Tuesday, 28 July 2015

CanFit Pro Giveaway

Hi there friends!

It feels like long-time no talk. I really am sorry for my sporadic posting over the past few months. I have literally been all over the place lately. And the summer months always get swallowed up with work events, wedding, birthday day parties, and BBQ's. Not to mention all of the regular work/life stuff.

I finally had a little downtime this weekend, so I have had a chance to sit down and actually write some blog posts. (*what a novel concept!*)

And one of the fun things I have going on behind the scenes is that Goodlife Fitness has invited me to this year's Canfitpro Expo. I am actually working the event Friday and Saturday with Polar Canada, so please feel free to come visit us in the expo hall.

But I am planning trying to squeeze in a training session on Sunday. And I am looking forward to hearing Tosca Reno speak. I have met her before, and I love her whole mind-body-soul approach to nutrition and fitness. So I am looking forwarded to hearing her advice, Especially, since I must admit with all this travel, I could probably use a kick in the pants nutrition-wise these days.

And I have a 1-day entry to giveaway to one lucky reader! So fill out the entry form below and I will chose a winner next Tuesday - August 3rd.

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Hope you are all having an amazing week!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

    • This post has been written as a part of the canfitpro world fitness expo Ambassador Program

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The strange world of blogging

When I started this little blog 4 years ago, I had I no idea where it would take me. I started it with the hope that one or two people may read it. And maybe if I was really lucky then someone who needed encouragement might find some kind of comfort in my misadventures.

Flash forward a few years, and a lot has happened since I published my first post. Certainly more than I ever expected.

But one of the most amazing and expected things that has come from this little blog, has been the friendships it has built.

I have "met" (both online and IRL) some truly amazing people. This little community has supported me, cheered for me, questioned me, pushed me, and picked me up. The connections I have made and the friendships I have built is what has kept me writing. People often ask me why I am so open and transparent online. And it is because of the relationships that type of honesty has created that pushes me to share.

This weekend is the perfect example of this strange and wonderful world.

Truly Jess is getting married.

And I am going to stand beside her while she says her "I Do's".

We met at the beginning of my blogging adventure, at a blogger-meet-up scheduled by Morgan (aka Wildly Fit). We have run races together. We have cheered each other on as we both strived for different things. She was there for me when I was recovering from surgeries and when I lost my Dad.

And Saturday I get to be there for her, on one of the most important days of her life.

I would have never guessed that blogging could have brought such amazing people into my life. But it is one of the things I am most grateful for.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

It is good to be home again

Hi Friends!

It is good to be home again. It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks. And I am embarrassed to admit that I basically slept ALL of Sunday - literally. I had 2 naps and I went to be bed at 8:30pm. The travel from the last week or so really took it out of me. And by Sunday I was just done. Sleep and PJs were the only things on my to-do list.

I spent the last couple days catching up on paper work and getting all of my last minute things done for Truly Jess's Wedding this weekend. I got my shoes, I picked up my dress after alterations, and my nails are done. I am starting to feel organized again!

I actually really like travel.  But after 2 back-to-back trips I was starting to get homesick. I may have burst into tears at the airport when they informed me my flight home was cancelled and I could leave until the next day. Luckily after wandering around La Guardia for 2 hours I stumbled upon one last flight out to Toronto. West Jet literally made my day and got me on the flight. If their Christmas Ads weren't enough of a reason to love them, I am officially a huge West Jet fan now.

After 9 days away and constantly eating out, the biggest thing I am craving is my boring old routine. I start to miss my homemade scrambled eggs, my protein shakes, and my familiar running routes. It is nice to be back into the swing of things again.

And for me Protein Shakes have been a staple lately. There is just something about this humid weather that makes me crave them. I came up with this Canadian Twist on Vega-One before I left and I have been reaching for it ever since.

Ingredients:
1 scoop Vanilla Vega One
1/2 tbsp. of Canadian Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup water
Handful of frozen berry + banana mix

Just blend and garnish with a Canadian Flag and you are ready to enjoy!

I hope you are all having a great start to the week!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A Spontaneous Triathlon

My Job is amazing! It encompasses so many of passions. And it involves hanging out with runners and triathletes at race weekends. It is a pretty good gig!

But I struggle not to get swept up in the race day excitement.

Which is why despite working long hours and spending lots of time on my feet, I often end up racing too.

This weekend was no exception.

But even I can admit this was one of my ballsier moves.

It's one thing to wing a road race, it's another one entirely to wing a triathlon. There is a lot more gear involved. And there is also 2 other sports to manage.

