Surprise Triathlon & Some Thoughts on Fuel

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

So I decided sort of last minute to participate in another tri--this weekend! It's on Saturday. It's down at the Jersey shore and includes a 600-yard ocean swim, a 21-mile bike ride, and a 5-mile run. The swim is a little shorter than my sprint in May, the ride is about 4 miles longer, and the run is 2 miles longer, meaning this one is going to be a bit more of a challenge! I'm looking forward to it though!

I've also got another tri 7/24 (Olympic length--1.2-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 10k run), a sprint distance 9/11, and another Olympic distance 10/9. I've also got a 1.5-mile swim race on 7/10, a 5k 7/10, and a 62-mile bike ride 8/14, which I'm raising money for. There are a bunch more 5ks in there--would love to find some intermediate distance runs to do too in my area. All exciting stuff!

I met a pal for shopping and lunch and we stopped at the Cheesecake Factory. Wow, their food is really not good. I had a pasta and shrimp dish and was appalled at the nutrition information later. I ate a small portion of it and honestly have a hard time believing it could have been nearly as loaded with calories as is suggested, considering the terrible lack of flavor and substance. I did have a few bites of cheesecake, however (split three ways), and believe every calorie that was in that--though in that case, each bite was well worth it! All the same, it was a good reminder that even though I'm active enough that a meal like this is more than burned off in the morning before I eat it, I simply don't like to eat like that. It's not the fuel I choose to honor my body with. In fact, eating it leaves me feeling hungry again shortly after, lethargic, unsatisfied, and just... gross. Why would I choose to eat like this? Next time we meet up, I'll suggest a different location. Fueling my body in a way that allows it to perform its best and honors the things it lets me do is becoming increasingly important to me. For a long time, the most important thing for me to consider in terms of what I ate was making sure I balanced the QUANTITY of food with my activity in such a way that created a consistent calorie deficit. Now that weight loss isn't really the goal anymore but I've remained active, the QUALITY of my nutrition is center stage. It's not that I never thought of the quality before or that I'm not mindful of the quantity now... but the balance has certainly--rightly, I believe--shifted!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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    Seems like a natural progression to me.

    2923 days ago
    sound like an active end of Spring/Summer on tap! congrats, it is amazing all the things your body can do now :) i am proud of you!
    2924 days ago
  • FREES1
    nice quiet summer you have lined up there... it really sounds exciting!

    your words are so full of truths.. sometimes we have to have a bit of fun, like splitting your cheesecake 3 ways and enjoying your portion... let those sweet teeth revel once in a while... and it is absolutely amazing all the hidden calories and other not so good things that can be packaged into restaurant and packaged foods... we really do have to be vigilant...

    I love the way you put it "It's not the fuel I choose to honor my body with" you are a wise woman! enjoy the runs swims and rides......... and the goregouse Jersey shore!
    2924 days ago
    Did you ever think about making your food logs public? I'd love to see what you consume on a daily basis that keeps you fueld. It really is shameless the amount of calories, fats, sodium, etc that these restaurants load in their meals. At my job I have to take the folks out very often to chain restaurants, and although some have low cal/fat options, the sodium is thru the roof and more than enough to give you severe cotton mouth for at least 2 days. But I'm thankful that it's only once or twice a month and the other meals that I eat are preprared by me, in my kitchen using good ingridents that keep me sustained.

    Good luck with your next tri. You're a machine! O, and how can I donate for your other race?
    2924 days ago
    Sounds like your summer will be full of running, biking and swimming! How awesome is that? Enjoy your triathlon this weekend.
    2924 days ago
  • BANAN2
    What I recall about the Cheesecake Factory is that every portion could have fed at least two. How do they expect people to save room for cheesecake???? Good luck on all your upcoming events. I was thinking about your journey as I made my coffee. The trepidation you felt when taking your first yoga class, the despair when you had your first sports injury and thought you couldn't run again. I don't know what your future holds, but have you considered being a personal trainer/life coach? You would have so much to offer, a very holistic viewpoint and an understanding about the mental/emotional part the defeats so many who are trying to change their habits. Anyway, you go, girl!
    2924 days ago
    Sounds like a busy race schedule! Have fun with it, and I'll look forward to your reports.
    2925 days ago
    That's awesome, Melissa!
    2925 days ago
    2925 days ago
    Well YOU definitely have some great races on the horizon, too. :) WOOHOO! :D I really found some food I got at Cheesecake Factory to be delicious - I got the Weight Management Pear and Endive Salad and some tuna carpaccio thing is really good, too. Some stuff - totally not worth it. But other stuff, good stuff. :)
    2925 days ago
    You most excellent blog reminds me of something I heard many years ago:

    "Eat to live, dont live to eat."

    I think you hit the nail right on the head.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom
    2925 days ago
    You sure are a busy girl!!

    Good luck this weekend!!

    2925 days ago
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