Thursday, August 18, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  Yesterday was my first visit to the beach this year. 

Thanks to the monster that lives in my stomach (that's what I seem to refer to my continual hunger these days), I woke up early yesterday and was able to jump in on a trip to Misquamicut, Rhode Island.  It was a great day for the beach despite the obnoxious people who sat right in front of us and chain-smoked two packs of cigarettes.  Oddly enough, they were all waiters from a place they called "Joe's" is in the Providence Place Mall which runs parallel to the finish line of the Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island triathlon.  I figured that out 'cause they recognized the Ironman logo on my hat.  Other than that, great day for a beach trip!

2.  After yesterday's day at the beach I came home and watched a movie while stuffing my face with 1.5 Red Baron pizza's (it always turns out to be a mistake afterwards, but it tastes so good while I'm eating it), yogurt, a banana, and half a gallon of milk.  A friend at work suggested I look up this documentary with Woody Harrelson.  Well, while looking that up (it's "Go Further" by the way), I happened upon another documentary called "Simply Raw."

The documentary follows six people with Type I or II Diabetes who are challenged to eat nothing but a raw, vegan diet for 30 days.  I won't give away all the details, but I will admit that it's yet another boost for me towards attempting the diet.  The information behind the documentary is lacking (I am a scientist at heart though, so I'm picky), but the overall idea makes you very curious.  I'd suggest it to anyone interested in the benefits of a raw, vegan diet as well as anyone in nutrition or who has either type of Diabetes.

3.  It's rare that I get both of my days off in a row, but this week I did and today was spent focused on my bike.  I ran some errands this morning, spent the early afternoon detailing my entire bike, and then joined my very first group ride at my LBS.  The LBS has rides Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  I unfortunately work most Tuesdays and Saturdays and have been working or at a race each Thursday this month.  Thursday's ride is labeled a 10-15 mile "casual" ride and I underestimated "casual."  I was the youngest rider there by approximately two decades, but it was still fun and I found out that there are a lot of nice residential roads I can make use of for my training apart from the beat up and traffic-heavy main roads. 


1.  Have you been to the beach yet this summer? 
I've got quite a few tan lines this year.

2.  Have you ever been interested in a raw diet?  Do you or someone you know have diabetes?

3.  Do you make use of group rides or runs in your area?
I really want to join the Tuesday rides and make it to the Thursday night track workouts, but my schedule doesn't work well with evenings.

Stay fit.  Stay healthy.  Stay safe. 


Meg O @watchmegorun said...

I walked along the beach in San Fran in May if that counts....

I've never done a raw diet, but I'm interested to hear how you like it if you try it. I don't have diabetes, but it does run in my extended fam.

I don't do either, but I really need to start doing some group runs!

Sounds like it was a good day!

Stephanie said...

We watched that documentary before we went raw in January! Ryan was such an advocate that he's been recommending it to people that discuss their diabetes with him at work. He's always asked health related issues because he comes in with raw vegan shakes all the time. :) I must say that I didn't make it the entire month this time. 2 weeks was all I could handle.

TriGirl said...

No to all 3 questions. But I always bike with at least one other buddy :)

I tagged you in a post today Kurt!

Coy Martinez said...

Check you out on the beach! You look so happy!

So tell me if you think I'm crazy. This time of year is when I get serious about triathlon training tis the season. Anyway, it seems the more I train the more I crave food as fuel. Raw foods really. I woke up this morning dreaming of eating a tomato right from the back of a truck at the farmers market. Just food in its most basic form. I hate the way I feel when I eat other stuff. Of course I do eat out and eat things I shouldnt but I'm not as happy.

Also, email me. I'm in the market for a new bike and wanna pick your brain on brands. I have about 1K to spend, maybe a little more but need a new tri bike. Thanks friend!

Karen said...

Group rides are always interesting, you never know what you are going to get! I do like to use them to find new riding routes. That way if the group is too fast (or too slow - but that rarely happens...) I can go it on my own some other time.