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Why, hello! How are you all? Great, I hope!

This morning went swimmingly well! hehe. Let’s start at the beginning…

My alarm went off at 5:00 AM and I got out of bed after hitting snooze a couple of times. It wasn’t the best night of sleep because I was worried about oversleeping and woke up a few times. Nonetheless, I was running around the apartment throwing things together before I had to leave.

At the last minute I realized my gas tank was empty and I’d have to get some if I didn’t want to break down on the way Moss Park. I really thought I was going to be late but when I pulled in right behind Megan, I felt so relieved.

Caitlin joined us shortly after and we chatted a bit before heading down to the lake where I’d be swimming 1.5km. People were swimming around in the lake warming up so I decided to jump in too and see how scary the water was. It wasn’t bad at all actually…I couldn’t see anything (not even my hand in front of my face) but It wasn’t gross or scary.

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When I officially started the race I was amazed by how fast the girl swimmers were going out. I kept my spot up at the front until I totally lost track of where everyone was and started passing some of the guys who had gone out a couple of minutes before the girls. I had no idea how fast I was going. I was tired, taking a breath with every stroke, and trying to conserve some energy for the .25 mile run to the transition area. After what seemed like at least 40 minutes, I was back at the shore and taking off toward the transition area.

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Caitlin tore off my chip, threw it on Megan’s ankle and Megan took off! It wasn’t until she was gone that I found out that I’d swum the 1.5km in less than 30 minutes (about 25, we think)! Also, I was one of the first women into the finish! Way faster than I expected seeing as it’s been almost 5 years since I’ve raced and I’ve never raced in open water. My old swimming days served me well this morning!!!

Caitlin taped her knees while we waited for Megan to get back. While waiting in the transition area, we took some pictures of this awesome swimsuit dirt pattern that formed inside my suit while I was swimming.

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About 1 hour and 15 minutes later, Megan was back from her 40km ride and Caitlin was grabbing the chip and putting it on her ankle. She took off like a speed demon!

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Megan and I hung around the finish line waiting for Caitlin to round up our race and finish her 5.6 mile run. We took some pictures with Megan’s friend Debbie who was super sweet to come out with her fiance, Mike to cheer us on! Megan’s boyfriend Jason also showed us some of the pics he’d been taking with his fancy cam which happens to be the same model as mine! I was excited :)

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Caitlin clocked in our relay at about 2:37 and rounded out her 5.6 mile run around 53 minutes!

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We got some sweet trophies for being the 1st place finishers in the female relay category. Okay, we were the only team, but I think we still deserved our awards!

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Funny fact: we were originally in the coed relay category, which I only discovered after remembering what happened at Gasparilla when I was placed in the male standings because of my name. We got them to change it before the times were posted! Phew…remind me to always register under my middle name from now on! :)

These ladies were so much fun to do this race with and I hope we’ll do another one soon! It was so much fun for me to be swimming again :)

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When I got home, Evan had cooked me some “Triathlon Pancakes“! How good do these look? He makes pancakes every weekend with Arrowhead Mills Oat Bran Pancake mix, oatmeal and ground flax. Yum!! I had some organic raspberries on the side :)

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Okay, now onto my Blog Name Announcement!! (look at the bottom of my shirt)

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What do you think?? I love my new blog name! I hope you’ll join me on August 3rd for my first post on www.greensforgood.com!

Until then, I’m off to Washington, DC! See you August 3rd.

As many of you know, I am participating in the Moss Park Olympic Distance Triathlon this weekend with Caitlin and Megan. I’ll be doing the 1.5km swimming leg while Caitlin runs 5.13 miles and Megan bikes a 40k. Today Megan and I made AWESOME shirts for our AWESOME tri team…they look great and I can’t wait for you all to see them! I’ve decided to post a race recap not only because this is just too exciting not to blog, but because…

the name of my new blog will be announced in a creative way on Sunday, so check back to either of our tri team member’s blogs on Sunday to see what it is!!

Are you excited?! I know I am!!!!!!

Hi!!

I’ve set a date for the launch of my new blog and I wanted you all to be the first to know :)

Make sure you check out chasedaylight.com on Monday, August 3rd to find out where I’ll be blogging from next!

