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Stephanie DeSanti- A Day in the Life of a Triathlete

A Day in the Life of a Triathlete
January 6, 2017
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Stephanie De Santi


6:15 a.m. The alarm goes off. Oh the sweet sounds of "Summit", that iPhone alarm with the bird chirping to the beat of an 80's synthesizer. It's my jam. The battle between good and evil begins, also known as getting out of bed. All of the logical reasons not to get up to train come flooding through my head as I'm wrapped tight in my blanket burrito. "You can train tonight"- like that will happen. "It's too cold", "Your training buddies will understand that you caught Ebola over night"- Tried that once already. "How bad do you want it?"- With all my heart. 
 
6:20 a.m. Protein awake Shake
 
I try not to have too much in my belly before a morning training session. A quick protein powder mixed with water is all it takes to wake up my senses and properly fuel me for the next 2 hours. Besides, I need the extra time in the morning to find a clean sports bra and pair of socks that aren't decaying in the "training laundry" pile.
 
7:00 a.m. I'm out the door to either swim, bike, or run. It all depends on what my coach has planned for me that day. A typical morning workout during the week is 1.5 hours long, and 5 hours a day on the weekends. Except for Tuesday's and Thursday's. I have cycling and track practice at 6 p.m. with my team and coaches, so I typically do two-a-days on Tues and Thurs. 
 
My go-to training grounds, in sunny San Diego, is the historic Highway 101. I've got that path down to a science. I know exactly how far 13 miles is and when to turn around for different distances. I will typically see a majority of San Diego's finest triathletes on this path on any given day. You can't beat the views on the 101. 
 
8:45 a.m. Glory to the endless pit in my belly, I heart you. 
 
Before starting my triathlon journey I tried to keep my figure lean and my buns tight by eating no more that 1,200 calories per day.  Let me tell ya, as an Italian woman, everyday was a struggle. After becoming a triathlete, my life was no longer about restricting food and counting calories, it became about respecting/ LOVING my body and fueling it properly to endure the hours of training per week. That realization has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. 
 
Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal, 1 large banana, 1 scoup of protein powder, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, handfull of blueberries, heaping tablespoon of Smart Balance butter- because its freaking delicious and I just ran 10 miles.
 
As yummy as breakfast is, I don't get to savor it for a long because I'm running late for work. I'm always on time, but I'm always running behind.
 
9:00 a.m.  Channeling Celine Dion in the Shower and getting my ass moving! 

10:00 a.m. I'm here to make you feel beautiful, help you talk about your divorce, and encourage you not to become a cougar. 
 
Work Flow: I'm a Hairstylist/Beauty Consultant . I run my own business, which gives me the opportunity to set my own hours. Somedays I will bring my bike to work and hit the road in between clients, or go for a run down the coast after hours. It's the absolute best. 
 
Work Flow Numero 2: Although I don't identify as a model; I do, however, model things for companies. Some days I'm even back and forth between a shoot and at the studio with clients. 


 
10:30 a.m. Snacks on Deck
This is my favorite time of day to eat. Yes I just ate, but this is when I get to treat myself to a delicious PHIVE Bar and Kumbucha! No matter what I'm doing, I stop everything for this snack. If I don't get a morning snack in, I definitely start to crash later in the day. 
 
*I'm not gonna lie, I've probably checked Facebook and Instagram about 6 times by lunchtime. 


Lunch: Salmon filet with string beans and cherry tomatoes, small salad and a sweet potato.
*Lunch and Dinner's prepped in the beginning of the week. 
 
3:00 p.m.  Acupuncture appointment 
 
What would I do without my Elisa Kreth?! She has aided in healing every spasm, pull, sprain and injury I've encountered thus far, and kept most injuries at bay.  On top of that she also keeps my hormones in check. Praise Jesus. She does cupping on my back, or circles some kind of smoking-refer looking thing over the needles. I don't know how it works, but its magical. 
 
4:15 p.m. Snacks on Deck, what what?!
 
If I have track practice that night, you better believe I'm eating another sweet potato or carby thing with a protein. My coaches kick my ass on the track. This snack is so important to help me sustain my evening training. During peak training time I will eat a bowl of oatmeal with nut butter. 
 
6:00 p.m. If I'm not working late, and it's not Tuesday or Thursday, then I'm at Hot Yoga- Namaste bitches. There is no better sensation than actually feeling your muscles expanding and breathing. Yoga is such an important part of my training. 
 
7:20 p.m.  I know we're in a drought, but I have the feels for hot water 
 
At this time of the day my showers feel like what I imagine regular Heaven and Puppy Heaven coming together must feel like. Just pure bliss. All the puppy kisses and Ryan Gosling kisses cascading down my body, cleansing the day away while soothing my muscles. 
 
7:45 pm: Dining with the Housewives 


 
I'm either literally at dinner with my actual girlfriends or dinning with the Housewives of Bravo. I have no problem admitting to the Housewives as a guilty pleasure. My mind gets to escape the day while some privileged white woman is losing her mind over someone skipping lunch to pretend they have Munchhousen disease. Call me masochistic, but it's entertaining. 


Dinner: Italinan Breaded Chicken (gluten free bread crumbs) spirialized Zucchini pasta, a glass of Malbec and cup of Camomile Tea. I don't smoke weed or do the drugs, but that wine and chamomile pairing makes me feel like Matthew Mcconaughey- " Alright alright".
 
10:30p.m. Lights out
 
Give my thanks and praise for this life I've been given, and for the lessons and courage I've gained along the way. My life might seem hectic to me, but I'm grateful for what I've built and the journey I'm on.  
 
What does your typical day look like? I would love to know how you guys spend your days, either training, or doing what you love. 
 
Xx, Stephanie 


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