I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want to eat a decent home-cooked meal at the end of a tiring training day, I have to fix it all day, in 10- to 15-minute increments. Having a 45-minute block of time to cook? It’s taken me six months to figure out that it’s not going to happen.
Over the weekend we traveled up to Boston for a family gathering and baptism for SJ's cousins. Fearing that the weekend would be a complete loss training-wise, I decided to find a race to jump into ensure that I would at least get some exercise. I thought I'd find a 5 or 10k, but it just so happened that the Boston Triathlon was on.
I spent all day yesterday with a film crew from Digital Kitchen, getting shots for a very exciting project. We'll fill you in on that once we are able to. The crew followed me and Amy (and Amy's babysitter Maggie) as we went from workout to workout. The day started with a 2 hour ride, right into a track workout. This was my first track workout in about 2 years and it went surprisingly well. Two things contributed to this. One was that I focused on Amy's stroller, which was parked on the starting line, as I ran down the backstretch. Knowing I was going to see her little face every lap motivated me to run my 800m repeats faster than my goal pace. The second thing was that I was being filmed, so I really focused on keeping my running form together.
After the track workout, we went home, refueled with a protein shake and set up our living room for an interview. We chatted for an hour and then rushed up to the lake for a swim. By this time it was pouring rain and the lake was in a giant cloud. Pretty for swimming, but the view of the cliffs was completely blocked. We swam for about 45 minutes and got in some fun underwater shots.
The final workout of the day was a quick ride to shake out my legs from the track workout. The crew followed me around on one of my favorite easy training loops. You can't really tell in this video, but it was pouring rain. For once, I didn't mind riding in the rain since I was just happy to complete my biggest training day yet.
After 6 tries I finally got my first win of the year at the Giant Eagle 5150 in Columbus, Ohio. (YEAH!!!!). I also got enough points (still awaiting official confirmation) for a spot in the Hy-Vee Triathlon in September. And, I had fun. Three for three on my goals for the weekend!
One of the best parts about the trip to Columbus was I had a stress-free travel experience. My flights were uneventful, my luggage arrived intact, and I had an incredible homestay. Thanks to one of my triathlete friends Erin Spitler, I was hooked up with David and Sue Bell.
Lately I've become fascinated by the Instagram hashtag. I guess it's the photo researcher in me that can spend an hour just looking at random people's pictures for one that stands out.
Most pro triathletes spend the winter at training camp, putting in grueling hours of work in order to prepare for the upcoming season. Instead of spending my days trail running, going on group rides and smashing swim sets, I spent the winter recovering from a C-section and waking up at in the wee hours to feed my newborn daughter. For the first time in my career, I kicked off the racing season while easing into training—slowly and solo.