Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, as a service to the veterans there were no surgeries and Tim got the day off. We started the day by attending masters. It was great except Coach Sickie wasn't there:(

No telling what would happen if coach Sickie was at masters. Last time Tim and I were at swim together Sickie celebrated our marriage by making us hold hands swimming a 100. He then commented I needed to pull my own weight. Insightful. I think I got water up my nose I was laughing so hard.

ThAlign Centeris is what you win
if you are swimmer of the week....
A bobble head of coach Sickie.
It is a coveted bobble head.

After masters we enjoyed our favorite meal, second breakfast....otherwise known as brunch but we prefer to call it second breakfast in honor of the hobbits. Tim's the breakfast chef unless it's some sort of oatmeal or baked goods. I'm not to creative early in the morning and typically choose sleep over food prep. Tim made my new favorite breakfast. Soft boiled eggs on homemade toast. Any other bread would be blah.... but Tim's bread is the best. (I am not biased)

I washed the dishes and filled water bottles (see I pull my weight) as Tim aired up our bike tires. Soon we were off on a ride. It was windy heading up the coast and I liked that. I have been trying to catch wind gusts to prepare for IMAZ but the summer wind was nothing like the gusts January, Febuary, and March. I guess that's one of those race day variables I can deal with but I can not control. I wanted to ride in front to deal with more wind but Tim didn't think his wife should ever have to pull. He said it was unshivalrous. I gave in and let him pull but forced him to go at threshold since I was supposed to go hard for the middle 20 miles of my ride. We didn't really bring much nutrition except two Clif fruit twists and one gel (240 cal/2 people/total). We weren't going that far and had a big breakfast. On the return trip in Solana Beach I started to get a little hungry. Tim said he was really hungry. I gave Tim the gel and made him eat a fruit twist. As we headed up Torrey Pines I started to get really hungry. Tim full on bonked. He was able to ride just fine but I think his senses were impaired and he kept apologizing for bonking. Of course, I used this opportunity to manipulate Tim into agreeing to all sorts of things he may not have agreed to other wise:)

When we got home Tim said he was done.....I scampered off for a short run in my new knee high compression socks. I had a hard time catching my breath on the run. I think it was because in addition to the knee high socks I was wearing a baggy long sleeve t-shirt, a Garmin, an I-pod and pink running shorts. This was topped off by my head lamp I insist on wearing around my waist as it pulls my hair. I ran as fast as possible for fear a co worker might say "umm I saw you running the other day" I think that is why I couldn't catch my breath.

I arrived home to overhear Tim on the phone complaining. He said he was manipulated and abused, not by his residency program but his wife. Then he started complaining about the squash again. "Fine" I said that we were switching from squash to beets. Triathletes are always beleiving in miralce foods. I couldn't afford the goji berries at Whole Foods so I got beets instead. I read on the Whole Foods website that beets betaine decrease inflammation so I figured from now until 3 weeks post Ironman we should consume them. I don't think Tim believed me yet... so here you go baby doll. I know you went to med school but I read the Whole Foods web site so I must be right.

People whose diets supplied the highest average intake of choline (found in egg yolk and soybeans), and its metabolite betaine (found naturally in vegetables such as beets and spinach), have levels of inflammatory markers at lst 20% lower than subjects with the lowest average intakes, report Greek researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Detopoulou P, Panagiotakos DB, et al.)


tim said...

I think red wine and steak have good levels of antioxidants and protein. That's all I need.

mom neuschwander said...

I think I'd better incorporate beets into our evening meals. Their anti-inflammatory properties sound perfect for us.

Stacy said...

I love beets! Tim it could be worse... she could make you eat raw egg yolks!

Anonymous said...

Just watch out for zucchini pancakes!

Anonymous said...

Beet And Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

2 beets, peeled and diced small
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
6 cups water
3 cups milk, scalded
1 tablespoon butter
Seasonings to taste

Put all ingredients, except the milk, in a kettle. Cover.
Simmer very slowly for about 45 minutes. After cooking, add the milk gradually and serve.