It’s that time of year in triathlon season. The days are ending later, the temperature hotter and the duration of workouts is longer. I can only take so much of the sweet stuff on a long ride-gels, sports nutrition solution drinks, bars and dates. When I get home, I’m craving something salty and crunchy. The last thing that I want to do is pound down a protein shake (more sweet stuff) but like a good athlete, I do this first as Coach said so. Well, he recommended chocolate milk but I’ll take a Vega smoothie over chocolate milk any day……and don’t even get me started about the ingredients of Muscle Milk (a brand who has done a bang up job in making endurance athletes think “I need this product” while I’m thinking “why do I need artificial flavors and canola oil in a recovery drink?”) Yikes….you can read all about it but UGH and double UGH.
I have a few niggles-specifically in my achilles and calves and I’m doing everything possible to heal them. Me drinking a shake or smoothie after a long bike ride is not for pleasure but rather recovery protocol. It’s kinda like a kid having to eat the broccoli before getting the dessert. I guzzle the smoothie/recovery drink/shake and then I move on to what I really want.
My latest quick fix is cheesy popcorn. I’m loving nutritional yeast right now. Packed with B-12 vitamins and some protein, it is great sprinkled on sweet potatoes and salads or used as a thickener in creamy kale or vegan Caesar salad dressing (more on that later). Remember that not all corn is evil-if something is labeled “organic” then BY LAW it CANNOT be a Gentically Modified Product (GMO); To make this, I pop some organic popcorn, spray with coconut oil and toss with nutritional yeast and sea salt…..YUM.
I’m 3-plus weeks out from Eagleman 70.3. I’m going to be racing with a minimum of dry land running in the bank. That scares me a little as most of my running has been in the pool (and I’ve got some great tan lines to prove it). I have talked to a few athletes and have heard about “so and so had PR’ed after 3 months of pool running” so here’s hoping that I can run reasonably well. Today I have no pain in the achilles tendon, but rather than to go out and “test” it, I’m going to continue to pool run. I think that its the periodic testing that athletes do before an injury is fully healed that sets them back (I’ve actually proved that a few times). You have to heal fully. Especially with Achilles.
Happy Training and Racing to All