Weekend Recap

Helloooo! I hope you’re all well! I, as much as I love fall…when the season changes like this my sinuses and allergies go haywire. so that’s me now. I wouldn’t say “I’m sick” butttt I don’t feel great.

Anyways…as I said yesterday Drew and I got to spend some time together this weekend. YAY!

I wasn’t the only one excited Drew came to visit!

 

I caught this moment in the act. Izzy especially loves if you give her space to cuddle next to you!

Saturday we did a brick workout to help prepare us for the race on Saturday! We all have been crazy busy and training for all us hasn’t been top priority (with both our new jobs and routines) we decided to squeeze it all together 🙂

 

 

Obviously preparing and very serious. Also I look very tall. I am not.

We did about 10 miles followed by a mile run. We threw some kettle bell squats and swings in there and called it a night. Hey- that’s obviously how we enjoy on Saturdays- we are so cool. 🙂 I felt good during the training…I was pushing it cause I was obviously behind and trying to catch Drew the entire time. (Kinda competitive, what can I say). I feel like my training throughout the summer will keep me in the race even if my recent training hasn’t been as serious. I definitely wasn’t on the bike as much last year and I held my own! I am just hoping to beat my time from last year.

 

Sunday I had field hockey all day so Drew came along to watch and support moi of course! Somehow on the way home we decided pizza was needed and found a place called Iggies in Baltimore for some great pizza. Very organic and natural- I’ll take it.

 

Their pizza names were ones we couldn’t really say but very different than the usual so it was pretty cool. We asked for pepperoni and the girl told us it wasn’t exactly pepperoni but better..she was right! No clue what it was called however…

 

So if you are ever in Baltimore- Iggies is a great place to go!

  • What did you do this weekend?
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So…you want to ride a bike?

Helloooooo everyone! Wednesday woooo! Today I’m going to enlighten you.. get ready 🙂

For you today I have a semi-recycled post on tips for Starting to bike! I wrote this as a guest post for someone, but really wanted to share it with all of you too! As you know I am an avid biker and I wanted to share with you some tips and pointers for anyone thinking about getting into the sport. I’ve done 3 duathlons (run, bike, run) starting last fall and have been recently upping my bike mileage this summer. I have really fallen in love with the feeling on the bike. You can read more about my love for biking here. Without further ado- here are my tips on getting on the bike!

Tip 1: Get/Use a bike that fits you. A bike too big or too small is going to feel terrible! Getting one that fits is going to benefit you so much. There are many options: hybrid bikes, fitness bike, or a road bike. Go with what feels comfortable. A local bike shop should be able to assist you with what type of style biking you are looking to do. More recreational biking I would say go with a hybrid which is a normal style bike you typically see or fitness bikes which are similar to road bikes but have flat handlebars. They are also a good option if you want to be a bit speedier because they’re lighter than a hybrid. Road bikes are what you will see during road races and have the curving handlebars allowing you to use the “drops” to be more aerodynamic. Great for triathlons and duathlons because they are speedy! Craig’s List is also a great place to find a used bike that may be a great started bike for you. (You might want to take along someone who knows stuff about bikes..just so they can tell you if it’s worth it!)

My road bike

Tip 2: Safety First

Helmets are a MUST! Make sure you get one that’s up-to-date and that it fits properly. Gloves can also come in handy and you should also check out a light that may help to make you more visible on the road. I purchased a Nathan brand light that I’ve clipped to my seat pack, but can also work on the back of your shirt. $8 to keep me safe? Worth it!

Anything that makes your more visible will help to make you safer on the road. Also, look up your state laws on biking for reference. Technically bikes are required to follow the same traffic rules as a car so that means stopping at stop signs, red lights…etc. Don’t assume that cars see you, and be hyper-aware of your surroundings. Hand signals are also useful to communicate with cars. A RoadID is a great thing to have on you, or some other form of identification/emergency numbers and you might also want to carry your cellphone in a  plastic baggy in case of emergencies out on the road! (They HAPPEN. and usually at your furthest point out!) That also being said..flat tires happen. Local bike shops usually have clinics on bike maintenance or if you stop by most are very willing to help and show you.

Cute & Functional RoadID! (purple of course)

Tip 3: Look the part

Like I mentioned before, helmets are a must. Also, bike shorts, bike shorts, bike shorts. They are going to help your comfort level so much while getting used to your saddle. You may think you don’t need them, but trust me you don’t want to feel the soreness after a long ride the next day. Gloves can help reduce the pressure of your handlebars on your hands. Long rides tend to put pressure on your nerves and then you have numb hands..in turn making it hard to move or brake for that matter. Bike jerseys are a great option to wear while riding because they have pockets in the back to hold any nutrition you may want to bring, cell phone, or ID/Wallet. Look for great bike products at Nashbar.