I asked the guys from FELT Bikes if I could ride one of their demo bikes. I borrowed a helmet from Mike from Radical Edge. I prayed wetsuits would not be mandatory. And then I spent the next day wondering why I always end up doing this stuff.

We were up early for race day. The athletes participating in the 70.3 were due to start setting up their transition area between 6:00-6:30am. So that meant we were up at 5:30 putting out the finishing touches and heading down to the water to cheer.

We cheered all the athletes on as they made their way up the extremely tough T1 offered at Challenge St Andrews. It's about 700m of steep uphill gravel - which straight out of the water is hard pill to swallow.


As all the athletes made their way out onto the bikes, we all went to breakfast. And then I set off to organize my limited supplies in the transition area.

We cheered on the elites, and watched the first 5 males cross the line. And before I knew it, it was time for me to head down that evil gravel path for my own swim.

The Swim - 750m 19:14
Wetsuits weren't deemed mandatory, so I lined up with the other racers to be counted and corralled into the water. I think my face says it all "What the heck am I doing?!"

As soon as I hit the water I panicked. I was cold and breathing was hard. I also realized I hadn't done any kind of  swim training in about a year. So I wasn't off to a great start.

We milled around in the water for 10 minutes waiting for the official start time. It was an in water start. The gun went off and I spent the next 19:14 having one of the worst swims of my life.

The swim was located in a fresh water pond, but it has drainage into the ocean. So while the swallow pond itself was warm the water shifting in and out from the Atlantic was not.

I would find my stride and then I would hit a cold current and it would take my breath away.

I typically prefer not to wear a wetsuit. But I think having one in this case would have helped me regulate my temperature and my breathing.

But I was winging it with 8 hours notice. So beggars can't be choosers. And I just muddled my way through,
Transition 1:
Remember that awful transition I mentioned earlier? It is not just for the  athletes tackling the 70.3. the Sprint athletes had the same transition.

I had told my Polar crew that I was going to walk to it. But I met Andrew as I popped out of the water, and he said we were running. So run we did - for 80% of it anyways!

I got to the top threw on a shirt, a pair of shorts, and my running shoes. I grabbed my bike and ran out.

The Bike - 20km 48:34
Something magical happened on the bike - I actually rode well!

I was not sure what to expect. I borrowed a bike, and while I took it for a spin around the block. It was still an unfamiliar bike.

I also didn't have bike shoes. So I used a pair of flats and my running shoes.

I set out for a what I thought was a flat fast ride, and soon realized that was not going to be the case. The route was rolling. And on the 10km out we covered approximately 4 good size hills. (Which meant we were due for the same on the way back)

Now typically, this is where I fall apart. I usually have a great swim and then lose a ton of time on the bike. But here I was actually passing people. I was the one who go to say "on your left". It was a new sensation for me.

And I definitely think it speaks to the training I did this winter with the group at 3Sports. I actually (kinda) knew what I was doing.

I maintained a 25km/hr average over the 20km. And for a hilly course and a new bike, I was really happy with that.

Transition 2
This was a quick transitions b/c I was already wearing my running shoes. I just needed to rack my bike and drop my helmet.

I also needed water desperately. Because I was riding a demo bike there were no bottle cages on it. So I got back from the bike feeling hot and a little dehydrated.

Luckily my Polar Peeps were standing by to hand me a nice cold bottle of water.

Run - 5km 32:36
The run was hot! We were racing in the middle of the day, and I definitely felt it.

My calves felt like lead off the bike so I knew was pace was going to be on the slower side. My goal was to stay between a 6:00/km-6:30/km pace (9:40-10:30 mile pace for my US friends).

The people of St Andrews were lifesavers! They had their sprinklers going. They were handing out sponges. And they were just out and about cheering on the athletes. It made for a really great experience.


I rounded the final corner and had an absolute blast doing it. I saw my Polar crew and I smiled all the way across the finish line!

Sometimes being spontaneous and taking a leap can lead to a fabulous adventure. And that was definitely the case this weekend.


I had so much fun being able to experience the race from both sides - as participant and as a sponsor.

It has made me give the 70.3 a second look. And I think if I do it - Challenge St. Andrews will have to be the one. This race has a special place in my heart.

It was such a great event, with such amazing people, I don't think anything else could even come close!

Fingers crossed I will be back again next year!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail
Krysten




Tuesday, 7 July 2015

My Life in Pictures Lately

 
Hey Friends!

