Showing posts from July, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals July

I had to miss June Foodie Pen Pals because I was gone for basically the whole month for work, so I was extra excited for July. My foodie pen pal of the month, Caitlin, didn't disappoint!

I travel all the time for work and I am always looking for yummy, healthy, and portable snacks to take with me since airport food leaves a lot to be desired. The box was packed with perfect travel food, some old favorites and some new things to try.

In my box was:

-Somersaults: crunchy nuggets made with sunflower seeds. My cousin brought a bag of these on our Rome trip and I ate 3/4 of the bag.  -Dark chocolate bananas: You had me at dark chocolate. -Cocoa covered almonds: These are one of my favorite snacks ever. Protein, healthy fats, and cocoa!
-Justin's honey peanut butter packet: I love this stuff, but I am too cheap to buy it for myself. Along with a banana, it's a perfect plane breakfast. -Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups: Even better than Reese's. These will probably …

When Fourth in the World isn't Good Enough

I was exhausted from the tri yesterday but made myself stay awake to watch women's gymnastics. I was a serious gymnast growing up and so I still get ridiculously excited when the Olympics are on. My heart broke for Jordan Wieber last night.

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She has worked and sacrificed her entire life for this, and then because of a 2 athlete per country rule, didn't make the finals even though she was 4th overall. She was clearly disappointed but handled it with amazing grace, managing to seem genuinely happy for her teammates. I would have been rip-shit.

That is the thing about gymnastics. It demands so much and then it all comes down to 7 minutes. All four events take less than 7 minutes combined. It makes marathon training seem like a bargain in terms of time invested in training vs time in competition. Running is hard. Biking in hard. Triathalon is hard. All of the sports I do now are hard. But none even come close to gymnastics.

What do you think about the 2 athlete per count…

Tri for the Cure 2012

Yesterday I slept until my alarm went off and woke up feeling calm. Today, not so much. I started waking up at 3 am and kept waking up every 20 or so minutes until I gave up and got up at 6. It was Tri for the Cure day! I sat on the couch drinking my coffee, eating my peanut butter bagel, and watching Olympic women's cycling. It totally got me ready to kick some butt on the bike.

It was awesome doing a race so close to home. I was parked and in the transition area 15 minutes after leaving my house! Usually I calm down when I get to the race and start getting my stuff in order. Again, not so much today. Everyone looked so hard core-lots of Iron Man tattoos and fancy schmancy bikes. Also, I realized that I brought two right bike gloves and no left. Derp.

When I got down to the water, the swim course looked twice as long as when I practiced at the clinic. Seriously, why do I do this??

 The opening ceremonies started at 8:30. It all kicked off with a flash mob and we all were boogying i…

Peak's Island Race 2012

Race 1 of 2 for the weekend is in the books. I didn't think doing both the Peak's Island Race and the Tri for the Cure in the same weekend would be a big deal, it really isn't more than I would do in normal workouts for the weekend. But I didn't consider the logistics.

We took the 8:30 ferry out to the island since I was going out with friends who were volunteering. Second ferry ride in one week for me. Every day should start with a boat ride. However everyday should not start with trying to carry your bike up a very crowded flight of stairs on the ferry.

 This cool old Coast Guard sailboat was in the harbor for the day and we got a nice view as we headed out to Peak's.
 On the island we headed over to the Lion's field and building to check in. I did a double take when I got my number- number 10! I am assuming this is because I signed up early, not because of my predicted pace. But I'll take the elite number any way I can get it!

The shirts are really cute thi…

A day trip to Islesboro

With all the craziness at my job I have to remind myself that there all good aspects. I do have waaayy more flexibility than I did at my old job. So when a chance for an impromptu mini family reunion trip out to Isleboro came up yesterday, I was able to take it.

Islesboro is an island in Penobscot Bay. We have family from my maternal grandfather's side of the family that live there year round and it is one of my favorite places in Maine to visit. I usually take my bike because it is a great 30 mile ride around the island, but since it was a last minute decision and the weather forecast didn't look great, I left my bike at home this year.

