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July Crazy Brick: Cooking From the Inside Out!

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I woke up at 4am to get ready to crazy brick.  I saw some lightening and heard some waves of rain pass over us, but still couldn't tell how the weather would be for the day.  I knew I wasn't going to head to G'ston to brick with the rest of MC's athletes, but I also didn't want the workout hanging over my head all weekend.  I originally wanted to start at 5:50 am to get it done and over with as early as possible, but that wasn't happening with the supposed "threat" of Don.  Once the sun came up, it was clear out, so I hit the road around 7am.
Overall the brick challenge was okay.  I had a really great first :30 run in that my pace was sub 13 AND I ran the whole thing without intervals.  However, I didn't pay attention to the fact it was supposed to be a slower "IM effort" run.  My IM effort heart rate is pretty much speed walking, since my running pace is slower.  We were supposed to target IM effort to simulate the energy expenditure for…

Train Like Stan!

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A little fun for today. These are actual advertisements for the London Active Triathlon. 

On Running

On Biking


On Swimming:


On Supplements:

Trying to Beat the Heat!

It's been a bumpy road back after my 2 week hiatus, and I realize that's no newsflash to my blog because I've been whining about it ever since!

I share it again because some people really think I don't ever stop or 't experience challenges with maintaining my training schedule.  I do.  I have challenges everyday.  Like everyone else, I have to accommodate work and family, so on occasion I need to be able to shift around training sessions.  MC is not a fan of shifting or snowballing workouts without GOOD reason, and rightly so... doing so creates the perfect open invite for injury.

Most days I make the right/good choice (I say the right/good choice because sometimes NOT training is the right/good choice).  Some days I fight the right choice.  On rare occasions I just say, to hell with today.  Sometimes you just have to be flexible and improvise.

Yesterday's track work was better than last week's 2x attempt fail, but only by a slight margin.  I warmed up an…

Good-bye...

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In the big picture, races and training are really nothing compared to family, friends, and that thing we all have no choice to do called "work."  In that spirit, I wanted to take a moment to remember Angel.  A friend and fellow triathlete who left this world to raise a little ruckus in Heaven.  I met Angel through a mutual friend.  From the first moment I met her, I knew there was nothing I could do but admire her bigger-than-life personality.  I mean, really, you didn't stand a chance not to like her.  She literally was bigger than life in every way!  In her company you could not ignore her positive energy and free spirit!  When I was told she was sick with breast cancer, I would have never believed it in a million years, you know?  But then who would have thought she'd beat BC, just to battle Leukemia thereafter.

The last time I saw Angel was at the Sweet & Twisted Tri in 2009.  A group of us "TriDivas" were supposed to do the race, but one-by-one, nea…

There's Always Another Day to Train

5:00pm... Rush home from work after being held-up in traffic. "Good.  Still have enough time to squeeze in track before I pick up the kiddo."  Get changed grab gear and head to track.  "Man!  What's going on at the track?"  Some kind of athletic camp thing and they're using the track.  "No problem.  Will hit the Intermediate school's old-school gravel track."  "Good... all to myself."  Star my warm-up.  Legs feel like dead weights.  "It will get better.. just need an extra lap of warm up."  No... not better.  "Okay, let's get it started.  Maybe the faster turnover will make it better."  Nope.  Legs don't want any part of this playtime today.  They felt like lead after a warm-up and 2x400's and I just felt horrible from the heat.  I decided to throw in the towel and go home.

I went home only to decide to give it a shot later at 7pm -- This time I made it 4x400's and 4x200's and said, enough!  

S…

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

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I'm always out for recipes that have healthier ingredient alternatives.  Seems like whenever I try to make a substitution, more often than not, the recipe fails.  Every once in a while I find a blog full of edible inspiration... Emily at Daily Garnish recently published this recipe of her own creation.

It is fan-freakin'-tabulous... and buttah free, to boot!

Go now and make it :)

Nine Weeks In... 8 To Go!

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So I'm in my 9th week of 70.3 training for Redman.  Just 8 weeks left after this week so I'm officially "half way there" (from Living On a Prayer -- my official 70.3 theme song by Bon Jovi).  I know I've seen improvements in all areas.  In fact my run pace after a long bike is what my half marathon pace was with taper and rest.  Still not super fast, but I'm feeling very optimistic I'm going to have a good race at Redman, especially with good conditions.  I just have to keep focused through this heat and make super good efforts at proper recovery. 