It has been a whirlwind for the last few weeks around here. And I know I have not written in a little while. But life has just been so jam packed! So let's do some catching up, shall we.

I was off in Niagara celebrating Jess's upcoming wedding. We had a full weekend of wedding fun - including the shower and the bachelorette.

There was wine tasting, good food, and lots of laughs.


Then I was back to work for a couple days, putting the finishing touches on my upcoming work trip.

I did get a chance to squeeze in a coffee with a fellow insta-buddy Auggie @justrunchicago while he was in town visiting Toronto.

We had a day off for Canada Day in the middle of week.

And then I was up early and jetting off to St Andrew's for the Challenge Series. It was full of long hours, gorgeous views, and a spontaneous Triathlon.
 


I am currently sitting at my kitchen table, trying to get caught up on life. But admittedly that is only going last for another hour or so, because I am off to NYC next.

I know I will have some time to kill in the airport, so I will work on my Triathlon Recap and just generally being a better blogger!

I hope you are all having an AMAZING start to the summer!
Love Your Fvaourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Father's Day

I clean when I am stressed. And I bake when I am happy.

Last week I was a bit of both, so my home got the best of both worlds - clean floors and fresh baked goods.

Sunday was Father's Day. And for me, this holiday is hard. We still celebrate Father's Day with Jamie's family, and I feel incredibly lucky to have such an amazing Father-In-Law in my life. But every time I buy just one card, pick out just one gift - it is a difficult reminder that my Dad isn't here.

Last year, the whole year felt like a bit of a whirlwind. It was my first everything without my Dad, and the grief was ever present. Last year I was home visiting my Nana who was in hospital battling cancer, and it was the day I said my final good-bye. With a year so full of loss, it felt like almost more than I could bare to say goodbye on that day of all days.

So this year as Father's Day approached, I struggled.

This year I am in a very different place then I was last year - a much better place. But in some ways that makes it harder. So many things have happened. So many great and exciting things. And I wish he was here so I could tell him all about it.

I want to show him my house. I want to hear him laugh, cheer, and maybe get a little teary eyed when my commercial comes on during the hockey game. I want to tell him all about the travel I am going to be doing for work. More than anything I wish I could just talk to him about life and say "I love you" one more time.

These feelings are always there. But I chose to put them away most days.

There are days when I just can't go there. I cannot think about the loss. It hurts to much.  And it can't consume every happy moment - I know he would not want that. So I focus on being present and being grateful for all the little blessings I have. There is a lot to be thankful for right now.

But this week I couldn't do it. I couldn't stay positive. I couldn't ignore the loss.

I missed my Dad.

The truth about grief is that it will always be a part of my life.

For each happy moment, there will always be that nagging feeling that he is missing. And there are always going to be days that are harder than others.

Sunday was a hard day.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Inexpensive Ways to Start Your Yoga Practice

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I am striving to incorporate more yoga into my routine. I have been trying to attend weekly Hot Yoga class at my local Goodlife. And it feels great to be practicing regularly again.

The barrier that a lot of people face when wanting to incorporate a regular yoga routine is the extra expense. The cost is one of the questions I get asked about most often.

When I was first getting started, I started testing out studios and styles by targeting Karma Classes. These classes are typically offered at unusual times (ie. early in the morning, Friday evenings, etc.). They ask that you donate a small amount of money, anywhere from $5-$10 dollars, to take the class. And then the studio gives your donation to a specific charity - for Good Karma (*get it?!*). The money goes to a good cause, it is less expensive then a typical drop-in fee, and it gives you a chance to try out different studios to see which style/class works best for you.

Throughout the Summer months there are also often free Yoga events happening around the city.

And I was contacted by Leon's and asked to promote their upcoming #LeonsZen Event.

This Saturday, June 27th they will be holding 3 Free Yoga classes at the LEED Certified Leon’s Roundhouse downtown Toronto location (255 Bremner Blvd.) They are offering 3 different yoga sessions at 9:00am, 10:15am, and 11:30am. And they are also offering 1-on-1 Feng Shui consultations. If you bring along your home d├ęcor photos and you can consult with celebrity Feng Shui expert, Helen Peacock. (All of the Details can be found on Facebook)

You will also get fresh pressed juice and a free yoga mat for attending. So it's a pretty nice way to kick off your weekend!

I unfortunately won't be in the city this weekend - it is the Wonderful Truly Jess's Bachelorette Party. But if you are you should definitely take advantage! And have an extra glass of juice for me!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail
Krysten




*Please note I was compensated to promote this event, but all opinions are my own***