I thought that the week went really well. Mike and I pushed ourselves really hard every day and we were especially happy with our improvement on the swim workouts.
With that being said, we are going to try to be a little smarter with some of the workouts next week. We have been doing a lot of endurance with our swims, but we want to have a better mix of speed and endurance workouts. We would like to incorporate the same thing into our lifts. For kiteboarding, it is important that we have a lot of explosive power. For teaching, we need a lot of endurance (we also have a triathlon we are thinking about doing in May).
My body is pretty tired. Friday was the most tired I have been. I had been going to the gym and workout out before we started this, but the incorporation of these different workouts is more difficult. As a result, my time and speed went down on our ride out to Tybee on Friday, but I expect this to get easier as we make the ride more often.
One of you have asked me to record what I ate this week. I have always had a really hard time doing that, so I will be really general about this week and try to be more conscious of it next week!
Breakfast: This is always the same for me, I am very much a creature of habit! I eat 2 soft boiled eggs and 2 pieces of toast with peanut butter (and sometimes put honey). Occasionally, I will have fruit when we have it and also have coffee (although I only had it once this week as I am trying to cut caffeine out of my diet). On one day this week, I was running late for breakfast and only ate a Luna bar (not enough).
Lunch: This is also usually very similar. I bake my own bread every few days (or every day when my boyfriend is not out of town-we go through a whole loaf in a day!). I eat a sandwich. This week, I had a mix of peanut butter and pineapple preserves and hummus and chicken sandwiches. I also eat a piece of fruit (this week, an orange) and a few times, a Luna bar.
Dinner: I am usually very healthy, but I have had a lot of different things going on this week. I had a sandwich one night, chicken, a hamburger from an organic restaurant (and I really can’t remember the other nights).
As far as snacking, I keep Luna bars and shot blocks around to keep my energy up. I tend to let myself eat whatever my body craves (within reason-if my body is craving a chocolate cake, I am most likely not going to eat it!). I think this is one of the best ways to tell if you are getting what you need.
Next week, I want to focus on eating more nuts as snacks and change up the bars from Luna back to Mojo. This past summer, I had given up eating meat and really enjoyed it (and still very rarely eat anything other than chicken or fish). I think this summer, I would also like to give up meat again. I plan on slowly weaning myself off of it and making sure I am getting enough protein from other sources. If any of you have a hectic workout routine and have good advice for alternative protein sources, please share it with me! When the season starts, I will be continuing this routine, as well as spending the entire day on the beach working!