Pleasant Prairie Triathlon Relay Race Report

By , June 26, 2017 6:23 am

On Sunday June 25, Alicia, Rachel, and I did the international distance Pleasant Prairie Triathlon as a relay team at/around the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Alicia swam 1500m, I biked 40k, and Rachel ran 10k.

I’ve been on sprint and half iron triathlon relay teams, but this was my first time doing the international distance! I’ve done most of my triathlon relays at the RecPlex/Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie, but this course was different/longer AND this is the first race I’ve done there since living so freaking close. It takes five minutes to get there! It used to take forty. Being so close was nice, since we did race day packet pickup and got there at 5:00 am! (Hooray for race day packet pickup – the expo (which I went to the day before for funsies) was only open from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Alicia and Rachel couldn’t make those times! And you have to pick up your relay packet as a team.)

This was Alicia and Rachel’s first time being on a relay team. Alicia has done all triathlon distances up to half iron on her own though! I love doing relay triathlon teams because you can push super hard on your leg and not have to worry about how it will affect the next one.

There were several events going on on race day – the para athlete nationals (sprint distance), the sprint and international triathlons, and a sprint duathlon. The athletes at the event were nice and friendly, but it was a serious and competitive (unlike the other race I do at this location – Iron Girl – which is all female and focused on beginner athletes and not as competitive). There was one sprint relay team, and six international relay teams. We ended up placing fifth out of the sixth!

The race started at 6:30 am with seven waves of para athletes, then the relay swimmers started at 6:45 am with the elite international racers. Whoa!

It was oddly cool for June – 51° when the race started! The water was much warmer than the air – 78°. Alicia got in to warm up and get some water in her wet suit before her wave and didn’t want to get out. Ha.

Alicia is a strong swimmer, and swimming is her favorite discipline in triathlons. She was stoked to swim 1500m, while Rachel and I were looking at how far apart the buoys were and making lots of “whoa” and “eek!” eyes to each other. Ha!

There she is! Ha.

Alicia had a decent swim. She was battling a cold and congestion and that held her back from her usual bilateral breathing, and slowed her down a bit. She said it was also the first time she panicked during an open water swim, because her breathing felt so off! But she kicked arse and finished in 39:01.

Rachel and I watched the swimmers for a bit before we got back in to the transition area to wait by the bike rack (the relayers had two whole racks for the seven teams – there was LOTS of space!). I get sooooo jacked up when I am waiting for my turn in the race and I could feel my heart rate rising! I did some breathing to try to calm myself down before I got on the bike.

Alicia came in and Rachel swapped our timing chip. I unracked my bike (and embarrassingly shook the whole rack) and took off. T1 was 0:46.

I checked the weather before I got on my bike to see where the wind would be coming from – 9mph winds from the west. Blah. A lot of the course is in to the west (see course here). And a lot of the course is open!

I got out there and headed right in to the wind. My plan was to keep my cadence as high as possible without feeling like I was tearing up my quads, use my weight as an advantage to gain speed on the downhills, go as fast as possible when heading east, and to not get exhausted headed west in the beginning (but to crank it going west at the end).

My bike rode smooth and I was happy I got it tuned up right before the race. I kept my cadence up (85 rpm average for the ride) and tried to keep my speed in the high teens (17.9 mph average for the ride). I’d feel frustrated by the wind and wonder if it was in my head – but then I’d look at the trees and see them blowing the opposite direction as me (later, every cyclist I talked to thought it was windy).

I am happy they were able to tag me in the photos – I had to put my bike sticker on the side of my helmet because it wouldn’t stay on the front! I should have put it on my left side, duh.

I drink a lot when I cycle. And I was so jacked up before the start I almost forgot to put my bottles on my bike! That would have been a disaster! I drank most of my two bottles, and took a gel at mile 10 and again at mile 20. I actually felt a hunger pain in my stomach at mile 20. Sigh. I was so hungry all day Saturday and that evening when I tried to sleep and woke up feeling crummy. I am lucky that didn’t affect my race.

