Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic

It’s that time of year again. The gift giving season that encompasses Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza (is exchanging gifts part of the tradition?), and most importantly… my birthday! So I assembled a list of the best gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life (or for me if you want to get a present for me).

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1) Race Registration

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2014 Rocketman Triathlon Medal

Let’s be honest, registering for all of those races isn’t cheap. What better way to show that you care then to pay for one of those registrations for your favorite athlete. I’m anxiously awaiting the official announcement for the Rocketman Tri. They have a probably date for the race, but they are waiting for all of the approvals before they are able to open registration. There are plenty of other races out there that I’m looking forward to doing, but Rocketman is #1 on my list. I have a score to settle with that bike course.

2) Subscription to their favorite magazine

I’ve had subscriptions to Runner’s World, Women’s Running and Health for the past year. a renewal of any of those subscriptions would make me happy. I think Health may actually be the best option for me since I focus on more than just running these days!

3) Socks

Runners can never have enough socks. Of course, the socks that runners use are not your normal everyday socks. Runners need moisture wicking socks and moisture wicking socks are not cheap. My current favorite socks are made by Feetures! They have extra support around your arch which feels amazing.

4) Rocktape

I recently threw out all my KT Tape. If it stuck is it was amazing, but most of the time it would start falling off with an hour. I did some research and found that many of my running friends were using RockTape. I ordered some and it stuck! I had it on my knee for 4 days and it wasn’t going anywhere. It worked just as well at KT Tape did, and I didn’t have to worry about it falling off.

5) Nuun

982bb-nuunI cannot begin to say how much I love Nuun. I first read about it on Emily’s blog many years ago and I tried it out at an expo not long after that. It is always in my bottles when I run or bike. For this weekend’s Space Coast Half Marathon I carried a bottle with me and drank it between the water stops. I only grabbed water at the water stops since I’ve realized that the overly sweet Gatorade upsets my stomach. I didn’t have any stomach issues during the race and the one bottle was just enough for me to have during a half marathon. I think for my upcoming marathon I will need to carry an extra tablet with me. My favorite flavors are Orange and Lemon-Lime. I have Triple Berry in the mix too.

6) Hand-held bottle

I used to have a little hand-held bottle. With all the moves I’ve made in the past 3+ years, the bottle was put away. I recently pulled it out and tried to take it for a run. The bottle was in good shape but the strap and the pocket that zippered shut, not so much. The zipper was stuck. Corroded and nasty. I had to toss it out. :( I could definitely use a new bottle. I’ve been carrying my Team in Training bottle, but having a strap would allow me to relax my grip a little bit. I really like the Nathan Quick Draw Plus Handheld Hydration Pack. It has a nice big pocket to put my keys and ID in and of course, it is available in purple.

7) A quilt made from their race shirts

I have so many race shirts. Too many. I would love to have a way to commemorate the races without filling up my closet with all the extra shirts. I know friend who have had quilts made from their shirts and I think that is a great way to preserve your shirts and have a neat way to show them all off too. One thing I may do is wait until I reach my 10th Princess Half Marathon before making those shirts into a quilt. I found Shirt Tales by Sarah on another blog but it looks like she isn’t taking any more orders for the holidays. I you are crafty, there are a lot of lots of ideas on Pinterest to make the quilt yourself. Hmm… it may be time to dig out the sewing machine.

8) Clothes

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The Show-Off by Champion

I find it funny that I have an entire drawer of my dresser dedicated to fitness clothing. And it is full. And there are other items in my closet. Yet I don’t care. I would happily accept new running shorts, sports bras or tops without even hesitating. I even recently cleaned out a lot of what I already had and the drawer is still over flowing. I personally would love to have a few more pairs of shorts. I’m not a fan of the loose ones. I actually prefer wearing compression shorts since they don’t ride up on me. And it is definitely time to get more sports bras. I love my current bras, but I can’t find the style anymore. I found this style on the Champion Sports Bras website. I’ve had great luck with their bras in the past and I think this might be the next one to try out.

