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Amanda's Blog

January 18, 2013

Cooking a Sweet Potato

The tropical sweet potato

Want a tropical twist to your favorite nutrient rich health food?

Try this easy recipe out post-workout or ANY time! It has become a weekly staple in the Lovato household, as it’s a great recovery food, but it’s made up to taste great.

You need:

1 Sweet Potato

Aluminum Foil

Coconut Butter

Coconut flakes

1 handful of Pomegranate seeds

1/4-1/2  of a lime…it just depends on your taste.

a pinch of Sea Salt.

1. Pre Heat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Wrap your sweet potato in Aluminum Foil. I like to prick my potatoes with a fork before I wrap them.

3. After the oven is warmed up and ready to go, place your potato in the oven. It usually takes 45′ to an hour for my potato to get fully cooked. If you are in a hurry, put the the potato (sans aluminum foil) in the microwave for 10-12 minutes,depending on the size of the potato.

4. Place the jar of coconut butter above/ near the oven, so the heat will help to soften it a bit.

5. After the potato is fully cooked, remove the aluminum foil and place on a plate. Split the potato in half with a sharp knife and add 1 dollop of coconut butter.

6. Squeeze the lime wedges over the potato, add salt to taste, and finish by adding the coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds.

Voila! Pure deliciousness!!

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January 11, 2013

New Favorite Treadmill Session

I got the “ok” from Dr. Oza a few weeks ago to start adding intensity into my training regime. He told me that it was time to stop being conservative and to start testing myself. I was a little nervous upon hearing this, but felt ready and excited with his “OK”…that is until I got the dreaded flu…which turned into a horrific cough and chest infection. YIKES! It knocked me out for a total of twelve days. The moral of the story is that you need to respect the flu.

After feeling fully recovered I decided to take Dr. Oza’s advice to moderately test myself.

This morning I did a little treadmill workout. And I have a feeling it is going to become one of my favorites as I progress. I started off with a 15′ warm up. I  started at 7mph building until my legs and breathing felt  good at 8.0MPH.

The main set is as follows: Incline at 1%. 10 minutes as 1′@8.5 mph/ 1′@9.0 mph. Keep in mind that my threshold heart rate is around 164. By the end of this little ten minute session, my heart rate was around the 157 range. I took 5′ easy at 8.0 mph. Then I did another 5′ as 1′@8.5/ 1′@9.0. Again, my heart rate was around the 155-157 range. I did another 5′ at 8.0, then cooled down for 10′ which totaled 45′ of total running time and 15…

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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Sorry for the “link”. I would have loved to  have inserted a video, but I seem to be wordpress challenged.

Here is our 2012 year in pictures. Merry Christmas!

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December 17, 2012

6 weeks post surgery. Taking it day by day.

Who is at our door???#Cuties! #halloween!

Here I am! Today marks 6 weeks post surgery.

I have had an interesting six weeks which have included a lot of rest, traveling and enjoying Mexico, and dog walking.

Here is a picture of my two precious furries.

These two love their morning and afternoon walks!

Mexico was nothing short of amazing. While Michael prepped for race day, I slept a lot, relaxed, and enjoyed our all-inclusive resort at Fiesta Americana. While I do usually enjoy being in a condo for races, there is something to be said about daily maid service and delicious, organic, nutritious food being made for you daily.

There was very little internet service while we were down there. And I admit that I really enjoy that aspect of Mexico. It gives us a real chance to unplug and decompress from life and “noise”. We take this part of the trip seriously. We usually do not get on the Internet at all until after race day. Even then, we try to limit ourselves to 30 minutes a day to clean up the inbox and take care of “emergencies”.

Being in Mexico gave me a lot of time to think. I thought about a lot of stuff. I thought a lot about all of the people who reached out to me after my blog about my surgery. I was surprised. I was  touched. Most of all I was extremely grateful. I was also a…

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November 15, 2012

Post Surgery

I am so touched and inspired by all of the kind e-mails, facebook messages, and comments regarding my blog.  Thank you.

The past 10 days, I have done exactly what my doctor told me to do. For seven days, I rested…a lot. In fact, I thought I would be amped and ready to go by the end of the week. I was not. I have been sleeping 10-12 hours a night every night since surgery.

I was warned that I might have a few heart flip-flops the first few days after surgery, which I did. It’s funny how much more overly aware I am compared to before. I went for a nice walk on Sunday with ML and the dogs. This was my first bit of movement. It felt great despite the snow and cold weather.

On the first day that I could exercise (Tuesday), I gently ran 15 minutes. My joints felt achy and tight, but otherwise I was fine. On Wednesday I swam for 20′. I felt a lot better than I thought I would. Surprise! I was planning to run 20 minutes today, however, my friend Kerrie talked me into 30 minutes. We went extremely slow, but it felt good to move and to be out of the house despite the cold winter weather.

