Ugh, Friday night around 9 PM I was suddenly hit with that itchy throat / achy feeling. David’s been sick all week, so I think I finally got whatever he had and it hit hard. I rested all of Saturday and today, so I’m totally bummed I missed two whole days of weekend workouts! Being sick stinks!
Anyway, sick or not, athletes need rest, and if you’re like me, a good part of that rest is spent on the couch with your feet up. There’s only so much reality TV you can watch and not feel like you’re getting dumber, so I’m always looking for some inspirational athlete-type movies instead. I thought I’d share a couple athlete Netflix movies we’ve seen over the past few weeks:
- Ride the Divide: This is about an unsupported mountain bike race from Banff, Canada to Mexico – that’s a long way, across the Rockies too! While I really wanted to like this movie, I was pretty disappointed. It seemed a few of the racers had left their families for a span of weeks, one while his wife was pregnant, and were more concerned about the race than getting back to their families. Plus, I thought the filming was a poor and it dragged on a bit. I was expecting “epic” race battles and some more adrenaline, but it looked like slow, painful touring of hundreds of mile on a mountain bike each day. Don’t get me wrong, I know it was a challenge, but you didn’t get insight in to any of the training leading up to it and the main character ended up dropping out of the race and traveling with the film crew. I wasn’t inspired to cross-country mountain bike anytime soon!
- Hell on Wheels: this German documentary follows a team from the Tour de France. It’s pretty interesting to gain some insight into the tour and the way the riders live. It’s not all too glamorous – they’re either biking, resting or getting massaged. It was also crazy to see how crashes can make or break a rider’s tour experience – there’s such an element of luck involved. I have to be honest, I didn’t watch the whole movie since I fell asleep, so I would say it’s “just okay” but to watch it if you’re really curious about the tour.
- First Love: When I suggested watching this, David was more than okay since it’s a girl surfer movie I thought this would be a pretty silly surf movie with lots of bikinis, as many of them are, but was oddly inspired and impressed by these high school girls. The film is a documentary of the three girls that live in Phillip Island off Australia, where it’s freezing cold water, but they surf all the time anyways and are really, really good. It shows their trip to Hawaii to meet the pros and see if they have what it takes to go pro. Yeah, it’s light and a bit of a girl power movie but I enjoyed it. If they can surf in the cold for their love of surfing, I can swim/bike/run in the not-so-nearly-cold Texas winter!
Anyone else seen some inspirational sporty movies lately? Or books, I love sporty books.
Here’s last week’s recap:
- Monday: rest day… I have a confession to make, I skipped swim practice AGAIN
- Tuesday: 4mi tempo run + Body Pump
- Wednesday: 60 min on trainer
- Thursday: 4mi run + Body Pump
- Friday: 1700m swim
- Saturday: sick
- Sunday: sick
We got the CSA share I dread last week – TWO things I don’t like: turnips and mustard greens. I tried to make chips out of the mustard greens, but they browned too easily. If anyone has suggestions on how to make mustard greens bearable, I’m all ears. I was able to shred the turnips and use it as a base (with a lot of spring onions & garlic) for a broccoli & cheddar frittata. It wasn’t too bad with some salsa on top.
That’s all for today, apart from more resting to get my immune system back up!