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Tri Training Recap: Week 2

by agirlandhermutt on May 12, 2014

I’m not a natural athlete. When I played soccer as a little kid I learned how to kick the ball really hard so I wouldn’t have to run after it. I never progressed past t-ball. I was in marching band in high school. I destroyed my knee through years of dance classes and dodgeball.

So naturally training for a sporting event, the triathlon, has been filled with some interesting moments. AND I’M ONLY IN WEEK 3!


To recap my training from last week:

30 minute run. I ran outside and it was a pretty good run overall.

My first swim! I was so nervous getting in the pool to start my laps. I started to swim and realized within the first minute that I was going to have a problem. I have NO IDEA how to really swim. I’m great at treading water, swimming in the ocean and floating around a pool. But apparently I have no idea how to freestyle swim or breathe properly. I was horrified! My laps lasted about 20 minutes and then I was exhausted from keeping my head above water.

When I told my parents that I didn’t know how to swim with my head in the water they both said that I have been like that as a kid. SERIOUSLY?! Ugh.

Resolution? I went home and found adult swim lessons at Boston University. I start at the end of the month. Blah.

Oh, and can I just say this…lap swimmers are kind of mean. Some guy yelled at me even though I wasn’t in his lane. Another woman huffed when she saw I was in “her” lane. Friendly is not an adjective I would use to describe those pool folks. Hmpf.

50 min bike ride (14 miles) & 10 min run

Nothing. I was supposed to run but wasn’t feeling up for it. Plus, I was hosting book club at my house and wanted things to be all set when people got there!

Zumba! Originally this was going to be a swim day. I decided to forgo that embarrassment and went to my usual class that night. I followed up with a round of the Abs playlist from Tone It Up.

I started the morning off with my usual Total Body Melt class. It is a combo of functional training and cardio. I love it because it is hard and you can really feel your body working to keep up.

After that class I rushed home, grabbed the dog to take him to a grooming appointment and got my bike loaded onto the car. Off we went!

There is a trail by the groomers that I rode last week. It is an easy trail that is 11 miles long that I’ve been using to get used to bike. I hopped on and started booking it. I hit the turnaround point in about 50 minutes. Not too bad. I had plenty of time to get back in time to pick the dog up.

The Camelback water thing I had wasn’t working great (in hindsight it was me who wasn’t able to work it) so I was just getting dribbles of water. I’m a big drinker so at the halfway point I had pulled the bladder out and drank straight out of that.

Oh boy. This is where things really went downhill for me. If you thought not knowing how to swim was bad, this was even worse.

As I started to head back to the car (another 12 miles away), I started to feel…off. Now that I was moving the other way I didn’t want to stop to mess with the Camelback. I ended up making great time and was back to my car in 45 minutes, although a bit thirsty.

I hopped off the bike, loaded it onto the car and immediately knew something was wrong. I could feel that my blood sugar was way to low and didn’t have a lick of food on me. I tried to pull the bladder out of the Camelback but just didn’t have enough strength to put it up towards my mouth. That is when I really started to worry.

There was a Whole Foods across the parking lot that I figured I could walk to in order to grab a bite. As I started walking there I knew I was going to make it. McDonalds was straight ahead. As I opened the door I could feel my legs start to shake. I leaned against the counter, asked for a medium coke and then…that was it. Next thing I knew I was looking into the eyes of a perfect stranger from the dirty floor of a McDonalds.

Yep. I fainted at McDonalds.

Unfortunately, I was holding the bladder of water in my hands when I fainted so I managed to spill a whole backback of water all of myself and the floor. A few people where concerned that I had peed all over myself when I fell. I did not. At least I don’t think I did.

Thankfully everyone in the McDonalds was super nice and took great care of me. THANK YOU.

Long story a little less long…I finally got to Whole Foods to have a snack and recover. After about 20 min of just staring off into space at Whole Foods I walked back to the groomers, with a random pit-stop at a TJMaxx to buy a dress that I didn’t try on and then headed home with the dog.


I ate something last week at the mid-way point and felt great when I was done with my ride. Lesson learned. Even if you don’t feel hungry, have a snack mid-way.

I was still in recovery mode from Saturday. The BF, Korky and I spent a good chunk of the day at the SOWA Market in the South End just soaking up the sun.

