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Swim. Bike. Run. Triathlon nerves are kicking in.

Swim. Bike. Run. #Triathlon

Swim. Bike. Run. #Triathlon

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One Week to go until the Lobsterman Triathlon!

In one week I will be getting ready to head to Maine for the Lobsterman Triathlon! It will be my first triathlon and I will be racing the Olympic Distance.  I have been training hard but at this point I have absolutely no clue how it’s going to go?!? I have to admit I am starting to get nervous so I was hoping all of you experienced triathletes could help me answer my questions and help to ease my nerves. Each discipline, swimming, biking, and running presents its own challenges. While I have grown stronger in each sport over the summer the idea of combining all three sports together has me feeling a little shaky.

Here are my worries/questions

Swim

  • How do I avoid the other swimmers so I don’t get kicked?
  • Will I have a hard time staying on the course?
  • Do I have the needed endurance for the swim?
  • Will I be able to get out of my wetsuit at the transition? Do you have any tips and/or tricks for this?
  • What type of nutrition is best as you are going from the swim to the bike?

Bike

  • Will I have trouble with a flat tire during the race? Has this happened to you? I am still a newbie when it comes to changing tires and other mechanical issues with my bike.
  • Will I have any trouble with my pedals?
  • Will I be able to ride at a consistent pace? I have no idea how to pace the bike portion!

Run

  • Will my legs feel like noodles for the whole run?
  • Will I have managed my nutrition and hydration well during the race so that I feel strong and ready to race when I come off the bike?

I’d love to hear about your triathlon experiences and any helpful advice would be fantastic! good luck with all of your upcoming racing adventures!

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Check out this awesome post from fellow NH blogger Michele of Michele in Transition  in response to my postwhere she talks about “Getting Ready for your First Tri.”

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Life moves pretty fast. Back to school 2014.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller

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One of my favorite Ferris Bueller quotes rang true as my kids headed back to school today. I now have a First Grader who is 6 and a Preschooler who is 4. How in the world did that happen? We are watching our kids grow up before our eyes. there are so many amazing moments that you wish you could just bottle them up only to bring them out later to live them all over again.  This time of year is filled with excitement but also sadness for how quickly time seems to pass by. I wish I could slow everything down. But as I watch their curiosity and eagerness to explore the new and to experience new adventures I am ready to continue on this wild ride of parenthood.

Organic Runner Kids head back to school!

Organic Runner Kids head back to school!

Here’s to new beginnings and to new adventures!

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Oh and one more thing to make you smile, here’s to a happy belated National Dog Day from our Queen Lucy!

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!

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I remember why I fell in love with running. #RunLove

#RunLove

A run just before dusk on The Kingdom Trails in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont brought me back to where my love for running truly began. It all started with an invitation to go for my first trail run with a new friend. I was entranced by the beauty of the trails, the scenic vistas, and the soft single track trail weaving an intricate maze through the forest floor.  A run in a playground made to challenge you on wheels or on foot. Surrounded by cool air and the fresh smell of the earth. Glimpses of white tailed deer beckoning to run faster and the join in their game of hide and seek. A conga line of beating hearts and quick breaths weaving through narrow trails and moss covered fairy woods.  Gentle water moving alongside pathways creeping through the woods.  Rolling hills climbing back up towards a ridge with sun breaking through the trees casting a warm glow on content bodies glistening with sweat. Endorphins. An invitation to come back and run it all again.

This is where I fell in love with running. This is my #RunLove

I enjoyed my solo slice of heaven on the trails last night and feel a rekindled love of running in my soul.

Kingdom Trails, NEK Vermont #RunLove

Kingdom Trails, NEK Vermont #RunLove

Where did your #RunLove begin? I’d love to share the story of how you fell in love with running! 

