10 Pennsylvania miles this morning.
First and only long training run before next week’s half, not counting the race last weekend.
My legs were feeling fairly DOMSy still from lifting for the first time in months this week, but other than that it was just dandy.
Family bike ride today, with my dad and step-brother who just got a trail-a-bike for his birthday!
The little indoor farmer’s market I shop at is the best.
These peppers are $4/lb at the local supermarkets!
Comments: Recovery from Nationals. I just kind of did whatever I felt like. And then I ran a half marathon.
Recovery weeks and taking a break from regimented training means room for yoga playtime! Side crow needs
some a lot of work.
Also, I can kind of press up into headstand now which is fun. Getting into forearm stand still feels like it’s miles away though.
Volume-to-Weight Conversions for Gluten Free Baking
I much prefer baking by weight, not only for the precision factor but also because I find it much easier. However, sometimes I really want to make a recipe that’s given in volume measurements and end up individually making calculations for each flour, which gets tedious. So I spent a few moments this morning to make this master list so I can more easily convert entire recipes before I start.
This was be useful also to anyone who doesn’t have a kitchen scale who would like to make a recipe given by weight. Enjoy! :)
These are all based on Bob’s Red Mill flours. There may be some variation between brands.
Comments: Taper/race week.
2014 USAT Collegiate National Championships - 4/5/14
Conditions: Hot and dry. It’s also worth noting that this was my first triathlon in over six months.
Swim (1.5k, 30:18): For the first time in my triathlon career thus far, I came into this race feeling somewhat confident about the swim. I’ve been hitting the pool consistently and my times have been dropping. I was aiming to come in around 28 minutes and definitely thought I’d make it in before 30, but clearly that didn’t happen. What went wrong? Well for starters, this was the most brutal swim I’ve done in terms of crowds and thrashing; I was pretty much being pummeled for almost all 1500m. I had difficulty sighting when we were heading straight into the sun. I haven’t used my wetsuit or been in open water since September. I still should have been able to swim harder and come in closer to 28.
T1 (1:21): Pretty much flawless. Same time as most of the top 10 girls.
Bike (22mi, 1:09:37): Someone needs to come teach me how to push on the bike in a race, because clearly I can’t do it properly. I know I had a faster time than this in me. I also got penalized for drafting, which was almost unavoidable. I passed one girl and cut back into the line, but was only about two bike lengths behind the next girl. We were starting to head uphill so I didn’t think I could pass in enough time, and I couldn’t fall back in enough time either.
T2 (2:04): T2 is always a slower one for me because I run in with my cycling shoes on instead of leaving them clipped in and I take the time to put socks on.
Run (10k, 47:06): This was a hot one - the sun was beating down and there was no shade to be found. At the aid stations I was dumping water over my head trying to stay cool. Every mile felt way too long. Given the conditions, I feel okay about my time, even though it’s not my best.
Overall (02:30:23.14 + 2:00 = 02:32:23.14): I’m fairly bummed about the fact that I didn’t manage to break 2:30 even with the short course. My times weren’t really any better than my races from last season, despite the months of consistent training I put in. I don’t want to make excuses but I feel like not having raced in so long was a major factor here.
Regardless, I had a great time. It was an amazing event to be a part of. The experience of traveling with my team was so much fun, not to mention the energy of being surrounded by 1200 other collegiate triathletes. Thank goodness for grad school because hopefully I’ll get to do all of this again!
Moving Forward: I’m going to take a bit of a break from regimented training for a bit and just enjoy myself. In the last few weeks leading to nationals I was starting to get a taste of burn out and I don’t want to dig that hole any deeper. As for future races, I do have two half marathons this month but those are mostly just “for fun.” My next tri won’t be for a couple months, but after that I’m not sure since I don’t want to plan too far into the summer until I know where I’ll be living.