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I live at the Beach, and the weather is far from Beach weather. Okay this past weekend, seriously beach weather 50’s & 60’s, but now it’s raining, gusty winds, and oh yeah 30 degrees! Ugh. No I do not want to play outside with you Mother Nature! I will write to my people instead!

Friday after work I attended my first Barre class. It was unlike most other group fitness classes I have done before. They were very friendly there, welcoming and showed me around. For the next 55 minutes I had a mat, a small ball, 3lb free weights and an resistance band. There was music, and the instructor and everyone around me was “tucking”! I didn’t know what I was tucking where! It was pretty hysterical if you ask me. I finally got some of the exercises only for them to move onto the next one. I highly suggest you try a Barre class if you have never done it. I believe people get great results and that is why they are so very popular, at least around here.  For me, I can not justify spending $22.00 a class for 55 minutes being confused and receiving little instruction. I prefer my instructor to be at the front of the room showing/telling me how to properly do the exercise. I signed up for this class because they have $5.00 Fridays, and I couldn’t resist trying something new! I think I may try it again with another instructor just to give it a fair chance! Have you ever done a Barre class? What was your favorite thing about it? What does the little ball get used for, we did not use ours!

I was able to get outside this weekend and get some bike miles in! I was happy to be on the saddle, well not so much. I was just super uncomfortable, so I only did 15 miles. It was really windy… this makes me feel better about only doing 15 miles!  Sunday we cleaned! Have you ever noticed the more you train, the less you clean? What a horrible correlation. I usually try to get some things done quickly in the morning so that I can spend whatever other free time training.

I have some very exciting news to share with you guys in the coming week, as I just got off of the telephone and accepted my FIRST ambassadorship! (that’s a word right?!) I’m so excited I can barely sit here! I’ve applied to many and well, just haven’t been able to articulate my thoughts into the right words and there are lots of awesome people out there! But I got this one! I will announce this on Friday! Stay tuned!

Have any of you applied and not been accepted as an ambassador before? Did you apply and get accepted? What have you learned? I’m super excited to be a part of a team of highly motivated and like minded people!

Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Major fail by me… the past few months I have spent hibernating, eating cookies, and staying indoors out of the wind, and cold.

Although the past month and half, I have swam, been learning the flip turn, and how to have a more efficient freestyle stroke. Signed up for the Tour de Cure Century ride, signed up for an olympic distance triathlon, found a new job, have I mentioned boyfriend. Yes I have a wonderful boyfriend whom fixes my bike, I mean whom I can ride with and run with.

I will get back on here more often and tell you about my adventures of my training, attempts, minor accomplishments, successes, and failed attempts. 🙂

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The Boyfriend and I

Here is my weekend forecast:

Saturday:

Shamrock Crit. A local bike race. The boyfriend is racing, and I will be spectating his race, then I will be volunteering with some awesome girls that I met at a group bike ride last week.

Sunday:
Shamrock Full Marathon…. Ohhhh eeeeem geeee.
My training is not where it should have been. I was going to defer this race, but B talked me into it, and I talked myself out of it. I developed some type of winter asthma that killed me after my first solid month of training, then I got sick, and I was sad… long story short, I went from having a 5 hr goal to the goal of finishing, setting my PR, and possibly doing another Full in Richmond in November this year. We shall see. Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach is put on by J & A racing, which is a GREAT organization. So I just couldn’t say No.

Any tips or suggestions, or words of motivation will be helpful. I have already picked up some nutrition and cut my toe nails… what else? 🙂

Over the past few weeks of training, I have noticed a numbness almost a loss of feeling in my legs and feet. This occurs when I am riding my bicycling, running sometimes, laying down, and even lounging at the beach. I thought it was the most peculiar thing ever. CaptureAnd I never thought it could happen to me. Well here I am 24  years old, super active and combating poor circulation, and muscle fatigue.

After some chats with some friends, I learned about COMPRESSION SOCKS. What a miracle item. I have been running for about 10 years, and I was sure I knew all I needed and wanted to know about running, and all of the fun accessories, injuries and all in between. Oh boy, I was wrong. I have fallen in love with my bright compression socks. I even wear them while I am reading, cooking, and going on a drive for over an hour.

There are so many benefits to wearing compression socks, my first and foremost is how quickly it helps your muscles recover and increase of blood circulation! Secondly how bright and stylish they are. You are surely to be noticed and that is definitely a safety benefit!

ProCompression offers a lot of bright colors and options for you to choose from. I seriously wish I could replace all of my socks with them. They’re comfortable, and built for the athlete. I currently only have the Orange Marathon Sock and the Neon Yellow Sleeve. I love both.  I really do not think you could be disappointed in this product at all! I have enjoyed sporting my compression sleeve to the office underneath my dress slacks, and showing them off.  I think I have made a new staple in my wardrobe!

After a good brick workout last week this is how I decided to spend the rest of my morning!

