winter

New Year’s Wisdom

A Polar Bear Swim to kick off 2014! This sounded like the perfect way to start a year that was filled with bold goals and all sorts of crazy wishes. Jeff & I couldn’t make the Christmas Day swim, so making our own event just a week later seemed like a decent balance of daring […]

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All in a winter’s swim

5:00 am: Wake up. Check the pool website.  Yes! The pool is open for morning swim.  5:05 am: Tip toe downstairs in the dark. Praise the joy of a remote car starter. Oh, right…the car is covered in half a foot of new snow. First workout: shovel to and remove snow from car. 5:25 am: […]

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For the love of gore-tex

Treadmill, oh how I loathe thee. My sister has trained for whole marathons on a treadmill. I have no idea how.  4 minutes into a treadmill run and I’m looking for my escape. If there’s even a faint possibility of being able to run outside (reasonably safely) in the winter, I seize it. Luckily, I’ve collected a […]

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Am I elfish with all my training?

Jingle Bell Runs rock!     Elf Runs rule! I don’t know if was all the hot chocolate.  Maybe it was the cold and the snow. Most likely it was the spirit of the 50 or so runners who braved the weather and the storm warnings and came out to run together wearing Santa hats […]

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23 degrees and a bike

23, that’s it. It wasn’t going to get any warmer today. The coach declared today a bike day and the trainer was waiting. It takes me several private pep talks to overcome my frozen inertia. Workout #1: Bike Planned Duration: 1:05 15 min gradual warm-up  ←this was funny… there was no chance of a “rapid warm-up”. […]

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