I cranked and cranked and enjoyed being out there. I did a lot of positive self talk in my head to keep myself pumped up despite the frustration of the wind. There was only two spots I felt I had a tailwind – the rest it was either in my face or blowing at me from the side. But I really did have fun! And loved that I was riding on roads I normally drive on.

I came in, dismounted, and ran in to transition in my cycling shoes. Alicia swapped the timing chip from my leg to Rachel’s. My overall bike time was 1:22:58 and T2 was 0:42.

I was happy it wasn’t too hot when Rachel started her 10K – 59°. You never know what you are going to get, doing the run leg, on a relay in the summer! Although, Rachel quickly warmed up on the open course with very little shade! Her run was where I do my speedwork – the paved path around Lake Andrea. Unfortunately, about half of her run was on a hilly rocky trail. She said she was feeling great until the trail part. I’m not surprised – when I’ve run on that trail in other relays at this location, I’ve hated it! I never run on it when I go there!

Rachel rallied back when she got back on the paved path though, and finished the 10K in 56:50!

We all ran in together, and our overall time was 3:00:15!

We received our medals and hung around at the finish because I wanted to see two friends from Efit finish.

I like the medal and the half zip shirt – I’ll definitely be wearing the top in the fall!

Kim, Rich, Kim, and Kim from Efit

Waiting around, it actually felt cold when a cloud would cover the sun! The post race food was so so – some Gatorade bar, bagels, and bananas. We had the hardest time figuring out what to do with out timing chip. We walked all the way back to transition before we realized we were supposed to put it in a box by the finish. Wish someone would have told us at the finish line.

That was the only bad part of the race though. Well, maybe the rocky part of that run, and the wind. Ha. The race is well organized and fun, parking was easy, and we were able to get out before everyone finished.

We had a great time and we’ll be looking in to doing another triathlon relay… this season!

Other notes:

Alicia and Rachel stayed over Saturday night and we had a lot of fun and got a bit goofy when we were getting ready for the race:

The race was well organized, but what I have found as a triathlon relayer at every other event was true here, too – people don’t seem to know what to do with you, or if you have any special rules, or even need to be body marked. The relayers often seem like an after thought, which I get, with them being such a small population.

I was stoked there was free race photos and they had them out the evening of the race!!!!!!!

Notes on my cycling:

  • I am not very good at corners/turning! I tend to slow way down and be cautious.
  • I felt like my nose was running for the whole ride. Odd.
  • My butt got a bit sore on the bike, but I would get out of the saddle every now and then to give my legs a break on the inclines, so I readjusted then.
  • The inclines were mostly over highways or over train tracks. There was one section with rolling hills.

Training Week 401

By , June 25, 2017 9:16 pm

Highlight of the Week: Going roller skating with Efit friends/doing a triathlon relay with Rachel and Alicia!

Monday | June 19, 2017: 5 m run  + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 61°/64°, Time: 53:37, Pace: 10:43 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: fine
Strength: plyo boxes, kettlebells, & boxing, Difficulty: easy, Felt: too sweaty

Tuesday | June 20, 2017: 4.5 m run 
Loc: VP Woods, Temp: 61°/63°, Time: 46:46, Pace: 10:23 avg, Difficulty: easy-ish, Felt: good until the sun came out
Wednesday | June 21, 2017: 5 m run (w/xaarlin)
Loc: Lakefront Trail, Temp: 63°/64°, Time: 50:45, Pace: 10:08 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Thursday | June 22, 2017: 4.5 m run (incl. 4×400)
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 76°/76°, Time: 47:23, Pace: 10:32 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: fine, just tired and sweaty
Friday | June 23, 2017: teaching strength class + 1,512 yd swim + 3 m run + roller skating
Strength: plyo boxes, kettlebells, and boxing, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: FitNation, Time: 33:19, Pace: 2:12 min/100 yd, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great!
Loc: VP Woods, Temp: 72°/75°, Time: 29:06, Pace: 9:42, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great