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Fresh Review: Ruby Rockets Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Pops #WIAW

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Vegetable Pops

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Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops

My kids were so excited that I was selected to check out Ruby’s Rockets Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Pops this summer. We were sent 3 different flavors to try–Orbit Orange, Rock-It-Red, and Galaxy Green. Ruby Rockets are an awesome healthy snack alternative for your kids.  They are the perfect summer treat or snack after a super afternoon out on the soccer field. As a mom I love Ruby’ Rocket’s because they are a sweet healthy snacking alternative.

Ruby Rockets are

sweet summer frozen pop with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, made of all natural (non-GMO, Gluten-Free) ingredients, including fruit and veggies, and helping educate parents about healthier snack alternatives.”

Inspired by home blended juices and an on air t.v. hosts reference to “a glass of fresh,” founder Wendy began creating juice smoothies for her child.  After that a smoothie spill and the re-discovery of popsicle molds led to the creation of Ruby Rockets!

My kids are nuts about fruit and vegetables so I knew these popsicles would be a huge hit. The Pops come in three different flavors:

  • Galaxy Green is made with tropical kiwi, avocado, spinach, and lemon
  • Rock-it Red is a mouth-watering blend of organic strawberry, carrot, sweet potato, beet, and lemon
  • Orbit Orange is a sweet, sunny combination of organic oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, lemons, and strawberries

I love the unique combinations of flavors.  My favorite is the Galaxy Green. I have always loved spinach in my smoothies and these popsicles are no different.  Organic Runner Boy loves the Rock-it Red  which are sweet with  a little hint of tartness from the lemon.  Organic Runner girl enjoys the Orbit Orange as she is the carrot lover in the family.

Ruby Rockets are currently offered in stores such as Roche Brothers and Wegmans on the East Coast but can also be purchased online. My Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops arrived  perfectly frozen and ready to enjoy!

Have you ever tried Ruby Rockets Fruit and Vegetable Pops? If not you should check out their website to find out more about this cool naturally sweet treat! Do you make your own popsicles?

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My first triathlon is in about three weeks!

What? My first triathlon is right around the corner!

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Open water swimming at the Comerford Dam on the Connecticut River

Open water swimming at the Comerford Dam on the Connecticut River

I have been training all summer on the bike, in the pool and on the roads and trails in order to prepare for my first triathlon. I was supposed to race my first Olympic triathlon in July but it didn’t happen due to a nasty upper respiratory infection that knocked me off my feet for two weeks. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise because earlier in the summer my training felt rushed and I did not feel confident in the water or in the pool.  Now I have had plenty of extra time to get comfy in the “saddle” and to feel an ease when swimming close to a mile. On race day the running will be the easy part. I am excited for this new adventure at the Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon (And yes it does come complete with a lobster dinner upon race completion. Yes!)

Lobsterman Triathlon

Lobsterman Triathlon

I am also nervous about my first tri and know that this new race experience will probably not be super smooth and I have absolutely no idea how I will stack up to the competition.  I have several big goals for the race:

  1. To complete the race!
  2. To finish the ride without any “Clippy” mishaps on the bike.
  3. To make it through the transitions smoothly (with no wardrobe malfunctions, ie: not being able to remove my wetsuit. Haha!)
  4. To complete the swim with no in water mishaps.
  5. To fuel myself appropriately so that I don’t bonk somewhere along the course..
  6. To rock the run!
  7. To have a blast!
  8. To eat my lobster, to laugh, and to celebrate becoming a triathlete!

What worries you the most about a triathlon? What was your first triathlon experience like?

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And there was that time I fell down on my road bike.

My nickname is Clippy. Sometimes I fall down on my road bike and the bike is still attached.

My nickname is "Clippy." Road Bike newbie!

My nickname is “Clippy.” Road Bike newbie!

It still makes no sense to my why clipless pedals carry that moniker because your feet are actually clipped onto the bike.  Did I mention that when you are clipped in the road bike is attached to you and becomes an added appendage.  This can have its advantages in cycling by giving you added power on the upstroke of your pedaling once you master how to utilize the power of your quads. Clipless pedals can however be a downfall as well . . . again I repeat, you are attached to the bike!

