Thursday, January 22, 2015

Juice

Recently I have started making juices, which are a great tasting way to get in some extra nutrition.  There are many different fruits and vegetables you can mix together to create various drinks, but I will start with a simple one and share some more in the weeks to come.  This drink serves two (or two glasses for one person).  The ginger may be a bit strong at first and a few weeks ago I could only put a little bit in the drink, but each day I increased the amount and now I can put about a half inch chunk in.

  •  2 green apples cut into pieces
  • 5-8 small/medium carrots cut into pieces (the more carrots the sweeter it will be)
  • 1 Meyer lemon cut in half
  • A chunk of ginger
  • Cut everything up and blend it in the juicer
  • Enjoy! 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back to School & Year in Review

Bye 2014!
I hope that everyone reading this is having a great start to 2015!

In 2014 I decided to attend law school.  This was something that I had been contemplating since graduating from college in 2011.  I had put off attending in order to give triathlon a whole hearted effort.  After training for a few years, with some interruptions from a concussion/post-concussion syndrome and then most recently hypothyroidism, I decided that the time was right to attend law school.  I applied to the two local schools offering evening programs -- New England Law and Suffolk Law -- and decided to go to Suffolk.  I picked an evening program since it is designed for students who want to attend school while working, so it is a little less strenuous and time consuming than going to a full time program, thus enabling me to continue training at a high level.  (The classes are spread out over four years for the evening program vs three years for the day program.)

The fall semester was quite different than my undergraduate experience.  Tom is the current student body president at the law school and so I too decided to take part in the student body government.  I ran for, and was elected as, section representative.  As section representative I represent my section's concerns, ideas, and anything else to the student body government and to the deans/administration.  Additionally, I have been in charge of putting together a weekly SBA (Student Bar Association) newsletter, which can be found here.  Tom and I are currently working on a semester review newsletter, which will be posted soon.  This is the first time that I have taken part in student body government and it has been enjoyable.  Additionally, law school requires a lot more time spent studying than undergrad did, since there is so much reading that needs to be done.

School started in September, and prior to that I raced a couple of triathlons over the summer.  I had missed a substantial amount of training over the spring and so I spent the first part of the summer getting back into shape and then I got into solid shape but kept the racing at the local level, racing the Cohasset Triathlon, the Duxbury Triathlon, the Boston Triathlon, and the Pumpkinman Triathlon.   I also did the Hollis Fast 5k road race for the second year in a row.

Additionally, I would like to thank my sponsors for the past year: GU Energy, SOAS Racing, and X-1 Audio.  And a special shout to Tom Davis for coaching me this year through my ever changing schedule.  Team Davis Training athletes have had another successful year with state titles and state records earned, Ironmans finished/drastically improved, marathons won, and many great personal bests achieved.

In addition to all of that, I also had a great garden again this year.  The two areas of improvement for next year's garden are: don't plant squash plants since they always get taken out by some sort of disease, and pick my beets before they get eaten! My sunflowers, flowers, corn, potatoes, lavender, and carrots all did great this year.

Lastly, I have enjoyed coaching again this year.  In the spring I coached running and cycling at the Cambridge School of Weston and in the fall I coached cycling there as well.  With law school I was unable to commit to coaching cross country since the meets interfered with my classes.  I also help Tom with coaching the youth TDT athletes and as I mentioned above, the athletes had another year of success, both in results and in enjoyment of training.  I also had my youth track and field camp this year (thankfully it wasn't as hot as the 100+ degree temperatures from 2013!) and I had a week of youth cross country camp.

My goals for 2015 are: continue doing well in school; get stronger/be more consistent with strength work; race more; and stay healthy.

Thanks for reading and thanks to everyone who has been part of another great year!



Monday, January 12, 2015

Florida Trip

Tom and I recently got back from a trip down to Florida as part of our winter break from law school.  While there we were at a nice beach in Miami and had our car broken into.  The thieves got away with our backpacks, which had our laptops in them, so I don't have quite as many photos to share from the first part of the trip as I would like, but the morning before our bags were stolen I had started to write this post, so the photos below were saved.

For our trip, we drove from MA down to Florida in three days, first staying in the northern part of the state and then heading down to Miami where it was quite a lot warmer -- 60s vs. 80s!  The beaches in Miami were super nice and we had a great time relaxing on them and getting some hot sun which we are not used to living up in New England.

