Saturday, May 19, 2012
My little tag along
It's hard to believe that up until last summer we were still fitting our two kids (then 3 and 6) into a chariot stroller behind the bike. This year we're decided to stop cramming our children into small spaces and we've upgraded to a tag-a-long bike attachment. We tried it out for the first time last night and loved it. Kyla was just giggling and squealing with delight the whole time and kept saying, "go faster momma!" We need to buy one more, so that all four of us can head down into fish creek park for long rides together. I just love the trails down there and think it's so fun to explore them and break for a picnic lunch by the river.
We just came home from the gym where we did a 2.5 hour ride and a 20 min run. That's the last long ride before the race (which is in TWO WEEKS!) My legs feel really tired and I'm so ready to start recovering. My left hamstring has been ridiculously tight this week but feels significantly better after my acupuncture appt. yesterday. In my 20 min. run at the gym I ran 4 kms and felt good. I'm having a hard time finding the word for how I feel about the race. I just feel like it's going to be a 'natural' experience, if that makes any sense.
Oh and I'm still eating a lot of salads. My new way of eating has definitely helped me to use fat as a source of fuel but I've also come to realize how much carbohydrates help with mood, energy and cognitive function. I think that in our North American diet, it's common to eat too many servings of carbohydrates. Even though I was eating healthy carbohydrates, I was still eating quite a few servings each day (especially relative to my servings of protein.) It's been an interesting experiment to limit the carbohydrates for awhile. My body has changed, which I'm happy about but I look forward to gradually introducing them again. I hope that by giving my pancreas a 'rest' it will be even more efficient at regulating blood sugar. My plan is that after this race I will go back to having my primary focus be NOURISHING MY BODY. I assume that by doing this, I will maintain some of these changes in my body but if not, that needs to be ok because I believe that being healthy needs to always be more important than being thin.
Happy Weekend Everyone!