My bike riding days began back in the days of my childhood, first on a tricycle. I have early memories of riding my tricycle decorated with red, white, and blue streamers on the 4th of July in our little neighborhood parade which ironically was followed by an egg toss (if you didn’t know it already we own an organic egg farm).  After that I remember zooming around on a bike with a banana seat of course. After that I apparently did not spend a lot of time on a bike other than on my “mountain bike” in college which simply served as a form of transport from my dorm to the athletic center for dry-land crew practice. When I moved to New Hampshire some of our new friends were active cyclists so Organic Runner Dad and I decided to jump into road biking and purchased our first road bikes. My road bike (the one I still ride now) is a pretty Sapphire Colored Specialized Roubaix. She is fast and sleek and light. In order to be able to ride with our friends however we decided that clipless pedals were the only way to go. This is when my lack of true childhood biking experience began to show through and the chicken in me came out.  I loved my new bike but I feared being clipped on to my bike.

Organic Runner Dad agreed to teach me how to clip in an clip out safely (but perhaps mocked me a bit for being so timid).  We went to a school parking lot so that I could learn and practice (it was reminiscent of learning how to drive in a parking lot in driver’s ed). I admit I was scared and made Organic Runner Dad hold on to my seat like that of a child learning how to ride a bike without training wheels for the first time.  I may have had a few moments too of temper tantrum like that of a child when I got scared and worried about falling over. For some reason if I overthink clipping out of my pedals I get all discombobulated, completely forget how to clip out and become a wobbling, nervous mess. Needless to say the story got out to our friends and today my nickname on a bike continues to be “Clippy.”

Fast forward to this summer. I have been training for a triathlon with my biggest fear being the bike and not the swim like most triathletes. At the beginning of the summer I had to again overcome my fear of the dreaded “Clipless” pedals in order to become a confident rider on my bike.  As the summer has continued and my rides have gotten longer I no longer fear clipping out although I have the occasional “Clippy” moment.  On my last 40 mile bike ride with friends I was feeling strong and efficient with my pedals however at the end of our ride, perhaps due to fatigue, or just a ditzy moment just as I reached the precipice of a hill I decided to hop off my bike for a moment to wait for friends. Unfortunately I stopped just short of the crest and while I had successfully clipped out with one foot my bike suddenly lost all speed, became motionless and then it was all over. In slow motion I tried to save it but I was going over. I hit the pavement hard, bike still attached.  I was still “Clippy” but I was proud for I did not get scared and just let myself fall and we had a good laugh about it. I have been wearing a private badge of a honor, a giant bruise on my bum for the past few weeks.

Hopefully I won’t have a “Clippy” moment at the triathlon but if I do it is a reminder that I am still new at this.  Biking still feels so new to me and it is such an excellent reminder of how hard new things can be.  Learning can be difficult but it can also be refreshing.

Have you ever had any “Clippy” moments? When was the last time you tried something new?

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Slow down and breathe

Like glass. Silver Lake.

Like glass. Silver Lake.

Summer Reflections

Sometimes you need to slow down and just breathe.  Summer is quickly whizzing by and everyday brings new adventures, lessons learned and milestones.  I have been meaning to spend more time on the blog this summer but instead have been soaking it all up.  We have been living life outdoors as much as possible enjoying the gifts of summer. The summer is a time to reenergize and to store up the memories of colorful summer, growth and laughter to keep us warm as the cold NH air begins to breathe down on us again.

Have you been soaking in the energy of summer?

Sunshine

Sunshine

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Another Mother Runner Featured Post

I’m Another Mother Runner Just Like You!

