I get questions all the time, and so I wanted to launch a blog post series where I reshare the questions asked, and my answers. Sometimes they are personal, sometimes they are simply where are those sunglasses from, or sometimes it’s about training or travel or whatever. I’m an open book, so feel free to ask anything and happy to provide my advice, my thoughts, etc.
Do you take a pre-workout shake? Have a favorite? – Lesley
Before I workout, I usually have a banana or a Bobo’s Oat Bar. I like to keep digestion to a minimum beforehand, and focus on hydration. So, if I’m hydrating I like to drink Skratch beforehand.
How do you balance your endurance with strength training? And how do you find new, safe routes? – Nichol
In the “off-season”, generally the winter months, I strength train 2-3x a week. When I’m prepping for my key races of the year, I usually cut that down to 1x per week and focus on the three sports (swim, bike, run). As for routes, I like to use Strava to find new routes, or run with friends, or find run groups. But, to be honest, I’m a creature of habit. I like doing the same few routes over and over again. It’s therapeutic and kind of meditative for me.
What parts of Wisconsin life do I miss the most? – Jay
I can’t say I really miss the snow, because I prefer the sunshine, but having all 4 seasons was something special. I would say I miss the midwestern life of no one really being in a rush and the neighborhood vibe. I miss the quietness in the mornings and evenings. I miss walking around my neighborhood. I love how close everything was to me. School, the gym, the grocery store, etc. I miss there being pretty much no traffic, and the ease of getting around. I, of course, miss the beauty of Lake Michigan, and my family and some of my friends that still live there. But most of all, Wisconsin is truly a place that holds a lot of memories for me. I miss those memories, but I could never get them back anyway. Wisconsin made me who I am today, and I’m forever grateful.
What kind of sunglasses do you wear? – The list is endless
I always get asked where these sunglasses are from and where one can find a pair. They are Oakley. They are my fave, but they don’t make them anymore. They are called Oakley Immerse. If you google it, it shows up on a few different websites, but not all carry the “white” version.
I will be featuring questions weekly! So, leave your question below in the comments, and I will answer it in next week’s post!