Common Triathlon Q&A’s

Woohoo itz BLUE Friday!!!

Only two more days left until the SUPERBOWL!!!! Way too excited for words….

Since January is known for resolutions, I thought I would talk a little bit about Triathlons.

Ever since I completed a Triathlon last year, I’ve been getting more questions about how to prepare for a Triathlon. Note: I am not a pro-triathlete by any means. I just enjoy training and competing in a variety of races and Triathlons happen to be one of them.

Here some of the most common questions I get asked about Triathlons are:

1. What do I wear? Do I wear the same outfit for the entire race? Personally, I choose to wear the same outfit throughout the entire race. This helps lower my transition times (see below). I don’t want to worry about having to change into a new top or etc. If you do want to change, I recommend light and breathable clothing. I wear a dry fit tank and Lululemon dry fit running shorts. **Note: In some swims, having a wet suit is necessary! I’ve worn one in the past.


Obviously, I didn’t wear the goggles or cap during the entire race.

2. What do I bring?

Here is my list:


Baby powder






Shoes (running/biking)

Protein bar

Towel* very important


Swim cap

Race Bib and belt

Water bottle


Bag to throw everything into

3. Should I train in the open water or just the pool? I would recommend both. Open water gives you an idea of what it will be like during the race, plus you’ll get to battle some waves too!

4. How do I set up my area in the transition area? First off, I try to be at the event super early so that I can scope out the best area to set out my gear. I typically try to be on the end of the bike racks, easier for a speedy exit. Once I find my area, I set out my towel and begin placing out the items that I’ll be grabbing for frantically throughout the race. I lay out my socks, fill them with some baby powder and put my shoes next to them. I place my helmet on my bike, put my water bottle in the holder and I set out my race belt with my number attached. I keep my swim cap and goggles in hand for the first leg of the race.


Literally putting baby powder in my socks.

5. What are transition times? The time in between events. Such as swim to bike or bike to run. This is the time when things can get quite frantic and chaotic. Once I get out of the water, I start tearing off my goggles and swim cap (or wet suit).


Literally in the moment, grabbing my bike to head out!

6. Can I use a mountain bike? Yes of course! For every Triathlon to date, I have used a mountain bike. I added slick tires to mine to help with speed. I ended up purchasing a road bike a few days after my last Triathlon.


Overall if you are deciding to do a Triathlon, make sure to have fun! Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t worry about having killer transition times, just make sure to grab your shoes or bib! 🙂

You can read about my Triathlon experience from last year here.

What questions do you have?

Have you done a Triathlon? Ironman? Half-Ironman?

What tips do you have for me?

XO, Tara

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How Do I Love Thee?

Oh it’s Wednesday. Such a wonderful day, just a few more days until Friday and 4 days until the Super bowl!!!! 

Super bowl Sunday cannot come soon enough. I may wear blue and green the rest of the week. Actually, I will do it. Seahawks baby!

Enough about this upcoming Sunday, let’s chat about last Sunday. I mentioned on Monday, that a friend and I hiked Rattlesnake ledge. We could not have picked a better day to hike! The weather was absolutely marvelous. I couldn’t believe the weather. It must have been 50-55 degrees…and remember it is January!!!!!

012The hike was packed beyond belief due to the fact that it was the weekend and the weather was remarkable, but we made the best of it.



Jealous much?

Did I mention that I over dressed? Holy moly, I was sweating.


Love seeing all the luscious trees. 

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What a view!

This view just makes me remember why I love the PNW! The nature, mountains, views, the smell, the crisp clean air and gorgeous hikes. I don’t think I could ever move out of the area.

PNW- I love you. I will never leave you! 🙂

When was the last time you hiked?

Do you like to hike? Or what is your favorite outdoor activity?

Do you live in the PNW?

XO, Tara

Work Your Core

Good morning!

Despite having a terrible headache yesterday, I managed to get through a challenging core workout. I think my headache was caused by a combination of muscle tension and stress. I literally sat around most of the day like a bump on a log. Caught up on Vanderpump Rules and Bakery Boss.


After two episodes of Bakery Boss, I wasn’t to bake some brownies or cupcakes! Sadly, I didn’t get to it.

After hours of laying on the couch, hydrating and stretching my neck I decided to head to the gym. I did a 60 minutes on the elliptical and caught up on  Dexter on Netflix and followed it with a core workout.


I just made this one up on the fly. I love plank exercises, because they target a variety of muscle groups. upper lower

Overall, the plank provides benefits from head to toe. Tell me another exercise that targets this many muscle groups! Maybe everyone’s favorite exercise known as the burpee? HAHA.

Am I the only one that takes planking seriously? I mean, I enjoy kicking ass and improving on my planks day by day. Who wouldn’t right? A few seconds better than yesterday is better than nothing. It just shows improvement!

You may also like some of these core workouts:

You may also like this article from Fitsugar:

How Many Plank Jacks Can You Do In 1 Minute?

What is your favorite core workout? Planks?

Do you like burpees?

What kind of workout are you doing today?

XO, Tara

A Mosh Pit Kind of Weekend.

Good morning! How was your weekend? The sun was shinning here in Seattle all weekend. It was absolutely glorious. I actually regretted not having my sunglasses in my car.

The weekend begun on a tired note. I told you that Friday was going to be a long long day. Boy it was! My step dad and I went to help my mom with a fundraiser for children at her school that was held at NW Ariels. Basically our job was to supervise the children. We were split up to watch certain areas. My station= The foam mosh pit. Please kill me.

