82 Days, 16 hours, 31 minutes, 52 seconds … the countdown clock on my computer in my office stares at me every day!
A few weeks into my #road2Roth and I feel it!
I didn’t do a great job of keeping a good base of training after I finished my first Iron Distance race last fall and now with this chance of a lifetime to run Challenge Roth so close on the horizon I am fighting panic. I have been pretty good on the workouts but life, as it does for all of us, gets in the way from time to time. I’ve only missed 2 workouts so far but it eats at me.
I get asked by my friends all the time, “How do you find time to do all this?”. Like I have some secret answer! Much like everyone, I am busy everyday. I have an amazing wife that is very understanding of the 4:30am alarm clocks (well, usually–Depends how many times I hit snooze!), a 17 month old little boy, two teenagers with a packed lacrosse schedule and driving lessons, not to mention my job as Executive Chef of a very large and busy country club here in Arlington, Virginia a few miles from Washington, DC. I imagine we are all the same kind of people. We get a lot of things done, jump in full force, accomplish more than most people imagine, simply because we get up and get it done.
So what do I do to get the training done? The same as all of you I suppose. I spend most of my time training in the dark before everyone wakes up, in the afternoon on my “lunch break”, on a trainer in the corner of my basement. But without a doubt, the number one way I am able to do anything in triathlon is the coaching plans. I put 100% of my faith and trust in the plans, follow along as best I can, and trust my coaches and training. And this time I sure hit the lottery! I am following the Challenge Roth specific training plan (find out more here) put together by my team coaches from Team MaccaX. Now, these are some very special coaches. None other than Chris McCormack, Belinda Granger, and Justin Granger! People that I watch on DVDs winning the most amazing races while I am on the trainer. How could I not trust the incredible experience and minds of these legends.
So I keep on scheduling the workouts from the team, watch the training session videos of the one and only Macca, and try to focus on the training I am doing and not the sessions that I miss or have to cut short because the baby woke up early.
Each day brings me closer and while I am nervous and will no doubt get more so as the clock keeps counting down, I am also getting more excited each day. I can’t wait to see the crowds and if all goes as planned, crossing the finish line on July 12th in Roth, Germany with so many teammates and “friends” that I wil be meeting face to face for the first time!
As you may know, I spent most of my life very overweight. Food has been and still is a major focus in my life. Cooking along with triathlon also is what helped me change my life (some say saved). As a Chef and someone that still loves to eat and still battles with getting healthier and fitter, I am constantly looking for meals that are not only nutrious and healthy enough to help lose fat as well as fuel my training for Challenge Roth but also taste great. I found this recipe and make it often.
Bacon Mac & Cheese
- 4 slices uncured nitrate free turkey bacon, chopped
- 4.5 oz uncooked quinoa pasta (whole wheat pasta works as well)
- 1.75 cups non fat plain greek yogurt
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella
- 1 clove fresh garlic crushed to a paste
- 1 tbs chives, minced
- salt & pepper to taste
- cook pasta in rapidly boiling salted water, drain and set aside
- in a non stick pan, saute turkey bacon until it starts to crisp
- add the garlic and saute until it becomes fragrant
- reduce heat to medium low
- add 1 cup of the yogurt, the goat cheese, the chives, & the mozzarella
- stir well and cook until it become creamy, thicker, and sauce like
- stir in the pasta and remaining yogurt
- taste and season
* you can serve as is or place it in an oven safe dish and top with a little bit more cheese. Bake until it is all melted and bubbly
This can work on it’s own or I’ll have it for dinner tonight (today was 3:30 on the trainer) with a green salad and grilled chicken
Feel free to leave out the bacon if you want, use regular bacon, and/or add some vegetables–bacon and spinach work great!