Monster Smoothie… RAAARRR

Last post I mentioned I’ve started making monster smoothies for my pre-training breakfast. I can’t take credit at all for the recipe. I got the basics of it from family friends when I was first out of college. I was investigating the Zone diet and weight training for 3 hours a day. Oh, to be 22 again and be able to handle that!

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups orange juice
1 cup soymilk
1/4 block of extra firm tofu
1 scoop of protein powder
5-6 frozen strawberries
1 banana

In the past I’ve added extra supplements, like flaxmeal, etc. I have mixed up the fruit by using frozen berries of other types. It is a lot of calories, and that’s why I had stopped making it for a number of years. A local cafe makes a very similar smoothie and my husband recently had jaw surgery, and I’m hoping it can help his recovery while he is on a liquid diet. He’s also diabetic, so I’m using 50% sugar reduced orange juice to help reduce the overall sugar.

What I do know is the last 2 workouts with this smoothie 1 and a half hours before training, I have totally rocked it.

Heel Trouble

That heel pain is still with me.  Not super terrible, but enough that I’ve had to kind of change my normal gait.  I’ve always been a heel strike, roll on to the balls of my feet kind of walker/runner.  I’ve tried running on the balls of my feet, and that’s okay, but walking without heel strike is just weird.  I feel like I’m walking like a marionette or something.

My circuit training was tough yesterday.  Partway in to my second group of circuits I started to feel really weird.  I wasn’t counting reps correctly (doing too many!) and my vision was weird.  I couldn’t really concentrate straight ahead and my peripheral vision was a little fuzzy.  So I took a beat, got a juice from my trainer.  I really hate not being able to power through.  My nutrition was on target – I had my big breakfast as directed, an hour and a half before the workout.  I primed up with honey right before and I carried a water bottle around.  (I usually take water breaks at the fountain between circuits.)

I took the day off today and the heel is feeling a bit better, but I’m not going to call in tomorrow.  I’ll either use the stationary bike or swim.  Hey, if I’m serious about this triathlon thing (and I am)  I have to start with the whole biking thing and using a stationary bike is just about as good as anything I can do now.

Just to be safe, I am going to check in with my podiatrist.  I wear custom foot orthotics for a plethora of foot trouble.  Maybe it’s time for a new pair, but I just want to make sure I get the sign off to continue to train the way I want to.