The advantage of not writing my blog for 2 or 3 weeks is that quite a lot has happened - I organised my own triathlon to make up for missing Blenheim and nearly became a vegan!
I finally recovered from my weird bug and decided to get back with the programme. I tested my fitness with a steady 5k run which was fine, so the next day I completed my personal Olympic event. I cycled to PT with Simon, cycled home for lunch and then popped up to my other gym for a 10k and 1500m swim. Boom! Olympic distance +. So, now I'm officially on to the 70.3 distances. I'm quite excited about that, it feels like I'm really back in the game. Obviously much harder to fit it all in with work and other commitments so I'll focus on the swim and bike and will only do short runs. On the day we spent with the tri coach a few weeks ago he told me 'not to bother' with too much running as I need to actually get to the run first in a qualifying time and it's the easiest way to get injured. (Such faith!) but he's right - If I make it onto the run on the 70.3 at Zell, my lack of 21k training will be a good problem to have. I've also really been looking at my overall nutrition. I was listening to a Rich Roll (ultra ironman) podcast whilst driving to a meeting and he was talking to Joe Cross the Australian juice guy which was fascinating. So we watched 'Fat,sick and nearly dead' the film outlining his journey on You tube and I loved it. I immediately ordered a super fancy, whole food, slow masticating juicer and we've all been having juices every morning and evening, as well as after training and I'm sure it's doing me the world of good. I've also realised there's almost no difference between a really healthy vegan diet (like Rich Roll plant based nutrition or Brendan Brazier -Thrive) and a strict Paleo diet (well apart from the meat thingie!!). Both try to eat clean, unprocessed whole foods and avoiding gluten, diary and rubbish. Lots of veggies nuts, seeds and good fats and then protein either from meat (Paleo) or legumes (Thrive). I like the whole idea of not cooking much and keeping all the nutrients in my food and I really like the fact that Oscar makes my smoothies & juices like a pro and I often struggle with the ethics of eating animals so I'm much happier going in this direction. On the go it's really easy to go to a juice bar or grab a salad and not have to worry about the quality or origins of shop bought cooked meat. I haven't completely stopped eating meat but just switched around the balance so now most of my food is coming from plants, with a little good organic grass fed meat or wild fish rather than the other way round; but absolutely no gluten or processed sugars, very little dairy and I think I've finally got rid of the last few products in my house with chemicals and parabens, so I'm toxin free too. I really have noticed the most amazing surge in energy and bewilderingly I've no food cravings probably for the first time in my life and I love the fact my fridge and cupboards are bursting with such lovely healthy food. The amazing thing, is that even buying tons of the best quality organic fruit and veg my shopping bill has massively reduced for the last two weeks which is a nice unexpected bonus.
My other new gadget is a dehydrator which is almost as brilliant as the juicer. Pop some thin slices of pineapple or apple overnight and it's just delicious. The downside is that it doesn't last very long as we eat it almost immediately - but when there is some left its great to pop in the bento box on a bike ride. In the last few weeks all my training has been fuelled by natural whole foods which I find much more tolerable than shop bought stuff. My next project is to make some energy bars and electrolyte drinks with only the 'good stuff' as I'll need something more nutritionally dense to get through a 70.3 and I'm still struggling to get my sprouted rye sourdough loaf to rise, but these things can't be rushed and it's so nice to be enjoying my food for once rather than battling with some silly restrictive diet. We're in the middle of watching Forks over a Knives - another great food film advocating a plant based diet with lots of evidence of its regeneration potential for existing medical conditions - definitely worth watching too. My next battle is bed-time. I always run out of time in the evenings to do everything I want to do and then I struggle to get up early. So this week I've set myself a challenge to try and be in bed by 10pm - but it's going to be a battle going head to head with the World Cup and Wimbledon!