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Just a quick post.

After last weekend’s swim in the tri (I was part of a relay), I realized that I MUST swim with faster others if I hope to get faster myself.  So I went to a master practice yesterday.  Wow.  Kicked my butt.  I’m a little sore today, but that could also have something to do with the pre-work interval challenge class or the post-work total body conditioning class I went to!  It seems to be all or nothing some days.  I might just swim at the pond today to stretch it all out.

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I haven’t written anything lately mostly because I haven’t had much to say.  I survived my 4 TRX classes.  They were good and I really liked the instructor.  I can see how doing it regularly would help with strength and tone, but then again, it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to do similar exercises with weights or body weight in the gym.  I still would need to actually GO TO THE GYM (see previous post on gym aversion)!

So…  it’s finally race season.  I watched a sprint triathlon on Mother’s Day – poor racers.  The water was maybe 59 and it was cold and rainy out.  So glad I didn’t sign up for that one!  My first event is coming up on June 8th – Escape the Cape:

SWIM:  That’s all I have to do.  Hurray for relays!  1/3 of a mile.  Easy.  Cold.  I did the whole tri last year (water was 64.  Yikes!), but opted to be part of a relay this year.  My goal is to beat my time, but I’m not swimming quite as well this year so we’ll see.  Swim time to beat:  7:24.  Last year it was a small women’s only tri, but this year it’s co-ed.  I just hope the relays don’t get put in the same wave as the Clydesdales – it hurts when they swim over you.

swim exit

Exit the water at a run!
2011 Title 9 tri

On one of my swims last week, I was lucky enough to have a kayak escort.  I say “lucky” because it was foggy and I couldn’t see beyond the first buoy.  But my kayaker could.  Pretty cool! He just positioned himself so I wouldn’t go off course. The kayaker is planning to escort a swimmer for the Manhattan Marathon Swim in a couple weeks.  Now that’s a serious swim.

BIKE:  I ended up going to a spin class last week, but for the most part I’ve been riding outside.  It’s so nice to be on the road again!  I did 41 miles with a friend on Memorial Day and hope to get out a couple more times this week.

READ:  Being Henry David, a young adult book, but suitable for adults.  It’s set in Concord, MA and some of the action takes place at Walden Pond, where I swim, so I couldn’t resist. I also read two books by Gillian Flynn:  Gone Girl and Sharp Objects.  Dark and twisted.  Creepy good.

and… EAT!  A while back I wrote about what I was eating for breakfast.  I was on an  oatmeal kick for a bit – it was good – but I needed a change.  Hello, Smoothie!  But what to put in the smoothie?  EVERYTHING (see below)!  I consulted No Meat Athlete’s perfect smoothie recipe, and then went wild.  I’m not vegan so I’m using BiPro protein powder – it’s whey protein isolate.  It dissolves really well, no weird grittiness or taste.  If at some point I decide I don’t want to eat whey, I’d probably use Hemp protein.  Tons of options when it comes to smoothies.

Smoothie ingredients

Ingredients may varyfinished product

green goodness!


I never thought I’d say “nice” and “chain letter” in the same sentence, but here goes.  I’ve been nominated for a Liebster award by I swim (and now iTri too!) – thanks, Mo! – which seems like the blogger’s take on a chain letter, but a nice chain letter.  If the idea of blogging is to get yourself out there, why not ask questions to learn more about each other and promote those sites that we find interesting?  It’s like saying “Tag, you’re it!  Tell us who you are and why you decided to speak out.”  I’m pretty sure I won’t fulfill all of the requirements (let’s say “suggestions”), but blogging is kind of a free-for-all so I can do whatever I want.  So there!

liebster-blog-awardLike any award nomination, there are rules.  I’ll state the rules cited by my nominator (and her nominator), because cutting and pasting is a lot easier than thinking and typing:

  1. Add the award icon to your blog
  2. Link to your nominator to say thank you
  3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves 
  4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create 11 questions for your nominations to answer
  5. Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

Wow, that makes for a LONG blog entry.  Forgive me, but I’m going to post fewer than 11 facts about me, and might cheat in other ways, too.

