on tri and strength.

This weekend I completed an Olympic distance time trial with the rest of the Texas Tri team to prepare us for Nationals in April. During the race, one of my favorite things began to happen…

Everyone started working to lift each other’s spirits up.

1500 meter open water swim, 25 mile hilly (SO HILLY) ride, and a 10k run under the warm sun can start to wear a person out.

But in transition, on the bike, and especially on the run, the triathletes begin to become so supportive of each other. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is so awesome on a daily basis, but there’s just something about the camaraderie of a race that really makes people shine.

If you come out to a triathlon, I’m willing to bet that you’ll start hearing the triathleteres tell each other things like:

“You’re doing great!” or “You’ve got this.” and “You’re almost there!”

But I’ve got to say, one of my personal favorites is:

“You’re looking strong!”

How beautiful.

Isn’t that what we all want? To be strong inside and out?

I wish that we could all convey this motivation to each other on a daily basis. Hey, you’re strong today.

Life can be hard. School, work, personal life can all get really rough. We can feel tired and dreary and ready for an escape. Sometimes we feel like Atlas and we dare not to shrug.

During a race, it can make a world of a difference to be cheered for, smiled at, and just ultimately supported. No matter how fast or slow you are going.

In triathlon, we cheer for each other because we know the struggle. Getting off a bike and starting to run is not the most pleasant feeling, so we cheer for others because we relate! We work to ease each other’s discomfort.

The spectators cheer out of pride and excitement and support.

But in life, we are both the spectators and the participants.

We have the capacity for hurt, but also for so much strength. And we should share it.

Just something I’ve been thinking about since yesterday.

(Also, I should be doing homework right now.)

Love,

Juliana

Little Things.

Hey hey hey,

Just popping into to say that I just got my butt whooped at Saturday morning strength training and it was awesome! Over the last couple weeks I have noticed changes in my body and it’s really really cool. Who would’ve guessed that consistence strength training would give you results!? ;]

Oh, and also another small little thing, I’ll be spending July in Mexico teaching English…. I am so incredibly excited — you have no idea! πŸ˜€

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Feliz Sabado!

Tengo hacer tarea!

Love,

Ju

October & Ramblings

Happy October friends!
This month is so wonderful!
Normally Texas actually begins to transition into fall, there’s pumpkin carving, and Halloween! πŸ™‚

I just finished breakfast and now I’m actually drinking a cup of coffee at home because I woke up 30 minutes before my alarm. I could be taking this time to study for my Genetics midterm on Thursday, but clearly the best way to abate stress is to just procrastinate…

This weekend I am headed home for the first time all semester and I am excited! The weather is supposed to be insanely nice in Magnolia, so I’m going to attempt a 50 mile ride and a 10 mile run. Heyyyooo brick. Other than that, I want to carve a pumpkin and just straight up chill. This semester has made me the busiest I’ve ever been in my life, so I really need a weekend to unwind.

Going to Kerrville for my triathlon was the perfect vacation for me and I came back to Austin feeling really refreshed, but going to Magnolia will be my chance to go on a lazy vacation.

Last night, there were so many cops and even a helicopter surrounding my apartment complex! We locked all the doors and such, but I still have no idea what was going on…

Also, yesterday was such an amazing day! There was a minor hiccup of just plain ol’ negativity, but I took my girl T-Swizzy’s advice and shook it off. Yeah, I got down to that sick beat. Hahahahaha, man I’m funny. #not

Nonetheless, the rest of my day was freaking awesome and I ran into one of my insanely awesome coworkers on campus which was definitely a day brightener!

Today I have classes, three hours of Genetics office hours (to hopefully help me wrap my head around it), and then a swim!

The fact that it’s October makes up for it though πŸ™‚

Love,
Juliana

P.S. My dad’s birthday is tomorrow!

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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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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Body Talk

I’m embarrassed.
Not for the pictures that you’re about to see.
But for not initially posting them.

My sister took plenty of awesome pictures of me during the tri, which I posted on my Facebook and quite a few here. However, some did not make the initial cut. Why? Because I was self conscious I was an idiot.

So, here they are:

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Here were my thoughts:
1) Ew, it looks like I have terrible cellulite and flabby legs.
2) I look pregnant!

Oh man oh man. I’m so silly. I would never say something like that to someone else, so why in the world should I think it to myself?!

