Thursday, January 24, 2013

A little hello..

Sometimes when I blog I have certain things that I want to blog about and things that seem interesting/funny but right now I find that is not the case.

I'm just rambling along fairly content. I've been training quite hard but I've had to adapt in the past week as my groin was a bit tight. Thankfully it seems very good now and I can go back to hurdles. I've been moonlighting as a sprinter the past few days which is always fun, it's nice to come out of blocks and not be faced with a barrier. I do miss my barriers a little bit though and will be happy to go back to them tomorrow.

I'll look for an interesting blog topic and get back to you soon.
Bye Bye,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Slow and Steady wins the race

Hi All,

Feeling better...
When I last blogged I was still feeling quite bad and trying hard to get better. Thankfully I am starting to feel a bit better. I have finished my anti-biotics and I'm back to doing a little training. The plan is to take training each day as it comes and to start making decisions about indoor racing in the coming weeks. I need to feel 100% healthy before I can think about racing.

Week one of Cookery Class...
This week was the first week of the healthy cooking course at Dublin Cookery School. I was worried that I might not feel up too it but thankfully I was feeling ok and was able to be at the first evening. I really enjoyed the night and it was great to be back in the school cooking. Lynda Booth was doing the demonstrating of the recipes and I was chatting away about different ingredients and the types of food I like to eat. I like to eat healthy food but it needs to be tasty so the aim of the course is healthy and delicious recipes. I think we achieved that in the first week.

Recipe of the Week...
One of the recipes for the first week was spiced carrot and lentil soup with gremolata. On the night we decided to leave out the gremolata, if you are making this feel free to leave it in or out. I also changed the sunflower oil to olive oil. Here is a couple of pictures of the recipe. This recipe comes from the kitchen of Lynda Booth at Dublin Cookery School. Enjoy!
Derv x

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 you are no fun!

Here we are in 2013 and I swear I approached it with pure positivity. But then the evil gods of sinus pain attacked me and now I'm in a world of negativity. Let me go back a couple of weeks first.

Right before Christmas I got sick. I picked up a sinus infection which in turn made my breathing bad (which is bad at at the best of times as I am asthmatic). I had to stay in bed and just try to get better for over a week. Then during Christmas I started to feel good again and resumed full training. Unfortunately two days ago I got a pain coming out through my face as if someone was in my face trying to hammer their way out. I couldn't decide if it was my sinus infection back or if maybe I was getting a really bad tooth ache. After trips to the doctor and the dentist it was decided that my sinus had flared up again. Now I am on a whole new antibiotic and in pain again. This was definitely not the plan for 2013.

I have had two reactions to this situation.

Reaction 1: To be completely rational and just accept that I'm sick. To do the things that will help me recover such as diet etc. It's just the way it goes and there are people out there who are 1 billion times worse off than I am. Really it is not the end of the world

Reaction 2: To cry uncontrollable and complain that life is completely unfair when all I want to do is train to get ready to race. To be certain that yes in fact it is the end of the world and my face will never ever (in a Taylor Swift sing song voice) feel good again.

Thats the update for 2013 so far. I do hope from here on out to be nothing but positive and full of joy in 2013.

Bye bye,