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SwimBikeRun

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  • Birthday 06/29/1981

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  1. Whew! It's been a while since I posted on my progress. I've been so busy at work (my boss is on vacation so a lot more responsibility devolves upon me) and busy training (first race of the season in 5 weeks) that I felt it was more important to focus on doing those things than write about them. Here's where things stand: Goal 1 (5k under 20min) - I've been doing my regular long runs and strength runs, as well as my weight training, to get ready to kick ass on this goal. I've decided not to do any "practice runs." When I'm ready, I'll go for it and that will be that. Goal 2 (7 days of 3,200 cal
  2. I think that would really depend on what type of distance you're interested in measuring. If I wanted to look at my consistency over a long ride and I typically do a long ride of, say, 30 miles, I might want to look at my 10 mile splits. If I were training for an Ironman, I might be more concerned with 30 or 40 mile splits. I guess my rule of thumb for a long ride would be splits of 1/3 or 1/4 of the total distance. I also track splits when I'm doing hill repeats, so obviously my split would be each repeat. In NYC, the big loop of Central Park is 6 miles and lots of people do workouts consisti
  3. Oh, Andy, there's really no reason to make fun of yourself. We're 100% behind you. (Never mind that you could definitely kick my ass and you're probably a better cyclist too. I fear you not and reject your ridicule!)
  4. Awesome, this works out perfectly with the bike ride I did this morning. Three descending, steady-state 6-mile loops of serene and beautiful Central Park, NYC at 5:30am (just beat the rain!): 23:00, 22:05, 20:53.
  5. Thanks for all the kudos, but please, nobody be intimidated. My trainer has assured me that I am still weak as an 8-year old girl. Max weight bench press on Friday should be a real treat.
  6. I started lifting with a trainer two weeks ago. I've been working out in commercial gyms for a long time, but as a primarily endurance athlete, my time at the gym was mostly spent doing cardio, machines, and dumbbells. I was petrified of the barbell (not knowing technique, worrying about injury, etc.). But I've reached the point in my endurance training where added strength is a necessary component to overcoming my current plateau. So, I buckled down, put my money where my mouth was, and started working with a trainer at an elite facility. Last week, I learned to squat, deadlift, and bench pre
  7. Sounds good! I've never raced Cooperstown but I hear it's a fun race. I've got three Olympics (Philadelphia, MossMan in CT, and Mighty Hamptons) scheduled so far, and I'd like to add a fourth race in July if I can. If you need any NYC triathlon resources (places to train, shop, etc.), please don't hesitate to ask.
  8. If you enjoy open water swimming, there's a group that goes out every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Brighton 4th St. lifeguard chair. See here: http://www.cibbows.org/index.html
  9. For me, no question, it's "November Rain" by Guns N Roses.
  10. Hey engineman312! I'm far from an elite competitor, but I am a pretty experienced triathlete, so feel free to bounce any questions off me if you like.
  11. I would recommend forgetting about an app and just getting a basic running watch with heart rate monitor and foot pod. I have a Garmin FR60 and it's as simple and reliable as you can get. If I really want GPS data for a particular run, I use the MapMyRun app to supplement my Garmin. It will also track your distance, elevation, etc. and even announce your distance and pace at preset intervals if you turn on those settings.
  12. I've got a whole collection of racing flats and spikes from my high school days as a track sprinter. I've got nothing against them, and I really do like those ST5s in particular, but I've found myself enjoying a more cushioned shoe as I've got older, especially now that almost all of my running is on asphalt. Just a personal preference.
  13. I would highly suggest eating a lot of green veggies to aid with digestion of all that protein!
  14. There are about a million different raw salads you can make with baby kale, but my personal favorite creation and super simple: saute the baby kale in a little bit of olive oil with garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, and some crushed red pepper flakes. Separately roast some sweet potato. Toss the kale and sweet potato together, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice to give it an acidic pop, and enjoy! If you want to be adventurous, bake a ripe plantain with your sweet potato in the oven, then chop it up and add it to the mixture.
  15. Hmm, one of my overall challenge goals is to run a sub-20 minute 5K. Not sure if I want to treat this mini-challenge as an opportunity to go for it, a chance to do a trial run and see where I'm at, or just hold off so I don't get any psychological baggage built up if I end up disappointing myself. Decisions, decisions...
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