To Improvise, To Adapt
Today was a Monday in every sense of the word. I slept like shit last night and paid for it this morning. It was the icing on the wet turd cake that was a weekend with only ONE hour of riding.
We got hit with a nice amount of snow yesterday and it sucked the motivation to train out of me harder than the infamous "golf ball through garden hose" chick we all heard about in high school. I just could NOT get any mojo going. I broke out the XC skis yesterday, but they never made it past the living room. So one hour on the trainer and 25 minutes of core exercises is all I got in two days off. Oh hell, maybe it was just my mind/body's way of telling me to take a chill week. So I chilled. I wasn't happy. But I chilled.
I spent two days looking for my heart rate monitor chest strap. I looked everywhere! It was driving me nuts! I thought I found it before my ride tonight, but it ended up being an old strap and didn't work. So I had "improvise and adapt". Forget what the monitors say and just listen to my legs. After a 10 minute warm up, I just found a gear that burned like hell and held it for 40 minutes. After a 10 minute cool down my legs had this to day- "I hate you". Oh well, I guess it worked then.
After my work out I did a bit more searching and sniffing for my chest strap. I knew I could smell sweat and saliva coated plastic somewhere. Sure enough I was lead to my bedroom. More searching and there it was! My chest strap! It somehow got mixed in with a basket of dirty clothes.
Once I was done basking in the glory of found fitness equipment I headed down to make some dinner. As I mentioned yesterday I've become a chipotle pepper fan. I also dig yams and had a couple in the kitchen. I knew I had read about someone making a Smashed Yams with chipotle peppers before. A quick Google search found me a few recipes. Non were really working for me, so I had to improvise, to adapt. Here's a basic look...
The found recipe:
5 large yams
5 tablespoon butter
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced
Pinch of salt
What I Did:
1 Large 380g yam
1 TBS Olive Oil
2 Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced
Kosher Salt/Pepper to taste.
All mashed up, and served as a side to some chicken sandwiches
NOTE: That I did all sorts of substituting BUT neglected to cut back on the chipotle peppers! Yeah, they tasted OK, but left some serious burn going down. I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow a.m.. Next time ONE PEPPER!! I really never thought about these two items together, but it really worked IMHO. I'll be trying them again soon, but with less peppers and a couple other slight changes.