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30 Day Challenge

I will be the first to admit it, I really let myself go during vacation. I wasn’t racing so I ate, drank, lay around, cruised for a few weeks and drank some more. It wasn’t a catastrophe, but I ended my vacation with that uncomfortable feeling when your clothes have gotten a little tight and you avoid being in photos. When I got back on board for this contract, I got back into the gym, but wasn’t really feeling committed, more lackluster and missing my outdoor triathlon training. Then along came the most wonderful trainer and a group of colleagues from different departments. Together we have all begun a 30 day fitness challenge. We have all made different goals that we would like to achieve, but it all centers around the basic principles: Eat Clean, Train Dirty and work hard together. We train together, bootcamps, cycle classes, whenever possible, and are always there for each other when we have tough days. It’s a truly amazing group of people. We have representatives from many different departments and each person brings something fabulous and individual to the group. Everyone is at a different fitness level and has very different goals but we are all there for eachother and always so supportive!  I’m really excited about it. I feel amazing and strong and my passion has been renewed. I’m back into tri training full force as best I can with diverse treadmill workouts and challenging spin classes. Of course, I’m not getting any swimming in, but when we get back to the Caribbean I sure will! If anyone out there has any off-season treadmill workouts to share, I’d be thrilled to add them to my list!!

EAT CLEAN TRAIN DIRTY!!!

To Swim or Not to Swim

Well, being a gym rat is going quite well actually, I’m getting into a comfortable groove of running/biking/weight training in the guest gym. My schedule is actually ideal for training. I work split shifts so I always have time every day to go to the gym. We don’t ever work all day straight, there’s always a break! I really feel like I’m getting so much gym and self improvement time, it’s amazing. The only thing missing is swimming. Of course, swimming is the component that I have to work hardest on to keep up. My current solution has been to swim back and forth along the beach when we are in ports with a close beach. Which is at least 2 days a week. Sometimes I can’t get off the ship, but I’ve been making do! One thing that I can’t get enough of right now is the eucalyptus steam room and dry sauna on the ship. The wall opposite to the door is actually a massive floor to ceiling window that looks out onto the ocean. There is nothing better after a workout than sitting in the steam room and staring out at the ocean. It’s heavenly!! I’ve also discovered napping!! It’s amazing!! How did I live without naps before???? Does anyone out there have any advice for me in the triathlon department?? How can I maximize my gym workouts to keep me in shape while living on a cruise ship all winter (pool swimming is out of the question, crew aren’t allowed in the guest pools, originally I thought maybe I could do some pool running)??

Isla Roatan, Honduras. My floating home on the left!! Wanna race to the ship??

Goofing off with a co-worker in Roatan!

 

Inspiration

In my spare time I like to keep an eye on what the triathlon gods are up to, and one of those amazing humans is Craig Alexander! In this series of videos by triathlon.com, they look into a bit of Craig “Crowie”‘s training days, 8 weeks away from Kona! Just an amazing athlete!!

 

 

 

 

Chasing a Moment

So, during my race the other day, I had a lot of time to think. People often ask me what I think about while racing, especially during the long runs. It varies, I think about a lot of things, but during this particular race, I thought about why I race. I love triathlon, it’s fun, challenging, scary, an adrenalin rush, and it makes me test my limits. I find it a very interesting balance of preparedness and living in the moment. We spend so much time training, planning, preparing and generally working so hard for these races and then once you get there, it’s the ultimate living in the moment experience. When I’m racing, I feel so alive. From the sound of the starter horn, to the chill in the water, to the pack of other excited athletes all around me, to the aching in my legs while struggling up a big hill, to the beads of sweat traveling down my body, I am 100 percent in the moment. And once that moment is over, there is another moment to make the most of, and that new moment is all encompassing. Triathlon, to me, is stringing together a series of perfect and imperfect moments to make one amazing event. And when it’s over, all I want to do is whatever it takes to be stronger and faster for the next race. That is why I race. I race for the non-stop adrenalin, and the feeling like I might either die or conquer the world, once I make it to the top of the next hill. Triathletes are also some of the funniest, most insane (in a good way) people I’ve ever met. It’s nice to be surrounded by people who don’t look at you like you’re crazy when you talk about how much you train. Obviously there’s a few duds in the group, but that’s just the nature of human beings. During a race, you can always count on endless support and camaraderie from your fellow athletes. At the end of the day, I think we understand eachother, and that we are all chasing the same string of perfectly flawed moments that make this sport so amazing.

