Today was a great day filled with 2 1/2 hours of riding and a trip to a health foods store which was really interesting considering I live in Germany, but we will get to that later.
The morning started off with me teaching an hour of indoor cycling to a squadron. It was tons of hills that left me nauseous on a few hills and drenched in sweat by the end. Yes, I was working that hard AND I was teaching. I always say that I’m going to take it easy when I teach, but I can never do it! I get so into the class with the students.
After class, I headed to the commissary to find gluten free items. Gluten free bread? Nope. Gluten free veggie burgers? Nope. Gluten free baking flour? Finally, something! I got really discouraged about the fact that gluten was in everything, and the commissary didn’t have much of a selection, but the planned trip to a health foods store later made me feel better. It is day 2 of my gluten free vegan month, and to tell you the truth, I feel great! I really don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I feel like “things” are moving through my system a lot faster already. My energy level is up way more than it was just a few days ago. We will see how I feel after a week though. I don’t want to get too excited about this supposed cure for my stomach problems (and headaches).
After getting home, I had just enough time to get everything ready for my 2nd ride of the day with Renee through our villages. The picture above is of a building that had a huge bell that was ringing on top. Gah, I love German villages!
I’m sorry about the blur, I was riding when I took some of these!
I must say that I am really out of shape on the bike. I feel so slow. I have a long distance triathlon (1.2 km swim, 31.1 mile bike, and 8.5 mile run) in 2 months, and I’m a little worried. I know that I can handle all those distances, but the speed might be a little slow.
After the bike ride, I had just enough time to eat lunch and shower before hitting the health food store with a couple of friends. Let’s just say, you think health stores are fun in the states? You will find them even more fun in Germany! I should have brought my German English dictionary with me, but I think that I ended up doing alright in the end. This is just lentils and beans. It was beautiful.
I ended up finding some gluten free bread that I broke into right when I got home. It was actually really good and moist, quite the contrary to what I had read online! I also picked up some red quinoa, red lentils that actually look orange to me, black rice noodles, umeboshi (supposedly good for hangovers), tamari (gluten free soy sauce), vanilla powder, rice syrup, and puffed amaranth.
Overall, I’m very excited to try out all this stuff! I hope my husband knows what he is getting into when he finally comes home from deployment next week!
On the workout docket tomorrow: My first 2-a-day of the season: running and swimming in the morning, then a 40K ride in a VERY hilly area with some friends in the evening. We are riding part of the Baumholder course tomorrow, and it is just scary. I’m hoping my legs are going to be strong enough to last me the entire day!