Protein Balls.

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I’ve gone to the dark side…

After swearing off protein powder in a previous post I have crossed over into the world of protein powder.

I have TRIED to like protein powder but just found it disgusting and unnecessary. Until now…

Out of curiosity I entered my daily food intake into an app on my phone and realised not only was I not eating enough my protein intake was at a measly 11%. For the amount of training I am now doing this is not good enough!

Nate has been trying to get me to try his protein shakes for a while now and I have always turned my nose up at them or just having “a sip” and admitting they “tasted alright” (they taste better than alright!).

In order to try and eat more, and in particular protein I have added a protein shake (HAHA!) to my post workout meal. I have also been trying to get more protein in creative ways so I don’t have to have so much liquid!

I had a MASSIVE training session on Saturday which included almost 4 hours on the bike and straight into a 5k run, I pulled up really well on Sunday and I honestly believe that protein has played an important part in this recovery.

QUALITY protein powder is a must. I cannot stress this enough. I tried a couple of cheap ones and oh my god they were horrible… sickly sweet and a bit like sand.

Bring on the balls!

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The Bits and Pieces

4 scoops of chocolate protein powder

1 C shredded coconut

3/4 C oats

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

15 dates

2 tbsp cocao powder

water, as needed

sesame seeds, for coating

 

In a food processor, process dates until a sticky ball has formed. Add in a small amount of water – I used about 1 tbsp to help make it smooth.

Process coconut in with date mixture for about 2 minutes.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add other ingredients except for the water and sesame seeds!

Mix until well combined – adding small amounts of water as needed. BE CAREFUL not too make the mixture too wet or you won’t be able to roll the balls properly. No one likes sloppy balls!

Place sesame seeds in a small bowl.

Once well combined, roll into small balls and place ball in bowl of sesame seeds to coat.

Store these babies in the fridge!

 

Enjoy!

Brickie xx

Why I Love to Tri.

Ah recovery week! How I love yet struggle with you… hooray for more time for blogging though!

Last weekend we went up to the Royal National Park and road to Bundeena and back. 65km of tough climbs made for an awesome training session backed up with a 16km run on Sunday for me and a huge 21km for Nate!

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The iconic Bald Hill.

I finally ballsed up and got down on my aero bars – so much fun! I’m still a bit of a scaredy cat and jumped up a few times coming into corners but I am sure a few more weekends out and about which make me a lot more confident! It felt really good being in that position and I know it’ll help in the run, being a more efficient rider!

I LOOK like I know what I am doing...

I LOOK like I know what I am doing…

I have been thinking a lot lately about why I’ve become obsessed with triathlon. It’s not so much the swim, bike or run although I do love racing. It’s the places triathlon has already taken me!

Every weekend Nate and I set off on a long ride to places we have never been before, even though they’re on our doorstep!

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Sundays lately consist of running along the bike track further than the week before and 2 weeks ago I ran to the place I used to ride to on my bike and back (25km)! That is crazy!

Swimming sessions have probably been the most challenging of all – every session is a battle but we are swimming longer and harder than we ever have before.

Training for your first half Ironman is definitely challenging but it’s also worth it. Every session you complete is an achievement as most of the distances you have never tackled before. Afterwards it feels like you have ticked off one more goal and the idea of swimming 1.9km riding 90km and then running 21.1km seems less daunting.

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We are now 4 weeks in with 12 to go and I have decided to give the Mudgee Marathon a miss. As hard a decision this was I have been training really hard and I want to see just what I have got on race day in Port Macquarie and throwing a marathon in the mix a month out from the race just doesn’t fit. Nate will still be tackling the marathon (legend!) and I will do the half.

On the plus side, it means I can take Sirius back to Mudgee with me and get in a training session on Saturday before the race. This will be a better indicator of race fitness too.

Brickie xx

 

Post run on Sunday!

Post run on Sunday!

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Pumpkin Muffins with Date and Coconut Icing.

Pumpkin muffins!

I want to eat ALL the food.

No seriously, since ramping up the training my appetite has doubled! While I sit here writing this I am thinking about what to have for second dinner!

The bonus of upping the training and getting stronger has been that I have finally managed to lose most of the Eurotrip weight from last years epic adventure where I put on 6kg in 5 weeks! Yes, you read that right!

It only took me a year…! Before I left I was the healthiest I have ever been and I really thought it would be easy to lose when I got back and into a routine. I took it for granted and was really surprised when I was struggling to fit back into my clothes 6 months on!

I didn’t want to force myself into a strict regime or “diet” but was also justifying eating that second burger because I was going for a run later…! I was also super impatient! I thought that after a month of getting back into training I would be right back where I was before I left –  and I was super frustrated when I wasn’t!! However, after taking the focus off losing weight and shifting it towards training for longer distance tris – what do you know?! My clothes fit me again!

I guess my point is, I underestimated how hard it would be and that it’s also very easy to fall into the mindset of well I am exercising heaps so I can eat 10 of everything including a tub of peanut butter and ooooh look chocolate!

Nate and I have both been trying to get out nutrition right with this amount of training too. I now understand the importance of fuelling my body right after my training sessions and my favourite go to is a banana and some Dextro. We are also learning the importance of nutrition while training!

Our aim on Sunday was to run as far as we could in 2 and a half hours. Nate made it to 30km while I got to 25km… after the 2 hour mark I was really shuffling and on struggle street so this weekend I will attempt to eat on my run… this is going to be a massive struggle for me as I used to get sick running even 2 hours after I had eaten!

These muffins are an awesome snack idea and they are SUPER moist. You could omit the barley syrup and add in some corn, basil and semi dried tomatoes for a savoury muffin too.

The malted barley syrup is awesome as it has a mix of simple and complex carbs perfect for both before and after exercise!YUM!

The bits and pieces

1 egg (or flax/chia egg)

1 tsp maca powder (optional)

1 tsp organic vanilla essence

1 tsp cinnamon, ground

1 tsp nutmeg, ground

2 C wholemeal SR flour

1 ½ C steamed pumpkin, pureed

¼ C olive oil

3 Tbsp malted barley syrup

 

Icing

15-20 dates

½ C shredded coconut

¼ C boiling water

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Preheat oven to 150°C and grease a muffin tray.

In a large mixing bowl, add wet ingredients and mix until well combined.

Add dry ingredients into mix and stir until well combined. Be careful not to overmix or the muffins will become tough and rubbery.

Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden on top.

Remove and let cool.

In a food processor, process dates and coconut adding water as needed to make the mixture smooth. You want it the consistency of icing so you can ice the muffins.

With a knife, ice the muffins with the date and coconut mixture and then devour!

Enjoy!

Brickie xx

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