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Choose Your Own Adventure

I love a good adventure. In fact a good adventure is my favorite thing in the world. You all know how I get in slumps with training while working on the ships. Well sometimes you just have to make your own new adventure!! One of our lovely ports of call on the Carnival Imagination is Santa Catalina Island, and the city of Avalon. A gorgeous little Californian town, in which I’ve found an epic training run that I do every week. After a short tender boat ride to shore, and a warm up walk down the pier, off I go. It starts off tough with a stair climb, I haven’t counted the stairs yet, but there’s a whole bunch! Up all the stairs then up a windy curvy mountain road until you feel like you might die. At the top of the hill/mountain is the Catalina zip line adventure and then it’s back down the hill to the bottom again. At that point I do the stairs one more time then run along the coast until I feel like it’s time to come back. It’s tough and fun and a really nice change from treadmill running like I do the rest of the week! For me, It’s all about finding new adventures to keep myself motivated!!

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In a slump

I’ll just throw this right out there. I’m not motivated….it’s the end of contract slump I think. It’s just getting really hard to run every day on a treadmill staring at the ocean. I fight to keep myself entertained with new treadmill workouts, but it is becoming very trying. The good news is that in one more week I’ll be off and in the Floridian sun! That’s right, this contract is almost over. It’s been an amazing one, but right now I’m just ready to be done. I want a day off, I want to sleep in and then get up for breakfast and go back to bed again. I want to run along the beach with a dog and then swim in the ocean, not wake up in a dark box and run on a machine. This contract has been utterly amazing and I’ve seen so many amazing things!! I do absolutely love my job and cruise ships and everything however vacation is necessary and I’m ready for mine. We docked in Jamaica yesterday, which is the 33rd country I’ve visited in the last 7 months, and I had a WONDERFUL morning outside with a colleague. Bring it on world, one more week until I can run and play outside all day long!! What are some of your tricks for getting motivated when you’re in a slump?

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Going H.A.A.M

I feel amazing!! I killed my run and workout this morning, in excellent time. I had a few really tough runs last week that i struggled through but its all coming together this week. The 30 day challenge ended with me feeling fit and motivated, we’ve now started another 30 day challenge!! Going H.A.A.M on all my workouts, giving 110 percent and it feels sensational!!
How are your workouts this week??

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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!)

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!

 

Hierarchy of Runners

It seems that the more active I get, the more pairs of shoes I accumulate. And useful ones…not just pretty ones (which I also collect, but are not nearly as practical). My car is really just a really big shiny gym bag, gym shoes, running shoes, rock climbing shoes, hiking boots, biking shoes, riding boots, you get the idea. Now, running shoes need to be replaced with great frequency for reasons we are all aware of. My issue is that they always feel like I could still make more use out of them when they get to the point that I can’t run in them anymore, and throwing them out just seems so wasteful. So a few years ago I developed a running shoe hierarchy! So when I get them, they’re new and fancy and shiny and they are either running shoes or gym shoes (gym shoes are REALLY spoiled, they don’t even touch the ground outside for the first half of their lives), then, when the support starts to go, they become everyday runners and trail/mountain runners, and begin to get ragged. And then, once they really start to go, they become barn runners! Wearing runners to the barn pretty much ensures that they are totally destroyed. This is just something I do that makes me feel like I’m getting the most out of my shoes, it’s entirely not based on any kind of professional or medical advice. However it certainly saves me money!! These are my newest gym runners, and gosh do I ever love them. I’m something of a Nike junkie. All my current shoes are Nike and I’m totally in love with each and every one of them.

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