9) CrossFit Membership

I really enjoyed my CrossFit sessions and I plan on going back as soon as I have the money for it. If your fitness fanatic wants to try something different, how about signing them up for a month of CrossFit. I bet they will be addicted by the end of the month!

10) Fitness classes

There are so many different ways to get your sweat on. I have fitness ADD and love trying out all the different fitness class that are out there. I would love to try some of the trapeze classes that they offer here in Orlando. Or maybe some Bar classes. I would even love to go back to complete my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Find out what your fitness fanatic is in to and get them a gift certificate for a class or two!

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WIN Detergent Review and Giveaway #SweatHardSmellGreat

With me exercising more than ever, I have more workout clothes to clean than ever. And those clothes don’t always smell the best even after they have been washed. I recently had the opportunity to review WIN Detergent. I was really excited when I was contacted about the review because I find that I my workout just never smell as fresh as the rest of my clothes. And I don’t want to be the stinky kid in the gym {CrossFit} class.

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WIN Detergent

WIN detergent is designed to remove sweat, oils and odors from all technical apparel. You can chose from original WIN or WIN GREEN. The GREEN version dye-free and fragrance free. The formula is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. That is especially important to me since we usually use the “free” detergent for our regular clothes since we both have sensitive skin.

I tried both of the detergents that were sent to me and I love the way it worked my workout clothes. Everything smelled fresher and even though original WIN had a fragrance to it, I am happy to report that it was light and pleasant. It reminded me of how my clothes would smell after hanging them out on the line to dry.

The best testament for how well the detergent eliminates odors would have to be when I used it on my running belt and hat from the Rocketman Tri. The belt smelled horrible. It sat with the salt and other grossness from the Indian River on it for a few weeks and when I went to use it for a run, the smell was so bad that I decided to leave it at home. I actually filled up the sink with water and a cap full of detergent and put my belt and my Rocketman hat (which had been sitting in the same bucket as the belt and smelled equally as bad) into the sink to soak while I was out for my run. When I got home I rinsed them off and put them outside to dry. It saved them! I was about to throw out the belt since I thought I wouldn’t be able to get it clean.

Here is the exciting part! WIN gave me the opportunity to share their detergent with one lucky reader. One reader will receive a full sized bottle of each detergent, both the original and the GREEN. If you aren’t the lucky winner, or you just want to buy your own WIN detergent, you can use the coupon code WINGIVE1 to get $1 off your bottle.

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Be sure to follow WIN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or visit their website (and check out the video about why it works when your regular detergent doesn’t) for more information, or follow these hashtags: #SweatHardSmellGreat #WINDetergent

Disclosure: I was given product to review from WIN through Sweat Pink for this giveaway, however all opinions are my own.

 

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Ten Things on Tuesday Volume 10

I know it’s been a while since I did a Ten Things post. For the first time in a long time I’ve been busy actually doing the things that I am supposed to be writing about. Of course, working full time, exercising and committing to a healthy diet with primarily whole foods means that I am focusing a lot on that and I have less time to sit down and write. Don’t worry though, I haven’t forgot about you!

Ten Things on Tuesday http://whomerun.com1. It’s a rainy day here in Florida. We were actually under a tornado warning earlier. I’m heading to work soon and the rain is still coming down. I’m not looking forward to getting out in the rain at all.

2. I gave up on KT Tape. Every time I used it, it was starting fall off within an hour. I ordered some Rocktape from Amazon and it was still sticking 4 days later. I found a replacement that works!

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50 States Challenge

3. I got a donation from a new state. My friend Jeff made a donation representing Hawaii. Make sure to represent your state!

4. I’m driving Rob crazy by watching Sex and the City. I used to watch this religiously when it was on. I still love it, but it is definitely not Rob’s thing.

