Laurel & Rebeccah Wassner

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Athlete Food: Simple Tomato and Basil Salad

One of the best things about summer in New Paltz is that the produce is so fresh that little has to be done to turn fresh picked veggies into a meal. Take this simple tomato and basil salad, for example. All you have to do is slice a few heirloom tomatoes and toss a handful of sungold gold tomatoes and fresh basil leaves on a plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and you’ve got the perfect BBQ side dish.

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Athlete Moms: Track Session

Today I took the crew to the SUNY New Paltz track for my first real track workout. I worked on my 10k running pace while Amy perfected her track start. For those of you interested in my workout, this is what I did: 1600/1200/800/4x400/4x200, with under a minute rest between each interval. Each lap was at about 89 seconds per 400. That means I ran a 5:56 mile! My first post-baby sub 6 minute mile. Yes, it did take me 6.5 months to get there, but it's *only* been 3.5 months since I took my first (very slow) steps after baby and surgery. If my next race feels as comfortable as that workout, I'll be running for the podium! --Bec


Race Report: Rev3 Wisconsin Dells

Running through an aid station. Nike, NYAC, ZICO, Cervelo, Team Fight.Photo From by Eric WynnI finished 6th at the Rev3 Wisconsin Dells Olympic Distance Triathlon, but there were several firsts involved in this race:


-First time I'd packed my bike in my bike travel bag in about a year and a half (I actually hadn't  even laid eyes on it and didn't realize it had been through a flood - ick)
-First time I'd been on a plane since last September 

-First time I was racing feeling confident about finishing

And, most significantly,

-This was my first trip away from Amy. We've been quite the couple for the last 6 months and it was hard to leave her behind.

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Triathlon Training in New Paltz - Inside Triathlon Magazine

Butterville Road, New Paltz, NY

Laurel and I recently contributed to a story on training in New Paltz for Inside Triathlon Magazine. Laurel took photos while she was visiting after the Rev3 Quassy Triathlon and together we came up with ideas for places to train, places to eat, and places to stay in town.

The article is in the Road to Kona September/October 2013 issue which is now on newsstands. Here's how it looks (click on the photo to enlarge):

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Athlete Food: Tofu Lettuce Wraps

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. 

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Boston Triathlon

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.

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Training Day 

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. 



Victory at Giant Eagle 5150 !

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.  

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