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73 questions for my 37th Birthday

1. What are you most excited about these days?
That it's summer and the weather is warm! 

2. What’s your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

3. Favorite season?
Summer. 

4. Where does one go on a perfect road trip?
To a race. 

5. What is the best activity when home on a rainy day?
Writing. 

6. If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be?
Campy. 

7. What is the best thing that happened this year?
I signed a contract to write two more books!

8. What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I don't set resolutions.

9. What’s your favorite exercise?
Swimming.

10. Best way to decompress?
Talking Campy for a walk. 

11. What’s your favorite country to visit?
Europe.

12. Last country you visited?
Europe.

13. Country you wish to visit?
South Africa.

14. What’s your favorite ice-cream?
Mint chocolate chip. 

15. What makes you smile the most?
Animals. 

16. What’s the coolest thing in the world?
Nature. 

17. What is the cutest thing in the world?
Baby animals. 

18. How do you know if you’re in love…

A necessary recharge - taking a break.

Going into IM 70.3 Chattanooga race week, our coach told us that we would be taking a week break from triathlon training before getting into our training for Ironman Canada. Karel and I were really excited for this break. While we love training, we aren't injured and we aren't burnt out, we know that a physical and mental removal from sport is a necessary part of being an athlete. Certainly, it's much easier to enjoy a planned and intentional break than a break that is forced and unplanned due to injury, sickness, life or burnout. In other words, a necessary recharge is a way to help the body better adapt to training stress.

We were told from our coach that we could swim, bike and run (since these are great activities for overall health) but the goal is to return to training on Monday the 26th feeling excited to put in some hard work for the next 8 weeks. We were also given guidelines as to what we could do IF we did swim, bike or run in terms of duration per workout and …

Adventures with Campy

It's no surprise how much I love Campy. For the past 10+ years, Campy has been living the best life ever as I've made sure that no day is ever wasted for my furry little pooch. Because a dog's life is so short compared to us humans, I always make the effort to make memories together.

Campy and I love being outside and exploring nature. The hotter the weather the better as we both love the heat. Campy loves being in the car and he's always up for a road trip. He loves smelling/exploring new places.

As part of our week-break from triathlon training (more on this in a future blog), Karel and I decided to do a different outdoor activity - Kayaking! Of course, I couldn't imagine being outside, making memories and enjoying the sun without Campy.

We all had our first experience Kayaking at Lake Jocassee and we had a great time. Not only is this lake absolutely beautiful but it's also pet friendly. Kayaking gave us a great workout and it was a nice change from our norm…

Sport nutrition application - the year-long fueling approach

It's well-documented that if a workout is less than 60 minutes, there is no need to take in any carbohydrate. However, for workouts lasting more than an hour, carbohydrate has been shown to improve performance.
Despite scientific literature telling athletes when fuel is or isn't needed, I encourage my athletes to use sport nutrition all-year long, regardless of the workout duration. For me and Karel, we never train without eating before a workout and we always have sport nutrition in our bottle(s) when we workout. 
While this may appear as if I don't understand exercise physiology or that I am putting my body at a metabolic disadvantage, that couldn't be further from the truth.
Consider these facts:
It can take up to 8 weeks to train your gut to adapt to the mechanics of fueling and exercising.It can take several months of trial and error to figure out which sport nutrition products have the right types / amounts of carbohydrates and tastes for your personal preferences …