Thursday, July 18, 2013

Another Delicious Salad & My Cross Training Day

I really love running.  But, as much as I love running, I also really love cross training days because those are the days when I have time to swim!!

Wednesday Workout:
Rode my shiny road bike the 1.1 miles from my house to the gym
Swimming 1800 yards :: I had written out a workout, but when I got to the gym, I realized that I had left that workout in my living room (not helpful).  So, I came up with this little workout while I was swimming my 300 yd warm-up.  It is pretty low rest, so that ups the intensity.  You'll notice that most of it is multiples of 200 yards.  This makes it easier to calculate the total yardage.
           300 swim 
           4 x 75 kick-drill-swim     IM order
      Main Set
           200 swim - 20 seconds rest
           2 x 100 - 20 seconds rest
           4 x 50 - 20 seconds rest
           8 x 25 - 20 seconds rest
      Kick Set
           2 x 100 fly kick on back (fantastic ab workout!)
      Cool Down
           200 easy swim
Rode by shiny road bike the 1.1 miles from the gym to my house
Several hours prior to my fantastic, difficult, and (surprisingly) relaxing workout, I ate one of the most amazing flavor combinations that I've ever tasted in a salad.  Without further adieu, I introduce, The Beet Salad from The Bronze Cafe at The Center.  It consists of mixed greens (seemed like a baby spring mix) with roasted beets, quinoa, carrots, candied walnuts (woah, yum), goat cheese, and topped with lemon vinaigrette.
In the background you can see several delicious sandwiches that my friends ordered and a refreshing cup of watermelon juice.  I want one of everything on the menu, seriously.
In case you're not fortunate to live near (or visit often) Las Vegas, I found several recipes online that would probably mimic this reasonably well.

  1. Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Walnuts (by Guilty Kitchen) 
  2. Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Walnuts (Food Network)
  3. Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans (by SkinnyTaste)
1. How regularly do you do a cross-training workout?
     (If you count hiking, which I do, I cross-train 1-2 times per week)

2. For the bicycle enthusiasts out there:  Do you ride to burn calories, for transportation, or for both?
     (Both. I drive a gas-guzzler, so avoid driving when I can. Burning calories is an added bonus)

3.  I know not everyone loves beets.  Are you pro beets or not so much?
     (I don't love them alone, but they are SO good with goat cheese!)


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    1. Hahahahaha!!! Ellie, I almost deleted this because I thought it was spam at first =)