Monthly Archives: July 2009

TGI…W??

I’M ON MY WEEKEEENNNDD!!! Can you tell I’m pumped?? I actually realized that today was my eleventh straight day of work and not my tenth. But, I got through it, and now have two glorious days to myself before I work the real weekend.

After writing my post on sleep deprivation, I hit the sack early, sleeping eight hours. Just what the doctor my body ordered. I rolled out of bed and did ten minutes of Polly’s Yoga for Yin. It was the perfect. Left me feeling all loosey goosey again :)

Then I wobbled my way to the kitchen and whipped up a spectacular batch of blueberry flax protein pancakes.  

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These were some of the fluffiest pancakes I’ve made in a while. I think the fat in the flax helped?

Work today was actually kind of fun. My boss and I went to the fitness centre on a military base about 15 minutes from here. Apparently they have the largest field house east of Quebec. It was so neat to see! The indoor track was bee-yoo-tiful. There was also a huge outdoor track, the biggest weight room I’ve ever seen, a special crossfit set-up, huge spin class set-up, indoor and outdoor pools, free ski use, camping gear, snow shoes, tennis courts and a bowling alley! Umm, I’m totally joining the army! :P

The fitness center’s manager also told me he’s run 89 marathons! He was so blasé about it too, saying a lot of them were write-offs for him. But it still amazed me. I love meeting people who are so passionate about fitness like that. He’s currently organizing the second annual Canadian Army Run in Ottawa for September. So if you’re in the area, check it out! (ahem, Sara!!)

Apparently the local base is also hosting a triathlon in September. It definitely piqued my interest since the swim portion is in a pool. Something I may actually consider doing depending on what the bike course is like… The manager told me they didn’t want to close any streets for the event, which means the biking may be on trails, and I don’t have a mountain bike.

Anyways, it was work as usual after all that excitement. There was however another highlight in my work day…

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My frozen food find!!!

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VitaMuffins!!! I’ve been lusting after these things ever since I heard about them over a year ago. I thought I was doomed to never trying them since I don’t allow myself to buy food online (I spend enough at the grocery store, without shipping costs to Canada…).

Deep chocolate was all the store had. As if it mattered! I’m pretty impressed with the stats and ingredients.

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I really enjoyed the flavour! The muffin was quite crumbly and messy, but overall it lived up to all my expectations. I had it with a cup of applesauce and a babybel and it held me over quite well. I can’t wait to make a parfait with it!

As for supper, my squash/nut butter obsession continues…

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Kind of a weird supper combo, but satisfied all my cravings. Two Yves veggie dogs and steamed butternut squash mixed with PB. Stirring the squash partially mashed it, the texture was soooo good.

Speaking of marathons and triathlons, those of you who read Caitlin’s blog may have seen her mention a great new website the other day. Racevine allows you to search and review races. You can also create a profile, add races to it, and network with other people on the site. I just signed up and think it’s great!! I really want to spread the word about it because the more people who use it, the more useful it will be. So if you’ve participated in a race, go review it! And let the web administrators know if you’d like to see a race up there :)

One more thing… I have an assignment for you guys. Yes, that’s right, I’m putting you to work. It seems a lot of us could be using a little more sleep, so my mission for you (if you so choose to accept) is to go to bed one hour earlier sometime between now and Sunday. Get those hours you need! I did it last night and feel so much better today, I’m going to do it again tonight. I know we’re all busy, and cherish the downtime we get in the evenings. But I think if we can dedicate an hour to go to the gym every day, then surely one night a week, we can take an extra hour and hit the hay early. I bet you will feel so much better when you do :)

Report back to me and let me know how it went!

Now, if you don’t mind, there are Tour de France recaps for me to catch up on :P

Embracing my inner nerd

I just got back from the newest Harry Potter movie. I’m an HP fanatic. Seriously. I dressed up as Luna Lovegood for the sixth book launch when I was working at Starbucks in a book store.

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Luna, chillin’ with Harry and Professor Trelawny.

