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Currently

I’ve enjoyed reading both Erin and Abby’s recent Currently posts, and thought I would do my own today 🙂

Most of my posts lately have been about the marathon and my IM training. While there is so.much.training, there is also this thing called life and I’m trying to stay above water find a way to balance it all…

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”
― Rumi

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A view of the Boston skyline taken on a lunch walk

 

Bike commuting

This week I made a BIG change in my commute. Tired of sitting in a traffic jam to get to the train station (and paying $7 every day) I figured out an alternative. My friend/ lovely neighbor had an old bike she was no longer using and offered it to me for my commute. It has worked out perfectly and today was my third day in a row riding to the train station. It’s about 7 miles one-way and there’s a locked parking garage for bikes at the station. It takes the same amount of time as sitting in traffic (sometimes less). Not to mention, I’m MUCH happier! Talk about a win-win!

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Loving

My new job at InsideTracker has been awesome so far! Getting to talk to athletes every day doesn’t feel like work:) Also, knowing that I’m helping others reach their best potential is a great feeling.  The best things I can hear are, ‘I’m sleeping better’ ‘I’m recovering faster.’ Love having a job that makes a difference. I’m looking forward to my second blood test next month to see how I’ve improved from the last test!

Slacking 

I’m haven’t been sleeping enough lately. Tisk tisk. I know, I know… One of my goals has been to improve my sleeping habits and I’m finding I’m still not getting enough. I need ‘wind down’ time before bed, and lately that has been spent foam rolling and streching:)

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Trying

The art of balance. Per the above comments, I am figuring out how to balance a new job, longer commute and Ironman Training. Not easy! I’m always up for a challenge, but I’m not going to lie, I’m feeling more stressed out lately. Dinners have been boring (think frozen veggies, grilled chicken, brown rice) and I’m no longer eating before 8:00 PM at night. Most days I train before and after work, hence the late dinner time.  Food prep on the weekends is tough because of long training days… hopefully I get the hang of it soon!

Monitoring

I recently jumped on the  HRV (Heart Rate Variability) bandwaggon and started testing my HRV daily.  I use the ithlete iPhone app and the finger sensor to test. It has been fascinating so far!

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a relatively new method for assessing the effects of stress on your body. It is measured as the time gap between your heart beats that varies as you breathe in and out. Research evidence increasingly links high HRV to good health and a high level of fitness, whilst decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue and even burnout.

ithlete measures your HRV, as well as your resting heart rate, every morning during a one minute test. After you have built up a baseline over a few days, the ithletesoftware algorithms compare your daily readings with baseline to determine if any significant changes have taken place. These are reflected in traffic lights for  the day’s training and in a chart to help you track trends. {source: ithlete}

How does HRV help with my training? It’s a way to optimize performance and avoid over training. For example, I took my HRV levels the day after the Boston Marathon and they were SUPER low (55) but two days later, I was back up 84, a sign that I was starting to recover.  The higher the number, the more recovered you are! Looking forward to monitoring these levels throughout IM training.

 

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Feeling

My legs are finally back to normal again, post Boston Marathon. It took a good 10 days to feel like they were ready to work hard again. My body has not wanted to go faster than a 9:00 ish min/mile pace, so I’m listening to it. I did my first trail run of the season on Sunday and it felt fantastic! #trailove

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Suffering

My pollen allergies are killingggg me!! Spring is pretty, but it sure packs a punch when you have allergies. Plus,  allergies coupled with my Asthma have made me a mess… coughing, sneezing, runny nose, etc… enough already! I know you are supposed to ‘limit time outdoors’ and ‘close the windows’ when you have allergies, but I like fresh air too much! You win some, you lose some:)

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Enjoying

The warm weather is finally here in Boston and it feels so good! I forgot how good it feels to wear a sundress and sandals… amazing. With the warm temps (70’s), I’ve starting riding Sydney (my bike) outdoors again FINALLY. I did my first outdoor ride of the season this past weekend and wow did that fresh air feel good!

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Looking

I’m now looking ahead to TRI SEASON and I’m getting pumped up! First race is June 14th, Eagleman 70.3 in Maryland.  I have a feeling it’s going to be here before I know it.  Can’t wait to see what this season has in store for me #DREAMBIG

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Would love to hear about what you’ve been up to, training and otherwise! 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails May 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    that ithlete app sounds interesting. I’m going to download it and test it out. I train with heart rate on a regular basis and Garmin connect has a metric called “training effect” which gives you an idea as to how much time you may need to recover based on how hard you worked and how tired / stressed you were going into the workout.
    I love these types of posts – it’s nice to get a bit of a glimpse into every day life as well.
    Looking forward to meeting you at Eagleman!!!

    • Reply Kristin May 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Phaedra, it’s super interesting! you should check it out! Just another tool for us crazy triathletes to use:) Really looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks, it’s coming up real soon!

  • Reply Kecia May 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I love these “Currently” posts and am going to have to do one sometime soon. The problem lately is finding time. Training has ramped up, the end of the school year is winding down and time is limited as a result. We really need to take some time to cook lots of yummy food to stock our freezer again, but I don’t know when that will happen. One day at a time…only 13 more days with students (and a couple without) and then I’ll have LOTS of time this summer to catch up and regroup 🙂

    • Reply Kristin May 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      I do too, they are so fun!! I always say I’m going to do more food-prepping, but I have no time to do so! I’m jealous about you having summer off… like SUPER jealous! Maybe I should rethink my career;)

  • Reply Hailey May 9, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I think I heard on the news this morning that there’s a “pollen tsunami” making its way around the country this Spring, lovely ha. I always love when I hear the advisories to “limit time outdoors.” What do they think we’re going to do, not train!? Silly people ;). That path you take to get to work is beautiful!

    • Reply Kristin May 9, 2015 at 2:21 am

      So funny, I heard that on the news too! I was like, ‘NOW it makes sense!’ Seriously! I agree. I refuse to give into the pollen:) The bikeway I take to work is so lovely, lined with trees the entire way!

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats May 10, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Glad to hear the bike commute is going well!! It will be interesting to see how you like it in the long run!! 🙂 Anything is better than siting in traffic!! Sounds like you are loving your new job that is awesome!!
    I still can’t believe you can live on so little sleep. I actually think you are lucky. I slept 8 hrs last night and then I took a 2 hr nap after my 50 mile ride today!! 🙂

    • Reply Kristin May 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Leslie! Really enjoying it so far! I need to get clipless pedals for my commuter bike though, without them, my quads are doing all the work! And yes, anything is better than traffic!! I’m not sure how I survive off such little sleep.. part of me things it’s genetic, both my parents are the same way! I could really use a nap from time to time though…

  • Reply erin May 11, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Story of my life… dinner’s at 9p or later every night :-/ I’m making it a rule to not look at social media after 10p at the very latest (preferably 9:30p), and it’s helping. The sleep function on the 920 has also helped me get more sleep, too! So eye-opening to see what I get each night (and the quality of it).

    Super jealous of your bike commuting! Looks lovely! And, hooray for warmer weather… feels amazing to bike outside, right?!

    • Reply Kristin May 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      OH yes… late dinners have become a norm in our house…. I’m trying hard not to look at social media after 10p! It’s so difficult to shut it all down. Still need to check out that sleep function! And yes, feels amazing to be riding outside again, took long enough! 🙂

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