Saturday | June 24, 2017: 10 m run + 10 m ride
Loc: Kilbourne/DPRT loop, Temp: 65°/68°, Time: 1:53:03, Pace: 11:18 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: to RecPlex & back, Temp: 68°/69°, Time: 39:27, Pace: 15.2 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great

Sunday | June 25, 2017: 40K ride (Pleasant Prairie Triathlon)
Loc: Pleasant Prairie, Temp: 55°/59°, Time: 1:23:14, Pace: 17.9 mph avg, Difficulty: easy to medium, Felt: great


  • It was lovely to run with xaarlin in the city Wednesday before work! I hope we can do it again this summer.
  • I got a pre-race massage on Thursday, then felt fantastic during my Friday swim. I am accrediting that to the massage! My shoulders have felt tight lately, and I didn’t realize how much it had been affecting my swims, until they didn’t feel that way.
  • I’ve been randomly mentioning setting up a roller skating event for the studio I teach at to my Monday night class for a long time. So I finally did it, and a lot of people came – and not just from my class! We had SO MUCH FUN. I felt comfortable on the skates right away and could’ve kept going! I’ll definitely be setting up another skating get-together.
  • Saturday’s ride (to test out my bike after having it fixed and tuned up!) was the first time I’ve ridden from our house (that we’ve lived in for sixteen months now!). The road we live off of has a high speed limit, but there wasn’t much traffic and the drivers were courteous (and once you cross the border in to Wisconsin, there is a very nice shoulder). I want to do it again!
  • Alicia, Rachel, and I had a lot of fun at our Olympic distance triathlon relay on Sunday… and I am ready to do it again! More on the race later this week!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 138

By , June 22, 2017 6:14 am
  • Our generator was installed in May (which means now we’ll never lose power)! On Saturday, Steven planted emerald green arborvitae trees to block it from view from the front yard. We’ll let the trees grow as high as the wing wall over the next several years, then trim them to that height.

  • After the generator was installed in May, Steven built out framing to hold in the pea gravel around it and the air conditioners. It looks so nice compared to how it was before!

  • I love that our yard is filled with perennials we don’t have to think about planting each spring!

  • In early June, we hung up some maps, which makes me very happy (I love maps). I hope we hang up more of our prints this year. They make the house feel more “ours.”

  • A year ago, we were flying to Alaska for Nick and Alyssa’s wedding! We haven’t done a “big” trip since then. I am hoping we can go on a trip for our ten year anniversary this year!
  • I’m having a hard time finishing Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time. It’s too cheesy for me. Steven listened to it in one day and has already moved on to a new book! I need to decide if I am finishing it or giving up on it so I can re-join Book Club for Two.
  • My bike is fixed and I am picking it up today! I better ride it before the race Sunday!

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NeoCon 2017

By , June 19, 2017 11:22 am

A week ago today, my mom and I went to NeoCon at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago!

NeoCon stands for National Exposition of Contract Furnishings – it’s an annual three day trade show that’s free to attend if you register in advance. There’s the trade show, but also keynotes, classes, and LOTS of parties. And let’s copy straight from Wikipedia – “With over 1,000 exhibitors of contract and commercial furnishings, and 50,000 attendees, it is the largest trade show of its kind in North America.” Whoa. It’s overwhelming. A lot of these vendors have permanent showrooms (on many floors) in the Merchandise Mart, and they set up floors for outside vendors to come in, too.

As part of my job, I occasionally assist clients with furniture and finish selection, so I go to NeoCon to see the newest and greatest stuff! Which isn’t actually what my clients select, but, it’s educational for me.


When I was in Kansas City in January, I asked my snister if she’d be going to NeoCon this year. She’s an interior designer and has gone to NeoCon the past few years – but the days we go typically don’t align (or she goes early, for vendor stuff). She didn’t know at that point, but my mom was there, and asked what NeoCon is, then expressed interest in going! My mom studied interior design for a bit in college, so she has an interest for it, but I think we also may have sold her when we mentioned all the free food and handouts. Ha!

