When I was just a wee whooper snapper, I used to get so terribly excited for school. I planned for that first day weeks in advance, went shopping with mom to get some new outfits, supplies, a backpack, and organized my binders for each class with multiple color coded tabs. Yes, I was even planning when I was a kid, probably even in the womb!
I started classes again today, like so many others, and the most planning I’ve done is purchasing my books. I don’t know what it is but I don’t get that excited anymore. I mean the classes I am taking seem really interesting so far (still have one more on Thursday), but it’s just not like when I was a kid. Anyone else?
I went to adv sports nutrition today and it seems like it will be a nice refresher and also very interesting! I just wish the ex phys program had more classes like this with a specific track emphasis of sports nutrition. Ah well. Thursday I have research methods in physical activity. I’m hoping this will be some great information to help me out with my thesis, because as of right now I’m in a rock and a hard place. I need to get my butt in gear and decide what I’d like to do.
Did everyone have a good weekend? I actually felt like I got everything I needed to get done this weekend, which is almost always not the case. I’m always wishing for just one more day to finish the laundry, do this, make that, just relax. I actually got to bed by 9pm, and it was awesome to actually get 8 full hours of sleep. I haven’t had that in a long time. How many hours of sleep do you need to feel chipper?
Why did I go to bed so early? Well, being that my body was screaming at me for not getting enough sleep most nights, combined with a 30 mile bike ride, I was pooped! If you saw my post on Twitter, I had planned to ride 50 miles on Sunday with the green valley cyclists club. I was nervous to begin with for this ride because the most I’ve ridden is about 31 miles. Then, when we arrived to the starting point, I saw about 25 other cyclists many of whom rode professionally in Europe, and I thought . . . you know this probably isn’t a good idea for me right now. And boy was I glad I went on the other group ride! Chris told me it was just crazy. My ride was good, a little too easy, but good. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable on my bike, but I still need to master confidence with speed. I’m always afraid I’m going to totally biff it!
If you ever get the chance to speak to a professional cyclist, be prepared to be dumbfounded, intimidated and feel like a complete loser! (or just human) They are just on a completely different level that I cannot comprehend, aside from most athletes even. We talked to this one cyclist who still rides competitively, but not like he used to since he blew out his shoulder racing 60 mph and also blew out his knee on another crash, both of which the doctor’s said he probably wouldn’t race again. Since his major crash, he took 10 years off, gained weight, then started racing again 3 years ago and is already kicking everyone’s tail. What?! He also said that 50 mile ride was a ‘cool-down’ from his 75 mile ride just the day before. What?! I just don’t get it, someone explain this to me?! crazy. Props to Chris for going on that ride. I’m going to have to have a little more than 5 rides under my belt I guess.
I also talked to him about his diet, supplements, ergogenic aids and what he does to keep in the best shape. He told me that he probably burns upwards of 5,000 kcals/day and there is no way he can replenish all of that realistically. I thought this was interesting. Do you think you could eat 5,000 + kcals/day without eating high calorie junk? I was thinking I should do an interview for the blog!
I sure wish I would have had my little camera, I need to take pictures next time. It looks so neat when there are 25+ people all riding together. It’s a very empowering feeling too, but then I lose it when I fall back in the slow-poke group hehe
Dinner tonight was sure simple and filled with lots of veggies! We slathered some portabella mushrooms with TJ’s BBQ sauce and grilled them along with some other random veggies we had in the fridge to use.
I topped them with some cheese and placed them on TJ’s flat bread (love that bread!). I also made a simple hummus dip with some more of that lemon basil I’m in love with, which was an awesome spread. Simply swirl all the ingredients below in a food processor!
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tsp cumin (we like cumin, so 1 tsp would be sufficient)
- 2 small cloves garlic
- 2 bunches lemon basil (this is the best!)
- salt and pepper
- olive oil to make it smooth
On the side we grilled some sweet potatoes and fingerling potatoes for fries. I’m not much of a ketchup eater really and we don’t have any in our fridge. The only time I do eat it is when we go out to eat and it’s there staring at me. My ‘ketchup’ was greek yogurt and lemon basil hummus :)
Guess what I’m having for lunch tomorrow? I usually always take leftovers from dinner and transform it for lunch the next day. That way it saves me time in the morning. Tomorrow I’m not going to have too much time since I have to get blood work early, yuck! I just hate getting blood work, I always get woozy since I have to fast. Hope your week is going well so far!
Anyone start classes today, or drop off a kiddie to school? Are you looking forward to the school term?