I have never yelled, “no running, diving, throwing foam cubes, digging” so many times in my life. Honestly, my throat hurt by the end of the evening. The other people there were laughing at me that this was my kind of “birth control.” Basically referencing that this is why I will never have kids or work with kids on a regular basis. It is just stressful!

After getting home at 10pm and physically and mentally exhausted, all of us needed a giant beer (or wine for mom) to relax.


Saturday began with a Power Hour Flybarre session with mom. She loved even more the 2nd time around. I see this becoming a regular occurrence on Saturday mornings.

Once we returned home, it was time to shower and go look at houses with dad. We found one that I approved and it is nearby and close to my new job. House hunting can be so difficult!

I munched on a Pure Protein bar. So good!

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I also gave blood on our way home too. I forgot to capture a picture….Mom and I saw the Puget Sound Blood bus on the way to Flybarre. I felt obligated to give back and give blood!

To celebrate my new job, we went to Paddy Coynes!


Delicious food n’ beer!


Have you watched Captain Phillips? Great movie. I highly recommend it.


Sunday was a whirl wind! Worked in the am, hiked in the pm, and watched the Grammy’s. I was dead tired!


Just a sneak peek!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Did you spend time outside?

XO, Tara

Fun Facts Friday- 1/24/14

Happy Happy Friday!! 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great start to their day. I bet you are already thinking about the end of the day and what you are doing tonight or this weekend! 😉 I am doing the same….

However, today will be a long day. I anticipate being home and in my sweat pants around 10pm with a beer in my hands and a second in the fridge just waiting for me. What a cray cray Friday night! Haha. I have both jobs today and following the second I head to help my mom with a fundraiser/auction/not to sure until the later evening?! I will be looking forward to that beer on the drive home. Nom nom nom…or do you only use that term for eating? That will be happening too. I will be HUNGY. Yes, hungy hungy hungy!!

Anywho, onto some good ol’ fun facts for this Happy Friday!!

1. Hello $2.89 per gallon. Yes please!


2.  Flybarre is absolutely changing my body and booty. Yes booty. Hello, a rounder and more defined butt.

3. Quest Bar Nutrition has announced their new flavor!!!!! EKKKK! 14806_697873486919362_1622911831_n


Welcome Cookies and Cream! I am way too excited.

4. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to register for the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon that will take place on August 23, 2014.


The website crashed yesterday due to the high volume of people attempting to register. Sadly, everyone has to wait a few more hours for an update. Boo.

5. I am happy to announce that I’ve gone way out of my comfort zone this week. There are some great opportunities are on the horizon! Stay tuned!

6. Lastly, in the near future I’ll have some great promo codes for some upcoming races in the Seattle area! I am so excited to share these with you!

What is making you happy this week?

When was the last time you bad a huge decision or went outside your comfort zone?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

XO, Tara

The Name On Your Cup of Joe.

Seattle is the founder of Starbucks and possibly the worst spellers when it comes to a person’s name. Just kidding. Typically when you order a drink (in store) they ask for your name to add to your cup. How many times is it actually spelled correctly? For me, like 20 percent of the time. Tara can be spelled as Tera, Terra, Tara, Tarrah, Tiera. So I don’t feel to bad.

Check out this site for the funniest misspelled names at Starbucks. Hey I know you’re in a hurry writing down our complicated drinks, but come on some of these are just plain wrong and hilarious!



I am sure that half of these were done on purpose which makes it funnier.


Okay, that one is legit. Haha.

You may also enjoy this list.

Or this.

Ok one more….

LOL. I had fun looking at all of these.

My step brother’s gf always gives her bf’s name when she is asked for her name. It always turns heads or raises an eyebrow. She doesn’t want any creepers knowing her name. I understand that. My dad has also given the name “Tito” too. I always look at him with a strange face when he pulls that one.

Does your coffee shop spell your name correctly?

Have you seen any of these mistakes before?

Do you give a false name?

**Note: I am not trying to be negative at all about baristas or Starbucks employees. This purely just for fun! 😉 **

Have a great Friday Eve!

XO, Tara

What Does Your Snack Say About You?

Everyone has their favorite snack. Whether it is something sweet, salty, spicy, savory, crunchy or a combination. Personally, I prefer the combination of sweet and salty together. A dangerous combination. But, I also enjoy dips like hummus, guacamole or salsa.



Is this for real? That is impressive!

I came across this article when searching for Superbowl snack ideas. Superbowl is a time when most of us eat a little too much and have a little too much to drink. But hey, it happens once a year and you’re allowed to get wild n’ crazy.

Ok, back to the article. Have you ever wondered what your favorite snack says about you? Check it out!

Apparently, since I typically choose chips and dip that means I like things simple. That is on the money.


It is easy to put together and to clean up. I’m not into the whole lets cook n’ cook n’ cook for a party. I’m all about sticking to dips, chips, cheeses, veggies, popcorn, etc.  Yummies like that. You can make your snacks healthier by adding veggies or fruit and pairing it with ranch, peanut butter or hummus. Then you don’t have to completely ruin your diet.

For our Superbowl party to cheer on the Seahawks; we’ll be putting together a number of these kinds of snacks and having a taco bar. Then everyone can make their own taco combinations and bring sides that they enjoy. Again, easy yet effective.


Our Taco Bar will consist of:

Soft and hard tortillas- white and wheat

Ground Turkey

A variety of cheeses

Guacamole- and lots of it.




Hot Sauce!


Tequila? Haha

Mini football shaped chocolate cookies for dessert!

And whatever else our friends want to bring n’ share! 😀

I CANNOT wait to start purchasing more Seahawks decorations!


This is what I need. 

If you were having a taco bar, what would you bring?

Are you hosting or going to a Superbowl party?

XO, Tara