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Initial Thoughts After Ironman Lake Placid

We are trying to get back into the swing of things over here at The Newman Nest but I have a giant Ironman hangover. I don’t quite know how to process this last year and all I saw this weekend. Trying to make sense of what we were, what we became, and what we are now.

So much has changed. But like everything it comes down to why we are NOT what we are. And our why remains the same. We believe ordinary people can do extraordinary things. We believe in challenging our fears, being brave in the face of adversity and defining success for ourselves.

Success isn’t defined by what you do. It’s defined by why you do it (and how you do it).

 John and I both have a lot more to say about our experience.

You will see more than one post on Ironman Lake Placid.  John will have a race report when he is done “unpacking” his experience.  I can tell you he is not the same athlete he was when he got in the water on Sunday.  I don’t think he is even the same person.  It was a day that was perfect in its imperfection. I know he will not disappoint you with his insights from his experience.

I will share some learnings of my own from a spectator perspective and I have plans to write my own spectator’s guide for Ironman Lake Placid.  We know a lot of you have already entered for 2015 and more of you thinking about 2016. If you have questions, send them to me so I can include them in the guide.

What Now Newmans?

We have so many fantastic things planned! Here are some of what we have in the works:

  1. Good news! I am experiencing some success on the Adrenal Fatigue/Hypo Thyroid issue.  My health is now my family’s number one goal.
  2. Our focus for the next few months will be recovery, nutrition, and strength training.  Are you ready to see pictures of us flipping tires in our backyard?
  3. Big A is doing Triathlon Camp again this year and has a few races on his schedule that we will cover here. He was REALLY inspired by his Dad and our friends this weekend.
  4. Little A (and Big A) have an Aqua Run (September).
  5. We are considering training the entire family for a 5K (late fall).
  6. John has the NYC Marathon in November.

In between all of this, we have some house projects going on too!

New blog posts coming soon. As soon as we come down from cloud 9! Thanks for sharing this journey of life with us. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from our trip.

 

Much gratitude.

Tara

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64 Ridiculously Random Things About Me

This little post has taken me so far out of my comfort zone it is comical.  I am redoing my About Page (again) and thought it would be fun to do the random fact thing.  I won’t be including all 64 on my About Page because that would be, well, RIDICULOUS! Either way, I wrote the list.  It was hard but one of those “good for the soul” exercises.  Let me know which ones I should include on my About Page.  Seriously, help a girl out!

