Interesting insight (thanks to Joe Friel for posting):
Thanks to some inspiration from one of my fabulous co-bloggers, I am attempting a new pumpkin recipe this evening. I frequent a handful of food blogs - from gluten-free to vegan - and this recipe recently made the rounds, with lots of favorable reviews. So, we'll give it a whirl. In short, it's a chili stuffed baked pumpkin. Kinda like a stuffed baked pepper...only, not. I've made a version of this in the past (using spicy sausage), and it turned out nicely. I'm going to add some ground chicken to the mix (the Clarendon WF didn't get their ground turkey delivery this morning, how unfort) to add protein. Will report back.
In other food-related news, I'm testing out a new breakfast. I'd been an eggs + avocado + turkey bacon kind of gal for quite a while, and while I heart this protein/fat/carb combo, I simply wasn't getting enough carbohydrate to power me through noon workouts (or evening workouts, for that matter). I've started to experiment with various gluten-free cereals, mostly Nature's Path brands, and have found that my stomach can handle SOME non-gluten grain in the morning. I have a hunch that my body does a much better job of digesting things early in the day, although I'm not sure why. I add some hemp protein powder (chocolate flavored, yum) as well as Psyllium Husk (fiber) to round out the nutritional profile, and then top with either hemp or almond milk. So far, so good.
I am simply falling head over heels in love with cross. Hyattsville was the hardest I have ever raced, period. I took the first turn entirely too hot (they were offering $100 for the winner of the first lap! unheard of in C4), washed out, dropped my chain and stood there, staring at it in disbelief, for about 30 seconds. Some fabulous individual helped me get it back on and gave me a push - THANK YOU, whoever you are! - and I started back out DFL. I thought about the two gels and the Snickers bar I had just ingested, and figured I shouldn't let such precious fuel go to waste (or end up somewhere on my thighs, for that matter) - so I turned it back on and managed to catch the field. Thanks to Bruce & the B's encouragement, I managed to keep the gas on the entire race, as I started to close the gap. I finally caught the two leaders with two to go. I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure they'd be nice and rested and I'd have to fight for the lead...but they were tired. Thank the lord. First win in CX - and it felt great. Until I puked up one of my gels. Eh, details.
P90X is an ass-kicker. No two ways about it. I am sore every day and only do it twice a week, with three days of rest in between. I don't know why I ever stopped strength training - it is such a critical part of being a well-rounded female athlete. I can now do 8 push ups - REAL push ups. This sounds incredibly lame. But two weeks ago, I couldn't do one. Unacceptable.
I have one more thing to say (yes, also about myself), and then I shall sign off. I have had a LOT of trouble recovering from cross races. As in...at least three days of feeling totally wasted. I need to figure out why this is, because it's really hard to bounce back into even recovery training when you feel like a total D. I have a feeling my recovery nutrition should be better (haven't been bringing my Paleo shakes to races - purely being lazy), but other than that I'm not quite sure what to do. Does anyone else have this problem?
Ciao for now.