My mismatched chucks were the best part of the costume.

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We also served a hazelnut white mocha as butterbeer and iced melon green tea lemonade as gillyweed juice :)

Yes, I am a huge nerd. I waited to see the movie so I could see it with a friend. I really liked it!! Unlike the other movies, I purposely did not re-read the book beforehand. Going in with a “fresher” mind made me like it a lot more I think. I didn’t leave pissed that they changed so much stuff :P

Anyways, I was going to do up a lovely post on sleep deprivation. But to be honest, I’m rather sleep deprived myself. I got in a whopping 5.5 hours last night. I think I screwed myself with that afternoon nap yesterday, I couldn’t fall asleep! So ironically, I’m going to save the sleep post for a later date.

I have to tell you though that I ran my fastest 5k time this morning – 28 minutes!! I know that’s the usual for most people, but I’m pretty darn happy about it. Especially accomplishing it the morning after a long bike ride. I almost didn’t run this morning because I thought my legs would be dead. But honestly, they felt stronger than ever! Cycling has done so much for my leg and heart strength, it’s amazing. I’m pretty sure it’s making me a better runner ;)

And with that, I leave you with my new obsession…

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Peanut butter on butternut squash. I officially eat nut butter on everything now. Oh, and that burger in the back is a Sol spicy bean burger with salsa. But we all know what really stole the show ;)

What food are you currently obsessed with??

also… What thing are you really “nerdy” about?

Does having a crush on Alton Brown make me a nerd?? Probably…

Night night!!

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Hellooo!! How was everyone’s weekend? I got a solid 7.5 hours of sleep last night, which was desperately needed. I was feeling pretty chipper as I munched on my chocolate macaroon breakfast cookie at work.

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I tried to eat a little more calories at work today to fuel for the looong bike ride I planned for this afternoon. More munching ensued with some trail mix and apple sauce.

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Then it was on to my biggest egg white pillows yet.

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Six egg whites! It was the rest of the container. Keeping one egg white in it would have been silly…

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After work, I came home and watched an exciting last 8k of the Tour de France. Dear Senor Contador, it is hard to support you when you make a “gun” upon your finish…

Alberto Contador celebrates winning stage 15 of the Tour

Then it was straight to bed for a glorious one hour nap. It was one of those naps that felt like I blinked, and woke up feeling rejuvenated.

I continued my day of fuelling by trying out a new product I was sent a while back.

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Training Day specializes in sport drinks. This Game Time drink is meant for immediately before activity. They also have a Pre-Season drink meant for helping build strength and muscle, and Post Game meant for recovery after activity.

According to their website…

GAME TIME is the first sports nutrition supplement designed to support athletes on game days and fuel workouts between competitions. GAME TIME is formulated to increase energy, explosiveness, endurance, intensity, and lean muscle tissue.
Drinking GAME TIME will power you through the 4th quarter, the 9th inning, the final leg of the race, and the last set in the weight room.
Ideal for: athletes, weightlifters, cardio exercisers.
What to expect:
[ + ] Noticeably increased energy within minutes
[ + ] Increased intensity and motivation
[ + ] Endurance that lasts through competition and training
[ + ] Increased strength and explosiveness
[ + ] Increased blood flow which carries more oxygen and key nutrients to muscles
[ + ] Muscle fatigue resistance
[ + ] Lean muscle tissue growth and support

Mix one packet of GAME TIME with 8 oz. of water and drink 15-30 minutes before a competition or workout. Additional GAME TIME packets may be taken as needed during a competition or workout for added energy and endurance.

I mixed my berry flavour with 8oz of water, and realized it was waaay too strong for me. So I diluted it with about 6 more ounces of water.

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Taste-wise, it was okay. I think it’s supposed to taste like Kool-Aid, but it tastes just a bit off. Still drink-able though and quite refreshing. 

I had it to chase down my no-fail pre-workout snack.

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Banana and peanut butter. Helloooo beautiful ;)

I was totally excited for my bike ride. I love it when I get pumped for workouts!

