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You should still come back to this one for recipes, etc until I get the best posts archived and transferred over.
|Served with Sesame Kale and baked yam|
|The secret ingredients|
|Make sure you flex your biceps when you serve this dish|
|Coraline and John cheering on TC athletes at the finish of NYC Tri 2011|
We started the day with a 90-min hike with Greg (our homestay) up a giant hill to see the beautiful view from high above the island. Then we went to a brunch held in honor of Kristina and Nic of www.worldbycycle.com. It was a send off party for them to start their year-long journey on bikes (heavy ones packed with gear) around the world. They are raising money to fund youth programs and they're getting married halfway through the trip! Kristina is hoping to take the Guiness record as first woman to ride around the world. Like I said, we've met some pretty amazing people here. It was sad to say goodbye to most of the TriStar people as well, but we'll stay in touch.
We've also been eating mainly locally grown foods! We had fruit for a pre-breakfast snack, fruits, veggies and eggs for brunch, then fresh coconut that we got on the beach as an afternoon snack! I LOVE this and my body feels wonderful. I never thought that this trip would end up as an unplanned "cleanse", even though my general diet is very healthy. This is the next level.
After brunch we went back to the house for some work and office hours. I have managed an excellent balance of working remotely and enjoying the island on this trip. It makes me feel good!
After office hours we were off to the beach for a swim. I managed a very legitimate swim workout and then sat on the beach while John helped the guys with some post-race "men's work". How many pros hang around and offer to help with that? He also gave one of the race directors a private swim clinic today. I got myself a good man.
So as I sit here and watch the sunset on the beach and write this blog post, FOUR COWS JUST WALKED PASSED ME on the edge of the water. Just going for a stroll. No, they were not accompanied by humans. They were just going for a walk. What. It was surreal. This is my life???
|Me: honored to be receiving my award with these ladies|
|This is Michael. Look at that face!|
|This nice lady was hanging out by the trail|
|Fresh green coconut|
|Our lovely swim spot|
|John with our homestay (he's also one of the race directors, Greg - we love him.|
|This is how close our layover swim was to the airport!|
|Our teensy aeroplane|
|(Me in my new Spanish cycling jersey)|
|(Random last thing: I happen to love this e-card)|
|My goal splits for the race|
|The Big Boy Pool (Riverbank State Park 50m)|
Saturday was El Torcal and I was on sag wagon duty. It was a great day to drive and I had a lot of fun supporting the group (and giving them hell about hydrating). That route is just as beautiful, visually, as it is from the bike. It's definitely a favorite of mine.
Sunday started with me teaching yoga/core and then was Zaffaraya Day. The only day we can do this ride is on Sunday because the road is closed to traffic. It was another big and beautiful day. I'm so damn strong that I held on with the lead group for 3 hours to get to the climb. I was a bit toasted on the climb but dug deep and pushed through it. After the climb, Zaffaraya becomes the moon. I started to whine to myself about being tired and dropped back a bit. Soon, Dylan and Synjen pulled up next to me and Dylan says "come hang out". So I did. I clung to them all the way home. It was intense and I'm superhuman.
Monday was a rest day. We took the triathletes for a swim then all hung out for the morning in Archedona. After the touristy stuff, most of the group got back on the bike and I rocked out to some metal \m/ while I cooked another beautiful dinner. There were loads of compliments to the chef. I'm good at what I do, I'm not gonna lie.
Tuesday was Puerte de Leon, aka Fuente de la Reine. This is an 18k descent down to the ocean and then you turn around and go UP. I got beat by Andy the Dentist (my SLB arch-nemesis) by about a minute. I busted my ass to catch him but almost couldn't keep him in my sight. This climb has breathtaking views with a well earned cafe con leche stop at the top.
Today started with another swim. It was just John and I because everyone else is getting lazy. After that we headed out for Rute de Ruta, or Anna calls it the "Secret Magic Forest Ride". Its a fun ride to lunch through a pretty forest with a secret, sunny cafe con leche stop. After lunch its lots of climbing. It was a tough 5-hour day and I felt like a ROCK STAR. I was super strong and got to hang with the big boys again... well, once they caught up with me.
Now, we're off to a night out on the town. I get a break from cooking and can't wait to stuff my pie hole, mindfully, with paella.
I <3 Spain.
|Does this apron make my snack look sexy?|
|This is Herman the Onion|
|No Bread Sandwich!|