After a little afternoon nap, I snuck in some Tone It Up stretching/yoga.

Overall, this wasn’t my best week. Between realizing I’m a crappy swimmer and passing out in a fast food restaurant, I feel even less like an athlete than I did before. I started to get down and find reasons to get out of this triathlon, but then remembered that I told you all I am doing one. Pulling out after two weeks would be the most embarrassing. So instead I’m trucking on.

On the plus side, I ended up with 24 miles towards the #150bysummer challenge for a total of 52 miles in two weeks.


Week 3 of training & Tone It Up Bikini Series!

Monday- 40 min run & TIU Bikini Body Workout
Tuesday- Pure Barre & 2 mile walk & TIU abs
Wednesday- 55 min bike (TIU Making Waves Workout) & 10 min Run
Thursday- 45 min run & TIU Under the Sea
Friday- ZUMBA! (Screw swimming!)
Saturday- 80 min bike & 10 min run
Sunday- RECOVER!


I’ll be back later this week! I have a few spinning studio reviews, a chat about what I’m doing different in my diet and a few other random things. I have to get back on this whole blogging thing!

See ya soon!


Let the fun begin!

by agirlandhermutt on February 13, 2014

I am officially 34! Today is my birthday and I could NOT be more excited! Getting older is not something that freaks me out. When I turned 30 I could barely contain my excitement. I had tons of fun in my teens and 20s, but I also really like having fun with a bit more $$$ in my pocket and smarts in the brain.

The year of being 33 is hard for me to put into words. On my birthday post last year I mentioned that although a fun year, 32 was a bit of a blur for me. I felt like life was happening TO ME rather than I was happening to life. The minute 2013 rolled around I *finally* made the decision to change up my life. I decided to lose some of the extra pounds and get healthier. That process took some time to get used to and adjust my social settings around. That didn’t stop the fun though! I still managed to travel a ton, hang out with my friends, spend time with my family and snuggle with the Mutt.

Over the year I embraced my creative side. Or rather I just painted at The Paint Bar. A LOT.

I did some traveling. To places with beaches and large bodies of water or mountains. After looking through these photos I just had to laugh at some of the similarities. Eh. You like what you like!

Cruising on the Allure of the Seas with my family.

Utah for the Blends Retreat.

Provincetown, Ma for a little weekend away.

San Diego just because.

Brooklyn, NY for a birthday celebration.


Miami to celebrate the AZ’s upcoming wedding.

Pensacola for Christmas.

Orlando to  visit Typhoon Lagoon & swim with manatees.


When I was not traveling I was able to get some work done (gotta make that $$$ somehow!) and enjoying some really good times with great friends. I’m so lucky to have a variety of old, new, near and far folks in my life!



There never seems to be enough time with my family in the year, but this time I was able to see them in person on 3 different occasions! That doesn’t include the countless hours of chatting on the phone and Facetiming. We are creepy close. I get it.


Unfortunately this year I also experienced a terrifying and tragic event. BUT! The way that it brought my city together is indescribable and made me so grateful for the life that I’m living.


I made a few goals throughout the year. Some I accomplished. Others are still a work in progress.

Become a spinning instructor…at some point.

Stick with it in 2014!

Even though I was on a quest to get fit, I managed to find time to suck down some amazing eats and drinks.

Bloody Mary at Bokx109.

Brunch at Vinebrook.

Cauliflower EVERYTHING!

Don’t forget all that beer!

There were, of course, some really cute moments with my best bud, Korky.


And did I mention I lost 50+ lbs?! (I know, I know. Thanks for indulging me!)


This year was AMAZING. With wonderful people by my side I was able to experience so many places and things that I would never even had dreamed of doing. But do what know what the best part of this past year was?!


Cheesy but true. 33 was great. 34 is going to be even better. Just you watch and see. ;)

So from me and the Mutt…Thanks for following along this year!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll see ya next week!


Currently in September

September 20, 2013

Happy Friday! It has been about a month since I did my last Currently and today seemed like a lovely day for an updated version. BUT FIRST! The winner of the Tied Up Loose Ends giveaway is Erin L! Erin, shoot me an email with your contact info. Currently: September 2013 Current Read: My book […]

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