Why the wait? I’ll be in Washington, DC from July 23rd to August 1st volunteering for my favorite non-profit organization, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (www.hoby.org). I thought it’d be silly to start blogging anytime before that and then take two weeks off since I won’t have regular access to a computer while I am there. So, you’ll see me back in the blog world on August 3rd!!!! Yayy! I can’t wait to show you all what I’ve been up to lately in the creation of my new site.

I’m updating Twitter pretty regularly if you’d like to follow me there in the meantime: http://twitter.com/chasedaylight.

See you in August!

Ryan

Hi everyone! Just a quick update…

We made it to Orlando on Saturday after a long week of packing up Evan’s place in Gainesville. I literally turned around after my 16 hour drive back to Florida from Kentucky and headed to Gainesville. CRAZY!

Thanks to our good, good friends Callyn and Justin, moving was a huge success! We’re a few flights of stairs up, so it was an amazing workout that left my legs pretty sore on Sunday morning.

On Monday I spent the entire day unpacking the kitchen (can you tell where my priorities are?) People were in and out fixing things and setting up cable, so I just went with the flow of things and didn’t leave. Evan had his first day of work and it sounds like it’s going well so far!

Yesterday I had my first day of a new nannying gig I got here. It’s only for a couple of weeks, but has potential to continue in the fall so I am thankful! Last night we had insane storms here and our power was out for awhile.

Today I’m off to work again! I’m hoping to get in some work on the blog, but I’ve got some freelance work that is taking precedence.

Have a great hump day everyone!!!

Ryan

Oh…and…pictures to come of the new place…as soon as I can find my camera. It’s burried somewhere!

…especially when I have such exciting news for you! It’s been an unexpectedly busy couple of weeks…I know, my life is always busy, but I was really expecting a break after graduation! No such luck, but I think the reason is totally worth it…Evan got a job!!! After 40 or so interviews, Evan accepted an amazing job opportunity in Orlando, FL. After a lot of consideration and figuring out distance/times for driving to Tampa from Orlando (where I’ll be attending grad school classes once or twice a week), I’ve decided to move over there with him :D

It’s all happened really fast (it’s barely been a week since he accepted the offer), but on Tuesday we went apartment hunting. It just so happened that the area that’s the most convenient for both of us driving-wise is around where Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point lives as well! In fact the (PERFECT) place where we signed our lease is very close to Caitlin and I am just so excited to be moving near someone I know! Plus Meghann, and I hear Ashley are or will be in the area, so I’m just beside myself happy :D

Here is what’s coming up for me…

-Today I’m heading back to Sarasota (I’ve been in Melbourne staying with Evan’s family since it’s close and convenient to Orlando for making our arrangements) for my brother’s 8th grade graduation that is tomorrow morning.

-On Tuesday (June 2nd) I’ll be driving to Lexington, KY with my friend Callyn for a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar where we are both facilitators of a group of 10-11 high school sophomores. HOBY is the highlight of my summers!!! They tell me my vegan diet will not be a problem and they will make sure I have food to eat so that should be interesting! Maybe I’ll luck out and get served some yummy vegan restaurant take-out instead of the crappy dining hall food! I’ll let you know what happens :)

-Six days later (June 8th) I’m coming back to Florida and then it’s crunch time because…

-We move into our new apartment on June 13th!!!

Suddenly this month has turned into craziness! Wow…

You’ll be happy to know that during all of this I’ve managed to continue work on the new blog! I have a new blog name, a registered domain, and a general theme I will be sticking with for the blog. I’ve made the switch to WordPress.org and am using BlueHost to host my site and further customize it. Building a new blog takes a lot of work and time so thanks for being patient! I’d love to be up and running in the next month, but we’ll see how quickly my technology skills can catch up to all of the new changes I’ve made :)

Okay, that’s all for now. Gotta head back across the state soon!

-Ryan

Hey everyone! Who knew that post-college life would still be so busy! Not I…

I wanted to let everyone know that I’m working on a new blog with a new domain and new focus as I’ve changed a lot since the initial creation of chasedaylight.com. Once this happens, I’ll definitely let you know where you can continue visiting me and my food adventures! Until then, you probably won’t see much from me as I want to put all of my spare time into my new endeavor.

If you’d like to help me out, I’ve provided a 3-question survey below asking for opinions and suggestions. It’s anonymous so feel free to say what you want!

Click Here to take survey

Thanks :D

Ryan

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