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Loving the off-season with two favorites: yoga and surfing. My yoga practice is more robust than my surfing but I’ll have a good time on many baby waves. Surf’s up in Nosara! Aloha and Pura Vida!
Off season is a great time to work on some swim technique. In the past few years, I’ve been swimming less, but still 2 times per week because I enjoy it. I’ve somewhat plateaued with my swimming speed but still want to maintain my endurance (I can swim forever!). I’ve also decided that the better value for me is to improve my bike and my run since I feel I can make better gains. In other words, I’ve come to terms with the status of my swim. I’ve gone from side-stroker extraordinaire to someone who can hold their own solid mid-pack in a 70.3 or higher in a local race. I have an unreasonable fear of sharks, but still get in the water anyway. (I still haven’t recovered from my parents taking us to the beach after watching Jaws at a matinee with my grandma!) There are some so called vegetarian sharks (Leopard Sharks) in La Jolla where I surf that keep me from wiping out!
Anyway, it’s always good to work on technique and then speed when the season kicks back up again. Here are some great tips from Joanna Zeiger:
Sore back, tight hamstrings and calf muscles, and a chill that won’t go away. That can only mean one thing: the return of winter running.
I went for my first true outdoor run of the winter season this weekend that included frigid temperatures, uneven snow, and some hidden slick spots.
I suffer growing pains at the start of every winter before my body adjusts.
With the snow today and chilly weather, I've got to 'toughen up buttercup!" and make sure I get out once a week to run. My Canadian blogger pals do it and I know it's much much colder there. Here's to inspiring some winter running outside!
First snow of the season today (not sticking–phew!) and since I’ll be surfing next week in Costa Rica, this post struck me as particularly beautiful…
I first tried muesli when I lived in Germany during college and it’s something I’ve enjoyed ever since. One of the most amazing benefits of eating insoluble fiber such as oats is that if someone you know tends toward high cholesterol, it is one of the few things that can reduce it naturally in addition to having many other health benefits.
The other day my husband asked me to buy the GF muesli that I bought before, but I couldn’t remember where I’d bought it or even what the package looked like. (I’m in charge of buying good healthy GF things!) I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of making it myself and storing it. I kind of thought that, like granola, you had to mix and bake it. You don’t. I looked up a recipe and laughed at myself and then sought out things in my cabinet realizing that I make it all the time fresh so why not have a bunch of it for ease. There is no real recipe to this— only that it tastes good to you. Start with 2 cups of oats and then add what you have. This is what I did:
2 cups rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
1 cup chopped and toasted walnuts
3/4 to 1 cup chopped dried cherries (or raisins or other dried fruit you enjoy)
1/4 cup salted pepitas (I had some left over and thought the salt would be nice)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon chia
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional because my husband likes things sweet)
You can have this straight with milk, make it a hot cereal, add it to cold cereal, put it on yogurt, add it to a smoothie, or anything else you can think of. And of course you can add additional things to change it up–that’s why I think starting with only 2 cups of oats is optimum.
Are you a breakfast eater? What’s your go-to healthy easy breakfast?
We went to a local gluten-free restaurant the other night that we really want to like. Unfortunately, they just don’t always hit the mark and this time was no exception. They had a pumpkin soup that sounded great. However, it arrived looking very much like dark brown baby food. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t good. I thought they burned the onion and used them anyhow. My husband tasted wine and thought that they must have used it to deglaze the onions, which wasn’t good either. But this experience made us both crave some lovely fall soup. On Saturday, he made a gorgeous pumpkin soup with a spot of beet soup placed in the center for decoration. (I should have taken a photo!). Last night, we were in the mood for squash and it was my turn. I can’t believe this soup tasted so lovely in 30 minutes but it did.
Here’s all you need:
1 small butternut squash
1-2 diced Egyptian onions or 1/2 onion (I had the Egyptian ones in the garden)
1 clove garlic pressed (you could dice but pressing is better)
1/2-1 tbsp ginger powder
1/2 tbsp lemongrass
1 can low fat coconut milk
1-2 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Sauté onion and garlic in lite oil. Take the chopped and peeled squash and mix in, letting it sauté for a moment. Add coconut milk and enough broth to cover the squash. Add spices. Heat until squash softens. (About 10-15 minutes if you’ve cut it small enough!). Ladle the soup into your blender/vita-mix and blend until smooth. Check and add more spice, salt and pepper if necessary. Optional is to serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or yogurt. The restaurant should have thrown out the weird textured soup and done something like this that was both easy and delicious! Enjoy!
Wishing everyone the race of their dreams and good mechanical luck!
There are so many strong women in the field, it’s hard to decide if you root for one or all of them! Wouldn’t it be wild if Natasha Badmann used her super smile and super skill to beat them all at 46? I love the comeback story of Mary Beth Ellis, just a few weeks off shoulder surgery, coming through for the win. Or even Meredith Kessler, one of the sweetest gals on the circuit, powering through 2 major bike crashes earlier this season to pull out a mentally tough win. It would also be great to see Xena – the Warrior Princess but truly shy and sweet gal Caroline Steffen stay strong on the run and have the race her coach and all know she is capable of. But what do you guys think? Pick your winner and your dark horse and let me know! I pick Caroline as my winner and Natasha as my dark horse. (Can’t help it—I love Natasha and her ultimately positive live life attitude!)
With so many strong contenders this weekend, it’s hard to pick someone that clearly comes out on top on the men’s side. We all know former 3-time champion Crowie never comes to the start line thinking he can lose. After a not so great result last year and now in his 40′s you can bet he’d like to go down in history as the man who not only holds the record for being the oldest winner at Kona at 38 at his last in, but to trump that and be the oldest winner at 40. Could German and 2013 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Keinle do a Norminator (Norman Stadler)and execute a lead so great on the bike that he runs away with the win without a challenge? Can Spaniard Eneko Llanos, under the coaching genius of Dave Scott assert his strength and skills for not only a podium finish, but a win? Did current champion Pete Jacobs save it all year for another fastest run and repeat performance to retain the crown? Or can Andy Potts, America’s best hope, pull off the unexpected and battle with the Aussies and Germans to take the win home?
What do you think? Who will win and who are you rooting for?