Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I saw these on a friend's blog and I couldn't help but share. Before you know it the new year and new training season will be upon us!
10 Holiday Eating Tips
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat step #3.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello!
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table--like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa--position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over. But hurry--January is just around the corner!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday is typically a swim day for us but going to the pool means we needed the car. So, after a leisurely breakfast we headed outside to dig out the car. The snow plows had already gone by multiple times so we found the car blocked by a nice big snow-plow-bank:
We live in an apartment so we don't exactly have a shovel just sitting around for the one time every three years that it snows more than 6 inches. So, we improvised and used the window brush/scraper instead... That went... slowly.
Only one more day at work and then I'm on vacation until January 4th. I can't wait!
After about 10 minutes a grouchy old man came out of the building and yelled at us for getting snow on his newly shoveled sidewalk. I offered to use his shovel to clean the sidewalk (and also get the car out) but he refused because he already put it in the basement. Instead he just stood outside and watched us. After about 10 minutes I think he was tired of watching our pathetic attempt because he went to the basement and brought us back his shovel. Things went much faster at that point and before we knew it we were ready to go. I cleared his sidewalk, returned the shovel and we headed to the pool.
It took about a half hour to dig out and by the time we got to the pool it was nearly 1pm. But, guess what? It was empty! The most empty I have ever seen it. For the first 500 meters Sam and I each had our own lane. My. Own. Lane. Really! Then someone else showed up so I jumped in his lane and we completed our the rest of the workout with just the two of us. It was awesome :) I did:
500 meter warm-up
10 x 100's on 2 minutes
10 x 50's on 1 minute
5 x 100 pulling (focus on technique)
Total: 2600 meters
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I have very exciting news! I joined a triathlon club! We joined the Asphalt Green Triathlon Club for 2010! We've been talking about it for awhile and we finally sent in our paperwork and made it official. I'm really excited to be part of a club and to have the opportunity to train with some seasoned athletes.
The AGTC is a large club and they have several workouts a day. I'm especially looking forward to swim practice in this amazing pool:
(Did you notice that each lane has just one person?! Oh happy day!)
In addition to the regular workouts you can also sign up for stroke clinics, personalized coaching, performance testing, and so on.
In the summers they have tons of workouts in Central Park including brick workouts where you bike and then someone watches your bike while you run! This is really exciting for me because brick workouts are hard to come by living in NYC since there is no safe place to leave your bike so you can run.
Merry Christmas to me :)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Our Mini-Christmas Tree
After posting about my wish list and the joys of waking up to a stocking full of yummy beans, gels and blocks, I couldn't resist giving away just that as a special prize to one lucky reader!
- 2 Vanilla Gingerbread GU's
- Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews (Cherry Blossom)
- 2 Organic Clif Shot Energy Gels (Strawberry & Mocha)
- 2 Jelly Belly Sport Beans (Lemon Lime & Berry Blue)
- 2 Clif Shot Blocks (Margarita & Strawberry)
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. For an extra entry mention this giveaway on your blog and let me know you did that in the comments.
Entries will be accepted until Saturday at 11:59pm Eastern Time and I will announce the winner on Sunday. Please be sure to check back on Sunday to see if you won! Good luck!
- Contest only open to US & Canadian residents.
- You may comment now (on THIS post) until Saturday, Dec 19th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The winner will be contacted on Sunday, December 20th.
- The winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator or by drawing numbers out of a hat. If you’ve earned multiple entries, you will get multiple numbers, thus bettering your chances at winning.
- Check back this Sunday, December 20th to see if you won! (Especially if you don’t have a blog because I have no way of contacting you.)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1. Run Faster
I've been running faster although I have no idea where this came from. I had a record breaking morning run out of nowhere and a majority of my runs I have been maintaining a pace under 9:45 min/mile. I had a grand plan but that went into the garbage after all my shin splint problems.
Using everyone's suggestions I've focused on building my base and having good mental concentration and that seems to be working well. I even allowed myself to think about what it would feel like to run under 9 minutes! Any pace that starts with an 8 (even 8:59) just seems completely unrealistic for me but I'm starting to think that with enough practice and time it just might be possible! Exhilarating!
