A Few of My Favorite “Triathlon Training” Things

As I prep for Ironman Wisconsin, I wanted to share with you all a few of my favorite things for race day and/or during training! :)

1. BONK BREAKERS – I seriously can’t eat enough of these – favorite flavor is “Almond Cherry Chunk” – second favorite flavor is the classic “Peanut Butter and Jelly”

2. Powerade – Strawberry Lemonade flavor OR Gatorade – Strawberry Fierce flavor – I throw tons of bottles of these down.

3. Oakley 26.2 Sunglasses – LOVE

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4. Saucony Kinvara Running Shoe

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5. TYR Nest Pro Goggles

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6. Self Serve FroYo – particularly at YogurtLand because they have TONS of flavors

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7. Whole Foods Salad Bar – Spend my weekends and usually Monday night crushing food there

8. Night Rider – my FELT bike. Love him

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9. ISM – road saddle

10. Garmin 910XT – with my green bands :)

These are the things that I’m pretty particular about, and RARELY budge on. Once I find something that I LOVE, I tend to stick with it. Also, while I was home, EVERYONE was asking me what I eat the night before a race. Well I don’t always stick to the same thing, as I’ve tried to play around with what I eat the night before, but the ONE meal, that seems to NEVER fail me, and probably what I’m going to have from here on out is…

Noodles and Company – Pesto Cavatappi with Chicken (no tomatoes), 3 potstickers, and a chocolate milk

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I will be eating this the night before IMWI. #nodoubt

Finally…I ALWAYS race is DOUBLE FRENCH BRAIDS.

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1. Because they make you go extra fast ;)

2. They keep your hair out of your face and stay put

3. Makes swim cap, helmet, etc. very easy to put on, which makes for no fuss on race day.

4. I’ve been doing it since I was a gymnast, and well I kind of superstitiously believe they bring good luck ;)

 

Colorado Part II – Illegal Pete’s, Vday, Karaoke and more…

Highlights of Part II of my trip in Coloardo:

- Illegal Pete’s (TWICE)

- Many Frozen Yogurt dates (3 in 8 days)

- Karaoke

- Running in Washington Park

Sunday through Thursday I stayed with my sister in Fort Collins. So, I bought a guest pass for the Fort Collins Club, where my sister works out, so that I could get my workouts in.

Monday – Swim and Row

I had never been on a row machine before, so I was kinda pumped to try something new. Here is what I learned:

1. I have no grip strength

2. My arms got tired FAST = arms are weak

3. I’m competitive even on the row machine – was trying to row “faster” than the two dudes next to me ;)

row machine

Tuesday it was off to Boulder, one of my favorite cities in Colorado. Why? Because Illegal Pete’s is there. What is Illegal Pete’s you ask? It is the best burrito restaurant I’ve ever been to. Yes, I know it’s a bold argument, but I’ll tell you why. It’s really simple too. After putting all the ingredients in the burrito, they MIX it up! Yes, they MIX it. This makes it amazing because you don’t get a bite of just one ingredient, like every single other burrito I’ve ever ordered. So, every bite had a mix of chicken, black beans, pinto beans, guacamole, lettuce, salsa, cheese, cilantro, and onion. YUM! 


Illegal Pete's

 

We then stopped off at a coffee shop, because I needed to do some work…

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Clownin’…#goofball

Wednesday – Met up with my friend Kim, who is also an Oakley Women’s Ambassador…

Oakley Ambassadors

Thursday – I headed to Denver to visit my friend Betsy – Thursday was Valentine’s Day…and what better way to celebrate than with a Vday Brunch at Lucille’s. Then we both had to work, and we met up later for a fro yo date!

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And we watched the movie “360″ – really good…although we both didn’t feel like we had closure at the end…

Thursday was also quite snowy, and while inside at a coffee shop, I couldn’t resist the urge to go catch snowflakes…

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I also received this sweet message on Vday, which made my day!

She is the sweetest Valentine I've ever seen. Love my niece, London.

She is the sweetest Valentine I’ve ever seen. Love my niece, London.

Friday – I went for a run in Washington park. It was windy and cold. And I didn’t take my phone because I needed a break from technology. It was peaceful and I loved every second of it. It was then time to hit the local neighborhood bar. Betsy and I met up with a couple of her friends, and it just so happened to be Karaoke night…

Karaoke

Before I continue about our Karaoke performance(s), I just want to say…I have never seen more good looking men all in one place. That goes for Denver in general too. Seriously, single ladies, move to Denver ;) My friend Betsy said, that’s why it’s nick-named “Menver”. I have never heard of that, but seriously there’s a lot of men, and a lot of good looking men at that with midwestern values :)

Okay…back to Karaoke…Betsy and I had our fair share of Karaoke performances in college, so we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to sing together. We had the “great” idea, as we always do to sing songs, that we “think” are going to be awesome crowd pleasers and then…fail. Our “brilliant” idea this time was to sing “What’s Going On” by “Four Non-Blondes”. We started out strong, we had some people say “I love this song”…and then the “oooing” begins. There is so much oooing in this song, it is stupid. Nevertheless it mad for a not so entertaining Karaoke song, but probably an entertaining performance…we did get a standing ovation from a few people.

Then I tried to sing “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood. NEVER try to sing a Carrie Underwood song for Karaoke, not sure what I was thinking. Thank goodness this was late in the evening:)

Saturday was my last day in Colorado so first up was a fun run with Betsy. She is training for a half marathon, so we headed to Washington park, her favorite place to run.

Wash Park

 

After a loop or two around the park, we headed back to her place, cleaned up and went downtown because Betsy had never been to Illegal Pete’s, which gave me a great excuse to have a Round 2!

