Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On The Juice

I have a big confession to make because I believe in honesty, so much so in fact I am going to come clean now before all the naysayers start slandering my name. You see, the triathlon world is all a 'twitter' right now about doping in the sport and talking about who is tested and who is buying their way out of it.(something to do with some old 40+ bike racer who just schooled a bunch of pro men in a race). Before the drug testers come knocking on my door, because I too am over 40 and could school my 25 year old self,  I am putting it out there. Yes, I am in fact on the juice. That's right folks, you are hearing a confession from someone before they have been caught. I know it is just a matter of time before someone spots me using. I am not exactly discreet. I often go directly to the back of my car post swim workout, open it up and take a much needed shot. At some point someone is going to get suspicious that my sometimes mediocre performances are bordering on consistently mediocre and report me. So, yes people I have been on the good stuff since December. I do not use everyday, but I do use most days and when I do I feel the hit. I have been able to recover faster, and go longer so I would say that it has been performance enhancing. Now my confession wouldn't be complete without the evidence so here it is, my special formula:

The Juice

List of Ingredients

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Changing Views

I love laying under trees looking up at the sky

Wow, I thought to myself, this view is spectacular. The hillside is a vibrant spring green sprinkled with the beginnings of the purple wildflowers and it plunges dramatically into a deep twisty ravine. What was most surprising about the view wasn't the super vivid colors or the dramatic landscape, what was most surprising to me was that this is the first time I had seen this view. That would make sense if I was on a trail for the first time, but this was my go to trail. The trail I had been mountain biking more than any other since I had decided to become a mountain biker. So how was it in all these years and times on this trail I had never seen this magnificent view? As I kept admiring it my wheels continued to roll and when I could no longer see the view before me because I was back amongst trees I realized how I had missed the view the dozens of times I had been here before. In the past when I was riding down this particular hill I had a myopic view of the ruts, drops and loose rocks directly in front of me and my white knuckle grip on the bars. There actually had been times when the scenery before me had terrified me so much that I had gotten off and walked down the hill. Yes, I had progressed to the point that I could casually ride down this section of the trail and not just make it down, but be able to enjoy the view. Made me realize that no matter how hard something seems to us at the time, we can work through it and if we allow ourselves growth our point of view can change. Look beyond the white knuckled grip on the bar, stop trying to control everything in front of you and look at things from a different point of view while you enjoy the ride.

Kiki's Kulinary

Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie with Raspberries
(thank you Heidi for supplying me with yummy treats!)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I'm Loving It

I am absolutely head over heels in love with Ironman training. I am having so much fun with my training and enjoying every aspect of it. I do not dread any of the training and I do not find myself wishing I could do anything else. While I am still 13 weeks out I know that this will not change. I'm sure some of you are thinking, sure you love it, it was 70 degrees and sunny today. This is true and I did get out and enjoy the amazing weather, but I have even been giddy with excitement on rainy days. I did a long run on muddy trails and had frankenstein shoes from all the clay build up, and I was smiling the whole time. I have done inside trainer workouts due to the rain and been left quivering at the end. I have been in my pajamas by 5pm on a Saturday because I was so tired, and I have been asleep by 8pm. I am excited to feel my muscles fatigued one day and the next day no trace of it. I have fallen hard and I do not see an end to the honeymoon stage. Ironman training and me, we're soulmates. I'm lovin' it!