Weekly Workout Log – July 19 – 25th

It was a good week! The tri is sneaking up on me. I can’t believe I can say race day is THIS week! Definitely brings about all kinds of emotions. It’s taper time!! Here’s what this past week looked like.

Sunday – Open water swim (distance ??). I need a tri watch ;).


Monday – 11 miles on bike trainer. It was an unscheduled evening workout. Was supposed to be a rest day…oops ;).


Tuesday – AM: 6 mile treadmill run — rough! It’s been a while since I ran more than 4 miles on the treadmill. I guess I wasn’t mentally prepared for how much longer those runs feel on there ;). PM: 1,100 Yard lap swim

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Wednesday – 8 miles on bike trainer + 30 minutes of yoga and foam rolling


Thursday – Squeezed in a 2.5 mile run at a school’s playground while my daughter played


Friday – 4 mile run (track, paved trails, roads). This was a fun run! But it was SO hot/humid. I had a scary moment heading back where I had the chills and it was 80+ degrees. Nuun to the rescue! I started at my parents house and didn’t bring any Nuun. Luckily my mom runs too and she let me use a tab of her lemonade flavor. 🙂

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Saturday – Rest day



Weekly Workout Log – July 12 – 18th

A few days late, but here’s a recap of last weeks workouts. It was a lighter week as I had a race on Saturday and decided to skip a swim on Friday.

Sunday – Rest day

Monday – 3.1 mile run

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Tuesday – AM: 9 mile bike + 2 mile run. PM: 1,000 yard swim

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Wednesday – 3.1 mile run on Tri course


Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – unexpected rest day – Decided to skip swim to save legs for race

Saturday – Troutarama 5k (4th / 9 in age group)


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Race Recap: Troutarama 5k Race Weekend

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 8.25.29 PMfb image2 What a weekend! My mom, husband and I ran the Troutarama 5k on Saturday. Friday night after packet pick-up, we decided to drive the course to see what to expect. It was flat and paved out of town, but after making a few turns there was a pretty good stretch on a dirt/gravel road that was fairly hilly. After reaching nearly the end of this road we turn around and head back. In a short race, it’s kind of cool doing a course like this because you can see who is ahead of you. Anyway, my dad stayed at the start/finish line area with my daughter to cheer us on. The day was supposed to be upper 80’s, humid, and sunny. We had this unexpected crazy storm roll inIMG_20150717_193217just minutes before the start, which cooled things off a bit. One of the race organizers made an announcement that they got word that there was a storm coming through the area that would have lightning, so they decided to have a 30 minute delayed start. We went inside the building and waited it out. Some high winds came in and it looked scary out! Maybe 30-45 minutes later the lightning stopped, the winds died down, and the lady said we had about 45 minutes until the next round came through but we would be running in the IMG_2141rain. Her words were, “So…run fast!” haha. It was crazy how fast the sky got dark! You can see in the picture with the Troutarama banner, the sky wasn’t scary looking when we were in town near the starting line (picture was taken in the car, thus the blue tint at the top 🙂 ).

At the starting line

At the starting line

We all lined up. There were many people that went home after it started raining. It was already a “small town” race with only 176 people registered, and only 151 finishers. My husband and I actually got to “toe” the starting line. They didn’t have mats for the start, just the finish. We left when the announcer said, “Ready, set, GO!” We were hauling! I looked at my Garmin and it said 7:15 pace, so I tried to slow down a bit so I wouldn’t die at the first mile. The dirt/gravel hills were tough, but I kept thinking ‘this is only a 5k! Just keep pushing!’ My husband was good at motivating me when it got tough.


Official time: 26:40

I finished with a time of: 26:40. My Garmin said the course was only 2.96 miles, so that’s 9:00 min/mile pace. However, since the official pace is based off of a 5k distance my pace ended up at 8:35 (lol!). The fastest I’ve ever run 3 miles was an 8:56 pace, so on paper it looked pretty impressive for me haha! Don’t ask me how, but somehow the race timing computers got wet (they were in the trailer?!) so they are waiting for them to ‘dry out’ before uploading the official race results. I’m really hopeful nothing weird happens to the results and all the data is still there. Right after crossing the finish line we were told to go to the trailer to get a printout of our official race time. I was pretty happy with the time considering the hills and rain. I think I really have a good chance at being in the top 3 in my age group, so I’m super anxious for the full results to be posted. I’ll definitely update when I know more! One of the race organizers said that due to the weather they were going to skip the awards ceremony, and would mail the awards out for the top 3 finishers in each age group. I’ll definitely update once I know more.

