I don't know about you, but I LOVE fall training. Here in the Midwest, it is absolutely my favorite season to train. Low humidity, sunny skies, and a little bit of a chill in the air...perfect!
I also love to use the Crock Pot in the fall. I'm a firm believer that the crock pot is a busy triathlete's best friend. With a little know-how, you can whip up a fabulous meal that's healthy and all ready for you when you come in the door from a nice, fall, post-work run! It just doesn't get better than that.
My friend Laura has this amazing recipe that she threw together for black bean and sweet potato chili. It is so fabulous, that I'm going to name it after her. It will hereby be called Speedy Laura's Chili. Because this girl is FAST. She's pretty much my running mommy idol. Throw this together and you'll be amazed, too! I just wish it could make me run crazy fast like Laura, but I'll settle for some tasty grub for now.
Speedy Laura's Chili
2 x-large sweet potatoes chopped (if you only have smaller ones then shoot for about a pound of sweet potatoes)
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
5 stalks of celery chopped
1.5 c dried black beans
1 c brown rice (we like it thick, but you can omit and serve cooked rice separately if you like it more soupy)
24 oz of strained tomatoes (I have also used 2 cans of diced, fire-roasted tomatoes)
3 c veggie broth
1 c water (may need to add more over the course of cooking--check periodically)
1 TBSP cumin (I like herbs and spices a lot, so I use a lot!)
1 TBSP coriander
1 TBSP oregano
Cayenne to taste (My little guy loves this so I back off a bit for him, but you could make it as spicy as you want!)
Salt to taste
Throw everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. And here's a secret: it's even better the second day! My husband the carnivore asked for some ground turkey thrown in, so I tried it--also fabulous, but I think I prefer it veggie-style.
This recipe is chock-full of tastiness AND is great for triathletes, too! The sweet potatoes and black beans are a great source of vitamins A, C, folate, protein, and fiber. So follow up a nice fall ride with a bowl of this Speedy Chili, and don't forget to pick up some crusty bread for dipping!
Happy fall training...and eating!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Evotri is excited to announce that the team will compete in next year's Life Time Fitness Triathlon tentatively scheduled for July 9, 2011 in the beautiful Lake Nokomis of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Local teammate Sarah (aka Pharmie) is excited to have the team race what was her first triathlon ever, "It's such a great event for both new triathletes and challenging enough for experienced triathletes. I'm looking forward to having the team enjoy all that the Twin Cities has to offer."
The Olympic distance race offers a time trial start for the over 3,500 age group atheletes and a significant purse for the professional triathletes competing in the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup.
Several Evotri team members have started to talk trash, providing much needed motivation for each other to focus on their winter training. The entire team laughed when Stu proclaimed, "I have never been so excited to pound Michelle and RobbyB into the ground in MN!!!!!" Either way, the team is looking forward getting together for some exiting racing and camaraderie.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Team Evotri ripped up the Rev3 Half course Sunday breaking personal records and gathering awards. JP led the way flying to a second place finish overall, with Sweet following close behind for sixth place, tops in his age group. Sara and Sarah both smashed their personal records breaking the six-hour barrier for the first time. And Michelle, fresh off her Kona-qualifying effort at Lake Placid nipped RobbyB at the finish by 39 seconds on her way to second place in her age group. Charlie and wife Lisa, all the way from Louisiana, ripped the course (and the roller coasters,) smiling the whole time. Stu was on hand covering the event live for Rev3 while Tracy, on the mend, helped cheer on the team to their great performances.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Well, the gang's all here in Sandusky, Ohio - the buoys are out, the chop is wild, and the coasters are high!
From the top of the sky wheel, the cold rainstorm looks far, far away, but it was only a few short hours before the rain really started coming down just like it did about this time of year in Madison, Wisconsin, 2006. Needless to say, this gave quite a chill to several members of Team Evotri, who raced or crewed Ironman that fateful day.
It's definitely about time to hit the sack for now, but be sure to tap into the live race feed from Rev3tri.com Sunday morning to cheer on the team!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
By: John Paul Severin
Pip: Basically I came to the end of High School and was a little tired of just swimming as a sport and wanted a new challenge. I had also competed in athletics as a junior and after undergoing Talent Identification testing Triathlon seemed like an attractive option! Within 6 months I was racing professionally – so it was very much initiation by fire.
JP: I know you split time between Australia and the US. Where are you based in AUS? US?
Pip: I live in Lennox Head, a small surfing community on the East Coast of Australia and in Lawrence Kansas over the US season.
JP: Which is better and why?
Pip: Both are great places and I enjoy differing aspects of each. One thing they have in common is that they are both relatively small and have a strong community feel and love of sport.
JP: Shifting gears to training, what would be your ideal training day? Walk us through morning to night.
Pip: Training as hard as I can till I fall over and sleep all night!
JP: If you could be a one sport athlete, which would you chose?
Pip: Running – travelling without a bike and not having to get wet on cold days would be great!
JP: Best thing about triathlon?
Pip: Variety of training, the challenge of combining three sports and being able to compete in some amazing countries and towns.
Pip: Easy – traveling with a bike.
JP: I love seeing your uni’s because you always have amazing customized kit. Who designs your racing stuff? (check out piptaylor.com for pictures)
Pip: I am very happy to be working with AB Pro (http://www.absublimation.com/) - we are working from scratch to design and build a high performance triathlon line with the big advantage being 1 piece minimum orders. This means that everyone can get some really cool and individual kit for themselves every season! I also work with Kristin Mayer of Brand Betty (http://www.brandbetty.com/) designs who pieces everything together graphically.
JP: As a nutritionist, what is something that the average person doesn’t do in their diet that they should start immediately doing?
Pip: Have variety in your diet and eat real foods that don’t come from a packet.
Food you can’t live without? Fruit!
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Favorite candy? Swiss or Belgium Chocolate
Long run or intervals? Long Sunday morning trail run followed by the coffee shop is always high on the list.
Twilight question: Team Edward or Team Jacob? How about I didn’t have a clue what you were asking without Google! Ummmm…..neither.
JP: I'll take that as a "Team Jacob." Thanks SO MUCH for the time, Pip. Last question, can you give three nutrition tips for the age groupers out there?
2. Get back to basics – real, fresh food
3. Match your caloric needs to training