spring has sprung

We are actually having a spring season this year!!  Our winter lasted way later than anticipated (but likely started later than it should have) and usually goes straight from winter to summer.  Spring has sprung – trees are green, azaleas are blooming, tulips are finished and most importantly spring training has begun.  We have cool nights and mornings and warm afternoons.  It’s awesome! (But summer’s a-comin’ and that’s my favorite!)

Springtime brings the beginning of triathlon training.  Triathlon training brings exciting and not so exciting things.

Not so exciting things:

  1. Mountains of laundry (we’re only 2 people!) 
  2. IMG_20130407_083218Food crisis – With limited time and increased fuel needs, food consumption can become more of what is quick and easy than what is nutritious.  The cravings of a person who rode 30+mile bike ride only to follow it with a run tend to be quite strong.
  3. IMG_20130503_092122Really really really sore muscles 
  4. IMG_20130419_081806Lots of dirty dishes
  5. House chores that suffer (i.e. lots of water bottles and dog hair everywhere!)

The good part is although the season brings challenges there are exciting things as well (otherwise we wouldn’t torture ourselves).

Exciting things:

  1. IMG_20130428_222147Precious time with our pup (spring training adds anywhere from 10-20 hours a week that we’re out of the house, so we take advantage of time together when we can)IMG_20130425_221153
  2. Body Change
  3. Friends!!
  4. Sweat Sessions
  5. Pushing ourselves
  6. Learning to clean my bike chain (note to self- maybe you should not let an entire year pass by before you clean your chain again!)
  7. IMG_20130501_080343Early bedtimes!
  8. Early Mornings
  9. New “equipment” -shoes, outfits, swimsuits, etc

Overall this picture describes our feelings on the spring season… Crazy eyes, grin or gritting your teeth (both probably apply) and thumbs up that we’re ready to face what comes our way.  Happy Spring to you!!

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2 thoughts on “spring has sprung

  1. Katie,
    I’ve been using this Shakeology mix for smoothies. It has tons of ‘green’ nutrients and is all natural (not chemically based). It has tons of protein (16 g per scoop), great natural enzymes, and unlike most ‘green’ drinks, it tastes good!! You can use it for meal replacement if you are watching calories, or for extra fuel if you are training. Anyway, I’ve looked at a lot of other options for improving my nutrients, and this is the best I’ve come up with. It is fairly expensive (works out to about $3-4 per shake), but that is a lot cheaper then buying the vegies it has in it. So let me know by email if you want to try some, and I’ll send you a sample.

    Good luck with your training!
    Sandy

  2. thanks for sharing…. it means a lot to hear about what’s going on… i used to write letters to Great Grammie and Grandma Wiz about monthly and include pics for them and lots of g-grandkid stories….. kind of wish i had those letters back to share with ya’ll. (not for glory, but for good memories)…… now, you write once and share with the whole family, instantly, with pics,…..

    it’s really cool… love you bunches! mommm

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