Fashion

My Triathlon Packing List

by agirlandhermutt on July 25, 2014

If you know me, then you know that every occasion calls for an outfit. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but there will be an outfit decision made.

My triathlon was no different.

About a month into my training I realized that I needed to start figuring out exactly what I was going to need and wear for the race. There are TONS of great newbie triathlon packing list articles out there. Some are serious overload for someone who is just starting out. I watched several YouTube videos from Tone It Up, read a few blogs about what to pack and then just went from there.

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My Triathlon Packing List:

Swim
*Goggles– Everyone says you should have two. I totally forgot that. I ended up not even wearing mine for most of the swim because I started to panic. These are a must though for people who actually want to do well in the swim. 😉
*Trisuit– This seems to be the biggest topic discussed by both new and seasoned triathletes. There are a variety of options for what you can wear during the swim, but I decided to go with what I thought would be the easiest to wear the whole race. My trisuit was a Pearl Izumi Tri Suit that I got from Amazon. It had a sports bra that came with it and fit perfectly. I was almost completely dried by the time I got on my bike and the run went off with no shorts riding up. Perfect! It was a little pricey but I can definitely see myself wearing it for future rides and races.

*Wetsuit– I ordered a wetsuit from Wetsuitrental.com and it worked out perfectly! I ended up not using it, but I would definitely use their services again. When you are on the website you are guided through describing your body type so they can pick the best fitting suit. I chose the option “More Meat in the Tail”. Heh.
*Body Glide– A must. I put Bodyglide on every hot spot known to man. Near my armpits, the back of my neck, around the bottom of my suit and around my ankles to help get my wetsuit off (before I decided not to wear it). I don’t think you can wear too much Body Glide.

Bike
*Bike– I brought a plastic bag to cover the seat since I racked it the night before.
*Helmet– You HAVE to wear one! Make sure you train wearing your helmet with however you plan to wear your hair the day of the race and with the sunglasses you might ride wearing.
*Running shoes- I wore my Asics Kayanos. Love those suckers. I don’t clip in outside of spin class (not that comfortable on the bike yet!) and my sneakers worked great for this round.
*Elastic Laces– I replaced my regular laces with these Elastic Lock Laces for race day. They were perfect for easy on and off of my shoes shoes. They come in tons of colors too!
*Sunglasses– These are a MUST for me. Rarely do you catch me without my sunglasses at any point in the day but they are a must when I’m outside running and biking. I have some crap glasses that I have gotten for free that I sometimes wear but my usual glasses are the Oakley Caveat.
*Race Belt– Safety pins and I don’t get along. I decided to purchase a race belt to attach my number to that I could use for any event. I got this FuelBelt Race Belt. Just thread your bib through the cords and then just clip it on in transition. I wore it to the back on the bike and then just turned it around to the front for the run. This belt also has loops that can hold your gels or other fuel.

I should note that many lists out there will tell you to pack a patch kit for your bike and I am totally on board with that. My next race I definitely would do that and I’m lucky that I didn’t have any issues!

Run
*Tank Top-
I wore my trisuit for the first 2 events of the race with nothing over it, but I felt a bit more comfortable running with a tank of my suit. If you are 100% comfortable with your body, you wouldn’t need this, but if you are not (Welcome to 85% comfortable world!) then a tank is perfect. I just threw it over my suit as I was running out and had no problem.
Transition Stuff
*Towel & Bottle of Water– I stood on my towel after the swim to wipe my sandy feet off before putting on my shoes. The bottle of water helped me to just rinse my feet off.

To figure out a great way to set up your transition area, check out this Tone It Up video with professional triathlete, Jenny Fletcher.

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I think that about wraps up the triathlon talk…for now. 😉 See ya next week with an update on my July goals!

 

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Weekend Recap: Fitness & Fashion

by agirlandhermutt on February 10, 2014

Happy Monday folks! These past few weeks have been filled with busy weekends, trying to recover from a variety of illnesses and just being overall exhausted. Before it even hit Wednesday of last week I declared the weekend to be the Most Relaxing Weekend ever. No major plans. No reservations anywhere. Just doing whatever I wanted and enjoying being home.

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Friday

I love starting the weekend off at the gym. I rushed home after work to make it to a new-to-me Zumba class at the gym. I’m so glad I did! The class was a lot of fun and I had lots of room to let my ponytail whip around.

When I got home I whipped up taco salads for the BF and I.

These suckers were massive. And good. Like really good. Doesn’t guacamole make everything fantastic?!

I also got a Stitch Fix in the mail. I’ve mentioned before that I enjoyed the Stitch Fix situation and figured I would give it another a try. My birthday is Thursday (WOOT!) so I figured I would request something fun for my birthday that I could wear dressy or casual. This is what I got.

The little blazer is blue with white polka dots. I actually really liked it, but couldn’t quite figure out how I could make it work with other tops besides the white one that it is paired with in the photo. That white top is sequined and super cute, but there were already sequins coming off and it was a little shear. I loved both of these so I was bummed they didn’t work. Both no-nos.

