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Indoor Triathlon Recap

I recently participated in an indoor triathlon and I wanted to tell you all about it!  But, I’ll get to that…

I think I told you all how I bought the yumboxes?  That was a very impulsive desicion and I we have been having quite a bit of fun with them.  Well, I, have been having a lot of fun making lunches 🙂  I think Dave’s been enjoying eating them.

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I was searching the internet for my next fun athletic adventure and I came across the Indoor Triathlon and I thought, “well doesn’t that sound nice!”  And it very much was 🙂

I’d never heard of anything quite like this.  The nature of the event made it really nonthreatening, and even though I’m a competitive person at heart (and on the surface), I really had a lot of fun!  I met some friendly people, pushed my body hard, and got my photo taken the entire time (thanks Dave).  The day started with a leisurely swim.

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The way the indoor triathlon works is you are allotted a certain amount of time for each leg of the event.  For the swimming event we were given 10 minutes to go as far as we could.  I definitely wasn’t swimming to set any world records or anything, but my days of swim team came back to me and I had SO much fun!  It really made me crave a banana ( I guess I ate a lot of those during my swim meets).  I didn’t feel to bad about my distance either 😛

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Dave was my pit crew, and he did an excellent job.  We had ten minutes to get to the bike area (they set your personal bike up on a trainer and had a pedometer to count the distance).  I just got a new bike last week, and I love it very much! The only problem was that I went for a bike ride the day before with Dave and I was a little bit sore (whoops, rookie mistake).  I didn’t go as far as I’d like, but I didn’t feel bad about it until I realized the two ladies on either side of me were super good!  I would say that they were super athletes and it was inspiring more than anything, it just put me in my place athletically (something to aim for next time).  It was fun chatting with both of them, they were very fun ladies.

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Like I was saying, I didn’t take the bike leg too seriously.  When I do another one I definitely won’t go on a bike ride the day before.  I did have a lot of fun, chatting with people.

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I also chatted with Dave (he was in the spectator section), I taught him a little sign language during the ride, and he’s definitely got the alphabet down!  We biked for 30 minutes, and that felt pretty good, I’m pretty sure I could push harder.  I’ve decided to take some spin classes so I can get better (yay)!!

Five minutes for transition and then next up was the run, this is the part I’m proud of the most (surprise surprise).  We had 15 minutes, and I was so very happy with my pace.  I pushed it hard, which felt good because I haven’t done any speed work in a very long time.

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All in all the triathlon was a really fun event.  I’m glad I impulsively decided to do it, and I’m really stoked with how it went.  Big thanks to the awesome pit crew and photographer.

There’s always a celebratory donut to follow any event.

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Life is good.

Be well.

A few favorites and my week in workouts

The weekend is coming to an end and I’m pretty excited!!  Anyone else as excited as I am??  I’ve also been excited by some other things lately, and I would like to share those with you. now.

1.) My new Mac book air!  Holy crap it’s nice having a computer that goes at a relatively normal pace.  Okay, I’ll admit it, I like my computers like I like the cars to drive around me on the freeway….FAST!  When things don’t go fast mama gets angry, but that’s not the case with this little gem. Thanks Apple, you da best!

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2.)  My Nikon 3300.  You may have noticed that the quality of my photos has improved (and if not well then that’s awkward).  It is definitely NOT because my skills have gotten better, it is all due to my amazing new image capturing device, and for that I am STOKED!  I mean obviously I want to become a better photographer, but if improved technology can eliminate the learning process well then bully!

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3.) Sasquatch 2015.  Oh. My. I’m so excited for all the bands playing at Samsquantch this year!  I haven’t been since they made the change from single day tickets to all weekend tickets….it was kind of a principal thing; however, I now realize if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  Hey I’m not afraid to admit when I was overly opinionated on something (e.g. Uggs in the year 2006), and would like to change my mind.

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4.) Our trip to Salish, it was so amazingly relaxing.  Definitely a treat.

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5.) My Fitbit Charge.  Can I just tell you how cool the sleep aspect of this thing is?  I’m amazingly restless throughout the night, there’s pretty much nothing I can do about it, but I guess it’s cool to know.

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6.) Yumbox.  After visiting Japan Dave and I realized our love for having our food divided into separate compartments (yes, I’m highly concerned for what this might mean for our children).  When I found the yumbox on pinterest I immediately clicked purchase with very little thought, and I’m happy I did.

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7.) Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies.  Okay, you haven’t lived until you have tried speculoos!!!  Well, as of late, TJ’s has been amping up the speculoos game and selling it in a variety of forms.  They have chocolate speculoos cups/bars and speculoos ice cream.  The other day Dave and I saw these little suckers, and just died from how delicious they are!  I feel like if Trader Joe’s ever falls on hard times, they could probably get by just selling speculoos products!

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8.) Aerial yoga.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Dave and I took an aerial yoga class and it was phenomenal.  I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend that you check out the studio in Fremont.  I’m already looking into purchasing the ten class pass.

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9.) Half marathon training.  My runs have been feeling pretty great lately (I feel like there’s this difficult hump that you have to get over in the beginning with running), so I’m really stoked to amp up the miles and get to 13.1!!!  Really hoping that my performance will live up to the name of the half, Negative Splits.

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Now I want to share with you a bit about my training this last week.  Some were hard, some I didn’t want to do, but in the end I’m glad I did them!

Friday: 2 mile run with a big elevation gain (down to the falls and back), can’t believe those hills!

Saturday: Aerial Yoga

Sunday: 5 miles 10:30 pace

Monday: Hot yoga

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 2.5 miles with 5 minutes of planks

Thursday: 3 miles (in the rain)

Total mileage: 12.5

Here’s to hoping I can push out the triathlon on Sunday and then 6 miles on Monday 🙂

Be well.

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