Seriously, you don’t really need to bring food or plan to buy lunch or dinner if you hit up the right show rooms or after parties. (Note – we had to head back around 4:00 so I could teach my evening strength class. Next year, we are definitely doing to some parties.)

So. Much. Free. Food.

And so many handouts. My snister asked me to pick up stuff for her since she was going early this year (before the show opened). Here’s her haul:

I did keep three bags for myself, and that funny orange chair to put my phone in. Ha.

Mom and I visited three floors in the Merchandise Mart (out of eight or ten vendor show floors), and visited several showrooms in the building across the street. My snister designs a specific product at her job, and they have a showroom across from the Mart, and she asked me to make sure to take Mom there. Funny enough, the guy assigned to give us a tour (out of 50 or more people) works with my snis!

So, normally, NeoCon is completely overwhelming, exhausting, and not that fun. I was dreading it this year, like I always do. But I ended up having so much fun with my mom, probably because she was so excited about it, that it made me a little sad we were only doing one day of it!

I was still exhausted though. At the end of the day, we were so slap-happy and out of it on the train ride home that we laughed so hard we cried (about kale…). Then I took this photo to send my snist and this guy was totally creepin’ in on me. Ha!

I bet Mom will be back for NeoCon next year!

Training Week 400

By , June 18, 2017 9:51 pm

Highlight of the Week: A long run with Dad / an adventurous ride / hiking somewhere new with Steven!

Monday | June 12, 2017: 4 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 75°/75°, Time: 42:04, Pace: 10:31 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Strength: two dumbbells, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, sweaty

Tuesday | June 13, 2017: 11 m run (w/Dad on bike)
Loc: to Lake Andrea and back, Temp: 64°/69°, Time: 2:04:45, Pace: 11:20 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, just tired!
Wednesday | June 14, 2017: 1.9 m run (w/Mike)
Loc: Chicago, Temp: 89°/88°, Time: 22:07, Pace: 11:39 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Thursday | June 15, 2017: 3.1 m run
Loc: VP Woods, Temp: 88°/84°, Time: 33:30, Pace: 10:48 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: fine, just hot!
Friday | June 16, 2017: teaching strength class + 51.9 m ride (22.77 mi + 29.15 m, w/Kim & Steve)
Strength: two dumbbells and BOSU, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Kettle Moraine, WI, Temp: 69°/76°, Time: 1:25:25, Pace: 16.0 mph avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good
Loc: Kettle Moraine, WI, Temp: 74°/79°, Time: 2:03:53, Pace: 14.1 mph avg, Difficulty: medium/hard, Felt: good then horrible

Saturday | June 17, 2017: 3 m run (incl. 5×1:00) + teaching fitness boxing
Loc: hood, Temp: 66°/65°, Time: 30:51, Pace: 10:16 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: decent, just super sweaty
Strength: Cardio, Core, & Boxing, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good (but a bit tight from my ride)

Sunday | June 18, 2017: 2.5 m hike/walk (w/Steven)