Taking the ferry is half the adventure. We were aiming for the 10 o'clock ferry so we got to Lincolnville at 9.  We parked the car in the ferry line and then I went for a nice 5.8 mile run while the rest of my family headed off to Dot's to pick us up some breakfast. I rushed back from my run ready to hop in the car and on the ferry, but…

Grace Restaurant, Portland Maine

I posted a few pictures of our weekend meal at Grace the other day, but it was just so amazingly good that I wanted to give Grace its own post.

Grace is inside a restored church and it is just breathtaking. They kept the integrity of the church and added in some cool touches like an open kitchen where the organ used to be and a huge central bar.

We sat upstairs looking down at the bar and the kitchen. It was neat to see all the food being prepared.

The menu changes seasonally and the summer menu was just bursting with fresh produce and seafood. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced. I had a butter lettuce salad with grilled peaches, hazelnuts, and caramelized vinaigrette.

My friend Jose was brave enough to try one of the many exotic meat appetizers. I don't do beer tartare, but it was pretty.

My entree was amazing- ricotta gnocchi with morels, kale, and Parmesan.  The gnocchi were so light and the morel sauce was so rich.

It only took me a year to finally make it to Grace, bu…

Just call me Miss Maine

I think the state of Maine should hire me as their official ambassador. This weekend I hosted 4 consultants that I worked with last year and really got to be good friends with. They are all devoted West Coasters, but I had them totally smitten with my home state by the time they left. This weekend was just what I needed. We did some bitching about work and travel, and because their life is just as crazy as mine, they totally understood how fried I am. But, we also just did a lot of eating, laughing, and relaxing. Maine really is the way life should be. 

Change is in the Air

There are big changes coming at work. I've been working with the same client for nearly 2 years and I really enjoy the people and the projects they've had me on. But now there is a major reorganization afoot. I am pretty sure they want to keep me as a consultant, but I also think they want me to travel 100% of the time again. Everything is just speculation and rumors at this point because we haven't been told anything for sure.

I am terrible at change and even worse with the unknown so this is throwing me for a loop. I am in constant stress mode, feeling like I need to be frantically working every second of the day. I know this is not healthy and I have tried my go to stress relievers, but they aren't working. Last night I went to outdoor yoga at Portland Head Light. It was a beautiful evening with a welcome cool breeze. But even as I flowed through the practice, gazing out at the ocean I couldn't turn my mind off. I came right home and checked my e-mail immediately…

Southport Island Triple Brick Workout

I am at up at my Mom's on Southport Island. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite places in the world, but the running and biking gets a little redundant. There is basically one 8.5 mile loop around the island and it gets old fast. But, today I came up with a great workout. I worked my way around the island on my bike, stopping to do 3 run segments on some of the small dirt side roads.

It was a fun way to break up the workout because all the segments were so short. It also was great triathalon prep, because I got to experience that lovely heavy, rubbers feeling of running right off the the bike 3 times. Here are my splits:

Distance            TimeBike0.824:08Run0.625:55Bike3.617:47Run19:28Bike1.895:02Run1.5414:27Bike3.8217:00

Total Run     3.16 29:50:00Total Bike10.1343:57:00

I love Maine

I live here. How lucky am I?

Have I mentioned that I HATE flying


Lubbock Hotel Workout

I'm stuck in the hotel gym again all week and was feeling a little bored and uninspired. I needed a good new hotel gym workout to get my mojo back. This was a good one so I will share the wealth!

Technical Blog Question

Every time I look at my blog it drives me nuts that my Antarctica cartwheel picture is not centered. But I have tried everything and can't figure out a way to fix it. For the love of all good things, can someone help me??

Early morning Running

Yesterday morning I got up at 2 am to run before my flight. It seemed crazy when I set my alarm, crazy when my alarm went off, and crazy as I opened the door to complete darkness. As soon as I started running though, it didn't seem so crazy. During these long days of summer I haven't run in the dark recently. I forgot how much I like it. The air is cool, the world is silent, and running feels fast and effortless. It really is true that you only regret the runs you don't do. After I was attacked running 2 years ago, running in the dark terrified me. I think it's a good sign that I am back to loving it.

