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A viagem até fortaleza foi um tanto cansativa. Dentro do avião estava muito frio e havia muitas crianças choronas em nosso voo. Como chegamos de madrugada, eu resolvi enrolar no aeroporto para não chegar tão tarde na casa dos meus tios.

Ficamos no aeroporto por 4 horas, e entre um cochilo e outro dedicávamos nosso tempo a bater recordes nos joguinhos do tablet como Angry Birds e Magic Alchemist.

Saindo do aeroporto pegamos um taxi até a 30 Nós, a escola de Kite surf e Wakeboard, lá conhecemos o Thiago um dos nossos instrutores e conhecemos a unidade da escola mais voltada a Wake. Um lugar super bonito e bem estruturado no bairro Edson Queiroz.

Depois de muito bate papo, fomos de taxi até a casa dos meus tio na Maraponga. Foi muito bom rever a família. A Jeane, minha prima, é uma ótima companhia sempre e a casa de Maraponga um máquina do tempo com tantas memórias.

Não sei se vocês sabem, mas quando eu tinha uns 12 anos me mudei para fortaleza com minha mão e o meu irmão Gabriel. Moramos aqui por 2 anos e meio. Nessa época moramos um tempo nessa casa com meus primos. E foi aqui que vivi muitas coisas: meu primeiro cachorro, tomei meu primeiro copo de açaí, tive que lidar com a separação dos meus pais, com a distância do meu irmão mais velho Marinho, com a falta dos amigos… E muito mais! Tantas coisas que lembro hoje com imenso carinho. Certamente Fortaleza foi um dos lugares que fui mais feliz na minha vida, e só de pisar o pé aqui, e sentir essa brisa leve que ameniza o calor me faz super feliz.

Se passaram 15 anos desde quando voltei a morar em São Paulo, no começo víamos para cá nas férias, ou seja 2 vezes por ano estávamos aqui. Mas com o passar do tempo foi ficando difícil. E já faziam uns 10 anos que não vinha para cá.

A cidade mudou muito, cresceu!

Não andei muito, na verdade ontem e hoje fiquei aqui curtindo a família e descansando. Mas só de ver o quanto a Maraponga mudou fico imaginando como deve estar o centro, a Aldeota, o Papicu, a Beira Mar e as praias!

Amanhã teremos a primeira aula de Kite em Cumbuco, mas essa já é uma coisa para contarmos depois!

It has been a difficult few weeks for me in terms of aches and pains. The first problem occurred about a month or so ago – I was going for a 15km run at a gentle pace and felt a pain in my calf muscle. I kept running, thinking it was cramp and that I could run it off. Big mistake as it turned into out to be a partial tear of the muscle, which ruled me out of a 6km race I had entered into. I’m no doctor, but the pain felt pretty much like it was in the location in the image – after the tear, it felt like there was a bit of a lump and redness there, I guess because of slight internal bleeding from the injury. The problem was exacerbated when, after the pain had died down a bit, I tried going for a run again and pushed myself a bit to far too soon… It can be very frustrating not being able to exercise properly.

Fortunately the muscle recovered in time for the last half marathon in Rio, but it is still a good reminder about how we need to be careful with our bodies and pushing ourselves too much too soon. After the half marathon almost two weeks ago now, my leg muscles were naturally tired, though just tired rather than any aggravated injury… the problem this time, however, being in my left foot which has been painful to walk on since the race, with the pain on the outside. It felt like a pain in the bone rather than any muscles. It seems completely better now, which is nice, so will need to see how it goes – not sure how/why it happened: the running shoes I wore were the same as the previous race (and gave no problems) and in which I have been training, and this is the first time such an injury has occurred.

Back to the gym this last week, but definitely no impact sports like running while the foot is like this. From tonight  we will be in the water for a week on the tropical beaches of Fortaleza, kite surfing so that should also be good as well as definitely not much impact in that! Swimming in the sea should be good as well for general fitness (so nope, not really a holiday though the location will be great!).

For the kite surfing, though the nice tropical beaches and hot weather will be an added bonus! I lived for a year or so in the city back in 2000, though I hear much has changed in that it has got ever larger. Will be great to be back and catch up with some old friends and definitely looking forward to the coming week. The city isn’t the most beautiful in the world in terms of architecture etc, and it does have its problems – harsh inequalities, crime, and it is not safe to be out away from the tourist places at night. However, it is an enjoyable place to be, and I do miss the ocean breeze, its accessibility and walking along the Beira Mar promenade. Will certainly be the warmest training project (and arguably the most fun…. but then again, every project we have done so far has been challenging and the rewards of managing to complete them have certainly outweighed any “suffering” we have had to endure in the process!!). But yes, flight at 11:30pm on Friday night and back in São Paulo next Sunday. Here we go!