Today’s ride had no big goals besides putting in some “saddle time,” as Chris puts it. I picked a pretty easy route, just a few minor climbs, and didn’t push my speed the whole time. It was pretty windy in some parts though, which definitely slowed me down.

Duration: 2 hours and 11 minutes
Distance: 53 km (33 miles)
Avg Speed: 24 km/hr (15 mph)
Max Speed: 44 km/hr (27 mph)  
Avg HR: 147
Max HR: 164
Calories: 1084 (!!)

I got off the bike around the 55 minute mark and ate four dates with peanut butter. They were definitely needed, but not quite at that point. I think I would have been better off eating them around the 90 minute mark to get me through that last slog of the ride.

This is also my longest distance to date! Yay! They’re only going to keep going up too ;) I noticed it was a lot easier after my hill workout earlier in the week. Just goes to show how beneficial hill training can be. Definitely something I will continue to do!

Luckily, Chris wasn’t with me. He would have been embarrassed by my newbie chain marks :P

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I at least did not fall off my bike getting unclipped today. I fell off the last time, something I “conveniently” forgot to tell you guys :P It’s borderline ridiculous, but not surprising. I really am uncoordinated. Oh! Speaking of which, I tried to practice standing on my bike while coasting, and got a little better at balancing myself. I’ll be standing and pedalling soon I hope!

Refuelled immediately with a smoothie.

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  • 1 serving Vega smoothie infusion
  • 1 box coconut water
  • 1/2 a banana
  • frozen papaya chunks
  • 2 scoops plain yogurt

This was my best combo yet using the Vega stuff! I loved the taste of coconut water in it, not to mention all the additional electrolytes. I’m running low on my frozen papaya and think I may get some more. While it may taste gross fresh, it’s pretty good frozen in smoothies.

I drank this while doing lotsa stretching and foam rolling. Me knees are stiff like they were after the triathlon. Hopefully this isn’t a new “thing.” I iced them and took an advil, and they’re getting a little better. The stiffness didn’t last long after the tri either.

I tried out some of my roommie’s old meatballs for dinner. Sounds appetizing, no?

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They were President’s Choice veggie meatballs and pretty good! I haven’t tried them yet because they are quite calories dense, even for me. I’ve noticed this is a trend with a lot of their frozen meatless products. I added them to some spelt penne noodles and Classico roasted garlic and onion sauce. I added a dash of chili powder for some heat.

I basically just made the noodles cause that’s what you eat with meatballs, but I still wasn’t a huge fan.

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Just too mushy and bland! I do much better with smaller noodles like angel hair that aren’t so thick.

I finished my day of fuelling with a piece of “congratulatory chocolate.”

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A square of 90% Lindt and a smear of PB. I figured I deserved it after that ride ;)

I know it looks like I burned a ton of calories, but I feel like I did a good job of keeping on top of it throughout the day so I wouldn’t have to load up on calories tonight. I sneaked in a few extra calories during my work eats, and then fuelled up before, during and after my bike ride with plenty of quality calories that would carry me through and help me recover.

Based on my estimates, I’d say I have a “net” calorie worth no smaller than I do on my usual workout days. I also think it’s important to remember that it’s easy to stack on the calories! I could have loaded up on the meatballs and chocolate afterward thinking I was okay because I burned so much. But that’s not always the case either. To be honest, I’m not even that hungry, so I guess my body knows what’s going on ;)

On the topic of “fuelling,” I got a kick out of Lance Armstrong today, when he pulled out a pastry and started eating it during the race!! I bet there are soooo many sports nutrition companies out there who would give him free bars to eat during the Tour. But instead he opted for some “real food,” likely stopping by a bakery before the race’s start. That’s sort of my thought process behind eating dates as mid-workout fuel. I don’t need any fancy goos or anything. Just something that I know will give me a boost of energy and sustain me till the end.

What are your thoughts on “sport fuels?” Real food all the way? Or do you think they have their place?

Hope everyone has a great start to the week!

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