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Ice Bath!!

Well, I had myself a lovely ice bath yesterday! It really really helped! My knees feel so much better. Now, granted they still hurt, a lot, but they aren’t nearly as swollen as I expected. Today, I’m staying off my feet, this morning I swam 600m with a foamie between my knees and hand paddles to hep me work on my upper body strength for swimming. But, as promised, here’s a little video of me and my ice bath. Enjoy!

 

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Stay Hydrated!

Well, I just got home from running the Oak Bay Half Marathon. It was several different things. It’s such a beautiful run, being along the water a majority of the time. Mostly it was long. My knees aren’t a big fan of running that far right now, which is really my own fault. When I was living in Banff I was really focusing on my running and I got to be in really fabulous running shape. Which I am not now. I need to focus more on running more often. However I ran it in 2 hours 10 mins, with dying knees. I’m not super pleased with that but also not upset about it. Overall it went quite well.

I have to just address one thing about racing. I’m totally one of those people who throws full cups of water all over my face during a race. Some people might do this to cool their heads/bodies. But for me, this is for two reasons.

1. I’m just not co-ordinated enough to run and drink from a paper cup at the same time. Seriously. It’s just splashing all over me because I can’t manage to drink and run without covering myself in water.

2. I’m afraid that if I stop to drink, I may not be able to start running again. You know, you get that running groove on and don’t want to interrupt it.

So really my solution to these problems is to throw the cup of water in the general direction of my face and open my mouth and hope that I catch some. So if you ever see me or someone like me throwing water on their face, remember this, because maaaaybe that’s what’s going on.

So, I’m currently curled up on the couch, soon I’m off to ride a horse and then go for a bike ride! At some point in there I’m going to do something that I haven’t done since I was a gymnast. Have an ice bath. I’m feeling inspired by a post Triathlon Obsession wrote about it and I know it’ll make my knees feel better. Wish me luck!!

I’ll leave you with a lovely shot of the ocean that I took this morning on my walk to the race start!

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Climb On

I will just preface this by saying that I ADORE rock climbing. I used to climb a ton, daily actually, before a shoulder fracture sidelined me for a while. When I lived in Banff I was able to do a ton of climbing, both indoor and outdoor and it’s something I always come back to whenever I can. It’s one of those things that you can always pick back up, especially if you have your own gear like I do. I really enjoy both the challenge and the upper body workout. When I’m really training hard for triathlon, it’s nice to supplement that training with something super fun! For your local climbing gym, just google it! For the Victoria area gym that I go to, check out CragX

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Kosmo

One of the most amazing things about starting a young horse is that you get to be one of the first real human connections they make. Most young horses (in a perfect world) have already been handled lots to make the starting process easier, but as far as putting tack on them and teaching them how to be ridden, that is a truly amazing experience. Each horse is different and I’ve been working with a lovely gelding named Kosmo. He’s an absolute treasure and I’ve been working with him for a few weeks now. Today we thought we’d try to get on him for the first time. Generally it takes a few days of working with horses with a saddle on before you actually get on and ride. We started slow and he was just so calm about everything, that we ended up just getting on. He is such a superstar! Walking and trotting on the lunge line and even walked off the lunge line without my trainer in the ring! Such a fabulous horse, I’m so lucky to get to work with him!

Elevate Me

So, a few of my favorite bloggers have been posting about nutrition today and it got me motivated also post about nutrition. Now, I am a fairly complicated eater, not that I’m picky, but I’m a lactose intolerant celiac. Yup. It’s just as annoying as it sounds. One thing that’s really great is that racing and training diets are fairly easy for me to follow because my regular eating habits are pretty much exactly the same as a racing diet. The one thing I find quite difficult to do is get enough protein. The only meats I eat are chicken and fish. With the amount of excercise I do, I’m pretty much constantly snacking on something to keep my energy up. One of my favorite things to snack on that I always have on hand are Elevate Me bars. I have about 8 in the glove box of my car right now. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out! It’s a locally founded company from Vancouver, and the bars are just fruit, protein and awesomeness. Best of all, they’re gluten free!!! AND I just noticed that they made a new breakfast bar snack. Of course I ordered some, I’ve gotta try it! For those of you who are still confused as to exactly what a celiac is, check out www.celiac.com¬†for a little clarity!

My deep dark secret

I have to come clean. I have a secret. It’s embarrassing, and sad. And I’m going to tell you it right now!

I don’t

know how to

change a flat bike tire.

RIGHT!!!!!! I can’t believe I just threw that out into the universe but it’s true. And embarrassing. I’m the worst triathlete EVER!! See the thing is, all my friends that I ride regularily with all know how and keep telling me they’ll show me when one of us gets a flat. But we never get them. They get them if I’m not there, and I’ve never gotten one. I live in fear that one day, during a race, I will get a flat and be stuck crying in the mud on the side of the road because I can’t fix my own bike tire. So, as a general rule, when things perplex me, I head out into the world wide web searching for answers. I found a video that de-mystifies the changing of bike tires and hopefully will stop me from turtling and crying when faced with such an obstacle in real life.

Sh*t Triathletes Say

There are so many of these videos out right now and this one totally made me chuckle.

Honey

I want to talk about honey. And not the really processed extra sugar added honey. The natural unpasteurized right-from-the-bee type of honey. I had no idea how many health benefits a little bit of honey has. I’m not a big fan of putting sugar in my tea, I like it strong, but since I started reading about all the benefits of natural honey, I’ve been throwing a bit into my tea just for the health benefits. If you don’t believe me, check out this site for some fun facts and info. It’s really really good for you! Full of antioxidants and immune system builders. I have found that the all natural unpasteurized honey I got isn’t really that sweet. The really processed ones add a lot of sugar, and that’s where you have to be careful. I say add some honey to your day for an instant energy boost as well as an immune system boost!! Give it a try, but make sure that whatever you get is all natural and unpasteurized, directly from the bee!!

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Kettlebells

I don’t think I have really gotten into chatting about how much I am enjoying kettlebell training. There is so much more to it than just incorporating a few kettlebell rows into your workout, if you want more. I’ve got a few photos to share from training! I’m going to be getting my lifting ranks sometime soon. Which pretty much means that if I want to compete at kettlebell lifting then I can! If you’d like to have a look at the website of the place I train, check it out www.victoriakettlebell.ca
What do you think? Have you trained kettlebell lifting? Do you use kettlebells in your workouts?

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ZOMBIES!

Ok, I’m just going to throw this out there…I’m SO ready for a zompocalypse it’s not even funny. I actually spend a fair chunk of time planning exit strategies and looking for weapons and just generally being prepared for the inevitable zombie takeover. When it happens, just follow my lead, I got this!! And while we were running the other day, Matt and I decided that we should start a running group where half the people dress like zombies and chase the other half, because what better motivation is there to run!? Anyhow, I swear I’m going somewhere with this. Apparently I’m not the only one with zombies on the brain because check out this run!! Run for your lives is a 5km obstacle course complete with ZOMBIES THAT CHASE YOU!!!!! They have them all over Canada and the US, however there is one in Washington on august 4th that JUST SO HAPPENS to fit right into my race schedule. It’s fate!! Go check out this race, their website is pretty rad….even better, you can actually sign up to BE THE ZOMBIES!!! Which, lets face it, I’m probably going to do.

Happy training!!

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