Monday, 4 August 2014

Training, Races, and Popsciles

So first of all I just wanted to say Thank You for all the positivity and support about my Half Ironman Decision. It took a fair bit of soul searching, and even though I knew it was the right decision, I was nervous to hit publish. So Thank You for being such an awesome, wonderful, supportive little crew!

As I slowly ease back into training I am feeling a lot more relaxed and balanced. Coach Michelle is also feeling happy with my decision. I was getting worn down, and she was starting to worry about injuries. Now that I have taken a step back, we can focus a bit more on gaining speed and strength, as I prep for my Fall Marathon. I have updated my Race Schedule and I am finally looking forward to training again (it has been awhile). I have 2 triathlons and 2 more road races planned for this season.

And my next big race is fast approaching. I have been running pretty well since I returned from vacation, but I have been slacking on my cross training (I skipped my bike workout 3 weeks in a row) and I must confess I have continued to enjoy cheese, wine, and candy in abundance since returning from France. I know I have been coasting a little bit in some areas, so I gotta get my butt back in gear if I am going to run a strong 30km in a few weeks.

August 16th - Midsummer's Night Run 30km
August 24th - Ontario Women's Triathlon (Distance: 750m swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run)
September 14th - Lakeside Olympic Triathlon (Distance: 1.5km Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run)
October 19th - Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon


It has been humid here in the city lately, and that definitely been an adjustment. Popsicles have been my Go-To Post-Run Snack lately. I came up with this Pineapple/Coconut concoction this weekend, and I have already made 2 batches. They are also super easy! Just blend up 1.5 cups of pineapple with 1 cup of Zico Coconut Water and put the mixture in the molds. Ta-da!


How is your summer going?!


17 comments:

  1. Oh yummy!!!! You made the right decision.

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  2. So glad to hear that you are running well and that you are looking forward to training! I was just thinking about popsicles the other day and how I need to make them!

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  3. I <3 Popsicles! My popsicle containers currently have a berry and banana mix in them and I can't wait for it to freeze up. I think you totally did the right thing regarding the half IM, and now that the pressure is off, you'll probably enjoy your other races so much more!

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  4. Omg I need popsicle molds! For all of the things!

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    1. I am obsessed! I just keep making more! So yummy!

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  5. I am happy that you made this decision...you are still enjoying wine, cheese, and candy...and that you have a awesome training schedule planned out. Looking forward to following your adventures...You are going to ROCK it! XOXO

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  6. Don't you feel so relieved? I'm looking forward to hearing all about your marathon training--while training for mine (Chicago)!

    ~Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home

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    1. I have heard AMAZING things about Chicago!! It is on my Bucket List!!!

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  7. oh my god! those popsicles look amazing! Can you bring me one?

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  8. ooh those popsicles look delicious and super refreshing! No freezers in London....well, at least not in any of of temp housing...crazy eh? Its OK though, those crazy 90 degree days are gone and now we've been coasting around 75. After watching Hyley's tri on Sunday...I have mad respect for you tri girls...it was impressive...

    xoxo from London

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    1. Awe I wish I could have been there to cheer too!! She did amazing!!! And your London adventures look fab.

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  9. Hey, what's your Midsummer goal? I'm the 3hr pacer!

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    1. Really?? I think I will be aiming for 3hrs or a little under that. I will come find you!!

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  10. YUM! Those popsicles look delightful! I am totally going to give it a try this week.
    Best of luck training - you have some really fun races on your schedule. :)

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  11. Sometimes we have to make those decisions, yes it's hard but it can be the best thing for us. Glad you are enjoying summer! Summer here has been decent, work work work but still managing to find at least a little time each week to unwind!

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  12. Oh man... I love a recovery popsicle. I usually go for something less... healthy, so I'll have to try these! :)

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