the grind aka training log: got my mind made up…

October 29, 2006 at 3:39 am | Posted in Active, Cycling, Vegan | Leave a comment

so, i decided to do the do…i mean do the du. next month there is a Turkey Duathlon at SUNY Old Westbury (ol’ stompin’ grounds). I did 4 laps around Prospect Park (~3.1mile/lap). …thing was, it was POURING. i was determined to get a workout – whether it was running or biking, but i wasn’t trying to run with a water bottle, mini pump, etc. in hand, so i truck’d it. it was cool though: had the road to myself. there were runners out but all the bikers were gone – scared i supposed. what’s the worst that could happen -you fall, scrape your nipple off – oopps! oh well. no but seriously, it was thoroughly refreshing and challenging to see if i could keep it moving without bustin’ my @ss. so here was my diet today:

breakfast: 2/3 quinoa + 1/3 oatmeal w/ cinnamon and agave nectar hmmm
lunch: baby spinach + mushrooms sauteed in olive oil, fresh pressed garlic, liquid aminos (a lil’ bit);medium sweet potato w/ soy garden, 1/2 acorn squash w/baked apples. also dranked 1/3 of a synergy (gingerberry)

dinner: pitza (yes mock pizza on pita bread) kalmata olives, garlic, oinions, parsley and mushrooms. also dranked a can of the new ready to drink spiru-tein shake (chocolate) —it was nasty to say the least. i love nature’s plus products but, no! i would like to know what’s up with their source of life red, blue, yellow and green lightning line. is it better than their energy shake? has anyone tried them?

i plan on trail running tomorrow @ van cortlandt before martial arts class. maybe i’ll ride to the bx and then lap the 2.5 mile course twice –medium speed. writing this up seems to help me stay focused for this race. it is about a month away. speaking of a month away, i do need to cop some warmer gear – because it will get brick in a minute. any ideas?
see y’all tomorrow…steady on my grind!


race results: central park biathlon (179th/330)

October 26, 2006 at 1:49 am | Posted in (multi)sports, Active | 1 Comment

i’ll hit you all with the details and pictures a lil’ later. stay tuned. i’m out

race results: my 1st Duathlon 51st/76

October 26, 2006 at 1:34 am | Posted in (multi)sports, Active, Black Folks, Cycling | 6 Comments

peace folks,

so i purchased a used bike back in april of this year. i had some fun, riding back and forth the flashfrom bk to harlem. but it wasn’t too long before i decided to take test myself and take it to the next level. so i decided to enter into a duathlon, the prospect park fall duathlon (see the race map at the bottom of the page). i haven’t had so much fun since…i don’ t even remember. competing is normally associated with a lot of nerves and “the dumps” (as my coach used to call it –use your imagination. but i throughly enjoyed myself. i didn’t train and so my running times are type-wack, but even more crazy is the bike times–horrendous. i just wanted to see how i would fare in an amateur cycling event – not too well. my bikebut to be honest i’m inspired to run more as a result. you remember my “path to vegan sports” story when i told y’all about getting bored from running. i needed something new. i found it! duathlons will be my new sport. i know i need alot of work on my cycling -which is truly fun, and in my mission to improve as a “duathlete” i’m inclined to run more.

so without further adue, peep my: the 1st run (3.1 mi) i placed 29th @, the bike leg (14 mi) i placed 59, 2nd run (3.1 mi) i placed 43rd. clearly, i need more work on my biking skill and i’m on it. my overall time was 1:45:58.0. that means about 7 minute/mi on the 1st leg, 9.5 minute/mi on the 2nd leg, and i biked 3.8 minute/mi…ho hum. steady my grind. i post pictures and more comments later.

on to the next race…

“Nia” means Purpose – So What’s Really Good?

October 24, 2006 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Active, Black Folks, Vegan | 1 Comment

so you guys know my “path to vegan sports” story (soon to be posted). but what i’ve noticed is the lack of brown bodies at these multi-sport events. i mean, i know black folks ride bikes…on sidewalks, in parks, poppin’ wheelies for eight days…but there doesn’t seem to be many of us competing in cycling sports – or other sports outside of b-ball, track, soccer. for real y’all, how can we drop the baton like that, with a brother like “Major” Taylor in the heritage lines? –imagine Jack Johnson on a bike, sick. i refuse to believe there aren’t more of us competing in a diverse set of sports. furthermore, i know there has to be more “blactivegans” — Black vegan athletes — out there. just take a look at Carl Lewis (9x Olympic gold medalist), Seba Johnson (Olympic Winter Games alpine ski racer), Salim Stoudamire (NBA guard for the Atlanta Hawks) and Kenneth Williams (1st vegan bodybuilder to make Team USA), and Ricky Williams (retired Miami Dolphins running back). [i update this list from time to time. so leave a comment if you know of any more.]

so this is my roll call…if you are a brother, a sister (or even a cousin) vegan (or vegetarian –i love you guys too) who loves sports..please stand up. i need to hear from ya! i don’t care if you are a weekend warrior, only play catch on sundays with your daughter, son, neice or nephew, skate once a month on ‘old school’ night, got a orange belt in “Crazy” – James Brown: “The Big Payback”, swam the english channel in 4 days or won a bronze medal back in high school because the person who came in second had a big forehead –holler if you hear me!

do you have tips on diet, training, general news on ital living (*ital is the RastafarI concept of a natural, veggie lifestyle), or shout outs to vegan athletes doing their thing? and yes, i realize vegan athletes may be few and far in between, and black vegan athletes may be even more rare —but not endagered. so in the immortal words of q-tip, “where ya at?”

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