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Ironman.com: 5 Superfoods for Triathletes

In Triathlons on September 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Ironman.com: 5 Superfoods for Triathletes

Peppermint?

Cocoa as a mild sunscreen?

Interesting and quick read.

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Juicing

In Triathlons on June 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

It’s been a while… since last I wrote. But I don’t want you to get excited because I’m not sure if tomorrow I will come back to continue here. Let’s play it by ear and hope I do come back. But I’ve been keeping myself very busy aside from training, so writing is not in the back of my mind… it’s more like in the basement.

BUT, I do want to share with you my new addiction… juicing. I bought myself a masticating juicer for my 47th birthday, which is next June 5th, and I’ve been juicing (or is it milking?) that thing every morning, and sometimes at night. If I could live from juicing, that would be the only thing I would ingest. But I highly doubt athletes can sustain endurance this way… or maybe I’m wrong? I need to research this extensively!!!

Anyway, I wanted to share a recipe that’s got my own juices in heaven… I call it “Carola’s Morning Delight”, and this is how it goes:

  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1 little piece of ginger
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 of a cucumber

Today I made a variation that had me up there in the stratosphere… I added to the recipe above:

  • Parsley (small amount)
  • Wheatgrass
  • Green Grapes

I wish my Alien Endurance teammate mymultipersonality would be in town so she could try this elixir. I know she would appreciate it. But I guess we will have to wait ’til fall for that to happen.

Enjoy my friends! If you do this and you like it, or not, just drop me a note! Love to hear what you think!

Thrive

In Run on January 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

A friend of mine who has in the process of converting to a vegetarian wrote me recommending the book Thrive by Brendan Brazier, a vegan professional triathlete that has done several Ironman races. When I went to look it up, I saw he had three books. Being the practical, straight to the point person I am, I went to Facebook, liked his fan page, and left him a note as to which of the three he recommended I go for, because quite frankly I will not read all three books. I need the short cut to the real thing. His response was: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life. The beauty of Social Networks! Don’t you love it? I’m still in awe with technology these days… So I already downloaded the book to my iPad and am looking forward to seeing what there is to discover in order to feel better before, during and after training.  

Just so you know, I’ve been hurting badly from my IT bands during the long runs and I know it’s a combination of many things… poor strength leg training (I really find it hard to do this on my own at home), new shoes which implies changing my running posture (I got these awesome Newtons that make you fly up a bridge. Seriously), no post-training/racing recovery discipline (I know I should ice, etc), don’t get much supplements into my diet and, something I came to terms with, I’m not getting enough protein into my body (so poor muscle repair). Nutrition is important, period. And if on top you are training and racing, it’s even more so.

I can only hope positive changes are coming my way in the next weeks… On the meantime, I just want to get through the half marathon pain free.

Ditching the bike ride this morning

In Triathlons on January 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I ditched the bike this morning for a visit to an organic veggie garden with The Dude. I was under the belief all day yesterday that I would be able to accomplish both, but the Dude wanted to leave the house by 8am. So going for a 7:30am ride with my coach and team mates was out of the question.

I wanted to come by to see this place because The Dude had told me how wonderful it was and how amazing it was to be able to pick your own veggies. He thought the experience was great. He was going to volunteer and I was coming along to help as well.

The Dude is on a quest of healthy eating and cooking. Everything organic. He’s a vegetarian in progress, and not because I influenced him. I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t try convert people. I live and let live, because at the end it’s whatever works for you!

The garden is located in what is called in Miami “Horse Country”, and when we got there we were greeted by Brent, a man filled with so much energy it makes him have a continuous smile on his face. He’s on a natural high, with a passion for what he does and with the desire of bringing a community together. He made this garden and it is beautiful. In three months time he made it to what it is now. And still has more plans of extending it.

Our first task of the morning was to clean up an area that was filled with rubbish. I thought we were going to be planting, or something like that. “Hard” labor was not on my plans for a Sunday morning. But it felt good to be able to help rescue the land from plastic bottles, metal tubes, a hoses, a carpet (yes, a carpet), and many other things, including a metal outlet cover I brought home with me. We were a team of 7 or 8 people and in no time we had finished our task and were ready for a break, which was filled with plenty of conversation, water and watermelon. After that, we cleaned up the road entrance to the garden, from debris and the infamous air potatoes. While we worked, Brent kept us entertained, answering questions, talking about his plans, sharing his energy with us…

As payment of our work, we were giving permission to pick veggies from the garden and fill up to two bags. This is when the “experience” The Dude was talking about started. Each of us were armed with clippers and our bags, so off we went cutting lettuce leaves, cilantro, broccoli, and you name it. To me it was challenging as I had no clue what was what. It’s not the same seeing a broccoli at the supermarket, then seeing it in it’s original environment. And there’s where I began clipping off, on the broccoli as it is one of the main ingredients to Socrates’ (a.k.a. Pocho, my dog) diet. Pocho was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, and after his reaction to the first chemo session, I decided that I would prefer for him to live two healthy and happy days, than six months of torture. However, I changed around his diet, which consists of baked salmon, raw venison meat and veggies (mainly yellow squash and broccoli). And with the addition of some supplements and healing energy work (Reiki and Shamanism) this little guy has been in remission for the past 4/5 months, has no tumors (he was filled with them) inside his body and is as playful and happy as ever. The only RX he receives is Prednisone, which we are now in the process of eliminating. I continue to give him the same diet, and maintain positive thoughts so that thing never comes back into our lives.

Back to the garden… I cut off small quantities of veggies and herbs, because I’m not a cook, and am not into cooking, so I was afraid they would all go to waste in my fridge. I took the amount I knew I would consume. But when I got to the rosemary, and smelled it, I had to take several of these little branches. I couldn’t stop smelling them. And after putting them in my bag, I smelled my finger tips and the scent went right through me and made my eyes teary. I got emotional. Yes. I know. It was WEIRD. Getting emotional over rosemary is definitely weird. But that scent filled me up inside and awoke something there that I can not explain. I had to call The Dude, and as he approached me I placed my fingers next to his nose, but he didn’t seem very amused. I, on the other hand, was on a rosemary high I didn’t want to get out of. Same thing happened with the lavender, with the only difference that I’ve always loved lavender. The scent coming out of the leaves as I touched them, was amazing. I’m seriously thinking of making some kind of home fragrance or oil using rosemary and lavender… not necessarily mixed together. My only doubt with the rosemary is that I might end up smelling like a salad, or some main entry.

I might’ve ditched the bike this morning, but this was, as stated by The Dude, like strength training. So at the end, I did get somewhat of a workout, a sunburn and sweated out a lot of stuff, even mentally!

Thank you Dude for making me a part of your passions! Thank you Brent for sharing this piece of heaven with us!

P.S.: If I regret something now, is not clipping off more rosemary and lavender!!!