The Countdown begins

Not going to lie, I’m getting a little nervous- Patriots Half Ironman is only 2 and a half weeks away!  I’m not nervous about being able to finish or anything, I’m more nervous about how I place.  I really need to pick up the swimming in these next couple weeks because I know that’s my weakest of the 3 sports.  My training last week was good and bad.  I posted last Monday after a good bike and swim and followed that with a day off.  But then I fell into a bad pattern of talking myself out of my long brick workout.  Instead, I wound up going home and grabbing a power nap for an hour before heading to the gym.  Granted, I still go crucial runs and spin workouts on the trainer, but I was disappointed in myself for not just going straight to the gym or on a ride right after work.  This led to a vicious cycle of finishing dinner at 11 and going to bed at 3 or 4…not healthy!  I almost took Saturday completely off…like barely leaving bed (tells me how much I need to sleep right?) but wound up getting a really cool workout in.  I ran hills in my parking garage: run down from the 5th floor, sprint the stairs back up and then down, and then run the hills back up to the 5th floor- repeated 7 times!  Each up and down is like .8-miles, so it actually adds up. 

I was really happy with myself today.  I left work on time, got to the gym in time to do a 2-mile run, then do an hour spin class (hard, thanks to a good instructor!), and then another 5.5-mile run of intervals.  Finished this with a good lift which ended with some hard work on the TRX equipment!  What I didn’t realize was how long I was freaking there!  

This being said, I don’t mean to put these numbers up so we can start comparing ourselves to one another.  I think its important to remember not to feel bad if you read a blog about how someone works out more than you or “eats healthier”.  I used be fixed on “oh I run faster than them and ate less _________.”  Or, “crap they had a good workout today and I didn’t workout at all!”  Remember, none of this matters!  Not to mention we don’t see everyone everyday, so there’s not point in comparison.  Be proud of what you do 

In an effort to get in the pool more, here’s my Triathlon training plan for the rest of the week, without details.  If I write it here, I’m more apt to do it and you guys can keep me honest! 

  • Tuesday: Spin and run
  • Wednesday: Run and swim
  • Thursday: Long Bike and Run brick
  • Friday: Some mix of swim, run, and road bike
  • Saturday: Don’t know, but possible swim lesson?  Probably run intervals as well
  • Sunday: Long bike ride followed with run and then swim brick (Long day)

Let’s make it happen!  Now to what you all actually probably care about- food pics!  Even though I still had tons of left over BBQ, I try to actually cook on weekends and really wanted some English Muffin pizzas! 

Ingredients: English muffins, sauce, chicken breast, chicken sausage, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, and cheese. 

Directions: Pre-Toast the english muffins in a toaster.  Then pile on your ingredients and put in the oven for 10 minutes at 375*-400*.  Eat! 

Ingredients

 

Before they went in the oven

 

Bringin the heat

 

The sausage was good on this pizza- low fat and very spicy!  I just remembered how much I like pineapple on pizza and haven’t been using it!  I’ll make a note of that. 

Here’s a meal I made Saturday night; I forgot I took a picture.  Basically a wrap that baked open face as a pizza: 

"Open face toasted burrito"

 

Tonight I had more bbq with a sweet potato.  I topped this sweet potato with half real butter and half coconut oil.  Sounds unhealthy, but is actually REALLY healthy!  It was tough though, won’t lie.  But honestly, butter and coconut oil couldn’t be more pure and real- they total like 3 ingredients total combine.  Look at the ingredients in margarine…yeah, that’s what I thought. 

Extra cinnamon on the sweet potato

 

Half and half

 

So that’s all I got!  Tomorrow I am going to challenge myself again and half avocado on the bbq wraps I am going to make.  Give me strength.  Thanks for reading yall! 

  1. Would you like me to create a Workouts page?  I have been making up some good running and spinning workouts lately and thought I would share
  2. What foods are you obsessed with right now?  I have been eating steamed butternut squash along with my broccoli every night, and I’ve also found that oregano has awesome flavor when cooked like on a pizza!
  3. Does anyone have a good protein bar/thing/cookie recipe that I can try to make?
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9 thoughts on “The Countdown begins

  1. Avocado is good stuff dude! I have some on my sandwich for lunch today 🙂 Remember that fat is not the enemy. I have actually improved my running tremendously by doubling my fat intake. I think it is actually one of the most important nutrients in my diet.

