Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ironman Wisconsin: Week 6

6 weeks down, 14 to go. Whoa. This week I felt pretty good about my workouts. I struggled during the week with feeling really sleepy, so I cutback a little. Turns out I just can't get quality sleep without the AC if it's too hot. No AC = feeling like crap all day long. Problem solved!

I didn't swim again- but I'll be hitting the pool 2x this week. Scheduling has been challenging as well as not being able to go OWS due to there being no lockers yet. I'll overcome this- it's not a huge deal.

I rode Mortadella outside before work one day for 20+ miles. It was so fun zooming up and down the lakefront without worrying about the clueless runners or rent-a-bikers out there.

On Saturday we had the 18th run for Mikkeller Running Club Chicago. As always, we had a blast running together and rehydrating with beer after. Our next run is July 2 and more info is {HERE} Join us!

The garden is thriving after one week. CB is super interested in "helping" me with the plants. When I go out to water them, he follows me and then starts to sniff them which quickly escalates into kissing them which would end in him eating them if I didn't intervene. I keep reminding him that he needs to let them live because I'm growing cucumbers for him- his absolute favorite!

On Sunday, L and I participated in the Udder Century ride. My plan was to do either 62-75 miles. It was such a gorgeous day!

L and I cycled together for 27 miles and then I went on to complete 62 for the day. He finished 50- which was his longest ride ever! It was a great event with a well marked course, aid stations with amazing sandwiches and a really chill friendly vibe.

I even stopped to make some new friends a long the way. The only downside was I got sunburned. I mistakenly thought my shrug would cover all the exposed skin on my back, but realized way too late that it didn't. Lesson learned.

Sunday evening we continued our pizza making tradition. I make the dough from scratch and then we each make a pizza to share. I bought a pizza oven a few weeks ago and it is the best appliance I've got in my kitchen. (I need to start making fresh juice again, sorry juicer). The oven heats up to 600 degrees and the pizza stone chars the crust perfectly.

Looking forward:

• I need to not be too hard on myself if I have to rearrange workouts, or drop a mid week workout entirely. I am transitioning to a new role at work which is requiring me to adjust to a new schedule and also go out of my comfort zone quite a bit which is tiring at times. (All good though).

•Remind myself of the gains I've made with cycling. I feel confident that I could finish 112 miles today if I had to (and follow up with a long run). My nutrition for longer rides is constantly getting tweaked for the better & the saddle is not as irritating as it once was. My endurance is much much better than I could have hoped for.

•Get to a place where I feel comfortable with my swimming. This will come soon, once I can string a few weeks of workouts together.

•Continue to take everything day by day & not freak out about all the workouts I have to complete.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Copenhagen 2016: Part Dos

Part 1: {HERE}

Berlin- food, and other stuff {HERE}

Running with Mikkeller Runnubg Club in Berlin and Copenhagen {HERE}

Friday was the start of the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. We had such a fun time last year, that we decided to return. It is 2 days of 2 sessions each day comprised of the best breweries in the world. It's heaven if you're into craft beer. The brewers are also at the event which is cool- because you get to chat with them about their craft.

After 2 sessions and many many amazing beers, we took a walk to Nyhavn to watch the sunset. It is one of my favorite places on earth.

The next morning (Saturday) we walked over to the CBC event space after breakfast.

We took selfies in front of the Mikkeller Run Club banners and bought some new MRC gear.

And L squished James from Brewdog.

And we met Octavio who is hosting The Art Beer Fest Caminha in Portugal in July.

We also had Mikkeller SpontanQuadrupleBlueberry which was one of my favorite beers out of the nearly 100 that I had during the week. It was so concentrated that we joked we could have gotten tattooed with it.

We ate more hot dogs. All of the hotdogs and the condiments were made by John, from Hot Dog Deli.

And we took a picture with this legend. All of the condiments were made with beer. Dark Lord beet chutney was my favorite.

On our way out of the last session, we ran into Drew, of 18th street Brewery. It's always nice to see a familiar face on the other side of the world.

Post 2nd sesh of CBC, we went to the original Mikkeller bar.

And then we went back to Koelschip for more sour beer.

We saw our Norwegian friends again and spent many hours sharing bottles of amazing lambics. We also tried a 16 YEAR OLD lambic which was surprisingly still carbonated. It was sour and tasted as if you were in a dank, cool cave in the best possible way. Now, past midnight we asked some folks on where to eat dinner- and they said all the pizza places were closed but you could settle for some Kebap.

So we walked around and saw Kebabistan! Holy crap was I excited to eat here. It was on my list of places because I had read about it online-it's a simple, amazingly delicious place where all the top chefs in the city go after their shifts. It did not disappoint.

The next morning we went to Øl and Brod for breakfast brunch. I cannot stop thinking about the food there.

We also went to Mikkeller and Friends for some more beer- it was our last day in Copenhagen before heading back to Berlin.

Post Mikkeller and friends, we went to Brus- a brand new bar that had just opened earlier in the week. I had a mixed drink with grapefruit which was so good and we also just happened to run into our friends from Norway as well as Octavio again. Serendipity.

We finished our last full day out at Warpigs with some amazing beer and BBQ.

And as we walked back to the hotel we passed by Mikkeller headquarters.

It was an amazing trip and I hope we can return in 2017 for the 6th annivarsary of CBC. Copenhagen is one of my favorite places ever- the people, food and scenery are so incredible.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ironman Wisconsin: Week 5

And here I am starting week 6 of training.. Whoa. The trip to Europe derailed my training for weeks 3-4 but, it was also a much needed break after the marathon. One of my biggest fears for this training cycle (asides from injury) is to be overtrained.


Monday: 30:00 cycle, 20:00 run

Tuesday: rest!

Wednesday: 45:00 run

Thursday: rest!! Felt sick.