Riduculously Random Things

  1. I am a pretty adventurous eater (notice how my first fact is about food).
  2. I don’t consider myself a foodie because I am too lazy to put much effort into fancy recipes.
  3. I tend to over complicate things so I put a strong emphasis on “Keep it Simple.”
  4. It’s a daily chore to kill the over achiever in me.
  5. I don’t really love animals but I have a cat.  Just my luck to get the cat with a personality bigger than anyone else’s in this house.
  6. I am a fairly anxious person although most people don’t seem to notice it.
  7. I am NOT a domestic goddess.  I really suck at cleaning, crafting, laudry doing, etc.
  8. BUT I can organize just about anything – people, things, collections, you name it.
  9. My obsession with organization makes people think I am a Type A (hole) but organizing is how I deal with my anxiety.
  10. One of my biggest fears is the fear of being tired.  Ironically, as I write this, I am trying to figure out my Adrenal Fatigue and a bunch of other minor ailments that leave me feeling like I need someone to scrape me off the floor.
  11. I am addicted to cheese and right now am suppose to be eliminating from my diet. It’s going as well as can be expected.
  12. When I was 16 I had to drive the family boat back to dock (36′ SeaRay with two engines) because my father over indulged on the alcohol.  I backed that boat into the slip almost flawlessly.
  13. I have a younger sister.  With the exception of our genetic predisposition to obsess and be anxious, we are pretty different and that’s OK.
  14. For over 30 years my family has traveled to the same place to ski at Christmas.
  15. Growing up boating and skiing has shaped who I am today and have made me pretty tough.
  16. Thinking back on my childhood, we didn’t have a lot of rules or discipline growing up.
  17. I raise my kids to understand that we all have roles and responsibilities in life (with some rules and discipline mixed in).
  18. I live in the same town I grew up in.
  19. I have a list of almost 100 things I want to accomplish in my life time.
  20. It’s largely made up of places I want to travel.
  21. I love history.
  22. Medievel history is my favorite and the reason we backpacked through Scotland on our honeymoon.
  23. Oh, the honeymoon.  John and I look horrendous in our honeymoon pictures and cringe everytime we look at them.  I just don’t know what happened!
  24. Well, it could have been that the day after I got married, about 3 hours before boarding the plane, I chopped all my hair off.  It was NOT a good look.
  25. I love Vampires.
  26. My favorities TV show is The Vampire Diaries (but didn’t love this season).
  27. My other favorite TV shows are Covert Affairs, Scandal, and House of Cards.
  28. I read fast. I can finish a book in a day or two.
  29. I read A LOT or listen to books on audible.
  30. I have read 50 Shades of Gray for pop culture purposes.  Laters baby!
  31. I read more than one book at a time.
  32. I don’t believe in balance.  I believe in making the necessary trade offs to do what you love.
  33. Red wine.  Always, always red wine.
  34. Veronica. Always Veronica,  Betty not so much.
  35. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were hanging with my sister and reading Archie Comic books.
  36. I would love to live in every major city in the United States for at least a few months.
  37. I have never taken a vacation where we just sit on the beach (but it sounds good about now).
  38. I stayed home for college because I wanted to focus on studying with no distractions.
  39. I enjoy the quiet, the sound of silence and nothing.  That never happens anymore :-)
  40. I can totally see me moving into a small cabin in the woods divested of all my worldly posessions.
  41. This speaks to my practical and slightly boring nature.
  42. I really need a girls night out.
  43. I think the best girls nights are when you can sit around talking all night with a bottle (or two) of wine.
  44. The thing I love best about blogging has been the people I have met (in person and on-line)
  45. I get a silent (or not so silent) pleasure when I am better than my husband at something.  It doesn’t happen often.
  46. Sometimes I will take the elevator at work (one floor) because it gives me just enough time to take three deep breaths and get centered before my day.
  47. I am REALLY tight but love yoga.
  48. Because of 46, yoga is painful for me (it’s the hamstrings!).
  49. I have had a tight achilies since I was 5 (my runner problems started early).
  50. I love playing games with my kids (Mancala, Othello, Rumikub).
  51. I am not someone who thinks being a Mom is easy but I love it anyway.
  52. I don’t like when life is messy – it blows my theory about wrapping everything up in a box and slamming a bow on it.
  53. I choose to be happy and sometimes that is the harder choice.
  54. Gratitude always even when it is almost impossible.
  55. I find coloring relaxing.  Those big coloring sheets are my favorite.
  56. My favorite stores are Athleta, J. Crew (outlet), and Target.
  57. I am obsessed with watching TED Talks.
  58. I have three tattoos.
  59. I love tattoos.
  60. I have plans for a fourth.
  61. I think guys don’t get sexy until they have at least 10 tattoos.
  62. Yes, I am obsessed with David Beckham.
  63. I don’t like talking about myself.
  64. This way way harder than I thought it would be.

Let’s get to know each other better.  Leave me some random facts about you in the comments or tell me which of the above I should add to my About Page.

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25 Inspiring Triathlon Stories for Everyday Athletes

25 Inspiring Triathlon Stories (1)It’s Ironman week over here!  We have made it and in less than a week John will be towing the line at Ironman Lake Placid.  If you want to track John using the Ironman App (or through their website), he is bib number 2071.  I will be keeping “the twitter”, Instagram, and our Facebook page as updated as possible.