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Love these!

Socks vs. Sleeves. It’s really up to you! I personally think the sleeves are great for triathletes. You can wear them in the water, and transition right into your bike and then run! this allows you to go sockless if you desire to for your cycle! You can use the ProCompression socks in any sport, workforce, or area of relaxation! I dare you to give it a try!

They also have a sock of the month, which is a new design which is a limited time offer. I always check out their new sock!

Another great thing about ProCompression is they are from right here in the USA! Go over to their website and check them out! http://www.procompression.com/

at least my legs look good and feel great!

at least my legs look good and feel great!

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For those of you who haven’t heard of compression socks, what do you do to help circulation and muscle recovery? Do you have a pair of lucky socks? Do you have a pair of ProCompression socks? How many do you?

Here is a chance for you to win a pair of ProCompression Socks! ProCompression Sock Giveaway

For those of you not wanting to wait to see if you’re the lucky winner, and want to get a pair right away. Shoot on over to their website ( http://www.procompression.com ) and use the coupon code PCBLG for 40% off and FREE SHIPPING!  What a great deal for everyone! Let me know which one you get!

I think running, swimming, hiking, and all the other sports getting you off of that rear end makes YOU AWESOME!

I’m going shopping tonight for new bicycle things 🙂 SUPER EXCITED. Things I need/want

  • Inner tube replacement
  • Multi-Tool
  • Cycling Gloves
  • JERSEY! 😀
  • Gu BREW & Gu Enery Gels!

What do you carry with you on your long rides? Nutrition? Tools? I need some advice!First off I’m going to preface this with, I know I should now how but I don’t…. What do you need to fix a flat out on a long cycle, like how do you in flat your tire? 😦

Additionally I found this awesome recipe from Vegan Vistor’s Blog 🙂 It’s a must try for the summer, especially for those of us who love our Avocados! 

      Not Your Aunt’s Creamy Potato Salad

1/2 Lbs New Potatoes, scrubbed
1 Large Ripe Avocado
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt, or to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Mixed Chopped Herbs, Try dill&chives, cilantro&scapes or parsley&tarragon – or mix and match them all together. Steam the potatoes until they are just fork tender but al dente.
Cool until the potatoes can be handled, then quarter.
Peel and dice the avocado and combine with the potatoes and lemon juice in a large bowl.
Stir in the herbs, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss well to coat everything and to break down some of the softened avocado.

Make sure to check Dayna’s Blog out!

I appreciate everyone’s advice!

 

 

 

My first experience with a Triathlon was the Rev3Tri in Williamsburg, VA. I did not know a single person competing in the race, and I had no idea what to expect either. I was in pure amazement.

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Transition Area 1 (Swim to bike)

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The people in the Triathlon were all shapes, sizes, levels of physical ability, it was amazing! I was so blown away by the number of people that were able to compete and actually finish this race! I was stationed at the Transition Area 1, where the athletes finished their swim, ran up to T1, brought their bicycle out to the road, to the mount line and road on like a champ! I heard a lot of people had difficulties during the swim because of the current, but still they were at the bike mount line, so I knew they were just fine!

It was so insightful being right in the middle of everything, I felt like a little insider getting ready for her first triathlon! Which by the way, I am even more motivated for signing up and training for one.

 

Some things I learned/observed/took note for you:

  • Wear a wet suit if it’s “wet suit legal” if you’re not a good swimmer, but don’t waste time getting out of it after your swim, just get out and go!
  • Clip-in pedals, looks like it’s the way to go ( I currently have a toe cage, or toe basket) a lot of people had their shoes already clipped in, laces, velco undone. They brought/ran their bike to the mount line, hoped on, barefoot and started riding. They slowed eased their foot into the shoe while riding.
  • Shoes & Clip-in pedals & rubber bands! Super interesting. I found that people rubber banded their shoes/pedals in a particular position so they weren’t searching for the top of the shoe.. I need to try this.
  • Nutrition, Nutrition, and Hydration!! Very important.! You don’t want to have a snack in the T1 area, get out! Have lots of nutrition taped to your bike, easy to see, easy to remove, and easy to consume! Also, I noticed a lot of people had their water bottles flying out when they hit the road, and well, luckily their were some nice participants, volunteers and spectators running around chasing them for the athletes. So make sure you water bottle doesn’t fly out over a bump.
  • Mount-Line, my observation, a lot of people try to mount their bike before the line, right at the line, or a foot above the line… my advice, run through the mount line maybe 5 feet, mount your bike and pedal like hell to get out of there! Then about 2-5 minutes, take some time to consume some nutrition!
  • Also be ready for something to go wrong, and not just physically ready for something to go wrong, mentally too! It’s a race yes, but have some fun, and realize you aren’t the only one out there struggling. This is what you trained for so, always always Finish!! With a smile!

