I started off my Saturday with my early morning standby: Maple Overnight Oats. So easy, so tasty!
In the mix:
- 1/3 c Brown Cow Maple Yogurt
- 1/3 c Oatmeal
- Dash of Soy Milk
On the mix:
- Sprinkle of Chia Seeds
- Dusting of Dried Cherries
- Blob of Pear Butter
My lunch was packed + pre-photographed, then shoved into my lunchbox for a midday meal consisting of a few snacks.
A Clif Mojo Bar + A Pear + A Carrot with some PB
When I get home Matt and I geared up for a bike ride, but first I snacked on an orange that looked a lot like this one:
I had planned for us to do a more scenic route but we ended up at Matt’s sisters house where we proceeded to hang with her pregnant dog, watch the Food Network and help ourselves to her fridge. Did I mention she’s in Chicago this weekend?
While we decided on what to have for dinner I snacked on some baby carrots with a few tablespoons of some tasty spinach dip. I’m a sucker for dips! Matt decided on making some sort of boxed pasta dish. As made evident by my sampler of a lunch and the fact that I allowed Matt to make something from a box for dinner, we clearly are in desperate need of groceries.
Sadly, I didn’t have a tape recorder (or my camera!) when Matt said that the boxed meal tasted horrible! My box loving, whole foods hating boyfriend said our ‘dinner’ was not good! My reply was obviously not, since were used to eating whole foods 🙂 Leaps and bounds, people. Leaps and bounds.
While watching a cake challenge on Food Network I had a few squares of delicious chocolate. Yum!
Tips for Open Water Swims
Unfortunately, my upcoming triathlon does not include an open water swim but instead a 1/2 mile swim in a lap pool. Although the swimmer in me is a bit bummed I am sticking with it since I am determined to squeeze in a tri this year. I know a lot of you (bloggers and readers alike) have jumped on the tri bandwagon. This means that a lot of you will be facing some intimidating, but rewarding open water swims. Here are some of my tips:
Practice in Open Water – The number one way to train or prepare for any open water swim is to practice in open water. If you have limited accessibility to open water practice in the longest pool you can find to reduce time spent on turns, but make sure to schedule some open water time pre-race.
Grab a Buddy – As a lifeguard I have to put this on the list – No one should be swimming in open water alone! Regardless of your familiarity with swimming or your personal skill level open waters can be unpredictable and have many hidden hazards.
Overcompensate – While you are swimming in open water it’s a good idea to overcompensate your stroke in control the effect waves have one your breathing. By bringing your elbows up high on the recovery and rolling your shoulders more as you breathe you will be able to stay in control of your body through the rockiest of waves.
Stay in a Straight Line – Incorporating an occasional look-and-lift motion as you breathe will allow you to track your whereabouts in the water. Allowing yourself to breathe every 1 ½ strokes (alternating sides) instead of on the same side will also prevent you from veering off course.
Dress for the Occasion – Depending on where you live Hypothermia can be a real cause for concern when swimming in and being around bodies of open water. Do your research before hand and arrive prepared for each swim with the appropriate swim gear. Remember, you lose a lot of heat from your head so a cap should always be a must!
Stay Calm – Reminding yourself of the techniques and preparations you have taken should ease some of your pre-swim nerves. Above all, remind yourself of your personal limitations and trust yourself and your body.