What’s Going On?

6 02 2015

And I said HEY-YEA-YEAH -YEAH…anyone else singing that song? Just me? Oh. Ok.

Anywho- I figured I’d check in with a life update- I know, super exciting for a Friday post, but hey, you gotta take writing inspiration where you find it.

Fitness:

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I’m still struggling to find my run mojo. I ran a few times in December, and both times I did my “normal” 4k loop around my house. Unfortunately, I’m so out of shape that my calves were sore for several days after and that killed my desire to run. However, I ran earlier this week, just 2k this time, and a) no soreness and b) I actually wanted to go for another run, but rain and my yoga challenge got in the way. I guess technically I could have run on the treadmill, but who wants to do that when it’s perfect running weather outside?

Speaking of my yoga challenge, I’ve got 9 days left (well, I guess 8 by the time this publishes)- and I have to make ALL of them in order to get my 21 days in. I’ve missed 3 classes because I chose not to go (lazy!) and the studio was closed for Gasparilla and then the city shut off the neighborhood’s water so classes were cancelled. Thankfully, they’ve added one more day to the challenge to make up for the unexpected closing. I’ve really enjoyed regularly practicing yoga; however, I do find myself missing my beloved cardio. It’s too bad because the classes I like to go to just so happen to be at the same time I’d normally run (since I haven’t been able to get my butt out of bed in the morning to run). I’m glad I’ve learned this, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a 5x per week yogi.

Fun:

So I mentioned Gasparilla above- and for those of you who don’t know, Tampa has a festival every year at the end of January, where we “celebrate” the pirate Jose Gaspar and his “rule” over southwest Florida. Basically, beginning right after New Years, all things pirate-themed start popping up in Tampa. Houses are decorated, costumes are sold, and beads- tons and tons of beads are commonplace. It’s basically Mardi Gras with pirates. It just so happens to always be around my birthday, but since being in Tampa, I’ve never actually been a part of the festivities.

This year, I made a point to at least check out the parade. Drunken debauchery isn’t really my thing, but I really just wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Bill and I stopped at my friend Jennica’s house for some food and drinks before heading over to Bayshore to catch some of the parade.

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Oh, it’s also an excuse to dress up, which can be kind of fun!

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Holy masses of people. The crowd for the parade was probably about 10 feet deep, before it thinned enough to walk through, and the majority of people had been drinking since 9am (or earlier)- it was after 3 by this point.

Bill and I walked along the outskirts of the crowd, people watching, and occasionally grabbing some beads thrown from the floats. I noticed that there were a ton of police officers from surrounding counties there- there were so many people, the reinforcements were necessary. There were a few occasions where I saw a police officer hovering over some poor drunk person who was vomiting in the streets. Gross. Keep it classy Tampa.

The parade? To be perfectly honest, I thought it was pretty lame- just floats (some fancier than others) where people were throwing beads. Yay? We were there for maybe an hour before deciding we’d had enough and headed to one of our friend’s houses.

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The one thing that struck me as we rode home for the night was what I’ll call carnage- there were beads, cups, trash, and just loads of stumbling people all over town, hours after the parade had ended. It certainly is quite the day in Tampa, but I think I’ll stick to going to friend’s parties away from the mess of the parade.

And finally, Food:

Trader Joes is my jam y’all. The other night for dinner, I nom’d on wine, cheese, and other crudités. Have you guys had the caramelized onion cheddar from TJ’s yet? OMG I could eat it all in one sitting! And those cherry peppers? The perfect combination of sweet and heat!

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Another night, I went to TJ’s hungry, had a bite of what they were sampling, and hook-line and sinker the ingredients ended up in my cart.

IMG_7666Veggie Masala burgers with peach chutney (mixed with some Greek Yogurt) served on some of their frozen naan? DELISH! If I hadn’t taken the time to make the sweet potato fries, this would have been a complete meal in 10 minutes. Easy peasy.
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Another frozen section find: Vegetable Fried Rice. Bill and I could live on fried rice from Kombo Kitchen (me: pineapple fried rice; him: thai fried rice), so we decided to give TJ’s a go. I stir fried it in my wok, and doctored it up with some soy sauce, tempeh, tomatoes, and some frozen green peppers. It was really tasty, but it wasn’t Kombo. IMG_7681

And finally, there is nothing better than a warm croissant and a good cup of joe. Well, maybe if they were pumpkin croissants, which is what I got from TJs. I think they are typically a fall special, but the last time I was at TJs there were a few boxes left, so I grabbed one. They’re frozen, and come 4 to a package. You need to take them out the night before, lay them on a buttered baking sheet, and in the morning, they’ll have doubled in size (or even tripled!) and they’re ready to bake. As long as you remember to take them out the night before, this is SUCH a delicious and easy breakfast. They’re warm, buttery, and there’s just enough of this pumpkin pie-like filling. Breakfast perfection. And cheaper than the croissants at Starbucks. Win. Win.
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So, what’s been going on with you?