So instead, let’s focus on what’s actually important… Not what my body looks like, but all the freaking awesome stuff it can do:
1) Oh, Juliana, those “flabby” legs you felt worried about? They ran 8:16 minute miles on Sunday. Those legs gave you a half marathon PR you never imagined you’d reach. Those legs can run 18 miles. Those legs will carry you across the finish line of an Ironman one day. Oh, and thighs? Totally lame. Mmm baby check out those calves πŸ˜‰

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2) Awe, poor baby Juliana whining about a bloated stomach. Yeah, it was full of freaking delicious oatmeal that my body used to fuel and nourish me for that dang race! Thank you Mr. Oatmeal in my Stomach for the trophy sitting on my desk! You know what else? Those distended abs can hold planks out the wazoo. Challenge me to a plank holding contest, I dare you.

Yeah, my body rocks. All the way from my crazy hair to my odd pinky toes that don’t actually touch the ground.

Hey, your body rocks too. Give it some credit! And some love while you’re at it!

With summer so close, having the perfect bathing suit body is on the mind. Truth be told, it’s been on my mind too. And it’s horrible. It stresses me out! And why?!

I can compare myself to other girls stick legs and Barbie waists all day and what does that do for anyone?
Nada. Well, actually, it just makes me bummed! Which is so very ridonk.

I love my muscles. I love knowing how powerful and willing and strong my body is. I love driving somewhere and thinking “Hey, I could’ve run here!” I’d rather have thick muscular thighs than a thigh gap. And my genes made me a little short and stout, but that just means my awesomeness is a little more concentrated. Yeah, it does, no arguments allowed.

I love nourishing my body with clean eats and vitamin-rich foods. I also like bagels and scones.
And that’s okay. No one is perfect.
No. One. Is. Perfect.
You know what I had for lunch after my race? A hot dog and pecan pie. Heck to the yes. I need more pecan pie in my life.

Cherish your body for what it can do, not for what it looks like.
And don’t forget that your sense of self should not be defined by your outer appearance.

Make your heart and mind happy and healthy and your body will follow suit, I promise.

Love,
Juliana

Race Recap

Good morning folks! How’s your Monday going so far?! Swimmingly, I hope! πŸ™‚

I’m currently at Jiffy Lube finally getting an oil change, but later I’m kayaking with a friend and then we’re going to eat Mexican food to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Kicking off Hell Week the right way.

Anyway, so if you didn’t already know, the Rookie Tri was yesterday! It was amazing. I have so much to say about it so I’m going to try to break it down chronologically.

1) Transition set up:
I didn’t forget anything! Hallelujah. Haha, I set up my little space really quickly too.

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Of course before entering the transition area, I got body marked. They wrote on my arms, thighs, and calves in Sharpie and I still can’t get it off! Hahaha! I was wearing a pair of old sandals while setting up and there were these prickly burrs poking through my sandals and leaving splinters in my feet!!! Horrible, right?! Even worse, they were in the transition area. So when you leave the swim to transition for the bike, you’re running through there barefoot. But we’ll get to that experience.

2) Yoga:
They had warm up yoga! Haha it was nice and I’d really like to try practicing yoga pretty regularly.

3)The Swim:
Holy guacamole folks. I got out of the swim, looked down at my watch, and the first thing out of my mouth was “that was so slow!” It was insanity. First off, I didn’t train in open water. Secondly, I was kicked more than expected. Third, I was kicked by a woman doing backstroke. Like whaaaat?! Fourth, the water was so cold. I didn’t warm up at all during the swim like I expected too. My lungs hurt by the time I finished because it was so cold.

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3) Swim to Bike transition:
I ran trudged up the hill to the transition area. On my way to my bike I stepped all over the burrs so a good portion of my time was spent getting the stickers out of my feet! 😦 Alas, I survived!

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4) The Bike:
11 miles of pure hillyness. I was not properly trained for the bike, let alone hills. However, I was peeved with my swim time so I kicked it up a notch and pushed until my legs burned more than they ever had.

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Also, at one point there was a steep downhill with a curve at the bottom and they warned to slow down for the curve. Of course, once you turn the curve there was another steep hill. Yay! πŸ˜‰

5) Bike to Run transition:
Oh baby, I was excited. The best event was saved for last! My transition took 56 seconds.

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I threw off my helmet, hung up my bike, pulled my visor on and was ready to party.

6) The Run:
I couldn’t really feel my legs. Hahaha, but they somehow managed to crank out 8:16 minute miles πŸ˜€ I was so giddy during the whole run. Erica was near the finish line to cheer me to the end so I sprinted!