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Shawnigan Lake Triathlon

Just got home from the first tri of the season!  Huzzah! What a delightful time! I raced the Subaru Triathlon Series in 2009 and adored it, I’m so happy to be at home for the summer, and to have a chance to race this season again! It was also the first tri I ever did, so it has sentimental value for me! It was at Shawnigan Lake! It’s a beautiful lake and it was an amazing day, weather wise. The water was chilly, but not too cold, I was pretty happy to have my wetsuit tho. The bike is VERY hilly, so the ride is challenging, but also amazing. The scenery is just stunning!! I ended up with an overall time of 1:37:28 in the sprint distance, which isn’t too bad for the first race of the season. I love racing because it really shows you what you need to work on. I always feel re-focused after a race. I need to do more swimming in open water, that’s for sure! There’s a big difference between pool swimming and lake/ocean swimming and sometimes I forget that. So, moving forward, lots of open water swimming. My knee didn’t think running was fun, but it never really does. I have lots of thoughts to share but I’m currently in a bit of an endorphin haze and need to stretch. More later.

Oh, PS. another perk of open water racing when it’s still cold is that you can go hang out in the water when you’re done instead of having an ice bath! (that’s what I did today!)

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.

Spring Training

Well it’s that time again, when cherry blossoms are flowering and spring has sprung and race season approaches quickly and reminds me to get it together and go play outside. If you’re me, it’s also the season to go see your physiotherapist because your body hurts. So that’s what I’m up to this week. Physio, training, and working. It’s a good life! I’ve been running with a knee brace and that has been SO helpful! No knee pain this week, but my SI joints are terribly out of whack. Can’t wait for physio! Here’s a few photos from the other day when my sister and I went adventuring!!

Still cold!

So today my sister and I had an adventure. In case you are not aware, Alana is a magical and very talented graphic designer. You can check out her work here . In case you’ve never been relate to a graphic designer before, its pretty awesome. She pretty much has brilliant ideas and tells me to do things and takes pictures and video of me doing those things. Today we made a triathlon video. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it’s going to be so cool. It definitely involved me jumping into Thetis Lake and swimming around. Let me tell you, it was so so cold. But worth it in the end. So I will have some stills and footage to share at some point in the future as soon as editing is done! Very exciting stuff.
Also, it’s April now, which means I need to get serious or I’m going to drown when I try to race. Cranking the running up to 3 a week, two short ones and one long one. Obviously right now they’re all 10ks and then soon the third one will start being longer. Yay! So much fun! One of my friends who is running Tough Mudder with me has been training lots with me so he’s my new running companion. It’s good to have friends!!

Have a magical day!!

Beat the Heat

So training in the super hot central Florida humidity is interesting. I went for a run last night at 10pm and it was still brutally humid out. Im adapting. Starting to get used to it, but I still prefer to stay in the gym if at all possible!!

A few of the concierge girls have been asking for exercise advice and the other day I instituted hourly cardio blasts in the lounge kitchen! So much fun, every hour we do jumping jacks, pushups, mountain climbers, knee-ups, and burpees. It’s a great activity break in our day, I love it!!

I’m currently working fairly hard at gaining muscle mass before I get home. Once im back to really intensive triathlon training, it’ll be a nice solid base to start back from. Plus it gives my body a bit of a change, switching it up is fun! I’m looking forward to coming home and training with all my favorite friends from Victoria!!BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

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