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(Sort of) Trending

Hey, hey—happy Monday!  And Happy Presidents’ Day!


Because everything comes back to chocolate, right?

Last night, Jen and I hosted our third #TriChat, and it went really well!  We welcomed ENERGYbits as a sponsor and guest host—which fit perfectly with our theme of pre-/during/post-workout nutrition and fueling strategies—and three lucky participants won samples.  The highpoint of the night occurred toward the end of the Q&A session when I glanced to the left of my newsfeed.


Trending for the win!  Technically, though, this is in terms of Twitter’s “tailored trend” algorithm. (For those unfamiliar with Twitter, its “tailored trend” shows hot topics based on your location and who you follow; its old system showed hashtags in reference to the wider-world of Twitter.) So even though #TriChat didn’t trend on a global scale (yet!), it still made its mark in triathlon and fitness circles.  Very cool!

Shameless plug:  Feel free to join us Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. EST for the next #TriChat!

Workout #1 – Running

Let week seven begin!  There were only 10 of us at our Full Throttle Endurance practice this morning (a bunch of guys went on a ski trip), which changed the group dynamic, but still lead to a great workout.  Like our previous sessions, we started with technique drills and barefoot running before doing tempo work on the track and tempo/hills on the treadmill.  On paper, this was the most challenging workout to date (our ‘mill incline values increased from 3.0 to 3.5 to 4.0), and it was also the strongest I’ve felt mentally and physically.  As you know, I read Chrissie Wellington’s book yesterday, and one idea that resonated with me was turning your brain on “autopilot,” which I did during this workout.  I’ll definitely talk about this concept more in the book review, but basically, even though it’s important to have a constant stream of assessment and feedback during training and races, it’s also crucial to know when to override your brain, shift into “autopilot,” and somewhat disconnect your head from your body.

Workout #2 – Swimming

Although tempted to call it a day after the running workout, I knew I needed to spend some quality time in the pool.  It was only 40 minutes, and nothing groundbreaking to report—except for the really cute (and obviously legit) guy wearing a TEAM USA swim cap.  Uh, what?!  He definitely wasn’t Vince Vaughn or Michael Phelps … I need to get to the bottom of this!


Breakfast started off with a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich, plus coffee.


And about an hour later, I also ate an unpictured banana with some PB.  Swimming revs my appetite big time!


I ran some errands this morning and heated up a piece of leftover pizza for lunch.


Yes, I totally impulse-bought whole-wheat pizza dough at Whole Foods yesterday.  They saw me coming!  I also had a peach for dessert.

Later this afternoon, I multitasked–doing laundry and baking.


Seeing as how I’ve eaten five of these banana “cookies” already, this recipe is a keeper—and coming your way later this week!

Are you guilty of impulse buying while grocery shopping?  What items typically find their way into your cart?

My Arms Might Fall Off

It’s here—happy Friday, friends!



Am I right?

Just a quick heads up for #TriChat tweeps—Jen and I will host the next Twitter conversation on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. EST to accommodate for that football game the Superbowl. (Hey, I’m a baseball and college basketball fan, what do you want?)


We’ll also welcome guest host USA Triathlon, and we’ll be chatting about everyone’s *favorite* part of the triathlon—the swim!  Speaking of …

Workout #1 – Swimming

Today’s Full Throttle Endurance swim marked our final tough workout of this training cycle—which meant Andrew was going to push us.  As soon as I hopped in the pool, I noticed my hamstrings felt tight (probably from yesterday’s class at Yoga Vida), but they thankfully loosened right up.  First, we cycled through tech drills and then began our main set:  6×50 alternating between easy and solid efforts, 6×50 alternating between kicking and swimming, and the final pull exercises—6×100 build.  Holy cow.  For the first three sets, I completed the build (slow, steady, moderate, and hard efforts) somewhat successfully, but my arms burned for the final tree—and now they fell like they might fall off!  What I found interesting about my fast-lane group (I know—what the what?!) was the girls killed the kicking drills while the boys kicked butt with the pulling.  This is probably because women usually store their strength in their lower bodies while men have more upper-body strength.  Anyway, after practice, Andrew suggested getting sports massages (or going to an acupuncturist) this weekend, so I’m open to recommendations, NYC peeps.

Workout #2 – Running

After a quick wardrobe change, I hit the ‘mill for a 40-minute progression run.  Although I’ll do almost anything to avoid the dreadmill, it was necessary this morning; I didn’t want to run outside with wet hair, and I didn’t trust myself to consistently increase my pace on the indoor track.  Surprisingly, it went well—even if I reeked of chlorine.


My coffee maker imploded this morning, so I stopped at Starbucks on my way back from practice and then refueled with my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.


With some mashed avocado for good measure.  I was still hungry about half an hour later, so I snacked on a piece of peanut butter banana bread.



Do you have a stronger upper or lower body?  Which do you prefer to strength train?

PS – I made my debut as a “fitness model!”

‘Shorter, Shorter, Quicker, Quicker’

Happy Monday, everyone!  Did you have today off for MLK Day?  Three-day weekends are the best, right?  Before transitioning to the bulk of this post, I want to thank everyone who came to last night’s first official #TriChat.

#trichat-twitter-profile We discussed 2013 season goals, and Jen and I were blown away by the sheer amount of participants and the high-quality conversation.  It wouldn’t have been as successful without USA Triathlon’s presence, and we couldn’t have asked for a better first chat.  If you want to #trigeek out with us (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?) our next Twitter-based conversation will take place Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. EST.  Yes, it’s Superbowl Sunday, but this afternoon chat time leaves plenty of time for football festivities! (After Feb. 3, we’ll return to our normal time of 8 p.m. EST.)