Tip 4: Build your endurance

If you haven’t been biking in years…start out slow, you’ll remember how hard it is on your legs! Start out doing 20-30 minute rides 3-4 times a week. After this is comfortable for you start going out for longer periods of time. If you have a smart phone you can download apps like Map My Ride or Strava that can help you find bike routes around your home! These will also keep track of mileage and speed. It’s also great to look for groups through a local bike shop that may go out together a couple times a week.

Tip 5: Biking is a gateway sport

Buying a bike can lead you into so many different hobbies and races. Not to mention it’s a great way to get to work (if you can do it safely!). There are many charity/century ride events around the country that you can do with a group or even family. Not to mention all the road races and duathlons/triathlons you can find. If interested check out Tri Find. It’s such a fun time to participate in any of these races. I was blown away by the camaraderie after the events and it keeps me coming back to them!

Me in my first du! Can’t believe it’s almost been a year!

 

This all being said- get out there on those wheels!!!!

  • Did you learn anything new from this post about biking? Hope I could shed some light on the sport for you!
  • Would you ever do a duathlon/triathlon?
  • Bikers- any tips I missed??

Adventure Race

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂 I had a very, VERY, busy one with work- but one on Saturday was at least a fun time! (Besides the super early wake up call)

I helped work an Adventure Race that was through the gym that I work at.

This included for racers:

  • 4 mile trail run
  • 2 mile paddle (canoe or kayak)
  • an obstacle course
  • 8 mile mountain bike course
  • Total Course Length of 14 miles

For an idea of what it all looks like- check out this video!

That part where they are carrying the tire up and down the hill is where my Hydration station was! The hill was absolutely ridiculously steep! Most (as would I) got off their bike right away and walked up to get a tire and carry it back down and back up..they then got back on their bike to complete the bike course. As they came down with the bike tired I gave them delicious cups of High Quality H20!

I may have looked something like this after being out there for like 5 hours… It was hot and muggy..and even rained at one point, but not for too long. The racers said the mountain bike trail was crazy..very muddy and many said they fell many times and were covered in mud. But they said it was a lot of fun. Watching races only makes me want to do the race too! It looked like A LOT of fun! Well. Sorta.

This is the hill they carried the tires up:

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That doesn’t even do it justice! That probably had to be one of the worst parts! One girl did get turned around and lost during the bike portion! I felt so bad but she said she still enjoyed it- even tho it was much longer than she wanted to be out there.

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That’s the trail that bikers came out of. Sorry I don’t have more pictures of them but I was busy with directing racers and handing out cups! Overall, a very fun day- but exhausting and I did even race!

Well that was my main excitement for the weekend. Other than that I worked, worked, worked some more. Oh AND rode my bike in my new Lulu gear. It’s absolutely awesome! Everything feels so comfortable-like second skin! Very smooth. I need to save some more to stock up.. It’s okay, right? 😉

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Also very sorry I’m so awkward at selfies. Never know how to hold my phone… But the outfit is so dang cute! Love it! I did a really great 17 mile ride and one mile run after on Sunday and it was awesome. Improved by 12 seconds on the run 🙂

So, how was your weekend? Would you do anything like the adventure race? Ever volunteered at a race?

Adventure Race

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂 I had a very, VERY, busy one with work- but one on Saturday was at least a fun time! (Besides the super early wake up call)

I helped work an Adventure Race that was through the gym that I work at.

This included for racers:

  • 4 mile trail run
  • 2 mile paddle (canoe or kayak)
  • an obstacle course
  • 8 mile mountain bike course
  • Total Course Length of 14 miles

For an idea of what it all looks like- check out this video!

That part where they are carrying the tire up and down the hill is where my Hydration station was! The hill was absolutely ridiculously steep! Most (as would I) got off their bike right away and walked up to get a tire and carry it back down and back up..they then got back on their bike to complete the bike course. As they came down with the bike tired I gave them delicious cups of High Quality H20!

I may have looked something like this after being out there for like 5 hours… It was hot and muggy..and even rained at one point, but not for too long. The racers said the mountain bike trail was crazy..very muddy and many said they fell many times and were covered in mud. But they said it was a lot of fun. Watching races only makes me want to do the race too! It looked like A LOT of fun! Well. Sorta.

This is the hill they carried the tires up:

20120813-235216.jpg

That doesn’t even do it justice! That probably had to be one of the worst parts! One girl did get turned around and lost during the bike portion! I felt so bad but she said she still enjoyed it- even tho it was much longer than she wanted to be out there.

20120813-235359.jpg

That’s the trail that bikers came out of. Sorry I don’t have more pictures of them but I was busy with directing racers and handing out cups! Overall, a very fun day- but exhausting and I did even race!

