Cycling, Fitness, Marathon Training, Marathons, Race Preparation, Running, Swimming, Triathlon Training

And the Training Months Tick By…July and mid-August Recap

Hmm. It’s been an interesting month. I don’t have a lot of time to go into too much detail about what’s been going on, but let’s recap:   -I went on a weeklong vacation to Waikiki with Erik. By day we hiked, ran, snorkeled, swam, surfed, boogey boarded, and by night we hopped skipped karaoke bars. -I acquired two gnarly…

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Swimming

Resetting Expectations

The thing with injuries is that it allows me ample time to reflect. An injury pretty much grinds all of my training plans to a screeching halt. The Whidbey Island Marathon in April (which was downgraded to a half marathon, which was then downgraded to a 10K) is definitely out of the picture. I think I’ll still be on target…

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Swimming, Triathlon Training

Open Water Swimming Without a Wetsuit

My heart was pounding in my jaw. I spent more time being apprehensive about jumping into the water than actually being in the water. I had a fear that somehow, without my wetsuit, I would just sink to the bottom of the lake. Like some giant pair of hands would just come up from the dark, dark surface of the…

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Swimming, Triathlon Training

Whatever You Do, Don’t Panic

It has been said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I definitely have this incessant need to plan and re-plan and re-work a plan. (It’s just necessary when things don’t go according to…er…plan!) Well, that’s partially from my parents too (they are expert planners) but I think I just like to plan because without a plan,…

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Swimming, Triathlon Training

One Mile Victory In The Pool

Yesterday, I woke up at around 5am or so, thanks to my cat. He has a bit of an irregular sleeping schedule and at around 5am every morning, he’ll get quite rambunctious. On Wednesday, it was no exception, and I was wide awake listening to him play with all of his toys, all at the same time. I had this…

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Swimming, Triathlon Training

Tips for Swimming In A Crowded Pool

There are many mornings where I arrive at the gym hoping to the stars above that the pool is absolutely empty. The water will be crystal clear and still. No pointless chatter. No gawkers. Just me and the lane and no one to bother me. Well, that’s absolute BS. It rarely happens, and it doesn’t actually serve me. Today, I…

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