Last Sunday night I was craving a real dessert, the kind from a restaurant. But I was in no shape to venture out after the day I had - a hard swim, a 4 hour bike ride in the rain, and 5 wet dog walks. Putting on regular clothes and changing out of my favorite soft pants to go back out in the rain: not an option. By the way, it does rain in LA, as I found out an hour into the bike ride.
Clermont ITU Sprint Race, 6th Place
That feeling of crossing the finish line of a race feeling strong is something that has escaped me the last several races I've done. In the 6 races I competed in last year (although they were meant to be "for fun"), I buried myself completely before I even made it through the first quarter of the run.
Last week I drove from NYC to Clermont, Florida (outside of Orlando) to escape the latest round of winter storms and get in another round of warm weather training. When I was packing snacks for the trip, it dawned on me that we haven't mentioned Athlete Food's latest appearance in Runner's World magazine.
Melissa wrote this article on mini-meals for the November 2013 issue. The story mentions my favorite road trip snack (bagel with cheese and fig jam) and a bunch of other examples of small meals to eat between workouts. We're talking real food, not just a handful of nuts or a half a energy bar. Melissa also provides some great tips for how to time these meals around workouts.
And for more on the road trip: 16+ hours with a baby and a dog and 2 bikes. We stopped in Maryland for a ladies lunch (3 sisters, 1 mom, and 4 baby girl grandchildren) and then pressed on to Florence, SC for the night. The next morning we got up and made it to Clermont by 3 pm, in time for a much needed massage. Here are a few highlights from the trip:
We are very happy to introduce our new contributor to Athlete Style, Anabel Capalbo. Anabel was introduced to me through our mutual friend Hilary Biscay. Among her many talents, Hilary is an awesome matchmaker. We both are recent transplants to Santa Monica from New York, both love swimming, biking and running AND both are survivors of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I never imagined meeting another smushed faced dog loving, (Anabel and her <rock star> husband Mark have a French bulldog named Ben), triathlon-ing Hodgkin's survivor. How cool is that? We also have a very similar asthetic when it comes to fashion - sporty and trendy, with classic roots.
I am really excited for Anabel to bring some fresh ideas to the Athlete Style blog. For her first post she highlighted some athletic trends that have infiltrated the spring looks -- slip-on sneakers, D'orsay flats, sweatshirts, and shorts.
On the let we have the affordable versions and on the right the aspirational ones.
What do you all think? What woud you buy?
I returned from Panama last weekend empty-handed – no prize money and no points on the world rankings list. Then, after the race, I left Panama City at 9:30 pm on a redeye that landed at JFK at 2:30 a.m. By the time I navigated customs and the slush-covered streets of NYC, I wasn’t back to my apartment until after 4 a.m. I fell asleep until 10 a.m. and when I woke up, my body was sore from head to toe from dehydration.
There was a lot of media at the race so I knew I could find some great photos, like this one of Javier Gomez. I put together a Pinterest board of some of the images I found to show what some of the pros look like up close when they are racing in 95 degree heat! They either have a watermark as credit or will link back to where they were published online.
Click on the link below to see the photos: