Realization: Wildflower Half Ironman is only like 7 weeks away! Whoa. Am I ready? Maybe? My running has been solid and I have a bunch of half marathons in the next 3 weeks to get ready. Swimming has been ok…but better than ever, just not great. Biking however… I haven’t been able to get out for a long ride at all yet! This needs to change- as soon as possible. So, my workouts need to get much more triathlon specific and I need to practice the whole flow. The 3rd half marathon I have on March 26th is on a Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky. The following day I’ve found a sprint triathlon nearby so I’m going to stay the night and race both! It will be my first sprint triathlon in over a year! I’m also stoked to get a Retul fit on my bikes next week. That means that I will get a really high-tech bike fitting so I will be able to ride with perfect form. My sponsor, Starlight Bikes, and I are also working on putting together my tri kit for the season- Black, white, and neon green- how sick will that look?! That way it will match my bike and my race shoes haha. This coming weekend I’m running a 14-mile trail race so I’m hella stoked for that!
This month I’ve decided to challenge myself in a new way. Last week I talked about the importance of rest and recovery and I believe that without a doubt. For the month of March, though, I am going to be active for at least 20-30 minutes every day! This has nothing to do with my eating disorder and feeling a need to exercise every day (although I am fighting that) but simply a challenge to myself and a way to hopefully get me on a better, more prioritized schedule of exercise and life.
This also doesn’t mean I’ll be “working out” every day- I know our bodies were made to move so this can be lifting, yoga, light spin, anything! So far I’ve been successful and I plan to do it all month! I think this will also be a good form of recovery. Light 20 minute spins will be key to flush my legs outs after a day of hard workouts! My other goal this month- go to bed early!!
Expanding on the importance of recovery last week- here are a few tips after taking an off day:
- When you wake up in the morning, get a light, whole body stretch in
- If you can, use your foam roller after your stretch
- If you plan to work out in the afternoon, take a walk at lunch to get the blood in your legs moving a little
- When it comes time to workout, start first with some gradual build volume to wake your body up before moving into the full workout you have planned if you are planning something like intervals or hills
- Finally, and most importantly, it starts the day before- make sure to feed your body properly! Remember, it’s recovery and that means you’ve got to give your body the nutrients it needs to repair it from the how you’ve broken it down! This is especially hard for me, but lately I’ve been doing much much better : )
So on to some new eats!
Inspired by Matt’s Avocado cream sauce, I decided to create my own avocado sauce. Lately, avocados have just been kind of blah to me and weren’t really adding much flavor. Based off Matt’s recipe with some of my own tweaks- this recipe was life changing! Here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tbsp 2% Greek Yogurt
- 2 tbsp – 1/4 cup hot salsa
- Garlic and onion powder
- Squeeze of lime
I served this over top of some left meatloaf wraps
This is so good- tons of flavor, wonderful texture, and PACKED full healthy nutrients and “goodness”. I purposely didn’t use all of it on the wrap so that I could just eat some with a spoon.
This weekend, while I had some time, I whipped up a batch of my Whole Wheat Pumpkin Banana Protein Oatmeal Bar-things. You can find the recipe on my Recipes page, but I adjusted it a little bit by adding in some bananas as extra protein. Great pre-workout or anytime snack!
And for a little bit of fun, Bock Fest was in Cincinnati this weekend celebrating Bock beer with a lot of the local breweries. Cincinnati has a very strong German Immigrant history, hence the emergence of this type of beer here. Saturday some friends and I went to the Bock Fest Sausage Queen Finals! The winning woman (the new Sausage Queen) breathed fire to roast a sausage… it was pretty epic
Finally, I want to give a special shout out to Liz for the amazing male brownies (they have nuts) that she sent me! They are delicious, so thanks Liz!
And don’t forget to check out my new post over at the Honey Milk Blog where I wrote about the importance of training your body in multi-planar directions!
Thanks always for all your support and all the awesome comments you all left on my last post!
Questions for you:
- Do you have any tasty or different ways to use avocados?
- How ready for spring are you?? I can’t wait!