Just one time

Just this one time. And that’s all. But promise me to never do it again.

I got up and listened to my own self. I later then met two wise men. One told me to listen to my heart and do what I need to do. He said that we are meant to do what we want and what makes us happy. Lets call this guy Lee

The other man told me that our “self” is a very dangerous soul and we should be very careful with it. We should not give into anything it wants. And we should not self indulge into whatever it tells us too. Lets call this guy Bob.

I was confused but I really liked what the wise man said about giving in to what I want or maybe even need. Made the most sense. At least when you just want to do what you want to do.  Lee then told me that  of course there is what is illegal and that I cannot do. Like robing a bank. I cannot do that. But apart from that, just listen to you heart and do as you desire.

Bob told me that desire can be dangerous and that I may end up in a real rut if I’m not cautious with that I do. Also told me that life is about discipline and not desire. We did not make it to where we are by giving in to each and every desire. All the greats have amazing discipline that differs them from the rest.

Lee told me I must experience life in its fullest and do what makes me happy. He used the cliche ” You’ll never know if you never try”. Happiness was a step away. All I had to was approach it and then I’d be very happy.

Bob warned me and said, here’s what’s going to happen. I stopped him right there and told him “Bob, stop spreading your negativity. I don’t want to be a part of it”.

Lee then took my hand and told me to go ahead. And I did. I didn’t feel one bit guilty, cause I was doing what I was meant to do. I was then hooked. I couldn’t let go. And when I did let go, I would suffer in a lot of painful ways till I gave in again. Thank God that it was triathlon that I got hooked too. Imagine if it was something else!! I then looked at Lee’s life and took a took good like at what he had to offer people around him and not just me. He hung with a bad crowd. Was always secretive and you could not really tell what he was up too. He seemed very shiny and wise though. But as I looked closer, he wasn’t happy and preyed on people like me. He simply got his fun out of that.

Lee was very open about everything he’d do. He was shiny in a way where people would immediately feel comfortable towards him. Lee told me that giving into desire can either be the best thing you do for yourself or the worse. He said that everyday we give into alcohol, entertainment, drugs, pornography etc and the outcome is usually bad. All it takes is one time. Just one little time to try  it. Just to say that I’ve done it. We usually think that it leads to happiness. But that is not happiness and that is not a calling. That is an empty soul telling us it needs saving and a moral compass that can lead it. All it takes is one try.

I asked what was that he wanted to tell me when I stopped him. He looked at me and said, “The one thing  that you try once. That desire deep down inside you know is going to cost you ( just like how expensive triathlon is ) either turns out to be an addiction that will lead to your destruction ( destruction of you health, wealth, happiness, family and friends) or it will be a nasty recreational habit that you can’t get rid of. Do not try it just once. Don’t ever try it and feed your soul the goodness it’s looking for”

I’ve written about Bob one other time too. 

IRONMAN BAHRAIN RACE REPORT 69.1

The alarm went off and it was 4:15 am. I slept at 12 cause who sleeps on race night right? The dude on stage said even pros don’t so I figured I won’t even try and just stay up and stay relaxed. I had slept well 2 nights before so all was good I guess. The alarm goes off. I wake up, drink water and figure it’s still early anyways, so I lie down a little more. It’s funny how I’d fall fast asleep an hour before transition opens but no sleep would come to me 5-7 hours before. Weird.

I wake up again, have some more water and make a 7 banana smoothie not because I want to but because I have to. So I force some down. Gotta get a cleanse going. I then mix 2 electrolyte drinks with powders I got online and are suppose the best stuff out there. I have never tried them before. I always try new stuff on race day. A friend of mine recommended I take his pre work out powder supplement because it helps so much in the gym and it would keep me going long and hard. Now this is some funky stuff. Basically it’s a shit ton of caffeine with some anti-oxidants thrown in. Now, I NEVER drink caffeine anymore and haven’t in over 2 years. Which is great cause that will make me caffeine sensitive and it will work even better, right?. The container said take one scope but my friend recommended a scope and a half since its a long race. I was heading there not knowing that  the swim has been cancelled, we were suppose to start at 7. So I took it at 6:30 so that the caffeine kicks in. The swim got cancelled due to strong currents ( which I was disappointed about but applaud Ironman Bahrain for putting out safety first ). Race started at 8:15. I was jumping around the start line waiting for my batch’s turn. ( Every 5 athletes were sent out to the bike transition within a period of 15 seconds or so) . I had one gel on me only for emergency just in case I needed it. It was caffeine based, it was GU caramel macchiato caramel machiato

MY turn came up! I sped to T1 and passed my bike, had to run back and look for it carefully. The adrenaline was really kicking in. As I took my bike and took off, I saw the GU gel on the floor, had no idea how it fell off, I picked it up and got on the bike and away I went. ( Later saw another Gel on my race belt. Turns out someone dropped the one I picked)

All I had for nutrition were in my bottles and I wasn’t going to eat anything. That was the plan. We had one lane to ourselves and  the other 2 were for drivers. This year the race was way more organized, less people were complaining. The wind was brutal, at first all we had was head wind and I was just pushing through. After passing the Bahrain Bay bridge and heading towards city center mall was super windy that a few bikes in front of me were going side ways due to the head wind.