  1. I turned 49 in December, but will be racing as a 50 yr old this coming tri season (wonder if it will help)
  2. I quit swimming competitively at 15 and took about 10 years off – 18 years before competing again.
  3. I considered being a mental health therapist, but couldn’t sit still w/o falling asleep, so I became a massage therapist instead – much more active!
  4. I lived in at least 10 different places in the SF Bay Area in the 10 years I was there (’84-’94)
  5. I’m the youngest of 4, so I’ll always be the baby
  6. My commuter bike was stolen from my office and I found it a month later, locked to a pole, a block from my house
  7. My husband and I recently decided not to replace our 2nd car so we’re sharing one.  We’ll see how that goes…
  8. I’ve had a few motorcycles, but my bicycles always got more use, so I no longer ride (obviously wasn’t much of a motorcycle rider anyway!).

Mo’s questions for me:

  1. Why do you blog? I hadn’t planned on it, but my husband signed up for a wordpress class so I joined him.
  2. What sport(s) did you do as a child? swimming, gymnastics (I was terrible), more swimming, field hockey
  3. What’s your favourite colour and why? It was always blue, but I’ve branched out into purple.  There’s no “why” to it!  It’s a visceral reaction.
  4. In a world with no technology, what would you do for a living? I could probably keep doing what I’m doing!
  5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?  Flying.  It just seems so cool
  6. What motivates you?  food, and too much food!  And friends
  7. Chocolate or cheese?  Chocolate more than cheese these days.  Cutting down on cheese consumption
  8. Do you always shower before swimming?  No, not if I can get away with it
  9. What did you want for Christmas that you didn’t get? World Peace?
  10. What are your plans for 2013? Winter escape at the end of Jan., do a couple swim races, tris, and a bike vacation in Croatia (in September)
  11. Would you ever shave your head for charity? Sure, in summer, and if the charity actually got anything for it!

11 Questions for whoever wants to answer them, since I don’t know 11 bloggers w/fewer than 200 followers except the ones that have already been nominated.  Anyone can answer!  I’ll tag some blogs that I think have fewer than 200 followers.  I can’t always find the number of followers on blogs, though.  Sorry if you’ve done this already.

  1. What food/snack/drink do you find hardest to resist?
  2. Who is your favorite author?
  3. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
  4. Would you rather be hot or cold?
  5. If you were to do a tri relay, which leg would you do?
  6. What’s one goal you hope to achieve in 2013?
  7. Do you walk around while brushing your teeth?
  8. Dogs or cats?
  9. What household chore do you dislike the most?
  10. What’s your idea of a perfect day, that you can realistically have (but maybe not every day)?
  11. How often can you make your perfect day happen?

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Winter is finally making its presence known here in New England.  Gone are the days of swimming at Walden Pond, then going for a ride in the surrounding suburbs of Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Weston, etc., maybe following that up with a run… Oh, wait, that “run” part never really happens.  Well, maybe once in a while.  So now that I’m in the pool and either at a spin class or on my trainer (HA! that’s a lie, my trainer isn’t even set up yet), I’m thinking back to happier, warmer, swimming times: most notably in Greece and the British Virgin Islands.  And Maine.

Leverick Bay, British Gorda

Leverick Bay. Home base for SwimTrek BVI

Until a few years ago, I never knew swimming trips even existed.  I had heard of organized multisport vacations and bike vacations, of course, and learn-to-swim instructional trips, but nothing for those of us who just want to SWIM.  And then I stumbled across  SwimTrek.  Someone had written in to a swim magazine asking about sun protection because she was going on a SwimTrek.  I HAD to know what she was talking about.  A year or so later, I found myself in the British Virgin Islands.  Here’s a link to the article I wrote about my experience for GoNomad.com.
Soon after that trip my husband became proficient at distance swimming (he was jealous after I got back from BVI and felt he was missing out on swimming across Walden!), and we did a SwimTrek to Greece.  Incredible.

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This past summer, we spent 4 days on a lake in Maine with SwimVacation, another excellent swim tour company.  SwimVacation also offers a trip to BVI and just added Hawaii to their roster!

Maine Lakes SwimVacation

Taconnet on Great Pond. SwimVacation Maine

A nice thing about these trips is that they’re very welcoming.  A base level of fitness is important to get the most out of the trip, but you don’t have to be a competitive swimmer – the swims are NOT races.  It’s great if you can make the distances, but from what I’ve seen, there’s always a boat nearby for anybody who gets tired and needs, or just wants, a ride.

Ahh, maybe I can daydream winter away while I save up for my next swimming adventure – I’m thinking Croatia.

Read:  still working my way through Singing Boy.  I will either finish it or fling it soon.

Eat:  I tried Frugal Feeding’s Vegetable Mash.  It’s really good – even with my misreading of the recipe (!) – but I’m still not crazy about parsnips. FF’s pictures are amazing!  Next up:  carrot and coriander fritters.



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