April 28, 2017

Kauai Recap #1

 

I really didn’t think any place could be better than Maui, but then we went to Kauai. The Kauai landscape was like nothing I’ve ever seen before and so incredibly lush and beautiful. And the food? Freaking amazing.

We rented a VRBO on the north side of the island in Princeville for four nights and couldn’t be happier with our decision. Through some research we found out that there is quite the difference in climate from the south and north side of the island with the south being more dry and north being the wettest. We wanted to take a chance and stay on the north shore simply because we heard the landscape was better there and it was closer to some of the hikes we wanted to do.

We arrived at our VRBO and were instantly greeted by chickens…everywhere.Back in 1992 Hurricane ‘Iniki freed many of them from local farms and they now roam the island. Just hilarious!

Our first full day in Kauai started off with a short walk to Queen’s Bath which is a natural attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

Located on the North Shore, Queens Bath is a unique tide pool surrounded by black igneous rock and filled with small sea creatures. For the adrenaline junkies, you can even jump from the rock cliff into the Queens Bath when the water is calm.

By the time we got back from our hike, it was just about lunchtime so we made the 10 minute drive to SushiGirl, highly recommended by a few locals. It was the tiniest, cutest little stand near the end of the road on the north shore and was seriously the freshest sushi I have ever had in my life. YUM.

We took our sushi to Hanalei Bay–a perfect semi-circular sandy beach with some amazing views– and spent our afternoon relaxing.

This was one of our favorite beaches and was a quick five-minute drive from our VRBO. We even attempted an open water swim here which failed miserably…but hey, we tried!

 

Wiped from the day, we decided on an early dinner at Tahiti Nui (featured in the movie, Descendants) and some live music before calling it a night. Very successful first day in Kauai!

 

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April 24, 2017

Ironman Wisconsin Training: Week 12

What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Madison! With temps in the 70’s, I finally got my first ride outside in which felt really great. Knock on wood, the back, hamstring and hip are still cooperating nicely for me!

Monday:

  • 60 minute hill repeats~covered just over 7 miles
  • 40 minutes swim- speed work~ 2,050 yards

Tuesday:

  • Strength:
    • 30 minutes: every minute on the minute
      1. 20 med ball russian twists
      2. 20 plank knee to elbow taps
      3. 20 side plank leg lifts (10/side)
      4. 8 front to reverse lunges/leg w/10lb weight
      5. 3×3 hand release pushups, tricep pushups

      Then…
      3 rounds:
      20 air squats
      20 banded glute kickbacks per leg
      20 banded hamstring curls
      20 pulsing lunges (10/leg)
      20 glute bridges

      Then…
      1 minute plank push up walks, :30 rest
      1 minute plank position walks, :30 rest
      1 minute shoulder and knee tap planks, :30 rest

Wednesday:

  • 65 minute swim- endurance ~3,050 yards
  • 60 minute indoor bike- big gear ~15.5 miles

Thursday:

  • 30 minute deep water run

Friday:

  • Indoor Triathlon
    • Swim 14 minutes ~850 yards
    • Bike 35 minutes~ 10.1 miles
    • Run 30 minutes~ 4.27 miles

Saturday:

  • 90 minute outdoor recovery ride~ 24 miles
  • 25 minute recovery run~ 2.75 miles

Sunday:

  • 30 minute easy straight swim~ 1,700 yards
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