At the 22km mark exactly, my stomach began to hurt a little, then the more I pedaled the more it hurt. At 26km the pain was unreal. I don’t ever remember having this much stomach pain. I was riding with one hand on the handle and the other rubbing my stomach. I was barely pedaling. All I could think of at the time was is this what woman have to go through every single month? MY God. The pain was getting worse and then at 36k I stopped on the side and got off my bike. I was butt sore from not spending nearly enough time on the bike and my stomach ache nearly put me in tears. Lots of athletes passing by asked if I was okay, everyone’s trying to be nice while fighting their own battles. You can always appreciate a good gesture knowing what everyones going through. That’s it I wanted out, but the only way out was to get back on my bike. It was a tough time and not a porta potty in sight. I wasn’t sure if it was the pre work out supplement or my mixes or the combination of it all. It was then just me and the highway and everyone else passed me by then. All eyes were on  me.Some looked at me with pity, some with sympathy, some with curiosity.I felt like Simba when he was deserted and left for dead   ( for some reason Simba always pops into my head )help simba

10-15 minutes later I got back on my bike and slowly pedaled, just wanting to get somewhere I can get off. At 50k the pain was completely gone and I began to push real hard to make up for lost time.I must have passed around 20 cyclists and then I decided to finish the bike leg. I was getting hungry and took the GU gel and stared at it for a second, feeling very afraid. This gel was either going to make me or break me. I took it. Thank God I didn’t get anymore stomach ache but got a burst of energy. And from there I went head to head with the wind.

Now when it got really windy I would tell my legs,” easy girl, easy”. Don’t know why i’d call them that but it worked and I’d spin on a low gear with high cadence and just embrace the head wind. I reached  T2 in 3 hours and 32 minutes ( not counting the 10 mins stop). I got off the bike put on my running shoes and visor cap and surprisingly didn’t quit yet. I continued running. I decided to use the bathroom to urinate because I didn’t want to half way of the run. Legs were mush but guess I was going to run anyway. Entering the bathroom, luckily saw a cleaner there who was kind enough in helping me unzip my suit from the back ( also the 1st time wearing this suit to a race) . After the bathroom, I started jogging again and maaaaan was it hard to get running again. My legs were so stiff, mainly my thighs felt locked up. I asked myself whether I really wanted to do this. “Are you really going to run a half marathon Hady? really? Your longest run being the 10k a month ago and before that…? ” So I felt an injury coming. I could have run it but I don’t have that racing mentality anymore. That do it no matter what mentality, even if you finish crawling. I have nothing to gain by doing it and a lot to lose. I could have done it and injured myself and spend time recovering. I’m all about health over fitness. I used to race no matter what before and I did finish races and ended up injured a lot. Not doing that ever again. I don’t have anything against that mentality IF you’re well trained. I know my body very well and it was trying to tell me something and I listened. Sure this is a mind game but we need to get out of this physically well or as well as we can.But me knowing what I knew, training for a month, that was enough reason to get out of it. So after 2.2k I headed to the finish line smiling and everyone cheering me thinking I actually finished the race. Awkward moment there.

After the finish line we had chiropractors and physiotherapists to work on us and boy was that that the highlight of my race. I had a sore upper back and burning thighs. The physiotherapist did some voodoo on me and I was up and cracking. Fantastic work, I felt rejuvenated. They’re an awesome clinic called In touch, and they definitely In touched me very well. You can check them out here

One of the main reasons I wrote this post is tell people that “it’s okay “. It’s okay to forfeit a race if you feel you’re going to get injured. It’s okay to listen to your body when everything else is telling you to push. It’s okay to tell people you DNF ( did not finish) . This doesn’t mean you’re a quitter, this means that you have raised above opinions and criticisms and you listened to the one most important and sacred thing to you. Your body. But if you want to go all out, knock yourself out, i’ve done it a lot in the past and it’s an experience. It’s worth it for some and they love it!! It all depends on what it means to you. I choose health over fitness and I urge you to do it at least the majority of the time.