  • Mom and I got a ton of steps in at NeoCon on Monday – she had her highest ever! What a great way to start the week.
  • I was able to fit in one last run/ride with Dad on Tuesday before they left. Yay! I got to show him the area where the Olympic Triathlon relay I am participating in next week will be.
  • Blah, the flats I wore to work on Wednesday really did a number on my feet – matching blisters at the heel and under the big toe on both feet. Ouch! Luckily my cycling and running shoes didn’t bother them.
  • My goodness, I am not having good luck with my bike lately! My friend Kim (another trainer at Efit and awesome cyclist) was nice enough to offer to take me to ride hills in Wisconsin on Friday (to get ready for RAGBRAI). A friend of hers, Steve, came along too. We were 22 miles in to our planned 60 and I was powering up a hill when my derailleur jockey pulley snapped apart – something that should NOT happen. I was pleased that I unclipped in time and didn’t hurt myself, but my bike was un-rideable (Steve offered me his and said he’d ride single gear but we didn’t have any tools). So Kim cycled back to the car (10 miles) and came and picked us up and took us back to the bike shop we started at. The shop couldn’t fix my bike so I rented one. By that point it getting later and hotter. And the new bike only had one water bottle cage (I have two on my bike) and the seat kept tilting, so… I was dehydrated, worn out, and completely frustrated. Ugh. But I got some miles in! And am thankful I was with smart people when that happened AND that it didn’t happen during my tri relay next week! My bike is back in the shop.
  • This is the week that during the last two years I’ve hit 1000 miles run for the year. Not this year! I’m at 693.8 and purposefully not running as much this year.
  • Steven and I picnicked and hiked in a new-to-us park in Wisconsin on Sunday – Petrifying Springs Park. It was actually recommended to me by a Target cashier, ha ha. We both really liked it. There is a hiking trail in the forest and a paved trail too. And lots of shelters and recreational areas. And the park surrounds a golf course. I think we’ll be back! I’d like to run there, too!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 137

By , June 15, 2017 6:22 am
  • I made it to a 1,000 day streak in DuoLingo (in Spanish)! And… that means nothing other than that. I finished the app so long ago that I’ve just been repeating the lessons over and over. If I really want to improve, I should practice speaking with someone in Spanish!

  • I forgot to mention in my training recap that a few students said really nice things about me to my mom when she was at Fitness Boxing. That made me feel good!
  • We had a great time with my parents! They arrived on Friday (my mom’s birthday!) and stayed until Tuesday am. We ate (cooked and went out), played games, did projects, worked out, went to the beach, went to NeoCon, and hung out. It was a fun visit and a treat to have them visit for so long!

“Usie” in front of someone else’s car

  • I am so tired after their visit, though! I woke up early (to workout) and stayed up late (to have fun!) every day they were here. And I wasn’t sleeping well because Khali played most of the night after hiding all day long (that has nothing to do with my parents – Khali still has her stray cat instincts to hide from people she doesn’t know!). I finally got (more than!) eight hours of sleep last night!

Just chillin’ with my slippers

  • The whole purpose of my parent’s visit was that my mom wanted to go to NeoCon (National Exposition of Contract Furnishings) – a huge design trade show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. I go for work each year, and generally don’t enjoy it (crowded, sales-y, overwhelming, etc.). It was completely different with my mom. I loved experiencing it through her excited, fresh eyes! And she LOVED it and is already talking about coming back for it next year! I’ll write a separate post about our NeoCon day!

Us and the Merchandise Mart

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Training Week 399

By , June 11, 2017 10:11 pm

Highlight of the Week: All the workouts with my parents!

Monday | June 5, 2017: 1,134 yd swim + 4 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: FitNation, Time: 25:15, Pace: 2:14 min/100 yd avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great once I warmed up
Loc: hood, Temp: 63°/63°, Time: 39:51, Pace: 9:57 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: surprisingly good, annoyed with the flies
Strength: two dumbbells, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, just too hot in the studio

Tuesday | June 6, 2017: rest
Wednesday | June 7, 2017: 3 m run
Loc: Chicago Lakefront Trail, Temp: 68°/69°, Time: 28:25, Pace: 9:28 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: good, hot
Thursday | June 8, 2017: 5.5 m run (incl. 1,2,3,4,5 up ladder + 5×1:00)
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 51°/59°, Time: 56:19, Pace: 10:14 avg, Difficulty: easy enough, Felt: good!
Friday | June 9, 2017: teaching strength class + 15 min walk & swim w/Anne + 3 m run
Strength: two dumbbells & BOSU, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grayslake Pool, Time: 20:02, Pace: 1:58 min/100 m, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 73°/71°, Time: 29:36, Pace: 9:52, Difficulty: medium, Felt: good, then starting seeing stars at the end