Since I felt like celebrating triathlon, I went digging around the webs for tips, tricks, lessons, and real stories from everyday triathletes (and some pros).  Some of these people I am PROUD to call my friends (darn good friends).  All who I met because we share a similar purpose and know what it means to truly DREAM BIG!

25 Inspiring Triathlon Stories for Everyday Athletes:

  1. How I Became a Professional Triathlete and Why I Chase This Dream/Cotter Crunch
  2. From Drug Addiction to Ironman/Outside Online
  3. Giving Up the Gimmicks/The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail
  4. Things I Wish I’d Learned Before My First Triathlon (Pre-Race and The Swim)/In Love and Peanut Butter
  5. Preparing for Your First Open Water Swim Practice/You Signed Up for What?!
  6. 10 Tips for Triathletes Who Travel for Business/The Tri Wives Club
  7. How to Make Spectating Triathlon a TEAM Sport/The Tri Wives Club
  8. The Ugly Truth About Cycling: Saddle Sores/Runladylike
  9. Evolution of an Ironman Triathlete/Cook Train Eat Race
  10. SWOT – Strengths. Weaknesses. Opportunities. Threats/Cook Train Eat Race
  11. Joining a Tri Club: Should You or Shouldn’t You?/Cook Train Eat Race
  12. Secrets to Success: Running Drills/Fuel Your Future With Tina
  13. Hydration and Race Day Tactics/Cotter Crunch
  14. Are You Addicted to Adrenaline/Cotter Crunch
  15. How to Foam Roll Like a Pro/The Greatist
  16. 5 Tips for the Perfect Taper/The Greatist
  17. How to Keep (or Salvage) Relationships While Triathlon Training/Runladylike
  18. 5 Tips to Juggling Half Ironman Training and Life/Healthy Regards
  19. Getting Mental with Professional Triathlete Angela Naeth/Health Regards
  20. My 5 Rules of Training: Rule 1 Never Compare/My Two Watts
  21. Coach Said There’d Be Days Like This/My Two Watts
  22. 5 Steps to Family, Sport, and Life Balance/Family Sport Life
  23. Time-Based vs Mileage-Based Training/Family Sport Life
  24. We All Start Somewhere – My Triathlon Primer/Fat Slow Triathlete
  25. How to Avoid 6 Race Day Mistakes/Run to the Finish

And in case you were curious, here are the 5 Most Popular Triathlon Posts on Family Sport Life:

15 Ways to Mentally Prepare for Triathlon Season via @familysportlife

 

15 Ways to Mentally Prepare for Triathlon Season

37 Telltale Signs You Are Married to a Triathlete via @familysportlife

You Know You’re a Sherpa Wife When…

7 Podcasts for Triathletes and Endurance Junkies via @familysportlife

7 Podcasts for Triathlon and Endurance Junkies

Zone 2 Training Works...

Zone 2 Training Works…but not today

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Preparing for Ironman Lake Placid

I hope you enjoy the round up.  Don’t forget to leave a comment below and share with your friends!

Peace, Love, and Triathlon.

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  • Tara Newman I am going to do these more often and will definitely include your posts!
  • Axel (@ Iron Rogue) Make this an annual series... maybe next year I can make the cut! ;-)

Living with Purpose When Balance is Elusive

via @familysportlife(While I usually reserve Friday’s for my Getting Organized for the Week Ahead series, it was more timely to discuss the final weeks before Ironman Lake Placid.)

Life

The other day I sent John a text that said “You know you’re married to a triathlete when you daydream about guys who play beer pong and fantasy football.”

He responded with “really?”

I made some crude comment about him preferring a metal frame between his legs.

Then he suggested I wear carbon fiber underwear.

This is my life.

I looked at my hand yesterday and noticed the faint tan line around my ring finger of my left hand.  I forgot to put my wedding rings on.

Freudian perhaps?

A few weeks ago a friend asked how it was going leading up to “the race”.  I joked that I was stifling my hysteria.

Stifling hysteria takes a lot of energy.

