What is your favorite race to compete in- event? distance? location?
Thats a really good question! I’ve changed so much in the past years doing triathlons, duathlons and getting away from just running. Mostly its because of time. Training for marathons takes so long so it became harder to train for longer distances. I think in recent years my favorite event is a local duathlon, The Ten Penny Ale Duathlon in Glastonbury . I love it because there’s no swimming. BUT its a really competitive course. Its USA Triathlon sanctioned so you can qualify to go to Nationals. This past year i won it and the prize was a sword!
In honor of marathon season- any pre/post race rituals?
they are pretty boring BUT 1. Checking the weather. 2. Making sure I have the food to eat. 3. I wake up 90 minutes prior so that I have time to relax and get rid of the pre race jitters
Post race i definitely like to have a beer and get a big cheeseburger!
A mother of TWINS, a nationally ranked duathlete, fitness instructor, AND a blogger, how do you do it all? What is your best piece of advise for moms trying to incorporate a training regime into their schedule?
1. ask for help
2. use resources to make time for just for you.
ask for help. you truly cannot do it alone. i don’t know how people raise their kids away from family because I rely on my family so much. My dad and my step mom close by. That is a HUGE factor. Just recently it was election day and i had no idea the kids didn’t have school and I had two articles due. Luckily my aunt took them for a part of day.
Also get over the guilt of daycare and spending time on yourself. Why wouldn’t you spend an hour or 90 minutes on something that makes you healthy?! I go through the waves of guilt. But I always remember that bringing them to a new place is good for them. It challenges them.
In your blog, VitaTrain2Life, you mention how being athletic was always a major part of your life. Have you carried this into being a mom of twins? Do they do sports as well?
Yeah definitely! My husband is active as well. He was a basketball player most of his life. We belong to 2 different gyms and have a community at each of those gyms so our twins are use to going to the gym with mommy and daddy. Because of that they are so used to doing yoga for kids or even Zumba for kids. They don’t even realize they are exercising because its just fun for them. Right now they are doing gymnastics and soccer. They are absolutely loving gymnastics. They did track this past spring- proud mommy moment. In general, we let them get a little take of everything to see what sticks.
It seems like your training plan is pretty intense. How do you fuel your body so that you (and your training) don’t need to slow down?
I eat a lot and I plan ahead. everyone tells me how important that is. I carry pre packed snacks in my bag- i have them for the kids anyway. Chia bars, bags of nuts, Picky bars, and when I’m home, I eat a lot of fish, some meat (but not very much) and a ton of fruits and veggies. I dont limit myself. When i go out to dinner i have 2-5 glasses of wine, cake at birthday parties, unless, of course, I have an upcoming. I’m not a big believer in excluding anything. I don’t like to take anything out of the equation unless its for health restrictions. I work hard and my body needs to replace the nutrients.
Allie and I first met at Reach the Beach, like a moth to a flame I was instantly enamored by this fellow twin mom, lover of all things fitness and inspiringly fast lady. I love her outlook on life and fitness … and couldn’t agree more that the number one rule of being a Mamalete is ask for help! – Gia
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