Hello from Narnia… I mean Sarnia!

In the past couple weeks, whenever I would tell someone I was headed to Sarnia for a tournament, I’d almost always get a confused look in response. “Sarnia? ” they’d ask, and then make some reference to Narnia ( you know, the lion, the witch and the wardrobe).

Anyway, I made it to Sarnia, without much trouble. On Sunday morning I flew into Toronto, where Nikki picked me up and drove us both to Mayfair Lakeshore. She was competing in the final of the Ontario Closed championships at 3 pm, and once she won, watched the men’s final, and picked up a few snacks for the road, we were on our way! It took us a little over 3 hours to drive from Toronto to Sarnia, and by the time we arrived, it was dark and starting to snow. After meeting my billet, Ati, and another fellow competitor, Ali, I ate a bit of leftover pulled pork, and then called it a night.

Monday

My HRV was amber on Sunday, and after a full day of traveling and a few days of training without rest, I wasn’t at all surprised to wake up on Monday morning a little tired. Nevertheless, I had to get a practice in, as the tournament matches are all being held on an all-glass court. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very cool and feels very professional, but takes some getting used to. We use a white single-dot ball instead of a black double dot (dot refers to the bounciness level of the ball), which means although it is more lively, the contrast between the ball and the wall isn’t as great, making it harder to see and react to.

I felt slow and slippery on court, which was troublesome, since I’ve been having some issues with my right ankle. I’ve injured it a few times in the past couple of months by slipping when taking a hard lunge into the front court. It’s not serious right now (knock on wood), but I am extremely cautious when playing on a court which is a bit dusty. (I am happy to report though, that today the court felt much better!).

After hitting, Ali and I returned to our billet’s to have some lunch and rest. I worked on a client’s program online, while watching a very girly and mindless movie, The DUFF. It was very corny and predictable, so I’m not recommending it, but made for some good background noise. Around 4 pm we headed back to the courts to watch a few of the qualifying matches. I watched squash for about %50 of the time, and spent the rest catching up with people I met at this event last year. Everyone who is involved in the Simon Warder memorial tournament is so incredibly nice and generous, and I really enjoyed hearing news from the past year!

Tuesday

This morning, I had some Greek yogurt chia seed pudding for breakfast, along with about 4 cups of coffee (oops). I think that chia seeds are going to start making a regular appearance in my diet. They’re convenient to transport for tournaments, and give you a good amount of good fats, protein, and fibre. Chia seeds could be my new travel staple!

My first practice hit was from 10:20-11 am, which wasn’t great, but I felt a bit faster than yesterday. However, I was still having trouble seeing the ball off the front wall. Not good! I stuck around for a little bit afterwards, hoping someone would need a partner to hit with, so I could spend some more time practicing. One of the English girls, Jasmine, didn’t have anyone to hit with, so I was happy to jump on with her around 1 pm. Physically I felt a bit better, but my shots were pretty bad! Hopefully I’ll shape up a bit better tomorrow morning.

Alright, that’s the latest from me! I don’t usually have the opportunity to chill for a couple hours in the middle of the day, so I took advantage and thought I’d blog! I’m just hanging out for a bit longer at home before going back to the club to watch some more matches. There should be some close ones! If you’re interested in watching online, check out the Youtube live stream here.

 

 

Late Night Chocolate {WIAW}

Hellooooo!! It’s Wednesday, which means it’s technically my Friday! I only have class Monday through Wednesday this year because I’m only taking 3 official classes (my thesis counts as 2 classes), which means I get a 4 day weekend! I know it sounds cool, but between practice, blogging, and actual homework, time gets filled up prettttty fast, I tell ya.

Workout

I feel like I haven’t actually talked about my own workouts for ages! (Except for this weekend’s 5K and soccer, I guess). I assure you, however that I have been keeping active, but I just haven’t been blogging about it. So! Why not share my activities from yesterday? In a nutshell, I. was. pooped. at the end.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Solo hit before lunch. Not exactly a workout, just  skill session by myself. It’s been a while since I’ve done a solo hit, and I was excited to break up my day of school work and class.

4:50 pm- 5:25 pm: Spin with the team. Lots of sprints, and it was hard! I also made the mistake of not bringing a water bottle down to the courts with me, so thanks to all of my yelling encouraging, my throat became quite dry.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Squash drills and games.

6:45 pm – 7:30 pm: Coaching with the Princeton Junior Squash program. Basically, me just feeding shots to little kids for 45 minutes.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Hitting with the older PJS kids. I actually really enjoyed hitting with these guys, but I was starting to fade mentally by this point. Thanks to my 3pm pre-workout snack of an apple, oatmeal, and peanut butter, I didn’t feel like my energy levels had bonked, but I was so thirsty.

Oof, it was exhausting just writing all that out! How about some food to balance out all that exercise? In honour of Wednesday, I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for another What I Ate Wednesday- thanks Jenn!

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Dinner

I finally got around to eating dinner around 10 pm, which consisted of half a turkey sandwich, some carrot ginger soup, and some black eyed pea and ham soup. I was too hungry and out of it to snap a picture, but I did manage to take a picture of my dessert! 🙂

I stopped by the C-store (convenience store on campus) to pick up some of my “special” trail mix before heading home.

IMG_0023What makes my trail mix so special? I awkwardly sit and pick out (with the tongs) the almonds, cashews, peanuts, and chocolate covered peanut M&M’s, and carefully avoid the raisins and random seeds. I used to be self conscious about this weird habit, but I’ve finally reached the point where I no longer care at all. Do watcha gotta do!

To say I was having a chocolate craving last night would be an understatement.

IMG_0022On my way out, this glossy bag of organic dark chocolate banana bites called to me. I somehow failed to read the word “chewy” on the front of the package, and was expecting chocolate covered banana chips, and was happily surprised to see that they weren’t like that at all!

IMG_0024I’m not a huge fan of dried banana chips, and I was stoked when I opened the package to find these Raisinette-type bites inside. It gets even better: each little pebble is packed with flavour, and reminded me a whole lot of chocolate chip banana bread! These little bites are going to be my new pick me up, they’re absolutely delicious.

This morning’s breakfast was a little weird, and consisted of some cashews, a banana with peanut butter, half a bagel with peanut butter, and a cup of strawberry Chobani Greek yogurt.

IMG_0025It was a fairly substantial breakfast, but I was still famished by the time 12:30 rolled around, and I was able to sit down to lunch.

IMG_0026On the menu today was grilled eggplant lasagna, chicken salad, steamed veggies (squash, zucchini and carrots), and warm hummus and pita! The chicken salad was delicious and not mayo-y at all (I hate mayo), and I went back for seconds.

I finished lunch off with a cup of 2% pineapple Chobani Greek yogurt and a little granola.

IMG_0027Don’t be fooled by the minuscule amount of granola in the picture above. There was a lot more, I assure you!

Well, I was planning on talking about Matt Fitzgerald’s talk on the 80/20 rule of endurance training, but 1) this post is long enough, and 2) I should really get back to listening to this lecture. (No, I’m not kidding).

Have a great rest of your day!

Questions:

Have you ever had dark chocolate banana bites? 

Do you like chocolate covered dried fruit? 

Usually I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate covered dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, bananas, etc), but apparently I am a banana bite lover!