August 31, 2014

70.3 Training: Week 16

Here's what my training looked like this week:


60 minute NAC Masters swim


1:09 hour bike ride (13.67 miles)
Avg mph:  11.9

1:30 hour bike ride (18.51 miles)
Avg mph:  12.3

2:50 hour bike ride (41 miles)
Avg mph:  14.3
3 mile brick (35:50 minutes)

Bike total:  73.18 miles


5.30 mile run (1:06 hours)
3.48 mile run (40:47 minutes)
10.01 mile run (2:05 hours)

Run total (including bricks):  21.79 miles

Total training:  12.45 hours (including yoga)

Emotionally, this was a hard week. There was an incident in Shelby Bottoms last Sunday that happened as I was finishing my run. I didn't see it happen, but I was standing at my car immediately after & was one of the people who rushed to help. Of the three of us, one ran over & tried to administer CPR, while me & my other friend stopped & didn't go any further when we realized what we were seeing.

I'm not equipped to see death like this. I had a hard time processing the suddenness & permanence of what I saw. It contradicted the hospital, surrounded by loved ones setting that I had in my head. I couldn't stop crying, I wasn't sleeping & I was having a lot of flashbacks of what I saw. Fortunately, I had a therapy appointment already scheduled for Wednesday.

I learned on Wednesday that because the only other traumatic event I've experienced is 9/11, my brain had connected the two events & I had slipped back into a post-9/11 mindset. We talked through things I would do & say to myself to disconnect the two events & it really did help, almost immediately.

Oddly, Thursday, the day after my appointment, was my worst day. I think because I was processing everything that got brought up on Wednesday, but also because I went back to Shelby. That's where I do my bike rides during the week because I feel safe riding alone there. I drove past where it happened, got real upset, & just sat in my car & cried. I looked around the parking lot & saw moms with kids, people with dogs & old men with bikes & felt a little better.

I basically spent the rest of Thursday crying at people. I went to lunch after my ride & cried at my friend. I went home & cried at John. I called my sister & cried at her. I went to yoga & cried at everyone at yoga. But that night I slept & I woke up on Friday feeling okay & have felt okay ever since.

Thank you for letting me share this. I debated whether or not to write about it, but it became such a big part of my week that it seemed disingenuous not to. To everyone I cried at this week, thank you. It's hard to just sit & be present for someone's pain. Those of you who were able to do that for me, thank you.

August 26, 2014


Back earlier in the summer, we cancelled our cable & returned our DVR. You probably just gasped if you know me. But here's the thing, everything I watch is available elsewhere. You guys, you kind of don't need cable anymore. We already had a Ruku upstairs, so we bought another one for downstairs. The new Roku has a headphone jack on the remote, which is awesome if you have a mastering studio in your house.

So in light of the Emmy's last night, that I didn't watch because our antenna is in a box on our dining room table, here's a roundup of things I've been watching this summer sans cable.


Netflix Instant:
Arrested Development, Season 4
Mind of a Chef, Season 2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 3
The Wonder Years
Twin Peaks

Project Runway, Season 13
So You Think You Can Dance, Season 11

The Leftovers


Netflix Instant:
Arrested Development, Seasons 1-3
Mind of a Chef, Season 1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seasons 1-2
Portlandia, Seasons 1-3
Orange is the New Black, Season 2
House of Cards, Season 2

Amazon Prime:
Veronica Mars, Seasons 1-3
Inside Amy Schumer, Season 1

Game of Thrones, Season 4


Netflix Instant:
Bojack Horseman
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
The Killing, Season 4
Derek, Season 2
New Girl
Top of the Lake
Breaking Bad

Amazon Prime:
Drunk History
Kroll Show
Eastbound & Down
Boardwalk Empire
The Wire
Orphan Black

Moone Boy, Season 1

I haven't figured out how to watch these yet (for free), but they're on my list:
Top Chef Duels

P.S. The Comedy Central app is awesome! I'm watching The Daily Show & The Colbert Report on my iPad. And it looks like all the network shows I watch will be available on Hulu when they start back up in the fall.