Friday: double day- am: 15:00 run, 35:00 cycle. Pm: 35:00 cycle, 30:00 run

Saturday: 30:00 cycle (higher rpm), 1:30 run

Sunday: bike the drive! 4:29 cycle.

Total: 10:05:10 for 129 miles

Running: 3:20 for 24.43 miles
Cycling: 6:45 for 102.2 miles

Overall I was happy with how this week's workouts went- even though I didn't make it to the pool. My biggest concern currently is where to do my long rides. I cannot ride the lakefront on the weekends because it is a shitshow. Between the cyclists and runners/pedestrians who are completely oblivious to their surroundings, it's very dangerous. I don't have a car, so logistics for getting out of the city is a challenge.


Wednesday, I went to a charity dinner because my company bought a table at it to support the organization. I will be attending more events in the future since I just accepted a new position within my company- no more accounting! Yay! After the dinner I met L and some friends at Villains to celebrate their one year anniversary.

On Friday, my plants arrived. CB helped me plant them on Saturday. Ive got 3 hot pepper plants, 3 gold tomato plants, 3 pineapple mint plants, and then started seeds for peas, radishes, cucumbers, basil and marigolds. I hope these guys survive living high up above Chicago! 3 days after planting the seeds, some of the cucumbers or radishes have already sprouted!

Sunday was Bike the Drive. I was apprehensive about this event because with 20,000 participants, I Thought it would be insanely crowded. Luckily I was able to cruise up and down lakeshore drive 2.5x without incident. I was concerned about kids darting out in front of riders, plus clueless folks on their phones- but didn't see much of that thankfully.

Mortadella and I rode 72.7 miles in 4:29! Our longest ride ever, eclipsing last week's 1:30 ride by a landslide. I'm now much more confident about this whole ironman thing. I could have kept going if time allowed which was a nice feeling to have. I just didn't take in enough liquids- and felt a bit crappy later on in the day. Lesson learned.

CB was happy this weekend. He loves being outside on the balcony soaking up the heat from the sun. Unfortunately, he goes after my plants so he cannot be left unsupervised anymore.

Sunday I met Vicky for lunch and then we walked over to the Baderbrau block party/grand opening. It was a nice way to end the weekend. I'm excited to try more of their beers- the veloci-radler was really good.

My challenge for this week is to find a suitable spot for a longish ride. If logistics work out, I'd like to do the Udder Century- 70 mile option.

I also need to get my eating back under control and start doing more core/strength work.

Oh, and go swim at least once because that's important.

47 days until IM Racine 70.3

103 days until IM Wisconsin 140.6

Friday, May 27, 2016

Copenhagen 2016: part 1 of...

After spending a few days in Berlin, we flew to Copenhagen. Immediately upon checking into the hotel, we headed to the train station so we could visit Malmö, Sweden. The train ride is super short- but because of the migration crisis, we had to switch trains and show our passports. Even with this delay, it only took around 45 minutes total to get across the Baltic Sea to Sweden. We walked 2 miles from the train station to the center of town and couldn't stop commenting on how clean everything was.

We had lunch at Smak- I had found it online prior to our trip and was excited to eat there. When we arrived, we asked if they spoke English- and we got an "of course" with a smile in return. I had a cod fillet in a cream sauce with roasted carrots. It was so amazingly delicious and fresh. I'm still thinking about that meal. We walked around for a while and saw the Turning Torso building before getting an Uber back to the train station. The return trip to Copenhagen took about 25 minutes since we didn't need to switch trains upon entering Denmark.

We walked around Copenhagen and went to Warpigs before having dinner at the newest Ramen to Biru by Mikkeller. Amazing ramen in Copenhagen!

Another day we started walking around and went to one of my favorite spots, Nyhavn.

After working up an appetite walking all over Copenhagen, we had a huge plate of Shawarma for lunch- never mind that we had the Mikkeller Beer run 5k a few hours later.

With bellies full of shawarma, we went over to Warpigs for the Mikkeller Beer Run 5k. We had a blast running through the streets of Copenhagen and enjoyed beer with friends afterwards.

We started another day in Copenhagen with a Dark Lord Variant tap takeover at the Mikkeller bar. It's so funny that we have to travel halfway around the world to get beer that is practically in our back yard! (Yet impossible to get)

Post Dark Lord beer, we walked over to Banskia Bar for the Omnipollo tap takeover. We went to Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Beer Celebration which was on Friday and Saturday- but during the week there were tons of events which we went to.

Later on we went to another cool bar- Fermentoren for more beer.

And then walked back to Banskia at night for one last Omnipollo beer, a blueberry cheesecake stout which was as delicious as it sounds.

We went to the Hill Farmstead tap takeover at Warpigs. We got there early and split 3 beers between us thinking the line would die down, unfortunately it never did, so we went to get lunch.

We had lunch at Hija de Sanchez- some amazingly delicious authentic tacos in Copenhagen. I heard the owner is from Chicago- but we didn't get to meet her.

And then we went back to Fermentoren for another tap takeover. It's a great bar with a Wonderful outdoor space.

We walked over to Mikropolis and enjoyed cocktails with our friends.

And then went to the original Ramen to Biru to get ramen. They have a beer vending machine stocked with some fantastic craft beer!

I had yuzu ramen this time and it was so good.

Post ramen, we took a walk and saw Hans Christian Andersen's grave.

And took a nice photo on a tree lined sidewalk in a park.

And then we finished the night at Koelschip- Mikkel's new lambic and sour themed bar. It is in this bar that we made friends with some cool guys from Norway whom we debated politics and the absurdity of Trump with in the most polite way and then proceeded to run into them multiple times during the remainder of the trip. Best. Bar. Ever.

And now this has gotten too long... Looks like there's a need for a part dos.