5. I love PiYo. I’ve been doing it for about 3 weeks now and I am getting stronger every day. I’m not sure if there are any noticeable changes and I don’t know if I’ve lost any weight, but I’ll be doing an update post soon!

6. I have to get my Christmas cards ordered. We got a picture with Jack Skellington dressed up as Sandy Claws at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I am trying to find a good layout to use it in so I can get my cards sent.

7. I watched a documentary called Mile… Mile & a Half. It is about a group of friends who hiked the entire John Muir Trail in California. It gave me some ideas to take a long vacation. I have a bucket list item that includes rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This movie just served as a reminder that I still have goals I want to accomplish outside of Florida.

8. I have a half marathon on Sunday. Holy cow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since Space Coast, but it is time again. No specific time goals. We’ll see how this goes!

9. I know some people would think this should be number 1, but I’m posting it here. Ferguson is a difficult situation. I have no opinions on the decision made by the Grand Jury, I just wish the people who were rioting who find it in themselves to use their actions into doing something positive for their community. I know that I’m not in their shoes, it just upsets me to see them destroying their own communities. It is their neighbors that they are hurting.

10. I know that this isn’t going up on Tuesday, but hey, it is still Tuesday in California and Colorado!

Have a great night!

 

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Ice! at Gaylord Palms

I was so lucky to be invited to the media preview of Ice! featuring The Nutcracker at Gaylord Palms Resort. I was so excited to see every thing that they have to offer. I have never visited the Gaylord Palms Resort, but I had the opportunity to stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort outside of Dallas a few years ago. I really like the resorts and I had heard so many things about Ice! that I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about.

Gaylord Palms Atrium #GaylordPalmsChristmas http://whomerun.com

Gaylord Palms Atrium

We got there and were directly to Emerald Plaza where we were treated to a performance of some of the scenes from The Nutcracker by the Orlando Ballet. They will be performing at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. I have loved The Nutcracker my whole life. It used to be a tradition for me and my mother to go see it when I was growing up. The dancers were all beautiful. I definitely want to go see it this year.

Following their performance, we saw a dress rehearsal of Luminescence. It is an amazing combination of live singers, a band and aerialists. All of those live performances are synced with light show with all of the beautiful lights above you. All of the performers were amazing but my favorite part was the drummer being suspended in the air! We will definitely be heading back to see them before the season is over.

Finally, we were able to head over to check out Ice! and the newest attraction, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing. The snow tubing was a lot of fun. They have tubes for children and adults to use and double tubes if you want to ride down with another person. I decided I wanted to ride on my own. The first time I went down backwards and the second time I went down forwards. It was a lot of fun, especially for this Florida girl who doesn’t get to play in the snow anymore.

9 degreesWhen we were about to head into Ice! we stopped to check out some cute scarves, hats and gloves. Since we didn’t have any of our own, the cashier encouraged us to buy some to wear inside. We decided to pass, but quickly lived to regret it. The entire exhibition is kept at 9 degrees. Even in the cold spell that Florida was experiencing, it was a drastic change for us.

Ice signWe watched a short film about the tradition of the ice sculptures in Harbin, China and how the entire exhibition was made. It was so cool (no pun intended) to see how all the sculptures were made. There is a lot of skill and precision that goes into the carving and placement of the blocks of ice. After watching the film, we went to get our parkas (they’re included with admission) and made our way in.

As soon as the door was open, you could feel the cold! The rooms were filled with giant ice sculptures featuring some of the iconic scenes from The Nutcracker. My personal favorites were the one with Clara and her godfather and the one one with the Mouse King. Some of my favorite parts of the ballet and the sculptures really captured the spirit of the show. I took as many pictures as I could, but my hands were becoming cold quickly.

