May
21

Yoga Giveaway 

What does your yoga mat smell like?

Despite doing a ton of yoga lately, my yoga mat has an uplifting scent from the pure essential oils in the Yoga Mat Cleanse I use after every session. (BRAGGING) In addition to the pure essential oils (including Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Lavender, Tea Tree oil, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit) used in this yoga mat cleanser, is witch hazel and hydrogen peroxide – all natural, and I love it.

I originally found this cleanser/disinfectant on Etsy when looking for a Christmas gift. I purchased one bottle as a gift and then a bottle for myself (that’s how I shop… duh) then later discovered Holistic Science’s website when re-purchasing. I knew my yoga mat needed to be cleaned regularly because I do hot yoga and sweat a LOT but I didn’t realize how nasty and infectious yoga studios and yoga mats could get. Holistic Science’s website lists out all of the nasty things that can happen when you don’t clean your yoga mat – I dare you to check it out.

Anyway, at the end of each yoga class, I’m typically the ONLY person cleaning my yoga mat – everyone else rolls up the sweat and stink in their mats. I don’t want to know whether or not they clean their mats when they get home – the answer is probably no. Luckily, Holistic Science’s Yoga Mat Cleanse is safe for every day use and won’t alter or damage the non-stick surface of your mat.

Currently, I’m in the middle of doing a 30/40 challenge at CorePower Yoga – basically, it’s 30 classes in 40 days. The challenge is coming to an end and I’m right on track to get my 30 classes in before the celebration class on the 26th – the celebration class that will include a live DJ AND an ice cream truck.

2 Reasons I decided to do a giveaway:

1. To celebrate the fact that I’m actually going to do 30 yoga classes in 40 days.
2. I’m obsessed with the two products I’m giving away – daily, I rely on them and I love to introduce my loves to others.

Included in the giveaway is a Manduka eQua Hand Towel. I own more Manduka Hand Towels than there are days of the week (I told you, I rely on them daily) and I color coordinate them with my Lululemon outfits. I use a small towel during yoga instead of the mat-length towels – I like to feel the squishy, grippy mat beneath my toes – we become one during practice. If I get too sweaty and slippery, then I’ll use the towel under my hands, but I try to refrain from messing with it. 

The towel is great for wiping sweat and wiping down the yoga mat after spraying it with the Yoga Mat Cleanse. 

Yoga Giveaway

Enter to win simply by subscribing to peace. love. quinoa and sharing this giveaway on Twitter. If you are already a subscriber to PLQ, type “YES” in the confirmation box and share the contest with your friends!
The contest ends on May 26, the winner will be announced on May 27.
Giveaway does NOT include a yoga mat.
Giveaway sponsored by peace. love. quinoa

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Yoga Giveaway 

Thanks for entering and good luck, friends!! 
xox

Love

Crista


May
05

In a yoga class earlier in the week, the instructor asked if anyone in the room has a solid Tripod Headstand. A Tripod Headstand may be one of the ONLY inversions I can do, and it’s not ALWAYS solid so I was hesitant to raise my hand – BUT I did because no one else did. (how nice of me)

Andy, the instructor wanted to demo a Tripod Headstand but wasn’t able to because he didn’t have room for his own yoga mat – the class was packed – so he needed someone in the room to do the demo for him. Anyway, I got lucky and my “demo” was a success, I didn’t fall flat on my face or my back like I sometimes do. (whew)

Tripod Headstand

The only reason I can do a Tripod Headstand is because a yoga instructor in Miami took me under her wing after a class on the beach a few years back- she stayed after class to guide me through the process of getting upside down. When I was able to stay put without falling, she grabbed my camera and took photos of me in my first ever upside-down inversion. I still think of her every time I’m hanging out in a headstand. (I should look for those photos – they were taken with an actual camera, not an iPhone bahaha)

The thing that holds me back in inversions is fear & the unknown. Kicking my feet up or balancing on my hands, all while uncertain whether I will fall or not (the feeling isn’t much different from that of snowboarding for the first time) makes me uneasy. I’ve tried several inversions, but haven’t been successful at many of them so I don’t even know what it feels like to be in those inversions – it’s like I’m upside-down, kicking my feet around aimlessly trying to figure out where my feet are supposed to go, but I can’t see them and it feels like I’m going to fall ahhhhhh!

Anyway, I’m convinced that if I can do a Tripod Headstand, most anyone can if they put their mind to it. 