What Will 2015 Bring?

5 01 2015

Happy New Year! Oh wait, we’re almost one week in to January…ok, ok, so I’m a little late to the game on this one. But better late than never, right?

So how did 2014 end? And what’s planned for 321delish in 2015?

Well, you all know that 2014 was the year of the Ironman.

0826_070276It’s weird- when you plan for something that big, that far in advance, your whole year really does revolve around that event. In some ways, I felt like my year ended on November 30th. I mean, for 11 months, that’s what I was working towards- December didn’t exist. That’s unfortunaltey one of the reasons I didn’t make it home for Christmas. Note: waiting until 3 weeks before Christmas to book a plane home is not the best idea.

Anyhow, I kept myself busy in December with work, but also with plenty of kitty snuggle time.

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Oh, and I finally WENT OUT. Like stayed up way too late and danced my face off WENT OUT. It was fun, but I think once per month is about my limit on that. I like being asleep well before midnight too much…

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Workout-wise, I have done very little run, bike, swim. I think I went for a run about 3 weeks after Ironman because the weather here was just too darn perfect NOT to go. I only went 4k. It hurt. It felt slow. So I didn’t run again for another week. And then I ran twice in one weekend. Whoa. My legs still felt heavy, and I didn’t run for another week after that (probably not the pattern for getting back in to shape, eh?) but I’m listening to my body, and only doing workouts when I want to.

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I’ve been focusing instead on my yoga, and I’ve practiced about 2x per week starting about 2 weeks after I got back from Cozumel. I know that’s not much, but each time I’ve gone, I’ve really enjoyed it, and I really want to keep that up (at minimum) throughout the year. I will master the handstand!

2014 ended at a quiet bar in Orlando, just me and Bill, enjoying dinner after he got off work. It was low-key and wonderful. I didn’t get to spend NYE with him the last two years, so it was nice to be together for this one.

As I think about what 2015 will bring, I’m still not entirely sure. I think I’ve still got a little bit of those post-IM blues, but I do know that I want to get back out there and magically be in shape again. I am honored to be a part of the SOAS team again, and my teammates’ enthusiasm and support is gonna help get me back at it soon enough. I do know that Bill and I are going to do whatever it takes to make another big hike (likely the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim) happen this year. The other thing I do know is that we only get one life to live, and there are so many amazing things out there – adventures to be had, delicious food to be eaten, places to explore – so let’s get out there and LIVE in 2015!

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Confessions of an Ironman In Training

15 10 2014

1. I want to eat #allthefood. Post ride/run/swim hunger is real. I’m a little worried about converting back to eating normal amounts of food after Ironman is over…

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2. I keep a bag of frozen corn in your freezer at all times. It comes in handy after long rides. However, you should probably label it “Ironman’s ice pack” or “I put this bag on my sweaty crotch” so it will not get used for food.

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3. I have a special pair of very soft cotton underwear that I save for post-long rides. TMI, I know.

4. Sticking my hands down my shorts before a ride is a very normal occurrence. Again, TMI. But really, thank goodness for Chamois Butter!

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5. I have the sexiest tan lines on the planet.

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(this photo does not do them justice)

6. The bed becomes very appealing at 9pm. And at 1pm. And at 5pm. Heck, if I could just eat, sleep, and train, that would be great.

7. I take more baths than I did when I was an infant. However, Epsom salt or ice is my additive of choice  rather than No more Tears.

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8. I am afraid to go get a pedicure because I’m super embarrassed by how rugged/blister-y and gross my feet are.

9. I have spent far more money than I care to admit on hydration and nutrition products. That stuff can get pricey!!

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10. I have spent many Friday and Saturday nights reading re-reading and reading again an embarrassing number of race reports from Ironman Cozumel. What else do I have to do on a weekend night before a long workout?

A few of my favorites: Katie’s , Lauren’s, Sonja’s, John’s (on his wife Maria’s blog)

I may be biased because I either know these people in person or follow them on social media. Note that all but John’s report are multi-post. You must read all the parts!

11. I go back and forth between loving the journey and being so over it. Is it November 30th yet?

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12. Ironman training is hard. Really hard. On your body, on your emotions, on your wallet, on your relationships. I am thankful to have an amazingly supportive boyfriend and friends who are crazy enough to do this thing with me.
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