Nine weeks and five days out until the Florida Cup- an eight mile SUP race around Treasure Island, Fl which includes the open water and intercostal waterways. I’m excited and nervous because I feel like I have something to prove, but that’s just me (I think), putting pressure on myself to excel and do well. I have a healthy and voracious competitive appetite…but all that drive needs to be directed into a smart training program that addresses strength, balance, stamina, flexibility, training time on the water, good nutrition, and plenty of restful sleep to aid the body in recovery during the course of the next nine weeks and five days.
I kicked off the first day of “Phase 1- Strength and Core.” This three-week phase includes three days in the gym with a structured program, two days of water training divided into a technique training day and distance day, two days of cardio training on land, and an extensive foam roll and stretch day.
I’ve also prepared by making sure my refrigerator is stocked to the brim with the proper fuel for my body and training. I have veggies galore (baby kale, spinach, butternut squash, grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas, broccoli), lean protein (currently steak, chicken, and eggs), fruits (apples, bananas, strawberries, lemons), and healthy fats too (nuts, olive oil, and peanut butter). I love eating clean, it makes me feel awesome…
That being said, I did have to put away the case of girl scout cookies I purchased in the freezer. I’m keeping it real- eating chocolate can make me feel awesome too. However, I’m a firm believer that when you train this hard and smart and eat mostly clean, you can have a cookie. I’m not trying to count all my carbs, fats, and proteins, I’m training to race. When you train like an athlete and eat clean, you will look like an athlete. It’s a bonus of training hard and eating clean. The other bonus is having a girl scout cookie or two- a Thin Mint, or Samosa, or even my new favorite, “Thank You Berry Much!” Yum, yum, yum.
Now it’s time to close out “Day One,” of my newest training program I designed specifically for the Florida Cup. I followed the training plan for the day and I ate clean foods. Now it’s time to wind down, get the most restful sleep I can, and be ready to execute “Day Two” (out of 68) tomorrow!