July 28, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up: I Swam In The Cumberland (Twice!) Edition

Y'all, I spent a lot of time in the Cumberland River this weekend, 52 minutes to be exact. On Saturday, I did an open water swim benefiting the Nashville Dolphins. The Cumberland River has a current, unlike Percy Priest, where I usually swim, & I wanted to get a feel for it before my race on Sunday.

I only swam the 400m course on Saturday since I was going to be swimming the longer, 1500m course on Sunday. I swam it in about 9 minutes. When I got out, I ran into Coach Chris from NAC Masters. Right after we snapped this picture, I looked down & saw a fish jump out of the water & eat a piece of trash. He was easily 3 feet long & ate a 4oz paper Powerade cup. So I was real excited to be swimming with that guy the next day.

On Sunday, I woke up at 4:00am & started the all-day process that was Music City Triathlon. I'll write a proper race recap later this week, but I had a good race. The heat index in Nashville was a balmy 110 degrees yesterday, so you know, that was awesome. But I somehow managed to stay alive, despite my right arm tingling & going numb halfway through the run course. All I could think was, 'If I have a heart attack, at least I can stop running'.

Any hope I had of placing in yesterday's race went out the window in the 2nd mile of the 6-mile run. I'm pretty sure I've never walked in a race & I walked about half of it yesterday. Plus, the whole, 'AM I having a heart attack?' thing. I glanced at the results before I left & saw that I came in 4th, which I was pretty proud of. I snapped a pic of the result sheet & had John read me my finish times as we were driving home. That's when we both realized that I won. Luckily, Marne won too & she was still there, so she grabbed my prize for me. See above. Thanks, Team Magic!

My good friend Julie Koh, aka Hot Koh Koh, is moving to Boston & Marne & I hosted her going away party last night. This is the awesome cake Mary Katherine picked up for the party. It was a bittersweet night. Julie is largely responsible for my becoming a triathlete & she for sure is who taught me how to do this insane sport, but aside from that, she is one of my favorite friends & Nashville won't be the same without her. Safe travels, Hot Koh Koh. We love you!

70.3 Training: Week 11

This was a taper week in preparation for Music City Triathlon. I wasn't sure how I was going to taper, but I ended up following a combination of my taper weeks from Tri Fall Creek Falls & Mach Tenn.

Here's what my training looked like:


60 minute NAC Masters swim
400m Nashville Dolphins Open Water Swim


1:40 hour bike ride (20 miles)
Avg mph:  12.8

1:05 hour bike ride (12.28 miles)
Avg mph:  11.2
2 mile brick (20:59 minutes)


3.80 mile run (43:58 minutes)

I did the Monday Night Ladies Ride again this week & loved it! I was a little nervous because it was my first time riding the PW 11.2, but I did great! I climbed, I shifted AND I kept up with the group. It was a good ride. We rode the Boulevard first, then the 11.2 & finished with another lap around the Boulevard.

I always lose weight during taper weeks. I'm sure there's some science behind it, but I don't know what it is. Regardless, I lost a pound this week, bringing my total weight loss to... THIRTY POUNDS! Sooo thanks, body!

Music City Triathlon race recap coming soon.

July 25, 2014

MyFitnessFoe, Part 168

168! I've lost 30 pounds!!!

When I last checked in it was early June & I had hit 172. I can't believe I'm down to 168. Shit, in another 3 pounds, I won't be an Athena anymore. Y'all, that is NUTS.

About a year after I moved home from NYC, Mary Katherine, Jaime & I all started seeing a dietitian at St. Thomas named Blair Blair. We loved her so hard. I found my old Blair Blair notebook this morning. Here are my recorded weights:

Jan. 2004 -- 159 lbs
Feb. 2004 -- 157 lbs
July 2004 -- 155 lbs
Jan. 2005 -- 168 lbs

Oh hey, January 2005 weight. Nice to see you again after 9 long, fat years. This is the first time I've been under 170 since 2005. I did Weight Watchers back in 2007 & got down to 172, but that didn't last long. I've probably been over 180 ever since.

Here's a picture of Jaime, (our old friend Emily), Mary Katherine & me from 2004, the year of Blair Blair. This was a birthday party for me & Mary Katherine. Just a couple of smoking hot 28 year olds, NBD.

July 22, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up: Rice Cake to Nowhere Edition

I could write this entire blog post about how much time & effort went into these rice cakes. I could tell you how many grocery stores I went to, how many times I called Marshall Bassett while standing in the aluminum foil aisle of said grocery stores. I could even tell you how I forgot I don't own a rice cooker. Instead, I'll tell you this, I made rice cakes. No one ate them. The end. You're welcome.

The weather Saturday was not great. Mary Katherine & I had a long bike ride scheduled. Thus the aforementioned rice cakes. It kept raining & we kept pushing the start time back. Finally, it stopped raining & we drove out to Natchez Trace, only to get there & discover the entire Trace was covered in a dense fog. So we took a fog selfie, natch, turned around & drove back home.

Oh, that's right, I have a trainer! So much for getting out of my bike ride. I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to sit on that thing for 3 hours, but I decided I'd at least have to make it through a movie. Also? I needed to ride long enough to eat one of those damn rice cakes. I watched the Tonya Harding documentary The Price of Gold (yeah, I did!). Thanks to Sarah Allen for the tip. It was only 1:18 long, so I needed to keep going. I made it to 1:40.

I met my lady gang on Sunday morning for run through West End/Vandy. Lana had been slaving away making jam all weekend (Jam On It), so we kindly took that off her hands. I'm real excited to try the peach cardamon!

