So, today marks the first day of #TWIET – Tweet What I Eat Tuesday. I’ll be sharing what I’m eating with you on Twitter (and here) in the hope that it shames me into making healthy choices. It will also be interesting to get some feedback from people on alternative (vegetarian) options that I could try. I also received (from my husband) a copy of ‘No Meat Athlete‘ just before Christmas, so I really should check out the advice and information in that when I’m planning my meals.
#TWIET isn’t an original idea of mine – I came across it on “Bitchcakes'” blog: http://www.sherylyvette.com/. (No longer publicly available).
I had created a Storify about my day, but it’s no longer available (2018), so I’ll also give you a brief pictorial rundown of my day…
So, what do you think of my nutrition today?
Freezing Run Camp
Exercise-wise, I didn’t fulfil all of my goals. My first session of the day was an hour at the track with my Run Camp coach, Ant. It was tough getting there for 6:30am and the temperature was around freezing, so I had to scrape my car windscreen and there was ice on the track.
Like last week, we were divided into two groups. My group went first. We had to run for longer than last week – 4 minutes, with a 4-minute recovery after each one. Like last time, Jenny demonstrated her superior stamina, but I was not displeased with my performance. I managed to run just over 800m in the time, which also meant that I didn’t have to spend any of my recovery time walking back to the start.
After the running, we had to do some exercises – Romanian deadlifts, 20m jogging (to keep warm), hopping and walking lunges with a twist (and a kettlebell).
It all felt like hard work, so I hope that I start to see some good results this season!
I had hoped to go to my first turbo trainer session this evening, but I’ve had too much work to do to leave on time, so I’ve given myself a break tonight to allow me to blog and read a few other people’s blogs. The first blog post that caught my eye was from ‘Pipe Down Piper’ on motivational advice. I don’t want to reveal what the advice was, I just want to recommend that if you’re stressing out about an event, it’s worth bearing this particular guidance in mind!
The funniest advice that I’ve read on a blog this evening was about the importance of preparation so that you have fewer excuses for not exercising. I know that today would have been less stressful if I’d organised myself yesterday evening by:
- laying out my clothes for this morning’s exercise and today at work
- fully preparing my breakfast (or packing something that I can eat at work – this used to be easier when there was a microwave available to me)
- preparing my lunch
- reattaching my panniers to my bike (I took them off to repair them)
- packing my work bag
However, what made me laugh about the blog post that I read was that it appeared to have been written seriously and was recommending sleeping in your work out clothes if you are planning to do an early morning exercise session. I’ve tried sleeping in compression tights before (after my first marathon) and it wasn’t a great experience, so I will definitely not be sleeping in full sports kit. Have you ever tried that?
Creamy mashed cauliflower
I also read an interesting blog post about ‘Creamy Mashed Cauliflower‘ on The Iron You and it sounded so delicious that I’d like to try it. I’m wondering whether I’ll be able to convince my cauliflower-hating husband to try it.
My first multisport event of 2014
I’ve received entry confirmation for my first multisport event of 2014: Charlton Duathlon. I do hope that I have received my Team SOAS kit by then as there should be some pro photographers out on the course… although obviously, I need to factor in posing practice along with the other disciplines! 😉
A few people have asked me about GoTRIbal, so here’s one of their videos that explains a bit more: