Race Recap: Kerrville Quarter Tri

Hello hello good morning! I’m up an hour before my alarm because I went to bed really early last night haha!

Want to hear all about my triathlon? Well good! Because I’m about to tell you alllll about it!

I’ll skip all the boring stuff and we’ll go straight to 4:50 am on Sunday morning. Waking up wasn’t so bad considering I had gone to sleep at around 8 the night before…

Immediately I got dressed, threw my tent into its bag, and headed to the swim start! My bike had already been put into transition the day before, so all I needed to do was set up the actual transition stuff.

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This triathlon had an interesting transition system. There were two transition areas and in our packets from pick up we had three bags: morning clothes, bike gear, and run gear. Saturday afternoon, we had to deposit our bikes into T1, then we all had to drive over to T2 where you had to out your running gear bag which was full of anything you’d possibly need for your run. On Sunday morning, right before the swim, you put anything you wore/brought to the race that you didn’t need to actually race into the morning clothes bag (ex: sweatshirt because it was freaking 59 degrees outside!!!) and then gave it to the race crew. The bike gear bag was for the transition from swim to bike. Anything you were not going to use for the bike needed to be put into the bike gear bag (ex: towels, goggles, swim cap, transitioning junk) so that the crew could pick up those bags. At the end of the race, all of your stuff would already have been brought to T2 because it was so close to the finish line!

It was a really nice system but I was so terrified that I would accidentally forget something and/or put stuff in the wrong bag. But I didn’t!

Back to the race now!

Swim:
The swim was in the Guadalupe River. And wetsuit legal. I felt like the only person there that didn’t have a wetsuit and I was freaking out. I was most worried about the swim to begin with it and I didn’t want another freezing catastrophe like at the Rookie Tri. However, because it was so cold outside, the water was warmer than the air so it actually felt really nice to get in. It was also a time trial start instead of a mass start and I LOVED it. Every 3-5 seconds they sent someone into the water, so you didn’t have to worry about getting kicked in the jugular. To keep calm as I swam, I kept trying to pretend I was just swimming laps in the pool. I felt really strong as I swam even in the open water! πŸ™‚

T1:
There was a giant hill leading from swim to T1 so I ran up it like a boss.

Bike:
Ahhh yes. The bike was really fun! Kerrville was so beautiful that I had to constantly make sure I wasn’t slowing down to just look around. I also experimented with fueling and it worked out really well! I brought ClifKids bars with me and ate one every hour on the hour. The only lame thing that happened on the bike was when I watched someone crash 😦 he was trying to pass and hit a cone because his head was down. Luckily no cars were coming, but he veered into the street and fell and slid for a while. I saw him hustling during the run though, so I think he’s okay!

T2:
Hahaha, this was kind of funny because any time I tried to put my shoe on I’d lose my balance and tip over.

Run:
Oh man. It was a 2 loop course. Not going to lie, I was pretty out of it by this point. I did not have coffee the morning of the race. My legs felt strong but my mind was like oh my goodness they have orange slices at this aid station I LOVE ORANGE SLICES SO MUCH. Nonetheless, I kept trucking along. The route was pretty hilly and the first loop took you right next to the finish line (which was torture)! I ran pretty slow… My pace improved towards the end because I had finished shaking off the bike soreness, so hopefully that’ll work out well for the 1/2 Iron Triathlon!

Finish Line:
It was happy happy times. πŸ™‚

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After the race, I got my first PSL of the season and drove home. It was so peaceful!

I’m really excited for 70.3 now! πŸ™‚ I know what training I need to focus on for this last month of training and then it’ll be time to kick triathlon butt.

Love,
Juliana

Breaking the rules…

Yo! I am mere minutes away from leaving for a two hour drive for my triathlon tomorrow!

I don’t know if I’ll have time to write tonight, so I’ll fill you in now:

This is NOT the half Ironman I’ve been training for. This is a quarter distance Ironman, so the distances are 1000m swim, 29 mile ride, 6.2 mile run.

