Fit Minded Friday

This has been the longest week in a very long time. I was doing so well with doing something fitness related everyday until this week.

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Saturday – 4 mile long run. On track for my half marathon in November.

Sunday – 4 mile unplanned run. My friend Meghann called me and wanted to know about joining her for a run and I’ve missed running with her so I said yes. I’m glad I did. I had a really great time running and catching up!

Monday – I decided a rest day might be in order. Plus, I was super sore from my 2 weekend runs. I did however, run over to Fit2Run where they were having a Q&A with Jeff Galloway. I took the opportunity to go and ask some questions and learn a bunch!

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Tuesday – This became a forced rest day. Our AC broke in the afternoon and I spent the afternoon calling about getting it fixed. By early evening it was 90 degrees in the house. It was exhausting and HOT!

Wednesday – AC got fixed around lunchtime so I grabbed a bike ride on the trainer. 4 miles in a little over 20 minutes.

Thursday – 2.5 mile run. Broke in my new kicks, Brooks Glycerin 15’s. I liked them but they are much heavier, which is the point, but definitely a new feeling.

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Friday – Today we awoke to the worst news. Jon’s grandmother had passed away. No morning workouts. We will see what the afternoon brings about.

I never really thought about the mental toll the week can take on you. Between the heat and everything it is just exhausting. Time to get back on track starting with tomorrow’s 5-miler.

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First Fit Minded Friday

My goal for the month of August is to become more “Fit-Minded”. Jon and I were talking the other day about my frustrations surrounding my workouts and fitness in general. Running always used to be a social activity for me. Getting better or faster didn’t really matter because I had my running buddies and we wanted to stay together anyways. Since we’ve moved I’ve had to learn to enjoy running for the sake of running.

This led to a conversation about becoming more “fit-minded”. Not questioning if I should get out and run (or bike, or swim, or strength train, etc). If I were more fit-minded I would just get up and go. Not debate myself until I decided not to go or run out of time. Thus, we get to my August goal. Everyday, I’m setting out to do something fitness/health related. Not to say I won’t take rest days but I can keep my health in mind on those days!

So far this week I’ve gone for a run, gone for a bike ride, gone for a swim, and drank a ridiculous amount of water! Follow me on instagram where I’m tracking all of this daily! Or even better join me in creating a fit habit by hashtagging #fitmindedmonth

Here’s to a more fit mindset!

 

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A month off

Well, as you can tell from the title, I took a month off. I pretty much took a month off from everything I normally do. It started with having family in town, then work, then just a plain desire not to do things. July/August are hard months in Florida. It is just plain hot and gross!

The family came into town right after the 4th and we spent most of the time in Disney!

 

It was my little sister's first trip to Disney! I think she had a great time! Yes, my little sis is 13!

 

Since I had to upgrade my annual pass so that we could go during the summer I made use of as many of the photopass stops as I could convince them to do!

 

There was a little bit of running but it was pretty phoned in!

 

But there was LOTS of biking! I have found my love of biking and it is thanks to a well-fit new bike!

 

I'm up to 25 miles during our rides and I'm hoping to improve on my skills and speed! I think there might be another triathlon coming in the fall! More updates later! Hope everyone is having a great summer!

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Finding the right bike for you

Recently, I decided it was time for a new bike. I’ve been really uncomfortable on my bike for a while and being a novice, I didn’t know any better. Now, uncomfortable can mean a lot of different things. For me, it was that I was that my balance felt off every time I rode. Whenever I tried to reach for my bottle or clip-in/out I was just off.

This is my first road bike. An Orbea Aqua Dama 2012. This was the first round of “women’s specific bikes” from Orbea. A line they have since stopped making. Basically, they put a women’s saddle on a men’s bike. Which sounds ok, but depending on the person can have its issues.