Pequeño Alpamayo - Bolívia

Essa foi uma semana atípica, o ben viajando a trabalho quase a semana toda, me vi um tanto desanimada para fazer as coisas. Como eu não gosto de dormir em casa sozinha, minha mãe veio dormir comigo em casa algumas noites e em outra fui dormir na casa do meu irmão e aproveitar o tempo com os sobrinhos. A Marina cada dia mais linda e bravinha, apesar que hoje já consigo arrancar risos e sorrisos, o Lucas sempre esperto me diverte com suas piadas e respostas rápidas.

Ontem fui no salão e fiz a sombrancelhas e a unha depois de séculos sem saber o que era um  momento de beleza… E como isso deixa a gente mais confiante. Não sei como funciona para os homens mas para nós que viemos de vênus auto estima, confiança e segurança são coisas que podemos adquirir depois de umas horas num salão de beleza.

Passei de noite no shopping, e passeando sem querendo comprar nada, vi que uma loja tava vedendo calça jeans muito barato, tipo R$49.00, resolvi ver se tinha algo que gosto. Na hora de experimentar o ponto alto.

Nem me lembro a quanto tempo compro calça numero 44, fui ao provador com a numeração 44 e uma outra calça 42, já pensando que eu devia ter emagrecido alguma coisa!

A 44 ficou gigante, dava até pra fazer propaganda antes e depois, a 42 para a minha felicidade grande também, peço para a vendedora trazer uma 40, já pensando que essa deveria ficar pequena… Mas que nada ficou certinha nas coxas, um pouco apertada na batata da perna, e na cintura um pouco folgada, mas nada demais.

Saí do provador com a calça na mão e um sorriso nos lábios.

Moral da história: Nós não somos complicadas, o problema é que apesar de sempre querermos que vocês nos agradem aquilo que nos faz feliz tem que ser feito por nós mesmas!!!

 

PS>: Mais tarde posto fotos dessa evolução!

Since the end of our last training project, riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the British winter, we have settled back into Brazil, something that has been much harder than it does sound (I know, that sounds silly… settling back in Brazil… how hard can it be to settle back into such a wonderful country..?!). It has been over three months since we got back, but it is still a bit difficult.

Sao Paulo Metro rush hour

The daily rush on the São Paulo metro system… and this is a good day.

Well the first thing is that we are back in the daily grind of the work place, earning our salaries to try to pay for all the training projects that we are still yet to do and all the equipment that we need; going through the São Paulo traffic can make life hell for the commuter – going to work by bus in the morning can take 40 minutes (at night, 30 minutes)… if you are lucky. This morning, like many other mornings, it took two hours. The alternative is metro, where in the rush hour, the stations and trains seem to be operating massively over capacity, and it isn’t fun.

Coming through the snow - beautiful but tricky conditions

Coming through the snow – beautiful but tricky conditions

The second thing is that, though it might sound crazy, riding that challenging route in the UK, even in the middle of winter, was simply a massive amount of fun as well as nice and challenging: every day, we had our goals – we needed to get to our next place in accordance with our schedule; trying to get there before dark; every day different challenges… The first day, absolutely miserable weather, cold, windy and raining cats and dogs… arriving at our host’s house completely soaked, like drowned rats; the next day, nicer, cooler, fresher… until we got over Dartmoor, when the weather closed in before we went down to Exeter… every day was different…  snowy days, icy days, fresh days, wet days and the gale force winds on our last day. Every family with whom we stayed was fantastic, welcoming, interesting and incredibly helpful. The HD with the photos and the videos of the journey may have been lost, but it is hard to imagine any of these memories fading.  I guess the adrenalin of doing all of that really was much higher than it is with us now back in São Paulo… back in this concrete jungle.

So back to São Paulo where we have had to think and prepare for our next training projects, and keep developing our fitness and skills to make sure that we are in as good a shape possible for the kite training; the polar training and a number of other projects that we want to complete before embarking on the actual expedition. For me, the mini-projects like the half marathons help to keep me sane as they give additional goals to keep going in the short-term, but the daily training at the gym and with our personal trainer, Alercinho, with the functional training, is absolutely essential.

