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

Training Day

Posted in Triathlon on October 5, 2009 by amandacharlotte

Woke up to find an absolutely beautiful day, 70 degrees and sunny.  Headed to the park at noon and did an easy 3.5 miles to kickoff my training.   



Posted in Triathlon on October 3, 2009 by amandacharlotte


I will be competing in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon on April 25, 2010 in St. Petersburg, FL.  It is an olympic triathlon which means I will be swimming 1.5K, biking 40K, and running 10K.  I think it is going to take me roughly 3-4 hours to complete.  Clearly I am going to be doing some serious training to prepare for the race.

It’s official…

Posted in Triathlon on October 3, 2009 by amandacharlotte

#1 This is my first post ever as a blogger.

#2 I just signed up for a triathlon. 

I know, hold on to your hat, or sit down, or whatever is you need to do to not fall over from shock.  You may be wondering when exactly I lost my mind.  I promise I haven’t, but I can understand the concern. 

I’ve decided to become an athlete…now if you know me well, you know I’m already a runner or at least a part-time runner.  I’ve been known to get up at the crack of dawn for a run in Central Park or to do the occassional race on the weekends with NYRR.  I even ran a Half-Marathon about a year or so ago.  But a triathlete, now that is something entirely different.  You may be asking yourself how signing up for a triathlon is connected to starting a blog.  Well, in addition to committing to training for and completing my tri, I also committed to raising $4600 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.  So not only will I be putting myself to the test, but it will all be in the interest of raising money for blood cancer research. 

So stay tuned to get updates on my training and my progress toward reaching my goals…

Also please visit my fundraising page to make a donation.