Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I cannot believe it is already May 5th!
2012 is FLYING by!!
I am not sure if there is a full moon or not this weekend
but my kids have been acting VERY squirrelly!
They are ready for some weekend fun and it is gorgeous out today so…
This was my 3rd week of training for my first triathlon
It has gone really well and I created a vlog to give you a little recap
For my swimming workout, I am still trying to work on my breathing
As I have said before, I still have a hard time going from exhaling to inhaling
Without getting a gallon of water up my nose
BUT, it went really well
I found a couple of websites that gave me some great tips and drills to try
The first website, swimsmooth.com, had a lot of great tips about breathing into
The “pocket” and other terminology I wasn’t aware of.
At swimming.about.com, there are a lot of drills I could try
to help improve my balance and breathing. I started off using flippers
And that really helped propel me through the water and keep me afloat
(I sink like a ROCK!!)
I also found that doing the breaststroke really helped my breathing, too
The motion of going in and out of the water on each stroke was a great drill
I found this video very helpful in explaining how to do the breaststroke correctly
WEDNESDAY: Sprint Intervals and BodyRock
I LOVE doing these sprint intervals 2 x’s per week
It is going against my tri-training program but… it helps me to
Relieve stress and feel all sweaty and good inside
Repeat the series
This takes almost 35 minutes and about 3.5 miles
As for the BodyRock session, go to their website at Bodyrock.tv and check it out
They offer completely free daily workouts that will improve your fitness level in only 12-30 minutes per day
Caution: You will be VERY sweaty but feel AMAZING after completing all of this
THURSDAY: Bike and TRX
The weather has been so good to me during my training so far
It was about 70° and sunny so I checked my tires and hit the road
It was a nice ride but as Murphy’s Law states:
It felt like I was riding into a head wind EVERY direction I rode.
Also, the butterflies are out in full force
It was like dodging bullets!
And man, those cute little buggers REALLY hurt upon impact
Unfortunately, I did not get to use my TRX system on Thursday so…
It was a really tough day and I was SO tired that I went to bed early
That almost NEVER happens for me. It felt good.
FRIDAY: Sprint Intervals and BodyRock
Unfortunately, Friday was a tough day, too.
Even after a great nights sleep, I was still tired and a bit cranky.
Okay, a LOT cranky!
and I did NOT feel like doing much of anything except relaxing
(warning: here comes a little crazy talk)
But, after “Angel Amy”
(the little person inside my head that understands I ALWAYS feel better after I workout)
had a long conversation with “Bad Amy”
(the little person inside my head that tells to just lie around and do nothing)
about why I should go for a run,
Angel Amy told Bad Amy “Look, you always feel better after you run so just do it!”
So, in the end Angel Amy won and we all whipped off another round of my sprint intervals
And yes, I felt MUCH better after.
Thank you Angel Amy
SATURDAY: Off (Active Rest Day)
Today, it is GORGEOUS outside and I plan to take the kids
To play a little tennis at our local High School
And maybe even go for a little bike ride on the bike path
SUNDAY: Bike and BodyRock
My plan for tomorrow is to get up early and ride while the sun is coming up
I’ll tell you this… it is so heavenly and peaceful to ride during a beautiful sunrise on a
Warm and peaceful Sunday morning
Seeing God’s beautiful artwork is so amazing
And Last but Not Least…
In honor of Cinco de Mayo,
I have created a new
On Thursday night, I made a Powercakes Pizza
While it was baking, I “tried” to create a topping to go onto the Pizza
However, my Pizza topping ended up to be more salsa like than anything
Since it is Cinco de Mayo (perfect timing right?)
I am posting my recipe for you to try and enjoy today
2 Vine tomatoes
1 handful of fresh organic baby spinach
3 baby artichoke hearts
2 cloves of garlic – freshly pressed
A small handful of fresh chopped Cilantro (technical terms I know
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Some Italian seasoning (to taste)
1 TSB of Nutritional Yeast (very cheesy tasting and healthy)
I chopped and mixed this all up together and it was SO yummy!
So, what happened to the Powercakes Pizza?
Well, because I had to let it cool
I didn’t eat it untilthe next day
Yup, it was YUMMY!!
I ended up eating my salsa on some Simply Sprouted - Way Better Life Tortilla Chips
These chips are about as natural and basic as you can get for a “healthy snack food”
It was the perfect combination!
Let me know if you have a chance to make the salsa.
Do you have a favorite Cinco de Mayo recipe?
Any Triathlon training tips you can offer?
I would love to hear from you.