The first step is simply to get your head and hands grounded. Once you feel grounded, you can lift your legs and rest your knees on your elbows – this is a good place to hang out for a while and practice a few times before you attempt full expression.

At first, I was only able to practice full expression with the help of my instructor. She readily guided my legs up and held on to the tips of my toes while I found my balance…. and then she let go!

Tripod Headstand

If you are working on successfully getting upside-down in to a tripod headstand, I would highly recommend that you find a buddy, or ask an instructor to guide, and hold you while you find balance – I think it is important to know where you are going, be familiar with the process of getting there, and find balance there before you put yourself through the daunting task of finding comfort in the process – and a partner can help you do just that.

To pay it forward, I helped a guy get upside-down in a yoga class this past week. It didn’t take much, I held on to his legs as he lifted them, then held his feet in place for a few seconds until he found his balance. Now that he knows exactly what a Tripod Headstand feels like, he’ll be able to get up on his own. Now that he knows what it is like to be in full expression, he can work on the process of getting there.

Love

Crista


Aug
16

“Where are we??”
“RED ROCKS!!”
“What are we??”
“ALIVE!!”

….a chant that was articulated between a yoga teacher and 2000 yogi students (including myself and a lucky PLQ giveaway winner) several times this morning….

yoga-on-the-rocks

By 9:30 AM this morning, I felt accomplished. I had already practiced yoga at Red Rocks with 2000 other yogis and hiked the Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks. Oh, I’d also collected several free samples that Whole Foods was giving away for the Yoga On The Rocks event. 

yoga-on-the-rocks

I learned today that Red Rocks is the ONLY naturally-occuring, acoustically perfect amphitheater is the world – no wonder it has attracted the attention of musicians for years and years and years. Musicians plan years of their lives around the opportunity to play at this spiritual, emotional venue.

Yoga, on the rocks, was nothing short of an emotional experience either. During practice this morning, the instructor insisted that the students open their eyes and really LOOK at the surroundings. Beautiful rock formations, blue skies, and a bright, sunny sky.

yoga-on-the-rcosk

Practicing ancient, meditative body movements (yoga) in an ancient, naturally formed venue is an experience I will never ever forget. Upon entering the amphitheater this morning and during my yoga practice, I had an overwhelming feeling of emotion and energy.

yoga-on-the-rocks

There were 4 sessions of Yoga On The Rocks this year and I only got to attend 2. There is no doubt I will try my hardest to attend all 4 next summer.

yoga-on-the-rocks

Corepower Yoga is the host of Yoga On The Rocks and I’d like to extend gratitude to them for inviting me to YOTR, gifting me with a yoga mat and super sweet sunglasses, and allowing me to gift a reader with an unforgettable experience. 

My Colorado Life keeps getting better and better….

 

Love

Crista


Jul
19

Yoga On The Rocks

Before moving to Colorado, I learned about Yoga On The Rocks at Red Rocks and knew for sure I would be in attendance this summer. I mean seriously, do you see the view these people have during their yoga practice? There is no passing that up. I MUST be a part of it!!

I’ve had the 4 dates for YOTR this summer on my calendar since the day they were posted. Unfortunately, I was out of town during the first YOTR session this summer, but I’m almost 100% sure I’ll be at the next 3 sessions, and I’ll def be there on Aug. 2. 

Yoga On The Rocks

YOTR & PLQ are giving away a complimentary pass to attend a session of Yoga On The Rocks. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post, telling me why you’d like to attend. The lucky winner will receive 2 passes (for you & a friend) and will choose between two dates (Aug. 9 OR Aug. 16).

Yoga On The Rocks

Since I plan to be at each of the YOTR sessions, I hope to meet the lucky winner, potentially neighbor during the practice, and capture some photos. 

Winners will be announced on July 31, which allows you to enter (by commenting on this post) until July 30.

If you’re not the lucky winner but you still plan on doing some yoga at YOTR, holler at me – I’d love to meet!! 

Yoga On The Rocks

***YOTR offered me the opportunity to give a complimentary pass to my readers, however I have not received any compensation for writing this post. The views expressed on PLQ are solely those of the blog post author (Crista), and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author’s sponsors.

The photos in this post were provided by YOTR.

Love

Crista


Feb
13

yoga retreat

Over the weekend, I attended a Yoga Retreat that my girlfriend, Amy invited me to. Amy knows that I enjoy doing yoga and she participates in a monthly meditation group in addition to practicing meditation on a daily basis so we decided this retreat was something we could NOT miss out on. 

After a 30 minute meditation session in the morning (and a cup of warm ginger tea), we were asked to write down our goals and objectives for the day. My goal was simply to learn more about meditation and to practice. Meditation is something I have not practiced much outside of my yoga practice up until this retreat. Through guided meditation I learned to still my mind and my body.

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”
Caroline Myss

I learned a great deal about bandhas, pranamaya, and asanas which are all terms that I’ve heard in many yoga classes but I never really understood the meaning of. Observing, balancing, directing, reconnecting, reweaving.

Pamela, our teacher of the day mentioned this line: “Become non-attached to your attachments.” I realized that I have become attached to my PHYSICAL yoga practice and I have not focused much on the spiritual, meditative aspect…..

You cannot have yoga without meditation and you can not have meditation without yoga. 

Love

Crista


Jan
31

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Moving to Colorado was an intentional lifestyle choice on my part. People always ask, WHY?

I no longer enjoyed the monotonous life I was living in Chicago, I craved more adventure than what was available in the city. 

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Rather than dressing in fancy, glittery attire for the begin of the New Year (as I would have done in Chicago), a couple of friends and I decided to tackle 14 miles of the backcountry in snowshoes. The beastly trail that took us to the 10th Mountain Betty Bear Hut was certainly the toughest trail I have ever hiked. After 1 mile, I was all “are we there yet…??”

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

After hiking 6.5 miles up the mountain in >10 degree weather, a wave of altitude sickness (that ended up lasting all night) swept over me. After hiking 7 miles up the mountain, I could hear friends in front of me celebrating, they’d found the Betty Bear Hut that we would call home on New Years Eve night. I can’t describe the amount of relief I experienced in that moment.

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

The views in the backcountry are unlike anything you will see elsewhere in the world, you’ve got to put in work in order to lay eyes on that unobstructed beauty. If you can manage it, it is largely worth it, even with a severe case of altitude sickness…

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

2015 ended rough for me and 2016 began the same way HOWEVER I have once again recommitted to living the life I want to live without any apologies to anyone. Hiking up to Betty Bear (we call her the Bitch) revealed a confidence that I didn’t know existed within myself. I only admitted to no one but myself how nervous and anxious I really was to hike up that mountain. My lower back is equivalent to or worse than an 80 year olds, I suck at cardio, I lack stamina, we feared an avalanche, and although sunny, there was a chill in the air that kept our bones tight – this hike was tough but I I did it. I DID IT.

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

At the top of the mountain, not only were we greeted with breathtaking views, but an amazing, well-stocked, cozy-as-hell hut big enough to accommodate 16 people. Enough firewood to last an entire winter, sleeping pads and pillows, buckets to collect snow for melting down, and a rustic kitchen were just a few of the amenities that made our overnight stay comfortable.

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Over the holiday season, I lost faith in some people and gained mad respect for others. I am tremendously proud of the women and dudes that hiked to the top of this mountain with me and encouraged me to laugh and have fun along the way. Camaraderie is one of the main components that made it possible for us to summit and visit Betty, and camaraderie is exactly what each individual shared along the arduous hike.

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

What happens after 7 miles you may ask? Celebration, wine, lots of wine, a group-prepared and devoured dinner, yoga & stretching, cabin clothes, relaxation, snow collecting, sledding, laughs, s’mores, sleep, and preparation to wake up the next morning and make the trek downhill….

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

I have not lived my life the way I planned to when moving. Regretfully, my intentions and purpose were obstructed by love, fear, and anxiety.

On this last day of the first month of the new year, I am thankful for the Coloradical life I live and I am thankful for the beautiful land and people that surround me. I am committed to more of that from this day going forward.

Betty Bear Hut 10th Mountain

Love

Crista


Jan
05

WHAT UP 2016?!

I took a trip into the backcountry for the holiday, yesterday was my first day  home this year (!! 2016 !!). It’s just now hitting me: it’s a brand new year // 2015 is DONE.

2015 will forever go down in history as a year filled with emotion, friendships, struggles, accomplishments, and important life lessons. I am thankful for all that has happened this past year but I don’t think I’d be willing to do it all over again.

