Archive for November 2009

Week 3's Menu:

November 30, 2009

So this is week three and I find myself with two fairly similar menus left to go. I’m looking forward to seeing if the small things make a difference:

Friday Tea:                        Fish & Rice

Saturday Breakfast:     Beans, egg, bread, coffee. 

Snacks:                                 Cereal Bar, Flapjack, Banana.

Saturday Tea:                  Beef, Vegetables and fruit.

I’m not a big fan of breakfast, I find it difficult to drum up enthusiasm for anything that isn’t coffee soo close to waking up so this is going to be a huge breakfast for me. I’m very interested to see what happens.

Thanks for the flapjacks guys. I love them 🙂

As An Aside:

I was astonished to discover yesterday that I’d received a BIG shout out from a personal idol of mine, this man truly knows his stuff. What I didn’t realise was that while I was looking to him, he was looking at me so I just want to say thanks Magic James. ( this thank you list is growing quickly eh?).

Through getting off his bum and onto his pedals he’s shed nearly 7 stone. What this guy doesn’t know about nutrition probably isn’t worth finding out. Be inspired, you wont regret it, go take a look at his blog http://22stonecyclist.com/ it makes for compulsive reading.

Week 3’s Menu:

November 30, 2009

So this is week three and I find myself with two fairly similar menus left to go. I’m looking forward to seeing if the small things make a difference:

Friday Tea:                        Fish & Rice

Saturday Breakfast:     Beans, egg, bread, coffee. 

Snacks:                                 Cereal Bar, Flapjack, Banana.

Saturday Tea:                  Beef, Vegetables and fruit.

I’m not a big fan of breakfast, I find it difficult to drum up enthusiasm for anything that isn’t coffee soo close to waking up so this is going to be a huge breakfast for me. I’m very interested to see what happens.

Thanks for the flapjacks guys. I love them 🙂

As An Aside:

I was astonished to discover yesterday that I’d received a BIG shout out from a personal idol of mine, this man truly knows his stuff. What I didn’t realise was that while I was looking to him, he was looking at me so I just want to say thanks Magic James. ( this thank you list is growing quickly eh?).

Through getting off his bum and onto his pedals he’s shed nearly 7 stone. What this guy doesn’t know about nutrition probably isn’t worth finding out. Be inspired, you wont regret it, go take a look at his blog http://22stonecyclist.com/ it makes for compulsive reading.

This Weeks Ride?

November 29, 2009

I have to admit to this week being a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but I’ll tell you more about that later, first for the food:

Chicken and mushroom pasta. What a lovely meal. Really, I never was a fan of chicken with pasta, not sure why but it was always reminiscent of little chef food.So I was dubious, wrongly so as it was a delight to eat. Chicken, onions, mushrooms, whole meal pasta. mmmm.

And off to bed I went. At 7am Saturday morning 2 alarms went off, closely followed by a phone call from the husband to make sure I was up. A bowl of lentil soup, a cup of coffee, seven thousand layers of clothes and off I pedaled on a fine but freezing ( really, my computer recorded it at 0.5 degrees) morning. After stopping at the end of the street to investigate a brake problem I was on my way to Ponteland.

It was not pleasant. My legs would just not go round, I was cursing the sky and trying and trying to persevere, it was not nice. I’m told this happens in the cold so I’m not sure it was down to breakfast. Then I hit Stannington Station and a mist of evil proportions descended. I could not see. Luckily my stepdad rang and offered me a lift to Ponteland.

The ride:

Hard. It’s the only way I can explain it. The bananas were tasty and the dried fruit is something I’m definitely going to keep bringing but this was indeed the week of slogging for not much gain. I dropped my water bottle twice. ( the second time I left it there on the floor in a fit of pique but some nice man picked it up for me! Thanks). My cycle computer bounced out of its bracket and smashed, strangely reducing me to tears of frustration. My legs did not want to co-operate and I found myself stupidly teary, emotional and livid for very little reason. At the coffee shop I fought the urge to hide outside and not talk to anyone, ate my banana, some dried fruit, went inside and suddenly felt much better.

We took a gentle ride back to Ponteland where I got myself a cuppa and waited for my husband to arrive for the ride home.  The ride home is about 17 miles and was by far the best 17 miles of the day. My legs were listening, I felt comfortable and it was lovely to ride with my husband. I’m told that according to his computer we averaged 14 miles per hour on the ride home, how I do not know. I do know that by the time I got home I was absolutely ravenous so while my bath was running I rammed some tinned mackeral and boiled rice into myself, now that really hit the spot. Another good meal that I will be eating again.

My Conclusion:

Lack of computer forces me to estimate the ride at about 60 miles in total. A lot of that was hard but it proves something profound to me. As utterly important as putting the right fuel in is, if you don’t look after your mind too you are stuffed.

For this weeks menu I would say that I have learned that theres more to life than cereal bars, that dried fruit is a great snack and that fish and rice are both excellent post ride foods.

For this week itself I would say that I was told something yesterday by two separate people which picked me up off the floor and made me realise that it’s ok to not be brilliant straight out of the gate as long as you really are putting your heart and soul into it. (three people if you count the husband but he has to be nice to me, so you know…). Public thanks to both Alan and Andy.

