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?!