Jul 22

High Five Friday! Race weekend, Reading and Running Without Music

Happy Friday boys and girls and welcome to another summer weekend in crazy town. Whether you’re racing this weekend (like I am), going for a run or just relaxing, I have just the thing to make your two day break complete.

I’m linking up with my girl Angela from Happy Fit Mama who I’m sure will be taking in some ocean views on her days off, and high-fiving the weekend like a boss.

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RACING

This weekend is the annual Crystal Lake Sprint Triathlon right here in my hometown. A lot of my fellow triathletes will be racing an Ironman in Lake Placid but I will be swimming an entire 1/4 mile, biking 13 and running 3. Whatever.

This race is awesome because:

  1. It was my very first triathlon ever and I raced it three months after having the boys.
  2. I’ve won it a couple times. (don’t get overly impressed, it’s a field of like 200 people)
  3. The start and finish are practically at the bottom of my driveway.

I have not been able to do it for the past several years but I will be race ready on Sunday. I’m so looking forward to hanging out with some friends, riding my new bike in it’s virgin race and being cheered on by my family.

The below picture was taken during the first time I raced it in 2009. And yes, that is a Cannondale mountain bike with road bike tires on it. Don’t judge.

This is pretty embarrassing.

This is pretty embarrassing. Also notice the throngs of excited spectators.

READING

When I was supposed to be working all week, I was reading this stuff:

Men Who Harass Women Online Are Quite Literally Losers, New Study Finds | The Washington Post via @SarahSpain tweet | Um, did we need a study for this?

What Olympic Runners Eat on Race Day | Active.com | Because maybe if I eat the same thing I will race the same way! Ok, fine, it’s just interesting and gives me snack ideas.

Aren’t more while people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no. | The Washington Post | One of the best articles I have read so far on the whole mess of police killing black people. It’s entirely based on something usually left out of most articles on the subject – – facts.

5 Crazy Unconventional Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website and Increase Monthly Visitor Count | LinkedIn.com | The only issues I have with this article are none of it seems “crazy” or that it will work. Please let me know if you disagree.

Can the Latest Sports Testing Tech Help You Become Faster? | Competitor.com | The answer is yes and the article talks about Inside Tracker. I will be writing an in-depth post about my test results next week so this is a nice intro/teaser.

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RUNNING WITHOUT MUSIC

I used to be in the camp of death before running more than three miles without music. I felt like I needed it to get though a training run. Now? I hardly ever listen. Since I swim (and yes, I still use my WaterFi occasionally) and bike long, hard efforts without music, I started running without it too. You know what? The silence is amazing and this article from Outside Magazine articulates why. #TheWorldIsTooMuchWithUs

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Have a great weekend everyone and I will see you on the other side…

Do you run with music? Why or why not?

Read anything interesting lately?

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