And here’s how I celebrated my DNF . Best vegan pizza I’ve had so far.
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I want to personally thank Sh. Sager and the Ironman Bahrain team ( Suzy, if you read this, awesome job) tri life for being there for the athletes and for taking customer service a notch up, and for always looking out for me. Endura, the amazing volunteers, and everyone who cheered me on, and last but definitely not least Intouch.

5 days to ironman 70.3 Bahrain

I’m sore  and haven’t tapered yet. Ordered top of the line nutrition and a wrong order arrived. I have been swamped with work and cannot say no to it, because as a freelancer you just can’t refuse work, not at this stage of my life at least.

I’ve trained for this race for under a month. My longest run was the 10k I wrote about around 3 weeks ago. And it wasn’t even fast. I’m trying to sleep more, but it can be challenging.

I have a few ticks up my sleeve and will see how it goes. Humble goal: 6:30, non realistic goal: beating last years time of 6:10 ( which I was kind of in shape for ) and the  unattainable goal under 6 hours.

For now, eat super well, try and get as much sleep as I can and easy workouts. Work load is increasing by the day. That’s good if it was any other time. But that’s life. Throwing curve balls at me. Just have to me focus and deal with it the right way.

To all you tapering. I salute you. See you at the start line.

Today’s triathlon!

It started at 6:30 am. By 5:45, I was I having breakfast (dates and bananas) and sipping on a liter of water.

I told myself I have loads of time, but the water I was sipping on ( 1 liter ) really made time fly. It was 6!!!! I got my bike, packed my bag and just took off and in the car  I realised that I  forgot my swimming cap and goggles in my apartment, so I took 10 seconds to decide  whether I go back for them or not, I ended going back up since they were essentials and I’d basically be setting myself up for a disastrous swim.

I get there 6:20 and the bike racks are all taken and there’s no place for mine, so I was forced to lean it against a wall somewhere behind all the bikes. Anyways I get to the beach and 2 minutes later and its showtime! It’s 2 laps of 750m. The first lap was a technique mess where everyone is just struggling to get in a good swimming position and we’re all trying not to get sucker punched or kicked by the swimmer next to us. The second loop was very smooth for me, I had a good steady heart rate and I was using the best technique I know of and did pretty good ( 34 mins). Not bad for a 6 day swimming training plan ( which I only did 5 of ).

Then moving on the bike, I put on my shoes and ran to the start line and took off nice and easy, I haven’t been on a bike in 2-3 months and the last time I actually was on a bike I did a 20k ride which I struggled to complete. I was mentally prepared cause it was all a big nice day out where I get to ride my bike. Everyone was passing me and I enjoyed smiling at them and giving them a thumbs up. So this was also a 2 loop course (20/20) and the first loop was pretty easy but the second loop wasn’t hard but boring, all I was thinking of is how can people ride for 180km, GOD!!

I had no motivation to push whatsoever, I just wanted the ride to be over with, I wasn’t really tired, just had a sore butt due to not being on the saddle for a long time.Then comes along a friend ( bless her ) and we start and have a conversation about kids and she just gave me that push ( thanks Dana, oh and by the way she’s a mother who has a one year old, now feel bad for yourself for not working out) and I eventually left her behind but that conversation and her faster pace made a world of difference. I finally finished in 1:30 ( one hour, 30 minutes and not one minute, 30 seconds. I’m not there yet) and I was pretty pleased with myself for riding on a pretty good pace with no pain on ZERO training.  Then I handed over the chip to my fellow team member to go out and run. Boy, was I glad that it was over cause the weather was beginning to get hotter and it got brutal, so I finished in perfect timings where I enjoyed a good breeze on the bike. She arrived half dead from the 10k run, it was definitely a hot one. I got sunburnt  

 and I promised myself I’d sleep early but here I am.

ok FOOD. Most people wonder what I ate before the race and I mentioned it above but that’s the wrong question . The right question is what did you eat the day before? We run on last night’s glycogen on not on breakfast. For dinner the night before I had an amazing banana date smoothie that tasted like candy. 

  

  

 Anyways its past 12 so maybe I should name this ” The triathlon I did the day before?”

My Dubai marathon experience

SO here I am deciding to run the Dubai marathon. This marathon is like a curse to me, 2 years ago I wanted to run the marathon, I actually trained for it at the time and ended up getting injured( due to over training) . But this year I was fitter overall, just did the Bahrain challenge triathlon around a month ago and was feeling good, so decided to sign up for the race and do it without really much training at all. The longest run I did was the half marathon which was part of the triathlon and that was about it and then I injured my self doing the Bahrain half marathon, so I figured that I would wait till the marathon and see how I feel then, which was 2 weeks away ( Damn ITB)

So 2 weeks later, there I am and decided to just go ahead and do it. I bought a strap that was said to be very good-by a company called pro-tec, so I gave it a go.