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On the Blocks Ice! Bar

This year there was an addition to Ice! The On the Blocks Ice Bar is a neat place to stop and take a break. They have some specialty drinks. The bar is an additional ticket that you need to purchase before you enter Ice! Thankfully my friend Shelly was there and she had an extra ticket so we were able to go in and check it out. I tried the drink called The Nutcracker which was made with Makers Mark and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Delish!

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Ice Slide

Inside Ice! there is also an ice slide. There are no tubes for that slide. You sit on your parka and slide down. And it is fast! I probably would have gone again if it were not for the fact that my hands were so cold. I had to pull them up into my sleeves (just the way my Mom use to yell at me for doing when I was a kid). You are able to leave to warm up if you need to but we were so close to the end that we went through and saw the rest of the display.

Ice! runs at Gaylord Palms until January 4, 2015. There are advanced purchase deals and your ticket is a time-based ticket so plan ahead for the best availability and prices. You can purchase your tickets online.

If you have visited Ice! before, let me know about your experience. What are the fun Christmas traditions in your area?

 

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Weekly Workouts

I’ve been getting more workouts in this week. It wasn’t as many I was hoping for but it was a vast improvement over what I have been able to accomplish in recent months.

Sunday

Run 9.2 miles

It was a nice, but very chilly run with Mel. We met over at the Van Fleet trail again. Mel wanted to got 10 miles and I wanted to go 8 so we compromised.

Monday

Rest Day. I was going to go to CrossFit, but I had my interview in the afternoon and I didn’t want to be unable to lift my arm to shake the interviewer’s hand. ;)

Tuesday

CrossFit

WOD

5 Rounds

3 min AMRAP/rest 1:30
6 burpees
9 box jump
12 power snatch

I got 141 reps. I had to go to a smaller box because of a knot (or something) in my calf. I’ve been working on getting it out since then.

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Wednesday

Rest

Thursday

Swimming – approximate 2000 meters. (Sorry – I remembered what it was when I started writing this post but I had to rush off to work and didn’t finish it before I left.)

Friday

CrossFit

WOD

50 Box Jumps (I did step ups since my calf is still wonky)
50 Rows
50 Deadlifts
50 Wall Balls
50 Ring Press

This was an up and down workout. At least that is what I’m calling it. We started with box jumps and went to the ring press, then worked out way back to box jumps. The only exercise that we didn’t repeat was the ring press.

Saturday and Sunday

Rest

Monday

I started PiYo!

Align: The Fundamentals

Tuesday

Define: Lower Body

Wednesday

Define: Upper Body

Run to the Beat 5k

I just found out about a fun local 5k that is happening on Saturday. The Titan Band Boosters from Olympia High School will be hosting the 5K at Turkey Lake Park. I visited Turkey Lake Park when I first moved here since I lived in the area. It is a nice community park just near Universal Studios. I plan on getting up early on Saturday to head over and do the race. If you’re in the area and need to get a run in, join me over there! Registration is only $20. You can’t beat that! Register for the race here.

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The New School Lunch

I was invited to visit Orange County Public Schools to learn more about their school lunch programs. It’s been almost *mumblemumble* years since I last ate a school lunch. Lots of things have changed since then!

OCPS_FNSThe food from the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Food and Nutrition Services is made under the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture to offer affordable and healthy meals to the students and educators. The new school lunch must meet weekly requirements for vegetables, grains, milk, fruits, and sodium. Compared to school lunches 15 years ago, the new school lunch is incredibly nutritious.

Winter Park kitchenThe Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is responsible for administering the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the School Breakfast Program, and After School Snacks Program. They are responsible for recruiting, hiring and managing all food service employees in OCPS. And they process the free and reduced meal applications for the district. There are more than 1200 FNS in the district. The school system serves more meals in one day than the all of the Central Florida theme parks combined. That’s a lot of lunches!

FNS has an executive chef and three registered dieticians on staff. They test all meals before putting them on the menus. The meals are tested at four schools and must have 80% approval before they are placed on the menus. Bread is from local bakeries and the milk is from T.G. Lee. For the last four years, the famous chefs in Orange County have developed recipes for the schools with the students.