***UPDATE*** I missed the podium by one person. 4th / 9 in my age group. A little disappointed as I thought I had 3rd. But, my time is still a decent one for me for that distance. The girl that came in 3rd I would have never caught up to. Much stronger competition compared to last years results. But, I did my best and I know that’s all that matters! My husband got 3rd in his age group and my mom got 2nd in hers! 🙂

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After the race we went back home to shower and then headed back to downtown for the Troutarama parade and spent some time checking out all the little vendors selling stuff (like homemade items, jewelry, clothing, etc.). The Scottville Clown Band is in the parade every year and they’re so much fun to watch in their funny costumes. Our daughter loved it! We stopped at Jones’ Icecream after the parade and indulged in a yummy treat! I got black cherry, my favorite :). IMG_2151Sunday morning I got in a swim in the lake. At first I was going to plan to swim Friday and Saturday (based on weather forecast before we left). But when we got up there I decided I didn’t want to risk tiring my legs out for the race on Saturday. Then Saturday we just had some fun in town and relaxing at the cottage after the race. Sunday, the weather was perfect so I decided I’d go for a swim. I got in the kayak and figured out what anchored rafts I’d be swimming around to get in at least 500M since some had moved since last time we were there. I found 3 that would get me to 500, so I got in my wetsuit and started.IMG_2162IMG_2160 I got around the first raft and my legs were like, “Yeah…how about no.” So I swam back to shore and decided to just swim straight out from shore a little ways and back several times to get my swim in. My legs were just shot from the 5k (which sounds awful!). I was so mad at myself. I was like, “It was only a 5k!!” But, I know I ran hard and it wasn’t a flat paved course so taking a few breaks at the shore seemed like the best thing to do. I was still able to get some practice swimming in the wetsuit, even if it wasn’t continuous. There is a possibility I may get in one more open water swim this coming weekend, so hopefully that one will be a bit more successful. Overall, it was a great weekend!

Weekly Workout Log – July 5-11th

Even though I still post my training on Instagram, I thought I’d do a weekly recap. This weeks training looked like this:

Sunday – Rest Day

Monday – Ran 4.1 miles

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Tuesday – Morning: Bike trainer 11 miles; Evening: 600 Yard lap swim

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Wednesday – Ran 3.1 miles

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Thursday – Morning: Bike trainer 8 miles + Ran 2 miles; Evening: 1,250 Yard lap swim

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Friday – Rest Day

Saturday – Outdoor 30 mile bike ride


Kung Pao Cauliflower

IMAG5749Although I’m not vegan or vegetarian anymore, I still gravitate towards those types of recipes and eat that way most of the time. This is another great recipe I came across that I think would please everyone in the family! Of course, hold the pepper flakes if you’re not fan of spicy food. I actually added a little sriracha, because I think the hotter the better!


  • 1 large cauliflower head, cut into small floret pieces
  • 1 red organic pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow organic pepper, diced
  • 1 orange organic pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 scallion, cut 2” in lengths
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 lb rice noodles (any other type of noodles will work. I used Thai Kitchen rice noodles.)

**I added kidney beans for some additional protein, as well as some sesame seeds.

For the sauce (I plan to make more of the sauce for next time.)

  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce, gluten free
  • 2 tbsp unrefined sugar (I added a little honey instead)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tsp arrowroot powder


Cook noodles according to package instructions. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, place the olive oil over medium to high heat. Add the cauliflower, and cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until the cauliflower as cooked a bit. It will not be cooked throughly, as you will add it later on with the other veggies. Take the cauliflower out into a large plate and set aside.

Add the diced peppers to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower back to the skillet and cook with the peppers stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes until the veggies are almost cooked through but not mushy. Add the garlic, ginger and cashews and cook further for 2 minutes. At this point add the sauce to the skillet and cook for 1 minute over high heat or until thickened. Add the spring onions and serve over the noodles while still warm.