For me, and I only learned this recently, your geometry can be “off”. So, the above bike has a very “aggressive” seating or high seat, low handles. Made for racing. Due to the fact that I have a larger chest where everything was placed I was unbalanced. Even though the size/height was correct the other things (steam length, seat height, reach, etc).

 

So, I started researching and shopping and riding. I spent 3 weekends going to bike shops, testing bikes, and seeing what worked. Then I narrowed it down to 2 different bikes and compared their geometry to the bike I currently had. I had already been bike shopping for my first bike and knew I had to go in with WAY more knowledge. If I was getting the wrong bike at least it would be my fault this time! Thankfully, I got to work with super knowledgeable folks and women to boot!

Like I said, I rode a bunch of different bikes, asked a crap ton of questions, and in 1 case even asked about the model up that they had decided not to show me for whatever reason. It came down to a Cannondale Synapse and a Felt FRW5. What it really came down to was enjoyment. I LOVED riding the Cannondale and compared everything else I rode to that. It also didn’t hurt that it had better components and system for a better price!

For me, it was which bike did I WANT to keep riding right then. Which one did I not want to get off of! It proved to be the right choice for me! I’ve ridden my bike now more frequently that I rode my old one. It has made me LOVE riding again. I’m not nervous, or unbalance, or afraid I’m going to fall! It is the right bike for me.

If you are in the market for some new wheels I highly recommend that you do your research, shop around, and ask lots of questions! In my experience, sometime bike shops (not all) will sell you what they want (or need) to move instead of what is the best for you! However, they can’t do that if you know what is best for you! Good luck!!

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Best Damn Race Review – Leftover 5K

Yet again this year we decided to do the Best Damn Leftover 5K. We did this race last year and I enjoy comparing year over year data. Also, this race is about 15 minutes from the house so no-brainer!

So, these guy typically do a really good job. I worked with them for Iron Girl for 2 years and I know they have skills…had skills? It felt like they kinda phoned in the details for the race this year. I don’t remember it being so far apart last year but this year anyone running 30 minutes or less started at 7:15 and 30+ minutes started at 7:55.

This is obnoxious because Not only did we have to get there early but Jon finishes in 20 minutes, then has to wait around another 60 minutes for me to start the race and run the race. I get the point to waives but this is a bit much!

Full disclosure, I wanted to hit 35 minutes. I decided to throw caution to the wind and line up at the back of the first group. I figured what’s the big difference between starting at the back of the fast folks or the front of the slow folks? Apparently, about 2 minutes before the start they announced that they were closing the finish line at 31 minutes and anyone after that would be a DNF. Thankfully, Jon ran back to tell me cause we didn’t hear the announcement in the back.

 

Annoyed I jumped out of line and listened to the announcer keep saying that “the finish line will close at 31 minutes, you must finish”. Imagine my surprise when they didn’t close the finish line until 38 minutes! They also got mad at the 30+ minute runners who were attempting to line up at 7:50 for our 7:55 run! Then they moved us all to one side so people could cross! I’ve never been so blatantly discriminated against at the start of a race.

Annoyed and hot (8am race starts in FL SUCK) I started my race. I stuck with my 1:30/1 intervals and tried to stay as steady as possible. I didn’t want to push too hard due to the heat and humidity. I also ramped up my Orange Theory that week and adding the race probably hurt more than it should. The did change up the course a bit this year and I like the changes. A lot less turns.

Well I didn’t reach the PR I wanted I still finished in 39:23 which was 3 minutes faster than this race last year! I’ll totally take a course PR and taking a minute off each mile! I like this race. I really hope that they make some needed improvements to next year. I didn’t see a race survey come out so I assume that they won’t. I know that since they keep this race cheap they aren’t really concerned about opinions but who knows, maybe they will be.

Post race photos 2016 (L) and 2017 (R)

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70.3 Chattanooga – the spectators perspective

So, about a year ago my husband was convinced to do another 70.3 this time in Chattanooga. While at this point I have no desire to do a 70.3 I loved the idea of seeing a new place! They could race and I could enjoy my surroundings!