We spent about a week total down in Florida and it was nice to get in some warm weather training while there.  We have always found cycling to be a bit iffy there with the cycling routes being either on main roads or through the middle of nowhere, but we were able to find some nice places to ride this trip.  One spot was Tropical Trail in Indian Harbor and the other was Black Creek Trail in Miami.
Tom riding on Tropical Trail road in Indian Harbor, FL

A view from the ride on Tropical Trail

Buying some star fruit from a house on Tropical Trail.  It was much better than from the store!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Acadia National Park in November

Tom and I are currently on a weekend trip up in Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park.  We are having a great time, but it is surprisingly a ghost town here.  There are only a few shops and restaurants open, and many of them say they are closing at the end of the month.  I have never been to a town that closes for the winter and it is a bit strange.  The town is mostly closed, but the park is open and is fun to explore when few other people are around!  We started off going to Sand Beach and were planning on doing a hike from there that we had seen people do in the summer, but it turns out that during high tide the trial is inaccessible.  We then stopped at Thunder Hole, which was cool, but not too thunderous when we were there.  Then, a little ways down the road we stopped at a trailhead and did a short hike down to Seal Harbor.  For any cyclists, if you are planning on coming here in the off season, be sure to bring your bikes, because the park loop road has few cars on it, is newly paved, and would of course make for a beautiful (and challenging!) ride.  Below are some photos from my GoPro.
On some rocks near Thunder Hole 
Hiking down to Seal Harbor 
Tom crossing the street to Seal Harbor
At the start of the hike to Seal Harbor
Sand Beach.  It was a lot colder than last time we were here!

Sand Beach

Thunder Hole

Near Thunder Hole

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TBT to high school XC

It snowed at the Class A meet that year
I recently came across my training log from my freshman/sophomore year of high school, which details my daily training from outdoor track my freshman year to the middle of outdoor track my sophomore year.  If you're reading this and are in high school, I highly suggest keeping a daily log for training purposes (you can see how you felt on a certain day, what you did, what splits you hit in a workout…) but also so that in 10 years you can look back at it for a good laugh.  During the time period of this training log I went from taking soccer very seriously, to quitting soccer and switching to cross country.  From the outside I know it seemed like a bit of a strange decision, but my goal from the start was to win the state title in cross country, and I had no doubt that I would do it.  There were many returning upperclassman who were much better than me, so I knew that I simply had to work harder and have no fear.  One of my attributes that I think has enabled me to achieve many of the athletic goals I have set for myself since I was little was having no fear of my competition, and knowing that as long as I have prepared to the best of my abilities, I can accomplish a lot.  I think this is a great mindset to have, especially in cross country where you know the exact times your competition has run.
I battled the whole way for the win
at the state meet

On this day (10-16-04) 10 years ago: I warmed up .75 miles (one NN complex) and then did a track workout of 1 mile in 5:44 (400jog) 1200 in 4:20 (400jog) 1200 in 4:24 (400jog), 800 in 2:50 (400jog), 800 in 2:50 (400jog), 4x200 all out (no time) with 400j recovery.  .75 cool down.  Then ran 6 miles later in the day at the Brown invitational with Tom for 13 miles total

My main message is whether you want nothing more than to win the state meet or you want to earn a spot on your variety team for the championship meets, don't be afraid to truly push yourself; you might be surprised to find out how good you truly are if you do.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Training Tuesday

Big pumpkins (100-133 pounds) at Wilson
Farm over the weekend!
This week I have a down week of training so not as much volume and not as much intensity, therefore my training today reflects that.

  • 3k swim.  Did a bunch of kicking and drills.
  • 6 mile run on the river. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Update


School
I am now a bit over a month into law school and as you might be able to tell from my lack of longer blog posts, I am quite busy.  I am amazed with how much I have learned in such a relatively short period of time.  I have also joined Tom in the law school government, as I was elected as my section's section representative.  I have my first Board of Governors meeting tonight where I will be a voting member.  As for my schedule, I am in class on three evenings a week for 3-4 hours depending on the day.  Law school is very different than undergrad in terms of learning because I have found that most of the actual learning that I do comes from doing the readings and class time is more of a discussion where not much material is actually covered.

My training since my last real update has been going well.  I am doing a little less volume than before I started school, but I am still getting in plenty of swimming, biking, and running.  I have had some good workouts in all three and it is fun to have a nice break from school to go do a hard workout.  As for racing, I have largely wrapped up my racing season, but I would like to do a couple of road races during the fall.  On the weekends I have been doing a long run/workout on Saturdays and a long ride on Sundays.
Finishing up a hard 13 mile workout at Battle Road Trail in Lexington two weeks ago in my SOAS racing run kit 
In the middle of a long ride out in Dover last weekend
I just heard it's going to be in the 30s tonight, so I suppose that will be the final end to my garden.  I had a great garden this summer with lots of bright sunflowers.  No champ the sunflower like last year, but more variety.  In addition, I grew some plants that I have not grown before such as potatoes (lots of them!), and eggplants, strawberry corn, and onions all from seed.
My teddy bear sunflowers bloomed at the start of September, a few weeks after all the other sunflowers 

I grew one pumpkin
My mammoth sunflowers had purple seeds for some reason
Potatoes, eggplants, little watermelons, flowers, and "strawberry" corn

Two of my late season eggplants