REV3 SC Olympic Distance Triathlon

When I first started doing triathlons back in 2011, one of my long time goals was to do an Olympic distance triathlon: 0.9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run.

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I didn’t do any triathlons in 2012 Sad smile  which means that I am more than ready to get back into the sport.  Signing up for races is extremely motivating for me.  Last night, on a whim, I decided that I really wanted this year to be the year that I did an Olympic distance tri so I decided to bite the bullet and register for one.

Since this race is so important to me, I wanted to go big or go home so I settled on the REV3 Olympic Race in Anderson, SC.

The more I read about the race and the company, the more I became excited.  REV3 (REVOLUTION3) is an up and coming triathlon race event coordinator  who envisions triathlons as an event to bring together family and friends to celebrate being active.  With major sponsors like PEARL iZUMI, Headsweats, PowerBar, and more, this race is definitely one to be a part of.  I also found it really amazing that Pilot and Flying J created a partnership with REV3 to sponsor truck drivers in different races in an effort to promote healthy living in an occupation where more than 50% of individuals are overweight.  AMAZING!

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The race isn’t until mid-October, so I definitely plan on doing 1 or 2 sprints during the summer to get ready.  Since we live in such a running, cycling, and triathlon focused area, I can’t wait to dive headfirst into training.  I need to build a solid running and cycling base until our neighborhood pool opens at which time I will start to incorporate swimming into my training.

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I feel like I lost a bit of my identity last year not doing as many races.I absolutely LOVE them, so I am excited to gain back that sense of pride that I feel from training and racing.  I also really enjoyed doing races with Nick, and it was a fun hobby that we shared together as a couple.  Since the date of the race is close to our 1 year wedding anniversary, Nick may do it too as a celebration.  Since we got engaged at a duathlon, we might as well celebrate our anniversary with a triathlon!!!  On that note, the pup and I are heading out for a run!!

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We Painted + Soup’s On!

Since we moved into the house last November, we have everything we *need* to function a running household, but have slowly incorporated small projects to give our house character.  It took a few months to start to learn our home style aesthetic which I would describe as simple and earthy yet modern.

We knew we wanted to paint our living room first, so the past few weeks we have been looking at color samples.  At the beginning, I thought maybe a charcoal grey would be nice, then we moved onto light greyish green colors, before deciding on Valspar Signature Jekyll Sans Souci Green.

Yesterday was the day!  Nick spent Friday night moving the furniture and taping everything off so that Saturday we could focus on just painting.  Nick was deemed the edger, while I was the roller.  He is the detail oriented one in the relationship while I am better at the big picture.  Our jobs suited us perfectly.

The color turned out exactly as I had hoped, a nice aqua color that isn’t dominantly blue or green.  It’s bold, but not overwhelming, and accents the colors of our hardwoods very nicely.

It took a good 3-4 hours to paint the whole living room, and while there are some spots on the baseboards and on the ceiling (oops!) that need to be touched up, I think we did a great job.

 

 

 

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Since the weather has been sub-par as of late (the mark of spring only brought colder temperatures and non-stop rain), I decided to make a spring soup to stay warm.  I wanted something hearty, but not in a chili or stew kind of way, so I did a little Google search and used this recipe as inspiration:

Collard, White Bean, and Sausage Soup

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1 cup of celery, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 lb of sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 8 cups of low sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 8 cups of collards, chopped
  • 2 cans of white beans, rinsed and drained

-Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.  Add in garlic and cook for a minute or two before adding in onions, carrots, celery, and sweet potato to sauté for a few minutes.

 

-Next, add in the turkey sausage (remove from casings), breaking it up as you add.  Cook the sausage until done and add in the chicken broth, collards, and beans.

Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve with some homemade garlic pita chips.

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but this is one of the most delicious soups I’ve ever had.  I’m never one to throw anything together, so I was really surprised at how delicious this was.  It reminded me of something you  might order at Olive Garden.  Let’s just say that I’m VERY happy to have a lot of leftovers to eat throughout the week.

Even though it rained all weekend, we got a lot accomplished including some relaxation time as well.  I’ve got a busy week ahead, but also have family coming to visit this week so I’m excited about seeing my grandmother, dad, and sister’s family in the next two weeks.