Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I think I am having a mid-January crisis. I feel like a plastic bag in the middle of the ocean. I am kind of in between training plans right now just trying to keep up a certain level of fitness in swim/bike/run.

WHOA HOLD THE PHONE. I realized as I typed that out how ridiculous it sounded since I have a marathon on Sunday and all. When did training for a marathon become "keeping up a certain level of fitness"? Clearly I have lost my mind. Perhaps I am not so much adrift as just plain crazy.

Seriously though, these past couple of weeks I kind of feel like I am just going through the motions. I am surrounded by people smack dab in the middle of half iron (or even iron) training plans and here I sit feeling like I am doing nothing in comparison. Remind me of this feeling six months from now when I am whining about being too busy. I think I just need to get back on a solid training schedule. Somebody throw me a rope and pull me back into reality!

In other news ...

You MUST try this recipe! (insert picture of said recipe). Sorry, I failed at photographing it because I really didn't think it would be THAT good just looking at the ingredients. I got the recipe from this recipe service I have been using and will tell you about some other time.

CR doesn't like cooked tomatoes or onions AT ALL and said it tasted like something you would get in a restaurant. At the time, I assumed he meant something other than Captain D's but you can judge for yourself. Seriously good. That is all.

Roasted Tilapia, Tomatoes and Onions (serves 2 -3)

4 roma tomatoes, halved and sliced
1 onion, quartered and sliced
2 t orange zest
1 bag of frozen tilapia (thawed, about 4 small pieces)
2 t olive oil
salt to taste (maybe 1/2 t)
1 t thyme

Preheat oven to 400. Combine tomatoes, onions, orange zest, oil, thyme and salt in baking dish. Roast stirring occasionally until the onions are golden ~ 30 minutes. Remove from oven and increase temp to 450. Push the vegetables aside and add fish (season w/ salt and pepper). Spoon the vegetables over the fish and bake 10-12 minutes or until fish is done.

I served mine with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Enjoy!


The Original MAJ said...


Every year, I focus on tri/cycling from spring through summer. When I switch to cycling/marathon through fall and winter, the reduction in extreme 2-a-day workouts and structure of multiple sports always makes me feel . . . well . . . relaxed. LOL I've come to enjoy it, but it does sometimes seem lazy.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

You are doing another marathon this weekend? Didn't you just do one 2 weeks ago? You are da bomb K-Dub! Running marathons like they're just normal weekend long runs! I love it!
I sorta feel the same way with the training. I'm running 26.2 on 2/5 then 2 more half marys and no tri til Florida 70.3 in May, so I'm in limbo right now. Just keeping a good base, that's the name of the game right now and just being able to crank out 26.2 miles on any given day ...yep!

Lora Abernathy said...

I seriously, actually have frozen grilled tilapia right now. I will definitely try that.

All of us endurance athletes are plain crazy. No gettin' 'round it.

Hey, good luck to you in your marathon Sunday.

Amanda said...

I would love to be keeping up a certain level of fitness right now. Darn being sick has seriously set me back this month...Oh, and I have another half this weekend - should be quite fun.

You are quite an animal though to be able to jump in to another full marathon so soon after your last one!

Bobbie said...

I can definitely relate on the feeling of being lost in training! Thanks for the Tilapia idea, looks great!

Carolina John said...

Periodization is a tough concept to get behind. Having an off-season makes the tri season that much stronger. You must rest and regroup for weeks or months in order to start base building again. This seriously fucks with me mentally.

I have a tough time with the rest to get stronger concept. Then build a base of miles back to where you were last year, then you can start a build phase to peak at a particular race date (oct 20?). Most coaches don't advise trying to use more than 2 build phases in a year. each build phase must be followed by a rest phase before going back to base miles. Your marathon training should just be base miles at this point. mine is.

Katie said...

eh, I felt like that in november when all my friends were rounding out their winter marathon plans. you'll bounce back!

Laura said...

I often feel that way right after a race, when there's nothing on the horizon. It will pass, hopefully soon! That tilapia recipe looks delicious!

Unknown said...

I know that feeling completely... like you are doing nothing (when in reality you are doing a ton... you are... trust me). Hang tight sista...

Ransick said...

I get the blahs in January too, like clockwork. Good thing it's almost over.

That recipe sounds delicious. When I try it I'll take a picture :-). I might try it with Mahi Mahi though.

Suz and Allan said...

I'm pretty sure this same feeling is going around so you aren't alone!

I really like tilapia so I'll have to try that recipe.

Kacie Darden said...

Hey! Thanks for the note on my blog! Look forward to seeing you at Callaway! I'll probably be wearing some version of hot pink and a rev3 visor! Say Hi!!!