On the Road

This article is a contribution from our cycling and triathlon adviser July.

Back in Taiwan, I got on the road immediately. Or to say it in another way: started with a very busy program of teaching. From the early morning until late in the evening, different classes at different places, so this means I need to go from here to there. Sometimes it is annoying because it takes a lot of time. But, in the end you will get used to it.

This combined with slowly coming back in to a normal training schedule and rhythm, after a nasty injury. (Yes, I almost lost the ability to move my legs.)

But? On the other hand, after being at home for some time, I got back in the kitchen and experimenting with nutrition. Perhaps you saw I made my own granola back home, using the big oven. Sadly I don’t have an oven here, so I tried another method using my non-stick pan.

Just mix all the ingredients: Oats, Chia Seeds, dried fruit, walnuts (or any nuts, whatever you like) and honey (or other sweetener, for example maple syrup)

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After mixing all the stuff I recommend to put it in the fridge first for a few hours, so that it will get some texture. 3 to 4 hours is enough! Or, you can make a big batch, and every time use a little bit, and dry-fry the quantity you need for a few days ahead.

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Now, and here comes the trick! So, no oven right? Well, I used a non-stick pan and just dry-fried it until the oats had a good color and the whole mixture got some crunchiness. It only takes a few minutes, and the honey makes it stick all together. After frying it, just put it in a container, let it cool, put it in the fridge to become completely solid without losing its crunch.

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To get back to my on the road nutrition, I’ll tell you one of my habits first. Since I am still looking for the right way and healthy way to get the things I need. I am not completely used to this life yet, of teaching and training. Or in other words, being on the road again, especially in the evening.

Another thing is that, since I am a Spinning and active Bodybalance (Yoga, pilates and Taiqi) teacher, I cannot give my students the feeling I am tired, hungry or whatever.

One thing I figured out, is the Chia Cordial in my water bottle is really useful, when having 2 to 3 spinning classes in one row. My granola I take with my daily in a little box. During brake time or on the road I just buy some yoghurt (and of course, coffee…) at 7-11.

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Keep you posted!

July

 

July is a lifetime cycling competitor and long distance triathlete. She is also a big fan of whole food nutrition for races. Stay tuned for more training and fueling advice. 

 

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