Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015: The Run

Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015: I ran into the Transition tent, still "high fiving" people along the way and grabbed my run bag. I sat down to get my bike shoes off and felt such a sense of relief to have made it this far. I looked to my left and saw a lady with ice on her knees and road rash on her legs and arms.

Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015: The Bike

Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015- The Bike: The wetsuit strippers were quick and efficient! They handed me my suit and I turned back to see my family and they all yelled, "Go, Go, Go!!!" I was off to T1! It was approximately 1/3 of a mile to the Transition tent from the swim. It was lined with red carpet and people cheering everyone on.

Spinach and Sautéed Veggie Casserole

One of my favorite things about Summer is all of the wonderful fresh veggies from my garden. I love coming up with dishes that I can incorporate them into. Spinach Casserole is a favorite side dish or can be served as a Vegetarian Main Dish.  It is easy to make and is also a great way to use up any vegetables you have on hand!

Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015: The Swim

3:45am, I'm up and making coffee, feeling very excited about the day ahead of me. I go through my Special Needs bags and make sure I have everything I think I might need at the 1/2 way point on the bike and run. Oddly, I was not nervous about the day ahead. After all I had done in the past 7 weeks, after the bike accident and injuries incurred with that, my goal was to just Finish the race.

Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015: Pre-Race

I have finally collected my thoughts about my experience at Ironman Mont Tremblant and I am able to write a bit about it.  I decided to break the post up into separate ones ( not sure how many it will be yet) because I don't want it to be too long, but mainly because I damaged the ulnar nerve in both hands from gripping so hard on the bike and it really hurts to type right now!!

Roasted Broccoli & Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Oil

This week I am making the kid's favorite veggie side dish: Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Oil. It is very simple to make, but quite tasty! The coconut oil enhances the sweetness of the potatoes and roasting the broccoli gives it a nutty flavor. This can be paired with just about anything or could be a Vegetarian main course. Veggies for breakfast?  I also enjoy eating the left overs with scrambled eggs in the morning. 

Triathlon Race Day Etiquette Tips

Are you considering participating in a triathlon? Or have you done a few, but still not sure about all the logistics? Let's face it, there is A LOT of planning that goes into a triathlon! However, it is all pretty easy to get the hang of and worth it for the fun! Here are a few Race Day Etiquette Tips I have learned over the years participating in Triathlons of every distance...from Sprint to Ironman.

5 Tips for Triathlon Training in the Heat

Create an Ice Slurry if you are going on a long run or bike. You can do this by using a blender and adding ice to water or your favorite sports drink. Blend it to a consistency that is slushy. Put this an insulated bottle to carry with you on the bike.

Sea Scallops & Spinach Sauté

One of the best things about living in Maine for this foodie is the availability of fresh seafood. One of my absolute favorite things to pick up from our local fish market are Sea Scallops.  This week I am sharing a simple Sea Scallops over Spinach Sauté Recipe. The recipe may be easy, but if prepared carefully, it is quite delicious and tastes like something you would have in a fine restaurant. 

Penne Pasta and Chicken Sausage with Veggies

I LOVE Summer and try to soak up every minute as the warm weather is only here for a short time in Maine. For week night meals, I try to make quick and easy recipes that are also a good left-over dish. This week I am sharing my Penne Pasta with Chicken Sausage recipe. I received some samples of Al Fresco Sweet & Smokey BBQ Chicken Sausage to try, which was perfect for this dish! The sausage can be prepared on the barbecue grill, then sliced or tossed in with the other veggies. 

Nothing New on Race Day...IMMT 70.3: The Bike

I was off to T1, which is quite a distance from the swim exit, but I made it. First, I put on my helmet, then shoes, grabbed my bike and I was out of there! I ran with my bike a bit past the mount line for an open spot. I got on my bike and within 2 miles, I knew something was not right. I could hear screeching from my back tire and all I could think was "What the hell, I can't believe this!!!".

Nothing New on Race Day... IMMT 70.3: Pre-Race & The Swim

Flash forward to 2016, countless triathlons, including a full Ironman race later, and I have been steadfast to this rule... until last week, at Ironman Mont Tremblant 70.3. I signed up for the race within a week of completing the full Ironman there last August (2015). I had worked my tail off for months upon months before the 140.6, only to have a bad accident 7 weeks before, which I sustained several injuries including a broken arm. Fortunately, I was able to rally and make it to the start line with a goal to finish. The day went sour when my shifter broke on my bike; however, I was able to get through the course and cross the finish line well before midnight.