With all that being said, I step out of 2015 ready to celebrate my wins for the year. I don’t have to look through photos or pull my Best 9 of 2015 to realize that I experienced several amazing moments and people last year, although it IS a blast to reminisce with photos. I can hardly look at any photo without wanting to tell the story behind it, I often times catch myself scrolling through photos while lounging on the couch or riding in the car, recalling the experiences that led to the photo capture. Please allow me to put closure on 2015 and to celebrate a few of my wins by sharing the stories behind my Best 9 of 2015 photos (as told by Instagram).

Top 9 of 2015

Moving left-to-right, top-to-bottom, thank you for allowing me to share my stories.

1. I spotted this scene while driving home from a work trip to Grand Junction, CO // In one blink, the scene was behind me. I debated whether or not to turn around, and I’m happy I did even though it ended up being 30-45 minutes of backtracking just to get the photo.  This breathtaking view is right off of I70, near Glenwood Springs, CO. I stood on a bridge to take this shot. I remember my hands feeling frozen, and a semi-truck driver stopping to make sure I wasn’t stranded…. 

2. I’m obsessed with Free People. OBSESSED. I want everything to do with everything that they are about. When I got an email from Free People asking me to collaborate with them, CorePower Yoga, a few other local bloggers, and some photographers for a photo shoot, a hot yoga sesh, and a healthy dinner, I was beyond excited. Yoga, a photo shoot at Red Rocks in Free People gear, and a healthy dinner basically makes up THE PERFECT DAY for this girl. The photo you see was taken at CorePower Yoga on Grant Street by VictorOfValencia. I’d never been photographed during a sweaty yoga sesh before, and I kind of liked it…. I may have showed off a little.

3. This Winter Squash Pie was made with a recipe from my dear friend Amanda’s book, Smitten With Squash. It’s no wonder that it was a top post this year, I took the photo after spending time with Amanda at camp, and picking up on some of her photo skills (her photos are INCREDIBLE), PLUS the recipe is genius. I served this pie with homemade coconut whipped cream for dessert at Friendsgiving this year.

4. A stunning view atop Copper Mountain, 12,000 feet high. I believe this photo was taken on my first snowboard trip this year, I was filled with emotion and angst because I’m still learning and hadn’t gained much confidence yet. 

5. A Throwback to last holiday season when I was in Hawaii with my homie, lover, and best friend. He took this gorgeous shot that I just so happen to be in. We hiked up Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail early in the AM to catch the sun rising above the ocean. Nothing but beauty…. 

6. Martha Stewart: she’s a genius. She inspired the Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait recipe that I developed a year or two ago. This recipe will continue to be a big hit for many holiday seasons to come because, pumpkin

7. Giuliana & Bill Rancic were throwing a party at one of their restaurants in Chicago a few years back and somehow I ended up in attendance. At that party, they showered us with amazing food and unlimited cocktails. A Brussels Sprouts Salad that I never forgot about was one of the food items they served us that night. I recently decided to make my own version of that salad and BOOM, it was a hit. I served this item at Friendsgiving and have made several batches since then just because. Shredded Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad

8. Recipe testing doesn’t always go as planned, but it’s fun nonetheless. I made several attempts at this Butternut Squash (and apple) Crisp but never quite perfected the recipe. I tried using quinoa in the crisp along with quinoa flour which I think could work if I stayed persistent in testing ratios. I made it with sage for a more savory scent, but wasn’t convinced that I loved it. Good enough to eat, but never the DELISH I was hoping for so I never shared a recipe here on the blog. I may decide to try it again next holiday season, but for now, I’m over it.

9. So many throwbacks in my Top 9! Years ago, I threw together a quinoa salad for a quiet in-home dinner and took some unattractive photos of it. After stumbling upon those old-school photos, I decided to re-create that salad that I’d remembered being so delicious. I was right, it was good all over again. Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa Salad

Top 9 of 2015

Cheers to a plentiful past and humble new beginnings. 

Love

Crista


Aug
05

YumUniverse

Content. That’s how I feel when I get to sit down and read a book – no laptop, no tv, no radio, no nothing except for me and a good book. I do get a lot of “Crista-time” but I typically spend it in the kitchen, working on my blog, gardening, or going to yoga. Rarely do I take the time to sit down with my laptop closed and just read a book. Years ago, I had time in my life to read, I even had an entire book collection (I was saving up to some day have my own library full of books)….. I think it was before I owned a MacBook.

(But look, I’m not complaining.)

I just finished a book (affiliate link! check it out at your own risk, the book contains some talk of animal slaughter and shit like that) that I started over a year ago, it’s a shame it took so long because the book is HILARIOUS.

I’m on airplanes quite often and have every intention of reading in-flight, but I tend to fall asleep before take off and wake up just before landing. Yeah, I’m that girl… sitting beside you in aisle 12, window seat, with her mouth hanging wide open. Did you take a photo of me drooling from one side of my mouth? Tag me on Facebook, would ya? Anyway, point is – my book-reading-time is frequently postponed for “other” activities (zzzzzzzz).

YumUniverse

Camping. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the summertime (especially here in Colorado) because it requires almost zero activity once the AM hike is completed and the PM meal has been prepped. I get to sit my ass down, drink a beer, and enjoy the peaceful mountain air. The best thing about it, everyone around me is doing the exact same thing.

((Speaking of camp, check out some plant-based meal ideas and enter to win some TruRoots product HERE))

YumUniverse

Now, on to what I’m currently reading: a bunch of old Martha Stewart magazines, some gardening blogs, and YumUniverse!  

If I told you I’ve met Heather Crosby in person, would you think I’m so cool? Would I gain some cool points? Street Cred? There are a few of you out there who know who Heather Crosby is and if you have read her book/blog, you’d know how kick ass she is and you’d probably love to meet her. All the others, listen up – I’m about to introduce you to Heather (she’s the one on the book cover).

YumUniverse

I have idolized Heather ever since I learned about her YumUniverse.com launch. She threw this sweet party at a big warehouse in Pilsen (Chicago) and had photographers, food, drinks, cool people – it was incredible. I fell in love with her blog shortly after I attended her launch and am now a proud owner of her book.

YumUniverse

First off, Heather created her book ALL BY HERSELF (a detail I learned on the One Part Podcast) which makes her way more awesome of a person than I could have ever imagined. 

Second, the YumUniverse book contains not only awesome recipes (Sliceable Cashew Cheese, Rainbow Ribbon Veggie Alfredo, Quinoa “Cinnamon Toast” Cereal with Toasted Pecans) but it gives you the “why” behind eating plant-based foods and teaches you how to do it. After reading, you’ll have this book  bookmarked or dog-eared and will refer to it often while working in your kitchen. In the book, Heather talks about fats, and fibers, and proteins, and meal prep, and shopping. She shares what type of tools you should have in your kitchen and even tells you how to get rid of pesky fruit flies.

Out of my entire collection of books, the YumUniverse is my absolute favorite right now – it’s like my food bible. After I’ve finished reading it through, I think I’ll read it again. Then again one more time. It’s THAT book that I take with me every where I go right now…. 

If you’re interested in reading as well, you can purchase the YumUniverse book HERE.

Love

Crista


Jun
19

Cucumber Berry Fruit Bowl

I’ve had a long, long, non-stop, crazy week. I spent hours and hours on the road in extremely painful traffic patterns that tested my patience. There were moments when I was swept with anger, my cheeks even got red, just because I’d been stuck in the car so much longer than anticipated. BUT the week is over.
Sigh. of. relief.

We are going camping at Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend. I hate/love camping. OK, I don’t really HATE it, but the preparation and packing prior to the trip can be agonizing tasks ESPECIALLY when you’ve got no free time. Anyway, I am not writing this post to project my ill feelings on you, the week is over and my ill feelings have all passed. Last night, I slid in to the yoga studio just seconds before the last class of the night began and I woke up early to attend the first class of the day. I feel fresh, rejuvenated, and anxious to bond with the mountains, and spend quality quiet time with my boyfriend this weekend.

Cucumber Berry Fruit Bowl

A few nights ago, we laid in bed putting together our food menu for this weekend, and this cucumber + berry fruit bowl came to mind. I made this exact fruit bowl a few years ago, a really awful photo I took of it showed up in my Timehop feed recently.

I don’t remember how or why I decided to pair cucumbers with cherries & blueberries – if I had to guess, I’d say that I was making a conscious effort to pair a green food with my fruit. I try to incorporate green foods in most of my meals even it if it’s a few pistachios or pumpkin seeds in my morning granola.

Cucumber Berry Fruit Bowl

This cucumber + berry salad is made with 3 ingredients: chopped organic cucumber, organic sweet cherries, and organic blueberries. The 3 fruits blended together create a perfectly colorful combination and is refreshing, hydrating & filling – it’s perfect for a sunny summer morning or afternoon.

These 3 ingredients will be going with us to camp this weekend, I plan to throw them in a bowl as use them as a centerpiece on the picnic table at our camp site. I have a feeling we’ll be eating out of that bowl all weekend long – during breakfast, as a sweet snack after lunch, and after our planned 8 mile hike for nourishment and hydration.