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my lucky running socks

my lucky running socks

2 weeks later, there I am and the crowd were full of energy,  I made it just in time, so I arrived and just began running. Started off at a really good comfortable pace, the crowds there were fantastic, very encouraging and all.

At 7k my knee began to call for attention, but the pain was being held back by the strap which is what kept me going. I was fascinated by how a lot of the runners just responded to their call of nature ( just number 1) and watered the plants at any corner which made it comfortable for me if I had I was being called by nature to.So there I am running at a good pace and staying hydrated and sugared up.

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I just ignored my knee and at km 22, it just stiffs up and it becomes very difficult to run and I have never felt that kind of pain ever before, so I slow down and start walking and thinking what caused this?  Probably the combination of the knee paid and the lack of training so then I arrived at an ambulance and told them that I couldn’t move my left knee , so they iced it, sprayed it and told me to lay still for a while

As I laid there, I said to my self that’s it for me, there’s no point doing a marathon in this condition so I asked them how do I get back and they said the only way back is running/walking back or waiting 2 + hours for a bus to arrive and pick us up 0..O. I had no way out!! That was the biggest and maybe only to this marathon, a no return point. What’s that all about? Suddenly, some girl passed by asking if they had anything for her lower back and her knees, and she seemed to be in pretty bad shape. The nurse tells her to just wait for the bus to come by and she says “No way, I have to finish it’’ and she just continued her 42.2k journey. That, right there was motivation to get up and start limping, but as I continued I said to myself “screw it, I don’t have to go through this, I know I’m fit, I know I could finish a marathon in the right form”, so I started walking again and hopelessly thinking of an exit strategy.

As I was walking and I guess I looked kind of miserable too, a runner passed me and just whispered to me and pointed at her head saying” it’s all in the mind” and I don’t know what happened but I just started running again and ignoring the pain, and I was going fast!

But then the pain just hit me harder so it wasn’t really all in the head only. As I made it to the 30k mark there was finally a turn around point that read 40k on the other side. So I had 2 options, finish this or just take the short cut.

I took the short cut,I have nothing to prove by finishing a marathon in a crippled state, nor would it make me feel better.So, as I turn around to the other side, I just got faster and faster and ran with passion, still hurt but a lot of passion for the long-lost finish line, I had a runner next to me who I was actually pacing and a km away from the finish line she slows down and says I can’t and I tell her “oh no, you’re not, not here and not now, so we finish the race with a lot of intensity,I clocked 32.9k in 4 hours and  received a medal that I think I forgot in Dubai and ended up walking just as much as the marathon after that, to make the most of my last night in this beautiful city. My last painful night.

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oh! Me and my friend also missed our flight, we thought it would take off at 2pm but it took off at 2am. It could have been worse

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Moral of the story:

  1. You have to train for a marathon, you can’t just wing it. You could wing a 5k, 10k and even a half maybe, but not a full.
  2. Don’t ever race injured
  3. If you’re not a pro or race for money, just enjoy it
  4. It always good to chew more than you can bite every now and then and see where it takes you
  5. It’s not all just in the mind, you literally have to be physically prepared for some stuff out there
  6. Eat more fruits and vegetables J
  7. Be all natural, I used  ZERO stimulants in this race ( no caffeine or any sort of pain killers). Just so you can see what you’re actually capable of on your own, go a year or two without them and see what comes out the other side.

What is Veganism and who are vegans? ( A brief history too)

What is Veganism and who are vegans?

Most people in this day and age do have an understanding of who vegans are, but this post is for those of you who aren’t fully aware of the term. Be enlightened.
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Vegetarianism can be traced to Ancient India and Greece, but the English word vegetarian came into use in the 19th century to refer to those who avoided meat. The Oxford English Dictionary attributes its earliest known use to the English actress Fanny Kemble, writing in Georgia in the United States in 1839. Vegetarians who also avoided eggs and dairy products, or avoided using animals for any purpose, were referred to as strict or total vegetarians.
But the term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian” and later to refer to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals. Interest in veganism increased in the 2000s; vegan food became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries, and several top athletes in endurance sports, such as theIronman triathlon and the ultramarathon, began to practise veganism and raw veganism.
Under the vegan umbrella today we have a lot of sectors and the most common ones are:
  1. raw vegan ( those who eat only raw fruits and vegetables with the occasional nuts and sees)
  2. High carb vegans : Those who consume a diet high in carbohydrates such as fruits, rice, pasta etc
  3. fruitarian : these vegans consume only fruits as their staple but some may say mostly fruits and some vegetables or fruits nuts and vegetables but fruit being the dominant food.
  4. Raw till 4:  this is where you eat raw foods till 4 or lunch time and then you can have a cooked meal.
  5. Ethical vegan: The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

