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Its a small victory

Monday, August 13, 2012

This should be viewed as a Part 2 for the Swedish Fish Experiment blog:

1) Tried out my new Athleta workout top and bikini shorts bottom on a 20 mile bike ride to see if they would be acceptable for my Triathlon on Sunday Aug 19th. Yep. Worked fine. Jumped in the pool after to see if the top was as swimable as promised. Yep. Also fine. Should have gone for a run to make sure it wouldnt chafe anywhere. But I was tired.

2) Achieved a minor personal victory in burning over 1000 calories in a single workout session. I've hit 800s and 900s regularly, especially on Brick workouts (bike & then run), but then I never managed to get out of my own way for a little walk in the evening to round it out to 1000.

3) Tried Hammer Gel. YUCK! The goo going down my throat almost made me gag. Flavor was fine, it was a texture thing. There was no stomach trouble, but I did still run out of "gas" on the ride, but that might have been the heat (80s) distance and hills. Think I'll be sticking with the Swedish Fish for Sunday's Race.

4) There is something marvelous about biking a ride that previously you thought was just ... crazy. Its so liberating. I'm still not speedy - but the "I *can* do this!" is just so refreshing.


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FAITH_T25 8/17/2012 8:16PM

    WOW!!!! That's amazing to burn 1000 calories in one workout session!!! And to compete in a triathlon---that is truly fantastic! You are really inspirational! Keep up the amazing work.

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XRSIZE18 8/16/2012 9:40AM

    You have no idea how inspiring it is to see your progress. I remember when we both could barely run a mile without breaking down in gasping pants! Now you're a triathlete with an amazing story who can burn 1000 calories in one workout session. Liberating, indeed.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/15/2012 7:09PM

    You are so inspiring! I love what you're accomplishing and I love that you're always trying new things. It really is a great feeling when a workout that once seemed daunting turns into a workout that seems pretty "normal". I'm glad you're getting to experience that.
I hope you have a great time at your race on Sunday!

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WICKEDIMP 8/15/2012 11:09AM

    Awesome - love the fish solution - and congrats on the 1000cal burn. emoticon

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/14/2012 12:18PM

    Good luck! Hope you do well and meet all your personal goals.

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/14/2012 12:16PM

    Good luck! Where is the location of the triathlon?
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MISSG180 8/14/2012 10:52AM

    Good to get your experimentation done now. Great job.

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YDAVIS23 8/14/2012 7:06AM

    Yay! I didn't realize your Tri was August - I had September on the brain. WOOHOO! SO EXCITING!

I use gu - I like the chocolate one. But I could see how the texture would be bad. It's funny - this is a "diet" site, aimed at reducing calorie intake, but many of us are killing it on these long workouts and need the quick sugar! I could feel my legs start to fatigue about 40 minutes in last night, and the boost was just what I needed. I guess we are all gaining a much deeper appreciation and understanding of how our bodies work and what they need to survive/excel.

I'll be cheering for you this weekend!

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COLETTEISGREAT 8/13/2012 9:30PM

    You're crazy! Just crazy enough to try triathlons!

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DOGLADY13 8/13/2012 9:08PM

    Congratulation on the 1000 calorie burn. Surely you burned 1000+ when you did the triathlon in June, though.

I'm glad I read your blogs today. I was in need of a push to kick up my training for the next two or three weeks before Sandy Hook.

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MISSIFISH 8/13/2012 8:53PM

    I can't wait to see photos of your suit! I love all things athleta - I think I may have said that before. :)

1000 calories??? ONE THOUSAND???? My brain can't get around that. I think I am beginning to understand why you people run. I've never used a monitor, so I have to go with SP guesses, and I do think I burn way more than they say, but ONE THOUSAND? I NEVER!!!!

Congrats, and enjoy the fish.

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ATHENAPOWER 8/13/2012 8:28PM

    You're gonna be so addicted.... emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 8/13/2012 3:52PM

    Great attitude! Sounds like you are ready!

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CINERICIA 8/13/2012 2:05PM

    Doing more than you thought you could do is fabulously empowering. It motivates you to tackle the next "impossible" feat. Fabulous workout. And I'm glad the gear is working out for you.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/13/2012 1:07PM

    Sound awesome! I am so looking forward to hearing about your race! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 8/13/2012 12:44PM

    I used the gu gels for my race this weekend and at first was not a fan, found it too hard to eat while running, was afraid I would choke! But that's what I had, so I persevered and found that by the 3rd one or so I was handling them fine. Still like the gels better, but meh.

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LESLIELENORE 8/13/2012 12:43PM

    I love it when I can finally do something I thought was "impossible"!

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