The middle top was cute for work. It fit fine when I put it on, but as I was trying to take it off it kept getting stuck on my arms and in my hair. Not cool.

The dress made me look pregnant. Nope. Not happening.

There was also a black sweater that I didn’t take a photo of. It was a crop top. Heh. Not happening.

So long story short…I sent them all back.

I was a bit bummed out that I was sent so much chevron stuff. My last box had this great top (middle), that I kept, that fulfilled my chevron-like quota.

Seriously?! Oh well. I’ll probably try one more time and be specific on the pattern that I’m looking for!

Saturday

Karen and I have a standing Saturday gym date for Total Body Melt on Saturday morning. The moves are really simple and SUPER HARD CORE.

The class is almost an hour long but about 1/3 of that is dedicated to just showing the right form for different moves. About 45 minutes and 500+ calories? I’ll take it. Oh, and I *finally* changed out the battery in my heart rate monitor. It’s back!

A few days ago I ordered a few pairs of sneakers to see which one I liked best.

I liked the pattern on the white the best, but I’m not typically a white sneaker kind of gal. I asked on Instagram which one people preferred and everyone seemed to love the teal. I agreed and decided to give them a try in class on Saturday.

After one push up this happened to the toe of the shoe.

Uh no. I didn’t pay $100 for these suckers to look busted up after one class. They both went back to Zappos. I’m still on the hunt for sneaks!

The rest of the day was spent wondering around Target and running a few errands. It is full on candy season in Target and I just can’t deal.

I don’t typically have a sweet tooth but when I see Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Ooohhhweeee. It is rough not to just bust a bag open in Target. As a side note…my favorite Reese’s are the special shapes like the Christmas Tree and Pumpkin. The peanut butter to chocolate ratio is outstanding in those babies.

That night the BF and I headed out to our local pub to hang out. I figured it was the best time to bust out my Tiger top and Mr. T jewelry.

    

The top is from H&M and the necklace was a Stitch Fix win from my very first box.

Grrrrr.

Sunday

I was up bright and early so I made it to a 9:30 Zumba class and then stayed for a nice stretch & relaxation yoga class. I do all my heavy lifting during the week so it feels good to bounce around and stretch on the weekend.

The remainder of the day was spent packing. I’m moving to a new place in a few months so I wanted to start early to really go through things and throw things away. I have SO MUCH JUNK.

I cleaned out 2 little closets and this is how much trash I ended up with. I am going to need bigger trash cans! It feels good to throw things away, but at the same time I really wish I hadn’t accumulated that much crap to begin with. Live and learn, right?!

The plan for the week

Did I mention that my birthday was Thursday?! As a kid I had a birthday month. As an adult I realize that life doesn’t revolve around me and have narrowed it down to a birthday week. 😉

I’m starting the celebration off tonight by starting a 5-week Pure Barre program at a brand spankin’ new studio down the street from my job. EEK! So excited! For the actual celebration my BF and I are taking a little birthday weekend away.

I’m already feeling excited and it is only Monday!

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See ya on Wednesday for a little update on my Pure Barre experience. Have a wonderful week folks!

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2013 Favorites

by agirlandhermutt on January 9, 2014

I am a product junkie! I love anything that says “New & Improved!” on the box. Over the past year I shared some the things I absolutely loved in my monthly faves posts. This post is a biggie though…these are my favorite things for ALL OF 2013. I’ve divided it into 5  categories:

-Food (Food, drinks, and kitchen products)
-Fitness (Workouts and workout gear)
-Fashion (Clothes, shoes, and jewelry)
-Face (Makeup, Skincare, and hair)
-Fun (Everything else!)

Enjoy my 2013 favorites!

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Food

World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Vegetable Slicer (aka Spiralizer)

This is a 2 time yearly favorite! I first talked about this kitchen gadget back in 2012 and it was in my 2012 Yearly Favorites. This past year it was used almost daily in my kitchen. Zucchini noodles are where it is at!

Laughing Cow Cheese

Back in August I talked about a few of my fridge staples and that included Laughing Cow Cheese. I am no snob when it comes to cheese. Any, all and every kind of cheese is my favorite. Unfortunately that doesn’t really fit my meal plan. Laughing Cow is portioned out perfectly and gives me that cheesy feeling I love.

Advocare Spark

In November I made an ill-fated attempt at the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. Part of the plan involved Spark, an energy drink from Advocare. While the supplements did NOT work for me, my stomach or my plumbing, but Spark stuck with me! It is the PERFECT kick in the butt for me. I might drink one in the morning or right before a workout. It gives me energy without tingles or any other side effect. Almost all of the flavors work for me too!

