“It always seems impossible until it’s done”. Thank you Nelson Mandella (R.I.P.) for the words of inspiration! Today, Wayne and I officially became Spartans. The journey began back in early October when we challenged each other for our birthday presents (Simple-Swap… fitness competition over new jeans; yeah, my family thought we were crazy!) to compete in the SoCal Sprint Race in Temecula.
|SoCal Spartan 2014|
However, I can honestly say I loved getting to experience this with my best friend! It truly was a commitment to religiously stay on track and finish the WOD workouts day in and day out, but in the end it paid off. Not only were we able to crawl though barbed wire, jump over fire and carry a 60 lb. sandbag up and over a hill, but we also survived the DISGUSTING water submersion! If you know me at all, I am 100% germophobe and this literally was my worst nightmare. But, I did it with the help of my husband and we finished together as a team.
Now, what did we eat to prepare for this? Well, to be completely honest, we already have a pretty balanced diet so consuming lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables was not to hard for us. However, we did make a honest effort to limit our refined carbohydrates like crackers, chips and cookies. Yes, I am human too and do enjoy these items at times as well!
The last week we did focus a lot more on limiting our froyo excursions and opted for lean chicken, turkey and legumes with spaghetti squash and fresh garden salads to give us the proper nutrients to balance our bodies for the big day. I don’t know about you, but when I eat better prior to working out I feel better while doing it! Ironic how that works, huh?
Like most competitions here is San Diego, we were greeted with cold beer at the end to refresh and replenish our glucose stores that had just been depleted…right? Though I am not a beer drinker, Wayne enjoyed ours and we headed home to indulge in a delicious homemade pizza. Making sure you refuel your body with a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats within two hours after a big competition is crucial to your recovery.
So…pizza it was! Pizza is not only a great carbohydrate source (especially when prepared with whole wheat flour), it also provides protein from the cheese and meats (low-fat or fat-free of course shown here) and tons of nutrients from the veggies you throw on. When planning on pizza, make sure to prepare ahead. I can tell you if it wasn’t for the dough already made and toppings cut up in the fridge, I probably would have splurged on everything in sight!
I’m not sure if I see another Spartan Challenge in my future, but I can tell you I definitely feel accomplished and can now say “I am a Shaw Spartan”…AROO!