Another Mother Runner

Another Mother Runner

I was pretty stoked when I was asked to be featured on Another Mother Runner, in their weekly Follow This Mother feature.  If you haven’t checked out this blog yet you should drop by and take a peek! Another Runner was started by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea to serve as a resource for women runners as well as sharing the inspirational stories of strong women. On their site you can fin workouts, races, an playlists to get you moving.  Sarah and Dimity also have a podcast and have written two books, “Train Like a Mother,” and “Run Like A Mother.”

Follow this Mother on Another Mother Runner

Follow this Mother on Another Mother Runner

It is an honor to be chosen to have a small piece of my story told on Another Mother Runner this week and would love to have you check out my interview.  To read, please click HERE!

On a run with my kids. They ran a mile and made me do jumping jacks in the middle!

On a run with my kids. They ran a mile and made me do jumping jacks in the middle!

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How does swimming make you a better runner?

Swim like a fish. Run like a gazelle.

Have you tried swimming as a form of cross-training?

Have you tried swimming as a form of cross-training?

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I wish I had been a swimmer back in high school or college. I have taken on swimming as a new sport since I began training for my first triathlon. I was always a fish when I was little and could spend hours in the water but I never had any official coaching.  Now that I am back in the water I am truly loving being in the pool for workouts and love the awesome benefits that swimming is having on my running! Last year after the Boston Marathon my body began to feel more beaten up after training runs and I dealt with nagging injuries through the summer and fall.  Prior to the 2013 Boston Marathon my training consisted solely of running.  I hit the roads and the trails hard and my body was definitely beginning to show the wear.  Also, as I am getting older I find that my body does not recover quite as fast.

Pool and open water workouts can give your running the boost that you need!

Pool and open water workouts can give your running the boost that you need!

Deciding to train for a triathlon is one of the best things that I have ever done for my running.  Swimming has many important benefits for runners which I had overlooked for a long time (Perhaps I am getting smarter with age?).  I am so happy that I finally decided to dive back into the pool and here is why:

How does swimming making you a better runner?

Don't forget your goggles!

Don’t forget your goggles!

  • Swimming is low impact which means you can get an awesome workout without putting a heavy load on your muscles and joints. Say goodbye to overuse injuries and hello to faster recovery!
  • Swimming is a great way to build your anaerobic threshold by completing shorter sprint workouts.
  • Go for a swim for great active recovery after a tough race or hard training run for low impact recovery.
  • Swimming is awesome for building core strength because you engage your core as you take free-style strokes.
  • Your cardiovascular conditioning will improve.
  • You will experience increased flexibility.
  • Taking a break from going running and hopping in the poll to swim laps will give you a great mental break from the challenges of running.
  • Swimming also helps with body and breathing awareness which is helpful during long runs where your body becomes tired.
  • Your body will stay in balance because swimming will give your upper body the strength that running doesn’t.  Increased upper body strength can be used as your body becomes fatigued to during longer runs and races.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to hop in the pool, lake or river and to go for a swim. How has swimming improved your running?

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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!

My other middle name is enthusiasm!

Seek adventure and live life out loud.

Seek adventure and live life out loud.

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Lately I have been feeling enthusiastic. My life is punctuated by exclamation points! I have been feeling inspired and energized.  Perhaps its the gorgeous New Hampshire summer weather or perhaps its just an ease that I have been feeling with the daily rhythm of life. I have been allowing myself to try new things more these days. I am working hard to leap into opportunity without allowing fear to talk me out of it. It’s been a long time since I have felt like this and it feels good.  Perhaps it is a new phase of healing from PTSD after the Boston Marathon. I have overcome the hurdle of racing Boston this year. I finished the race and I am okay.  I finished the race and faced my fear.  I am lucky to be alive and to have a family and friends who love and support me.

So from this point forward I will move through life filled with enthusiasm followed by many exclamation points and seek to seize whatever opportunity that comes my way!

Nothing GREAT was ever achieved without enthusiasm. –Emerson

Nothing GREAT was ever achieved without enthusiasm. –Emerson

What is your next adventure big or small?

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