Well, we’re going. The kiwi is racing. I honestly didn’t know if it was going happen after last week’s bad week of training. As an athlete, he questioned his fitness. As a wife, I knew he was just stressed, it was hot (which makes it hard to perform certain KEY workouts), and he just needed some reassurance.
So what did I do? I prayed, I hoped, I had faith. I’m a bit of a HOPE CHASER. But I think it helps in times like these. Helps to push through, to endure, to believe. Believe in those God sized dreams.
I believe in these words.. So perfect, ya know?
“But hope is chased even when hurt is large and boulders abound. The snapshots I took when I could inhale the fragrance of hope because it was in the same room as I was, those snapshots beckon me when grief, trials, or hard work surround. Friend, if we don’t take snapshots of hope and hold them in our hearts, the ugly will consume us.”
So yes, we’re going. A weekend race is upon. One that might make HIM or BREAK HIM. But you never know unless you try. I’ll be sherpa. I’ll cheer. I’ll chase that hope.
And I’ll keep the “Cotter feeding zone” full of good stuff.
Race week means less volume, just fine tuning. A little less carbs than a high volume week. More balanced meals, good fats, omegas, and protein. Race week is also when I like to focus on foods that help ease stress . Salmon or Tuna, omega rich eggs, nuts/seeds, etc. I also try to get in at least one meal that is iron rich. Usually grass feed beef with bell peppers (vit c) for good absorption. Just keeping things “clean” you might say. I guess better put the Pillsbury away for now. Haha.
Here’s a look into the Cotter Feeding Zone during race week.
Love Grown Foods Super Oats with Chia (omegas) and Peaches, Greek yogurt, and a little maple/molasses on top.
Gluten free and organic breakfast tacos from or favorite local café.
Lots of Sushi Salads. These are a favorite. Basically a deconstructed sushi roll on top of a bed of spinach. Goes great with wasabi dressing and avocado. I just mix wasabi with grapeseed oil and a little balsamic vinegar.
Applegate turkey, hummus, and broccoli slaw sandwiches on gluten free buns.
Fresh Basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and pepper on roasted butternut squash (Vit A and good Carbs).
Snack plates: Sprouted corn tortillas with organic cream cheese, turkey, and cucumber. Bananas topped with nuttzo (omegas) and fig jam, bell peppers (vit C).
And lots of BIG GREEN Smoothies with coconut oil added for extra nutrients (good fats, omegas)
Alright, I think we’re feeling good! Now we just need the mind to be race ready!
What’s in your feeding zone this week? Favorite pre race meal?