What I Ate After The Try-A-Tri

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 7, 2010

Good evening!

Being in the bakery the day after a race always make for a looooong day. It felt like it was midnight by 1pm….never a good sign. My left bicep is very sore from yesterday- It was the arm I was lugging the huge garbage bag full of gear with! Moral of the story: Do not haul huge garbage bags of gear around all day.

Other than that, I just have mild muscle soreness in my glutes from biking. Nothing too major! Eric says he doesn’t have any sore muscles in particular, just overall stiffness.

What I ate after the try-a-tri:

Surprisingly, I was much hungrier after the try-a-tri (which was about 1 hour in duration) as compared to my half marathon last weekend (which was 1 hour 55 mins). I would have assumed longer duration = more hunger, but that just wasn’t the case. I am convinced that the open-water swim accounted for the surge in my hunger. I think it really took a lot out of my body energy wise!

Immediately after the race, I had a banana and an apple and a bite of Eric’s Glo Bar.


When we got home, the first thing I did was make lunch! The first thing Eric did was nap for 2 hours. You can see where our priorities are! :biggrin:

For me, FOOD trumps sleep 99% of the time.

For Eric, SLEEP trumps food 99% of the time.

It is amazing we can even speak to each other, I know.

I am a strong believer in listening to my body, and this is especially true for my post-race meals.

When I went to make lunch around 12:30, my body was craving veggies. I realized that what my body was trying to get was MORE WATER!

During the race, I did not bring my Camelbak because I just had too much gear to carry. As a result, the only water I had during the race was a few sips in between the bike and run legs. Needless to say, I was very dehydrated and my body was craving foods with a high water content!

I made a huge juice composed of beets, carrots, lemon, and an apple:




Then I made a salad composed of 1 English cucumber, 1 tomato, 1 yellow pepper, and 1 small avocado. I served it over a bed of about 3/4 cup of couscous. I drizzled my better than bottled balsamic vinaigrette dressing over top.


Mmmmm, this was AMAZING.


Along with the salad, I had two pieces of whole wheat toast slathered in Earth Balance.


That was Lunch #1.

Lunch #2 happened a couple hours later.

I had an Ezekiel wrap filled with approx. 3/4 cup lentils, handful of mixed greens, and 1/4 cup hummus.


I know I said I was sick of wraps, but post-race hunger works in mysterious ways! :biggrin:


I also had several Medjool dates and a handful of dried apricots (not shown).


Late afternoon, I had a Liberate Glo Bar:


As well as a few handfuls of red hot blues chips.

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For dinner, I could not bring myself to cook. I think I would have collapsed! I asked Eric if he wanted to go out for dinner to celebrate our race, and he agreed that it was a great idea.

We were both craving Mexican food in a major way, so the decision was an easy one.

Our appetizer- nacho chips and salsa, which we split.


The chips were so salty and delicious. I always crave salty food after a race!

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I ordered the vegetarian fajitas and Eric ordered the chicken fajitas.



We were quite possibly the hungriest people in the entire restaurant and were so happy when our food arrived.

My sides for the fajitas were Pico de gallo, lettuce, and, guacamole. I always ask them to hold the cheese and sour cream and just bring me oodles of guacamole…muahuhaa. :devil: I have a slight obsession with guacamole.


To my delight, the veggies were sprinkled with a salty seasoning and they were cooked in tons of olive oil. I don’t think I have ever tasted a better stir-fry!


I proceeded to eat 5 fajitas…Eric had 6.


Afterward, we rolled out of the restaurant and somehow fastened our seatbelts around our bulging food babies!

However, we were not finished!

A couple hours later Eric and I settled onto the couch and we dug into my chocolate stash that was hiding away in my dresser.



After a few squares of chocolate, the next thing I knew I was asleep and I had a bad dream that I was watching Chronicles of Riddick.

This actually turned out to be REAL- my husband obviously took advantage of his sleeping wife and threw on a GUY FLICK. :lol:

I had to force myself back to sleep (to make the movie go away) and the next thing I knew the credits were rolling and Eric was carrying me up the stairs to bed. :biggrin:

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Jayme June 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Hi Angela!

Congrats to you both on such an amazing accomplishment! And wow, your meals look so delish :) I rarely post but love reading your blog daily and I’m not even a Vegan! I had to comment this evening because I FINALLY but the bullet and made the banana soft serve. OMG!!! It’s incredible! I threw in a scoop of some Teddie’s peanut butter and it was outstanding. I can’t believe I waited this long to try it. I’ve been following the South Beach diet for a few weeks now and this dessert is going to keep keep me motivated and on track. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm

The banana soft serve comes from Gena over at choosingraw.com…she is a genius! It is life changing.


Nicole @ Making Good Choices June 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm

mmm I love when I am so hungry and can dive into chips and salsa. Just something about Mexican that just hits the spot! Still so inspired by your tri-at-tri!


Sana June 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm

It makes sense, we sweat out a lot of salt when we workout so our body craves salt like no other!

It is SUPER CUTE that Eric carries you to bed :)!


VeggieGirl June 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Theo chocolate is AMAZING!


Jocelyn June 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

hahaha..love the ending ;)

Looks like you refuled with some amazing foods! Do I detect a mexacli rosas outing!? I’m gonna go there for my bday! I do every year :D

Glad you two are not too sore…you must feel great to know that you BOTH achieved this!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Those were some legit veggies in the fajitas!! I’ve only ever gotten peppers and onions, no BROC!! Sweet stuff :)


Bridget June 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Ahhh post workout hunger. It certainly is an interesting specimen that can sneak up at strange times.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen fajitas with that many veggies! Lucky girl!


Maria @ a healthier Maria June 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

haha this post made me laugh. I love that you ate 5 fajitas. I also made your tomato/avocado/cucumber/homemade dressing salad not too long ago & LOVED it. It is the perfect combination!


Krystina June 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

You are both super cute. Congrats on the Try-A-Tri!


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm

That juice is so pretty! I think your post-race eats are kind of modest, actually! :D Those veggie fajitas looks delish, too. YUMM



AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Modest, really? I think the pictures must be deceiving b/c I probably had between 3,500-4,000 calories yesterday! =)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I want that juice because it is HOT PINK!


Callie June 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I’m with Eric – after both of my triathlons I enjoyed a nice two hour nap! :)

So now the big question is…will you two be doing another triathlon anytime soon???


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm

haha we have been asked this a lot in the past day. RIght now we are just enjoying our post-race glow and I will be addressing this Q in a future post! :)


Liz June 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I really think you guys are amazing, plus what a cool thing to do TOGETHER!! I’m so proud of your efforts and accomplishments in the try-a-tri. YOU GUYS ROCKED IT! GO ERIC for pulling it out at the finish!!! Get it girl!!!! Also, you’ve officially inspired me to try this interesting mix of broc/carrot/snap pea fajitas…I always think *GROSS* when I ask what a restaurant serves in their veggie version. Next time – I’ll give it a shot.


Jae June 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

haha this post makes me laugh :)
I love how you had the endurance to go do the try a tri (hopefully one day my fitness-y spirit/endurance will be as great as yours!) and I loved how you ate—-something about your writing in this post was just like ‘oh and afterrr I had this I also had that!’
Im still laughing ^^. thank you for making me smile today.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Awww that’s so great that he carried you up to bet. Open-water swims take so much out of me. I always have to have a nap after I have swam in the lake during the middle of the day.


Caroline June 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Awesome post! I love seeing what you ate after such an intense event! Congrats on finishing! I think your choice of veggie fajitas sounds amazing for post race fuel. :)


mm June 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Congratulations on your race!! I am always STARVING after a good swim. The salad you had for Lunch #1 looks delicious – I just might make it for dinner tonight! :) I actually like Chronicles of Riddick too.


TiaMarie June 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I was a competitive swimmer for quite a few years, and after a swim practice or meet I was always STARVING! Everything you ate looked delish!

I am a guac fanatic as well! I always ask for extra when I go out. :]


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries June 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I cannot imagine how exhausted you guys must have been! But I’m with you, food > sleep! Fajitas with guacamole are one of my favorite dinners :)


[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The good food after makes all the hard work worth it. :)


Lindsay (goodiesgalore) June 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

He really carried you to bed???? That’s a DREAM of mine but my boyfriend would probably blow his back out.


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Mmmm – those fajitas look awesome – and I love guac…it hasn’t been in my life enough lately!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Awwwww you and Eric are PRECIOUS!!!! I hope I find someone who “gets me” like that one day.
And wow that stir fry looks amazing! And i’m SO with you on the guac!


theemptynutjar June 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm

i luv u and eric
u are both so cool


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow June 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

The body + hunger is a very oh so mysterious thing! :)


Lynn June 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Hey! Congratulations on the tri!

