Homemade booch. At long, long last, Nick and I finally brewed our own kombucha. Not sure why we waited so long… it was so easy. Thank you, Coeur Sports teammate Erin, for the scoby! It made six bottles – flavored with fresh raspberries – which were gone in a few days with both of us drinking it. Next batch definitely needs to be doubled!
If I keep doing what I’m doing, what will my life look like in five or 10 years? It’s not where I want to be, so I’m making changes. My new gig started last week (I forgot how mentally draining a new job is), and even though I always said I’d never go back to corporate America, here I am, a positive step at a great company.
A House in the Sky. You guys, read this book. Wanderlust aside – holy wanderlust (even to Somalia if it weren’t so dangerous) – Amanda Lindhout’s memoir is incredible. The epitome of heart, courage, determination, perseverance and never giving up. She is one inspiring woman.
WITSUP’s excellent hormone nerd series. If you’re a woman and you participate in triathlon (or, any sport for that matter), this is a must-read. So much good information!
When I started cycling in 2006, I was pretty clueless. It took me a few rides to realize shorts with a chamois were a must, and even after a several thousand miles, I rarely remembered to bring fuel on long rides (thank goodness for pre-ride espresso and teammates who always looked out for me!).
Nine years in the saddle later, though, there’s one thing I’ve never picked up: chamois cream. No real reason other than it never really dawned on me to buy it, and I didn’t think it was necessary since I’ve never suffered from saddle sores or crazy chafing (even though tri shorts are my go-to!).
Fast forward to last fall post-IMWI. While I’m quite comfortable on the bike thanks to my Cobb saddle and Coeur Sports shorts, several friends tweeted about different chamois cream brands, which peaked my curiosity.
Enter Ruby’s Lube. The small, Idaho-based company put a call out on twitter right around then for anyone interested in trying their anti-chafe balm, so I thought… why not? Because you can never be too comfortable on the bike for 5+ hours, right?!
I’ve been biking with it ever since.
Last Sunday, I drafted an email to coach: Can we switch up this week’s bike workouts? I’m really bored / tired of these.
Because I can only take 30-minute intervals at all the watts for so long, and this workout (and another similar one) has been in TrainingPeaks for-what-seems-like-ever. But, I got distracted and forgot to hit send, and early Monday morning… there they were, the same bike workouts, except with another five minutes tacked on (eventually they’ll be up to 45 minutes).
There’s nothing easy about these intervals… they push me far out of my comfort zone, physically for sure, but even more so mentally – which may be the hardest part. In the spirit of Girl Talk lyrics: Where’s your head at?
What gets me through: Focusing on each session and how it relates to my long-term goals. Staying in the present moment keeps my head in the game and makes time tick by a little bit faster. Breaking intervals into five-minute blocks helps, too… because I (and you) can do anything for five minutes. And, most importantly: Remembering why I’m training in the first place. (Watch out, CdA!)
Believe you can, and anything’s possible.
And, just like that, with the inaugural Hot Dash 10 Mile, my 2015 season is off and running.
This was my first running race in about 18 months. Funny how quickly you forget that level of suffering… a completely different kind compared to triathlon. A whole lotta ouchie (my hammies! I hurt worse after this race than IMWI).
My race strategy was to get comfortable with the uncomfortable – coach told me to just let it rip – which is exactly what I did. I more or less turned off my brain during the race, only really paying attention when my 920 beeped mile splits – where did those times come from?! – to ask myself how I felt and to occasionally to make sure the speedy Mill City Running ladies were within sight (because I knew it’d be a good day if I could keep up with them).
Sometimes the only thing that gets me through a tough workout is anticipating the recovery smoothie (and maybe a Mexi Coke) waiting for me at the end. It’s just so good.
Osmo Nutrition acute recovery has been my go-to after tough sessions the past year for a couple reasons. One, the honey and spice flavor mixes well with any combo (even straight up almond milk). And, most importantly, the women’s specific line is formulated to help counteract the hormonal changes that come along with being a woman, so it has more protein and glucose necessary to refuel after training (we have a shorter acute recovery window – about 30 minutes – so it’s important to refuel shortly after training; read more here).
I’ve gone through a lot of tubs of acute recovery, and though I’m a creature of habit – um, hello, same running route and breakfast for months – I’ve played around with some tasty smoothie options. My current favorite: blended with Pure Clean Powder. I love beets, but I don’t love cooking them. Because peeling is a pain and fuchsia hands! This organic beet powder – no mess! – is full of nutrients and nitrates, and as a vasodilator can “boost power output without changing oxygen consumption.” And, who doesn’t want more power?! Hit me up if you want a discount code :)
Here’s my current go-to smothie followed by some of my other favorite combos.