Winter/Christmas Recap

We were very sad to see Jojo go back to Sweden (along with American boyfriend) mid December but knew it was for the best – she has to go and live and experience her own life…but we think she’ll be back sooner rather than later.

With Jojo’s leaving we also welcomed Anna, our new au pair from Germany.  Anna seems to have the patience of a saint and the credentials any mom would lust over…multiples background, day care background and degree in early childhood education.  Apart from a short stint of homesickness Anna seems to be acclimating terrifically.  Especially as it’s difficult to come to a foreign country without friends or relatives right around the holidays.

As for Christmas, it was terrific although an absolute marathon day of unwrapping gifts (almost entirely for the kids).  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Calder, Campbell or Evie more excited (or tired).  It was a wonderful day…now to figure out what to do with all of the toys!

Opening their stockings

Opening their stockings


Summer Race Recap

Apologies for the serious negligence to the blog – but time is short especially when you have 3 toddlers!

Quick race recap:

Had a fantastic cap to the 2012 season with an Age Group win at the 2012 Sprint Triathlon National Championships.

Pre-Worlds Video

USAT Article

Daily Voice Article


Race Result Ticket at USAT Nats

After a weeks vacation just got pipped to friend and pro triathlete Flo Chretien (who passed me in the last 10 yards) at the Westport Mini Sprint but ended the season with a 6th place Age Group finish at the Sprint Triathlon World Championships. Not bad, considering having to juggle multiple jobs, kids and workouts.


Me during the run in NZ


Katie Bottini and I post race in Auckland, NZ

Greenwich Tri – Finally Full Circle!

I competed in the Greenwich Tri the other weekend and was finally able to win it!  It only took almost 10 years 🙂 Some history…

This Tri has a lot of significance for me – it was my first tri ever (I had to walk about half the run I was so tired in that race) and was the last tri I competed in before I got pregnant.  Over the course of the last few years I was able to finish 2nd twice, so finally claiming top spot felt great! To make things even better – Tim (husband), Tom (brother in law) and Frank (father in law) all worked the race, my parents came to watch and the babies were able to check out the awards ceremony (and even clap!).  It was quite a family affair!

Some pics and press:

Greenwich Time

Stamford Voice

Weekly Workouts 7/16

Swim 3,000
400 warm up, 400 kick with fins, 200 IM drill
4×100 on 1:25, 100 IM on 2:00
3×100 on 1:25, 100 IM on 2:00
2×100 on 1:25, 100 IM on 2:00
1×100 on 1:25, 100 IM on 2:00
6×200 free pull

Trainer ride
10 min warm up
2x(6 min 200+ watts, 4 min 175+ watts), 5 min easy
2x(5 min 200+ watts, 3.5 min 175+ watts), 5 min easy
2x(4 min 200+ watts, 2 min 175+ watts), 5 min easy
20 min tempo run outside

40 min Open Water swim
45 min outdoor run (2 loops of Greenwich Tri course)
1.5 hour break
50 min on trainer (12 min 170+ watts, 5 min easy, 10 mins at 170+ watts, 5 min easy, 8 min at 170+ watts, 5 min easy) last min of harder efforts standing.  All on 4-8% grade.
20 min easy run outdoors (HOT!!!)

25 run with the triple stroller around the hood

Treadmill run – main set – 5×4 min @ 9.0, 5×2 min at 8.7-9 mph (all at 1% grade)

Run – 1 hr – seeking out and working hills
Swim – 45 min (2,500 m) main set: 3×400 (swim/pull/swim)

Bike – 3.5 hours (100K).  First time in about two years I’ve done that distance.  Felt great too!

Does having babies make you faster?

So when I found out I was having triplets a friend of mine (without kids) exclaimed “you are going to be so fast…don’t you know you get faster after you have a baby?  And you’re having three!”

“Really?” I replied – I’ve never heard of that.  But now I’m starting to wonder.  I don’t train as hard or as much as I used to and based on my last two race results I’m as fast if not faster than I used to be (at least running and biking).  Swimming’s another story…it’s harder to get to the pool with three little ones.

Maybe it’s pushing the triple jogger, but to be honest I don’t run with it that much since it’s sooo hilly around my house.  Maybe merely having babies physiologically changes you?  I have no idea…I’m not a doctor.  Maybe it’s the carrying around 20-25 lb weights (babies) constantly and running around after them.  This is my best guess as to why I’m stronger now versus my pre-baby era.

Regardless, I’m enjoying feeling strong and fast.  I had a great race at the Mossman Sprint Tri this past weekend.  I had a solid swim, strong bike (including a mechanical issue)  and I had my best run split ever and ended up winning the women’s race by over 3.5 minutes!

Mossman Sprint Tri Awards Ceremony 2012


Update – things to do in the Spring/Summer

I’ve been horrible at keeping up to date on this blog lately.  Sorry!

I do want to share some things we’ve been doing to keep busy with three little ones.

The beach – taking the munchkins to the beach is actually a ton of fun and they really love playing in the sand and surf…perhaps a little too much as they act like little turtle hatchlings and crawl (or scoot in Cam’s case) to the water’s edge without hesitation.  Having at least one helper is a definite must, also the choo choo seems to work best (verus stroller) when traveling through deep sand (you can just drag it through).

The pool – my kids are water babies!!! (Surprise, surprise).  They love hanging out in the baby pool but seem to like the big pool even more.  Splashing, jumping off the side, kicking and paddling…you name it they love it!

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Just round the corner from our house this living farm is great.  The kids love the animals and the choo choo works well on the handicap access trail. They also have a farmer’s market on Fridays during the summer/fall months.

Bridgeport Bluefish Game – I’m pretty sure my kids didn’t get what was going on but it was a nice way to spend the afternoon.