August Training Stats

1 09 2014

How is it already September? Where did August go? I feel like I just wrote my July training stats, and now I’m wrapping up August. You know what that means? A little less than 3 months til Cozumel. Gulp. It’s time to get serious. Real serious. But before diving in to that, let’s recap August, eh?

 

Run: 97.61

I’m not sure how this number is lower than last month’s but somehow it is. I’m running longer runs, but maybe not as frequently? My longest run in a very long time was this month- 18km- while I was in Madison for work. We’ve also done some killer track workouts- like 10 x 1 mile repeats. Yowza.

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Bike: 937.73 km

Holy cow! That’s a lot of saddle time! We’ve really started to ramp up our long rides. In August, I did 4 rides that were over 100km. I also PDR’d – twice! I did an 132km ride in the hills of San Antonio, and then this past weekend rode 149 km in Cozumel-like conditions at Alafia. That last ride was a total dose of reality. I didn’t fuel properly, the wind was exhausting, and it was darn hot. I can’t believe that I’m going to be riding 31km more and THEN running a MARATHON at Cozumel. What am I thinking???

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Swim: 19.06 km

So, we’ve started swimming a bit more. We got in a few 3,000 yard workouts this month, and I expect more of those.

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Strength:

I do a PiYo workout about 4x/week and I’be been throwing in a 21-day fix workout every now and then. Again, I can’t speak highly enough about PiYo; I really think it is a great balance to all this swim, bike, running I’ve been doing!

Races: Nada. I have one in September and that’s it til Cozumel!

Current reads: So, not a “read” but I recently watched “The Other Shore“- the story of Diana Nyad’s quest to swim from Cuba to Florida. Holy. Cow. That woman. She is insane/amazing/inspiring/tough/hardworking/driven/passionate/incredible/determined. Wow. She had a dream that she just would not let go until one day, last year, she finally made it. Never ever ever give up.

Current obsession: Avocados and eggs. Lately, it seems like every meal has one or the other (or both!)!

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Current song: Hmm. I don’t have one song right now, but I’m digging the Calvin Harris Album. I’m in the market for some new running songs though. Anyone?

Current need: A clean house. I feel like it is always a mess! I read this article recently and it has inspired me to start some new organizational habits!

Current triumph: Getting through nearly 5 hours on the bike! As I mentioned above, this was a new PDR and definitely gave me some perspective about how freaking hard an Ironman is going to be. Though I bonked pretty bad, I was proud to say “I did it”.

Current indulgence: Hmm. Does the glass of red wine I’m currently drinking count? Or that piece of dark chocolate I ate for dessert? Or how about that sushi I had the other night (followed by some fried ice cream. omg!) ? Everything in moderation:-)

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fried ice cream

Current excitement: This may get old, but Cozumel and the Ironman journey is exciting to me. I recently purchased my flight down there (still need the ferry to the island, but I can do that later!) and it made it 1000x more real. This is really happening. 90 days to go!





Top Gun Triathlon 2014

22 08 2014

So, I owe you guys a race report. Yes, I realize that August is almost over, and I raced Top Gun in July, but better late than never, right?

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The Thursday before the race, a deal I couldn’t pass up came my way for the hot pink Rudy racing helmet I’ve been drooling over for past year. I paid the extra shipping to have it overnighted so that I could race with it on Saturday.  I think they look so silly, but I’ll take the little bit of extra speed any day!

I picked up my packet on the Friday night before the race, surprised to see that we got race tattoos and a silicone cap. Dear race director: Silicone caps for July races in Florida are a DUMB idea. I was overheating standing on shore waiting for my wave. And race tattoos? This is a local sprint, not a 70.3 or Age Group Nationals. Is that really necessary?

Okay, okay, I understand that for some those are perks of this race, and that’s why they do it, so I’ll end my rant there.

Anyhow, my morning alarm came way too early. 7:00am start time for the first wave and nearly an hour drive to get there meant a wake up time that began with a 4. OOf.

 

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I arrived at Ft. DeSoto and used my cell phone flashlight to guide my path over to transition since it was still dark out. Thankfully transition had a bunch of flood lights on, so I could get myself set up. I filled my hydration bladder, started drinking my PreLoad, and made sure everything was set before wandering around transition to see my friends. Soon enough, it was time to head down to the water.

I looked at the flags and was disappointed, as I always am with sprints. The swim was just so short (but I think it actually was longer than when I raced two years ago!)- how was I going to get any advantage there? Sigh. I warmed up, swimming nearly the entire course, and then got out and waited for my wave. We started late and my wave was one of the latter ones, so it just felt like forever until I actually got to go! Finally, the gun went off!

Swim: 6:51 (1st female)

I lined up to the right of the pack, since that was closest to the buoy. We’d be going against the current for a very short time to get to that first buoy, so no sense in making it longer! I was out in front with a few other girls, but kept my stroke strong and steady. Shortly after making the turn and the first buoy on the straight, I started passing people from the waves in front of me. Hello men doing backstroke, breasstroke, kicking their little legs away, and just floating there. Sheesh. I tried to stick as close to the buoy line as possible, and definitely ran in to some people doing that. I didn’t have a good idea of where I was within the pink caps, but I knew there were definitely girls on my tail. I picked up my pace, turned the last buoy and didn’t stop swimming until my hand hit the ground. I popped up and hightailed it out of the water.

T1: 3:15

Hello long transition. As I ran up the beach I remembered that Ft. DeSoto races have such a ridiculously long run to get to transition. Add to that the fact that they’re paving the parking lot where transition usually sits, so transition was move a little further away than usual- and it makes for one long run! On my way in to transition, I was passed by Brittany Pierce, and I did a little happy dance, because I beat a pro on the swim!