What am I in for next week then? (ooh, I will have my new computer with the addition of a heart rate monitor by then too!!)

OK. Next Weeks Menu.

November 23, 2009

Friday Tea: Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

Saturday Breakfast: Lentils

Snacks: Bananas, dried fruit

Saturday Tea: Fish, Rice, Chocolate cake.

I’m looking forward to this one. I love my cereal bars and this menu doesn’t contain any, I’ll be interested to see how I do. I’m also really looking forward to lentils for breakfast. Lentils are very much one of my favourite foods, I’ll be glad to see if they work better than oats.

Just so you know, I’m aiming for 60-70 miles this week. Do you guys think I can do it on this diet? Comments gratefully received.

I Ate The Food, How Do I Feel?

November 22, 2009

Now for the log, Friday tea:

At tea time on friday night I made myself and my son a lovely bowl of lentils and Scooby Doo pasta (this is what happens when you let a 5 year old choose). I must admit lentils and pasta did not strike me as a texture match but actually it was rather nice. The really odd thing was that two hours later i was starving hungry again. Grr.

So off to bed I went…..

And so came Saturday morning and with it my least favourite breakfast of oats and fruit. Actually that was surprisingly pleasant too.

The ride itself;

The group set a fairly fast pace and I did struggle to keep up but on a personal level I’m pretty impressed, on the way to the cafe stop I made it up every hill and round every corner, saw some lovely scenery. 18 miles of working like a dog. Then we hit the lunch stop at the Ox at Middleton

It was hard to watch everyone eating hot paninis (ok, so usually its a piece of cake and a cuppa but this was a pub). These paninis were a joy to behold, they looked perfectly cooked and generously proportioned, especially when you’re standing outside in the rain eating 3, yes, count them, 3, cereal bars and a bag of dried fruit.

Lunch stop over, off we went again in the pouring rain. Once again the group set off at a pretty speedy pace so we hung back and took a scenic route back to the cafe at Ponteland. 12 glorious miles off wind and rain, just three of us,myself, my buddy Andy and a glorious old guy whose name I keep forgetting ( Ray?). Now I’m a big girl (14 1/2 stone and dropping) and my mate Andy is very slim so what usually happens is that I struggle up the hills while Andy flys on ahead and I’ll catch him coming down.  What I didn’t realise until the glorious old man ( seriously, he’s in his 70’s maybe and way way fitter than me) pointed it out is that on the flat Andy was working his bum off to keep up and the closer we got to Ponteland the smaller his lead up the hills. I’m sure this has a lot to do with diet as usually we are pretty evenly matched. In fact I’d usually argue that Andy is the better cyclist.

Cup of coffee, chinwag and then home.

The wether being as horrific as it was I decided to follow my mate home to Gosforth and bum a lift back to Ashington. Three of us set out from the cafe in Ponteland, myself, Andy and the Magic James. James is an Idol of mine, he used to weigh 22 stone and really really knows his stuff when it comes to well, anything, but especially nutrition (check out his blog, it’s fascinating http://22stonecyclist.com ). Anyway, a few miles from home and we had to stop, Andy could do no more so we waited with him while he ate a cereal bar and had a drink of water. More evidence that if you leave it till you’re hungry to eat and thirsty to drink then it’ll be too late. Things went slowly but smoothly after that and I got to Andy’s feeling like I could do a few more miles.

In conclusion:

Well, I’ll start with the stats:

I’m informed that I cycled 48 miles yesterday, my cycle computer stopped recording at 41.55 miles 😦 so I’ll give you the stats from that.

Distance: 41.55 miles

Time:        3hrs24

Average Speed:  12.4 mph

Ok, so my average speed was lover than my usual of 12.7 to 13 mph and the distance was smaller than I hoped for but taking into account the fact that this was my third day in a row (20 Thursday in that wind, 33 Friday and 48 Saturday) and the fact that I’d had a fall on Friday which had left a pretty big bruise on my right thigh and an ache in my right arm I am pretty impressed with this weeks diet. Thanks guys.

I actually really enjoyed my tea of egg, mackeral and beans too and woke up this morning pretty much ache free and tempted to go riding.

Let’s see what next week brings…

The Dreaded MicroTeach

November 20, 2009

I’m studying to be a teacher, teaching grown ups. This week (and next- its a big class. lol) every student in my class had to give a mini lesson to the rest of the class.

Sounds scary doesn’t it? That’s because it is!

Everyone did really well and I certainly learned a thing or two. 🙂

Anyway, my passion is cycling. I regularly undertake long rides usually between 30-50 miles and I’m aiming to increase that to 70 miles. So I decided to give my lesson on nutrition for athletes. As an activity I asked my students to design my tea the night before my club ride, my breakfast on the day, any snacks and my tea afterwards. Being the silly girl I am I also promised I would follow it and report back.

So here goes. I have four different menus so over the next four Saturdays you’re going to see for yourself if it works.

1st week:

Friday Tea:                   Lentils and Pasta. Piece of cake.

Saturday Breakfast:  Oats and Fruit.

Snacks:                           Dried fruit, cereal bar and banana.

Saturday Tea:              Beans, fish, egg and chocolate cake.

Wish me luck. 🙂