I was introduced to someone at last night’s 5K as “This is Stephanie, the newbie blogger” to which I replied “Weeellll…. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus.” This has truly been for no other reason than a busy work and training schedule. In some ways it’s good though, it’s like we’re long lost friends, finally catching up over a cup of coffee and I have so much to tell you (it seems that way at least).

Last I blogged I was aiming for a great week of swimming which started out well intended (they all do) and ended up just ok. My goal to hone in on swimming as Queen of the Hill quickly approaches has forced me to extend my swim time in the pool to 20 or 25 minutes and I have tried to do at least two, preferably three, swim workouts a week. If I remember correctly, my 1st week aiming for 3 swims ended with two actual workouts and a swim night seminar at Gloucester County Library. Does that count?

Training in the brutal heat and humidity the past few weeks has been somewhat difficult, forcing me out of bed earlier than normal or hitting the pavement late at night after the kiddos are in bed. The Memorial Day 30 miler bike ride was fantastic- but very hot and I was rocking a ridiculous tri suit tan (ok, sunburn) for a good three days afterwards.

I also ventured out for a group swim last week at Raccoon Valley. I have yet to make an open water swim, initially because the water was too cold and I don’t own or intend to purchase a wet suit and the last two weeks due to scheduling conflicts. I figured I might as well get out and in the pool with other tri members and try to garner some feedback and advice from those with more experience in the water. It was very beneficial and I want to give a special thanks to my fellow blogger Cheryl Tevano and also Leigh Ann Reddington for their much valued and appreciated advice and coaching.

And lastly, last night’s Fabulous 5K, was just that: Fabulous! A fast, flat course through a beautiful residential neighborhood, followed by music, margaritas and massages! Oh my! Colleen did a great job hosting (as expected!) and the “crown” tokens given to all finishers was a great idea. Congratulations to all 94 runners who came out last night.

Tomorrow marks my 1st mock tri; I’m very much looking forward to it. I think this, coupled with an open water swim Thursday night and next weekend’s mock tri, should tee my up nicely for my inaugural triathlon end of the month. I am moments away from printing my tri checklist and I’ve already started gathering gear for tomorrow’s tri as I pick up my goggles in the playroom, my cycling gloves from under the couch cushion and my sunglasses from the laundry basket. (Isn’t it great having young kids who take and hide your things for the heck of it??) I feel so official, almost like a REAL triathlete. Lots of luck to all the newbies (and repeat triathletes) who are venturing out tomorrow morning for the 1st MHWTC mock tri of the season. See you all there!

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