BLISTERS AND BLACK TOENAILS

Hello, is it me you're looking for..?

Yes, I'm alive!  And maybe you weren't looking for me, LOL.  I totally just dated myself with that title...

In all my years of writing this blog, I've never taken a hiatus this long (almost 5 months!!).  Truth be told, I've been spending most of my time over on Instagram.  But, there's something to be said for the written word so I'm back.

A little catch up for those of you that don't follow me on...

Monday Musings: A Magical Week

Happy Monday!

The dust has settled and the house is quiet once again.  This past week was a big one!  We hosted some elite triathletes for the weekend, I went to Disney for the first time and I celebrated another trip around the sun.

Last December, one of our coaches here, Sarah McClarty, posted in the Clermont Triathletes FB group that another USAT coach was looking for a home stay for 3 athletes...

Monday Musings: Halfway There

Hello!

I'm still here, I'm just not spending a lot of time online. Honestly, it's the last thing on my mind when I've got spectacular weather and great people to hang out with. If I'm not out training, I'm either sitting on the back deck reading or working. Weekends are spent out and about exploring. There is always something going on. It's funny how last year I thought that 2 months was going to...

What I've Tried: Heart Rate Variability Monitoring

If you've seen my IG stories then you will have seen snippets of me talking about HRV.  What exactly is HRV?  HRV stands for heart rate variability and it is the variation in time from one heart beat to another.   I'm sure you're now wondering why you should care about it.  Well....I'm going to get up on my heart rate training soapbox now and tell you why.

Despite how good exercise makes us feel,...

Monday Musings: We have arrived

Hello from somewhat sunny Florida, ha ha.  It's overcast this morning but it's WARM so that's a-ok with me.


We left Toronto on Friday and had a pretty uneventful drive down to the US.  G had to do his visa at the border so we had to stop for a bit.  The process was pretty smooth, I think we were in and out in 30 minutes or so.  The weather was awesome on Friday, sunny and 3 degrees when we started...

Maintaining Fitness in the Off Season

For many beginner triathletes, the off season is a funny place. What does off season mean?  Do you stop training?  How much rest is too much?  How do I structure my training?  These are some of the questions I've gotten as a coach and I will do my best to tackle them in this post.

I know when I started out in triathlon, after my last race of the season, I stopped training completely for at least a...

What's Next?

I am officially in "off season".  Or as badass coach Jen Ruloncalls it: "the Season of Improvement". I think that's a better way to look at the down time between the last race of your season and the time you start to build for the following season. Off season kind of implies that you're taking time off. That being said, I suppose you could say you're taking time off from structured training i.e...

Monday Musings: Goodbye Summer, Hello Race Week!

September. Here we are. Summer flew by and despite the less than stellar weather, I have to say, it was a good one. I felt I had a really good balance of fun and work. Yes, there was some stressing about getting some training done but for the most part, I managed to get things done. Training never felt like a grind. These last couple of weeks, I did kinda wish I was done racing but that was just...

Monday Musings: A new addition

Howdy Folks!

This past weekend was a BIG weekend of racing. There was SeaWheeze in Vancouver, Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan, MSC Bracebridge Race weekend and Iron Girl to name a few. I had a couple of athletes racing (SeaWheeze & the ENDURun Half marathon) and Gary and I also raced (recap to come this week!). Hard to believe that there's only a few weeks left of the summer racing! We've got yet...

Monday Musings: The Holiday Monday Edition

Happy Holiday Mondayyyyyy!

Well we are officially one week into August and I am coming off my biggest week of training since the Lake Placid training camp back in May.   I actually feel pretty good today other than some stiffness in my legs and a tiny headache.  I'm chalking up the headache to the pint of beer and two glasses of wine I had last night, ha ha.

Remember last weekwhen I said that G and...

Vo2 Max Test vs. My Garmin 920xt Predicted Vo2 Max

Heart rate monitors have come a long way since they first arrived on the scene back in the 80's. I didn't start training with one until 2002 when I decided to do my first marathon. At the time they were super basic. You got time, distance and your average and max heart rate. There was no GPS capability until Garmin released the Forerunner series in 2003. Now, the variety of watches and features is...

Monday Musings: Where is summer going?

Happy Monday! And hello last day of July. What the what??? Yup, it's the first day of August tomorrow. Summer is flying by. I'm pretty sure I say that every year. The funny thing is that we haven't over scheduled ourselves this summer. In previous summers we've raced almost every weekend. Last year that didn't happen at all so I figured we'd have the itch to do that again but not so. I think the...