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Sacrifice with Ironman training + my honest opinion

I’m quickly starting to realized that training for an Ironman is going to take up all of my free time, and then some.

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It’s now mid-march and my race is in August, honestly, it’s not that far away.  It seems like it’s far away, but it’s not! 22 weeks and counting…

If there’s anything Ironman training does, it teaches you how to multitask like no other and manage your time REALLY well.  My time before and after work is scheduled to a science, every minute is precious, every second counts. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of people that don’t have to work a full time job and can train whenever they want.  However, I like a challenge and I’m up for it. Ironman training is hard work and it’s not cheap either. This being said, a recent article in the New York Times annoyed me a bit…

The article was Titled: “Ironman? Yes, You Can” Armed with the latest carbon-fiber bikes, heart-rate monitors, advanced wetsuits and other gear, mere mortals are conquering the 140.6-mile triathlon.  The Article went on to say: Advanced triathlon equipment, like carbon-fiber bikes (easily $20,000 with all the trimmings), more buoyant wetsuits ($1,200 is not unheard of) and quick-to-slip-on shoes (around $400) can help athletes “buy speed.”

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Ugh. This article frustrates me. I’m well aware that I’m in love with a sport that is flooded with investment bankers, trust fund babies and doctors (sorry, but it’s true)… I have learned to accept this.  Triathlon is a very expensive sport and for a lot of people that do Ironmans, it’s no problem at all. Yes, it makes me jealous at times, but it also gives me fuel for fire.  Yes, it’s frustrating seeing people that can drop thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest bike and wetsuit, no problem. Not only is it equipment they are buying, but they are travelling to islands like St Croix to race Ironmans- I wish! Of course I would love to travel to these races one day (I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t my goal), but some people can do this every year.  I get what the NYT is saying, you can buy a lot of fancy equipment and that will help you train, race, and it might even make you a little faster, but it takes HARD WORK.  Money can’t buy work ethic, and it certainly can’t buy passion.

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Ironman training means a lot of sacrifices, both financially and personally.  The other day, I shared with my husband how I would like to start taking classes in Nutrition, and he responded with ‘you do not have time for that in 2014, maybe 2015.’ He’s right.  2014 is consumed with Ironman training.  My weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are spent doing long workouts.  It will be hard to socialize because I need my sleep (and need to keep the wine drinking to a minimum).  I will most likely miss out on things like bachelorette parties and baby showers (which some might say is a good thing ha ha).   But in the end, this will all be worth it.  This is my year and I have earned it. While I am now that girl with the fancy bike and the cool racing helmet, I raced (and won my age group) for 4 years with my ‘heavy’ road bike and regular helmet.  I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far, and l want to let others know that fancy equipment, while yes, it can help you go really fast, it takes a lot of hard work and determination to train for a 140.6 mile race. Those things have to come from within.

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Loving all things Green

Happy St Patricks Day!

Is it Monday already?

This weekend’s highlights included:

  • Training sessions on the bike (while watching Downton Abbey)
  • Running outside (with shorts!)
  • Taking Oliver on long walks
  • A date night at a new restaurant
  • And Trying new recipes!

In honor of St Patrick’s Day, my Irish heritage and my love for all things GREEN, here are some Green things that I love:

Olivia’s Organics Baby Kale

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I could eat these leafy greens all day, every day.  Baby Kale is so versatile and can be used in Salads or thrown into any meal.

 

Oiselle ‘Fresh Green’ Distance Shorts

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My new favorite running shorts.  They are beyond comfortable and extremely cute! Love the chartreuse hue.

 

Green Mountains

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Summer hiking is the best, when everything is lush and green all around you.

 

Green Chevron West Elm Pillows

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West Elm has the best pillow covers and patterns, especially this green color (Oliver likes it too)

 

Zucchini Noodles

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I can’t get enough of ‘zoodles’ lately.. especially when paired with (green) pesto!

 

Green Tea

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I love green tea for its antioxidant properties… also great for muscle recovery.

What are your favorite green things?

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Five things this Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  The weather looks pretty good in New England this weekend, so I am looking forward to getting outdoors for some running (and maybe snow shoeing).

