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Hi everyone! Week 7 of Gold Nugget Tri training is complete, which means that I only have one more week of tri training left! I’m honestly so shocked that this time next week I will (hopefully!) be a triathlete! In my last week of training I plan on taking things easy and doing some last minute training sessions to feel as prepared as possible for the race. Here’s what I was up to this week:
Monday: I went to the First Time Racer Clinic at the high school where the swim portion of the tri will be held. We got to check out the pool and ask tons of questions about race day. I felt a million times more prepared for the race after that! Then I did an hour of swimming with my coworker and cut some time off of my 500 which was really exciting!
Tuesday: Rest day.
Wednesday: Another hour of swimming. I’m now consistently under 15 minutes for my 500 which is so slow but very exciting to me given the fact that I just started swimming 7 weeks ago! I also tried out my tri kit for the first time and it worked out really well!
Thursday: My husband had a work retreat in Girdwood on Friday, so we drove down there a night early. We managed to hike an hour on the Winner Creek trail in the rain.
Friday: My husband had to attend his work retreat, but I had the day off to do whatever I wanted! I started by sleeping in, and then I rode 12 miles on the Bird to Gird trail. I did the 6 mile portion from Girdwood to Bird Point along Turnagain Arm, and it was so hilly. I’m definitely thanking spin class for all of the hill practice! But the views along the way were perfect and it was worth all the tough pedaling!
After I got back to the resort I did some yoga in my room and then spent the rest of the afternoon sipping coffee and reading by one of the outdoor fireplaces. It was the best day off ever!
Saturday: We packed up the car to head back to Anchorage and then realized that we couldn’t let the first perfect spring day go to waste! So instead, we drove down to Seward to spend the rest of the weekend there with our friends. We hiked around at Exit Glacier as soon as we got there. We also spent lots of time in town visiting our friends and old coworkers from the time we worked there 2 years ago. The weather was unnaturally sunny and warm there and we did everything we could to enjoy it!
Sunday: We took a National Park Tour with the boat tour company we used to work for in Kenai Fjords National Park! Technically this was a rest day for me since I spent the whole day out on the ocean. Also, the winds were pretty crazy so the ride was very bumpy and I spent hours trying not to throw up! But the views were incredible and not only did we get to see Aialik Glacier up close, we saw orcas and humpback whales too!
This weekend I got the opportunity to try out the newest item that I was sent to test out as a BibRave Pro, Zensah’s Well Rounded shorts. I was initially really excited to test these out because I’ve never had tight shorts before and wanted to see how they compared to regular shorts. Whenever I wear regular shorts they ride up and my thighs rub together, so I was curious to see if these would do the same. After debating on size, I got a small because I hoped they’d run like normal running pants. When I opened the package they looked so tiny! I tried them on right away and while they fit really well in the waist and stretched out a lot, they did have a tight band around the thighs and created a small sausage effect. It wasn’t too noticeable, but I do feel like maybe my thighs were not built for shorts like these or maybe I should have sized up (although I’m not sure if they would have fit as well in the waist then). Or maybe this is just how tight shorts are meant to fit, in which case this is something I need to get used to!
I showed them to my husband and we debated if I should wear them out in public. He thought they looked fine, but I was feeling pretty self conscious in shorts that were so small and tight because they’re not my usual style. I decided to start easy by wearing them to the gym over my swimsuit on days when I was just doing a swim workout. I did this a few times until one day I randomly decided to look in the mirror from behind and realized that they were totally see through with my black swimsuit showing through! After talking with some other BibRave Pros, I discovered that these shorts only work with light colored underwear or with going commando. After that, I decided to wear them for my yoga sessions at home, where they fit great and didn’t move around as I twisted into different positions. I also wore them on my hike in Seward and felt that they worked really well. I was a bit nervous testing them out with so many tourists around, but they had full coverage this time and didn’t ride up at all so I felt pretty good about wearing them!
Overall, I’m glad I had a chance to try these shorts out before buying a pair for myself. I was self conscious while wearing them in public after I realized they were sheer sometimes, so these shorts honestly weren’t my go-to bottoms for the gym. I do think that they are extremely comfortable and I wore them more while lounging around the apartment and doing yoga in my living room than I did outside in public. I didn’t get a chance to run in the them because of my injury, but they stayed in place while hiking so with the proper underwear I’d definitely wear them on hot weather hikes, runs, or even to the gym. They are cute and comfy, but I just might need to figure out how to handle the sheerness of them before wearing them in public again! If you want to try out a pair for yourself, make sure to participate in Bib Chat tomorrow at 5 pm AST/9 pm EST!
What did you do this weekend? What kind of shorts do you wear when you run?