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Good morning!

Thank you so much for all of your amazing comments in last night’s Kicking the Coke habit!!! Eric and I read through all of them together and we were blown away by your encouragement and personal stories. I think he definitely feels like this is something he can conquer!! :) If you are looking for some encouragement to kick the soda habit or to just stick to a healthier lifestyle, I suggest reading over the comments because they are super motivating!

I purchased two huge bins of organic spinach at Costco on the weekend only to come home and realize that I already had two bags of spinach in the fridge! Opps. This week has been deemed SPINACH week in our house.

My morning consisted of a beautiful Green Monster packed with as much spinach as I could fit…

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[Winter was hard on our Ikea outdoor table this winter!!! Guess we should have brought it inside…oops]

Enjoyed outside in the sun. I love Spring!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Artisana Raw Almond Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw maca powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Meal Powder

Eric wants to tear out our rotting deck this summer and build a new one (not sure if the budget will allow for this however!). We are also talking about building a vegetable garden!

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Yesterday Eric and I had quite the interesting discussion on our hike!

We got on the topic of fun outdoor activities that we can do this summer and Eric started talking about how he wants to get into Mountain biking. We have so many conservation parks within a few miles of us and there are so many challenging trails to tackle. He also wants to get clip-ins for his mountain bike which is something I wouldn’t mind getting myself, especially if we were going to do it on a regular basis.

THEN…we started talking about swimming in lakes. Saturday at Costco, we came across these awesome wet suits for just $33 (don’t you love Costco?). We’d love to get some to wear in the lake up at Eric’s parent’s house (the water doesn’t warm up until about July or August!).

We chatted some more and then Eric said it would be fun to train for a triathlon!!!!!

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My jaw dropped. I have never heard Eric say he wanted to compete in a sport. He used to play sports in high school (football, basketball, volleyball, etc), but he was turned off by the overly competitive nature of it. He really dislikes when people take sports too seriously and he says it took the fun out of it for him.

Here’s the thing.

Eric is not a swimmer (from his lips, not mine!). He never took lessons and he considers himself a very poor swimmer. He loves swimming in lakes, but as for actually doing strokes and whatnot, he says he is horrible at it and really doubts his ability.

He also really dislikes running.

So you can see my total shock at him saying that he wanted to try a triathlon! This is bringing him WAY out of his comfort zone.

I told Eric about the Subaru Triathlon Series with TriSport Canada that is really popular in Ontario. I know about it because I was going to train for a triathlon last June (and didn’t tell you guys!!), because I chickened out and never signed up! I just couldn’t bring myself to try it. This time last year I was also scared to run in a RACE and after my first 10k race I discovered that it wasn’t scary at all!

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The Subaru Triathlon Series offers an entry level race called ‘TRY A TRI’ for beginners doing their first triathlon.

We checked it out online last night and Eric told me that he wants to SIGN UP! GAH!

The great thing about this Subaru Triathlon Series is that they have several locations in Ontario and different dates to chose from. We decided on the Milton Kelso location because we will be able to do some of our training on the actual course as it isn’t too far from us!

The TRY A TRI is VERY beginner friendly and I think anyone could do it:

  • Swim 375m, Bike 10km, Run 2.5km

Course Map [click to enlarge]:

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Eric and I will be not only competing in our first triathlon on JUNE 6th 2010, but we will be doing it TOGETHER!

I am just so excited that he wants to do this. I would run to Yukon and back if he asked me to. I want us to support each other during our training and conquer our fear of swimming in lakes! I can’t believe we are really signed up!!

Today’s question- Do you consider yourself a good swimmer? Do you have a fear of swimming in open water like we do? Would you ever train for a triathlon or have you ever competed in one?

I consider myself an OK swimmer. When I was young I used to take swimming lessons and I swam competitively in grade 1, however I have not done any lessons in over 12 years and I feel really out of tune. I have always had a fear of swimming in lakes and not being able to see all the wonderful creatures around me…I’m hoping with some practice (and a wet suit) we will feel more comfortable.

Enjoy your day!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 12, 2010

i think the best part about this is the fact that y’all will be tackling it together! i can’t wait to read about training as a couple :) i wouldn’t call myself an excellent swimmer, but i love doing it and find joy in it…that’s what counts, right?! hurray and congrats!

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Jessica April 12, 2010

My husband has been wanting to get into Adventure Races/Triathalons again. He likes them because it’s the chance to train for different things, and not just running. Exciting news!

Jessica

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Kelly April 12, 2010

Yayy! You guys should definitely do it! I did my first sprint triathlon last summer and swimming was definitely the scariest part for me, especially because it was an open water swim in the ocean. It was very scary but I ended up being fine on that day. That said, if I did it again I’d probably still be nervous about swimming in the open water because I’d be worried it would be rougher that day or something. It ended up being SUCh a fun experience and I’m so glad you are thinking of taking it on! That sounds like a perfect one to start with! A lot of the difficulty of a triathlon is the logistics so it will be great to focus less on distance and more on transitions and knowing how to do all the sports for your first time :)

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elliebelle April 12, 2010

Congrats on doing the tri together. How exciting! I’m definitely not a competitive swimmer, but I can swim, and LOVE being in the water. I grew up on a lake and have swam in many northern Wisconsin lakes (which I’m assuming are quite similar to the lakes in Canada). I’ve never had any bad experiences in the lakes – I’m sure you both will do great! Can’t wait to hear how your training goes!

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Christie {Honoring Health} April 12, 2010

What an exciting adventure! Good luck to both of your during your training!

Neither my husband or I are good swimmers. I took swimming lessons as a kid but it has never really been my thing.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal April 12, 2010

How exciting!! That’s even more awesome that it was his idea and you’ll be training together.:)

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FitSugar April 12, 2010

I have always liked swimming, but had never done much open water swimming before I did my first tri. It is soooo much fun. I highly recommend joining a training group that has organized workouts. This way you can swim in a group in the open water for practice. It makes a big difference. You really need to swim in the open water at least twice, if not more, before your race.

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Lex @ sweettoothlex April 12, 2010

That is fantastic!!! I laughed when you talked about your jaw dropping. Sometimes our men can say the darndest things!! Like – did that JUST come out of your mouth???

the Try an TRI is a wicked concept!! Very cool!

Good luck to you both!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 12, 2010

How exciting!!!! I grew up swimming in summer swim leagues- I was never the best (ok, ok I was the worst) on the team, but I guess I still know how to swim pretty decently. I didn’t realize I was a decent swimmer til I took my hubby to the pool with my one day and he was absolutely wiped out in minutes. I did my first triathlon last year, and it was amazing!! I think it would be awesome to train together- my husband has toyed with the idea but not enough to commit yet :)

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Shelly April 12, 2010

Yay!! That is awesome news!
I never swam competitively but my family had a huge pool when I was a kid (our property used to be a day camp and my family basically bought the land and build a house on it) and I spent all my time in the summers in the pool. So I am not bother by swimming and am actually swimming with a friend who is training for a tri. I’ve only gone a couple of times but your endurance builds up pretty fast. I was huffing and puffing about 30 yards into my 50 yard laps the first time, and now I’m doing the same thing 75 yards into 100 yard laps. Haha.
I actually have no desire to do a triathalon b/c I really don’t enjoy riding a bike- it really makes the bones in my butt hurt! (sorry for the TMI)

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Lizzie April 12, 2010

YAY!! That sounds like so much fun. My husband wants to do some road races together this year. He started focusing more on his health and fitness at the start of this year and it’s so fun to be able to see him feel good and stick with it. He used to run cross country in high school so I have a feeling he’s going to be kicking my butt soon!

Looking forward to seeing you both complete this. Inspiring! I am also not a strong swimmer. Actually thinking about taking some lessons to brush up on my kicking. Don’t be embarrassed about it :)

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 12, 2010

I freeze my spinach when I have too much!
My hubby to be did one of those TRY-athalons 2 summers ago and it was awesome! He LOVED it. It was intense enough that he felt like he was doing a Tri… but easy enough that it made him want to do it again.

He did mention however, he was totally fine for the running and biking part… he trained intensely for the swimming part, but found that part really really hard. The water was super cold, and all the people splashing around him made it hard for him. He panicked a little I think, he ended up coming out of the water last :(

So excited for you guys! That will be loads of fun!! :)

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Jenny April 12, 2010

Congrats! I’ve never seen a try a tri here, wish I could!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 12, 2010

WOW, congratulations!!!!! I’m a terrible swimmer but I actually love it! I’d really like to do a tri one day!

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Lynda April 12, 2010

I’m like you…I’m scared of the little creatures in the lake :( I think that TRI sounds great apart from the swimming part of it, totally doable.

I think that’s awesome that you are going to do it together. Good for you both!

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Steph April 12, 2010

You should try a duathlon (run-bike-run)! Many triathlon series will also have duathlons at the same event.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2010

yup I think this location even has a DU!

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Pam April 12, 2010

I loved this post. It got me all emotional, and inspired because I have been waaay too intimidated to ever attempt a triathalon. In southern Cali, the swimming portion is in the ocean, and I’m afraid of it! I’m not a very strong swimmer. (I’m strong at treading water, but actual strokes leave me swallowing water, and really tired). I’m also less than graceful on a bike.

I can’t wait to follow along on your journey for the triathalon training! It just might motivate me to try it too. I also want to improve my swimming so I can learn to surf (my husband’s an avid surfer), and somewhat get over my fear of the ocean.

Thanks for sharing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2010

I cant wait to share my journey with you! :)

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angela @ a healthy fit April 12, 2010

So awesome! I keep dreaming for the day my hubs will want to sign up for a race.

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Jess @ Gluten Freesta April 12, 2010

How exciting! I tried to get my hunny to run a 10-miler with me… as we were signing up for it, we discovered that we had a conflict on the date of the race :( I will try again. I hope you two enjoy the experience together.

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Steph April 12, 2010

I did my first try-a-tri last June and then completed a sprint tri in September. Both races were in Lakeside, Ontario and part of the MultiSport Canada Triathlon Series (formerly HSBC Triathlon Series). http://www.msctriathlon.com/ms/index.cfm

I am not a strong swimmer but I’m “ok” enough. I found the open-water swim for the sprint to be a lot tougher and more intimidating than the try-a-tri. The good news is if you wear a wetsuit you will float a little more and you can always flip over on your back and take some strokes if you need a rest or to catch your breath.

I agree with you that anyone can do it. I’d even say anyone could do a sprint distance – it takes under 2 hours. You’ll find people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities at the event and from my experience people are very friendly and encouraging – even during the race! Good luck with your training and let me know if you need any beginner tips. I’m going back for more this summer!!

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Jenn April 12, 2010

Hi Steph! I have done Lakeside as well! Loved it. Will you be doing woodstock this year? See you there!

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Steph April 12, 2010

Probably!! I’ll be doing the Lakeside sprint in September again for sure. It’s so convenient for me to race in that area because my family lives nearby.

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Fae April 12, 2010

Do you have a recap of the Try a Tri on your blog??? I would love to read it??

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Steph April 12, 2010

Fae – unfortunately my blog is only a couple months old so I don’t have a recap. Are you thinking about doing one?

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Fae April 12, 2010

Yes, thanks to Angela’s post!!! I’m looking into right now. :)

I only have a cheapie bike that I got at Canadian Tire. Would you recommend getting a proper one for the Try a Tri??

Also, what are these clip-ins that Angela mentioned in the post??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2010

I love this comment notification, awesome!

Also glad that you guys can connect through my post :) So fun. Keep me posted.

Dont quote me on the clip ins…I have no idea what im talking about!

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Steph April 13, 2010

Hey ladies… I’ve got a lengthy reply with pedal and bike info that won’t post for some reason. If you send me an email stephnairn [at] gmail [dot] com I can fill you in!

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Ashley April 12, 2010

i am SUCH a water sissy! otherwise i’d love to do a tri! you guys are going to be GREAT :)

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Laura April 12, 2010

Congrats! My husband is a duathlete (running and biking) and I train with different levels of triathletes so I see their accomplishments and am in awe of their training.
Have fun!

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Marina April 12, 2010

Wow, that’s amazing!
I consider myself an ok swimmer, but in reality, I can only do that girly swim :D I can’t do that breath stroke really well ’cause of my lung problems, I’d probably suffocate while putting my head in the water every two strokes!

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Kristin April 12, 2010

Wow! This is so exciting! I wish my hubby was into my type of sports! This sounds like an excellent experience. I am celebrating my 10 year anniversary of doing triathlons with my first ever Olympic Distnace Tri in June! Watch out they can be addicting!

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Elizabeth April 12, 2010

What exciting plans! I love swimming but have never raced or “tried” a tri– it’s definitely on my fit list, though. Best of luck with the training (and to Eric on kicking the Coke… I am a Diet Cokeaholic, so I know it’s not easy). :)

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Lisa April 12, 2010

hey-
I’m in the Try a Tri….my first one too!
See you there!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2010

whohoo!

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Lauren April 12, 2010

Eric is on a roll! :) This is so exciting for you guys! I could see you and him, and your little childern years from now all doing little family races together! :) haha

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 12, 2010

That is amazing! Go for the tri! :)

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 12, 2010

Awesome! Good luck with training :)

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Lisa April 12, 2010

This is sooo cool! What an exciting event to train for. I am a HUGE swimmer, always have been. It’s my favorite sport, and the exercise I did to lose 100 pounds.

FYI–check Goodwill and Value Village/thrift stores for wet suits. I got a wetsuit for $2 recently!

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Diana April 12, 2010

I consider myself a decent swimmer. Not awesome but not bad either! I don’t really fear swimming in open water but I think that’s because we don’t really have sharks or alligators or whatever here ahah At least it’s not common AT ALL.
I wouldn’t do a tri right now but mostly because I’m aware that I’m not fit enough to do that right now and I very much doubt that I have the resistance to do it. It does sound like a fun challenge. :) Good luck with the training!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2010

im afraid of fish hahaha and leeches

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 12, 2010

That is so exciting! I swam competitively in high school, but I would be afraid of the biking, I haven’t biked since I was 10!

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Joy April 12, 2010

congrats! Have fun – I have done multiple tris but I don’t swim so I either do a team tri or I just skip it (making it a bi??) but people are always sooooo nice at them!

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Cecilia April 12, 2010

Wow, this sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to follow your journey to this race!

And Eric: congrats on deciding to kick the coke habit. I think the decision is often the hardest part, and I’m sure now that you have something as exciting as a triathlon to look forward to and train for, you will have no problem staying away from it!

I am actually on the verge on signing up for a sprint triathlon myself. I used to be a competitive swimmer, so I’m not worried about that, or about the run, but I’m unsure of my biking abilities… maybe it’s time I face my fears though?

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Ashleigh April 12, 2010

That’s so great! I did a sprint triathlon 5 months after having my second baby, and if I could do it, anyone can! I took swimming lessons as a kid, but I tend to get freaked out in open water. With all of the adrenaline and people swimming around me, I had to turn over on my back and swim that way for a while. I felt stupid, but looked around and found A LOT of people doing that. You just get too hyped up and can’t breathe as well. So, my advice for the swimming part is to just get through it, even if you have to glide on your back the whole time. I also didn’t train extremely hard for this (even though I should have) because I wasn’t allowed to work out for the first 2 months after having my baby and then I was just tired and not as motivated as I wanted to be. I’m just letting you know, SERIOUSLY, if I could do it, you and Eric will breeze through it. Good luck!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2010

congrats! Love your story and tips.

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Bree April 12, 2010

June 6th is our 4-year wedding anniversary :-D so hopefully it will be good luck for you guys!! haha!

I have always wanted to do a triathalon but I’m a chicken when it comes to swimming in lakes with sea weed and fish!!!

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nut April 12, 2010

I am not a swimmer..havent swam for years. water does kind of scare me…which is odd cuz i grew up around it, etc. I am so amazed at u and Eric – that is so so amazing for u both to do.
And that “hot chocolate” link looks amazing – so going to try that.
Just recently one of my blogger friends was wondering what to do with quinoa and since she is vegan I suggested your maple syrup/almond butter/quinoa breakfast. Your recipes are so attractive.

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 12, 2010

What a fun thing to do! I love to swim, but open water kind of freaks me out. I have thought of a triathalon, but I think Nick and I are going to try mountain biking this summer, so I think I’ll start there- my biking skills are worse than my swimming skills!!

xo
K

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Britt @ Runnerbelle April 12, 2010

I actually signed up for my first tri a couple weeks ago. I will most likely do another before the one I signed up for though….. as I’m a crazy person and signed up for a half iron. :-) (will find a sprint tri to do first)

I’m really excited though. I’m currently training for my 13th marathon, but just running all the time has gotten a bit old. I do other workouts but training for a tri will mean I HAVE to bike and swim, running will no longer take priority over them.

I was a lifeguard back in high school and have always been a fairly strong swimmer…. but never raced. I’m happy I’ve committed to the race as it will give me a great goal to work towards all summer (half iron is in September).

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Lori April 12, 2010

I am also training for my first tri (olympic length). However, I swam for a division 1 school in college, so the swim is not a worry. Im more worried about the bike. I would stongly recommend joining a club or getting lessons for swimming (even ask a friend who is a strong swimmer). Swimming is by far the shortest section of the tri, but seems to tbe the most difficult for most people simply because they do not know proper technique. Technique is KEY in swimming. It is just WAAAY more important than in biking or running. Goodluck

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Genie April 12, 2010

HOW COOL!!! This is on my bucket list (as well as running a race)! I can’t wait to follow you along. It’s so great that you two can enjoy this together!

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