Well that was my main excitement for the weekend. Other than that I worked, worked, worked some more. Oh AND rode my bike in my new Lulu gear. It’s absolutely awesome! Everything feels so comfortable-like second skin! Very smooth. I need to save some more to stock up.. It’s okay, right? 😉

20120814-000242.jpg

Also very sorry I’m so awkward at selfies. Never know how to hold my phone… But the outfit is so dang cute! Love it! I did a really great 17 mile ride and one mile run after on Sunday and it was awesome. Improved by 12 seconds on the run 🙂

So, how was your weekend? Would you do anything like the adventure race? Ever volunteered at a race?

How was your Christmas? Any last things, new toys, snow!?

Pudding Protein Smoothie w/ a side of Survey!

Hi everyone! Yesterday got a little crazy busy and mostly I was exhausted. I actually had half a day off (haha woo, a half!) and that time was spent running errands…don’t you love those days? I found out just how much working all weekend and staying up late watching the olympics is doing to me…  I don’t understand why they put the good stuff on SO late..like 10 and 11 o’clock?? what’s up with that NBC??

Anyways- The other day I posted on making a protein smoothie with some pudding so I figured I would tell you the recipe..even tho it was super easy!

  • 5 oz milk of choice (I used coconut!)
  • 1 cup of Dark Chocolate Sugar Free Pudding
  • I scoop Vanilla Protein Powder of Choice (I used the GNC Soy 95)
  • 3-4 Ice Cubes

Simple as that! The pudding makes the texture and thickness of this shake is amazing! I swear it was like having a milkshake! 🙂 and i loveeeee them, so a guilt free version! Also I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it would be awesome with any other flavors of pudding. Butterscotch would hit the spot sometimes FO SHO.

I have been having these little babies after my workouts- which surprisingly enough have been in the gym lately! I know what- me in an actually gym- weird. But I have been staying after my work which is conveniently at the gym to do some workouts because I’ve been busy enough all day long I haven’t had any other time! I haven’t been on my bike since Sunday. Miss my babe!

 

I also did a STELLAR Tabata workout on Monday full of Front Raises, Speed Skater (my glutes still hurt), Front kicks, jack knives…etc. So. SORE.

Anyways, continuing on with my last survey from the Liebster award I’ll finish up my last survey from Amalia! 

1. What is your favourite thing about a community you’re a part of (virtual or real life community) Within the Blogging, Sweat Pink, and FitFluential Community I’m pretty excited about how much everyone supports each other and learning all these new things! It’s really fun! 🙂

2. When did you start your hobby (whatever your blog is about) and why? What made you start? I’ve been “moving” since forever, but particularly cycling and fitness classes started within the last year. 

3. What is your absolute favourite thing to do? Um…eat? maybe ride my bike- but mostly eat. I love good food. 
4. Describe your ideal day! Ahhh- sleep in, get up and ride my bike, then park my butt on the beach with a good book 🙂 add in some good wine and food and I’m set…oh wait that sounds like my vacation I just had..yes my idea day right there!
5. What is your dream job? Dream job- hmm.. probably a college field hockey coaching position! I know that sounds lame but I think it would be fun. 
6. Tell me about a time you didn’t think you could finish something – how did you push through? Ahhh well there was this one time where I did a duathlon on extremely cold and windy day..it was the toughest course (not that I’ve been on many) ever..very hilly and the wind came in so many directions you couldn’t tell…I seriously wanted to quit as a I cam down one of the hills and looking up the next…but I didn’t. I was however so relieved to be done. 
7. Do you like caffeinated beverages? What’s your favorite? I loveee coffee..and I’m not going to lie I do drink a little diet soda- but trying to cut back a lot!
8. Proudest achievement to date? Hmm..graduating? But also playing hockey in college all 4 years maybe. Big time commitment with school.
9. Would you rather read a book, write, watch television or go outside? read a book, outside 🙂
10. Favourite candy? STARBURST. Like a deep love. the normal kinda AND the jelly beans!
11. One thing you can’t do for the life of you (for me its do my own hair in anything but a ponytail) but wish you could? Play the Piano!!

So now I need to tag some of my favorite ladies for the award: (If tagged- no pressure! I understand these get passed around a lot!)

My questions for you!

1. What’s your favorite animal and why?

2. What are the colors of your bedroom walls (currently or growing up)?

3. What’s your favorite sports team?

4. Where is your dream vacation spot?

5. Describe your perfect weekend.

6. Do you love trashy reality TV? (I DO, I DO!)

7. One thing you wish you were good at?

8. What is your favorite kind of cookie?

9. What is the best goal you have achieved to date?

10. What’s your favorite clothing to wear- (workout or normal)?

11. Generally what time do you go to bed and wake up during the week?

  • What are your answers to any of these questions?