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IMFL '06 - remembering my first Ironman

Tomorrow, Ironman Florida will be celebrating it's 21st Ironman event - one of the longest running Ironman events in North America. Ironman Florida was my very first Ironman. Although it doesn't feel like it was that long ago, it's crazy to think how much our sport has changed since 2006!! I still remember receiving a Popsicle stick with a place on it when I crossed the finish line at local running events! Because the Trimarni blog didn't exist back in 2006, I never had an opportunity to write a race recap from my first Ironman experience. Luckily, the memories and moments are still fresh in my head - even though it's been 13 years since I crossed my first ever Ironman finish line!! Going into the event, I was very confident in my fitness as I used a free training plan from the internet and followed it precisely as written. With my recent formal education in Exercise Physiology (Master degree), I felt like my training could not have gone any smoother. I also

Mindful (Tr)eating: It's no trick!

Happy Halloween!! Does the thought or sight of candy leave you anxious, worried or guilty? To fully enjoy what you eat, you need to be present and in the moment. This is where mindfulness comes in handy. Mindful eating takes practice but you can learn a lot about your emotions, food choices and break some bad habits. Mindful eating is eating with intention, awareness and pleasure. Because most treats or indulgences are not rich in nutrients, we eat them for pleasure or enjoyment. The key word here is enjoy. I'm here to tell you that you can still eat a healthy and nutritious diet with sweets and treats. When you eat what you love, you should also feel good about what you eat. This will help you feel more satisfied with your food selections so you don't overindulge. You will learn how to slow down and savor your food. To help you get started, I’m going to walk you through a mindful chocolate eating exercise. This was taught to me during dietetic internship during on

15 tips for easing into training/exercise

Whether you are a competitive athlete of fitness enthusiast, or going from couch to exerciser, it's important to ease yourself into any type of exercise/training regime. While you may feel extremely motivated to whip yourself into great shape, too much too soon can lead to injury, health issues or burnout. No matter what level fitness you were before you gave yourself a break from exercise/training, remind yourself that you can't just restart where you left off.  It's important to put your ego aside as you keep these tips in mind to ensure a safe and sustainable exercise routine. Don't expect too much of yourself.  Be kind to yourself.  Don't look for quick results.  Focus on the process - consistency and frequency.  Don't neglect lifestyle habits.  Create realistic, attainable short term goals.  Stick to a schedule that works for you right now in your life.  Keep it simple. Stretch your comfort zone, don't jump out of it.  Incorporate ca

The dangers of social media health advice

We live in an era where our quickest source of information comes from our finger tips. To help with this, professionals, experts, bloggers and influencers are eager to persuade you - their audience - by virtue of their outreach. With a large following, this builds credibility. Social media platforms are often used to deliver a message, promote a product or build a brand. As a result, trust is built and you can't help but be influenced by the advice of a stranger.   While there are countless industries out there - like travel, lifestyle,  beauty, sport, fashion and photography - most people are persuaded to "follow" people who are in the nutrition/diet/wellness/fitness/health industry. There's no denying that there is a lot hype and confusion in the media about the best diet, supplements and lifestyle strategies to achieve weight loss, change body composition, improve fitness/performance, enhance recovery and to combat aging. Far too often, this is all drive

IM Kona '19: Behind the scenes

With so much happening before, during and after the Ironman World Championship, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from our time on the big island. In no particular order....... Enjoying the island fruit.  I did it! Volunteer - don't let me fall over!  First dip in the ocean since arriving.  Getting reunited with the Queen K.  Running in the energy lab.  Yum...gelato.  Will swim for ice cream.  If our thoughts had emojis.  Evening sunset walk.  Never too much pre-race ice cream.  Another big cruise ship coming to town.  My happy place...swimming.  "Sandy" the local turtle ;)  White sands beach. Salt water therapy.  White Sands Beach.  View from our condo.  More time on the Queen K.  Running with friends.  Enjoying time with Ericka.  Cheers - pre-race non-alcoholic beer.  Teammies in Kona.  Paparazzi.  More gelato. Hey, it's hot in Kona!  Getting checked in for the race.  All che