Cucumber Berry Fruit Bowl

In addition to this colorful fruit salad, we have several awesome camp meals planned, I hope to share them in a future blog post. If I have cell service at camp this weekend, I’ll post a few photos on Instagram, but no guarantees.

Happy weekend everyone! 
xox

Love

Crista


Jun
16

If you follow me on social media, you know that I spend a great deal of time at Triathlons cheering on my competitive boyfriend however he doesn’t need me cheering on the sidelines in order to perform well, that boy engages in competition with success at the top of his mind. Regardless, I enjoy supporting him as competes to WIN and I know he appreciates it.

Patrick reads triathlon-related content as often as I read food blogs (all day, every day) and has a great deal of knowledge on what it takes to be a winning contestant. I admire him for his dedication to the sport and determination – because of this, I asked him to share his wisdom with all of you right here on PLQ. This post outlines a typical day in the life of a triathlete on race day and provides enlightenment for all athletes, as there is no time in the day wasted.

Patrick can be found on twitter and instagram at @1fastsun. Feel free to hop over and offer him and feedback you have on this post. We also welcome your requests for future content.

Triathlon Preparation: 
On to P…

New Balance Fresh Foam

NIGHT BEFORE:

Some of the most important things to me is to stay fueled up for the next day, spend a couple hours organizing race gear and to double-check the checklist. I eat dinner early and take in a lot of fluids. I’m sure to be in bed as early as possible – 10pm is the cut off!

TIP: I DO NOT eat anything the day or night before or the morning of a race that I have not eaten regularly within the past two weeks. I’ve only make this mistake once. NOTHING NEW ON RACE DAY.

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DAY OF:

4 a.m. Wake up! Take a fast shower to become fresh and “wake up the bones.”
Get dressed in “Performance Casual” apparel like a 3/4 zip top, running pants, and footed with New Balance Fresh Foam 989’s, etc. This is all done quickly and with finesse.

4:15 Relax in the quiet for the five longest minutes I can find with my coffee (100% Kona when available) and visualize the day. My vision for the race is that I feel confident throughout each segment while enjoying my time on Earth, with a smile. At this moment in real-time, I am usually staring at the reef aquarium in the living room while my oatmeal prepares.

4:20 I eat that oatmeal, which is now decorated with fruit bits like berries/bananas. ((Remember: Nothing new in the diet!)) This is a good time to check social media as well as the race website for any alerts/updates. Throughout the morning routine I casually take in water and electrolytes. 

Crescent Moon Triathlon

4:25 Bust out the yoga mat and keep focus on my race plan while I hold long stretches and perform some light yoga.

4:35 Spend 10-15 minutes loading up the vehicle which could be done the night before if I parked in a garage.

4:50 On my last trip outside to double-check the vehicle, I like to slip in a quick jog up and down the block, maybe do a couple pick-ups to partially open up my lungs and wake up other important muscles. Wake up legs!

TIP: Fuel up with breakfast as soon as humanly possible to give your body time to “cycle through.” After a quick pre-departure warm up, utilize your favorite restroom one last time!

5:15 Depart. (this is an approximate time for most regional races. I factor 30-50 minutes drive time) Sip water and electrolytes along the ride – I would offer some to my girlfiend, but she’s out cold with an airplane neck pillow. She’s a pro. 

TIP: I featured Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” in the ride along with a few Andre Nickatina songs, such as “Bananas” and “U-Beezy.” — You should too.

Crescent Moon Triathlon

5:45 Arrive at race site, check in ASAP and begin setting up the transition area – double check bike components & tire PSI. 

6:30 I stretch again, do a few short speed burst sprints to get my blood flowing once more.

6:45 Activate the wetsuit – I give 15 minutes as not to be rushed, wetsuits are delicate! 

TIP: Use sandwich bags to pass your hands and feet through the openings in the wetsuit which lessens the friction so you lessen the risk of snagging or stretching seams. Batman does the same thing.

Crescent Moon Triathlon

7:10 I get into the water to acclimate my body and I start swimming to warm up. (there are usually designated roped-off areas to warm up separate from the swim start area)

7:25 Race Briefing by the officials/National Anthem when applicable.

TIP: I use this time to stretch some more

7:35 Race begins, I’m off….

Crescent Moon Triathlon

Love

Crista