Friday, May 15, 2009

Women of Steelhead

I've got a race tomorrow, and I'm actually pretty excited about it. I haven't trained great, but it's a sprint and I'll survive. It's an all-female race, which I've never done. When women get together, they can be pretty cutthroat. That's why I'm calling it the "Women of Steelhead" instead of the "Women of Steel."

I've lost some weight. I'm down to 158. I hope to be at 145 by Spudman. I don't want to be less than that.

I've stuck with my yoga, miraculously, and only thanks to my instructor, Chicago Amy. She's fierce and kick butt and has a rockin' body at 37. I hate yoga, honestly. It's really not my cup of tea, but it has grown on me. And supposedly it will help me have long, lean muscles. And it helps with core strength.

I've also tried to cut out my sugar and salt intake to a big degree. I eat a lot of egg whites, raw carrots, and canned green beans. I usually have a protein and salad for lunch. For breakfast it's exclusively oatmeal, or a variety of oatmeal. I bought a package of Dee's Cereal, which is basically grains, a few raisins, and twigs. It does help me stay full until lunch. I have to add a teaspoon of Splenda, because that stuff does not taste good. For dinners I eat what I make the family, and it's usually a protein, salad, a potato or rice, and a vegetable. I also eat yogurt for snacks, and hard-boiled eggs for snacks, but I don't usually eat the yolk.

I've tried to focus my mind on things I CAN eat. It seems hard when starting out to find foods. But I've realized that a cut-up tomato is a pretty good treat, especially with a little bit of garlic salt. Avocados are awesome. Those pre-packaged and pre-frozen fish are delicious heated up in the microwave.

My training still isn't as great as when I first started the sport. I'm going to fix up my trailer, so I can ride it anytime I want to go somewhere with the girls in tow. My running is fine. My swimming and biking need work. Currently I'm only devoting one day a week to each of those. It's just easier to jump on my treadmill. However, I did finish the Sprint DVD of the Carmichael cycling training series. It killed me! But I'd like to do it again, so it didn't beat me.

I'll post more after my race.

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