I have happily Sherpa’d along while John has trained.  I enjoy leading a healthy lifestyle and if my circumstances were different right now, I would be running right along side him.  John is happy and that makes me happy.  It really hasn’t been terrible.

But at this point, I need a break.  I really thought the last month leading into Ironman Lake Placid would be easier since we were nearing the end but it hasn’t been (for me).

I want to talk about something other than triathlon.  I would like life to be less about him and more about me.  Eighteen months is a long time to be focused on one thing.

Truth

I find humor in the fact that I received three requests for a post on how we balance John’s training and life all within the last week.

It’s probably not the best time for me to tackle the subject of balance but I also need to live my truth.  And you, my readers need to hear the truth.

It’s why I blog.  To be a truth teller in a society where the truth inadvertently gets set aside for the most “likeable” pictures and stories.

I am tired and feeling slightly under appreciated.  Not because my husband is an a-hole but because it’s hard to live with someone whose focus is singularly elsewhere for an extended period of time.

Balance

For a long time I have chased “balance.”  I don’t know if it is elusive or just an illusion. I know when I chase the balance dream I feel frustrated.  As if I am taking a few steps forward only to stumble backward.

Instead, I choose to live with purpose.  My purpose, John’s purpose, our families purpose – they are all intertwined.   Purpose propels us forward.  Purpose focuses us on WHY we are doing something not what we are doing or what is being sacrificed.

Purpose

Purpose is attainable.  Purpose is individual and collective.  Purpose is inspiring and motivating.  Purpose is authentic.

Like everything else in life, living with purpose takes dedication and consistency.  Some days will be easy.  Like the days I accomplish all I set out to do.  Other days I will feel like I have sacrificed some of my purpose for another family members purpose.  Is that imbalance? Nope, that’s just life.

I know everyone wants to know HOW to live a more balanced life but to that I say focus on “the WHY”.

WHY are you here?

WHY do you do what you do?

WHY do you have the vision you have?

WHY do you have the goals you have?

WHAT do you BELIEVE in?

No tips, tricks or lessons learned today.  All I have for you is encouragement to live an inspired life.  A life with passion and purpose. A life where you don’t feel the need to chase elusive dreams.  A life where you live your why.

Well, maybe one tip.  Do you know what’s at the center of my purpose, John’s purpose, and my families purpose?

LOVE.

PS.

My friend Allie wrote a post about balance recently called I Choose Not to Have Balance.  She makes some good points and there was good conversation in the comment section.

How do you choose to live with purpose?

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EnduroPacks Product Review

EnduroPacks is a supplement system engineered for optimal recovery from endurance-based activities.  Developed by an ex-professional cyclist, the system contains four (4) components.

  1. Liquid Pre-Workout Multivitamin
  2. Electrolyte Spray Concentrate
  3. Trans-dermal Amino Acid Patch
  4. L-Glutamine Capsules

The benefit of this system lies not in it’s components alone, but in the purity of the product and unique delivery method.  Countless studies over the years have confirmed the effectiveness of each individual component for optimal health, performance and recovery.  EnduroPacks brings them all together in an easy to use, daily protocol that could benefit any triathlete, marathon runner or cyclist.

Disclaimer: I received a 30-day supply of EnduroPacks, at no cost, in return for this review.  I have received no additional compensation or products.

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How I Use EnduroPacks

Liquid Multivitamin- I train early in the mornings, so I take a tablespoon of the multivitamin as soon as I get up.  I store it in the refrigerator (as suggested) which makes it a bit easier to consume.  The first month’s supply of Enduropacks I used had the berry flavored multivitamin.  Although the flavor was “vitamin-like” in nature, it was very palatable.  The second month’s supply contained a tropical orange flavor, which I felt was a little less palatable.  I have gotten used to the orange flavor, but I have been told that subsequent shipments will contain the original berry flavor.

Electrolyte Spray- I put 7-10 pumps in the first water bottle I drink each day.  There is a mild taste, so you know it’s in there, but it is almost imperceptible.  The spray is highly concentrated; a little bit goes a long way.  I have replaced the use of Nuun tabs for my shorter sessions by using this, but will use Nuun on 2+ hour training sessions.