I’m excited, buuuuuut I’m breaking all the race day “rules”. πŸ˜‰

I’ll be camping tonight, so tomorrow morning my race day routine will be all out of whack. I normally have the same breakfast for every single race but tomorrow is TBD. Also, coffee. I’m not sure how I’ll get my hands on that tomorrow but I know that I will somehow.

Next, race attire. I’m trying out my tri suit for all three events tomorrow. I’ve swam and rode in it before, but I’ve never run in it.

NUTRITION! For being interested in becoming a sports dietitian I am really terrible at fueling myself during workouts. Tomorrow I’ll be trying a variety of things. Stay strong, stomach. Stay strong.

Finally, training. I know I can do all three of the components fairly easily, but putting them together will be the real challenge.

Nevertheless, I’m ridiculously pumped. I’m not looking for a PR of any kind. I’m just looking to finish strong! πŸ™‚

It’s also my first solo race, so I’m going to have the opportunity to just focus on myself and not have to worry who is watching.

Wish me luck!

Love,

Ju

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Greens, Eggs, No Ham.

Today I have a “recipe” for you!

I say “recipe” because I like meals that are thrown together in the blink of an eye. Seriously. I like quick and easy with very little clean up!

I also really really like breakfast for dinner. And colorful meals. So, without further adieu:

Greens, Eggs, No Ham.

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I started by sauteeing about two and a half giant handfuls of organic kale in olive oil with pepper and a bit of salt. While the kale was getting a bit crispy, I cut up ~1/4 each of a red, yellow, and orange bell pepper and then those got thrown in with the kale. Finally, I cracked two eggs straight into the pan and waited until the whites and yolks were cooked enough!

And voila! It was so so good. So simple, so tasty, and so nutritious. A piece of toast slathered with hummus would’ve been an awesome addition to this, but I’m surprisingly all hummus-ed out at the moment! πŸ˜‰

You should definitely try this out because it was amazing!

Love,

Juliana

P.S. In case you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’m not 100% vegan. I don’t eat meat and I avoid dairy as much as possible, but I do eat eggs. They’re delicious and practically my only B-12 source. Also, I’m definitely NOT even vegetarian when I’m at my brother’s house because they cook awesome food and there’sΒ no wayΒ I’m going to pass that up! πŸ™‚

Always

Good morning πŸ™‚

I’m currently taking a mental break from studing organic chemistry. My first exam is tonight and I’m a bit nervous! I’ve been studying a ton and I actually doΒ understandΒ the material, but it’s still scary!

Anyway, I’m listening to Daughter on Spotify and it is so so relaxing. (Listen to Medicine). Also, the weather is absolutely incredible! It makes me want to dance with my best friend and smile at anybody I see. But I like that no matter the weather.

You guys, life is so good. So so so often I see people post/write/say “I hate school” or “I hate Mondays” and etc. I know that it’s not necessarily a vehement hatred haha, but it’s still so negative to say!

That being said, this is one of my favorite things ever:

good thoughts

πŸ™‚ Life can be hectic and stressful (I totally get that, just look at my schedule) but it is still so wonderful. There is ALWAYS time to watch the way the wind moves the leaves on the trees. There is ALWAYS time to tell someone how much you love and appreciate them. There is ALWAYS time to nourish your body and soul. There is ALWAYS time for kindness and gentleness. Thee is ALWAYS time to make the day the best it can be.

But first you must fill your head with goodness.

My head may be filled to the brim with ochem but there is ALWAYS room for good thoughts. ❀

Happy Thursday, you guys.

Love,

Ju

A U T U M N

Hey hey happy Sunday! I hope it’s been relaxing πŸ™‚

Also, happy happy fall! ❀

I'm pretty busy at the moment, so I'm just going to throw a bunch of pictures at you from my week!

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I had a nice hair day!

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Bought new boots for fall!

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Pumpkin oatmeal!

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Nephew’s birthday!

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Trail runnin’!

September Sunday //

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Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

Mine has been fairly low-key, yet so so productive. I woke up, had breakfast, went on a kickbutt 30 mile ride, showered and had lunch, and now I’m at Coffee Bean doing homework until my shift starts.