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OCPS Food Truck

The school district even has their own food truck. It visits all the Ninth Grade Centers and the High Schools each month. It has it’s own menu that is different from the menus available in the schools main kitchens. We were actually there to sample the food from the food truck that day.

Samples for student to see before selecting their meals

Samples for student to see before selecting their meals

The menu items for the food truck were Asian Beef Teriyaki, Green Bean Chicken Cessar-bowl, and Warm Asian Chicken Salad. The students are supposed to get and entree, fruit and a drink. The drink options are water or milk. The bloggers were able to get a sampler tray with all three options if they wants so that’s what I went with.

Of the three options, the Asian Beef Teriyaki was my favorite with the Warm Asian Chicken Salad coming in a close second. I wasn’t really into the Green Bean Chicken Cessar-bowl because it seemed to be missing something. Among the bloggers I was sitting with, we all had different favorites. Not all the students take advantage of the food truck because of the limited time that they have for lunch, but there was a line forming as we were getting our meals.

I was very impressed with the lunches offered by the food truck. I’m pretty sure if that was available when I was in school I would have been eating more than a bagel or a plate of fries for lunch every day. I think the meal planning and the focus on nutrition that is put into the meals by FNS should be something that is done throughout the country. Just to show a contrast, my cousin recently posted that her former high school in Connecticut has students protesting the meals that they are served.

If I had children in the public schools in Orange County, I would be confident knowing that they were receiving a healthy lunch when they chose to eat at the cafeteria.

I was invited to visit OCPS and try the meals for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Ten Things on Tuesday Volume 9

It’s been a few weeks since I did a Ten Things on Tuesday post. I’ve been a bit busy for the past few weeks with work and… working out! Yup. I’ve actually gotten several good workouts in since the Rocketman Tri. I’ll be sharing some of the workouts I’ve been getting in over the next few weeks, but I’ve got a lot of little things to share with you.

1. I finally ordered a new phone. My iPhone 4s has been a pain in the you-know-what for the past year, but I was patiently waiting for the iPhone 6 to come out. I intended on ordering that, but I also didn’t want to buy a phone with less memory than what I currently have. I ended up ordering the 5s with 32gb memory for about half the cost of the 6 with the same amount of memory. It should be arriving tomorrow!

2. Netflix has added some new shows to their line up. I’m so excited that Good Eats is one of the shows they added. I love it! I used to watch it all the time on Food Network.

3. I have an odd knot or something in my calf muscle. I will be visiting a chiropractor or massage therapist to get that worked out before the marathon. I’ve tried using my foam roller on it, but it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.

4. We had a chilly weekend here so I made some beef stew at Rob’s request. It is sooo yummy!

5. My new schedule started at work this week. I had Sunday off so we visited the Clermont Farmers Market. We got an amazing Garlic Sourdough Bread from Pane D’Or. They don’t have a storefront location and only sell to the public on Sundays at the farmers market. We were told that the bread would only stay fresh for 2-3 days. We managed to take care of the loaf in 1.5 days.

6. I know that I just re-did the look of the blog less than a year ago, but I am thinking about changing it up again. I am not sure what I’ll be doing with it yet, but I’m open to suggestions.

7. I became a Team Beachbody Coach this weekend. I have been following Callie’s progress on her blog and I decided to give it a chance. Everything should be arriving tomorrow. If you are interested in joining us for the next 30-day challenge, let me know! You can sign up here.

8. Did you vote today? I didn’t. It isn’t like me to not vote since I was a policital science major, but I can’t vote for either of the people we have running for governor in Florida.

9. I can make fastpasses for my birthday tomorrow! I hope to get Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Meet Anna and Elsa!