Amino Acid Patch- The patch looks like a sticker, about 1″ square.  I simply apply it to the inner part of my bicep or forearm after getting cleaned up from a training session.  I will remove it somewhere around dinnertime.  The benefit of a trans-dermal patch is that you get a trickled dose of aminos throughout the day, versus ingesting pills and having to absorb it all at once.

L-Glutamine Capsules-  Take two (2) before bed.  That’s it.  They are fairly small and easy to swallow.

The Effect

I read and track my heart rate variability (HRV) on a daily basis using the Omegawave system.  This gave me a unique opportunity to see if the use of EnduroPacks had an effect on my ability to recover.  I also began testing the product a few weeks before two big races, AmZof and Rev3 Quassy.  The races were 2 weeks apart, so recovery between them was going to be key.

HRV measures the impact of your sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and recovery) nervous systems.  Low HRV would indicate a sympathetic dominance and a high HRV would indicate parasympathetic dominance.  Many of us measure our heart rate, which tells us how many times our heart beats in a period of time (usually one minute).  Where HRV differs, is that it measures the time between beats.  When we are working (training) hard, our sympathetic nervous system takes over and our heart beats very rhythmically (like a metronome), with little variability in the time between beats.  When we are at rest, the opposite is true.  The more variability we have in our heart beat rhythm, the more rested and recovered we are, indicating parasympathetic dominance.

By measuring my HRV on a daily basis, I am able to tell if I am ready to train hard, or need more time to recover.  Using this metric is perfect for evaluating the effect of EnduroPacks.  Omegawave, the HRV system I use, compiles the the data into a few useful components.  For the purpose of evaluating the effect of EnduroPacks on my recovery, I will be using a component called “Recovery Pattern”.  Recovery pattern reflects the body’s ability to maintain balance (between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems).  Omegawave designates zones for optimal and sub-optimal recovery pattern values. To simplify the evaluation, I want to be in the “Green” zone as much as possible.

Below are graphs of my recovery pattern readings for 2 and 1 months prior to using EnduroPacks, as well as the first month of using the product.  As you can see, once I began using EnduroPacks, the percentage of days in the “green” zone drastically increased.  This means that my recovery efforts were much more effective and EnduroPacks seemed to contribute greatly.  During that time period, my training volume and intensity remained consistent (approximately 50 hours per month, 80% aerobic, 20% anaerobic), and I had 2 very difficult and demanding races.  Also, my average days in “green” for 6 months prior to using EnduroPacks was 8 (26%).  Since I have been using the system, my average is 17 (56%).

EnduroPacks Review Charts

I’m an engineer by trade, so I love numbers, data and the analysis of both.  However, there is also “feel”.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I recovered from AmZof and Quassy.  Within 2 days of each event, I was back to a normal training schedule consisting of high intensity intervals and long aerobic-based sessions.  In the past, it would take me 3-4 days to recover from shorter, less demanding events.  Additionally, my day to day recovery appears to be more efficient and effective.  I am able to train at high intensities several days a week without feeling sluggish or weak.

Conclusion

I am extremely happy with the results I’ve received from using EnduroPacks.  I am now in my third month of use as I prepare for Ironman Lake Placid in a few weeks.  The system is comprised of high-quality components, is easy to use and build into your everyday supplement protocol, and highly effective in aiding recovery for endurance athletes.  I have seen tremendous results and will continue to use EnduroPacks well into the future.

For more information on EnduroPacks or to place an order, visit their website here.  Based on my experience I highly recommend you give it a try.  You can use FSL15 on your month-to-month subscription.  If you have any questions, leave them below or email me!

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  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life Interesting. I'd never heard of this product, but I probably don't need anything like that, given my training these days …
  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama I've heard of Enduropacks before but have never really thought about needing it. It just seemed like another 'recovery gimic'. …