Some other neat things I saw, and that just motivated me even more included a couple of people on tandem bicycles, including a person who was blind! They were so amazing, I was just so proud of them, I wanted to go pat them on the back, but of course refrained. Anyways, I took some pictures which you can find below 🙂

Also, if you’re thinking about doing a triathlon, DO IT! It’s amazing, and such an accomplishment.

Now if only I could find a tri training partner, that would push me more than I already push myself. I will keep working on this. More to come on my swimming break through, who knows maybe I’ll get one of the lifeguards to videotape me and I can post it! 😀

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A Male leader in the Rev3Tri!

 

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Another leader in the Rev3Tri!

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My sweet swag for Volunteering!

Keep up the great work, power through and reward yourself.

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My Bike on the Trunk Rack!

Saturday Morning is usually my long exercise day, meaning I wake up early, get a good 3-5 hours worth of exercise before most people in my neighborhood have breakfast or get the paper.

 

I woke up a little later than normal, 6:45am, rushed around the house to get everything ready for my group ride. Made my water bottles, let the dog out, fed him, and loaded my bicycle onto the rack of my vehicle. I arrived at the local bike shop where everyone meets at 7:15am, I was the first there and was a little concerned they canceled the ride. Silly me, cyclist always ride!

 

A side not before I get into it about my cycling. Bike Rackstrunk are scary looking and can be intimidating for someone knowing nothing about them, how they work.. etc. I have news for all of you newbies, do not be scared, they are soo easy to use! And if all else fails get that cute guy/gal at a local bike shop to show you how to instal it on your vehicle! I got mine from performance bicycle.

 

 

My first part of my ride Saturday morning was 16 miles with the C Pace group. We ride 16-18mph (I think) pace line, meaning everyone takes a turn pulling. The weather was great, and everyone was in a great mood. Half way through the ride I developed a minor headache, which quickly I learned I was dehydrated. I had my GuBrew Electrolyte water. After out 16 miles we rode back to the bike shop to meet up with the other pace groups, I was recovering from my headache and decided it was my Saturday long day, and that I would power through. During the second loop ride, B Pace and C Pace merge, and we ride a little faster 18-20 mph, which I discovered I was the only girl and novice during this ride. They rode a little quickly and I pedaled in a low gear which burned me out quickly. Another mistake I made during this ride was going up and over a bridge, I rode in a high gear which again burned my legs out.  Around mile 30 I developed a calf cramp, which I instantly knew it was from dehydration.  I decided to try out my newest nutrition purchase, GuChomps! I purchased the Lemon GuChomp. As I ate my chomps, and drank some water I was able to make it back to the local bike shop and finish with 46 miles, in 3 hours.

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My mile times

 

 

Gu Chomps, Lemon Flavored  (pictured to the right)

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You need to try these!

 

I typically use Gu Energy Gel’s with caffeine, I love the Mocha flavored! I decided I’d pick these up and try them out on my 3 hour ride, I probably should have got another package. First and foremost I love Gu, an this is my personal opinion. They were a great source of nutrition when I needed it the most, I felt the instance relief as I chewed away while cycling. I didn’t have to worry about having some gel on my face or the thick gel needing to be washed down immediately.  They are great for a cyclist, they allow you to eat one a time, breathe, and still concentrate. The only con to this, is that my hand was extremely sticky after reaching in for a few because I could not squeeze them out! ha I loved them, the flavor was good and not overwhelming. I would recommend to Gu making some chomps with caffine, I know a good amount of runners do not personally enjoy the fruity flavors.

I am going to get the Gu Recovery Brew and try that out this weekend and tell you all how it is! 🙂

 

 

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My ride by the beach 🙂

 

ps. more to come on the Rev3Tri I volunteered at on Sunday AM in Williamsburg, VA !

I have always lived a pretty active lifestyle, but as for this year I would say this is probably my most all around active year. It is a little ironic though, usually by this time every year I would have competed in about 3 road races, I have only done 1 this year.

So I have been an avid runner since 10th grade, which I guess I’m going on 9 years now! I recently purchased a road bike, which I will nickname him eventually. I have fallen in love with cycling. I have only had my bike for 3 weeks now and have road over 100 miles, today was the first day I road my bike to work instead of using my car. I’m so proud of giving my car up for a short commute, and enjoying some exercise before work. It was actually shorter than my car ride! (3.5 miles in about 18 minutes!) I am trying to convince some co-workers of mine this is the way to go since some of us don’t live to far! We shall see how this adventure goes. Until next time, you can follow my workouts on endomondo  (http://www.endomondo.com/profile/3454123)

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Keep up the great work everyone.

 

(This is at the end of the day, I was ready to ride!

Beach to Battleship 140.6

Beach to Battleship 140.6October 17th, 2015
Time to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge !

Mileage 2015

Running 2015
(does not include treadmill)

Miles this Month: 12
Miles this Year: 88.5

Cycling

Miles this Month: 120
Miles this Year: 381.2

Swimming

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