I’m on a climbing wall, but I’m fully clad in neoprene. I swam to the bottom of the wall in bracing 7°c water that took my breath away, but I’m still struggling to catch my breath because there’s water pouring down on me from above. Although I can’t feel my numb hands I’m trying to ascend the wall, but the competitor below me has her hand where I want to put my foot. I know that when I reach the top of the wall I’ll have to dive into the cold water on the other side. Is this some crazy cheese-fuelled nightmare? If not, how on earth did I get here? Continue reading “Red Bull Neptune Steps”
One of the ways I wanted to train differently in 2015 was to eat better. My in-race nutrition strategy was now OK, after 2014’s run-ins with the demon sweetener sucralose (don’t ask), and learning to rely on High5 (sucralose-free) energy, mineral and hydration sources. But I suspected I could probably ‘eat smarter’ during training, to the benefit of my racing. And as a veggie I suspected I wasn’t getting enough protein in particular. Don’t get me wrong, I love tofu (and if you don’t you must be doing it wrong!) and Quorn/beans/lentils, but I get lazy. Protein is needed for muscle maintenance, growth and repair, so without an adequate supply some of the training I was doing to strengthen my muscles would be wasted. And why would I want to waste training?!!
Enter the protein shake! Continue reading “Adventures in protein shakes”