Scotland, Smoothies & The Book!

Wow, the last few months have been pretty full. The injuries to my neck/shoulders/back/hips from the car accident I was in at the end of May has taken a little bit of time to fully heal, and it was only last week when my chiropractor and massage therapist reduced the frequency of treatment. Still not 100% better yet, but getting there! I didn't realize it until earlier this week, but I have been in a frantic catch up mode since then. The month of July has flown by, yet now it seems so far away already! I was in Penticton, coaching a training camp, from the 7th to the 14th. Then on the morning of the 16th, I started my trip to Glasgow, Scotland for the ICSEMIS, the Olympic sports science/coaching/sport medicine conference. I attended the 2008 pre Olympics conference in China as part of my post graduate studies and it was so awesome I decided I want to attend the 2012 one as well. I plan on posting some of the information I learned at the conference in the next few weeks, likely on the PT Performance Training blog because most of it isn't nutrition related, but more coaching and sport science focused. I will post a link here, for those of you who are interested.

I got back on the 25th, headed to coach a bike session straight from the ferry (with my luggage & everything) and 2 days later I was sick with a persistent, annoying cold. I NEVER get sick, not even with a lot of travel/stress... I think the stress of the last few months was more severe than I thought and it finally got to me.

So, there you have it. my story about why I have been absent from this blog!

Also, since we are on the topic of time flying by, there are only 50 hours to support the Fueling Endurance performance sports nutrition cookbook! Your support is greatly appreciated... Go here to get the details. Please get in touch if you have a question, pick a 'perk', contribute and spread the word! If you have already contributed: THANK YOU!

For whatever reason, July was the month of smoothies (with the exception of my time in Scotland). Maybe it is because of the warm, sunny weather? Penticton was so hot, and the weather in Victoria has been so nice since I have been back from Scotland too... I don't have a recipe for you, but lets face it - most of us don't really measure everything they throw in the blender, right? I think smoothies are mostly about creating awesome combinations. Here are my recent favorite combos... I like to keep things relatively simple. Play with amounts, etc as you feel and use these for inspiration to create your own favorite combos!

Combo #1: Cucumber, frozen watermelon, fresh grated ginger, coconut milk, protein powder

Combo #2: Avocado, frozen cantaloupe, banana, almond milk, protein powder

Combo #3: Avocado, cherries, frozen Banana, almond milk, protein powder

Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of these smoothies. I did, however, take a lot of pictures in Scotland! Below are some of them... I didn't have time to go through all the pictures yet, but once I do, they will be uploaded to my 500px account (where I upload lots of other random pictures regularly).

The Chocolate Factory
The Chocolate Factory