Adrienne of Six-Kick Switch Takes Over Cook Train Eat Race

[caption id="attachment_8175" align="alignright" width="164"]Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch[/caption] Adrienne of Six-Kick Switch and I have exchanged blogs for the day.  Adrienne is a part of the #EnduranceFoodies blog carnival and you have seen her amazing recipe creations previously, but if not click here, here and here.  So without further delay here is Adrienne and her guest post: ====================

Adrienne of Six-Kick Switch Takes Over Cook Train Eat Race

Hi everyone! I’m Addy, from Six-Kick Switch. If you follow Jason’s #Endurance Foodies series, you’ve probably seen me around. I’m so excited to be here on Cook Train Eat Race today, to talk about the ways that I, well….cook, train, eat, and race! So let’s jump right in here, shall we? Training – In the Water, On the Land First things first, let’s talk training. I’m sure that many of you are triathletes, right? I train with a lot of you tri-ers, but am not myself a triathlete. [caption id="attachment_8174" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch Adrienne Cleverly - SCY1 Champs[/caption] I am a swimmer, first and foremost. Give me a choice, and it will most likely be the pool. During the competition season (especially the ‘short course’ seasons in spring and fall), I will be swimming for an hour to an hour and a half, four or five days a week. Throughout the week, we vary the focus of the workout, so no one day is the same: Fridays are primarily sprint work, for instance, while Wednesdays are distance days, and Tuesday and Thursday focus a lot on stroke technique. This is an important point, regardless of your sport: keep it interesting! You’ll never improve if you go out every day and do the same-old, same-old. Regardless of the focus of our workout, my head coach, Nancy, is always looking for one thing. She wants us to be able to swim fast and with good technique especially when we’re tired. Often, she’ll have us pull a long set and sprint afterwards, or she’ll have us swim negative splits. All of this is to teach us as athletes to pace ourselves, maintain good form, and finish strong. [caption id="attachment_8173" align="aligncenter" width="200"]Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch - Champions[/caption] Of course, it’s not all water work – variety keeps your mind and body awake and in balance! In addition to swimming, I also run two or three times a week, depending on where I am in a training cycle, and whether I have any running races upcoming. Another aspect of training that I rarely neglect is strength training, for one hour, twice a week. Let me drag out my little soap box here for this point. I know as endurance athletes, we’re all about the distance. Make it longer, make me lighter, and I will be a happy camper racer. But by training exclusively on long-distance cardio and endurance, you are doing your body a serious disservice. This kind of overstress on one (or three) activities can easily lead to muscle imbalances and injury. Since I started weight training with dedication, I have seen a massive improvement in my times and endurance, both in the pool and on land. Do yourself a favor and get in the gym! Okay, soap box is going away. The Eats [caption id="attachment_8176" align="alignright" width="300"]Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch - The Eats![/caption] Okay, so now the part that you’re really interested in, right? What to eat. Unfortunately, what I eat is pretty boring, at least to the normal person. It’s also rather unscientific. I don’t count calories, or do ratios, or measure, or rack up points. See, a long time ago, I happened across a book that changed the way I looked at eating: Eating Well for Optimum Health, by Dr. Andrew Weil. In this book, Weil advocates for a lot of things, including a vegetarian diet. While I don’t follow his suggestions verbatim (and yes, I do eat meat), it started me off on a new path of fueling. Today, my diet is mainly based off fruits and a lot of vegetables. It’s not unusual for me to eat salads for every meal! Add to that lean proteins (fish, turkey, chicken), nuts, whole grains, and a little bit of dairy in the form of Greek yogurt or cheese, and you’ve basically got it. I try to eat as close to the natural state as possible, as many colors as possible, and as minimally processed as possible. That being said, I don’t believe in the word ‘no’, especially with food. Chocolate is a daily occurrence around here. Sometimes twice. Wine – sure. French fries – bring ‘em on. The key is not in swearing off foods, but learning to enjoy a few, and then put them away. Moderation, people. (Except for soda – cut that stuff out completely!) As for when I eat: I am one of those people who cannot eat before a workout. I just end up feeling sick. For that reason, I try to eat a little something as soon after as possible. I also eat all day long, opting for five smaller meals/snacks rather than three larger ones. If you want to know more about how I eat and train, check out my blog! Big ‘thank you’ to Jason for having me here, and be sure to check out his guest post on Six-Kick Switch! ==================== If you are interested in taking over the Cook Train Eat Race blog to let the readers in on your fueling for your endurance lifestyle please contact me.
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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