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My Wednesday in Food

I always love seeing food diaries – I think it’s so interesting to see how people fuel themselves and what they choose day in and day out since it’s so personal and differs so much from one person to another. Let’s dive into my Wednesday – I included a rough outline of my day as well for reference purposes. 4:15am: alarm goes off for Master’s swimming at 5am. 5am-6am: 26 ounces water during swim practice. 7am: I get to Junction Bakery & Bistro, newly opened in Del Ray and a client of mine. I take some pictures for social media…

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Training Log #3: August 1-7, 2016

Goooood afternoon! Last week’s training was a little weird with some out of town friends staying with us and weekend travel. This turned into a little bit of a step down week — I think the universe was probably telling me I needed a rest week. Monday: AM: Master’s swimming. I woke up feeling hungry, didn’t eat anything, and paid for it with slow swimming. PM: I wanted to aquajog but ended up working pretty late, so just hopped on the trainer for 30 minutes of easy spinning after eating dinner. Tuesday: AM: Physical therapy, including 35ish minutes of squatting,…

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5 Best Places to Bike When Training for a Triathlon in DC (and NOVA)

We covered pools – let’s move on to cycling! Having been hit by a car while running a few years ago, I am not a big fan of riding on the roads in and around DC. The overall cycling infrastructure is improving with bike lanes, rising use of Capital Bikeshare, etc., but what about training? Intersections and crazy drivers definitely aren’t going to better my FTP. Luckily, there are a few trusty spots and trails that work great when you need to get in a decent ride but can’t spend the time to drive a ways for quieter roads: Hains…

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Race [Spectator] Report: Culpeper Sprint Triathlon

Put on by the extremely popular Virginia / Maryland Triathlon Series, the Culpeper Sprint Triathlon is one of the hardest courses I’ve seen at races close to DC. Just an hour and a half away, this made for a good day trip to Mountain Run Lake Park. Eugene raced the sprint – so we were up at 4am, out the door at 4:30 to get to Culpeper for 6. I’m glad we got there early, because closer to 7 when transition was about to close, there was a huge backup of cars to get into the lot which undoubtedly caused…

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Training Log #2 – July 25-31, 2016

This was a go go go kind of week with a lot of fun social stuff going on. The old me used to have social plans almost every single day of the week – over the past few years I’ve really tried to ramp down on my social commitments to make more time for working out and generally live a healthier/more relaxed lifestyle. This week felt a little bit like that, with some social plans, a work dinner, and an outing with colleagues/friends. Luckily, I still got in all of my workouts! Monday: AM: Master’s swimming, distance day. Turns out…

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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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