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Q: Is this going to become a fitness blog now that your life is all about training?
Of course not!
Wait, you didn’t hear that I’m training for another triathlon and have been training hours a day for the last month? It’s true. I’ve become obsessed with fitness (again!) and signed myself up for the Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon I did in September 2011. I’ll be stepping it up a notch to the Olympic distance (1500 meter swim – 22 mile bike – 10k run) instead of the Sprint (750 meter swim – 11mile bike – 5k run). Woah!
I would seriously love to know if you want to hear about my workouts and training. Is exercise, fitness, and getting ripped something you care about? If I was to post every once in a while my workouts and photos of me being a bad-ass would you stop being a reader of my blog? Because I don’t want you to leave!!
This has always been and will remain a place where I share delicious recipes with you and my ramblings on nutrition, fun products, cooking techniques, and all things vegan food. But I need to hear from you. Do you like my Cooking By Color feature so far on the blog? Would you like to see more written essay type posts with my thoughts on important issues? Do you want more of a specific type of recipes or do you like the variety I provide? Do you wish I would hurry up and do more cooking videos (I know it’s been forever!!)? Or are you a big fan of my FAQ With A Vegan Chef posts?
Now is your chance to share your thoughts! I really write this blog and create these recipes for YOU. It takes a lot of time, effort and even money to produce a food blog like this so do tell me what you like and dislike. I want you to keep reading, but if you never leave comments I will never know if someone is reading and getting something out of my efforts.
I did want to share a little bit of the training I’ve been doing in case it might help you to reach your fitness goals. In October last year I started training at Beyond Fit. It’s sort of like Crossfit in a way but less dangerous and none of the agro-paleo b.s. because my trainer is plant-based! We do what is called HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. You can see from the photos some of the workouts we do. You can also watch this video of Chad and I doing a HIIT workout in real time.
This type of training has done more for my strength, agility, flexibility, and weight-loss than any other activity I’ve ever done. You push yourself for short bursts of time as hard as you can with small rest breaks in-between. You are done in under 30 minutes but it gives you the same if not more endurance than a traditional 1 hour fitness class. So no excuses like “I don’t have time to workout.”!!
I’ve also been swimming, biking, and running each 2 times per week for my triathlon training. Couple that with at least 2-3 weight training days and one yoga class on my “off” day. Basically my life revolves around my fitness schedule. I’m getting into a routine and actually look forward to working out most days (unlike the first couple of weeks where I hated it).
Today I chatted with a real triathlete about why I’m doing this.
A. It feels good and keeps me healthy.
B. I want to be able to say I did it.
Could I actually be competitive at triathlons? I tell myself probably not. But what if I could? Would I be willing to put in the training (and the expense) to become a real triathlete? I guess time will tell on this one. For now I will enjoy the ride!
So tell me, do you want to hear about my training and my nutrition during training? Or not so much? Have YOU ever done a triathlon and do you have any tips for me? Do you have any favorite tri blogs you follow?
Thanks everyone for giving your honest feedback! It’s super helpful and will shape the future of this blog 🙂