Three Things Thursday

1.  Team Fun. Tonight I finally made it to another Bike Rack Multisport happy hour. Good people and so nice to be able to ramble about training to people who don’t just sigh and roll their eyes. And I’ve finally resolved to start getting up early on Wednesdays and head down for bike workouts at Hains Point with the team. Very excited! I need some peer pressure to kick my butt into gear!

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2.  Weekend! Hubz and I have a very exciting weekend planned that involves…virtually no planning! Fun with friends and just playing it by ear and enjoying ourselves (…until it’s time to work in my 3 hour ride on Sunday afternoon….) This is pretty much unheard of for us. I couldn’t be more pumped!

yHWA4oxH8arm8gcwoOobOJvT_5003.  Fast Food Healthification.  Taco Bell announced a plan today to transition to offering healthier menu choices.  This means that 20% of the combo meal menu choices will ultimately fall within 1/3 of the federal government’s daily recommended allowances for calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium.  Of course their target date isn’t until….2020.  But still, I think it’s good to see fast food joints moving in a healthier direction.  Although I still don’t buy it that McDonald’s “oatmeal” is actually oatmeal…

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What’s your go to fast food?  Are there any “healthy” choices that you enjoy?  

Weekly Workout Plan: January 28 – February 3, 2013 (IMLP Training Week 5)

High five y’all.  For week five.

Did you know that to land the perfect high five, all you have to do is look at the elbow of your fellow high fiver?  It’s true. It’s science.  My former trainer Cali (who is now in Cali, like, in charge of Crossfit everywhere or something) taught me this, and it totally changed my life.  High fives are a requisite skill for triathletes, because it is required to cheer on your fellow racers at all times and in any way possible.

I happen to think that I also deserve a high five because last week was a resounding success!  I actually stuck to the plan in *almost* every respect.  The only workout I dropped was my second strength session of the week on Friday afternoon.  This was because I was on a tight schedule to get myself to Honey Pig for a totally gluttonous double date of Korean BBQ.

Many people don’t realize that gluttony is the key to both friendship and everlasting love.  Seriously people, more science.

It is also the key to awesome triathlon team bonding.  Hence, I spent Sunday night potlucking with the Bike Rack Multisport team.  Delicious pizza, wine, and a super impressive spread of homemade salads, sides, and cookies.  Plus, hours upon hours of tri talk!  This stuff can’t be beat.  Of course the potlucks are held at team members’ houses, because this many yapping triathletes in public would be an obnoxious hazard to the general public.

I also spent Saturday afternoon at a super duper helpful tri team training talk/clinic and learned oodles and oodles of stuff.  I can’t wait to review the powerpoint (NERD ALERT!)  I had any number of conversations at both events that should have scared the living poop out of me about Ironman, but instead just made me even more excited.

Here’s how week five is looking:

Monday: REST
Tuesday: AM – 45 min Z2 run; PM – 2500 yard swim
Wednesday: AM – strength (with personal trainer); PM – 45 minute Z2 transition (30 minute bike into 15 minute run)
Thursday: AM – 45-60 minute run; PM – 2500 yard swim
Friday: AM – 45 minute Z1 (100+ RPM) bike; PM – strength
Saturday: Hike with Hubz!!! or 8-10 mile run
Sunday: 2 hour Z2 bike

My workout plans may soon start looking a little different due to some potential (VERY EXCITING) developments in the near future…about which I shall, for now, remain mysterious…

Oh yes. You have been Bowie’d.

Team Effort

Something very exciting happened yesterday…I joined a tri team!

The Bike Rack Multisport team, to be exact!

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The decision to do so came about pretty quickly.  I have been a member of DC Tri, which is a large and successful tri club, since moving back to DC a year and a half ago.  I attended and volunteered at several club events, hit up a few happy hours, and participated in the half iron training group last season.  But the club is very large, and unfortunately I often found myself overwhelmed with the size of the group.  I never managed to really find my niche.

Nonetheless, I have always thought I would really enjoy and benefit from having a support group for tri training.  Not gonna lie, I get jealous of all the cool kids at races in their cool matching kits, cheering each other on and enjoying post-race goodies together in their team tents.  Plus, the practical benefits of having a team to train with can’t be beat.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago, when I met a new co-worker of Hubz, at his annual work holiday party.  It took no more than 20 seconds for R2 and I to start yapping about triathlon, and she mentioned that she was considering joining the Bike Rack Multisport team.  I had heard of the team but assumed it was a super intense performance-focused team for awesomely fast people.  I don’t exactly fit in that category.

The I started investigating, and what I learned about BRM made it sound very enticing.  BRM was started by the folks at fantastic local bike shop The Bike Rack (I have blogged about their awesome shop, clinics, and community before).  It is not, in fact, a fast people only team, but rather has members of all different abilities and experience levels. It has its share of elites and podium contenders, but also its share of middle-of-the-pack age groupers like yours truly.  BRM is dedicated to being a cohesive team rather than a large club. They aim to keep their membership to a reasonable number so that everyone really gets to know and support each other.  They train hard together, race hard together, and most importantly, really enjoy hanging out together.  Plus, the commitments are not only doable but totally fun.  Race in the team kit at 2 races, 1 of which must be a designated team race, and volunteer at a team event.  Easy peasy.  (Plus the team kits are rad looking.)

Because the emphasis is on great group chemistry, BRM requires potential new members to attend a team event before joining.  So R2 and I went to a team happy hour on Thursday night at (team sponsor) Meridian Pint for a little meet and greet and schmooze.  And what I learned was that these BRM folks are cool.  And fun.  And friendly.  And not judge-y.  Overall awesome. I met some of the awesome team and board members, and chatted at some length about what I’ve got coming to me at Lake Placid.  I had a great night and didn’t once feel like I was struggling to find my place, and I left with the sense that I could feel at home in the group and fully supported by it.

When I woke up the next morning, it was decided: BRM was for me.

I emailed one of the VPs first thing in the AM to let her know I was definitely interested.  And by the afternoon I had the good news that they were interested in me too.  I paid my (totally reasonable, btw) dues, and the rest is history.

So, it’s official, I’m on a tri team!  I’m super jazzed about training and racing with these folks.  And of course about recounting my tales here at discorunner.