Sort of feeling re-motivated today for riding, racing and general fitness. I know it's a bit early in the season (one race) to be needing RE-motivated, but I am not your normal athlete. I'm a bit of spaz/fuck up.
Monday night I did the XXC Podcast with Ben and Zandr. Our guest this week Jonathon Davis was super cool and I found myself losing the bad dog bite mojo, post race blues and the feeling of being 200 pounds of sagging flesh stuffed into a too small lycra race kit. I went to bed Monday night with a much better mojo and committed to continuing to race and have fun doing so. I also want to refocus my nutritional lifestyle and get back to the foods that helped me get to my "race weight" years ago: fruits, good fats, vegetables, lean meats and plenty of water.
I sort of got caught up in the "a calorie is a calorie" type thinking and looking at calorie and fat content of foods rather than "how or what does this food do for my training?" Just because a food is low in calorie does not mean it's good for you... but you knew that. Watching quantity and upping the quality is what I want to get back to. Sure I'll still be having some beers on the weekend (watching the Q&Q) and I'll still have have a night to sort of relax, but I always got a lot out of cooking and eating for my riding and racing, it feels more natural and even when I'm not losing weight I at least feel better about myself and less depressed.
The meal I cooked up tonight: Spicy grilled boneless chicken breast (8 oz. serving), homemade guacamole (avocado, garlic, onion + splash of hot sauce), ONE serving of rice & beans, not my normal 2+ plates full (1/2 cup of brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, diced onions, green & red peppers, with some taco spices) and a modest helping of Meijer baked tortilla chips.
But enough about my food... I also got signed up for the Lowell 50 gravel race on Saturday, so my swearing off of racing lasted about 48 hours. This time I will show up WITH the CX bike that's for sure. Sounds like the course is perfect for it. Supposed to be a steep climb right at the beginning but then flatten out. Should suit my large and powerful ass. Ha!
Time for some bed, maybe a dump out... I've had a LOT of vegetables today!