Bike: 25:53

I grabbed my bike, helmet, and sunglasses and hit the road. My goal for the bike was to give it all I had to see how fast I would actually go. The bike is about 9.5 miles on a one loop course. I didn’t wear my watch, I wasn’t looking at numbers, I just wanted to get out there and go. At about 7 miles or so (if I remember correctly) I was passed by another female. Darn it. I kept pushing, and didn’t let anyone else pass me. I don’t think there was anything else memorable to report on that short bike!

T2: 1:02

I got in and out as fast as I could here. In transition, I saw the girl that had passed me on the bike, and I was determined to get out before her. (I did- she was in there for 1:42!)

Run: 25:19

I was really hoping to average 7:XX per mile on this, so at first when I saw my split, I was disappointed. But then I learned that the run was a bit longer than a 5K, so my average was actually better than I thought. My goal for the run was to have a better run than I did 2 years ago, when I had to stop and walk. It was hot, but I was not going to give in. I knew that the only woman in front of me was Brittany, so I had a chance to be one of the top females overall. I just put one foot in front of the other and kept ticking off the runners in front of me. Thank you late wave. I had no clue what pace I was holding, since I didn’t wear a watch, but I didn’t care, I just wanted to keep going. With about half a mile to go, I was passed by a woman in a blue tri kit. I immediately looked to her calf, and saw she was in my age group. My heart sank. I thought about slowing some, but told myself no, that I was going to finish strong. I was hurting and very hot, but I only had a half mile to go- I can do this! I forged ahead and soon, I finally saw the finish line. Thank goodness- it was over!

Total: 1:02:19, 2AG, 4th F OA (I think)

Overall, I was quite happy with how the day went. I dropped time in the bike and run from 2012, and I’m pretty sure the swim was longer this year. I would have loved another 1st place podium spot, but 2nd ain’t so bad;-)

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Swiss Chard Wraps with Chipotle-Lime Tofu

8 08 2014

Do you guys follow theKitchn.com? If not, then you should. Lately, I feel like they’ve been churning out some awesome content, and I find myself bookmarking or sharing a lot of their recent posts.

Like this post with 17 recipes using a can of chick peas. Or this recipe for a Green Goddess Quinoa Salad bowl (which was on my menu for this week and it was oh-so-good!) Or this post about the best ways to organize your freezer <– so smart! And finally, this recipe, which served as the inspiration for the meal I’m about to share with you!

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The original recipe called for some more “traditional” taco/fajita fillings- red pepper, onion, beans, brown rice.  I could have gone that route, but opted to use up the remainders of the different veggies I had in the fridge (mushrooms, broccoli, and some homemade pico de gallo from Steph) and use the can of corn I had in the pantry. I also had some tofu that needed to be eaten and some feta cheese.

By the way, I must give my friend Steph a shout out. She gave me a bunch of yummy treats from her trip to Key West- limes, a fresh mango, a coconut (!), Florida avocado, and some of her homemade mango pico de gallo. I immediatley used some of the pico in a salad and it was amazing. Oh, and the mango? Probably one of the best I’ve ever had. I was a little skeptical about the Florida avocado because I’ve never had much success with them and always find myself wishing it was a Hass, but this one was perfect!

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I followed the general idea of the original recipe- sauté the veggies/protein, wrap in chard leaves, and top with the dressing, but the biggest divergence from the recipe was my choice of protein: tofu. It just so happened that on the same day I saw the wrap recipe, I had earlier seen a picture of chipotle-lime marinated chicken. I knew immediately that I was going to use those flavors on the tofu in my fridge, so when I stumbled upon the wrap recipe with its similar flavor profile, I knew I had a great recipe mash-up.

When I threw everything together, I was super impressed with this dish. It was so fresh, and so healthy! I think I may be using chard leaves as wraps more often now! Oh, and the Cumin-Lime dressing was the perfect sauce to bring it all together. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Swiss Chard Wraps with Chipotle-lime Baked Tofu, Fresh Veggies, and Cumin-Lime dressing

Ingredients:

For the Baked Tofu:

1 tsp Chipotle powder (more or less to your taste. This was spicy for me!)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 TBS honey
1 TBS olive oil
salt

For the Wraps:

Swiss Chard Leaves (as many as you need)
1/2 can corn kernels, drained
1 head broccoli
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
EVOO
garlic powder

Toppers:
Pico de gallo
feta cheese
avocado

For the Cumin Lime Sauce:

Juice from 2 limes
zest from 1 lime
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1-2 scallions, minced-white and light green parts only
1 teaspoon ground cumin
dash crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt

 

How to:

First, make the baked tofu (this can be done in advance, you’ll just want to heat it up before adding to your wraps). Dry the tofu and cut into cubes.  Marinade the tofu for at least 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, flipping every 15 minutes

Second, fry up the veggies.In a fry pan over high heat, add a few TBS of EVOO, add the veggies and a dash of garlic powder. Add the veggies from the slowest cooking to the fastest cooking: broccoli first, cook for a few minutes, then the mushrooms, cook for a few, and then the canned corn.

Third, make the Cumin-lime dressing. Put all of the ingredients for the sauce into a jar or container with a lid. Shake vigorously!

Fourth, assemble your wraps. Use a chard leaf and add the tofu, veggies, and other toppers you have (I used pico de gallo, avocado, and feta cheese). Top with the cumin lime dressing.

Enjoy!

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