August 25, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up: Fifty Miles Edition

On Friday night, I got my hair re-pinked. The pink highlights I got washed out, so I went back & got my hair legit dyed pink. Pink forever! Then I did my nails. DUH.

Saturday started at 4:45am. Because that's my life. Mary Katherine & I had to ride for 3 1/2 hours. Sick of our usual Trace route, we decided to start at the Garrison Creek rest stop. It took a lot longer to drive to than either one of us realized, but it was definitely a better ride. We rode out for 25 miles, turned around & rode back for 25 miles. I had never seen that part of the Trace, so the new scenery (& hills) were a much welcomed change.

Fifty miles is my longest ride. I wish I hadn't been sick (ish), but it does boost my Augusta confidence that I can ride for almost 4 hours while feeling like crap. After the ride, we did the world's shortest brick, realized it was noon & hightailed it out of there.

A big chocolate milk & a little stretching later, I felt back to normal. Actually, I felt hungry. So I drove to Korea House & treated myself to kimchi fried rice & a fried egg. It's become one of my favorite recovery meals. But also, I just love Korea House.

Sunday included a 9 mile run & a cook-out with good friends, none of which I took pictures of. But here's a picture of my bike!

August 24, 2014

70.3 Training: Week 15

Summer finally showed up in Tennessee this week. It was brutal. All of my runs were pretty terrible due to 80-90% humidity. Here's what my training looked like:


60 minute NAC Masters swim


1:08 hour bike ride (16 miles)
Avg mph:  14.1
*I did speed intervals around Cornelia Fort Airpark again

60 minute trainer ride
*I planned to ride longer, but I fell off my trainer & crashed into my bar cart, so... no.

3:43 hour bike ride (50 miles)
Avg mph:  13.5
0.96 mile brick (12:18 minutes)

Bike total:  66 miles (plus trainer ride?)


4 mile run (51:57 minutes)
3 mile run (35:44)
9 mile run (1:56 hours)

Run total (including bricks):  17 miles

Total training:  10 hours

My long ride with Mary Katherine on Saturday is my longest ride to date, 50 miles! Unfortunately, John & I made quesadillas the night before with bad shrimp. A lot of things happened to my body between dinner Friday night & the bike ride Saturday morning. Between all the pooping & the medicine to quit pooping, I was clearly dehydrated, which for some reason didn't occur to me until halfway through an almost 4 hour ride. I made it to 32 miles & then it got biblical. I got dizzy & nauseous & ran out of hydration. It was a mess. But I somehow finished.

I ran 9 miles on Sunday in just under 2 hours, & after riding 50 the day before, so I'm thinking my run time for Augusta may be closer to 2:30 than 3:00. Here's hoping!

August 20, 2014

Birchbox Review: July

July was a colorful Birchbox. I was excited when I opened it, mostly because I thought those two packets at the bottom were snacks, but also because of the lip gloss & hair mask. Here's what I got!

Harvey Prince Hello Body Creme, $22

I love this lotion! It goes against everything I stand for, scent-wise, but I can't quit it. Because I apparently can't read, I mistakenly used it as shower gel for two days before I realized it's lotion, so I didn't get to use as much of it as I would have liked & now it's on backorder. I'll totally buy this when it's back in stock & I will cover my entire body in it, forever.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, $48

I haven't used this yet. I'm honestly kind of scared of it. I've never used or done a peel & all I can think about is that Sex & The City episode where Samantha has to wear a veil to Carrie's book launch party because she had a chemical peel.

Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Mask, $25.95

Man, I was so excited to see this brand back in my box. I live & die by their detangler. Plus, who doesn't love a hair mask? Well, here's the rub. You have to leave this on for 20 minutes. Um... so how do you do that? Here's what I did. I got in the shower, put it on, got out, put my hair in a bun, put a shower cap on & sat cold & wet on the couch for 20 minutes. Meh? Buy this instead.

Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain (in Sugar), $20

This is a great lip gloss. They're calling it a stain, but it's lip gloss. It's thicker than most glosses & it feels great on. I got the Sugar color, which is pretty neutral, but I'm into it. It's real similar to Chanel Glossimer. I may buy it.