Workout #1 – Running

Today’s workout with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE) included the same running drills we did last week, including more barefoot running.  During the tech work, Andrew told us to shorten our strides and increase our cadence, which will help improve running efficiency, muscle memory, and arguably recovery.  As you can tell from the title of this post, the phrase of the day was “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker”—shorter strides and quicker turnover.  Eventually, we split up into our pace groups for 2-3 tempo miles.  Even though my group’s prescribed pace was 8:28 (which is a little conservative for me), we banged out two miles in the 7:20-7:30 ballpark, so I struggled to hang on for the final four laps.  I kept telling myself “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker,” but I fell off the pace and ended up finishing about 10 seconds after my group’s first runner. (Our group contained three people, and our third member dropped off with 800m left.) I’m obviously disappointed I couldn’t maintain my splits, but it’s early in the season, and I can only improve.


I refueled after practice with coffee (obviously) and a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich.


Mmmm!  A few hours later, I sliced up a banana and sprinkled on some cinnamon and almond butter.


I don’t usually blog my snacks, but most days, I have a banana or almonds between breakfast and lunch.


After doing laundry and watching President Obama’s inaugural address, I turned to the fridge for lunch.


First, I steamed a boatload of spinach in the microwave and then added some of the spicy vegan black bean quinoa I made yesterday.  It tasted good, but it still seems to be missing something.  Hmmm …

I spent about two hours shopping for big-girl internship clothes—and subconsciously thought “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker” as I walked from store to store—which proved to be unsuccessful except for an unpictured Americano from Starbucks.  Priorities.

Workout #2 – Biking

Since Syracuse conveniently played Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m., I multitasked by watching the game and pedaling away on my indoor bike trainer. (I originally planned to swim after this morning’s workout, but the masters swim team had taken over the pool, and none of my teammates wanted to swim with them—ha!) Anyway, my legs felt a little tight and an easy 60-minute recovery ride sounded ideal.  Holy cow, though–what a game!  The Orange barely held on, 57-55!

When you run or workout, do you repeat words or phrases in your head?  What do you say?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Jan. 20

Happy Sunday, friends!  Did you do anything fun this weekend?  After #TheBestDay ever on Friday, I spun off those delicious Crumbs cupcakes with a 60-minute indoor bike trainer ride on Saturday, which I completed during the Syracuse basketball game. (The sixth-ranked Orange upset the number-one ranked Louisville Cardinals 70-68—such a great game!) And this morning, I headed outside for a short 30-minute run.  In shorts and a t-shirt.  In January.  Crazy, right?  The rest of the afternoon included some serious meal prep for the week—cooking quinoa, plus roasting veggies and sweet potatoes (because I like them now).


In terms of workouts this week, I’ll be back at it with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE) for three swimming, biking, and running sessions.  Because our training schedule is broken up into four-week segments—weeks one, two, and three are hard, and week four is recovery—this seven-day span will most likely be the final “big push” for January.  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. run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE); a.m. swim

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train (You can read about last Tuesday’s CrossFit workout here—in the group picture, I’m on the far right in the blue tank top!)

Wednesday – a.m. bike with FTE; a.m. swim

Thursday – a.m. yoga/off

Friday – a.m. swim with FTE; a.m. run

Saturday – a.m. bike and strength train

Sunday – off

How did your workouts go last week?  Did you take advantage of crazy-warm temperatures and sweat outside?

PS – Triathletes, see you at tonight’s first-ever #TriChat at 8 p.m. EST!

Introducing #TriChat

Good morning, friends!  Happy Tuesday!  Before heading into the office this morning, I want to pop in quickly and tell you about #TriChat, a Twitter-based conversation Jen and I will be hosting this Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. EST.


Jen and I “met” during #RunChat—a biweekly Q&A session for runners of all ages and abilities looking to connect with one another—and even though this conversation always promises fun times and plenty of motivation, I wanted to have similar interactions with triathletes.  Long story short, Jen and I began brainstorming, planning, and advertising, and now, we’re set to moderate the first official chat!


Like #RunChat, #TriChat will take place on Sunday evenings at 8 p.m., and since there’s a lot of crossover between runners and triathletes, we decided to host the event on the first and third Sundays of each month. (#RunChat occurs on the second and fourth.) On the 20th, we plan to ask a few questions about the 2012 season before discussing goals for the 2013 campaign.  We’re also happy to report that USA Triathlon will join us as a guest moderator on Sunday! (Check out this press release—talk about legit!)

Let’s recap quickly:

Who:  Triathletes of every age and ability, wannabe triathletes, general fitness fanatics

What:  #TriChat

When:  Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. EST

Why:  Because talking about triathlons is awesome!

Jen and I hope you join us!  Be sure to “like” Tri Chat on Facebook and follow the account on Twitter.  Following USA Triathlon on Twitter (@USATriathlon) would also be a good idea, and since Jen (@OneLovelyRun) and I (@CarrieStevens25) will ask the questions, you should follow us too.  And feel free to pepper your triathlon-related tweets with #trichat, #trigeek, two of our favorite hashtags.  We hope to see you there!

Do you participate in Twitter chats?  Why or why not?  What do you like/dislike about these Q&A sessions?