I was so swamped with work and traveling for work, I barely had time for anything besides running. I started losing my mojo big time. I would be home and do some weights two days a week. It felt really nice to do something different. I took a couple spin classes, rode outside with some new biking attire (see below motivation tools). Off-season wasn't so bad.
I thought I should be in the pool since I hadn't been in one since the last swim before the half-iron. But I couldn't even stomach the pool. I went to the pool once with Nicole and I felt like I forgot how to swim. I was so slow. Usually, I am a second behind her, but this was short on ridiculous. We decided to throw in some paddle work which at least I stayed up front, but as soon as we took them off to do a 200 interval set...gone. My analogy for Nicole was like the little wind up toy. She took off her paddles and just went, leaving me 15 meters behind...that bad...
- New Orleans meant vacation to see little brother.
- Christine would run the marathon and Nicole was running the half.
- My sister would come to see my brother and they both could hold up signs.
- Focus on running and getting better AND providing a great base for next year's half-ironman training.
- If we had another hard winter I could always drop down to the half. I was paying a $5 difference. That seemed like a pretty good deal to me.
- 26.2 miles....
- Jersey winter snow storms = possible dreadmill training.
I have a couple stipulations to this journey:
- I was still considering this off-season which meant if I couldn't do a long run on a Sun you just make it up on a Monday which meant LOW STRESS...
- Continue with cross-training - lots of strength training (finally got my P90x...), biking, field hockey, maybe swimming...
- Have fun!
Arm Warmers - for those bikes and runs when it is a little brisk. I love these SmartWool ones.
Long Bike Pants - I need to get outside and bike more when the weather is chilly. I love Sugui and got a good price on these. They are warm and have zippers on the bottom and nice cushion for the tush.
A new Wind Jacket - I love this....It's by Skirt Sports and it has a great pocket in the back for either riding or running that you can store some things. It worked great for a 40 degree bike!
I would like to close this post with a new quinoa recipe I got off of Gluten-Free Goddess and my Fall Beer Selection...
Maple Pear Quinoa Salad
(This is a slightly off-version of the goddess's recipe)
1/2 cup of dry quinoa
1 Ripe Pear,peeled and chopped
1/2 bag of baby spinach
1/2 cup chickpeas
some cubed Yancy Fancy Champagne Cheddar
1 bunch of fresh Italian Parsely chopped
White balsamic vinegar
After you cook your quinoa, mix the pear, spinach, cheese and chicken in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl mix 2 tbspn of maple syrup, 3 tablespoon of white vinegar and 4 tablespoon of olive oil. This should give you plenty to store the rest in the fridge. Great dressing. I poured about half on the salad and seasoned with salt and pepper. I served it with tilapia.
Fall Beer Selection
Weyerbacker Imperial Pumpkin Ale with a dollap (yup a dollap) of Southern Tier Creme Brulee - this is great because the Pumpkin Ale is not too pumpkin tasting, and the creme brulee adds a slight sweetness. A nice alternative to actual dessert.
Southern Tier Oat Stout - it's not sweet but has notes of vanilla, chocolate and oats...could it be healthy - just kidding...
Farnum Hill - Farmhouse Cider - I am not a big fan of cider beer but this tasted like a tart dry prosecco with a nice apple cider taste.
Mission Brewery Double IPA - it has an orange toffee flavor and is by far one of the better IPAs I have tasted in a while.