Kicking it up a notch!

Tonight at running, we did a lot of short intervals. It was hard, but good. And I didn’t even feel like I was going to throw up! It helped that I ate some good food before I went. I also had a smoothie which helped with keeping my intensity. My smoothies include soy milk, frozen berries, hemp seed, and frozen bananas. So good! I love the smoothie train. So tonight, we did 4 sets that went like this:5 x 200m in 26 seconds, 26 second rest5 minute rest between sets It was good to remember what it’s like to be … Keep reading

This is my own concoction that I throw together every once in a while. I made it last night and had leftovers today. I absolutely LOVE making and eating it. This is what I do:~ Start stir-frying the onions, gardlic, carrots, and green peppers until the carrots are softish. I add the curry powder, cumin, and turmeric while it’s all cooking together.~ I then put in the chickpeas and stewed tomatoes, and add some more curry powder and cumin. And then add a little salt. Let it simmer until the rice is done…. Voila! Crystal’s Chickpea Curry! So easy, nutritious, … Keep reading

Running and swimming… and yoga

Yesterday, I did what I am considering these days as a “long” run. An easy pace for 8.75km along the river. The run started out kind of painfully. My shoulders were tight and my glutes were screaming at me. It must be residual from Tuesdays painful run. After I did a thorough dynamic warm-up and took it easy for the first kilometre or so, I settled in. I haven’t went on a longish run like that in a while, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel. It took a long time to warm-up and get my rhythm, but I … Keep reading

Settling In

Settling into a routine is key in training this far in advance for one race. The pot of gold at the end of this very long rainbow is hard to see, so it’s important to incorporate the workouts into my daily life. Lately, I’ve been having a hard time settling into this routine. It’s mostly because of my hectic and chaotic life at the moment. Working shifts and trying to fit in workouts is fairly difficult. This summer it was much easier because everyday I worked the same hours. It’s basically a mental hurdle that I have to get over… … Keep reading

Dear Crystal’s body,

It would be really great if we could just get along. Cooperation will get us a long way and right now we’re not cooperating very well. I understand that you’re a little sore and I can give a little leeway, but soon you’re going to have to keep up with me. Especially if we’re going to do Ironman in under 13 hours. Tonight at swimming, you were definitely performing better than in the recent past. Your performance went well with my yogi focus. Soon enough, we will be a swimming machine. Tonight we did 2400m in under an hour. We … Keep reading

Doomed to have DOMS

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness… an athlete’s enemy. I have been plagued by DOMS ever since Sunday, but I have walked, run, biked, stretched, and swam through the pain. I actually think that it has helped. On Monday I was pretty sore, but I did yoga in the morning, worked all day, and still managed to swim over 3000m at our coached swim session that night. However, I ended up with a headache at the end from my sore neck – a chriopractor appointment was made. On Tuesday, I got up early and wanted to go for a run. I thought … Keep reading


Today was my first workout in over a week. I had a coached running session with the triathlon club. I thought that it would be no problem because I could go at my own pace, which I mostly did. However, the workout was really hard. We did a circuit session with a 200m sprint in between. The exercises we did were split jumps, push-ups, crunches, back extensions, and toe hops. This is how it worked…30 seconds of split jumps200m sprint30 seconds push-ups200m sprint… well, you get the picture. We did that twice. I will repeat myself… OUCH! After the first … Keep reading

Yes, it has been a week…

A week has gone by and I have barely trained. Sometimes life just gets in the way, making it difficult to train. This was one of those weeks. However, I should be back to training by the weekend. This weekend is the Kona Ironman. Grant Bryden, Saskatoon’s most popular triathlete currently, is down there with his IronMATE Shannon Bews. They are posting blogs on STCI’s bulletin board. Check it out. Saturday is the big race, which can be seen at I hope that Grant has a great race!

Late-night swim sessions

While Wednesday was technically an “off” day for me, I ended up biking about 15 kilometres commuting, so I’ll count that as a light bike workout. :o) This morning I did a 5km run with some short intervals in the middle. It felt good to get back to running after not running for about a week. Tonight was a late-night swim session with the Tri Club and it was pretty good:200 warmup4 x 50m, kick/swim4 x 50m, drill/swim4 x – 150m free – 50m nonfree – 50m fast free – 50m easy nonfree4 x 50m, kick/swim4 x 50m, drill/swim200m cooldown … Keep reading

An After-Long-Weekend Training Update

After a fairly sedentary weekend (but I think hauling wood for a fire counts as lifting weights, right?), I had a couple of good biking days. Normally I wouldn’t bike two days in a row, but I could not resist. Yesterday we got back fairly early from our weekend up north and the sun was shining and the road was calling my name. It is probably my last outdoor road bike ride before the snow flies, so I had to capitalize on it. It turns out that the westerly wind was blowing strong at 33-40km/hr giving me an easy ride … Keep reading