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An Open Water Swim and Some Much Needed Rest! - Geek Turned Athlete

An Open Water Swim and Some Much Needed Rest!


This morning did not start off well.  My stomach had been bothering me last night, but this morning is when I realized that it might be a stomach virus.  After spending about an hour in the bathroom, I headed out for an open water swim with my girls!  Katie was kind enough to give Renee and I some pointers with open water swimming.  I swam in open water for the Baumholder Triathlon, but the lake there was more like a pond compared to the lake in Koln that we will be swimming in.  This lake is about 5 minutes from the Vogelweh Army Base, and it was the perfect place to practice for Koln.  They were worried about this picture, but honestly, I look sickly while they look glamorous!


It was freezing outside as we suited up.  I was dreading getting into the water.  The water looked cold, the kayaks were out, and I was afraid of getting run over.  I got in, and the water was actually warmer than the air, and I didn’t get run over by the kayaks!  I really have irrational fears about stupid things.  My friends call me “Safety Sally.”  Is there anyone else like this?

I am trying to conquer these fears and live life!  In fact, that is one of the reasons why I wanted to try triathlons.  I really couldn’t picture myself completing one, so I thought I would prove myself wrong.  I love when I find out that I am stronger than I think I am!  


We suited up..



We swam out to the first buoy, chatted about how we should go about spotting, swam to the next, and evaluated.  The swim up until the 3rd buoy was okay.  I felt tired and slow, but I was still happy to be out there.  Once we got to the third buoy, we decided to just swim all the way to the 1st one again, then evaluate.  I really felt tired at that point.  I swam a little off course at first, but then I found my way back to the 1st buoy.  When we stopped the girls asked if I was feeling well and let me know that I didn’t look that good.  I guess I had not hydrated enough after emptying my bowels earlier (courtesy of the stomach virus).  They wanted to swim a little longer, and I opted to swim back to the dock and change.  My body was saying to rest, and that is what I did. 

Lunch and Dinner!

When I got home, I made a variation of the Monte Cristo sandwich out of Clean Eating Magazine.  Despite my stomach problems this morning, I still wanted to eat this!  It was actually pretty good!  I served it with a pear and grapes on the side.



Here is my version of the “Better Monte Cristo Sandwich”:

6 oz of sliced turkey breast

1 tsp olive oil divided

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 cup egg whites

2 tbsp skim milk

cayenne pepper to taste

sea salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp Dijon mustard

4 slices of whole grain bread

1 cup of baby spinach leaves

1/3 pear thinly sliced

4 1-oz slices of Havarti cheese

In a small bowl mix the turkey, 1/2 tsp olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Sauté turkey over medium high heat in a nonstick pan about 2-3 minutes until light golden brown.  Put turkey to the side on a plate. 

Whisk egg whites, milk, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (to taste).  Spread dijon mustard on 1 side of two of the pieces of bread.  Before continuing with the sandwiches, heat 1/2 tsp of oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat.  Dijon side-up, layer equal parts spinach, pear, turkey slices, and havarti cheese.  Put the other slices of bread on, press firmly, and dip each side of the sandwich into the egg mixture.  Place sandwich into the hot nonstick pan.  Cook on each side for approx. 2 minutes flipping only once.  Serve immediately!  Enjoy!

I proceeded to then take a 2 and 1/2 hour nap.  I still felt tired afterward, but my body needed it!

For dinner, I just wanted some chicken soup for my stomach.  We were actually supposed to go out with our friends to a really good Greek restaurant in Kaiserslautern, but I didn’t want to give my friends whatever I have so we stayed home.  The hubby was an angel and went to the grocery store for the ingredients, then cooked the soup for me.  It was lovely!


Homemade Chicken Soup

3 large onions quartered

6 garlic cloves chopped

6-8 small skinless bone-in chicken thighs

1 package of baby carrots chopped

2 tsp thyme (dried or fresh)

6 cups of chicken broth

3 cups of chopped potatoes

2 handfuls of green beans chopped in thirds

sea salt and pepper

In a large pot, combine onions, garlic, carrots, chicken, chicken broth, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.  Bring to boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Skim and discard any scum that may come to the top.

Simmer until the meat of the chicken falls off the bone with almost no pressure from a fork, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate. Use 2 forks to separate the meat from the bone. Add the meat back to pot.

Add the potatoes, cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Add green beans, cook until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, salt and pepper to taste.  Mmmmm.

I want to run 10 miles tomorrow, but we will see how the stomach feels!

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