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7) The TROPHY:
I got third in my age group! Whaaaaaat.

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It was awesome!

Overall, it was an awesome race! I ended up so pleased with how I did. I learned a bunch about how I need to
train for the Oilman… Read: Brick workouts and transition practices… Haha!

After all this, I’m still waiting on my car! Lame. But oh well!

Life is grand!
Love,
Juliana

Triathlon Thoughts in My Car

Oh hey!
I’m coming to you live from my car because my transition area is set up already and it’s cold outside!

It’s not actually cold, but when you’re wearing a swimsuit and sandals it’s pretty chilly.

Anyway, my transition area:

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Oh yeah, and I got marked up too!

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My number is written on both my thighs, arms, and my age is written on my right calf.

πŸ˜€ I’m getting a little nervous! But it’s a good nervous that’s full of excitement!

I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel for the Oilman Tri in November! :O

This morning I woke up to serious abdominal and back pain and I was pissed.

Luckily, through the power of positive thinking, I willed it away!

Also, if you were curious, my pre-race breakfast looked like this: (I eat this before every race!)
Oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, and chia seeds! Today I threw in some pumpkin because I’m a wild child it’s delicious.

Sabrina and Mathew are coming to watch today and I’m excited to have someone to cheer me on!

Wish me luck and happy Sunday!

Love,
Juliana

The Rookie Tri

Is tomorrow! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I am so excited and ready!

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can you tell? πŸ˜‰ hahaha! The shirt is so awesome too! Last time it was a black tech shirt… I HAVE ENOUGH TECH SHIRTS! So I was extremely pleased to reach into my bag and find this shirt. And it’s GREEN! (My favorite color!)

I have a good feeling about the race. I’ve trained for the swimming and running (duh) and I guess the bike too.
Swim hard, peddle, sprint. That’s the plan.

I don’t have any specific goals in mind, but I’d like to rank somewhere towards the top half of my grouping! Although, I’m not 100% sure what my group is… Haha!

Last time I did the race was in 2012 and these were my stats… (The bottom row!)

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Yeaaaah, not too hot. Buuuuut that was ~40 pounds ago and I’d like to think I’m in much better shape. πŸ˜‰
Also, I got a flat tire during the bike! Sooo knock on wood that doesn’t happen again!

So I guess you can say that my goal for the Rookie Tri is to crush my old times. Yeah, what’s better than competing against your self?! Nothing.

Aaaaand I’d like to clock 8:15 minute/miles for the run. Ambitious? You betcha.

I’m not too worried! I’m so pumped!

I’ll let you know how it goes after the race tomorrow!
I haven’t practiced transitions… Yikes. So I might fit that in today!
Hahaha, oh well! Living life on the edge, right? πŸ˜€

Have a wonderful first Saturday of May!
Love,
Juliana

P.S. I reached my April mileage goal! 100 miles baby. I also procrastinated this so I ran 11 miles on 4/29 and 9 miles on 4/30… I don’t taper well!

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Snickerdoodles.

I just got the most random, most intense craving for snickerdoodles. I don’t even really recall liking snickerdoodles, but I want them.

Anyway, I’m here to update you on my training! But that seemed a bit boring, so I’ve decided to make it into a list!

Kind of like a “you know you’re training when…” But really it’s just a list of random random things that I’ve experienced or thought about..

1. The post-run feeling is 25% endorphins and 75% exhaustion.
2. The post-run hunger hits you almost a full 24 hours later!
3. Setting a PDR in the pool makes you so proud! {1100 yards!}
4. Carbs become your best friend.
5. You actually are starting to need more carbs than you can keep up with! {I thought I was the carb queen!}
6. You become well acquainted with the dreaded “wall” when you’re setting PDRs on every Sunday run.
7. People ask if you’ve been going to the lake when really the tan is from running outside.
8. Tart cherry juice is actually quite tasty.
9. Ice baths aren’t as bad as everyone says!
10. Not even 9 hours of sleep is enough.
11. Discovering your food is missing is enough to make anyone angry, but it’s multiplied by ten when I’m already hangry from working out.
12. My pants for work are loose in the hips and tight in the thighs.
13. You’re worried about split ends since showers are being taken so often.
14. You know your legs are tired when going uphill on the lowest gear feels impossible.
15. Pre-workout snacks are a must!

Okay that’s it! Hahaha
Love,
Juliana

P.S. I would run/bike/swim five times faster than my normal pace if this stud muffin was waiting for me at the finish line! πŸ˜‰

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