8/22/08

Dear Fay,

Hello Fay. You have been here for almost three whole days and I think it is time for you to leave. I have always loved the rain and an ocassional evening shower makes for a great movie-night with Karel, but I think we've had enough.
I had a routine that worked for me and now I find myself bored by 7am. The Y is closed, the roads are floaded and the trainer is no fun. Ok, so I only rode it once but I rather be outside, on the road. Sorry Fay but bikes are not suppose to be stationary. Luckily, I am tapering for a race right now but because of you...I might not have a race on sunday. I'm not mad, just a little upset that you had to come right now.
Although this is a recovery week for Karel he does not like the trainer. After I rode the trainer yesterday morning for 45 min, Karel took his turn on the trainer. Coach Troy did not entertain Karel and I don't think he enjoyed the workout on his TT bike. I did take a pic and it was cute to see him training on his "tri-bike" :)

We are very lucky that we didn't lose power but the fish are not happy that the electricity flips on and off. Our fish get scared just like anyone and they do not appreciate what you are doing to them.
Smulda does not like it that there are no cars moving in our parking lot and that all the animals and creatures are gone. However, Smudla had an entertaining night last night when Mr. Squirrel came onto our pourch and cleaned the wood floor. Smulda wished so bad that she could go outside but we told her that it was unsafe because of you, Fay. However, we were only kidding. We knew Smudla would chase that squirrel down a tree, from our 3rd story apartment until she could come back with a dead present for us.



Well, Fay. Although I have been really bored, having finished all my articles for next month and catching up on lots of emails and nutrition forms, I did get into a little baking and cooking. I know, I'm not a baker but with a little extra time on my hands I thought this would be a good time to make some food for Karel. While everyone is out buying water and canned food for the tropical storm, I have been making many quick stops (in the pouring rain and 40+mph gusts of wind) just to pick up canned pinapple, walnuts, what bran flour and chicken. You don't scare me Fay and if anything, I am going to make sure Karel and I eat well right now in the case that we have to live off PB&J for a few days and we are forced to eat all the ice cream in our freezer.
I have had a lot of fun making breaded chicken for karel and my own version of "chicken" for me. Ok, you got me Fay, it is nothing like Chicken but I did sculpt my veggie meat and egg white look like Karel's chicken. The chickpeas and veggies were great and I even made my own sweet potatoe casserole out of only 1 sweet potatoe! I cooked the leftover egg white wash from karel's chicken and we both split 1/2 whole gran Hala pita.




I also stir-fried a bunch of veggies with salsa and veggie meat and when I added a little brown rice and put it all over some crisp romaine lettuce it tasted just like it was from a mexican restaurant.



I even made cinnamon raisin bread and carrot cake bread. All very healthy and without sugar or white flour.



I'll make you a deal Fay. If you leave now so I can do my race on Sunday and Karel can get off the trainer and ride outside, I will make you some oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies. Ok, so they are more like oatmeal drops than cookies but they are really good!


