September Challenge(s) Is Going To Be Challenging

September is going to be the month of multiple challenges for me.  This past week I have travelled from Dallas to Charlotte to Wichita Falls to Tulsa and am back home for a while and during that time I had an opportunity to see my eating habits from the outside.  While it was fairly healthy there was also a very fair share of added sugar.  I also spoke with my buddy Jeff quite a bit as he embarked on what many will consider a crazy weekend.  From the moment that we raced Hotter 'N Hell Hundred Jeff set off on a 400+ mile cycling WEEK, which included 150 miles in one day.  Yes, I was inspired and so I am going to embark on three challenges this month that should jump-start me on my way to Ironman Number 4, whichever race that may be. [caption id="attachment_8882" align="alignright" width="300"]september challenge - sugar - detox Source: Healthy Pair[/caption]

September Challenge #1

Sugar Detox.  Back in June I went through a month-long sugar detox thanks to Amy and Sarah.  Their 21 Day Sugar detox was a tremendous lift for me after Ironman Texas was finished and I knew that I wasn't going to be putting in multiple daily training sessions or working as hard so I wanted to keep my diet under control. With all the traveling and eating out there was a less restrictive diet than normal and my weight and body fat percentage went in the wrong direction and now is the time to take control of that.  Going  on the sugar detox will not be difficult but when I couple it with the September Challenge #2 and #3. The sugar detox challenge is no added sugar of any kind which means reading labels.  I am also going to ban honey (my oh my!), syrup, molasses and agave.  Getting the sugar and the dependency on sugar out of my system is going to help me in terms of my fitness and allow me to also sleep like baby. [caption id="attachment_8881" align="alignright" width="180"]september challenge - eating - five ingredients - cooking Source: The Wicked Noodle[/caption]

September Challenge #2

The second September challenge I am putting together for myself is 5 Ingredient meals.  I have been toying with this idea for a while, but with the sugar detox happening I thought now would be a good time to implement this challenge as well.  The premise is simple and it is that I can only use 5 ingredients to make a meal.   Ingredients will not include water, spices, or herbs.  They will include hot sauce or sriracha so if I want a bowl of Asian inspired soup then I had better make it with 4 ingredients and pour in the sriracha or make Habanero peppers one of the ingredients. This will be a fun challenge as I will get to see how well I can combine flavors and textures while also exploring various cuisines.  I do not want to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day so really digging into my culinary imagination is going to be a key to this challenge. [caption id="attachment_8880" align="alignright" width="300"]september challenge - cycling - riding - triathlon - training Source: Nesta[/caption]

September Challenge #3

The third of the September challenge trio is going to be riding my bike 650 miles or more this month.  Based on what Jeff did in a week this should be somewhat easy to accomplish and as I am nearing 650 miles and have any time left I will change the mileage.  I chose 650 miles because it averages out to about 21-22 miles per day over 30 days or about an hour of riding per day.  What is going to make this a bit challenging is that no trainer rides can be counted for the mileage.  I have to accomplish all the miles in the great outdoors. I currently have 47.3 miles on the bike as of today (September 3rd) with 40 miles planned for Friday, 80 on Saturday and another 80 on Sunday giving me nearly 250 miles in less than a week.  Maybe I should change that number to 1000? These are the trio of September Challenges and I know that I have Amy and Sarah for motivation for the sugar detox. Maria will be monitoring the cycling through Training Peaks logs and I will be my own policeman for the 5 ingredient challenge. That begs the question:

Which September Challenge Are You Joining Me On And How Can I Help You?

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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