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Month: July 2016

Summer 2016: 45 Minute Spin Class Playlist & Workout

Let’s get sweaty! I love teaching indoor cycling at Wired Cycling and enjoy taking classes there and at other studios on occasion as well. I make a brand new playlist for every single class (though I do have go-to favorite songs that make it into a number of my playlists!) and try to include the up and coming popular music rather than rely on just Top 40 tunes that lots of people might already be sick of. I’m going to try to share a new playlist & class profile here every few weeks for people to try out at home,…

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Splash Cycle review: DC’s newest workout

Last night I had the pleasure of trying out a free preview class at DC’s brand new Splash Cycle. While the New York Times covered the aquacycling/underwater cycling craze in NYC three years ago, as far as I know this is the first class of its kind here in DC. The basic concept is: spin class + pool. There’s no adjusting resistance on your bikes, and of course being submerged in water lets you add some fun adaptations to the class. There are lots of benefits to this type of workout, including: It’s low- to no-impact, minimizing stress on your…

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Training Log #1 – July 18-24, 2016

Right now I am somewhere in between full on recovery mode and full on training mode! I am getting back outside on the bike and assessing just how much fitness I lost in the 2.5ish months I was off the bike due to my broken hip. I can’t run until October, but I can swim and I sure can aquajog. I’m registered for the Rev3 Maine aquabike at the end of August, so once I get a good feeling for my cycling fitness, I’ll be right back on the training plan with Coach Dief. Monday: AM: 45 minutes of strength and mobility…

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Ways to Cope: Dealing with Injury in Triathlon

It’s been just about three months since I broke my hip (fractured my femoral neck) in a cycling crash and two months since I finally figured out why my hip was bugging me and the subsequent surgery. I also went through a significant knee injury/surgery/recovery last year, so at this point, much to my dismay, I’m kind of an expert when it comes to dealing with the disappointment that comes along with injuries. Here’s a few of my top coping strategies: Read about other people’s experiences: I have done more Googling and forum reading than I care to admit! Slowtwitch,…

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Top 5 pools for triathlon swim training in the DC area

There sure are a lot of pool options in the DC area! From public pools to sports clubs, indoor to outdoor, 50m to 25, we are lucky to have a lot to choose from. Since I have been aquajogging as part of recovery for my broken hip AND swimming as much as I can, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the water. Here’s a look at 5 of my favorite spots to keep things interesting: Hains Point: Officially called the East Potomac Pool, this is the classic DC summertime pool! It’s hard to get to, the locker rooms…

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Race [Spectator] Report: Church Creek Time Trial #2

This weekend Eugene raced against the clock in his second Church Creek Time Trial #2. Put on by the Annapolis Bicycle Racing team, the 40k course covers a lot of the same ground as the Eagleman 70.3/Ironman Maryland bike course, and has the flat, windy conditions those races are known for. I brought my road bike along, which is nearly required to spectate the race as you have to park 5 miles away from the start line — it makes for a great warm up for the racers but also means it’s not all that spectator friendly (the extreme heat…

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Finale of the Tour de Wired Cycling!

Four weeks ago Wired Cycling (the awesome indoor cycling studio where I teach in NE DC’s Eckington neighborhood) launched the Tour de Wired Cycling – an awesome class series taught by Dru Ryan, just in time for the Tour de France. Luckily enough for me, it was perfectly timed with my hip surgery recovery, so I was able to join in for all four sessions! In fact, I think I was the only one to complete all four, which means I automatically get the yellow jersey…right? What’s awesome about Wired is that beyond having really nice bikes, a high quality…

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Introducing TriathLauren!

After rolling the idea of blogging around in my head for oh, years now, I finally bit the bullet. I’m in the midst of my second season in a row blown to smithereens due to injuries and plain bad luck — and if I can’t find an outlet in 2 hour runs and half a day spent on my bike, I thought maybe I could find it in writing things down — processing my thoughts and sending them out in the world for one or two people to stumble across and maybe even relate with. So, here I am! Recovering…

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