The best laid plans of mice and men……and athletes….You know how the saying goes. Work, injury, life changes, personal issues, distractions, and sickness all can get in the way of training well for a race. 4 weeks from today, I will be competing in the Lake Placid Ironman. A race at which historically I’ve done fairly well.  The life changes this year (the biggest being relocating to Las Vegas from Vermont and leaving my restaurant of over 11 years of ownership) have had more of an impact on my training and motivation than I ever would have guessed.  I’m not broadcasting this to invite a pity party or to use it as an excuse for not performing well on race day. It just is.  The one thing that I have learned about myself this year is that I prefer to do my training with a partner or group of people. My friend, Jess Cover, is a great runner and she organizes her week by scheduling her runs with various people so that she gets her social time in as well a her workout.  I am going to follow this plan as soon as life calms down.  Solo training on a regular basis doesn’t do it for me.
Today’s plan was to run 2:20 minutes. Well, that didn’t happen. Mental over physical.  The elements of Las Vegas wreaked havoc on my pysche. It’s hot. It’s windy. I’m slow. There is concrete. I can smell the pesticides.  I wonder what the air quality is today? Etc.
During the run I came up with plan B and hope to execute this over the next few days.  I  decided to cut run short by an hour.  Looking forward to a stellar training week.
In the mean time, my food log continues.  I have to preface today with the fact that last night I broke into some really good hummus and pita bread brought back from Pita Jungle (located in Tempe, AZ). It wasn’t alot, but does need to be logged. “9:00 p.m. 1 really fresh pita bread. 1/4 Cup Hummus”. REALLY GOOD HUMMUS!
16 oz Soy Yogurt-Fruit Smoothie

  • Organic Soy Yogurt
  • Banana
  • Frozen Blackberries
  • Frozen Mango
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Raw Hemp Protein
  • Ground Flax Meal

8:00 Green Smoothie–Yay, I’ve been off these for a couple of days.  It’s like one big fat vitamin and I swear that your cravings for junk food, sugar, grease, etc will subside if you drink these on a regular basis. I use whatever fruit is around the house plus a couple of tablespoons of Vitamineral Green Powder and 2 Cups of Greens.

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 2 Tbsp Vitamineral Green Powder
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Handful of Ice
  • 1/2 Cup water

You might notice that I’m pretty into the smoothie thing. They’re quick, they taste good, you can use up odd pieces of really ripe fruit, seeds or nuts that you have lying around and the blender does the masticating for you (which gets more of the nutrients into you). They are just not the most conventional meals around but dang, they work! Whenever I am feeling a little puffy, I eliminate wheat and most grains, most corn, white starches, potatoes, dairy and refined sugar from my diet and BAM!  Flat Belly (take that, Rachael Ray)!  Smaller numbers on the scale! No dishes to clean!

  • Slew of Vitamins and Chlorella

10:30 a.m. Early Lunch –working at restaurant all day and night and won’t have another chance to sit down for a break until 5:00-5:30

  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa (which is technically a seed)
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1 Cup Lettuce
  • 1 stalk Celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Hemp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Hemp Seed
  • Sprinkle of Cumin (my favorite spice)
  • 6 basil leaves, Cut chiffonade
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Seriously, this salad is ‘Da Bomb.  There is no recipe, no right or wrong in making it. Use what you have in your house. This is chock full of nutrients and I use all organic ingredients. I know, I know, organic can be cost prohibitive. But I like to think cost of food in terms of “health dollars” and not “food dollars”. I suppose that one can regularly choose to eat pretty cheaply and often poorly (a great example of this is the dollar menu at McDonalds), end up sick 2 or 3 times a year, pay for medications and doctors’ visits and lost revenue from work; all of which could be eliminated if you just modified your diet. But that is a whole other tangent I will address at some point. Bottom Line: REAL FOOD TASTES GOOD!
1:00  p.m.

  • Clif “Nectar” Bar–Walnut and Dark Chocolate (on the go)

5:00 p.m.
Grilled Salmon Salad

  • Grilled Salmon (unfortuately it was farm raised which doesn’t contain nearly the nutrients that wild salmon does, but it was what we had at work)
  • Endive
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • Walnuts
  • 1 oz Saint Marcellin Cheese (sample in restaurant–god, do I love a  strong cheese) Be mindful not militant Be mindful not militant Be mindful not militant. LOL!

9:30 p.m.

  • Cliff Builder Bar (Chocolate Mint)
  • Sample of one Restaurant Potato Chips Be mindful not militant Be mindful not militant Be mindful not militant. LOL!


  • 1 oz St. Marcellin Cheese (the end of the sample–eating it put a smile on my face after working a 13 hour day!)

12:30 a.m.

  • Glass of homemade sangria while catching up on email. I usually am a morning person, but when I work at night I am turned upside down. Not in bed until 1:15 in the morning!!!!  Worked on my feet for 13 plus hours (not the best thing for Ironman training)

Note: Had 2 Food bars today. Not ever my first choice for snacks or meals, but given the nature of my restaurant job, I have to eat something portable and on the fly.  I would normally opt for fresh fruit and/or vegetables! If you do have to “grab and go”, a bar is a great option; JUST make sure it is something like a Lara or Clif bar.  Many bars have a plethora of unhealthy ingredients in them,  but because they are cloaked in the shroud of an “energy bar”, most people think that they are healthy substitutes for real food (right in synch with my muffin/granola theory). Read the labels before you buy them.  If you have to sound out each item on the ingredient list (or just have NO idea what the ingredient is and it sounds like something from you Chem 101 class), there is probably somethingREALLY wrong with the product.
Off to bed. Looking (somewhat) forward to a swim and 10 mile run tomorrow!