Come check out my blog :) I’m new haha!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Isn’t it amazing how many calories you use up doing all that exercise? You two totally deserved to feast!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What wonderful post race eats Angela!!!!


Ashley June 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm

hahahaah cracking up at this post!!!! Rolling out of the restaurant..digging in the chocolate stash…multiple lunches…ahhh those days are kind of fun! Definitely have had a few of those days…and not always after a race! hehe I bet it was so awesome that you were going through all of post-race hunger together. :) Also, I love salads with ALL veg and no lettuce sometimes..YUM and toast + butter just really hits the spot sometimes!!!


Allison June 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Congrats! What a delightful yummy spread following your Tri :]

I noticed you have a reusable straw – any recommendations there are far as type or location to purchase at?



Angela (Oh She Glows) June 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

The glass straws I have are by Glass Dharma. I like the big ones (largest diametre)


Ilana June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I have a chocolate stash in my dresser drawer too! Never know when an emergency will arise…

I love you guys! I think it’s amazing how supportive and connected the two of you are – I hope my future hubs and I are the same!


Stacy (StacyGrowsHealthy) June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I am really impressed by your post race healthy choices. I don’t think I will have the discipline to prepare so many healthy things after a tough race!

Those fajitas look super tasty!


Angie June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Beautiful juice!


Kristina June 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

your juices always look BEAUTIFUL and delicious… Jason brought me the most amazing juice the other day, and I realized I really need to use our juicer more. So tasty.

you guys are so cute, nap vs food thing :) and you two are just awesome in general, I still think it is so super cool that you did this together. :)


Amber K June 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Oooh, I wish my fave Mexican restaurant had veggie fajitas. I wonder if they do, but just don’t include it in the menu, because that looks fabulous!


Heather June 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm

mmmmmm…fajitas! i wish i had a local place that had a variety of veggie fajitas…most of them are just mushroom-based and that’s it. i bet you guys were STARVED!


Marina June 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm

your salads always look so appetizing, how do you do it :))
And that mexican food, yummy! I adore avocados and guacamole, but its not very popular in our mexican restaurants, which is pretty weird.
Chocolate with mint…love to try that!
Congrats once more!


jassy June 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm

eric’s so sweet:)

you both deserve the celebration…way to go!;)


alyne June 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Ahahahaha, that was the best post ever.
Am smiling to self in conference room right now :)
I love that you eat!
it’s great :D


Jen June 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I must be part guy…Chronicles of Riddick is one of my favourite movies and I couldn’t imagine falling asleep for it, lol. BUT…you did just kick some major butt try-a-tri style, so I forgive you, lol. You and Eric are awesome; I love that you guys did this together. Rest up and eat up!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 8, 2010 at 7:47 am

hahah to be fair, I have never actually WATCHED the entire movie, so who knows I might like it if I watched the whole thing. ;p


Mastering Public Health June 8, 2010 at 12:23 am

That’s some hunger! Coincidentally, I actually just recently did a review on those very Theo chocolate bars on my blog at http://masteringpublichealth.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/review-theo-chocolate — feel free to check it out, if you’d like.


Helen June 8, 2010 at 12:54 am

It looks like you refulled with some fab food. I love the amount of veggies you ate. Actually can’t beliebe you ate 5 fajitas and still had room! That swim must have taken it out of you! I love the ending of the post too, it’s the least Eric could do after watching a guy movie!!


~Jessica~ June 8, 2010 at 4:39 am

Yum! Can’t think of a better way to re-fuel. And ignore the comment above ~ I can totally see why you’d *need* to have some lovely Mexican food to help repair those muscles. Actually I find it really annoying when others comment along the lines of ‘I can’t believe you ate that much’ because I get that all the time and what you had was so healthy and nourishing. Sometimes people need to be a little more sensitive and it’s usually just a reflection of their own negative attitudes towards food. I certainly don’t think you overdid it at all.

That couscous dish looks particularly lovely, and your juice is so vibrant. No wonder you ‘glow’ so much :)

I am so inspired by your (and Eric’s) journey ~ I’ve been following your progress since you entered the Tri and I’ve always wanted to have a go myself, but still own the bike I had when I was eleven and am terrified of the open water swimming element. I suppose I’d just have to make up the ground in the running segment ;) But you’ve shown such amazing stength that one day soon I hope to emulate you and complete one myself…thanks for giving me the confidence to at least investigate the possibility!