Saturday | June 10, 2017: 8 m run (w/Dad on bike) + teaching fitness boxing (Mom came!)
Loc: VP Woods loop, Temp: 62°/71°, Time: 1:25:36, Pace: 10:42 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, consistent
Strength: light dumbbells and boxing, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great

Sunday | June 11, 2017: 32.5 m ride (w/Dad) + 672 yd swim (w/Mom)
Loc: Trevor, WI, Temp: 71°/79°, Time: 2:40:36, Pace: 12.2 mph avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: … not super in to it
Loc: FitNation, Time: 16:36, Pace: 2:02 min/100 yd, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good


  • When I went to ride my bike Thursday one of my tires was completely flat! Gah! Thankfully I looked at it before my ride on Sunday. I’d had the same tubes and tires for four years and was planning to get them replaced this month. To the shop it went! My mechanic was super excited to put newer “faster” tires on my bike, ha ha.
  • A freaky thing happened after my Friday swim – one of my ear buds stayed in my ear when I took my headphones out, and I couldn’t get it out with my fingers! Anne tried too, and no luck. I figured I’d just have Steven use tweezers when I got home, but after it dried out a bit (about ten minutes later) I was able to get it out. Phew.
  • My parents were here this weekend and we worked out together all weekend! Dad rode with me while I ran Saturday am, then Mom came to Fitness Boxing. She hits HARD and is a natural!
  • On Sunday, Dad and I did the Ramble – an organized ride out here put on by the Bicycling Club of Lake County. We were aiming for the 30 or 50 mile option (there were routes over 100 miles!) and ended up with 30. We both felt a bit wiped out by the small inclines and annoying wind. But that wind was probably a good thing this weekend – it was in the 90s here and I think that’s the only thing that didn’t make it miserable! The event was very well organized, and the volunteers were great. It was fun to ride with Dad, but I am used to RAGBRAI where we can ride next to each other because there are so many cyclists we take over the road. We couldn’t do that on this ride, so we didn’t get to be as social.

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Training Week 398

By , June 4, 2017 4:49 pm

Highlight of the Week: Swimming outside with Anne / Running with Rachel / a fun Fitness Boxing class!

Monday | May 29, 2017: 5 m run + 798 yd swim
Loc: Gurnee, Temp: 70°/72°, Time: 54:07, Pace: 10:49 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: fine, just hot
Loc: FitNation, Time: 16:32, Pace: 2:04 min/100 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good to swim after a hot run!

Tuesday | May 30, 2017: 12 m ride + 4.5 m run
Indoor Ride Time: 41:10, Pace: 17.5 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 64°/64°, Time: 44:10, Pace: 9:48 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Wednesday | May 31, 2017: rest!!!!
Thursday | June 1, 2017: 2.5 m walk (w/Steven)
Friday | June 2, 2017: teaching strength class + 1,110 m swim (w/Anne) + 4 m run (incl. 4 hill repeats) + 3 m run
Strength: mixed mode circuit & Leberts, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grayslake Pool, Outdoor Temp: 56°, Time: 22:20, Pace: 1:55min/100m, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 67°/72°, Time: 41:16, Pace: 10:34, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, just hot and sweaty!
Loc: hood, Temp: 76°/74°, Time: 31:43, Pace: 10:34 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, just warm

Saturday | June 3, 2017: 10 m run (w/Rachel)
Loc: Seven Waters Trail, Temp: 63°/71°, Time: 1:44:29, Pace: 10:27 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: decent, happy it was overcast!!!
Sunday | June 4, 2017: 3.5 m run (incl. 4×400) + teaching fitness boxing
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 69°/69°, Time: 35:41, Pace: 10:11 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: decent, happy there was shade during my repeats!
Strength: step and boxing, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good (but so hot in the studio!!!)


