Monthly Archives: January 2012

MSA Duathlon

Today was the perfect day for a race. We had sun, and warm temperatures which is just crazy for this time of year.

The Multisport Advantage put on a small duathlon today. Honestly, I wasn’t very excited for the race at first. And my reason for not being too excited about it is a little ridiculous.

The plan was to ride 12-15 miles on the Computrainers and then run 5 miles. I was not looking forward to riding inside, getting super sweaty and then running outside in the cold. I was just imagining being absolutely freezing on the run. I know, suck it up, right? Well I did. And it wasn’t bad at all. It was really fun.

The race started around 10am. We rode 12.31 miles on the Computrainers. I felt really good on the bike. I think my average watts was 177 which I was really happy about. I wasn’t sure how I would do because I have been just riding on my trainer at home and basing all my workouts on heart rate. I finished the bike in 39:50. The course had a couple hills, but it seemed flat for the most part.

The transition wasn’t very eventful. I wasn’t sure what the best thing to wear would be. But since the sun was out and I was already warm I figured I would be okay in my tri shorts and running jacket. I also wore gloves. The transition took me 44 seconds.

The run was really fun. We ran from MSA to Autzen Stadium and back. According to my watch, it was 5 miles exactly. It was such a beautiful day, and a great route. I don’t know what the temperature was when I was running, but I was not cold. I didn’t even need my gloves. I tried to run as fast as I thought I would be able to for 5 miles. And I’m happy with my effort. I don’t think I could have gone much faster. The run took me 38:07 which is an average pace of 7:37.

Total time: 1:18:41.

I’m really glad I did this race. It was a good reminder as to why I’m putting in all the training hours right now. My race seems so far off and sometimes I ask myself why I’m working so hard right now. But racing is fun. And even though July sounds really far away now, it’s not that much time to build up my fitness. Long workouts get boring, but today I was reminded that racing is fun and worth all the training hours.

dinners this week II

I photographed all of our dinners this week again. Maybe this will become a regular thing… who knows?

We had omelets twice this week. I know it’s weird. Don’t judge. There is a story behind it.

We have three chickens. One lays white eggs, one lays brown, and one lays blue. The white chicken lays the most eggs, with the brown coming in second, and the blue one just lays when she feels like it. Which is probably just a couple times a week on average.

They definitely started laying less eggs this fall/winter, which we expected. But all of a sudden all three stopped laying (so we thought). For a couple weeks I didn’t plan any meals involving eggs because I didn’t think we would have any.

Well, come to find out the chickens decided to start laying their eggs on our wood pile. Awesome. So Sonny restricted their access to the wood pile and now they are back to laying in their coop.

This whole egg mystery resulted in lots of eggs in our fridge. I hadn’t planned any meals that included eggs the last few weeks because I didn’t think we would get any. By last weekend we had lots. Too many for us to eat but not really enough to give any away. Solution: omelets twice last week and hard boiled eggs on salads for lunch.


Sonny makes the omelets around here and they are really good. We had omelets with spinach, tomato, avocado, and sweet potato tots. I have been craving sweet potato fries and tots lately, so we have been eating lots of them.


I had book club on Sunday. I didn’t know what other people would be bringing, so I wanted to make something that would be sufficient enough for my dinner just in case there wouldn’t be anything else there I would be able to eat. This quinoa salad was perfect. And everyone seemed to like it too!

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad
inspired by this Daily Garnish recipe and this Oh She Glows recipe.


1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small butternut squash, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 avocados, chopped

2 limes, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin


Peel the butternut squash and chop it into small cubes. Place cubes in a bowl and drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil on the squash. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix, and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with foil. Roast for 40 minutes at 425 degrees. Flip the squash after the first 20 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, cook the quinoa per the directions on the package. Drain and rinse the black beans, and chop the avocados. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.

Combine the roasted squash, quinoa, black beans and avocado. Add the dressing and mix.


Bean burger + sweet potato fries. Don’t worry, I shared some of the fries with Sonny.


We liked the random veggies + Mmmm Sauce so much last week, we ate it again. Cabbage, carrots, spinach, black beans, rice, salsa, celery and tomato.


I think I was so hungry I forgot to take a photo of this meal, so here are the leftovers I ate the next day for lunch. Tempeh, roasted butternut squash and beets, and brown rice.


Omelets again! This time with fried potatoes instead of tots.


Spaghetti + steamed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower + garlic bread. With some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top of the spaghetti. Lately I have been making the spaghetti sauce out of the Peas and Thank You cookbook. I modify the recipe by adding garlic and lentils to the sauce.

spaghetti sauce
adapted from the homestyle spaghetti sauce in Peas and Thank You

1/3 cup dry red lentils
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/3 cup diced onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cook the red lentils according to the directions on the package.

Combine all ingredients except for the lentils in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour sauce into a saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the lentils and serve over noodles.

I normally use rice noodles but you can use any kind of noodles you like. Back in the day I used to sprinkle parmesan cheese on pasta. Now I use nutritional yeast instead.

What did you have for dinner last week? Did you try any new recipes? The quinoa salad I made on Sunday was new to me, but everything else we ate are standard meals around here.

not too sweet.

My Sunday has included lots of great things. First, sleeping in. I can’t tell you how much I needed that 11 hours of sleep.

After a small breakfast, I spent the next hour and 45 minutes on the trainer. I think the only reason I can make it through these trainer workouts is Grey’s Anatomy.

After sweating on the trainer, I changed my clothes and headed out for a hilly 3 mile run. It was hard. But good at the same time.

A Sunday would not be complete without making some sort of sweet treat.

This treat satisfies my craving for sugar, without refined sugar. Because, remember I’m trying to cut sugar out of my diet.

There are only a few ingredients and simple to make.

Head on over to Gracefulfitness for the Almond Delight recipe! Faith posted a recipe for minted chocolate that looks really good as well.

It’s a good thing I made a double batch of these, because two are already gone.

To round out my Sunday, I’m making food to bring over to my first book club meeting. I’m excited. However, I haven’t finished the book. I should probably be reading instead of writing this post considering I have about 200 pages left to read. Major fail.

I hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend!