pool.  I knew I was swimming conservatively, but I should’ve been aware of how much time I was taking.  This DNF situation can be compared to not making cut-off times during half- and full-Ironman races.  It’s a horrible feeling, and I refuse to let it happen again. (Also, I didn’t learn this until afterward, but at least 50 percent of our group didn’t finish the swim.)

Luckily, I turned around my mindset on the track.  I stuck in a pace line with three other women, and although the laps blur together, I do remember trying to find another gear for the final 800m, and my legs simply wouldn’t respond. (Probably due to lack of adequate fueling and inexperience going from swimming to running to swimming, etc.)

Technically I finished the “race” in 1:12:XX, but there will be an asterisk or DQ/DNF next to my time.  In the grand scheme of triathlon things, I know this isn’t a big deal, but I’m really frustrated and disappointed.  I mean, I’ve never DQed or DNFed before—but I guess there’s a first time for everything.  And as I’ve known since day one, swimming is my Achilles’ heal, and this subpar showing has definitely relit a fire (not that is was extinguished, but still).

So what’s the plan?  I’m grabbing drinks with my teammates tonight—and doing major work in the pool tomorrow morning, and staying positive.  T-minus 30 days until South Beach!

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Have you ever received a DQ or DNF?  How did you handle it?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Feb. 10

Hiya—happy Sunday, friends!  How was your weekend?  I found the perfect balance of activity and laziness.  On Saturday morning, I went to the pool and completed the same workout from Friday’s team practice.

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Recently, swimming has been pushed to the backburner—aside from the team workout on Friday, it’s always my second session of the day, so I’m never 100 percent fresh—so I decided to change my schedule:  looking forward, I plan to swim on Saturdays.

Going to Chelsea Piers yesterday ended my several month-long weekend hiatus from the facility, so I was pleasantly surprised to see three of my teammates working out and getting after it.  Oh, and there was also a masters swim team practicing, and I had to literally pick my jaw up off the flow.  Watching those athletes pulling and kicking so crisply and cutting through the water (not to mention executing perfect flip turns) proved to be a very inspirational and humbling experience.  I hesitate to say that I swim now—basically, I kick and pull (sometimes simultaneously) and float and try to move my body forward.  There’s also definitely something to be said for the training philosophy of swimming with the swimmers, biking with the bikers, and running with the runners.

Yesterday afternoon, I met up with Jen and Abby for a run in Central Park after a terrible commute thanks to subway construction.  It was my fist time meeting Abby, who grew up 15 minutes away from me (small world!), and it was great to see Jen again.  Both are training for half-marathons, so I just tagged along for the run—and completed my first full lap of Central Park, which was long overdue because I’ll have to tackle that course during the NYC Triathlon.  Anyway, Abby stayed with us for a bit (she had her long run scheduled for today), and then Jen and I headed to Riverside Park and the West Side Highway so she could complete her 10 miles.  We had so much fun chatting away—and she totally picked up on my gossip-hound tendencies—and the miles passed so quickly!  I finished with 8.3 for the day, which obviously wasn’t on my training plan (shhh, don’t tell my coach!), but it was such a fun run and totally worth it.

Aside from running errands and prepping food for the week, I took today totally off and spent the afternoon reading Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits:  A World Champion’s Journey.

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I’m almost done, and it’s so good!  It’s also the next read for Jamie’s virtual book club, and since this will probably be my last time participating for a while, I want to write a thorough review.

OK, time to talk workouts.  I completed all but two sessions last week, which is pretty good.  This week’s big event will be an indoor triathlon on Saturday that Andrew briefly mentioned last week:  500-yd. swim, 12-mile bike (on spin bikes), and a three-mile run, so a super-sprint of sorts.  I’ve never done an indoor triathlon, so it will be an exciting training day for sure.  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 with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE); a.m. swim

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

Wednesday – a.m. bike with FTE; a.m. run (plus two fitness events for work)

Thursday – off

Friday – a.m. swim with FTE; a.m. run

Saturday – indoor triathlon or a.m. swim; p.m. bike and strength train

Sunday – off

How did your workouts go this week?  And who’s racing this weekend?!  Have you completed an indoor triathlon?

Avoiding Nemo

Happy Friday, everyone!  Have anything fun planned for the weekend?  As you might have heard, New York City has issued a blizzard warning in anticipating of Nemo.

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I couldn’t resist!  In all seriousness, though, the next 24 hours are all about staying safe and avoiding Nemo.

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A bunch of NYC offices closed early today (including mine), and a ton of fitness stores like JackRabbit Sports have cancelled Saturday events.  Even Chelsea Piers has adjusted its hours.

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Better safe than sorry, right?

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As a former CNYer, I have trouble grasping the fact that 10 inches of snow warrants this amount of precaution—but I do understand the city can’t handle it, and after Hurricane Sandy, I’m not dismissing anything.

Dinner

I went with an old stand-by for dinner last night—baked salmon with roasted veggies and sweet potatoes.

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Lately, I’ve been loving the EVOO, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and basil combination.

Workout #1 – Swimming

You know it’s time trial day when you’re warming up in the pool and minding your own business when Full Throttle Endurance’s head coach suddenly arrives and starts hooting, hollering, and clapping.  Twice.  Before the actual time trial occurred.  My teammates and I decided the head coach didn’t sleep last night due to sheer excitement—ha!  Anyway, the test went OK.  Andrew assigned us a heat (one, two, or three) and lane number, and I made the cut for the first wave.  Each lane contained two swimmers to help us race and push ourselves, so I shared with another girl.  Honestly, I got a little nervous right before the start, but that’s only because Andrew started counting down from 20 seconds á la Hunger Games.  Since it was a 200-yard test, I used the first 50 to find my stroke, progressed to what is probably my race pace for the next 100, and then tried to lay down the hammer for the final 50—and it burned, but in a good way.  I think my time was in the 2:50 ballpark, and I have no idea if that’s a respectable time.  I do know I was the second girl to finish, though!

Workout #2 – Running

After the rest of swimming practice, I headed to the dreadmill for a tempo run.  I couldn’t get into it mentally today and felt really ancy and unsettled; after 15 minutes on the ‘mill, I switched to the indoor track.  Meh—lesser of two evils, I guess.

Breakfast

I made a quick stop at Whole Foods after practice to stock up for Nemo, and I surprisingly restrained myself from the hot food bar!  Anyway, I was ravenous by the time I got back to my apartment, so a two-slice-of-bread breakfast sandwich was in order.

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Hit the spot!

Lunch

Before taking care of some Nemo prep, I made a quick wrap for lunch.

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Turkey, spinach, and some cheese.  I always fold it up quesadilla-style to eat, but it looks more photogenic this way, right?

PS – Fitness and Frozen Grapes was featured on Be @ Home’s Best of the Web series!

When you’re stuck indoors due to the weather, what do you do to keep yourself busy?

I Just Like to Kick …

Happy Friday and February 1, friends!

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I ventured to the New York Road Runners (NYRR) office yesterday afternoon to pick up my t-shirt and bib for the Gridiron 4-miler race, and my walk to and from the subway took me through Central Park.  No complaints here!

Workout #1 – Swimming

Recovery week team workouts officially ended this morning in the pool.  How’s this for a pleasant surprise—Andrew moved me from fast lane number two to fast lane number one! (During our team swims, Full Throttle Endurance uses five of Chelsea Piers’ six lanes—one slow, two medium, and two fast.) Technically, I’ve been in the fast lane for this training cycle, but it was the slower of the two. (I’ve mentioned this before, but I should note again that I’m training with the “level-one” team; if I were training with the racing team, then I’d probably be in the slow lane.) Anyway, Young C got called up to swim with the big dogs!  I also learned I’m a semi-decent kicker:  The guys in my lane told me to lead our 6x50s.  I was a little hesitant to hop up to the lead-off spot, but I put on my big-girl pants and set the pace.

I just like to kick—kicking’s my favorite!

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Overall, I really liked life in this new fast lane.  Swimming alongside these guys (I was the only girl in the lane) was definitely more challenging, and I had to work harder to stay on pace.  That will hopefully lead to improvement, though, so I hope to stay in that lane for future workouts.  And honestly, based on my basketball experience, I’ve learned that guys—in terms of both coaches and teammates—push me more and typically don’t take things personally.  Case in point:  All four told me to lead the kicking drills.  This honesty makes it easier for me to do the same.  Case in point:  Once it was time for the pulling drills, I promptly demoted myself and took the caboose spot. (Remember the pulling drills from last week?)

Finally, after practice, we tried on team cycling and racing uniforms! (When we start riding outside, everyone wears a team jersey and shorts, which makes it easier for the coaches to tell who’s in our group.) Much like getting my FTE t-shirt, trying on tops, bottoms, and jerseys made everything seem real—it still blows my mind that I’m part of an awesome NYC triathlon team sometimes.  I’ll definitely share pictures when the gear arrives!

Breakfast

I refueled after practice with my go-to spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.

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With a slice of pepper jack cheese for good measure.

Workout #2 – Biking

Originally, I planned to ride during tomorrow afternoon’s SU game, but since my family will be here, I want to watch the game with them—and not be pedaling away on my indoor bike trainer.  Around 11 a.m., I hooked up my bike, hopped in the saddle, and put in my 60 minutes of zone-2 work.  Done and done.

Lunch

I can’t decide if I like the spicy black bean quinoa better hot or cold; I eat it chilled at work, but always heat it up at home.

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Either way, the avocado needs to be there!

Time to clean my apartment for the fam—enjoy the day!

Do you prefer working out solo or with a group?  Have you ever trained alongside members of the opposite sex?  What did you think?

I Think I Swam Next to Vince Vaughn

Hey, friends!  Might as well address this post’s title ASAP:  Yeah, I think I swam next to Vince Vaughn at Chelsea Piers this afternoon. (I also did a quick 45-minute tempo run at 75 percent effort this morning as per my pre-season triathlon plan.) Obviously, it was tough to confirm if the guy in the neighboring lane was the real deal or just a doppelganger, but he looked like the actor.  He seemed tall, too, but again it was tough to tell because he was in the water.  Here’s the kicker, though:  The real Vince Vaughn is currently in New York City filming a movie.  Hmmm.  Oh, and there were ladies in the locker room talking about what it was like when Beyoncé visited the facility.  Coincidence?

Breakfast

I planned to make a spinach and egg white sandwich after my run, but my toaster mysteriously broke, so I made “oatless” oatmeal instead.

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I lined the bottom of the bowl with frozen strawberries for some extra sweetness—mmm!

Lunch

After my potential celebrity sighting, I whipped up a protein smoothie.

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The NYC weather has been all over the place—it was 50 degrees during my run, and it’s close to 60 now—so a cool meal sounded appealing.  This drink contained one frozen banana, frozen blueberries, frozen kale, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.

OK, back to writing and editing, but first, congratulations to Fleet Feet Syracuse (my people!) for its recognition as the top running store in America—woohoo!

Have you ever seen a celebrity? (Or a celebrity lookalike?)

Four Workouts in Twenty-Eight Hours

Hey, everyone—TGIF!  We made it to Friday!  The past two days have passed quickly thanks to my festively color-coded structured pre-season triathlon training plan.  Let’s backtrack to last night.

Workout #2 – Biking

So after running and strength training yesterday morning, I also completed a 90-minute indoor bike trainer ride.  Luckily, I could pedal and yell cheer on the Orange.

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(I tried to Instagram this collage last night, but the Internet wasn’t working.  There’s something about a sour-looking Jim Boeheim that makes me pedal faster; like if I don’t step it up, I might get benched.  Maybe my basketball past is haunting me.) According to the plan, the ride should be relatively easy, and my heart rate should stay below 140 BPM.  My Garmin was acting funky, though, so I didn’t get a heart-rate reading until I finished the ride, which said I hovered around 130 BMP; that means I can push more next time.

Workout #1 – Swimming

This morning, I headed to Chelsea Piers for 45 minutes of drill work.  As I walked to the facility, I knew the workout would be tough; my entire body felt incredibly heavy from lifting.  This prediction was confirmed when I slipped into the water.  Even though I swam slowly, I worked through the exercises Andrew mapped out:  back kick with rotation; side kick; alternating side kick; pulling with kickboard; and 5×100 easy swim.  I almost cut the “easy swim” short, but I remembered July 14—there would be absolutely no quitting then.  To break up these final sets, I alternated my breathing.  For the first 100, I stayed on my dominant (left) side; for the second 200, I switched to the right.  This variation made the final drill pass a little quicker, and it forced me to focus on rotating to both sides.

Breakfast

Unsurprisingly, the walk back to my apartment took longer today.  In a strange way, it feels good to be sore.  With my typical spinach and egg whites, I toasted an Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Whole Grain muffin.

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Yummy!  This will stay in the breakfast rotation for sure.

Workout #2 – Running

After quick trips to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, I ate a banana and hit the pavement.  The plan called for a 45-minute light tempo run at 75 percent effort.  Between my soreness and the rain, I had to work harder than usual to maintain the designated pace.  Even though it was challenging, I didn’t feel completely wiped out at the end, which is a good thing.

Lunch

A wet and soggy run demanded a meal more substantial than a salad.  And plus, I was freezing and didn’t want to eat something cold.  So I went with another favorite—salmon.

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I drizzled it with a little EVOO and sprinkled on basil, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes before baking it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes.  Plus some peas on the side because I haven’t had enough green.

Banana number two of the day is about to happen.  Have a great Friday!

Do you get sore after your workouts?  How do you deal with it?

It’s Flu Shot Season

Gulp.

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Yep, I did it—I got my flu shot this afternoon.  For the past four years, I’ve received the vaccination at school, so this was the first time I had to fend for myself.  Luckily, though, the whole adventure was pretty painless (ha!) in terms of logistics.  I simply bopped over to a nearby Rite Aid, filled out the required paperwork, discovered my college insurance card expired, go figure and received the shot.  The injection itself wasn’t bad, but my left arm does hurt a little right now.

Workout – Swimming

Before getting my flu shot, I went to Chelsea Piers for my final one-on-one workout with Andrew.  During my 45 minutes in the pool, he assessed my progress and showed me some new drills.  The good news:  My kick and stroke have improved (aka I’m not relying on my arms as much), and I look more fluid in the water.  The bad news:  I’m not rotating my hips as much as I should.  After warming up and doing a “normal” kickboard drill, I placed the board between my legs, which isolated my hips, abs, and upper body.  Holding it in place was very challenging; the kickboard almost popped up, oh, about a dozen times.  Another drill included kicking on my back while rotating my lower body from side to side.  Once I got the hang of this exercise, I stacked my hips, extended my left arm, and kicked for a few seconds before pulling with my right arm, rotating my entire body, and repeating on the opposite side.  Every time I get in the pool for drill work, I’m blown away by just how technical swimming it is.  For the last 15 minutes, we reviewed my off-season plan and discussed how I should structure both sport-specific (swimming, biking, and running) workouts and strength training.  Andrew said he will email me a full-fledged plan within the next few days, which I’ll follow until Full Throttle Endurance training begins in January.

Lunch

As soon as I arrived home, I tossed two salmon burgers in the oven to cook while I assembled a salad.

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I seasoned the burgers with basil, cayenne pepper, and lemon pepper.

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I also ate an apple for dessert.

Dinner

A strange craving hit while I was grocery shopping this afternoon—Hawaiian pizza.  Done and done.

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I followed this recipe and added sauce, one slice of Swiss cheese, ham, and plenty of pineapple–mmm!

Have a great night!

Did you get a flu shot yet?  Do you usually get one?

Hello, Chelsea Piers!

Oh, happy day!

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After suffering and recovering from some severe Hurricane Sandy damage, Chelsea Piers officially reopened this weekend, and today marked my first trip to the facility post-storm.  Everything seemed normal—except having to climb two flights of stairs because the elevators aren’t working yet.  I walked up with a lady who told me she hadn’t done anything in one month, so she struggled a bit.  Consider it a workout warm-up, right?

Workout – Swimming

Here’s a one-word workout summary:  happy.  I was happy to swim at CP after a month-long hiatus, and I was also happy because I found a new-to-me drill to practice.

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Thank you, Triathlete magazine!  Featured in the January edition, this tombstone drill isolates the lower body—pushing a kickboard through the water adds resistance, and it definitely further engaged my legs.  I swam for 40 minutes total and saw Danny—another Full Throttle Endurance coach whose swim practice I watched back in September—who was working with another triathlete.  He said hi, but I couldn’t tell if he remembered me.

Breakfast

After my swim, I made a spinach, cheese, and egg-white breakfast sandwich.

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Do you feel super hungry after you swim, too?  Biking and running don’t rev my appetite as much as swimming.

Lunch

I spent the morning working on an article and running errands, and I broke for a late lunch around 1:30 p.m.

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While the veggies roasted in the oven, I caught up on important British happenings.  Did you hear about Chrissie Wellington’s retirement?  I follow her on Twitter, so I saw her blog post first thing this morning, but no news sources confirmed her announcement until later this afternoon.  Oh, and Kate Middleton is pregnant!  I wonder if Royal Baby fever will top the Royal Wedding obsession excitement.

Okie dokie, back to writing.

PS – There’s still time to join the #HolidayaDay Instagram challenge Gina and Kat are co-hosting with a bunch of other bloggers!

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Hope you join us!

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Dec. 2

Wow, first Sunday in December already?  The days seem to fly by!  How was your weekend?  I started my Christmas shopping yesterday and baked a loaf of Paleo chocolate chip banana bread.  Unfortunately, I got distracted watching Elf (“SANTA!  I KNOW HIM!  I KNOW HIM!”) and left it in the oven about 10 minutes too long, so the edges burned a bit.  Guess I’ll have to make it again and take photos before sharing the recipe.  In other news, check out this neat t-shirt that arrived from Oiselle today.

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[Instagrammed, of course–@CarrieStevens25]

I won a Thanksgiving-themed Twitter giveaway, and this was my prize.  So cool, and I can’t wait to wear it during my next run.  Speaking of workouts, I have a busy week ahead.  Chelsea Piers has reopened, which means I can swim there again.  It also means I can continue to train with Andrew; we’re meeting this week to swim and to review a triathlon-specific strength training program.  I haven’t heard anything about Full Throttle Endurance’s off-season training, so most likely, the team will wait until January to begin structured workouts.

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Also, I might be running a race this weekend.  Since the Dash to the Finish Line 5-K was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, I hope New York Road Runners will let participants transfer their registration fees to other events.  If so, then I’ll run the Jingle Bell Jog, a four-mile road race, this weekend.  If registration fees won’t transfer, then I won’t run. (I’ve sent them two emails, but I haven’t heard back, so I plan to call on Monday.) Like the 3rd Annual F-M Turkey Trot, I won’t “race,” but I will use it as a chance to practice pacing in a competitive environment.  Let’s 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. swim; p.m. bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Tuesday – a.m. swim with Andrew; p.m. run

Wednesday – off/easy run

Thursday – a.m. run; strength train; p.m. bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Friday – a.m. swim

Saturday – Jingle Bell Jog (maybe?); p.m. bike (trainer workout during the SU game)

Sunday – off/easy swim or run

What are your December goals?  Do you have any upcoming races or events?