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A little cycling, and a lot of eating

I’ve got lots of food photos today! Not really sure how that happened… Oh wait, yes I do. I’ve been eating all friggin’ day. It’s just been one of those days where I have no energy or desire to do anything, except eat. It’s not just boredom eating either, I’ve been genuinely hungry all day. My body never ceases to confuse me…

I slept for about 7 hours last night, not too bad. Got up and did some yoga for low back. Then I had a chunk of frozen oatmeal.

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Looks appetizing, no?

It’s this stuff:

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Beside it’s ability to knock someone out, the frozen block is relatively safe.

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After about 5 minutes and some fixins, the frozen block turned into this:

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Muuuuch better :) I stirred in 1 tbsp soy protein powder, then topped it with half a banana, peanut butter and cinnamon.

Taste wise, it was pretty good. Just a hint of sweetness, the perfect amount for my taste buds. Texture wise, it was awesome. I’ve only ever had frozen steel cut oats before, but I absolutely love what I have tried. Kind of like a smaller, creamer version of wheat berries.

it was not very filling though, so some serious snacking begun. I should know better than to snack on odd things here and there, because they never satisfy me. I probably end up consuming a lot more calories by munching on things instead of sitting down and having a legitimate snack.

Aaaanyways, here’s one of my random snackables.

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Dried turkish fig. I’ve only had the calimyrna variety before. This was much bigger, and slightly less sweet?

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Love the crispy/chewy texture!

More morning snacks included a VitaMuffin. I took a cue from Brie and slathered it in PB after warming it up.

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Still crumbly, still delicious.

I finally caved and had an early lunch. The star of the show was this guy:

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President’s Choice Mediterranean cottage cheese. Holy crap. This sh*t is good. I had to force myself to stop eating it out of the container so I could put it in a wrap.

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The wrap is just the cottage cheese with assorted veggies, then some extra assorted stuff on the side with tzatziki. SO GOOD.

Then started my agonizing over whether or not to go for a bike ride. Sheesh, I was getting annoyed even with my internal dialogue!

“My body does not want to move today. I don’t think I can get out of bed let alone force myself through a hill workout on my bike.”

“But it’s going to rain tomorrow and Saturday has to be a rest day. It’s now or skip it.”

“There’s spin class tonight, I could just lay around some more and do that later.”

“Ugggghhhh but I don’t feel like doing anything.”

 

This lasted for about 2 hours, and included a 20 minute nap. It took me an extra hour to get into my gear, have a snack, and get out the door. But by golly, I got out there!!

Duration: 1 hour and 11 minutes
Distance: 29 km (18 miles)
Avg Speed: 23 km/hr (14 mph)
Max Speed: 41 km/hr (25 mph)
Avg HR: 137
Max HR: 167
Calories: 538

Not gonna lie, most of my motivation came from knowing the ride would offset a lot of my snacking. I hate making calorie burns the reason for my workouts. But hey, I’m a girl, it crosses my mind.

Overall, I give this ride a solid decent. I tackled the biggest hill known to man (I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s an exaggeration) only once. I skipped it the second loop around. Only because I was getting weird pains in my legs and my energy was pretty nil. I had to dig deep to get up it at all. Much like this…

I’m glad I went biking, but I’m also glad it’s over. Now I’m even more pooped than I was to begin with.

 

Moving along, my reward supper was awesome to the MAX. Homemade burrito!

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I’m quite proud of this little spicy nugget. The contents contained a Sol spicy bean burger, laughing cow cheese wedge and Eden Organic Caribbean rice & beans.

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The bulk of my canned goods are Eden Organic. It’s more expensive, but one of those expenses I’m willing to pay for.

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My least favourite thing about those Sol burgers is that they’re a little on the mushy side. But it made for an awesome mashed filling!

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The laughing cow definitely made it though. I didn’t want to use cheddar because I had the feeling the flavour would get lost. It was a good call. Oh, and I’m trying to use up those white flour tortillas, hence two of them today. They are definitely made for burritos!! Best use for them yet!

Okay, that’s about as exciting as I’m going to get today. I’ll stop the rambling here. Tomorrow, I’m going to do a post on workout music – I’m excited!

 

Question: Have you been following the Tour de France? Thoughts on Contador? I’ve determined he’s a douche. But it’s looking like he’s going to take it now. I’ll at least be content if Andy and Lance are on the podium with him. I like Wiggins, but I’ve still got my panties in a knot over what Garmin and Astana did to George-y boy in 14.

If you’re not into the Tour, what sports do you follow?

Tour de Fredericton

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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