5:50 AM: Up and at 'em. Ate a banana before hitting the gym. 45 minutes on the stationary bike hill program, covered 15 miles in 44:54. that's a touch slower than normal.
7 AM: I eat the same breakfast every day. 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, microwave for 2 mins, top with a banana, rasins, and a spoonfull of chia seeds and flax seed.
8 AM: At work. Today I was polishing a data transfer script like it was my knob. It took all day, with other meetings and "work stuff" going on. I also make (and drink) an entire 12 cup pot of coffee every day. I take it black, no cream or sugar. Now that I have some teammates who drink coffee, they get a few cups in the morning and a few in the afternoon. But I bet I still consume an entire pot by myself. I used to drink 1 pot in the morning and 1 in the afternoon as well, but now I end up sharing.
11:30 AM: I brought my lunch today and ate at my desk while reading blogs. I ended up with a bigger lunch than normal, I just went a little crazy this morning with the leftovers. I made a burrito with some leftover black beans & rice, then added some leftover tofu crumble taco stuff that also had black beans in it. Also threw some guacamole (homemade) and salsa (storebought) on there, with Texas Pete. That's a massive burrito.
I also brought a pita and hummus (homemade), which is a current addiction. It made a great side. And I grabbed 2 desserts we had in the fridge, a raw vegan brownie and a raw vegan cinnamon roll. The cool thing about raw vegan desserts is that they taste like dessert and are completely yummy, but still consist of healthy ingredients so they are totally guilt free.
|The cinnamon rolls in question. One with glaze and one without, just for effect.|
Typically I'll bring leftovers or a green smoothie into the office for lunch. That means the dinners are really great. Other lunch options include the cafeteria at the office (open for breakfast and lunch) or just whole fruit. Throw 3 bananas and 3 apples in a bag and get out the door. It's a very filling lunch.
5:15 PM: Back home after work and time to play with the kids for a bit. They eat dinner at 5:30, Kelley and I usually join them between 5:30 and 6. Tonight's dinner was particularly spectacular. It was some mashed sweet potatoes, sautee'd red cabbage, dressing, and another pita and hummus. That's going to be some great leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.
6:45 PM: choir practice at the church. I sang my heart out, it was a really good time.
8:45 PM: Back home and the kids were still up. I got to read a bedtime story. Since I'm out of the pool until March 1 letting the tattoo heal up, I get to settle into the DVR. Typically then I'd hit the treadmill for 5 miles in zone 2. I think since I can't swim tomorrow night I'll just do the run then. So wednesday is typically a bike morning and run evening workout day. That has to be followed by a big snack.
10 PM: Snack time. This used to be cereal in milk. Sometimes, it still is. Tonight it was just another cinnamon roll. They are too good! Other typical evening snacks include another pita with hummus, or an entire large bag of microwave popcorn. Kelley really likes the popcorn too.
11 PM: Bedtime. It should be earlier than that. Typically my evening workout starts at either 6:45 (swim practice) or 8 pm when the kids go to bed. Coming down from the workout high, and eating enough after the workout then catching some TV and/or QT with my lady will keep the evening crash until at least 11, typically.
So that's what a vegan athlete in the early stages of an Ironman training plan typically eats on a typical day. Highlighted by a big-ass burrito.
In other news, Bigun lost another tooth tonight! It's only her 3rd tooth to come out, and she pulled it herself. We didn't get a toothless pic yet. But the tooth fairy has to come tonight! And tomorrow morning holds another bike ride.