I know it's July, but I need to practice swimming in my wetsuit. So I did. And I was fast as shit. I'll risk over-heating in Augusta to be able to swim this fast. Thanks, Emma!

I swam a good 45-60 minutes with Karen & Beth. It was a great open water swim practice. John & I spent the rest of the day doing house stuff. We finally gave the middle finger to Comcast, cancelled our cable & returned the DVR. We bought a second Roku & a digital antenna & set all that up on Sunday. Y'all, we're totes fine. Who knew I didn't need cable?! Well, besides my husband.

July 20, 2014

70.3 Training: Week 10

Week 10. Halfway to 20. Holy crap! Here's what my training looked like this week:


60 minute NAC Masters swim
45 minute open water swim (in a wetsuit)


1:03 hour bike ride (14.86 miles)
Avg mph:  14.1
2 mile brick (22:29 minutes)

1:51 hour bike ride (24.70 miles)
Avg mph:  13.3

1:40 hour trainer ride
Avg mph:  15.8
Avg HR:  123 bpm
Max HR:  142 bpm


2.96 mile run (29:45 minutes)
5.15 mile run (1:00 hour)

The weather in Tennessee this week was nuts. We had unusually cool, fall-like mornings & evenings. Like most runners, I'm faster in cooler temps & this week reflects that. My weight also dropped down another notch this week. I'm hovering in between 168-169. The last time I was under 170 was 2005. So... that's insane.

I've been having trouble shifting on my bike, so I dropped it off at Red Kite for a tune-up. The housing for my cables was split & starting to rust, so they replaced all that. The 'ole girl shifts like a dream now. I was also missing an important bolt somewhere integral to me not dying while in motion, so they replaced that, too. And I got a light for my Monday Night Ladies Rides!

I talked to my masters swim coach this week about open water swims. I'm getting faster in the pool, but it's not translating to open water. My endurance is good, but I need to swim faster, so she's going to start giving me 200m drills in the pool to get me faster in open water.

I'm doing Music City Olympic next Sunday, so this will be a taper week. I don't know how to taper for an Olympic while still training for a 70.3, but I guess I'll figure it out? This should be fun.

July 18, 2014

Birchbox Review: June

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum, $62

I've tried serums off & on, but overall, don't buy into them, a viewpoint my dermatologist shares. I'm just not convinced there's any benefit to using them & they're usually upwards of $60. Meh. But I used this teeny, tiny sample. It felt good on my face, but no idea if it had any benefit. It was only enough product to use 2-3 times.

Dr. Hauschka Body Wash, $22.95

The body wash sample I received is lemon lemongrass scent (yes, double lemon). I like the body wash, but not the scent. It's a personal thing. I don't like lemongrass & lemon reminds me of kitchen cleaning products.

English Laundry Signature for Her, $90

On a scale of hate to HATE, this falls closer to hate. I will say this, it's the closest Birchbox has gotten to actually sending me a scent I'd almost like. It's musky instead of floral, which is a start. It's not for me, but it's not terrible.

Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Body Lotion, $16

I love the scent of this lotion. It's crisp, clean & not heavy. Perfect for spring/summer. I used it initially as a body lotion, but I have dry skin & it wasn't moisturizing enough, but I love it as a hand lotion. I'll probably buy this. Love the scent!

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil, $18

I love this brand & am always excited when one of these lip pencils is in my box. The name of this one is weird:  "lip lube pencil"... But I like it. It feels great on - very moisturizing. I got the nude color. My card says Bees Knees, but the website says Boss Lady, so who knows which color I actually got. It's a matte nude, which I like to call 'skin lips'. If you haven't tried LAQA & Co., I recommend them. They're my favorite lip pencils & the bold colors are BOLD.

July 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up: What Is My Life Edition

My weekend started EARLY on Saturday. I got up at 4:45 to meet Mary Katherine & Julie for a 45-mile bike ride & 2-mile brick (run). I was back home by 11:00. It's real weird to exercise to that extreme & be back home before lunch, or before your husband is awake. It definitely set off the 'what is my life' mantra that continued throughout the weekend.

Oh yeah, this is my life. Duh.

My bike hasn't been shifting correctly, so I dropped it off at Red Kite for a tune-up & then went to check out the NRC West grand opening. While I was out ignoring the imminent atrophy of my quadriceps, I swung into Walgreens & bought this $5 nail pen. I'm into it. One thing, actually two things. One, put a top coat over it. I didn't & it came off the next day. Two, make sure you have someone around who can do your right (or left) hand.

I've been ignoring the 6:30am open water swim Mary Katherine does every Sunday because - well, it's a 6:30am open water swim on a Sunday. But I decided to try it this week because I am apparently a cyborg who no longer requires sleep on the weekends.

It was a good endurance swim, but I may need to supplement with other open water swims that incorporate speed work & drills. It's great practice if you've got an open water race coming up though, particularly olympic distance or greater.

After the swim, I did a real terrible 6-mile run with Jaime & then went home & transformed from triathlete into wife. Y'all, I have not worn makeup or real pants in like a month. At least. So I put on a dress, & a Tattly, natch, & went to lunch with my husband. We went to this real fancy place close to Vanderbilt. It's called Pizza Perfect. Joie de vivre.

You know our dog's named Linda McCartney, right? So surely you know my husband's love for The Beatles is next level. After lunch, we went over to the Belcourt to see the last showing of A Hard Day's Night. While we were waiting for the movie to start, John told me when this movie came out in 1964, his mom & her friends camped out at the movie theater & watched it over & over. I mean, I camped out for Glitter, but I only watched it once.


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