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It's not your body's fault

Frustration, stress, fear, anger, disappointment, insecurity. Food restriction, in an effort to change your body, will not fix emotional issues. Do not make your body a target when you are having a bad day, an off moment or things just don't seem to be going well. Do not take your emotions out on your body. The only way you can get through life is WITH your body. Give it a thank you every now and then. Starting now.

3 workouts, 3 recovery meals.

As I mentioned in my last blog, recovery nutrition is important in the foundation phase, as it will help to kick-start the recovery process soon after your workout is complete. But you do not have to be super scientific and strict with what, how much and when you eat. Remember -  recovery is everything and anything that happens between two workouts and right now in your season, you want to create eating habits that make your body feel good all day long, so that you can maintain a consistent training regime (balanced with your busy lifestyle). By working on your  daily diet right now, you will set yourself up for great eating habits later on in your season when your training volume and intensity increase.   Here are three recovery meals that kept me training consistently last week. (I had a pre-workout carbohydrate snack before all workouts and water during the workouts) Swim Workout:  400 swim 400 buoy Pre set: 8 x 50's kick w/ fins (on back). 10 sec rest 800 band/buo

Foundation phase - recovery nutrition

I found this slide on the internet and I find it to be so true for athletes. We all want to maximize our performance and we can do so through training, rest and recovery and nutrition.  Athletes know the importance of good recovery nutrition after a workout as what we eat can help reduce muscle soreness, replenish muscle glycogen, reduce oxidative stress and support the immune system. Four to six weeks out from a key event and we certainly do not want to go into a workout with lingering fatigue and a tired, dehydrated and glycogen depleted body from poor recovery from a preceding workout.  Nutrient timing is an important topic as it is a strategy to help athletes consume a combination of macronutrients (typically protein and carbs) to help rebuild muscle tissue and to restock energy stores after a workout to ensure quick recovery and to keep the body in good health. Perhaps you know this time as the "window of opportunity" to optimize training-induced ada

20K Paris Mountain Road Race - race recap

e Before getting into my race report from the 20K Paris Mountain Road race that happened on Saturday, I wanted to make sure that everyone understands that I am triathlete. I am not a runner. I absolutely love calling myself a triathlete. For almost 10 years, my passion for swim, bike, run training grows stronger every year, as well as my education of the sport. As mentioned in my last blog post,  Karel and I are triathletes, not runners. We train for the sport of triathlons. Our entire season is devoted to triathlon training and every year builds on the previous year. When there is the opportunity to train in a running race environment, we consider the pros and cons and whether it not the race/event "makes sense." Karel and I wanted to do this epic race last year but it didn't make sense to do it. We were just getting back into structured training after a 6-week off-season break and neither of us had worked our way up to longer distance runni

I'm a triathlete, not a runner.

It seems odd to say it, right? I'm a triathlete, not a runner.  I mean, running IS the third discipline of triathlon so why is it that triathletes should not call themselves runners? If you are a triathlete.... When was the last time you had the urge to register for a swim meet? How about participating in a cycling road race? When was your last running race? Perhaps some triathletes enjoy racing in other events aside from triathlons and with the training for one sport, comes an improvement in sport specific skills and overall fitness. But it is not that common for a triathlete to dedicate 2-3 months, specifically trying to get faster in swimming or cycling, with the intention of racing in a swim meet or cycling event to show off their accumulated fitness.  However, on the contrary, it is extremely common for triathletes to dedicate 2-3 months, typically in the "off-season" to run specific training and racing. Many times, triathletes will even train fo