Since my half marathon in Ottawa at the end of May my training has picked up pretty well, though my updates are slacking.  I’m not going to lie, I really don’t like blogging and the only reason I force myself to keep writing is I believe there are people out there, in the similar situation as me, who could benefit from my experiences transitioning to vegan.  I had a lot of doubts in the beginning whether it was possible to live a healthy active lifestyle where you can build strength and stamina without animal protein, but the longer I do it the more I believe it is the right way to live.

For the first time this summer I did a swim/bike/run all at once and boy did it feel good.  I went with an Olympic Tri distance of 1.5km/40km/10km just to see how the body would hold up.  All in all it went very well and I’m quite pleased with how I felt afterwards – I felt tired, but not exhausted.  I didn’t take a timer with me because I always try to push the pace too much when I’m on the clock and I was more concerned about doing the distance than posting a good time.  Though I’d guess my times would be around 40mins/100mins/55mins if I had to ballpark estimate.

It’s funny looking back a few years ago when my ideal Sunday would consist of 20 beers, 8 hours of football watching and 2 pounds of chicken wings.  Now it’s swim/bike/run, a delicious couscous salad and a little bit of weeding in my vegetable garden.  Though I will admit, come September, I may have a few more beer and football Sundays, just with tofu wings instead.

Looking forward I’ve gone ahead and signed up for a 14km trail race (http://thelimberlostchallenge.com/) on July 12.  It will be my first trail run so I’m sticking to the shortest distance to get a feel for running off road.  I will also compete in my first triathlon this summer on August 10 (http://www.multisportcanada.com/bracebridge/) and I’m hoping to break 3 hours in that.

I did my 5k test and pushup test on Thursday and the results were:

5K time: 27:09
Pushups: 58

Lastly, I finally found a “pretty good” vegan protein powder drink.  It’s called Professional Strength Soy Protein by Six Star Nutrition.  It was at Wal Mart and costs around $20 or $25.  If you’ve been following my blog you know how hard I’ve been trying to find a decent vegan protein powder.  9 out of 10 I’ve tried are nasty tasting.  This would be my favourite tasting one so far and that price is pretty good.

Disclaimer: I say vegan protein but I’m not 100% certain on that.  I don’t know all the terms on the back, but I’m pretty confident there aren’t any animal products.  I’m learning as I go.

 

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John

Founder at The Vegan Cow
I am a vegan, type I diabetic and on a mission to train for and complete the 2015 Ironman Wisconsin on a 100% vegan diet. I hope to show others that animal protein is not required to live a healthy active lifestyle.