prep complete. smoothies & post season reflection.
Hey! Here is the long awaited post, or half of it rather. Stay tuned for the seasonal reflections and other updates later this morning on this post (I will edit it!). I wrote in my very first blog post that there may or may not be something about food on this blog. I am not the most amazing person in the kitchen when it comes to food prep and creation wise, but there are a few things I have had my turn with and I think I can hit straight on the head. Let me share.
When I was about 12, I thought smoothies were ingenious. Fruit is good, but fruit together blended with yummyness is even better. This is when my smoothie crave was born. Ever since then, I have had some good (and bad) times in the kitchen trying to whip up new concoctions. Today, I share with you the latest and greatest. Below are so B&W prep photos! Because why not, right? Also, I would have taken a photo with the real thing, but as you can see already in the photo, it disappears before I can even take a photo because it is just so DANG good!
Here are some ingriedients. Feel free to get creative.
- Almond milk
- Frozen raspberries
- Frozen blackberries
- 1 Banana
- Frozen peaches
- Protein powder (optional!)
- Yoghurt (rasp. is the bestest)
Blend those beautiful ingriedients and sip away. :)
Well, besides all of this smoothie-ness, there has been a lot going on in my heart and my head. I could talk for hours I think. However, this is a post and you could potentially get bored if I did that.
For starters, my track season ended on July 12th in Nanaimo with our provincial jamboree. It was a short one, and I knew that. The season started out with a blast, a small meet at UBC in April and the conditions were absolutely terrible. However, I ended up high jumping a seasons best right off the bat (1.50) and was excited to see where the season could take me. Fast forward to June, and I attended four meets within seven weeks that all seemed to resemble each other (blah, without gusto). I tried some new hep events this year to see if maybe heptathlon could be a possibility and I do admit that I thoroughly enjoyed learning something new. I stuck with the throws because God knows I need a lot of help with hurdles and some of the running events.
In the hubbub of all of this, I was able to find joy. That came especially at my last meet, when I threw shot put. It was my last event, there were three of us, and as we walked over the official asked us if we were breaking any Canadian records that day... we all laughed and I added in, "it's just for fun!" Again, returning to my roots and going into the event with that mentality allowed me to think of the "what's the worst that will happen" and "why not". I threw a pb and came away from the meet somewhat happy.
I have to be honest, I've never had a season like this. I haven't had a personal best in some events for six or seven years, but I've never had meets like this - to walk in with a predetermined attitude or some idea of the outcome. It was the most difficult season I have ever had, because I KNOW I am capable of more and want to put the work in, but the two just haven't clicked yet. It will though! I am patient!
In the grand scheme of things, we are not athletes who like to make it our day job to worship our King. We are disciples who just so happen to do track and field. We use that as our avenue to worship Him. In the whirlwind of emotion that follows an event (Yes, I know you've been there), it is SO IMMENSELY DIFFICULT to see any light out of a tunnel. It can be hard to see God in anything. You think, "if I only I had more time", or "if only I didn't have to work", or "I wish I had more access to facilities, coaches, etc...blah blah blah", "if only I had prayed more before my race". We are handed the circumstances that we are in, to grow. My circumstances are different than yours, but please understand that there are other athletes who are going through motions similar to yours!
On the Saturday evening of the meet weekend, my team (TWU Spartans) met up as a whole (the BC people) and had a dinner and played games and simple enjoyed each others company. I've missed that a lot being at home and loved seeing and talking with faces that I don't get to on a regular basis. My teammates are so unreal and amazing people. As we got to talking, I was shocked to understand that there were other people on my team going through exactly what I was. They had been sick, they had to work every day, they weren't training as much as they could or even wanted to. God reminded me that I'm not alone in this. This is why we have team - to build each other up and help each other through things like this.
What's next then? Time off! I love track and field but could not be more excited for the past week of rest. I have six short weeks of work left (yippee!) and then it's off to school and training with new adventures that await.
More ponderings to come, thanks for reading.
romans 8:31 says, "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"