Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Training Tuesday

This week I am running the Garden City youth track and field camp each day from 9-3.  It is very enjoyable, but also tiring.  It's also good training as my entire body is sore from playing the warmup games with the campers and doing movements that I pretty much only do once a year at camp.  I got my training in after camp today.

  • 4,000 total swim workout at Cambridge Masters practice. 
  • 7 mile normal run.  Tom and I ran at night on Comm Ave, which was great.  I have not run at night in a long time and it was as enjoyable as I remembered it being. 

Here I am putting on my race belt at the start of the run at the
Marshfield-Duxbury triathlon on Sunday.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Marshfield-Duxbury Triathlon

This morning I raced the Marshfield-Duxbury triathlon for the second year in a row.  It was a great morning for a race, especially given that about an hour after the race, the storm clouds and rain moved on in.  Overall I feel that I had a solid performance and had a great time racing.

The swim was a somewhat triangular 1/4 mile in the cold ocean water.  The water was 57ยบ, which I felt was quite cold.  I had a good swim and came out of the water right on the heels of the first two swimmers.  At the start I was with a lot of other swimmers, but then once I got out to the first buoy I was up near the front and just stayed with the two guys in front of me.

The bike was 11 mostly flat miles with one not too challenging hills.  There was a pretty strong headwind at times, but otherwise a great course with nice long and straight roads.  I felt decent and just went hard on the bike.  At one point we passed by a beach where a bunch of people were getting their scuba gear out of their cars to go scuba diving.  The water was really clear where we were swimming, so they were probably able to see some cool ocean life.  During the bike I had my usual bottle of GU Energy fruit punch Roctane.

After the race
The run was an out and back 3 miles on the beach during low tide.  Heading into the run I was a minute or two behind the leader at that point, Karen Smyers.  I went out fast and caught up to her a bit before halfway.  It is nice being up near the front at this race because on the way out on the run I was able to pick the path I wanted to run on, whereas on the way back I had a few slower stretches running in the softer sand or on the rocky part near the shore.  This year they put a big orange buoy at the run turnaround and it was interesting being able to see both the turnaround and then the finish the entire time.  I don't know if it made the run go by any slower or faster, but at times it was good to be able to see just how much I had left to go.

Next up for me is a week of youth track and field camp at Newton North.  In the chance that anyone is still looking for a great camp to attend starting tomorrow, we do accept day-of registration.  For more information click here. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Training Tuesday

This week I have a sort of down week of training.  Normally it would be a full down week (less volume) but since I have track camp next week (click here if you're interested) and will not be able to train at full capacity because of it, I will have both this week and next be "medium" weeks.
  • 6 mile run at Cold Spring with Tom in the early afternoon.  I had a hard training block at the end of last week, and I was surprised to feel pretty good and not sore running today.  I had a nice long full body ice bath in the cold Maine ocean yesterday, so that might have helped.
  • 5,000y total swim workout at Cambridge Masters swim practice.  It was a threshold workout and was one of the better workouts I have ever had and certainly my best workout this cycle. 
I also went blueberry picking this morning! If you look closely, you can see I am wearing
 my Nantucket SOAS Racing shorts.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Training Tuesday

Today I had a normal run and a swim workout.  This was my first swim workout at Blodgett pool since January, since I had some time off and then the pool was closed for maintenance, and it was nice to be back swimming there.

  • 7 miles easy at 7min at the pace down to 6:40 pace at the end.  It was extremely humid out.
  • 4,500 total at Cambridge Masters swim practice.  Main set started with some 200s, which were tough and I did better in the workout than I thought I was going to and had a great time. 
Last week I did all of my swims at Walden Pond, this week
 it's back to mainly pool swimming

For anyone looking for a camp for their kids, my youth track and field camp is now less than two weeks away.  It is July 28-Aug 1 at Newton North and more information can be found by clicking here.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Garden Update

My giant pink snapdragon.  It's about three times bigger than the other snapdragons in my garden and is also on the other side so I guess the soil is better.
Through the end of the spring and early summer I had lots of radishes grow, which was exciting because in the past whenever I have planted radishes/carrots/beats they never grow.  I don't like radishes, but I had a few since they're cool looking and I grew them.  
This cabbage patch is actually in my mom's garden and the greens and reds in the middle are lettuce.   This picture was taken on June 9...
And here it is yesterday (July 12)
Some nasturtiums.  I have lots in various colors throughout my garden.
My lavender plant is growing well this year after living in my garden for a few years.  When I first planted it, a giant orange hornet with long scary legs lived below it, so the plant was quite off limits.
I planted potatoes this year.  They surprisingly have a nice light purple flower, although I am not sure what is going on below the ground.  I might pull one of them up next week to see what's up.

I have a big squash and flower patch in the center of my garden with my flowers just starting to bloom.  Hopefully the squash will start growing some fruit soon. 

In addition to a new fence that my dad put in, I also have a 27/7 guard to watch over my plants.
Here are the flowers I picked from my garden.  Snapdragons, zinnias, lavender,  and echinacea. 
And some additional flowers from my mom's garden including some California poppies and bachelor buttons.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Training Tuesday

Tom and I woke up early to run and bike since it was supposed to be really hot out today.  In the afternoon, I went to Walden Pond with my mom did a swim workout there.

  • 6 mile easy run in the morning before it got really hot out
  • 90 minute bike with 6x20 second short hill sprint and single leg drills
  • 1 hour total swim at Walden Pond with a workout 
Coming out of the water at Walden

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quilt of the Month

Quilt of the month #3: My mom made this start quilt for me when I went off to college at Wake Forest. 

Happy Fourth of July!!