Monday, December 31, 2007

2007. Done.

Well here it is... the obligatory year end post. I think it's somewhere in the terms & agreement when you sign up for a blogging service that you MUST have a season review post. Lucky for me (and you) I already re-capped all my racing a month ago. You can find it here:
2007 Season Review

I got some good news this week. I was selected as a 2007 Xterra All-American. I am definitely stoked go get recognized for racing hard all year long. You can read about it here on Inside Triathlon:
2007 Xterra All-Americans

I am back in San Diego and I have mixed feelings about it. Don't get me wrong I love it here but every time I get to spend time with my family I don't want it to end. I have given some thought to moving back to the east coast but I know the lifestyle I live right now is not possible back there.

The flight back to the west coast was a long one and I finished reading "The Paleo Diet for Athlete's". It's a great book with a lot of great information... not all of which I think will work for me. Ironically I already follow a lot of the aspects of the diet (high protein/moderate starchy carbs and a lot of fruit and veggies). I really thought the chapters on fueling pre-workout, during training, and post-workout were killer. They put a lot of emphasis on recovery nutrition which I know is key and something that I know I can work on. There is not way that I could commit 100% to the Paleo diet. I like peanut butter, oatmeal, cereal, and yogurt too much. I will continue to follow my diet but here a couple of things that I took from the book that I will be adding to my diet:

1. more good fats. Flax and Olive Oil
2. Periodization of of Diet. (base = more fat/moderate carbs, build/peak = less fat/higher carb)
3. pre and post workout nutrition strategies
4. more* grass fed/free range lean meats.
*I already eat a lot of meat but it seem like it's 90% chicken and turkey. I need more red meat and fish. I also want to try some leaner cuts of pork.

I think that's it. One of my goals for 2008 is to re-vamp my diet. It's already pretty damn healthy but I think with addition of the items listed above and a couple of other things I can do better. I will get into that in my "2008 Goal Post" (another obligatory blog post).

Peace and Happy New Year!


moonpie said...

Happy New year bro! You had a damn good one, if I do say so myself! Congrats on being an All-American!!

beth said...

happy 2008. nice new additions to the blog layout. but, i had to re-do my new years resolution based on your changes: my new goal in life is to one day make it from the "blogs to read" section of up to the "elite/pro" section. now stop reading this and call your girlfriend to wish her a happy new year, slacker.

TRI-ROB said...

What an honor to be selected as an All-American! How cool is THAT? Here's to another stellar season in '08! I LOVE even numbered years!


Matt said...

James nice post.

I've read the paleo diet for athletes and although I think that its a well researched book and I agree with a lot of the principles I dont think it's possible to follow 100%.

Certainly less grains, dairy is a good thing. But a more relaxed following to it would be better, e.g. small amounts of rice, oatmeal, and dairy from time to time.

If it works for Gordo and Joe Friel something's gotta be right.

Ryan Denner said...

congrats on a stellar season! free range meat is the way to go - no hormones or any of that other crap.

Cliff said...


Way to go to be selected as Xterra All American. You definitely deserve it with your hard work, dedication and the passion for the sport.