With Week 2 almost in the books, I've spent a bit of time appreciating some of the things that make this sport more enjoyable. Some of my obsessions are new while others are tried and true. Here are some recent favorites:
Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar
Yum. Yum. Yum. I limit my bar consumption in general, but sometimes they are a pre-workout snack in a pinch and I've always preferred Luna. The Caramel Brownie was heaven over the summer, made even tastier when warmed up in my jersey pocket. Then I discovered the Cookies and Cream and thought it couldn't be beat. But Luna proved me wrong with the Peppermint Stick. It's like crushed up Girl Scout Thin Mints conveniently shaped into a bar. I am fully stocked up on these at all times now. Run, don't walk, to the nearest store and try one.
All triathletes love gear and technical clothing, including me. Now I love it even more since discovering Ibex. Nearly everything is made from really fine merino wool and comfortable doesn't begin to describe it. I started with a sweater "borrowed" from my boyfriend and now am in love with my new hat and gloves. I've also recently gotten a sweater of my own. Next up, soft shell snow pants for winter hiking. Can't wait.
Ok, while I don't have one of my own, I took my first of four classes today and loved it. I've been dreaming of a Computrainer for quite some time but haven't convinced myself it's worth the price. I may be a little more convinced now, but will continue to torture myself for another year before taking the plunge. I tend to get a little lazy on the trainer but that was not the case today. I rode harder than I have since last summer and also covered more distance and time than I have since November. It felt great to get in a good indoor workout without the boredom I usually face. I wish I could do it more than once a week, but for now, that will have to do.
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The week went well given how exhausting it was both personally and at work. I found ways to fit training into a busy schedule and it finally feels natural again. Rather than viewing it as optional I'm starting to feel obligated, which is a good thing. I missed a swim and the one I did was atrocious so clearly I need to be more committed to the pool. But all in all it was another good week.
Swim - 1,600.00 Yd, 31m 19s
Bike - 70.67 Mi, 4h 25m 55s
Run - 5.39 Mi, 50m 39s