Start Right Partnership



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I am excited to announce a new partnership with Start Right.  This is a local Missouri company that believes in starting the day off with a healthy breakfast.  They have created breakfast waffles and pancake mix that has no added sugar, gluten free, and 15 grams of protein per serving.  The healthy waffles taste great and my three year old daughter loves the healthy breakfast food too!  This is a quick and easy breakfast for the entire family.

Start Right is sold at many of the local stores.  You can find the waffles at Lucky’s Market and at Dierbergs.

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The Home Stretch of Pregnancy Training



As I enter into the 28th week of my pregnancy, it’s hard to believe I am officially in my third trimester.  It’s hard to believe that in just a few short months, our lives will be forever changed with our baby boy entering this world!  It’s very exciting, but also daunting to think about all the changes ahead.

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The second trimester had some ups and downs with my training.  I was still fortunate to be able to get in fairly consistent training, but I had a couple back to back bad colds that left me feeling drained and fatigued for a few weeks.  With the holiday travel and parties, it seems that this time of year, we are more likely to pick up bugs…especially with toddlers in tow.  Pregnancy also lowers your immune system in order to protect your growing baby, so when I do get a cold it seems to linger a bit longer than normal.  While recovering from colds, I still try and get a short workout in (as long as I don’t feel too tired) as I feel better moving the body; both physically and mentally.  Another change for me is getting used to a real “winter”!   The last four years, I have been spoiled by Florida winters, so I am getting used to more indoor training!

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Around 19 weeks, I started cutting back my run volume.  I noticed that if I ran longer than 20 or 30 minutes at a time, I put myself at risk to have sore joints (mostly my hips).  I now run several times a week on the treadmill at an incline.  To keep my mind occupied, I start the incline at 3.5% grade and go up .5% incline every five minutes.  I keep the pace very conservative (at 6.0) and I am sure the pace will continue to slow and the incline will continue to increase as my baby grows.  With the incline, I can get my heart rate up and also keep the pace and pounding relatively gentle on my changing body.  I only stay on the treadmill 20-25 minutes (and I sometimes still have to take a bathroom break to empty my bladder~.   I have also found a piece of equipment at the gym I prefer over the elliptical (last pregnancy I switched over to the elliptical during the third trimester).  I have been using the stair stepper machine and I have found to enjoy the leg strength and cardio at the same time that this machine provides. I usually do this machine for 20 min prior to getting on the treadmill.   This equals around 40 min of leg cardio at the gym.  After my “running”, I will spend about 30 min strength training.  I feel it’s important to try and keep up with as much strength training as I can during my pregnancy.  Around 20 weeks, I stopped using any free weights (the squat bar), as I felt to be a bit off balance with my growing belly.  I currently use the machines and body weight exercises. Once I feel pain and or discomfort with running, I will be sure to stop for the duration of my pregnancy and continue with walking elliptical and the stair climber. During my running, I use this band to help support my abs, baby and my ligaments.   This is the same band I used last pregnancy and I was recommended to me from other runners during their pregnancies.

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I have continued to swim and cycle on my trainer.  I have found several series of tv shows on Netflix to keep me occupied while I ride my bike.  A difference I notice with this pregnancy verses my last is that I seem to be carrying this baby higher.  I have had less round ligament pain while running and swimming, but I have noticed that I have to be very upright while cycling.  I feel that I get out of breath easier while riding than I remember during my last pregnancy.  With the slight bending over position needed for cycling and the baby feeling higher up on me; perhaps my diagram is getting more compromised.

 

As with the last pregnancy, I take it a day at a time and do what I feel I am up for on that day.  I have felt a bit more tired during the second trimester than I remember with Caroline.  This could be due to a toddler to take care of in addition to the exercise.  It was also true for me that my stomach grew much faster with my second pregnancy.  I guess once those abdominal muscles have been stretched previously, they stretch much faster the second time!  I feel that at six months, I am at a similar size at seven months with Caroline!  I am already starting to have a hard time tying my shoes.  Plus, baby boys tend to be slightly bigger than girls, so I expect to grow a little bigger with him and gain a little more weight.

I look forward to meeting our second child in the next two and a half months!  I will continue to keep up with exercising as long as I can and also begin to continue with exercises that will help me with child birth.  I will post about those another time!  Best wishes to everyone getting in the winter training in preparation for an awesome 2017 season!

 

 

 

Fuji Set up for 2017!



I have put together a short video showcasing my riding equipment for the 2017 racing season.  This video highlights my favorite bikes, the Fuji Norcom Straight and Transonic SL.  I have been a Fuji athlete since 2010 and have been a sponsored athlete of Zipp, Rudy Project, ISM, and Sampson for ten years.  SRAM , Quarq, and Speedfil have been a partner of mine for the last couple of years.  I am looking forward to kicking off the 2017 season later this year!

ALS Ice Bucket Bash



img_4380Last Friday, I had the honor of being a part of the St. Louis Regional Ice Bucket Challenge event in downtown St. Louis. I was up on stage with five other local “celebrities” and each person had a goal to raise $10,000, while up on stage. After the bidding was over, each person was “dunked”! All the proceeds were given 100% to ALS research and funding. I was very honored to help raise $10,500.  My Dad contributed the final bid to “dunk” me and he enjoyed giving me a slow, freezing soak!

ALS is such a devastating and tough disease for the patient and the entire family.  It’s special to be able to be part of something fighting for this disease to give patients and family members hope for continued research and funding.

Each celebrity included a special perk to their bidding, while up on stage for a special “$1,000 bid. I offered a training day with me along with triathlon gear included in the package. Thanks to all my sponsors taking part and supporting this great fight!  I look forward to participating in this special training day and will follow up with pictures and details post event.

Here is a video of the dunk….and it was ice cold!

Thank you!

Body TuneUp Shop Clinic



St. Louis area athletes and those wishing to improve their athletic performance and/ or those who are suffering from nagging injuries are invited to attend a free demo this weekend in Eureka, Missouri.   David Petersen will be visiting from Orlando, Florida and will be hosting a clinic at 12:30pm on Saturday, November 19th.  If you are interested in attending the clinic, please RSVP by November 17th to sarahhaskinstriathlete@gmail.com.  I will follow up with an address and additional details.  You can sign up for an appointment after the clinic, if interested.

I have been getting regular “tune-up’s” for the past two years.  The treatment has helped me train and race without injury and push my body physically harder during my training sessions and has allowed me to recover faster.  David uses eight different acupressure points to realign your fascia to a balanced state.  To learn more about the technique; please read through the website:  www.bodytuneupshop.com.

If you are not able to attend the clinic, David will be in the area November 19-20th and will be available for appointments.  You can also pre-register for a session at a cost of $65.00 per 30min/session.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Sarah

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