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Edit: I woke up this morning to the updates from Boston. I’m thinking of everyone, especially the police officers, in Watertown and Boston searching for  the second suspect.

The season may have actually changed to spring! We’ve had our first week of above zero temperatures. Our snow is melting. And I went for my first outside ride of the season yesterday! It was pretty cold and windy but so worth it!

I’m using my cyclocross bike for now since there is a ton of gravel on the roads.
(Edited to say there’s snow/rain mix in the forecast for the weekend! Hopefully it’ll disappear as quickly as it comes! Back to the trainer…)

I finally chopped my hair.


I loved it long since I could put it in a ponytail and not one piece would fall out when I ran or biked. But, I had short hair envy for a couple years. The short hair definitely wins for swimming! I just have a little bump under my swim cap now instead of a big mound.

I got a new road bike!


It’s a Giant Avail Advanced SL1. Here’s what their website says about it: “The all-new Avail Advanced SL is engineered for the ultimate ride. Designed with Liv/giant’s 3F philosophy, it’s the most advanced composite bike built specifically for women.

The coolest part is the Di2 electronic shifting technology. And, I think it’s really pretty! (That’s just as important as all the other stuff…)

I can’t wait to take it out on the roads!

Lastly, Kelly and I went for a nice run together a couple days ago! My ankle/heel/foot is doing better. I still haven’t gone past five miles and am hesitant to try. But, I’m running a little and that’s what matters! {Knock on wood so I can keep it up!}

Since I haven’t been running much and Kelly’s pretty focussed on biking, we hadn’t ran together in quite a while. It was so great to just run, together, with no Garmin, and enjoy the sunshine.

It’s been a tough week. Happy Friday!

What are some changes in your world? 

Missing in {training} action

It’s been a busy week with a lot of solid training time. After a strong week with one brick and two, two-a-day sessions I got in a 3.5 km swim, 23km run, and 175km bike over the weekend.

Needless to say my legs are smashed and although I’d love to keep pushing through I’m taking today completely off and going for a much-needed massage.

On Sunday we got in our 175km by riding in the Tour d’Alberta. We knew our legs would be tired so went into the day as a supported training ride. Lots of the roads we cycled are roads we ride most weekends. The weather couldn’t have been better (sunny with light winds), and the Tour was put on exceptionally well.

The rest stops were really well-supported, I never had to wait for the porta-potty, and there were a ton of support vehicles riding the route.

It was the first supported ride I’ve ever been on, and I really enjoyed it. Kelly had a blast! He usually rides with me (meaning a lot slower than he can go). He rode with the front guys in a group, which was awesome since he may move into cycling next year instead of running.

I rode by myself for 95% of the ride, so it was a bit tough mentally. There just wasn’t anyone around me…ever. My parents, our super-fans, came out to watch. I think I ended up seeing them five times, and it is such a boost to see people you know!

You might also note that my beautiful Trek Madone 5.2 has aero bars on it. My husband was not impressed when I asked him add these on to my bike!

I have a time trial bike, Giant Aeryn Alliance, that I rode for Calgary 70.3 and IMAZ in 2010.

FREEZING coming out of the water

Since then it has hung in our basement and then moved out the garage. I’ve been riding my Madone all this year and the few bikes rides I managed last year.

I keep saying I’ll give the Aeryn a whirl so I can decide which one to ride for IM Canada. Well, I still haven’t ridden it. On Saturday my husband finally pulled off my IM race numbers and I finally washed the Arizona red dirt off it! He got it all spiffy (cleaned the chain, etc) so I could either ride or sell.

I’ve ridden multiple 90s, 120, 150, 160, 175, and all my weekday rides on my Trek. I think it’s too late now to switch bikes, especially since I love this one. The Trek climbs well (IM Canada is hilly) and my body feels good on it. My only issue was being able to go into aero. Now, I have the best of both worlds!

I think we’ll sell my Giant since I haven’t ridden it for two years. And, it’s only been used for one season and is in remarkable condition. It was an awesome bike, and I really hope I made the right decision with the Trek.

Thoughts? Does anyone else use a road bike for long-course triathlon?

What did you do this weekend?