  • On Monday I did a warm run then immediately did a swim. What a refreshing combo! I hope I can time it that way again.
  • It was nice to have a Monday night off from teaching, for the holiday!
  • Tuesday’s run was so bizarre! It was pouring rain and cold when I started, then the sun came out and it was buggy and I was too hot, then there was a refreshing light rain at the end. All in the span of 45 mins. Ha ha.
  • I had intended to run Thursday but felt completely exhausted and took a nap after work instead. I wanted to do something when I got up and was happy Steven said yes when I asked if he wanted to go on a walk!
  • I did my first outdoor lap swim of the year Friday! It was a treat to feel the fresh air on my skin while swimming. A few notes:
    • I forgot a towel! I grabbed my normal pool bag, forgetting the fact that the gym I swim indoors at has towels. Luckily I had one in the trunk of the car. I think I will leave one there for the season!
    • I was curious to see how my first outdoor lap swim pace of this year compared to my last one of last year… 1:55 min/100 m vs 2:35 min/100 m. I’ve definitely improved since last year (and have become more comfortable with freestyle – I was still swimming mostly breaststroke last year at the outdoor pool).
    • I didn’t wear my headphones since I was swimming with Anne, and man, I got so much water in my ears. Eek!
  • It was lovely to run with Rachel and catch up on Saturday! We had a muggy weekend here, and I felt lucky it was completely overcast for our run.
  • It was so wonderful to do speedwork on Sunday knowing I don’t have any running races coming up, and can just do as much or as little as I feel like!
  • I always rely on music to get my students pumped up during Fitness Boxing class (gotta have the right tempo for punching!). This week, I also let the music dictate what we were doing, a bit. In the hour class, I had four songs with the words “Jump” in them, and whenever one of those songs came on, everyone had to stop boxing and get on a step and do a plyo workout for the whole song (I called out moves and we did them for about 20 seconds then moved on to another). The students didn’t know when the songs were gonna play, so the timing was a surprise! Hopefully they thought that was fun. I did (even though I knew, ha).
  • My mom is coming to Fitness Boxing next week! And my dad and I have plans to ride, and I hope he can ride with me for a run or two. I am looking forward to seeing them!
  • Monthly recap time! In May I ran 121.3 miles (26 runs), cycled 142.45 miles (8 indoor rides, 1 outdoor ride) and swam 6,069 yards (6 swims). My coldest run was 42°F and my warmest was 82°F. I taught 8 strength classes, and 2 fitness boxing classes. I tried two new classes in May – a Spivi cycling class, and a water aerobics class.

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Things I’m excited about in June!

By , June 2, 2017 8:27 am
  • Lap swims outside – I did my first one this morning with Anne! It was refreshing to swim outside!

  • Meeting Rachel for a run
  • Finishing some spring cleaning I started last weekend – it will feel good to have it done!
  • [Broken Record] Outdoor rides! Weather permitting, I have three planned for the month.
  • Lots of Fitness Boxing classes
  • My parent’s visit next weekend!
  • An Olympic Triathlon relay with friends! (And the massage I will get before it!)
  • Eating outside… until it gets too muggy and gross
  • Maybe meeting my fave coworker’s baby?!?! (he was born last week!)
  • Fresh peaches
  • Staying home for the month – this will be the first month of the year without any overnight travel (personal travel… there may be work travel).

What’s on your list?

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By , June 1, 2017 6:22 am
  • I’m having a hard time getting in to the Starbucks book after reading the Rockefeller one. The Rockefeller book required so much concentration. The Starbucks one does not and I find my mind wandering more!
  • I hate the phrasing “we apologize for any inconvenience.” Just say “we apologize for the inconvenience,” because if you are saying the first phrase, there probably was one.
  • I love getting my teeth cleaned. I love the process and the way they feel after! I had a cleaning on Tuesday and elected to get the fluoride treatment… which completely ruins that fresh, clean teeth feeling, by making your teeth all tacky. Wah.
  • My mom and Steven and I had a fun discussion about our interpretation of yesterday’s quote. What do you think it means?

  • I’ve been busting my butt at work with special requests, and the recipients aren’t acknowledging them. It makes me feel extremely frustrated. I’d LOVE a thank you, but ANY response would be great. I suppose I will receive one in a few weeks when they finally look at my work and decide they want something else done.

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