Market Pantry Raw Frozen Large Shrimp

Shrimp is just one of those things I could eat any day for any meal. Although it is ideal for me to buy it fresh, it can be SUPER expensive at certain times throughout the year. During those times I go to the next best thing…frozen shrimp. My favorite can be found at Target and runs about $8.99. Heck yea!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar first made an appearance in my house when I learned about the Tone It Up girls. It is part of their recommended daily Meta-D drink. I’ve adjusted my drink over the years and learned that I love the taste of ACV. Now I have a tbsp or two in my water in the am and call it a day. I credit this stuff for my skin looking good, a little energy boost and keeping some of my sweet cravins in check.

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Fitness

G-Loves Workout Gloves

If you lift weights, you need gloves. Why not look good while wearing them?! My parents have graciously gifted me 2 pairs of these gloves and I can’t get enough of them.

Polar Heart Rate Monitor

This little watch really gets me going in the gym. It helps me stay in my target heart rate range and gives me a general idea of how many calories I’m burning. I don’t put a ton of faith in these numbers, but they really help me compare my work effort each day at the gym.

Old Navy Compression Capris

These capris from Old Navy are comfortable, keep all my stuff from jiggling around and are cheap, cheap, cheap. I originally had an issue with these pants storing odors, but I learned that putting a capful or two of white distilled vinegar in the wash totally took those odors out.

Weight Lifting

I’ve always enjoyed weight lifting but never really could figure out a routine to do. I joined up with Mshell Fitness and BOOM! Weight routine found. My upper body transformed really quickly and I can tell that my body is just shrinking.

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Fashion

Jojo Blings

If you follow me on Instagram then you see Jojo Blings appear in almost every single outfit of the day pic that I post. I have them in about 10 colors and already know of a few more that I could go for!

Alex & Ani Bracelets

Bracelets for days! I have 4 or 5 Alex & Ani bracelets. They look great layered together and have a wonderful message.

Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf

I can’t lie. I have this scarf in 3 different colors. It is soft, comfy and washes up really well. Plus it looks so good with everything!

Leopard Crocs

Eek! I just can’t get over these shoes. So comfortable and so cute. No jokes about Crocs. They are amazing. I wear them with everything. Maybe even when they don’t match.

Oakley Caveat Sunglasses

These sunglasses first appeared on my blog in my Currently: May post as an item on my wish list. Just a few short weeks later I purchased them using money that I won through DietBet over the year. It pays in more ways than one to lose weight! These sunglasses are with me all of the time. They go with everything, don’t get all tangled in my hair and most importantly, look great!

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Face

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

This mascara is THE BEST. I have super teeny tiny eyes and almost every single mascara I try ends up bleeding into my under eye area. This doesn’t. It holds up all day and even through a few sweaty sessions at the gym when I forget to take it off. No more crazy bunny look.

Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

This is lipstick is a beautiful shade of pink. Not too dark at all. It has a sheer look to it that is really flattering with almost any skin tone. It isn’t drying or too sticky either.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

I know people have been using this for years, but I finally decided to give it a try this year. I could kick myself for waiting so long! My skin feels smooth and has a slight glow after I wash my face. Perfect!

Aveeno Nourish & Moisturize Shampoo and Conditioner

The shampoo and conditioner in my shower gets switched up quite a bit. This particular duo I came back to several times throughout the year though. It is gently and my hair just looks healthy when I use it. Nothing fancy, but just what my hair needs.

Fun

Geocaching

Geocaching is like a treasure hunt for adults. I had heard about it several years ago but finally gave it a try when I was in Denver. The BF and I had a great time using the geocaching app to run around town looking for hidden treasures. We have done it a few other times in various cities and even in our own neighborhood.

Snorkeling

My parter-in-snorkeling has been my Dad for a few years now. This year we managed to get some snorkeling in while on a cruise, in Disney and with some manatees!

Klean Kanteen

I would necessarily call this a “fun” product, but I do use it every single day. This canteen doesn’t hold funky odors, fits all the spinning bike drink holders and keeps my water freezing. Bonus…it comes in all kinds of fun colors!

Being Outside

How cliché, right?! But this past year was all about me getting out there and exploring the great outdoors. From swimming in the Caribbean Ocean to hiking in Colorado to snorkeling with manatees in Florida to running on the beach in Provincetown to biking in San Diego. By becoming more active throughout the year I learned that I absolutely love being outside and enjoying some fresh air.

Discovering Jess’s videos on YouTube led me to her Instagram which led me to MShell. She is so inspiring and motivating in her videos! I don’t get a chance to watch every day but I do check in at least once a week to see what she is up to and get a little dose of motivation.

Craft Beer

I didn’t want to add beer to the food category because it is so much more than that. It really is FUN though! Each year I seem to go through a phase for what I like to drink and 2013 was all about craft beer. I got a chance to try beers at several festivals and of course, the greatest festival in the US, the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.  The BF and I discovered TONS of great beers this year but the best beer of the year for me was Heady Topper from Alchemist and Chocolate Oak Aged Yet from Great Divide.

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2013 was a great year with a ton of great finds! I’m looking forward to 2014 favorites already!

Oh, and GO NOLES! My college won the football National Championship game quite dramatically on Monday. WOOT!

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