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I am Strong

This week has been good on the motivation front. Long run Saturdays are up to 10 miles and I’m feeling amazing. When I get to that place where I need some extra motivation, I just keep repeating my new mantra in my head……I Am Strong. It keeps me going through the tough spots. What’s your mantra??

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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!

 

Where did you train today??

So now that I live on a cruise ship, I’ve been focusing my training on rehabilitating my ankles after how badly I destroyed them this summer. I started by walking on an incline (12) for 25 minutes then running for 5 minutes, like my physio told me, and have slowly been working up a minute a day. If the cankle complains, I run the same amount of time the next day. Then when it’s happy again, I increase by a minute. I just got clearance to train in the guest gym, which also means I can run on the Sun Deck track!! Check it out!!! Where did everyone else train this morning??

Oh, and yes, on the right that IS INDEED a mini golf course!!! Check it out also!!

 

AMAZING!!

 

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The Cankle

I have been a little absent for the last few weeks and I’m sorry about that….partially it’s because of an injury and partially I’ve been away. Let’s start with The Cankle. No matter how hard you try to prevent injuries as an athlete, it still happens. I work so hard to prevent injuries while I’m racing and training, and I very rarely injure myself during a race. However, two weeks ago, while walking back to my car with a coffee on my way to work, I tripped. Possibly on the air, possibly on an invisible cat, possibly on Doris Gravlin (don’t worry, she and I are friends, I’ve worked at the VGC for 5 years and we are very close.) Whatever it was, I flailed and sprained my ankle so badly that I was advised to not bear weight on it. This happened four days before Tough Mudder, which I wasn’t planning on missing. And I did not. But anyway, after this little mishap, my ankle swelled to a RIDICULOUS size, so much that I began calling it The Cankle, and making people do it’s bidding. Check it out…..

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So that’s The Cankle, and somehow the Cankle and I managed to run 18 km with 25 obstacles. More on that later. For all the other athletes out there who are cursing me for racing on this ankle, don’t worry, I’m paying for it now, but I’m stubborn and couldn’t not race. Sooo please forgive me, I’m a bad athlete, I don’t know how to rest.

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!)

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.

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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