The Dog Ate My Training Plan

6 07 2011

Just kidding. I(Chloe) don’t have a dog (although I REALLY wish I had a puppy- hint hint Christopher). And someone else’s dog didn’t eat my plan either. But the truth is that I haven’t seen my plan in a while…at least 2 weeks. A few weeks ago, I went through some “tough stuff” that left me feeling less than motivated to keep up the intensity of my training. I had a few “get over it” talks with myself and had a few of my friends simply tell me to “get over” it, and so I did. But “getting over it” didn’t mean going back to the training plan which is supposed to take me right up until the day of my 1/2 Ironman. It meant that I was going to swim, bike, and run when I wanted and at whatever distances I felt like doing them. I haven’t been writing down my workouts each day and I have been letting myself decide day by day what activity to train. I can’t tell you exactly what my training has looked like over the past two weeks, but here are a few snapshots…

  • 60 MILE BIKE RIDE WITH MY DAD!!! (woohooo no knee pains)
  • On two days while away in California, I bagged outdoor activities and just elipticalized it out for an hour.
  • While away with my family over July 4th weekend, I put together a mini tri for myself. 33 mile bike, 2 mile run, 20 minute lake swim. I paid no attention to speed and just enjoyed being outside.
  • 13 mile run in San Diego with no watch and no heart rate monitor.
  • 4 days off in 2 weeks…definitely more off than my training plan read.

I am officially in taper mode…which simply means that I am going to shorten my workouts, rest whenever I feel like it and start to get mentally prepared for my race, which is in 11 days. I still plan to choose my activity day by day based on how I feel, but at this point, I have put in my time on the bike, laps in the pool and miles in my running shoes. I am going to enjoy these last 11 days…

And you know what else I am going to enjoy…this.

This would be my newest creation, baked coconut shrimp on top of creamy risotto. It might be one of the easiest dishes I have made in a while.

What you Need:

  • peeled and deveined shrimp
  • coconut milk
  • bread crumbs
  • dried coconut
  • salt and pepper
  • creamy risotto (I used a mix straight out of a box)

What to do:

  • Get your risotto going. Boxed risotto usually takes 20-25 minutes, but homemade can take up to 45 minutes.

  • Peel and devein your shrimp

  • Mix together a few scoops (I didnt measure anything) of bread crumbs, dried coconut, salt and pepper

  • Dip shrimp into a bowl of coconut milk and dunk into bread crumb mixture. Cover entire shrimp and lay on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees until shrimp just starts to turn golden.

  • Place on top of your creamy risotto and enjoy!

See you on Friday!

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13 responses

6 07 2011
Katie

Enjoy your taper, babe! That 60 miler sounded awesome — it looks like you’ve got a great mentality and good attitude about your race next weekend.

6 07 2011
321delish

thanks KK! Can’t wait to see you on Saturday 🙂

6 07 2011
Victoria (District Chocoholic)

Yay! Knee pain vanishes. Have an awesome taper.

6 07 2011
321delish

I swam this morning at Wilson and missed you! The pool was EMPTY!!!! it was weird..

6 07 2011
katie

I love the day by day plan! And super excited to hear that your knee is feeling better!

6 07 2011
Emily

woot woot for 60 miles pain free! you’ve done the work all season, extra rest and doing the workouts you actually WANT and feel okay doing is only going to be an awesome thing for you going into race day!

6 07 2011
321delish

I like to follow my Dad’s motto “I do what I want” during taper. haha

6 07 2011
Emily

Yeah. That looks delicious.

And I want to go on a long ride with my dad! That sounds like fun.

6 07 2011
Christine

Chloe I am so proud of you! Enjoy yourself some… If I know you, you will do really well on the big day! Looking forward to some coconut shrimp!

6 07 2011
amy

Sounds like a great week of easy and fun activity. I love the practice tri and the ride with your dad!

Welcome back!

7 07 2011
Erin @ untilyoutri

Soooo happy to hear about the 60 miler with NO knee pain!!

And wow, this recipe looks unbelievable. Definitely bookmarking this one to add it to the recipe list!:)

8 07 2011
Allison

I’m glad the “do what I feel like” plan is working for you since I’m trying it to. Also, a big cheer for no knee pain!

8 07 2011
Allison

Too, not to. Embarrassing typo…

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