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Three Things Thursday

1. I got some goodies in the mail today! Last week I ordered a racing kit from the awesome ladies at Soas, and I’m hoping this will be the first (and obviously most important) time I’m comfortable in what I’m wearing while racing. I also received two things I’ve had on my list for awhile — a black Headsweats visor and some 2XU calf compression sleeves. Just in time for my last long ride and run and for race day.

2. I had two running “firsts” at track this week. Never have I ever come so close to puking during a workout as I did last night. The intervals were really challenging and — as it was my last hard and fast set before taper — I was giving it everything I had. In that last three minutes, man, I was really concerned about the state of my stomach. Then when I took my shoes off to put on flip-flops, I had a bloody toe. Now all that’s left is for my nail to fall off, and I’ll have hit all my running milestones. Such is life.

3. On a related note, I nailed that workout. We did a VO2 max ladder (3/4/5/6 — 10 @ LT — 6/5/4/3) with two minutes of active recovery in between each. My HR was right on, my pace was fast and I felt awesome — and hurt at the end, which means I did it right. Nearly every interval at 6:30 pace or faster. Then I had a great 4500m swim this morning. Killing my last few tough ones equals huge confidence boost going into taper.

I’ll be at the beach for a week starting tomorrow — baking in the sun, reading books unrelated to work or triathlon and hanging out with my family. I’ve been counting down the days.



8 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday

  1. Nice workout!

    Posted by amy | August 11, 2011, 4:29 PM
  2. congrats on the bloody toe! I’m so proud of you 🙂

    Enjoy vacation! can we please hang out when you get back?

    Posted by Lauren | August 11, 2011, 4:49 PM
  3. Enjoy your vacation!

    1 month to go!!!

    Posted by Ironman By Thirty | August 11, 2011, 5:08 PM
  4. I feel like all three of these mean you are SO ready for Wisconsin!!! Have a great vacation!

    Posted by Beth | August 11, 2011, 5:20 PM
  5. Your track workout sounds awesome; nice job! Have a wonderful time relaxing!

    Posted by laura | August 11, 2011, 6:47 PM
  6. Ah! Almost puking is the craziest experience. Hope your new gear is fantastic.

    Posted by Page | August 13, 2011, 10:17 PM
  7. um, OUCH. also, I want to hear more about this kit!

    Posted by katie | August 15, 2011, 8:39 AM


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