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Round 2! It's sooo good!

Round 2! It’s sooo good!

 

My sister came and met up with us, and then we walked to our favorite book store “Tattered Cover”. I LOVE this independent bookstore. I could spend hours there. Of course I walked out with two new books.

Tattered Cover

I had an awesome trip! It was so good to see my sister, and my friends Betsy and Kim. I will definitely be back again soon! As for training for the week, it was a recovery week, so I enjoyed having the extra time to spend with some of my favorite people.

Now I’m two weeks away from my first tri of the season, Desert International Triathlon. Time to get back to work!

Pancakes, Froyo, and Colorado Part I

Highlights of the week:

1. National Pancake Day

2. National Frozen Yogurt Day

3. Hill Repeats with coach!

4. Colorado

Tuesday night, I had a dream. A dream about pancakes. It just so happened that when I woke up in the morning, on Wednesday, it was National Pancake Day. I couldn’t believe it…pretty sure my dreams predict the future ;)

National Pancake Day

Then my friend, Nicole, texted me Thursday morning, and told me it was National Frozen Yogurt Day. First off, I was like, I swear it’s National “XXX Food” Day every day. But let’s be real, fro yo is my favorite food. It has taken over my LOVE of ice cream, which you can read about here, mostly because self serve fro yo is the best. You can try all the different flavors a place offers, put on whatever toppings you want, mix and match flavors. It’s A-mazing. So, I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to celebrate my favorite food.

National Frozen Yogurt Day

Of course I got my usual, Cake Batter and Peanut Butter, with oreos, cookie dough, coconut, and strawberries. YUM! And went to my favorite fro yo place, Yummy Yogurt, in Solana Beach.

Fortunately, early in the day I had gotten my butt kicked by Beth, Keith, and Jose at Torrey Pines. My whole goal was to just not let the three of them catch me. Let me tell you it got CLOSE. We got to Torrey Pines, and we were all going to do 4-5 repeats. So, we all take off, and immediately, I’m like shit…I’m going to get passed. I would go back and forth in my head, don’t let them catch you, oh shit, they are going to catch you. Although it got REAL close, I made it! Not gonna lie, felt pretty good, since they are all pro’s, but it made me hungry to get faster and stronger. That is why I love to workout with other people. It fires me up. No pics from this ride, it was all business :)

Then it was off to Colorado on Friday…

My best friend from college, Betsy…

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Before Instagram and Camera + existed…just the real deal old school camera…#nofilter

…picked me up from the airport. Immediately it was girl talk and catch up time! Betsy had to work on Saturday, she’s a Vet, so I woke up early with her and headed out on a run. Betsy lives right near the Cherry Creek Running path, which is beautiful and easy. I haven’t ran on something this flat in a really long time. It was great running weather too. 40′s and sunny. Needless to say, I was happy :)

Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek

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It was a nice change of scenery, and a great way to kick off my week in Colorado. My sister came down and picked me up and we headed to the mountains for the weekend, and Betsy was just going to meet us there later Saturday night. They were expecting a big snowstorm this weekend, and well they got it. Our drive up was a bit scary, mostly because my sister drives a ’96 Jeep that is essentially dying, the four wheel drive doesn’t work, it starts shaking uncontrollably at 75mph, two of her doors don’t open, they are stuck shut, she has to hit unlock/lock 3x in order for the doors to either lock or unlock, and her mechanic told her that the bottom could drop out at any time. I was like, “is there an “eject” button?” At least her heat works ;) The second reason is because it was a complete white out on the drive up.

White Out

Love my Stance Socks!

But, we made it! We decided to stop in Frisco, one of our favorite towns, and grab a bite to eat. So, we stopped at my favorite breakfast place, The Log Cabin, and the coffee shop Rocky Mountain Coffee (my new favorite coffee shop) for a muffin and hot chocolate.

Frisco

I was pumped to be able to wear all my Oakley Women’s snow apparel again this year!

It was time for some winter activities. We headed to Keystone for some outdoor ice skating. Neither one of us had ice skated in a few years, but I wanted to try and do every cross-training winter activity offered in Colorado. So, this was step 1.

My sister practicing her ice skating skills ;)

My sister practicing her ice skating skills ;)

Seeing if I have any ice skating skills left in me.

Seeing if I have any ice skating skills left in me.

Rocking out our Oakleys while ice skating :)

Rocking out our Oakleys while ice skating :)

We had worked up a bit of an appetite after a good hour and a half of pretending we were Disney on Ice ;)

BUT…here is where the weekend got interesting. What is the best way to spend 3hrs in Colorado?

1. Getting locked out of your running car in a snowstorm

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2. Skiing in-16 below windchill

We may look warm and snuggly, but at this point I couldn't feel my fingers or toes, and was starting to feel nauseous from the pain.

We may look warm and snuggly, but at this point I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes, and was starting to feel nauseous from the pain. Due to the pain, I couldn’t think straight, and picked up some random dude’s skis thinking they were mine for this pic…we were cracking up.

3. Driving 30 miles in 3hrs – the traffic was soooo bad on I-70 on the way back to Fort Collins from the mountains that we seriously had only driven 30 miles in 3hrs (we even left at 3, before the traffic usually gets bad), and we still had a lot of miles to go. It ended up taking about 5 1/2hrs to go from Breckenridge to Fort Collins which is normally a 2hr drive. It was PAINFUL. We saw people watching movies on their ipads, people practically sleeping and driving at the same time, people put their car in park a few times, we tried making friends with a few people, we sang out loud, and laughed a lot though, it was some quality sister bonding time.

Dinner with my sister and Betsy…

Sisters

Besties

The Colorado adventure continues this week…