10. I had an interview yesterday. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Rocketman Florida Triathlon Race Review

RocketMan Florida Triathlon 2014There are those races that you are completely prepared for and they go exactly as you plan them to go. And then there are those races that you are not prepared for and just pray that you will survive them. But what about those races that have so many variables that you can’t be prepared for all of them. What happens during those races?

This race weekend was … interesting. I managed to get the entire weekend off from work so I wasn’t stressed about getting to the packet pickup or hurrying back to work on Sunday afternoon. I decided to drive down with Mel and her husband to check into the race and then head back on race morning rather than getting a hotel room. It all worked out nicely. They have a bike rack that could carry all three bikes for us.

Unfortunately, when I grabbed my bike to meet them I noticed the back tire was flat. Not just low, but completely flat. It didn’t make much sense to me since I had just used it a week earlier and it was fine during the ride. I just crossed my fingers and hoped that the bike shop that was going to be at the registration would be able to replace it for me.

The packet pickup/registration was in a field near the Boeing offices. Not too bad, but the field was covered in red fire ants. And they loved my feet. I got my bib, swim cap and shirt and had my tire fixed. They were able to do it quickly and we racked out bikes and headed back home.

For dinner I had my standard pasta and red sauce and tried to get to bed early. I actually got to be around 11:15. I wasn’t able to sleep very well though. That is the norm for me the night before the race.

I was up at 4 and on my way to meet Mel again by 4:20. They had some delays getting on their way, but we made it to the transition area around 6:00. I got my things set up with my food taped to my bike and everything else laid out to make the transition easier. The was about five minutes left before transition closed that I discovered that my tire was flat again. A very nice gentleman pumped up the tire for me and told me not to worry. Apparently, when you rack the night a race before they will let some air out of your tires to avoid blow outs overnight.

I got out of the transition area just in time and then I had over an hour to wait before my wave entered the water. We talked to some interesting people I was able to use the porta-potties without any wait since most people were already heading to the river.

Swim

We had been warned that we would be wading through the river mud (aka, muck) and that there would possibly be shells in the bottom so I decided to wear my Five Fingers for the swim portion. I’m not a big fan of muddy bottoms so I am glad I wore them. Even through the Five Fingers I could still feel the muck. Unfortunately, the river remained shallow for the entire course for my distance. I really wanted to swim and the people around me were just running the course. The guards on the paddle boards were encouraging people to swim and save their legs for the rest of the race, but no one was listening.

I tried to swim as much as I could but with everyone running around me it was almost impossible and the water was so murky that when I did swim I could barely see more than 6 inches in front of my face. After was swam, we had to climb onto the dock and up the stairs before heading back to the transition area.

T1

I got to my bike and realized that I didn’t do a great job setting up. Taking off the wet Five Fingers was easier than putting them on at least! Once I got myself situated, I check my tire again and found that it was flat. AGAIN! I grabbed my bike and headed towards the exit hoping that there would be someone to help. Thankfully, I found the person who had installed the tube. He had to get a wrench to take the wheel off, but this time he inspected the tire and found a staple in it. He pulled that out and put a new tube on. Mel was two waves behind me and caught up to me at the transition. She was totally awesome and waited for me to get situated before we left together. We were the last people to leave on the bikes.

Bike

Mel and I made our way out of the transition area with our own police escort. We turned on to the NASA causeway. After heading over the huge bridge, we took the causeway past the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center and through the NASA security gate. Before we got there, we were able to see tons of wildlife.

At one point, Mel pointed out a huge gator on the side of the road. Right when I looked at it, it leaped out of the water towards up. Thankfully, it was in a ditch and probably about 20 feet away from us, but both of us screamed and peddled as had as we could to get away from it. After that we saw smaller gators. Our police escort laughed at us and got on his speaker to remind us that we were in a race, not a sightseeing tour. We laughed and said that sightseeing was the main reason that we were doing the race.

