• Train

Core. Core. Core.  We all hear it and we all know we need to strengthen it but do we?  I know that for the first two-year in this sport my core work consisted of some crunches here and there and would ignore it other than that.  I knew it was important but who has time for core work when you are riding for 3 hours and then running for 30 minutes.  Core work was ignored when I got in the pool to swim 4000 yards.  I didn't know it but I was sabotaging (unlike Bill Callahan) my performance in the sport of triathlon.  I felt fit and looked fi...

  • Lunch Recipes

Quinoa and Black Beans are a match made in heaven like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and peanut butter so as I was writing out my meal plan for the week I knew I wanted this combination at some point.  As a kid growing up in a Puerto Rican household rice and beans was always available so why not convert the rice to quinoa and keep the black beans right? Not wanting to have just quinoa and black beans I decided to throw in avocado and combine all those ingredients to form a patty.  It was then that I remembered being in Spain an...

  • Train

[caption id="attachment_7157" align="alignright" width="300"] Swim start at Ironman Arizona 2012[/caption] Swimming is on my training schedule 4 times per week and I will say when I first saw that I was not thrilled.  I know that swimming is my weakness but to go to the pool 4 times in a week was daunting.  Then something happened along the way and I am falling in 'like' with swimming.  The sets that I am doing are not what I have been doing for the past two years and variety is the spice of life.  For example, today I had a short recove...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_7131" align="alignright" width="289"] Lance Armstrong has confessed to cheating but what else has his confession meant.[/caption] Cheating is cheating so let's get that out-of-the-way to start.  Do not tell me there are levels to cheating because there aren't.  It is just cheating.  If an athlete uses testosterone, EPO or HGH OR they are drafting on the bike they are cheating.  Either way they are gaining an advantage over the other competitors that isn't fair and I don't like it.  I have never condoned cheating ...

  • Race

Triathlete: My Definition [caption id="attachment_7126" align="alignright" width="226"] I am a triathlete and that is who I am.[/caption] On Sunday I had a revelation that led me to think that being a triathlete was much different from I had imagined.  Some of you may call me a triathlete based on the completion of two Ironman races (Texas, Arizona) last year along with 4 Half-Iron distance races in the past two years.  I would have agreed with you but during my 3 hours of training I realized that was wrong.  Triathlete is not an adjecti...

  • Lunch Recipes

Cream of broccoli soup was never something I ever wanted to eat growing up.  As a matter of fact I'm not sure I want to eat it now but after making this recipe I think it is something that can be a regular part of my diet in the winter or summer.  Before we get to that I want to point out that my only interaction with cream of broccoli soup was when it was poured out of a can as a kid.  That 'stuff' just looked wrong and there was no way it was touching my lips. I was at the grocery store a few days ago picking up some odds and e...

  • Uncategorized

Cauliflower pizza crust has been on my mind since I started the wheat-free diet.  As many of you know pizza is one of my favorite foods, right along with waffles but I haven't had any in a long time.  The last time I had pizza was with Jeff and Annie prior to the Dallas Marathon in December.  It has been some drought but everywhere I looked (Instagram or Pinterest) there seemed to be the cauliflower pizza crust recipe du jour. I was hesitant because almost all the recipes called for cheese and I keep my dairy to the bare minimum and by t...

  • Race

On Saturday I ran a 15k race and afterwards was speaking to a friend who mentioned that she would be doing her first sprint tri in March.  After smiling with pride she quickly said to me:  "I am going to need some advice from you on setting up my transition area.  The race director last year said that he would take stuff out of transition if it were too crowded and I'm nervous."  I am paraphrasing there because I can't remember everything she said but I immediately knew she needed some transition area tips.  Ideas on how to keep a transiti...

  • Breakfast Recipes

This weekend I was watching Eat St on the Food Network when they featured a restaurant in NYC.  I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant of the chef but he made this polenta and egg dish that looked fabulous and it inspired me to created a baked polenta and eggs dish.  I was trying to figure out when I was going to be able to make this because I had already planned out my menu for the weekend but I was ready for some baked polenta and eggs.  Before I forget he also made a beet juice risotto that he deep-fri...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Carrot cake waffles are the second installment in my desire to convert desserts into waffles.  The first forays were the Black Forest Waffles and those were a success so building on that was going to be a challenge.  I started with Apple Pie Waffles that were good but left a little something out so I need to tweak my recipe before I post it.  The carrot cake waffles on the other hand hit the nail on the head. Originally I was going to post a cooking webisode on how to make corn tortillas, but then the carrot cake waffles were mad...

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