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Worth the Wait

I've waited 2 1/2 months to write this blog and now I don't know what to say.
I'm speechless (or wordless). Nothing can describe the feeling of getting something new.........

especially when it is a new bike.

My typical off-season training (especially after my last LONG race) involves a lot of road biking. After Ironman Kentucky in Aug, I hung my tri-bike (Black Hawk) on the wall and my road bike and me did a lot of riding. I was ready to ride my Black Hawk towards the end of Jan (craving my aerobars) but unfortunately, my Black Hawk was sold a few days before X-mas. However, shortly after x-mas, Trek came out with the first ever Carbon WSD (women specific design) Tri bike.

Karel was super excited to get me on a Trek, considering that my small size (I'm 5 feet "short") is very hard to fit on a tri bike. My options are really small because I feel most comfortable with 700 wheels (rather than 650's). Therefore, I have to have a frame small enough for my size…

Spinach fruit salad & Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

On Tuesday morning, after my 4 mile run, I was getting my bike ready for an intense 1 hour and 45 minute interval session (once again, thanks Karel for the killer bike set!) and a story on Good Morning America caught my attention.
Orthorexia - an eating disorder which afflicts those who have an over-the-top obsession with healthy food. In a junk-food obsessed nation, orthorexica are preoccupied with avoiding 'impure' foods and may become emaciated.
Here's the story:
Orthorexia
Although this is a recently new (or talked about) term, this condition probably does not affect the majority of our population. Just like other eating disorders (anorexia, binge eating, anorexia athletica, overeating, overexercise, night eating, bulemia and EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) the percentage of people who are clinical diagnosed with x-eating disorder is very small. However, there are certainly many people out there who live their life undiagnosed with an eating disorder and …

Campy's Play date

If you are a regular to my blog, you probably know how much I love Campy. He has taught me to make the most out of my days (it saddens me that dogs don't live as long as humans) and to focus on Balance in my life.
Since adopting him in Oct 2008, I find I love him more and more everyday. Karel, who was never a huge dog lover (he's a cat-man) has developed a love for all dogs but most of all, he LOVES Campy! He said that Campy makes him less nervous at his races because Campy puts a smile on his face.
If you are new to my blog,
here's how we decided that we were ready for a dog
and how we ended up getting Campy

A few weeks ago, Campy found his sister (or so we think). Here's the story of how
Campy found his sister

I was super excited for Monday because Campy had a play date with his sister Xuxa and Xuxa's brother Charky. Special thanks to Sandy for letting us come over and enjoy a BIG backyard. Campy loves being off the leash!

What fun to see Campy run around and play. H…

Mushroom, swiss and tofu burger + Spinach, orange and feta salad

Reason #8 to be a vegetarian:

Hardee's 2/3 lb Monster Thickburger



As if 1/3 lb beef patty wasn't enough? When you order the 2/3 lb monster thickburger, not only do you get 2 1/3 lb charbroiled 100% Black Angus beef patties, 4 strips of bacon, 3 slices of American cheese and mayo on a sesame seed bun, but your order comes with:
1320 calories
850 calories from fat
95 grams of fat
35 grams of saturated fat
210 mg of cholesterol
3020 mg of sodium
46 g of carbohydrates
2 g of fiber
5 g of sugar
70 g of protein

Do you want to know the other 7 reasons to be a vegetarian?
1/3 lb original thickburger
1/3 lb cheeseburger
1/3 lb mushroom and swiss thickburger
1/3 lb bacon cheese thickburger
1/3 lb low carb thickburger
2/3 lb double thickburger
2/3 lb double bacon cheese thickburger

But since you are an athlete it's likely that you seek a healthy alternative to burgers. So, why not go with a salad and a Frappe at McDonald's? Sounds healthy, right?
Large Mocha Frappe



680 calories
250 calories from fat
28…

Karel in action

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I'll be posting another blog today but in the mean time, how about a video to see the cyclist's in action?
Karel showed me this last night and it is awesome to see the race from a rider's perspective. Joel Chavez wears a video cam on his helmet for the races and he posted this video after Sugarloaf.

If you don't want to watch the whole video, you can scroll to:
3 minutes - climb up sugarloaf (Karel is #41 in blue and white on a blue and white Trek)
4 minutes and 56 seconds - break away
6 minutes - attack by Ivan Franco and another guy on a climb. Karel and Joel tried to respond but weren't able to catch them. This is where Karel wanted to quit...he said his legs were on fire after those attacks.

Sugarloaf Circuit - race report

5am up and at-'em.
I modified my typical weekend training (long bike + run & Long Run) so that I could watch Karel and his team at the Sugarloaf race. My #1 training goal this year - Quality over Quantity.
5:37am I was on the trainer for a 1 hour interval ride. Campy and Karel stayed cozy in bed.
6:50am I was out the door for a 9.3 mile run (1hr and 13 min). It was nice and cool out and I enjoyed seeing the sun poke out of the clouds during my run. I've been pretty tired this week due to my intense effort at the 15K last sat. so with a few modifications in my workouts this week, in addition to a few Hammer Endurance Amino's (1 a day Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed) I finally felt recovered/good for this workout.

After my run I quickly showered, ate 2 hard boiled egg whites, packed my goodies for the day (PB&J, peach, apple, trail mix, yogurt, banana, lots of water), and prepared my oatmeal concoction (for some reason, it was super scrumptious this morning) for the road.

8:45am …