Here are five things I’m loving lately:

 My new Rudy Project TT Helmet

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My Triathlon Team (QT2 Age Group Elite Team) is sponsored by Rudy Project.  As one of the perks of the sponsorship, we get a sweet deal on helmets and sunglasses. I just got my BRIGHT pink racing helmet in the mail this week and it was love at first sight!  I saw a girl racing with this helmet last summer and I knew I had to have it.  Now family members can really find me on the Ironman course.

 

Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical

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After my nutritionist suggested I swap out my black tea for green tea (due to antioxidant properties), I found this amazing flavor from Mighty Leaf.  I don’t like plain green tea, so this stuff does the trick!  A little secret I just learned is that I was steeping it for way too long (3 minutes).  It tastes much better (less grassy after taste) when you steep for 30 seconds – 1 minute, and you still get the antioxidants (at least that’s what I was told!)

 

Health Warrior Coconut Chia Bars

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These bars are my ‘go-to’ for a quick burst of energy.  I LOVE the coconut flavor and the texture/crunchiness of the chia seeds.  They are perfect for pre and post workout! From the Health Warrior website: Health Warrior Chia Bars are small, but don’t doubt their power. Nutrient-dense foods like Chia allow you to feel fuller, faster.

 

Downton Abbey

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I spend A LOT of time riding my bike indoors on my trainer and it helps to have entertainment! I love watching movies and shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video (amazing by the way!) and most recently have started ‘Downton Abby.’  I find it helps to have a series to watch, because it gets me hooked in and motivated to get on my bike!

 

Airstream Trailers

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Going along with my hiking post yesterday, my dream is own an Airstream one day!  I am obsessed with vintage (or new) airstream trailers.  There are all sorts of creative things you can do to decorate them.  After seeing one in person at the ‘Camping & RV Expo’ in Boston, now I really want one!  As much as I like tent camping, it would be nice to have all the amenities of an Airstream RV.. plus they are so darn cute!

 

Have a great weekend!!

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My Hiking Bucket List

If you read this blog, you know that I love to run and I’m training for an Ironman.  Besides running and triathlons, I am an avid hiker and my heart belongs in the mountains.

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My husband and do most of our hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The ‘Whites’ as we call them, are my favorite place on Earth.  Although I love New Hampshire, there are other places in the US (and Canada) that I have on my ‘hiking bucket list.’  Our dream to to buy an RV one day and set out exploring… I’m not talking just walking around the national parks exploring… I’m talking serious exploring:)

Here are some of my bucket list hike locations:

Zion National Park, Utah

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North Cascades, Washington

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Glacier National Park, Montana

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Mt Katahdin/ Baxter State Park, Maine

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Banf, Alberta Canada

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If you have been to any of these locations, would love to hear from you!

 

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Thinking Spring. Thinking Happy.

Since all I did was complain in my post yesterday, I thought I would write some happy thoughts today!

I find that when you are injured and not performing at your best, that it’s realllly hard to get out of an ‘injury funk.’ It’s easy to let your bad thoughts get the best of you.  Today I feel much better and I am trying to think GOOD thoughts about the Boston Marathon.  I still have 6 weeks to go, and I know I am capable of running that race.  I actually went for a short run last night and my intercostal muscles (injured from coughing/the flu) felt better than they did on Sunday.  I like to think that I am on the mend!positive

One thing that did boost my mood this past weekend was the time change!  I love setting the clocks ahead, increasing the hours of sunlight at the end of the day. It gets me excited for the Spring and Summer months, where there is ample daylight for all sorts of fun activities!

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Here are some of the happy thoughts I’ve been thinking about Spring!

  • I can’t wait to run outside after work.. when it’s light (and warm) out!
  • I’ll be able to take Oliver for after dinner walks when it’s still sunny out
  • The smell of fresh cut grass
  • Our local farm stand opening up again for business
  • Wearing dresses without tights/leggings
  • Riding my bike outside again
  • Spring leads into Summer, which equals Triathlon season!

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These are just a few of the things I look forward to… there are many more!  Best of all, Spring brings new beginnings… things come to life again… the birds start singing, flowers bloom… and hopefully it means a successful running of the Boston Marathon!