In the off-season, I tend to experiment with food. One year, I ate raw for two months. Another year, it was South Beach. Last year, it was meat-eating. I never stick to it long-term as I'm not a fan of long-term extreme anything, but I have found elements I like in all plans.
This year, I wanted to find something that was vegetarian and athlete-friendly. Plenty of vegetarian recipe books and diets are not written with endurance athletes in mind, and I wanted to find some good go-to recipes for next season when I'm starving and need a lot of calories fast.
Most recently, I've been playing with the Thrive book by pro vegan triathlete Brendan Fraiser. I really appreciate the advice and work of vegetarian endurance athletes. I like how he gives me recipes that cut out processed foods. I like how he talks about fueling and nutrition- nutrition being what we do every day and fueling being what we do before we do a workout.
He's got a lot of good ideas, some nifty recipes, and a lot of information that I would love to see better citations on, but I can live with it. I tweak some of the recipes a little.
I eliminate anything involving beets. I hate beets. I have tried them a number of times cooked in different ways, and M makes the only beet recipe I can stand, using golden beets. Otherwise, this vegetarian just really hates beets. In my mind, red beets are the favorite food eaten by demon clowns in hell.
I have concluded that I don't really like broccoli or cauliflower either. I may be a vegetable eater, but there's just certain ones I just don't like.
Anyway, goals for this off-seaon include me working hard on my speed. Now that I have a strong base, I want to be a little faster and a lot stronger. I feel like I can push myself harder now that I am no longer worrying about "can I finish this thing? am I even capable of surviving this?" After Leadman, I feel like I could survive anything.
I just want to survive it FASTER!
I was mad to miss out on the chance for an outdoor ride/run today. It was raining hard enough that I opted out of the ride- road bikes and moderate-to-heavy rain is what got me in trouble that time that I crashed and snapped my hand in half. Ouch. I no longer ride road rides in weather like that.
I was planning on a run, but after I got back from doing my least-favorite chore (grocery shopping), I discovered that I had mis-saved my sermon that I wrote two days ago and got to spend my afternoon reconstructing a sermon.
Grrrrr.... hopefully, I can fit that long run or workout in tomorrow somehow!