2. Increase Core Strength
I have Incorporated these six core exercises into my workouts 3-4 days a week. They are awesome and they kick my butt every time. I can definitely feel an increase in strength just in the last four weeks. If you are looking for new core exercises I would highly recommend them. Many of the exercises work not just my abs but also my back and legs too! In no time I'll have rock solid triathlete abs just like the pros ;)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Saucony Seamless Sports Bra - White
I was in desperate need of a new sports bra so I picked one up at our local sports store and I love it! I could definitely use another in the rotation. My old bra has an elastic band that runs along the bottom after countless runs in the rain it had left me with a semi-permanent chafe mark (TMI?), but after just a few weeks with this new bra the mark is gone!
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Massage
My mother-in-law has gotten me a gift certificate for massage from Red Door Spa for the last few years and I love it every year. I'm a huge fan of "experience gifts" and a massage is always a welcome surprise for athletes and couch potatoes alike :)
Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
After Regina's suggestion on my last wish list I quickly checked out this book and promtly added it to my wish list. This is always something I strugle with as an athlete. I work so hard I feel like I can eat whatever I want but we all know that it isn't true :)
Gels, Beans, Blocks, etc.
Can you imagine waking up Christmas morning to a stocking full of Gu? Ok, not really Gu in my case because I would probably throw up. But, a stocking full of Sport Beans, Luna Moons, Shot Blocks, and GU Chomps? Heaven.
2010 Inside Triathlon Calendar
For even more ideas check out Triathlete's 2009 Gift Guide: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2009/12/features/triathletes-2009-holiday-gift-guide_6303
Only 8 days and 4 hours until we arrive in Minnesota :)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I spent about a half hour lifting weights and doing core exercise and then it is time for aerobic activity. Typically Mondays and Wednesdays are biking and Tuesdays and Thursdays are running. Today is Tuesday so that means running. It was freezing this morning. Literally. It was 33 degrees outside. I have lost my new winter running hat so I borrowed one of Sam's regular caps but it does not cover my ears. I was cold in the gym and not looking forward to going outside. At all. I contemplated running on the treadmill. No, I ran on treadmill on Saturday when it was raining/sleeting and it was the most boring 30 minutes I can recall. No, I will run outside. If I am too cold I will cut the run a little short. As Sam reminded me, it is not even winter yet. Technically winter does not start until late December. So, I sucked it up, put on my jacket, hat and gloves and walked outside. Brr! The sun wasn't even up yet.
I started running and I quickly warmed up. Within the first mile I was comfortable. I watched the sun rise across the East River and Manhattan. The sky was pink and the buildings reflected the oranges and reds of the rising sun.
I debated... Short or long? 2.5 miles or 4.2? I know I need to keep building my base and so when I got to the decision point I went with the longer, 4.2 mile route. As I rounded the last corner of the park I checked my watch. 33:15. Really? That seems fast. Could I break 40 minutes on this run? I take the last right turn and I'm just five blocks from home. I push myself in this last little stretch. I cross last intersection, one block from home, and I stop my watch. I look down. 38:56... 38:56! This is 2 minutes and 50 seconds faster than last week! I don't think I've ever broken 40 minutes on this run. In case you are keep track this is a 9:21/mile pace. This is probably the pace some of you walk at but this is wicked fast for me :)
I love a day that starts with an unexpected PR!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor by Garmin.
Garm Speed/Cadence Sensor & Quick Release Kit
Sunday, December 6, 2009
3 lanes. 22 yards long, 15 people. Knowing the absolute frustration that would result and understanding that physical assault is a crime, we left and went back to the car. It is days like these that I wonder how people can live in NYC without killing each other. I honestly don't know how so many people manage to coexist is such a small space.
I am now sitting at home in my sweats, gazing at our (tiny) Christmas tree, drinking a PBR and dreaming of my own private lap pool. Tomorrow will be a better day...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Our Thanksgiving in Connecticut was fantastic! We had a wonderful time celebrating with Sam's family and a nice and relaxing vacation. I love going to his mom's house. It is in the country, so quiet and you can see all the twinkling stars. I love to sit in the big lounge chairs next to the fireplace and cuddle up with a good book or be engrossed in a great conversation. It is the next best thing to being home in Minnesota.
Finally, it was time to eat!