The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) was is so large, that we felt like we were never going to get there. Once we started heading north, there was finally hope that we were going to get there. After another half mile, I asked the police office if he would be okay with me stopping for a minute to get a picture. He said to go ahead. And then he pulled in front of me. Well, now he is being featured in this review!

Road to VAB Rocketman Triathlon

Road to VAB

I was really feeling good and I started catching back up to Mel since she had pulled away during my stop. One of the bike support volunteers caught up to me and started riding beside me. I asked him how my back tire looked and he said it looked a little bit low, but not flat. I was fine with that and I though it might just look like that because of my weight on the bike. We kept going and made the turn over the train tracks and then I was suddenly riding passed the VAB. I was so excited and I smiled and waved at race photographer. I can’t wait to see the pictures!

Launch Control and VAB - Rocketman Triathlon 2014

Launch Control and VAB

Less than a mile after the VAB, I noticed a weird noise and then I noticed that my bike felt weird. I stopped and checked the tire and it was completely flat again. The bike support rider had a CO2 cartridge with him and he blew up the tire with that, but unfortunately, the tire lost the air before I was able to get moving again. He had a spare tube with him, but we needed the wrench still. Him and a representative from the Space Center tried to use another tool that one of the police offices had to try to take off the wheel but had no success. We tried to reach some of the other bike support volunteers, and after maybe 15 minutes, we got in touch with one of them. By that point in time I had already decided that I was done with the bike. There was obviously something bigger going on with my wheel than the staple in the tire and I didn’t want replace it again only to be in the same predicament in less than an hour.

Unfortunately, that meant no launch pad pictures for me. But I was able to be driven back to the transition area. I was able to get this picture before we headed back!

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Just because your equipment fails you doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun!

T2

Of course this transition is much easier. I racked my bike, remembered to leave my helmet on the bike, grabbed my bottle of Nuun and headed out to the run portion of the race.

Run

The run started out okay. It was already really hot out though. The first mile was entirely in the sun. It was hot and there was only one water stop on the 5K+ course that was around the half way point. The course was pretty flat but it there was a slight hill but nothing that wasn’t manageable.

The turn-around point was at the Valiant Air Command War Museum. Several old planes were pulled out for us to run by. I was really hoping to see a Blue Angel. I’ve had a slight obsession with them since ever since I say Van Halen’s video for Dreams (remember music videos?). Unfortunately there weren’t any out there. Kudos to my sweetie for just pulling up the video and playing it on our Google Chromecast too. I’m pretty sure if one of the Blue Angels was out I would have gone over to it and given it a hug.

There were a lot of really cool Air Force and Navy. I’m partial to Navy since I grew up so close to a base and have a lot of friends that were in the Navy, but since my dad and uncle were in the Air Force, I hold a special place in my heart for them too.

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US Air Force Skyblazers

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Since the water station was positioned at the entrance to the museum you actually pass it on the way in and on the way out. I took a few cups of water and dumped them on me. I grabbed some ice too and dropped it down my bra. It definitely helped me cool down. I also met one of the men who was doing the half iron distance. He had done 4 Ironman races and 28 marathons outside of the Ironman distance! Can you just say wow!

When I made the turn to head back to the finish, I found Mel sitting on a guardrail in the shade. She was not feeling well, getting dizzy and nauseous and losing some of the feeling in her fingers. I gave her some of my Nuun to drink and we walked back. I kept my eyes on her and made sure that she took it easy. Once we made the last turn towards the finish she decided she really needed to sit down. Her husband had already finished and started making his way towards us so she told me to go ahead and finish.

I really wanted to run, but I was so hot and I had a cramp in my calf that seems to be a recurring issue. I’m now working on it with a foam roller so it doesn’t affect future races. Once I got to the red carpet of the finish line I ran in. There was a balloon arch that was low enough that I jumped up to reach it. I was so thankful to finish the race.