  2. hey you! i totally second matt. increasing my healthy fats was the best thing i ever did: my skin looks healthier, my hair doesn’t fall out, my nails are harder, i can push through tough workouts, and most importantly: i bounce back from workouts in 1/2 the time. seriously!

    two thoughts for ya:
    1. have you tried roasting your squash in the oven? SO GOOD. just chop it up into cubes, toss with coconut oil/olive oil, salt, pepper, and spread on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 400*. heaven!
    2. if you want to increase your swimming speed, the most important thing you can do is work on your kick! try to incoporate some kickboard work into each workout, but more imporantly = focus on it while you swim laps! your legs are WAY stronger than your arms ever will be, and it’s the place most athletes don’t use their strong legs to their advantage!

    keep your chin up about the patriots race! you are going to do awesome! missing workouts is human, don’t beat yourself up 🙂
    -r

  3. hey hey!!
    yes yes yes make a workout page…if I decide to do a Tri I know where i’ll come for the training plan! 🙂
    current food obsessions=mushrooms, apples, watermelon, frozen Yogurt!!!
    I hope your having a great day…get your booty in the pool!
    xoxo!

  4. In my early days of reading blogs, I was very bad about comparing myself to others. Now, I can honestly say I no longer worry about it. We are all different, so we will all eat different amounts, work out differently, etc. and it is ok. Great point you brought up!!

  5. You are seriously a training beast!! You’re gonna rock your tri. I’d love to see a workouts page…you seem to have some really great ideas for running!

    Lately I’ve been obsessed with avocado- we’re talking 1 per day!! So good, and such an awesome way to get in healthy fats. I love it mashed with a tomato, lime juice, and salt and pepper, then spread on whole wheat bread, It’s freaking amazing.

    By the way, here’s a link to the cookie recipe you asked for! http://viveleveganrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/04/super-charge-me-cookies.html

  6. I like my microwave cake. its just one egg, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 2 tbs greek yogurt, 1 tbs whey protein powder, a block of chocolate (or a few chocolate chips), and 2 tbs soy flour. I heard its good to get a mix of different proteins so I use a bunch. I’m still really digging raw almond butter, goes well with everything!

  7. Hey there!

    So any final advice/words from an experienced triathlete for my first tri this weekend? (Ahh!) I’m excited but would love to hear anything you wish you had known your first time, or would want others to know for their first time!

    Good luck with the rest of your training for the Patriots Half-Ironman, I think you’re going to place well! 🙂

    And to answer the questions you left open:

    1. Yes! Would love to see what you’re doing for training. (Specifically when you do brick training)

    2. I am currently obsessed with oatmeal! (I actually had a dream about it the other night.) Probably because I’m eating it everyone morning with a splash of skim milk, fresh strawberries and a spoonful of dark chocolate peanut butter (<– what really makes it addicting).

    3. A friend (although he is more of a lifter than a runner) swears by these:

    ABC Protein Bars
    http://liftforlife.com/content/bodybuilding-fitness-diet-health-articles/diet-articles/727-protein-bar#ABC_Protein_Bars

    INGREDIENTS

    10 tbsp. natural peanut butter
    5 egg whites
    5 scoops whey protein (chocolate mint tastes the best in this recipe, however chocolate tastes good as well)
    2 cups oats (OPTIONAL: For flavor, dry cook these on a frying pan until they are toasted)
    1/2 cup soy milk

    DIRECTIONS

    Mix the peanut butter and egg whites in a bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, and mix well (so that the mixture appears smooth). Repeat 4-5 times until all traces of egg whites have dissolved into the peanut butter, and your mixture is a smooth consistent one.

    Gradually add the protein (one scoop at a time) and stir into the mixture. Next, add the soy milk and follow with the oats. Continue mixing until a thick 'sticky' mixture is present.

    Smooth the thick mixture into a 13×9 tray and leave for 20-30 minutes. Cut into 10 equal size bars. Individually wrap each bar (I use aluminum foil) and store in the fridge.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size: 1 Bar

    Calories: 220
    Protein: 20.1g
    Fat: 10.1g
    Carbohydrates: 15.1g

  8. I’m sure you’ll do great in the race~ a workout page would be awesome, I think it’d also be cool if you shared some workout tips as well 🙂 Peanut flour is so addicting, if you haven’t tried it you should pick some up asap!

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