I made Lauren and Jon pose for lots of photos!

Jon and I drove up from Tampa on Friday AM. We stayed at a host hotel that was about a mile from the transition/expo area of the event. The Holiday Inn Express Downtown Chattanooga was very nice!

Thanks to the close proximity to Downtown we were pretty much able to walk everywhere! We ate at some of the most delicious places! It started on Friday when we arrived by walking to find the local bakery!

Cupcake Kitchen pic

Jon and Lauren went for HUGE cupcakes. I however went for a small cannoli and some cake balls! I have a love for cake balls!!

So yummy!!

I’m pretty sure that I pretty much ate my way thought Chattanooga! On Saturday, I sherpa’ed their open water swim practice and then onto packet pickup!

Tennessee River endless pool!


When you are waiting around at athlete info meeting


Expo fun!

After wandering around and watching Lauren spend lots of her hard earned money at the expo and merch tent we started exploring! It began with lunch at The Maple Street Biscuit Company it was scrumptious! Make sure you stop there if you happen upon one of their locations.

Biscuit yummies

Then it was on down the street to check out the Moon Pie General Store! It was super cool and I bought lots of gifts and Moon Pies. Apparently, Moon Pies are made in Chattanooga!

Moon Pies

We also made sure to stop by the actual Chattanooga Choo-Choo! It was such a cool old hotel and train!

Choo-Choo


Train Selfies

OHH there was also a race! I mean, I didn’t do the race but I was an excellent sherpa!

Early morning shenanigans

If I were ever to do a 70.3 I’d totally want the downstream awesomeness that they had! Kristin was my cheer buddy and we had an awesome time!

Obligatory cheer selfie

Why, yes, that is a shark on her head! Made it easy for all our folks to spot her! We dropped them off, dropped the gear off at the car, and waited for the swim to finish. Once they were all out on the bike we went to find coffee and breakfast! We also tracked down the Starbucks Tennessee mug!

Mugs acquired this trip

We then grabbed lunch at Puckett’s BBQ which was SO GOOD! Look, I’m married to a vegetarian, it is nice to go to a quality BBQ! It was during this lunch that I slacked on my sherpa duties. The IM tracker was down and my kids decided to go SUPER fast and get back in 30 minutes earlier than I expected! We finished up quickly and made it out to see them at mile 6.9/12.5.

Lauren going by!

yes, we had cheer beer!

hubby finishing up!

So, the hubs LOVED this race. He says he would never want to do the full 140.6 there but the 70.3 he really enjoyed. The city of Chattanooga was absolutely lovely! It was quaint enough to be able to walk around and enjoy everything it had to offer. However, it wasn’t small enough to feel isolated! If you are into racing 70.3’s I would say this is one you definitely want to do! Great for spectators and racers alike! Check everything out, eat all the food, and enjoy everything this Southern town has to offer!

Gotta Rest

I feel like the best laid plans….

This week we were traveling all over the East Coast! From FL to TN to MD to PA (and back). In TN I got a TON of walking in because we were a mile from town. I easily walked more than 2 miles each day! However, I had plans to workout once getting to MD and PA. Then the weather hit!

If you don’t have WTForcast you should totally get it!

It ended up being cold and rainy up North and we were not prepared clothing wise! I think thought that it was a blessing in disguise. I mean hell, this is my vacation, why do I NEED to workout on my vacation? Isn’t vacation supposed to be about resting, relaxing, and eating all the local goodies I don’t normally get to eat? (Can you say Tuesday detox???)

My most favorite pizza!!!

Yea, maybe my plan didn’t go as….well….planned! I came, I saw, I ate!

The best milkshake in PA!

It was awesome. I have zero guilt!! Now, I mean, I totally need a vacation for my vacation but whatevs. I’ll have a full post about the awesomeness that was Chattanooga next week but for now, rest and be well!!

wind and sweatshirt in May!!