Things I Tried Today

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Hey, hey! How’s your weekend going?

Mine started bright and early with swimming, spinning and running. It’s the first time ever I’ve done all three one after the other, so you could say I did my first unofficial triathlon.

Or is that too lame? I really want to do this tri-thing like I’m one of the cool kids, you know?

The coolest kids, of course, are in my new Tri-club – and we did all that stuff together, so I’m going with “not lame.”


So here’s how things went down. First, we swam 500 or 1000 yards in the pool. (I went for the 1000 because once a teacher’s pet, always a teacher’s pet.)[old photo, same pool]

Then we headed over to the back patio for a spin sesh. How jealous should you be of this outdoor setup if you live in a colder climate? Very jealous:My view for the next 40 minutes or so:That’s not entirely accurate, actually, because I spent most of that time looking down, dripping sweat on the spin bike:Even sweatier was running a 10K right after that. Legs felt like jelly for at least half a mile, then got progressively heavier. It didn’t help – or perhaps it did? – that I ran the whole thing in a quarter-mile loop. That’s right, 25 laps right here:Done, done and done!

The run part was actually the J.U.G.S Pink Ball Virtual 10K I signed up to do for a fellow mother runner and a four-time cancer survivor, who is running the non-virtual half marathon this weekend in Walla Walla. Go Melanie!

Roughly two and a half hours later, I was back home, eating this breakfast of champions:1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup water
> nuke for 1:30 min in the microwave
add 1 tbsp almond butter
drizzle pour down some maple syrup
add raisins or dried cranberries if you like

Finally, if you’re on Starbucks’ hit list email list, you’ve probably received a coupon for a free cup of Strawberry Rose Champagne Oolong & Peach Tranquility herbal tea at Teavana, which they recently bought. (If not, print yours here.)

I’m not really a tea person, but I’m totally a freebie person, so off I went to truly test my limits caffeine withdrawal and drink tea!

Did you know that oolong is a type of tea like “black” or “white” or “herbal”? Did you?

I asked the kid at the Teavana store if the “rose champagne” tea is white or black. She said “it’s oolong,” and I said, “yeah, but is it black, or white? Or [wrinkles nose like something smells bad] herbal?” And she said, “No, it’s oolong.”

Then I told her that really, I only need to know if the rose tea has caffeine in it, and she said yes, yes it does, looking at me like I was a crazy coffee lady. Which I am, so no hard feelings.

And the tea was not half bad. I predict it won’t be long before Strawberry Rose Champagne Oolong tea becomes the new Grande Triple Soy Skinny Vanilla latte. You read it here first.

Today’s workouts:

4 thoughts on “Things I Tried Today

  • March 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Legs like jelly/lead? And after a swim and cycle sesh? And you still ran a 10K under 9min/mi???? Pure awesomeness!

    • March 3, 2013 at 7:29 am

      You know, it’s not that bad. Swimming is mostly upper body (for me, at least), and the cycling part basically serves as a good warm-up. A 13-15 mile run would take the same time, but here you basically rest your legs for the first “4-5 miles” – I’m really starting to love the idea of triathlon!
      -Hope you’re feeling better!!

  • March 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    How can you run 25 laps of anything?? That’s crazy! I’m kind of impressed and kind of making faces at the screen!

    • March 3, 2013 at 7:31 am

      You haven’t tried intervals at a track? Depending on the distance or time you have to do, you could easily do way more than that. With music, it really goes fast (and because it’s flat, it’s easier in some ways than running on trails or the road). The most I’ve done on the track is 10 miles…. 40 laps. 😐


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