January Coffee Date
Happy Monday, friends.
I hope you are having an even better 2018 than you could have expected! It has been a fantastic start for me and if we were having coffee right now, I would tell you all about it.
I did my first race of the year last weekend
It was an indoor triathlon as a part of the Lifetime Tri series. Mark has a Lifetime gym right across from his house so it would have been silly of us not to go. We were in the first wave and the day was a 10 minute swim, a 30 minute ride and a 20 minute run. I did not appropriately prepare mentally for the amount of pain I was in for. I thrive in endurance events so this was a good exercise in pacing myself at near max effort. My final stats ended up being 575 m of swimming in 10 minutes (1:42/100m pace), 18.8 miles in 30 minutes on the bike (37.5 km/hr and average over 330 watts <– it was this stat that I was most pleased with) and 3.12 miles in 20 minutes. Let’s just say, the wheels started falling off before the end of the race and I was completely lacking focus for the run. It was a good reminder that I probably should do a few more of those to sharpen up my speed and pacing. Regardless, I had a total blast and am already looking forward to the next one.
I registered for another class.
I love to learn but school isn’t really my favourite. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed my last class which focused directly on public relations, digital influencers and communications. Classes that focus on my passions and direct interests are enjoyable…go figure.
Because I don’t want to put down that my other one is No Limit by G-Eazy.
Chrissie Wellington’s newest book is a really great resource for anyone who is competing in the sport of triathlon. To be honest, I wish I had it earlier when I first started getting into it because it is full of absolute gems. Also – her glimpse into training days as a pro blew my mind. I give endless kudos to the pro athletes that routinely do 3-4 training sessions a day!
Coolest thing I learned about
I love to give but sometimes, it is helpful to see where my money has gone. I recently met a company called Givesome. It’s an app that lets you chose which charity you want to support and give a donation to from your phone starting at $2. Weeks later, you will get a video delivered that showcases how your money has helped changed the world. Best news is that EVERY SINGLE CENT goes to charity because their business model demands it.
It makes giving automatic and gives you an incredible experience to top it off. This is one app I do not turn notifications off for.
Biggest thing I have learned lately
I have over loved my succulents. Fun fact: you should not water them every week. Not even ever month. In FACT, from winter to spring, you can get away with every 3 months or so. Oops.
I have purchased more of these supposedly unkillable plants (don’t check my compost pile, please) and am going to give it another go.
Suits on the bike trainer because Meghan Markle is in it and New Girl with Mark when we are recovering after workouts on the weekend because it is the best show to binge watch.
Podcast I’m loving
Tower 26 – This was suggested to me back Mark and I love learning more about swimming!
Other places on the internet this month (or so)
I’m a winter wimp but I’m staying dedicated to my training this season. – Canadian Running Magazine
Take These Perfect Holiday Appetisers to Your Next Holiday Party – Horizon Travel Magazine
What are some things you are loving lately?
I need so much coffee this week so I’d enjoy every sip of this! I’m happy you enjoyed your first race of the season!
I did the same thing with my succulents and now I’m thinking I’m still overdoing it. Hmm…
this is awesome! good luck on your next race
That’s interesting about succulents. They are pretty indestructible. I tried to kill them before by underwatering them. Guess I should have over watered!!
I love that app idea! I am looking into it now :). It sounds so easy to be able to give back!
Abbey Sharp says
Givesome sounds like the coolest app! I need to get that!
Deborah Brooks says
the indoor tri is so much fun! sounds like you crushed it. Nice job!
jill conyers says
Givesome sounds great. I love that every cent goes to charity. That’s almost unheard of.
Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers says
That’s a pretty awesome indoor tri bike ride right there!! I saw the info about the lifetime indoor tri and would have gone but we’ve all been sick in our house the last few weeks. It’s driving me crazy not being in a routine!
Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says
I love doing tris, but have yet to do an indoor one! I need to check out that book too, it will be good motivation for me as I train for IM Lake Placid!!
I cannot swim to save my life but I really want to do an indoor triathlon! Great job!!!
Sounds like your year is off to a great start. The giving app looks like an awesome idea! A great way to give back for sure.
I would love to try and indoor triathlon! Sounds hard but so much fun!