I’m outside on the patio because the weather is still so unbelievably amazing. I can’t wait for the trees to start turning a beautiful orange color! πŸ™‚

I hope the rest of your Sunday is fantastic and restful yet productive.

Love,

Ju

Simple Pleasures

Sometimes you find simple pleasures in a delicious (jar) of oatmeal for lunch.

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This was my first time actually making oatmeal on the stove! And of course, I had to use the rest of the almond butter.

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This is:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup coconut milk & 1/4 cup water
After it was finished cooking and still in the pot, I stirred in:
Half a banana
Handful of blueberries
Shakes of cinnamon
Two heaping spoons of organic pumpkin
Then I just poured it all into my almond butter jar!

Dang, I’m just now realizing I should’ve added chia seeds! Oh well πŸ™‚

Have a nice Friday and a great weekend!
Ju

Good Vibes

Today has been busy busy busy.

No joke.

Every single day is like that. Although, today is a rest day so at least I’m not squeezing in a sweat sesh! Early tomorrow morning though I am meeting Lynde for a 5k run and then BREAKFAST TACOS! I only have one class, then I’m going on a bike ride and/or swim and chilling for the rest of the afternoon.

It’ll be glorious.

Guys, my life has been full of such good vibes. I’m a firm believer that if you give good vibes, you’ll get them back. For real though.

Life is so so sooooo good. As long as you decide that you want it to be! I could be up to my eyeballs in stress right now, but I’m not. Instead, I’m taking things as they come with a smile on my face.

Life

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Now I’m off to do some homework, maybe go to HEB, and then surely pass out.

Talk to you guys later!

Ju

Jam Packed

Hey Happy Tuesday!

The day’s barely started but I’ve been busy.
My schedule has been like this:
OChem
Swim workout
20 minute break to eat apple and write this πŸ˜‰
Genetics
UGS (as the assistant)
My office hours
Nutrition lab

And then I get to go home at 6:30, do homework, go to gym for upper body lifting, dinner, and sleeeeep.

My schedule is jam packed and I am not exaggerating when I say my life has solely been school, training, and work.

Not going to lie though, I love it. πŸ™‚

I have a quarter distance Ironman on the 28th, so I haven’t been slacking in training. On Friday I swam 2000 consecutive yards! It was my first time and it felt goooooood.

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Sunday I headed out to do a bike/run brick. My plan was 20 miles on the bike and then a 10k run. Well, at mile 17.7 my tire blew so I didn’t get to finish that.

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However, my run went from a 10k to TEN MILES! It was amazing! The double digits are back! Yesterday I was so sore though! Haha πŸ™‚ on Sunday I’m going on a 56 mile ride which should be fun!

Alright, I should finish this apple and then head to class!

Much love,
Juliana

P.S. Happy birthday, Sabrina!

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Summer Recap

Hey hey! Here I am, drinking my first pumpkin latte of the season and I’m feeling festive. πŸ™‚

Today I thought back to how phenomenal my summer was; surely the best one yet. So, to celebrate the unofficial beginning of autumn, I’ve decided to make a list of my summer adventures!

In chronological order (mostly):
Won 3rd place at Autism Speaks 8K
Turned 19 πŸ™‚
Visited McKinney Falls for the first time
Bungee jumped
Kayaked and paddle boarded on Town Lake
Vandalized on the graffiti wall
Finally visited the pecan place with the giant squirrel statue
Went on a road trip trough NM to Colorado
Had Amy’s ice cream for the first time
Trained my bootay off and got very tan in the process
Camping trip in NM
Galveston day trip (complete with hennas)
Got new running shoes
Had a hilarious GNO with my best friend
Took a 40 mile bike trip to Hamilton Pool
Swam at Krause Springs & Reimer Ranch Park
Went on a Blue Bell tour
Moved out of my first apartment ever
Solo camped for 4 days in the heat
Visited Sabrina, Mathew, and Bolt in Cali where we hiked, longboarded, and chilled

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Moved home for a few days before finally heading back to ATX
And then I started school

Aaaaand I got a bit lazy on the blogging front… But check out my Instagram to see pictures of said adventures!

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I want to go bungee jumping again soon!

Haha!

Love,
Juliana

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