currently // 04.18.2014

Life has been humming right along, and with inspiration from Kate at 365 til…, here’s a look at what’s been up lately.

Currently…

Reading // I recently finished Jim Whittaker’s A Life on the Edge. And, a pretty charmed one at that. He grew REI into what it is today, was the first American to summit Everest, sailed around the world, grew up in the Pacific Northwest… pretty much everyone’s dream life (at least mine anyway!). That said, he’s about as modest as they come. Incredibly wise, too… one of my favorite quotes from the book: It’s about making the most of every moment, about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly, and putting yourself in situations where learning is possible – sometimes even critical to your survival. Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn – and grow – the most.

Daydreaming about // Traveling the world. Between all the BuzzFeed compilations of all the amazingness around the world, the National Geographic insta feed, Kal Barteski’s recent trip to Iceland, Emily‘s Thailand adventures, Laura‘s Italian cycling adventure… I want to sell everything, cram what’s left in a vintage Airstream, and travel and bike for a living. Is that too much to ask?! Because WHY NOT. Nick, you in?

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where i swim // saint paul edition

I grew up in northern Minnesota, 20 miles south of the Canadian border not too far from Winnipeg. My graduating class… just 39 people. Needless to say, my high school didn’t have a pool or a swim team.

But, three blocks from home, there was an outdoor city pool where I swam away my summers. Sunup to sundown, sunburned skin, a quick afternoon break for orange Shasta or a bike ride to the pharmacy for sweets. It was my second home even when I got older thanks to a lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons and managing the pool. Case in point: I took a senior pic in the pool. #bestjobever #ilooksoyoung!

swiming

But, then swimming fell by the wayside, and other than the occasional ocean swim on vacation, I never got in the pool… until I started triathlon.

Since then, I’ve swam my way around Saint Paul’s pools. Check ‘em out…

LA Fitness // 1370 University Avenue

Pros
Convenience – it’s open all day.
Price – membership is a steal (I pay about $30 a month).
Locker room sauna – my go-to during the polar vortex to warm up as well before and after swims.
Giant windows let in lots of sunshine.
Free parking.

Cons
Water temp is hit or miss (there have been swim at your own risk too hot warning signs).
Super chlorinated – I smell even after taking a shower.
It can be busy – noodle swimmers are the norm.
Inconvenient aquafit class times (6p MWTh and 9a on Saturday).
Not the cleanest.
Only four lanes.

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on being happier.

Grump ball.

Growing up, that’s what my dad called my sister and I when we were particularly crabby (he even made up a little jingle to go with it).

Well, lately, behind the blog scenes, that’s been me – a grump ball. Blame (some of) it on the horrible winter we’ve endured in MinneSNOWta (um, seven inches of snow yesterday, April 4… wahhhhhh!). Blame it on the lack of sleep. Blame it on the two-week sinus infection. Blame it on far too much commute time and too much screen time. Blame it… well, there’s really no excuse. I’ve been a cranky beeotch and probably pretty unpleasant to be around.

A few weeks ago, after I really realized just how grouchy I was, I knew something had to change.

Enter 100 happy days

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liebster award // spread the blog love

liebsterblogawardBlogging has brought a lot of goodness into my life. Not only has it been a great creative outlet, it’s also opened a lot of doors and introduced me to some pretty fantastic people. One of them being Katie, who recently nominated me for the Liebster Award (thanks, dear!), an internet blogging award that circulates among bloggers.

Here’s how it works. The nominator asks you 11 questions, you answer, and then you nominate 11 other bloggers to answer 11 questions, and the fun continues :)

With that, here are my answer’s to Katie’s questions!

How did you choose your blog name?
I can’t exactly remember! I was in the midst of working a full-time job in communications, a part-time fun job at lululemon and attending grad school full-time, and I thought I could somehow fit in blogging (after three posts, it fell by the wayside). So, the name… I love alliteration, and find sweating pretty sweet, and somehow the name fell together. So there you have what I can remember!

What’s your favorite thing to write about?
Triathlon, obviously :) but, I also love writing about random things that inspire me in hopes of inspiring others.

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on getting better.

Halfway through an ohmygod-I-can’t-breathe-and-my-arms-may-fall-off interval swim last Thursday morning, Nick said to me from the lane over: If you aren’t pushing it, you won’t get better. 

I had been complaining that 200s sucked, cursing coach for scheduling 10 of them on a wicked fast (for me) pace. I nailed the first three, but that little seed of self-doubt started creeping in around the 100 mark of number four. I can’t hold this pace for six more of these. That’s so fast. I’m not that fast! My lungs may explode! Remember the last time you did this workout?! It was awful, and you resorted to the pull buoy! And, then, coach’s workout comments in TrainingPeaks – HIT THESE (yes, in all caps) – on running commentary, in sync with my stroke.

During the subsequent intervals – which I hit, by the way – both Nick’s and coach’s comments swirled in my head. Sure, they were partial motivation to suffer swim 1:29 per 100 pace, but they apply even broader.

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