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Fundraiser – December 3rd – No Idea Bar

Posted in Fundraising, Triathlon on December 2, 2009 by amandacharlotte


Fundraising Party for
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Thursday, December 3rd

6:00PM – 9:00PM
No Idea Bar
30 E. 20th Street (Between Park & Broadway)
$15 cover
 Includes one free drink & a donation to Team in Training


4 Mets tickets

4 Jets tickets

$100 tab at No Idea Bar

$200 gift certificate for Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

Dinner for 2 at Los Dados
If you can’t attend, please donate at:


ING Financial Fitness Series Finale

Posted in Marathon, Triathlon on October 27, 2009 by amandacharlotte

I attended the ING Financial Fitness Series Finale this evening at the ING Cafe on 58th & 3rd.  It was a great event meant to inspire the marathon runners and give them a chance to ask some last-minute advice from the experts.  There were two guest speakers:  Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World magazine and AC Morgan, a  Timex athlete who now competes in Ironman triathlons after surviving a plane crash in ’98 that broke his back and burned most of his body.   

Bart Yasso was a great speaker, highly motivational and very entertaining.  He told a couple anecdotes about his experiences running marathons.  One was about running the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon in Moshi, Tanzania.  He said despite running the race in approximately 2 hours 40 min (I can’t find his exact time), he was considered fat and slow.  The finish line and clock had been removed by the time he finished, so he tracked down the officials to ask why they didn’t wait for him.  The official laughed and replied, “What were you doing, picking flowers?” 

Yasso also described his experience running Badwater from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, a 135 mile race through the desert.  At the time he completed the race it was actually a 146 mile race.  I’m still working on getting my head around doing my triathlon and maybe a marathon.  Running an ultramarathon through the desert sounds impossible!  Now that being said, I will leave you with the quote that Bart Yasso closed with at the event, “Never limit where running can take you.”

Running in the cold

Posted in Triathlon on October 19, 2009 by amandacharlotte

The weather forecast this morning was 42 degrees with wind gusts up to 28 miles per hour.  I contemplated hibernating and not working out at all, however, somehow I mustered the energy to get out there and run anyway.  I did a couple quick loops of the Reservoir in Central Park.  It felt like I was running an obstacle course as I tried to avoid the puddles while almost being blown over.  I’m hoping that winter will go away and let us actually have an autumn this year.

Morning workouts

Posted in Triathlon on October 14, 2009 by amandacharlotte

So I actually made it to the gym this morning before work.  It was incredibly difficult getting up before sunrise, but it felt great all day knowing that I had completed a 50 minute workout already.  It also helped that I was doing my workout at posh Equinox. 

This photo is an early morning shot of the Meatpacking District in NYC…not quite what my neighborhood looks like, but still captures how deserted the streets are in the morning as the sun starts to rise.  Early morning is my favorite time of day for enjoying the calm of the city.  Not a big fan of getting up early enough to experience it, but when I am up it is wonderful.



Posted in Fundraising, Triathlon on October 13, 2009 by amandacharlotte

My training is off to a great start and this week I raised 10% of my fundraising goal.  Thank you to everyone who made a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Each donation gets us one step closer to finding a cure.  I truly appreciate your support and will be thinking about each of you as I cross the finish line.


To gym or not to gym…

Posted in Triathlon on October 13, 2009 by amandacharlotte

So I spent most of my weekend deliberating over whether or not I need to join a gym to train properly for my triathlon.  The only thing that I can compare shopping for a gym to is hunting for an apartment.  I was running around the city all weekend trying out the equipment, talking to the manager, taking meticulous notes and of course giving them each points for location, location, location.

I’m of course in love with Equinox.  It has a bunch of gyms all over the city in convenient locations to work, my apartment, and then just cool places if I feel like checking out a new part of the city.  It was was awarded best gym in the US by Fitness magazine.  They have a pool and are rumored to have the best classes in the city.  There’s only one catch, the fees are unbelievably high.  I almost convinced myself that it was worth the money, while I was reaching for the towels they keep refrigerated at the ready for when you finish a hard workout.  Or when I was pouring myself a glass of water from the jugs with sliced lemons & limes, while relaxing in the SPA lounge.  But then I came to my senses and realized that I would be working out at least 3 times a week with my team and then running/biking outside on my own.  That isn’t going to stop me from going tomorrow morning to workout and have breakfast while they tempt me some more with their lovely amenities…

Then I checked out Boom Fitness, which only has two locations in the city.  Luckily one is near my office and the other is near my apartment.  It is significantly less expensive than Equinox, but lacks any and all frills, including a pool. 

Lastly I went to Asphalt Green, which has the best pool in the city for training.  It is an olympic size swimming pool used by swim teams and professional athletes to train.  They actually have their own triathlon club. 

I still haven’t come to a conclusion, but I’m leaning toward joining the Asphalt Green Triathlon Club and waiting on joining a gym.  So for now it is still TBD…  Hopefully I will be strong enough to resist the temptation of Equinox tomorrow morning…

California Dreamin’

Posted in Triathlon on October 7, 2009 by amandacharlotte

I think I found my next triathlon…  I know you’re probably thinking, “Next triathlon!  You haven’t even finished your first.”  Well, I’m pretty sure I just convinced my brother, who lives in LA, to do one with me next September.  He was telling me that he’s always wanted to do the Malibu Triathlon, and of course I chimed in with, “Let’s do it together!” 

He left work motivated and ready to run…I left work ready to curl up on my couch promising myself that I’ll run tomorrow morning. 

He was quick to point out that California is a wonderful place to train for a triathlon.  I love Central Park, but I think he has a point.  Nothing beats running on the beach.

running on the beach