Right now I'm averaging about 90 miles a week's worth of swimmng, biking and running.  It's about 7500m of swimming, 10-11 miles a week of running and about 75 miles of biking. 

Speaking of focus, that's been a bit of a challenge lately.  There's a ton of stuff going on with others around me, not to mention my own stuff.  Somehow through offering support and/or compassion, I allow myself to…

Like the song says... "Don't Stop Believing" :)

Chrissie Wellington:  Challenge Roth:  Once In a Lifetime Moments

"This is what I devote my life to – putting my heart and soul on the line to test my limits. But, to be honest, I still cant quite believe what I achieved – I defied what I thought was possible, and that is a wonderful feeling. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement, there is – across all three disciplines. But this result nevertheless teaches me never to stop believing. It should teach you all never to stop believing too. Our limits may not be where we think they are. I hope that these performances open up people’s eyes and imaginations to new horizons and new goals."  Chrissie Wellington

Color!

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That playroom we wanted to reclaim as our office?  Well, we have color now!  I'm hoping this weekend we can get the flooring down and then get the playroom in order!  Crown molding, ceiling fan and moving the furniture would be great too!  Right now we all have make-shift computer spaces throughout the kitchen and living room. 

I was a little nervous about the red, but in the end I like it.  I really like the white ceiling, and I really didn't want to get into painting our blinds and Eyebrow.

The room used to be a basic, blah, builder, off-white color. 




Recovery

Okay, so surgery is done and now I'm on to the business of recovery.  Here's hoping the Novasure procedure helps minimize my bleeding and keeps me from becoming Anemic, otherwise I have to prep for more drastic measures.  However I'm being optimistic that we're done here. :)

I was pretty solid up until I went into prep.  I tried to hold back the tears for the finality of what was about to happen, but a few escaped.  The nurses were concerned I was doing something against my will, but I let them know otherwise.  I really didn't have a choice.  This is what I have to do to keep me healthy for me, my Hubsand and Daughter who I have in the here and now.  

So my healthy, pink, cushy uterus is now all gray, dingy and, well, just looks old.  They even gave me before and after pictures! It's pretty darned ugly.  Thought I might post pics, but then thought it might been too much.

However, it is interesting how the inside of the uterus looks like Mars. 

They determined …

Thursday 13

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It's been a while since I've TT'd.  I always think about it, but then never make it a point to do so.

1)  So my mobile phone insurance only replaces my phone with a refurbished phone.  I got my replacement.  It's black, not red, like my initial one.  Bummer.  Does the term *refurb* just leave you thinking, "When is this one gonna break?"

2)  Hubs and Cassinator are on their way to AL to visit Nana.  I have little vacation time, so I am saving my time to take Cassie to NJ before School starts. 

3)  I'm spending the weekend training and reclaiming our office.  Painter is coming tomorrow to paint it, but first I have to clean it out. We converted it to a play room for Cassie when she was little, because she wouldn't play upstairs alone.  Now she's all cool with having her own space.

4)  I like to think I'm organized, but man over the last couple years Peter Walsh could teach me a thing or two.

5)  Major network infrastructure upgrade is happenin…

Training Weekend: Crazy Brick

Saturday was my much anticipated crazy brick:  1 hour open water swim, 2 hour bike and :20 negative split run.  I prepared my nutrition, had my regular 2-hour-before-race-start breakfast, 2 bottles of water w/Nuun and a multi-hour bottle of Perpeteum.

The whole idea of the brick was to make sure our nutrition is what we need.  I've been struggling, trying to find the right nutrition since last year.  My last Endo said, "No" to Soy, but the new Endo says "Yes!"

So the brick is supposed to mimic race day and time spent on the course.  A lot of folks don't eat before the swim.. or maybe they do a gel :15 before, but for half and full distances, sometimes it's not enough.  You get half way through the bike and you're already behind on nutrition, which makes you behind on nutrition for the run.  Nutrition is key for half and full distances.  You can't screw it up, or you'll be living the dream in a bad way. 

Personally, I can't eat or do gel…