Time is flying – it is unbelievable that we are in May already… almost half way through the year… almost a year before we should leave. There aren’t enough days in the week to be able to do everything we want and need to do, though at the same time, being here rather than on the road, just keeping to regular training schedules… is hard. I mentioned in my previous post that I missed the mountains. I miss the UK as well. I miss being out and on the road, and really can’t wait till we get out of São Paulo for the next project.

North Face Hayasa trail-running shoes - find them at Casa de Pedra in São Paulo

North Face Hayasa trail-running shoes – find them at Casa de Pedra in São Paulo

New running shoes..!

Saucony

My old Saucony shoes… slightly worse for wear..

My old Saucony shoes have, after a year and bit of solid use running and casual walking, bitten the dust. Shame really as they were great shoes to run in. Nice and light, comfortable, pretty sturdy, and I liked the colour scheme of them. First of all holes started to appear at the front end of both trainers where my big toe is, then  gradually the fabric became weaker and weaker until finally on one of them the side fabric became detached from the sole and the shoe isn’t really useable any more, unfortunately. So it is a farewell to a good pair of trainers.

The North Face - Hayasa Running Shoes

The North Face – Hayasa Single Track Running Shoes

In their place I have got The North Face Hayasa trail running shoes from Casa de Pedra – a nice red colour which stands out well enough as well. Nice and light, with a pretty good grip, strong and also reinforced toe-ends to help protect from bumps and the like (as well as hopefully stopping my big toes from poking holes in to them!). The laces are great – a sort of soft stretchy material which just doesn’t come undone. And very importantly for me, very comfortable with a nice and snug fit. They are most decided neutral in the way they are built, so just about right for my feet. In short, it was love at first fit when I tried them on. I needed to get them before the half marathon in Rio, which I did manage to do. Unfortunately, it was only a couple of days before the race. And it really isn’t recommended to start hard running in new shoes without having worn them in. So on the day before the race, the Saturday, I just walked around in Rio for the day, just trying to get used to them and them used to me. Chugging alongIt seemed to work, though how much this was to do with my “walking-in” or the general ultra-good fit of the shoe, am not sure. As I mentioned in a previous post, I managed to get a time of 1h54m59s – a time that I was very pleased with as I imagined taking two hours and I had not done much dedicated running training, and especially not over that kind of distance. And at the end of it all, my feet felt fine, as did my knees. Just the muscles were tired, as you can imagine! But the shoes had done their job and kept my feet nicely protected with just a couple of toe blisters on one foot, but nothing bad. I never really imagined the North Face making good running shoes, and though these are more for trail running (and have received good reviews for this as well – check this one out), they were great for running along the roads in Rio and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone interested.

Casa de Pedra

Kite surfers

Kite Surfing?

Yup! This will be our next main training project (while we keep up the cycling and the general fitness as well as our own individual challenges…) and one am particularly looking forward to as it will probably be the most fun. But why Kite Surfing? Will we going kite surfing during the actual expedition..?

A very simplified map of how the winds in Antarctica work - plenty out there more comprehensive than this! But basically, until the South Pole, we will be going into the wind, though after it, it will be in our favour...

A very simplified map of how the winds in Antarctica work – plenty out there more comprehensive than this! But basically, until the South Pole, we will be going into the wind, though after it, it will be in our favour…

Well when we are on Antarctica, when the winds are in our favour (mainly, most likely, when we leave the Pole towards McMurdo as the Katabatic winds blow off from the Antarctic plateau down and towards the coast) we will be going by kite-ski. This form of power helps… a lot – when skiing we will be going and hauling our 120kg pulks around 15km or so per day, if things are good. Kite-skiing will allow us to travel around ten times this speed, and so make it possible to cross the continent before the winter closes in.  When we are in northern Canada this coming February, we will be practicing kite ski, and we hope to embark on a smaller expedition of 600km across the Greenland Icecap from west-to-east next May; an expedition that will take a month or so, and which we will do plenty of kite-skiing.

Here in Brazil as you can imagine it is difficult to find places to ski… okay, not difficult: impossible. We would have to go to Bariloche in Argentina to be able to enjoy such opportunities. However, the principals behind kite surfing, in terms of using the wind and maintaining your balance, are similar to kite ski: using the wind is everything. They also say that kite-surfing is harder because it is harder to maintain your balance on water as opposed to snow and ice, which is what it would be like in the Antarctic. So the more practice we get with it better and will hopefully make our lives much easier when we are a) in the training at Baffin Island; b) the Greenland traverse and c) for the full expedition.