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel, $15

I wasn't into this. The packaging was frustrating. It came in like a soy sauce packet, so that was fun to use in the shower with wet hands. I didn't like the scent either. The ginger is real strong. Too strong. Pass.

August 19, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up: The Chivito Edition

Early Saturday morning, I drove to Natchez Trace to meet my friend Karen. Her husband Paul is doing Ironman Chattanooga & he was there at a training camp, & my Team Taurus training partner Mary Katherine had to work. I had to ride for 3 hours & 15 minutes, then run 2-3 miles. Karen wasn't sure she wanted to do the whole ride with me, but she did & it was awesome! Thanks, Karen!

I spent Saturday afternoon watching Clueless & reading the September issue of Elle cover to cover. I also bought Marie Claire & Lucky. I haven't been able to find Vogue yet. This is my favorite fashion time of year. I like to go through all the September issues, make a Fall 2014 Pinterest board & then try to find everything I pinned as cheaply as possible.

Once upon a time, there was a restaurant called Nola's on West End, & it served the best sandwich in the world, the chivito. The chivito is a steak sandwich on French bread with sauteed onions, mushrooms, green peppers, roasted red peppers, mayo, bacon & AN EGG. I just learned it's the national dish of Uruguay. I don't know about Uruguay, but it's the national dish of my heart. When Nola's was open, John & I ate there a lot, so much so, that when we walked in to Tango Grill on Saturday night, they remembered us. Tango Grill is tucked into a strip mall behind the Hooter's off of I-24 E & Harding Place. They're open 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm (10pm on weekends). Go now.

I was meeting Melanie & Jessica on Sunday morning for a long run. Since they drive to me multiple times a week, I offered to drive to them for a change. And then Kristine decided to join us at the last minute. We all met at the Brentwood greenway off Concord Road. Y'all, that greenway is NICE, but, of course it is. It may be my new favorite running destination.

It stormed off & on all day Sunday, so while John did a bunch of stuff in the house, I laid on the couch & read this entire book. It's so good! It's more suspenseful than scary, but it is deliciously disturbing in only the way Stephen King can be. I loved it!

August 17, 2014

70.3 Training: Week 14

This was a strong training week. I felt good during & after all of my work-outs & even did a couple of things I'm proud of, including a 3 mile brick, a HEADSTAND & not quitting my long ride when I got back to my car 15 minutes before I was supposed to.

Here's what my training looked like:


60 minute OWS in wetsuit
(Sportsplex was closed again this week)


1:20 hour bike ride (15.05 miles)
Avg mph:  11.2

1:46 hour bike ride (22.20 miles)
Avg mph:  12.5
3 mile brick (35:59 minutes)

3:15 hour bike ride (45 miles)
2 mile brick
(my Garmin died - no data)

Bike total:  82.25 miles


4.90 mile run (1:00 hour)
7.01 mile run (1:21 hours)

Run total (including bricks):  16.91 miles

Total training:  12 hours

I took my friend Paige's yoga class again on Thursday night & did a headstand! Sooo loving that class. Thanks, Paige!

I had a really great long ride on Saturday:  no Garmin, good weather, good nutrition:

I had 2 cups of coffee & a waffle with PB&J at home, 1 rice cake 50 minutes into the ride, another rice cake 50 minutes later & then a package of caffeinated chocolate candies Season gave me from NRC 50 minutes after that (the package is equal to 1 cup of coffee). Plus, I had a salt pill once an hour (3 total), 1 bottle of Hammer Perpetuem & 1 bottle of Nuun.

It's the first time that I've finished a Trace ride strong. It's also the first time I didn't go home & take a 2-3 hour nap. So yeah, maybe I've finally got this nutrition thing figured out.

In the next 5 weeks (!!), I'm supposed to ice my knees after every long or hard run, get a bike tune-up & buy new running shoes. And not get injured. Oh! I also need to make sure I know how to change a flat. I learned how when I first got my bike, but I've never had to do it & I doubt that information is still in my brain.

Five weeks, y'all!


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