 But I do exercise more caution now. When I'm traveling for work and don't know the area, or it doesn't look safe, I hit the treadmill. So the rest of the week I'll be confined to the hotel treadmill since I'm back in Lubbock, Texas for the week. All the more reason why I am so glad I got that run in yesterday morning.

Rest for the Weary

The great thing about summer is that there is always something fun going on. I have been taking full advantage and having a blast. Yesterday was another fun packed day. I started the day off with kickboxing (which didn't feel that hard at the time, but I am so sore today) and then ran home and quickly changed into my bathing suit. The boy (let's just call him R from now on) invited me out to his sister's lake house. Aside from the scariness of meeting his family for the first time, it was a blast. We ate some yummy BBQ and then spent a solid 2 hours floating in the lake. After swimming in the ocean so much lately, the lake felt so warm! By the time we got home, I had just enough time to change before heading to Freeport. It is LL Bean's 100th Anniversary and they were having a huge free outdoor concert and fireworks. The town was absolutely mobbed. We eventually found my mom and her friends and squeezed our way towards the stage. We grooved out to Chris Isaak and then …

Bradbury Mountain State Park and some Ethiopian food

Yesterday was an unexpectedly wonderful day. I tend to be a little bit of a creature of habit, but yesterday I discovered two great new things.

The guy I am dating suggested we try hiking at Bradbury Mountain State Park yesterday afternoon. Although it's less than half an hour from my house, I'd never been. I just don't tend to head inland very often in the summer, and in the winter I head north to ski. It was easy to find and super easy to park. We were on the trail in no time. We selected the steepest and more direct path to the summit and were at the top in 10 minutes!

Dixie beat me, even though her legs are even shorter than mine!

We took a longer route down, and then made a wrong turn, so we ended up looping around the outside of the entire park. It was nice a cool, even on a hot humid day. The trails were pretty easy footing, I'm thinking it would be a great place to trail run if I can ever motivate myself to trail run.

At night, I met my friend for the first Frid…

Happy 4th!

It is a typical Maine 4th of July, a little foggy, and a little cloudy, but it doesn't keep us from having fun!

Yesterday I went for my first outing in my new boat! It felt so good to get out on the water and have a cool, cool breeze. My Mom and I managed to get over to town, get gas, mix in the oil in the 50:1 ratio, add fuel stabilzer, and get the boat back on the mooring! My parallel docking could use some work though.

Today we had an impromptu party. We'd sent out some invites asking if anyone wanted to have a bbq and everyone answered yes! I started the day with a 20 mile bike ride over in Boothbay. It was hot, and humid, and hilly, and I couldn't wait to be done and drinking a margarita. When I got home, we went into party prep mode. We had the perfect Maine summer meal: lobster, grilled corn, and caprese pasta salad. There were even babies at the party, which I totally co-opted. Why are they so darn cute?? We rounded off the afternoon with a rousing game of badminton…

Tri for a Cure Swim Clinic

I think this is probably the most I have ever prepared myself for an event. I mean, I do all my scheduled long runs before a marathon, but I don't pay a whole lot of attention to my pace, study the course, or go to any clinics. But, I know that won't fly with an ocean swim, so I am glad that the Tri for a Cure offered a whole bunch of clinics to get you race ready.

This morning, after a horrible, hot, humid run, where I wanted to die the entire time, I headed down to Spring Point Light beach. I knew I was in the right place because there were a 100 women wandering around in wetsuits!

This was the first time I'd seen the buoys put out to mark the swim course. Holy moly they looked so far away! Like, so far I couldn't get both of them in one picture. Why do I do these things to myself??? Oh right, all the fundraising goes to the Maine Cancer Foundation, and I am doing it in honor of my Dad who beat thyroid cancer this year.

We started sitting on the grass and the race dire…