Oddly enough, my heart really does feel at peace. My surgeon told me that he thought that I was having SVT’s a lot…

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November 7, 2012

Finally at Peace

Zio monitor

2003 was the first time that I remember feeling it. My arms were slightly numb and my legs would barely move. My friend Meg Letherby and I were running hard up the Mesa trail. At least I was trying to run hard. I was wearing a heart rate monitor at the time. Dave Scott was coaching me and I was trying to hold a certain heart rate range. I looked down at my watch and saw 207. I thought to myself that the damn thing was broken. My heart rate did go down after I asked Meg to walk for a few minutes. But  I was so convinced that the monitor was a POS that I threw it away when I got home. I told Dave about it. He seemd a bit concerned, but I shrugged it off. He was curious and asked more about it, but I didn’t really want to talk about it because I “knew” that the monitor was broken. I did my best to not wear another one again for a long time.

I raced a few Ironmans in 2003 and 2004. I did well. I felt like I had a few bad patches here and there in each of the races. However, that was normal in an Ironman. In 2005 I raced IM Wisconsin. I was in second place gaining on 1st until I hit mile 10 of the run. All of a sudden, I…

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October 25, 2012

Hawaii, Fall, errrr…Winter Update.

Back in bun huggers! It's running season! Thanks @brooksrunningID and @bldrrunningco. 5th @ state half champs.

We only arrived home from Kona last Thursday. It is never easy coming from 88 degrees to 30 degrees. And we were lucky enough to have a few warm days (mid 60′s-low 70′s) before the first official snowstorm of the season. I wouldn’t say that I am excited about the snow, but I can tolerate it for now.

This was Sunday @The Boulder Half Marathon:

This is Today:

I knew that I should have bought that pink puffy jacket for Luna the other day…

Since my last blog update, I raced a half marathon this past weekend, I travelled to Hawaii in Ocotober, supporting my awesome husband Michael, and I raced two 70.3′s in September.

Last Sunday’s half marathon was a pleasant shock.  I was 5th place in the open race and even won a little bit of money which is more than I can say for my previous two triathlons.

I’m the girl in Pink!

I always love going back to my running roots at the end of the triathlon season.

Hawaii Never disappoints…

Here are a few pics from Hawaii. Sorry if have already seen them on Instagram or my Twitter feed.

Hawaii’s gorgeous fruit:

Basik’s Acai bowl:

ML training on the Queen K:


ML is finished!

Driving up Mauna Kea in a mustang. I was scared…Ml was excited!

Cruisin’ around town.

Our 14th year in…

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August 26, 2012

Summer Update

I can’t believe that summer is coming to a close. The early mornings are nice and cool, but we are still enjoying the warm 80 degree days! Actually this part of summer is my favorite!

Michael and I spent some time in Steamboat in July , which was really fun. It was nice to get a change of scenery and a change of pace. We raced a trail race, which was completely out of my comfort zone. Trail racing is tough, in my opinion…especially the downhill. I gained a lot of respect for the people who do those races! You have to be REALLY BRAVE and FAST to take those corners and descents! Michael and I came home feeling rested and refreshed. While we got in some good training, we were able to turn off the computers and I-Phone and decompress from life. It was AWESOME!

We both came home feeling like different people for the better! We felt rested and ready for the next training block. Training was better than ever and we were both feeling very confident about our upcoming races. My main focus was getting ready to race Worlds in Las Vegas and Michael’s was getting a podium finish in NYC.

Unfortunately Michael did not have the race that he dreamed of having in NYC. If anything, It was a nice kick in the pants. I suppose he needed this in order to try something different to…

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July 12, 2012

Boulder 5150

My beautiful sissy! Thank you ml for my awesome guest surprises! xoxo

The past week has felt like a whirlwind! It’s only been a few days since the Boulder 5150, but it feels like it was an eternity ago…

Last weekend started like any other race weekend, except the cool thing is that I didn’t have to travel! I love doing the hometown races. I love the feel of racing in my backyard, with so many people that I know cheering and supporting! And believe it or not, I love Olympic distance races. I don’t do them as often because my swim is just not competitive. However, I figured that I had nothing to lose. I didn’t have to book a flight, travel with a bike box, or settle into a hotel. Plus I wanted a to do one more fun race while I was still 39. Monday, the day after the race, was my 40th birthday. I wanted to stay home and celebrate.

Michael surprised me on Friday by flying my BFF and my sister in town. My brother came up to Boulder from Colorado Springs with his new girlfriend and my college friend, Laura. My husband really is the best…LOVE HIM!!!!

With my…

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June 27, 2012

Just a day…Race report from Buffalo Springs

Swim. Bike. Run. Kiss!

After getting a hard kick in the shorts at New Orleans this past April, I decided to consult with a couple of people that I really trust in the sport to get a bit of feedback. The long story short was that I was racing too hard for the amount of training that I had been doing. I was trying to race head to head with girls that were a lot more fit and I was having epic blow ups in my races. I can really throw down but I have to be fit enough to back it up…and I wasn’t fit. I raced Knoxville conservatively so that my undertrained body wouldn’t have another meltdown or blowup. Looking back and considering my fitness 5 weeks ago, I had a great race in Knoxville.

I came into Lubbock with 5 solid weeks of excellent training under my belt. It was the first block of uninterrupted training since my two week block in Clermont with my friend Kim this past February. I had a plan and I followed it to the “T”. In that short five weeks, I increased my threshold and strength by 2 percent (significant considering my body weight). I knew I was on the right track.

I arrived in Texas confident that I would have a faster day than I did the previous year as I was fitter and stronger. One of the things that occurred to…

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