2014 Rocketman Triathlon Medal http://whomerun.com

2014 Rocketman Triathlon Medal

So, the day didn’t go quite as planned. I’ll definitely want to do this again. With my new schedule at work, I will be able to get more Sunday bike rides in. Unfortunately that won’t be happening until I figure out what is wrong with my tire. The bike support people think it could have been one of the spokes. I’ll be taking my bike in to get it looked at but I don’t think I’ll be investing too much more money into it. I hope to get a new bike before next spring.

It looks like I owe my friend a banana bread since I didn’t meet any of my goals that I set out for myself. I honestly think I would have been on track for the bike time I set since Mel finished the bike in 2:45 and change and I was doing good keeping up with her. I guess I’ll just have to see how that works out next time!

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Race Goals

This post is a little bit late in coming but I wanted to get it out before I head to bed. I have the big race that I’ve been training for in the morning. I am so excited to race the Rocketman Triathlon tomorrow!

A teammate of mine from Run GKTW challenged me to set some challenging goals for each part of the race. I came up with some, but I think I will modify what I initially stated after seeing the race course today.

Original goals: Swim 9:58, Bike 3 hours, Run 43 minutes.

After seeing the course and finding out where the swim time actually starts and ends, I think I’m going to allow myself some more time. The swim starts in the water. We have to wade out about 100 yards before the start. After we complete our distance, we then have to wade back the 100 yards, climb up stairs from the river and run towards the transition area. I’m not sure exactly where the swim out time will be recorded, but I know it won’t be any closer than the top of the stairs.

I plan on keeping the bike and run near my original goal times. The official distance for the run is supposed to be 3.5 miles instead of 3.1 miles. I’m not sure if I can make the time but I’m going to try my hardest. And as for the bike, well, we’ll see how I survive that!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

I’ll be here around 8:30 tomorrow morning…

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Rocketman Florida Triathlon Swim Course

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Leader of the Pack

This week was another race weekend at Walt Disney World. People from all around the country (and world) descended on Lake Buena Vista to run the Tower of Terror 10 Miler and all of the fun races that were included in the weekend. And I was working. I am definitely not complaining. It was fun seeing all the people in their costumes heading out to the race. This is actually the only runDisney race I haven’t run on the East coast.

My Team in Training coach was actually one of the people participating this weekend. She ran the 10 miler on Saturday night. Since I am the mentor for the season, I was asked to run a mentor-lead training. I don’t blame her for wanting to be rested for a nighttime race. Of course I wouldn’t let the Team down. My coach dropped off the water coolers with me on Friday and I was lucky enough to get out of work a couple hours early so I could be rested before having to get to practice.

The practice was scheduled for 6 am in Winter Springs. We were running 7 miles on the Cross Seminole Trail. I live an hour away for the meeting point which made for an early morning for me. I got there about 10 minutes early and with the rainy weather we have been having for the past few weeks, I wasn’t surprised when it started raining as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. Thankfully the rain didn’t last long though.

It wasn’t a big turn out for us. Only one other Team member showed up. She is training for the Dopey challenge so we did our 7 miles together. She was kind enough to go my slower pace. Once we got back to the start she turn around to do another 8 miles. She was a rock star doing that on her own! I had to collect the coolers but I made sure to leave extra cups of water out there for her since she would be doing the same out and back again. It was still really warm that morning and even though the rain stopped it was disgustingly humid.

I used my Map My Run app to keep track of the route. It was not accurate at all. Within the first 3 miles the app was bouncing the GPS all over the place. The app says that we did 12 miles, but we only did 7. Any tips on making an app or GPS be more accurate? Here’s a pic of the route it recorded.

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My “route” according to Map My Run

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Cross Seminole Trail 7 mile run

I’m a bit sore today, but I’m getting/staying focused now. One more week until the Rocketman Tri and then it is time for me to focus 100% on marathon training. I’m nervous about the bike portion of the race next week, but I know I’ll be able to do it. The course should be relatively flat so I will just have to power through!

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