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These are the main types of vegans out there today!! And I myself am an advocate of this life style and have really benifitted  from eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and I suggest you all give it a go and see how fantastic how you feel 🙂

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And there you have it! 🙂

Leave your comments down below

Happy reading.

What is Pesceterianism

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What is a pescetarianism and who’s a pescetarian?
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Pesceterian is a term that is derived from the Italian word meaning fish “pesce” with a blend of English “vegetarian” and thus we have pescetarian.
So a pesceterian is a person who eats fish and/or other seafood but not the flesh of other animals. One of the most commonly cited reasons is that of  , based on findings that red meat is detrimental to health in many cases due to non-lean red meats containing high amounts of saturated fats, choline and carnitine. Eating certain kinds of fish raises HDL levels, and some fish are a convenient source of omega-3 fatty acids, and have numerous health benefits in one food variety. A 1999 meta-analysis of five studies comparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian mortality rates in Western countries found that in comparison with regular meat-eaters, mortality from ischemic heart disease was 34% lower in Pescetarians.
Now this may be a great way for someone to transition into a more plant-based diet. Eliminating read meats and other kinds of meats will really boost someones health and reduce the risk of heart disease and even obesity.
So, I suggest if someone’s is planning on getting healthier than this may be good diet lifestyle to lean into, incorporating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some seafood.
Try it and see the health benefits that you’ll experience.
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Let me know what you think.
Sources: Wikipedia

Using diet to be a super athlete

Today I write about a topic that a very important topic to all of us and especially athletes, and my topic is simple but yet vital : Food, which is Fuel!!

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Food for me is viewed as fuel and that’s the only way I view it and it has helped me in various ways, especially in sports. My recovery period has rapidly decreased and the longer I’ve been on this life style the faster i’ve been able to recover and to bring this theory to practicality, last month I did a 130k bike ride (  note: the longest I had ridden was 60k and not ever longer than 2 hours) which lasted 5 hours. I was broken to the ground and felt very tired and fatigued, but I woke up ready for a work the next day 🙂 ( How cool is that?!)
Do not underestimate the power of clean eating and sports nutrition which I think that most people do not take  it as serious as they should and think that it’s all about how hard you work out but on the contrary it’s about how smart you train and how well you rest.
Fruit is the best source of fuel for any body and not just athletes, especially sweet sugary fruits that are rich in calories. Your next best option are starches such as: rice,potatoes, quinoa, pasta etc.
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Options 1 is fruits

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Your second best option and those are starches.

For triathletes/runners : Carbohydrate-rich foods are the best fuel source for the endurance athlete. Maintaining a high carbohydrate diet during training is crucial for storing, preserving and replacing muscle glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrate and the body’s primary energy source during exercise. The body can store approximately 2000 calories in the form of glycogen. If you deplete your stores then be prepared to “hit the wall.” If stores run low (because of failure to eat a high enough carbohydrate diet to replenish stores during heavy weeks of training) the athlete will be unable to perform up to par, failing to attain the peak fitness level required for the athlete’s personal best during competition. This is termed “training muscle glycogen depletion.”

Emphasis should be placed on eating a diet high in complex carbs, “good carbs” such as  whole wheat breads and cereals, beans, whole wheat pasta and starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes. Simple sugars such as in fruits, fruit juices, sugar and honey provide “quick energy” and are perfect for replenishing glycogen stores immediately after exercise. (Sugary drinks such as soda or fruit juice should NOT be consumed during exercise ( or ever) as they are far too concentrated and could result in GI problems. Stick with nature’s food)

Most of my calories come either from fruit ( breakfast, lunch and dinner sometimes ) and starches such as rice and pasta and I don’t train as much as I eat and rest. I’m not the fastest athlete out there but i’m pretty happy with the progress  I have made given the period of time.

Give it a try and let me know how you feel, and remember eat as much as you desire, this is a lifestyle of abundance and not restrictions. These good carbs are life’s fuel and will take you to places you didn’t know could reach. Avoid oils and processed foods as much as you possibly can and always keep it as natural as possible.

Now get those carbs in start living life to the fullest 😉

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