I also love your eating habits and philosophy towards life…your blog has helped me so much over the past year, and for that I am so thankful.

Thanks for being yourself, because that self is one heck of a special one.



Paige (Running Around Normal) June 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

LOVE the abundance of food, haha. And you sure met your veggie quota for the day, I’d say!
Glad you also got to celebrate:)


Alycia @ Fit n Fresh June 8, 2010 at 6:58 am

That juice looks so pretty! I probably couldn’t bring myself to drink it lol and this post has reallyyyy put me in a mexican mood! Mmm fajitas = happiness


Brittany June 8, 2010 at 7:28 am

Mexican is the perfect post race food! Congrats to both you and Eric!!!


Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life June 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

Looks like a great re-fuel!!!! I would be starrrrving!!!


Veggielady4life June 8, 2010 at 8:02 am

Those Ezekiel wraps look so good! I love their products! I’m glad you and your hubby had a nice post-race day together! My husband ALWAYS chooses sleeping over eating, too! It blows my mind every time!


jenna June 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

i have a slight obession with guac too :) it’s just so good!!

I love that you show what you ate after such an intense work out. It’s so important to refuel your body!!!


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

Your post tri-a-tri eats all look so good!
Fajitas are fabulous, aren’t they? I used to HATE guac growing up, but now I’m a total fan! :)


Callie June 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

That food looks so good! Hope you enjoyed it.
This reminded me of when I used to be a competitive swimmer. I’d eat my whole kitchen after races. My chocolate cravings get fierce after working up a sweat.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

Chronicles of Riddick is a guy flick?? Since when?


Little Bookworm June 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

Belated congratulations to you and Eric on completing the Try-A-Tri! :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

Congrats again!! That wrap looks tasty… I could probably eat one every day and not get sick of them!


Camille June 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

I think long distance running just exhausts hunger. I haven’t had much of an appetite since my marathon on Sunday…


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans June 8, 2010 at 9:32 am

Great food spread!! Everything is so healthy and delicious (I now have a wicked craving for guacamole myself!!) Good job!


Deirdre June 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

So proud of you and Eric! You guys rock! I loved how you did everything together even the faijita eating! :)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 8, 2010 at 10:08 am

Whew that’s a whole lotta food! but your bodies needed it so it’s perfectly alright :) That wrap looks absolutely fantastic- I might try it for dinner!


Sarah for Real June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

Awe I love that he put on a guy movie and then carried you to bed. So sweet!

I was just wondering the other day if a vegan could eat at a Mexican restaurant. I think you probably don’t eat their rice or beans either right?


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 8, 2010 at 11:15 am

You can, as long as you make sure that they aren’t prepared with animal products! Most chefs can accomodate.


Wei-Wei June 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

Man, if I could eat like that, I’d sign up for races everyday ;) The fajitas look great! And so does the chocolate… :D

You made me go “awww…” when you mentioned Eric carrying you up to bed. So cute! :D



Mandy June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

What was the name of the Mexican restaurant you went to? Looked good!


Mel June 8, 2010 at 11:08 am

Congrats! GREAT JOB!!! You are Eric are so sweet to each other :-) Here’s to happy healing thoughts. Keep that post-race glow going!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

Haha, I agree that food totally trumps sleep! The thought of breakfast is what gets me out of bed so early every morning.

That fajita spread looks amazing! Usually restaurant fajitas are so disappointing.


Susan June 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’m pregnant with my second and feel like I’ve been eating pretty poorly recently between cook-outs, birthday parties and entertaining guests. I’ve been craving something fresh and I read this post just in time. Just made the avocado/cucumber/tomato/pepper over couscous and it was so easy and really delicious! Just what I needed!


Kelly June 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Great job on your race…you are inspiring me!!! I’ve never tried Theo chocolate. Looks like I’ll have to try it out. I remember going out for mexican food after my first 5K race (I have yet to try a triathlon, but like I said- you are inspiring me!! Have a great week! Oh, and you managed to land various spots in my new blog post this morning (I believe three links) ! I love your blog and it shows! ;-)


Laura June 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

If you were any more adorable, I wouldn’t be able to stand it!!!!

I love your blog, and your recipes. You remind me of a much more motivated version of myself at 27!


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