Slow, but fit!

Got great news at my annual checkup this week. My good cholesterol is higher than my bad cholesterol! I didn’t expect a bad cholesterol report; in fact my 2012 checkup showed the two numbers only a couple of points apart. It was a nice treat this year and proves this whole working out regularly and (mostly) watching what I eat is working! Although I’m a little heavier than I’d like to be (only because it’s more weight to carry around during a race), I’m very healthy and happy!

I’m 1.5 weeks out from Rock and Roll New Orleans. I completed my longest training run planned before the race Sunday. It was a warm, muggy, drizzly 10-miler a day after the biggest party in Baton Rouge – the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade. Although I didn’t overdo it during the parade, it was definitely way more beer than I usually drink and a lot of walking around and being on my feet. Despite a hectic Saturday, my run Sunday turned out well and I feel confident going into RnRNOLA. Even better is that my shortened and intense training program so far hasn’t brought on any injuries! ::fingers crossed::

490x275-nor13-online-reg-closing-v2If you are still thinking about signing up for Rock’n’Roll New Orleans, it’s not too late. AND my $10 discount code still works! Use ROCKNOLA1 when you register.*

Online registration ends Sunday, February 17th, at 11:59pm PST, for all distances including the kids race After that, Expo registration is available for only the Full, ½ Marathon, and Kids Rock, not the relay.

As my running season comes to a close with Mardi Gras Mambo 10k this Saturday and RnRNOLA next week, I’m thinking hard about which triathlons I’d like to do this year. So far, Louisiana Triathlon on May 18th is a front runner. It’s an 800 meter open water swim, 18.6 mile bike and 5k run in New Roads. It would be first open water swim and longest tri to date (my other sprints have been shorter, on average a 300 meter swim, 12 mile bike and 2 mile run). I think it could be a great way to confirm that I’m ready for an Olympic tri this year. And the early date will hopefully get me back on my bike soon. I haven’t ridden since Yam City Tri!

Quick update on swimming: I love the Tiger Aquatics group! Having a coach prescribe a workout is such a treat. I’m working harder than ever in the pool and I already feel myself getting stronger and better. It’s been a month and I haven’t hit snooze on my alarm once!

*I blogging about my training experience for Rock and Roll New Orleans half marathon and in return, I’ve been compensated for my registration.
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5 Responses to Slow, but fit!

  1. SO happy that things are going well for you and that the race is coming up! I need to get my booty in gear for the Dallas RnR Half in March. 😉 And I love that you’re swimming and planning for tris. I’ve never done one, but I’d really like to… and I would like to find a place in Dallas like Tiger Aquatics because I think having a coach tell me what to do would be a good thing, especially for swimming.

    Happy running, girl! Can’t wait to hear how the race goes!

    • SlowTrier says:

      Thanks girl! I love triathlon; it’s what really got me running more. I need to get back on the bike, but my swim group is incredible so far. I’m doing so much more than I would on my own. It can only make me faster and fitter! And it’s so easy on my body (but not necessarily my hair).

      I bet Dallas has a ton of swim teams. Check U.S. Master’s Swimming – http://www.usms.org.

      • I like the idea of varying up my workouts, especially since my knee sometimes STILL bothers me from RO last year. (How awful is that?) And amen to swimming being easy on the body, even if it’s not particularly nice to our hair.

        Thanks for the recommendation! Checking it out now!

  2. Dan says:

    Good luck! I’ll be there for the full marathon and am looking forward to running below sea level 🙂

    Also, lucky you getting comp’d for running this race. That’s kind of a dream of mine (to run free races in exchange for blogposts).

    • SlowTrier says:

      Thanks Dan! Good luck on your marathon! One of the best thing about RnRNOLA is the total lack of hills. Have you checked the elevation chart?

      I lucked into this blogger thing; a friend recommended me. Working with the Competitor group has been great. It’s a little more than just blog posts; Twitter and Facebook is involved too.

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