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February 2013

Long Weekend Bliss

#waffles, steaks on the girl, boulder training day, registrations, and a bike-run, bike-run, bike-run afternoon

sunny 50 °F

EK-14 Boulder Edition

This was a top-secret training session with coach Eric Kenney and several other athletes up at Rally Sport in Boulder, CO.
I'd tell you the details, but that defeats the purpose of top-secret. But, I can tell you that it was the best possible way to spend Saturday morning.After a nice lunch I met up with my beloved JK, which also makes Boulder days the best : )

Did you know?

1. Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp.
2. There are 13 Land Before Time movies. How on earth does that happen? (Talk about ruining a good thing)
3. Air Jordans account for more than 50% of the global shoe market
4. Peanut Butter cheerios exist. And they are AWESOME.
5. Spandex was invented in 1959. And it wasn't sexy then either.
6. The first bicycle race is believed to have been a 1,200 meter race on May 31st 1868 in Paris.

Triple Brick & BBQ Love

"Let's stop at Criterium Bicycles on the way up to Cherry Creek today. It'll be super fast"
90 minutes, and half a paycheck later......we were on the road!!

Spent the afternoon switching back and forth from threshold bike intervals to quick brick runs. Back and forth. Back and forth.
It was awesome. Fought a huge head wind for most of the training session which is frustrating and exciting all at the same time.
Justin did some high quality grilling while I cooled down and we had a perfect lake-side steak dinner. : )


This encompasses triathletes pretty well....

"This is carbon right?"
"It's just a 'b' race, you know, a training race"
"I just really need to replace my electrolytes right now"

Other Updates

You know what sucks? Mis-reading a race date.
Thinking and planning a travel race under the impression that race day is SUNDAY, and then finding out it is Saturday. Yeah, that sucks.

Got an email the other day from Bill Burnett, Clermonts race director. There is a special offer for the draft legal athletes to 'double up' and also race in the age group race on Sunday. His email was asking if I would like to race back to back. Two days, two races.....Is that really even a question?

Quote of the moment:

“Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert


18 days: Clermont Draft Legal
1 month and 1 week: International Waffle Day

Here's to peace, greek yogurt and altitude

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Dear Colorado:

Have I told you lately that I love you?

snow 26 °F

Pre-Season Update

Boulder Round II

Justin & I spent the day in Boulder towards the end of January. We got in a 3 hour ride which included our first climb up Flagstaff Mountain. It was a total throw back to our Europe trip, good switchbacks, beautiful views and lots of getting mildly misplaced as we tried to ride through downtown. Ended our 'date' with a brick trail run and then a nice late lunch at Mountain Sun. You've definitely found something special when quality time with the person you love can coincide with a good training session.

Winter Series III

My first DNF...ever. (DNF = "Did not finish") Opted to throw in the towel after 5.5 miles, tendons were too tight. This was one of the few times I have ever prioritized the big picture of training and race goals over the present moment/event. It's an important thing to remember, especially when your on the stubborn side of the athlete spectrum. There will be days that you need to ease up, in order to be stronger and more consistent for when it counts. Race day. Race day which is less than one month away now! Yikes : )

Gearing up:

Brick workout: 2 hour ride, 30 minute brick run in Z3. (*to be followed by a swim later in the evening) gottalovesundays!

Cherry Creek State Park.

Beautiful view from the setting of a threshold ride.
2 hour ride with 4 x 10minutes max effort. Goal being consistent!!

Quality advice:

No matter how old, how busy or how tired you might be.

Other Bits of Advice*:

"*advice that I have told myself several (hundred) times and have yet to follow"

1. Do not have peanut butter before any type of training session.
2. Stretching takes a few minutes. You will not be fine if you skip it.
3. Not even one spoonful of the PB, just walk away.
4. A wet bathing suit in left in car is worth the trip back outside, because a suit-icle is beyond UNBEARABLE.
5. Dear Aubrey, instead of having peanut butter go outside and consume a rock. The feeling will be the same on your interval run.

Find of the week:

Drop everything you are doing right now, get your butt to the store and indulge on this childhood throw-back.
It's not quite the same since the berry ones are no longer the shape of grape clusters. But, mix this up with some cheerios and you can't go wrong.

bPositive Shout Outs

Got me a pair of yoga pants for $12 and some of the softest t-shirts I have EVER owned! Use the code "inspiredtri" at checkout to save 10% ANNNNDDDDD help support my 2013 race season. Good kharma points will also result.


Clermont Elite Development: 25 days

Quote of the Moment:

Be thankful for everyday. Even the rough days.
It is the hard days that move us forward, encourage growth and inspire new goals.

Here's to peace, not living in New England, and snuggly Labradors,

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