So yes, at the beginning of June, we will be going up to Fortaleza, with the glorious sunshine and waves of Fortaleza, to open a new chapter of our training for this whole project. Should be fun!

Kite surfing

Food shopping

Ontem divulguei aqui o passeio oferecido pela Kaiporah esse final de semana, englobando bike e escalada. Já escrevi aqui antes como acredito que esses dois esportes são parceiros e em como vejo cada vez mais ciclistas na Casa de Pedra e mais escaladores se aliando a bike para manter o condicionamento físico em dia.

Por isso hoje vou dar uma dica e falar um pouco da importância de uma alimentação adequeada para quem pratica essas modalidades e quer alcançar um bom desempenho nos treinos.

NewFoodPyramid1Por se tratarem de modalidades onde os treinos são de longa duração e com variados graus de dificuldade, intensidade e serem praticados outdoor as refeições devem ser constituídas em maior proporção por carboidratos e a ingestão de liquidos deve ser constante. Carboidratos de baixo a médio índice glicêmico (ex.:batata doce, granola, biscoito integral, maçã, morango) são as opção mais recomendadas por fornecerem energia de forma gradual, evitando os picos glicêmicos. Os alimentos antioxidantes (ex.: frutas vermelhas, frutas cítricas, verduras escuras, siga o princípio de quanto mais colorido melhor) ajudam na redução de radicais livres.

Na noite anterior a saída para rocha ou pedal deve se evitar alimentos ricos em lipídeos (ex.: molhos, biscoitos recheados, maionese) e proteínas, que são mais difíceis de ser digeridas e podem assim gerar desconforto; fibras por acelerarem o processo intestinal e a cafeína por ser diurética te faz perder liquidos mais rápido e podendo levar até mesmo a desidratação. Os doces e alimentos cheios de açúcar, e que a maioria dos ciclistas tem como queridinhos em suas mochilas e bagageiros fornecem uma energia não efetiva, ela leva o corpo a um pico no indíce glicêmico o que te dá a sensação de energia, mas essa energia dura pouco tempo, o que na maioria das vezes te faz consumir muito mais colorias e açúcar necessário.

Suco de beterraba com laranja antes de pedalar!

Suco de beterraba com laranja antes de pedalar!

Viu se alimentar não é tão fácil quanto você pensa, e perder peso nem sempre é sinônimo de estar fazendo o certo, afinal de contas a perda rápida pode estar relacionada à desidratação e à perda de massa magra, sendo que a busca sempre é pelo aumento de massa magra e não a redução, e isso só é possível com a dieta certa você. Mas dieta certa não é dieta de revista ou a dieta do amigo por que cada pessoa tem seu organismo e seu metabolismo por isso nós do 360 Extremes contamos com a ajuda de uma nutricionista. Com a Dra. Isabella Alencar nós aprendemos a escolher melhor o que comer no dia-a-dia e durante os treinos e com isso ganhamos muito: perda de peso gordo e aumento de peso magro, maior disposição, melhor desempenho em dias longos, recuperação de músculos mais rápida e diminuição de cansaço nas horas seguintes a prática.

En Route Enquanto o Ben não para de falar de sua meia maratona do Rio eu não paro de ter de explicar o porque da minha ausência. E o pior é que a resposta é muito simples: eu detesto correr!

Prefiro pedalar o dia todo, pular corda, escalar 50 vias, andar de patins, skate ou até mesmo a pé. Sei da importância da corrida num treino, e aprendo cada dia mais como é bom incluir essa prática na sua rotina esportiva, porém me atento ao necessário e aos conselhos dados pelo Alércio Girio nosso treinador funcional, e os dados pelo Fábio Jobim em treinos de escalada.

Enquanto o Ben se desafia em quilômetros e velocidades eu fujo da corrida como se fosse uma tortura. Venho trabalhado mentalmente essa relação, porque como tudo na vida é sempre mais leve e gostoso encarar de uma forma que não seja negativa, o pensamento eu ODEIO correr já se transformou em DETESTO e espero que evolua para um SUPORTO, TOLERO, acho OKAY e quem sabe um dia vocês me vejam falar que GOSTO.

Não digo que um dia eu vá competir com o Ben pelas maratonas da vida, mas incluir uma corrida no parque pelo menos 1 vez por semana é o desafio que me imponho, e vou contando pra vocês a evolução.

Quanto a corrida do Ben, foi ótima, ele correu a maia maratona no Rio de Janiero e quase bateu o tempo que ele acreditava ser capaz, apenas 4 minutos e 54 minutos a frente. A próxima competição será em Porto Alegre.