I look forward to hear from you.....ASAP!
-marni

8/20/08

The final product

I love watching sports. Although I am not a fan of ball sports, I LOVE individual sports. Ok, i do love watching beach volleyball which counts as a team, ball-sport.
Anyways, there is something about individual sports that is really exciting. Just seeing someone in the olympics, standing at the starting line, thinking about all the work that went into that one day gives me chills. That one day which will determine if they win the gold, siver or bronze or just that one day that an individual gets to represent their country. It doesn't really matter for me who wins or loses when I am looking at someone in the olympics because I enjoy watching all individual pursuits.
What is so amazing about individual sports is that each athlete has to commit to their sport of choice. Yes, there might be other athletes around but each athlete is training only one body...their own body. Each athlete has a training threshold, each athlete has a pain threshold and each athlete is vulnerable to an injury. Each athlete has a coach and possibly a team. But in the end the coach trains each athlete and sees each athlete for his or her own individual strengths and weakness's.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that checks out the bodies of the athletes. Coming from an exercise physiology background, I absolutly love looking at bodies. I do find myself checking out the female bodies more than the male bodies (who needs an olympian when I have a Karel :)) because it is a body I can relate to.
I got to thinking about the many women (or men) watching the olympics and seeing the strong, toned, buff bodies of athletes. Oh yeah, the FAST bodies. All that individual effort transformed a body into a lean mean fighting machine and a gosh darn nice looking body.
Now, I wonder how many of those athletes are concerned about their body weight. Well, I'm sure the olympians are just like any individual and good food = successful performances and the body should be healthy and lean to avoid unnecessary body weight. However, I doubt these athletes got into the olympics thinking "I am going to run repeaters on the track at 110% max HR to lose 5 lbs" or "I'm going to swim 5 hours a day so I can have buff arms and a 6-pack of abs." I'm sure these athletes had a dream to be in the olympics and the body came with the training. Furthermore, the olympics isn't a yearly event. These athletes have been training for years just to reach the day to compete (and qualify) in the olympics.
So, with all this individual effort to train a body to make it to the olympics I wonder how many of these athletes read magazines of what other athletes are doing? "Coach, this runner is doing this workout, I think I will do this tomorrow" I don't think that would go so well with the coach of Lolo jones or natalie Coughlin. I assume that a 100 butterfly athlete is not doing the same workouts in and out of the pool as a 1500 meter swimmer. I am sure a track athlete is not doing the same workout as a marathon runner.
So, how does nutrition relate to this matter of reaching the final product?
Aside from wishing that we could have the arms of a rower, legs of a runner and abs of a gymnast, it would be hard to assume that good nutrition didn't play a part in transforming the bodies of the athletes. Sure these athletes may have great genetics but each athlete is different and each athlete is an individual.
It really concerns me that athletes (normal athletes like us) feel the need to focus on what others are eating. Athletes want to eat what the pro's eat or want to eat the latest and greatest sport product. It really concerns me when athletes come to me and ask me to tell them what to eat. I know I say it a lot but eating has to be concious. It takes work just like any training session but it is an individual effort. Given the right tools or right coach, the template can be formed. However, success and the final product, whether it be weight loss or performance gains, is an individual effort and as much as you may want it to happen over night, results don't happen over night. However, if you can truely recognize the changes and steps that are taken to reach your goal, I think you will find yourself getting to the final product a lot sooner than you had imagined.

8/18/08

Trek Clinic



Karel and Cason (the GM) had a great time at the Top 100 TREK conference in Wisconsin.

I think he had a bit too much fun. I received many text messages during his trip as he test rode many demo bikes behind the Trek factory. What a rough life, attend clinics in the morning and ride in the afternoon.
Although I wanted pics of WI so I could see the IM course, I only received a few city pics while most of the pics were of bikes.
In the evening of one of the talks, Karel took lots of pics of the new line of custom bikes where you can pick your colors for almost every part of the bike.

I was a little bummed when I didn't see a WSD madonne by Karel's side when he arrived back home but that's ok. Instead I got a lovely coffee cup :)



Well, my off-season hasn't begun quite yet and Karel still has a few more months until I can make use of a new Women specific road bike. And if you think Karel buys me bikes and bike parts I have to tell the truth. I have to say that a shared bank account is how I (we) afford bikes but a fiance who is a manager at a Trek store is a fabulous thing. :)

So, amidst all the talks and tours, Karel came home with two surprising comments.
1) Karel now understands women. There was a talk (by a woman) about how to read a women and how to be a good salesman when speaking and understanding women. Well, that is a good thing that Karel now "understands" me. :)
2) Karel has found his next bike. A Trek mountain bike. Karel rode a full suspension carbon mountain bike at the clinic for 2 hours on Friday and fell in love with mountain biking. He is looking forward to the off-season and doing a lot of mountain biking. Apparently, I am getting a mountain bike as well and I will be joining karel for some trail rides and races. Maybe mountain biking will help me with my worries of cycling.

Enjoy the pics!