Original recipe credit: Eat Good 4 Life

First Open Water Swim + 4th of July Weekend

IMAG5766IMAG5767Friday was our first full day at the cottage, and the day of my first open water swim! I put on my Garmin and used the kayak to measure the distance between an anchored dock and an anchored water trampoline toy that were in front of the cottage. They were out there deep enough that I couldn’t touch, but it was a nice surprise when I put my face in the water that I could still see the bottom. I was happy they were out there so I wasn’t forced to do an out-and-back across the lake. After some quick math I figured out I would just have to do two laps around the two points and then head back to shore and it would be just over what the distance for the sprint tri would be. It didn’t look bad at all, so I was feeling pretty confident.IMG_2071-20150703-133959

IMG_2070-20150703-133942 edI went back inside and put on my wetsuit. I stood in the water and talked to the neighbors for a few minutes before heading out. I was confident that I could do it, but I was still very nervous. I have never liked being in water where you could touch stuff like weeds. I grew up with a pool, so I never went to a lake to swim as a kid. Even when my family had a boat out on Lake Michigan when I was young, I’d always make my dad carry me to shore after he anchored the boat. My husband told me he saw a snapping turtle in the lake a long time ago, and I never forgot it! haha So it was in the back of my mind before I headed out. I started swimming and felt like I was flying through the water in that suit. My husband was kayaking near me in case I needed to be rescued or just needed help staying on course. That honestly was the worst part was just staying on course. I wasIMG_2074-20150703-175058 basically swimming a straight line between the two points and I was amazed at how hard that was without “pool lines” at the bottom to guide you. I would swim a few strokes and lift my head to check where I was. It quickly threw off my breathing, but I don’t know how else to do it. I would have been swimming way off course had I not done that or had my husband not been there. It was much harder than I anticipated! I’m very happy I’ll have one IMG_2079-20150703-135255more weekend to practice before race day. I may just have to try to stick with the pack on race day and risk getting kicked in the face (yet another one of those fears!). When I felt like I needed recovery, I flipped over to my back. I was bummed that I needed more recovery time than I had hoped. But, 13:51 for 514 meters on my first time out is completely fine with me! It’s a journey and I know I will make improvements if I continue to put in the work.

IMG_2075-20150703-134629I was pretty focused on the swim except around one of the turn around points when I kept feeling stuff on my hands. I kept telling myself it was only the long wetsuit zipper pull I was feeling, even though I knew it was weeds. I don’t know why that grosses me out so much, but I can’t stand it! I got through it though and I am actually very excited to try again and see if I can cut some time off and get better about staying on course.

IMAG5779 2That night for dinner we made our own ‘tortilla pizza’s.’ We use tortilla shells (I use Udi’s GF shells even though they make GF pizza crusts too) as the crust, and then doctor them up however we like. I made a vegan one with some yummy toppings like mushrooms, red and green peppers, red onion, fresh basil, dried oregano and crushed red peppers. It was so good! We went out on the pontoon and watched some fireworks that night before we headed to bed.

Saturday morning I convinced my husband to run 6 miles with me. He runs, but not regularly. I think he could be an incredible runner if he had the time to train IMG_2081-20150704-194644regularly. He always does great at races where he only gets in a few training runs. He has more of an interest in cycling though, so I’m happy we can share that interest too! I am so grateful he likes to accompanIMG_2082-20150704-194420y me on my runs up north so I’m not alone. I run much slower than he does, so for him to come out and run that at my pace was no big deal for him ;). He’s the best! We ran some big hills on dirt trails through the woods, some gravel paths, and paved roads. It was a great mix! It’s always so nice to run up north because it’s so peaceful up there. We finished at 59:40, 9:57 pace. I was ok with that considering the tricky footing at a few spots in the woods.

After the run we spent some time on the beach. My daughter and her cousin made sand castles and played in the water all afternoon. That’s the neighbors dog in the pIMG_2088-20150704-130632icture who clearly loves playing in the water too! We are heading to my parents house today for a pool party. So let the 4th of July festivities continue! 🙂