Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Cookies Are The Answer

Whatever your question, I say, this week, Christmas cookies are the answer. Indulge a bit, and if you know someone who makes amazing homemade Christmas cookies (Audrey), than really let loose. We all deserve it, Christmas can be a difficult time of year for a lot of people, take a break, put your feet up and have one of those tree shaped sugar cookies with the green sprinkles on them, have three. 

To be honest, I feel pretty under the weather today, the mountain biking this morning suffered greatly. My chest felt like it had a 50 pound weight on it, and my legs refused to tackle anything resembling a hill. I really did not want to write this post, I just want to close my eyes, but I went right up to the platter of cookies and I ate a macaroon and so I feel a little more inspired. Thanks to the wonderful Audrey for bringing us a mountain of her homemade creations last night at group run, I am getting through this day fueled by sugar and spice, and run on sentences. If I hadn't had those cookies I'd probably be a whiny disaster in the corner somewhere. I'm still pretty whiny, but it isn't so obvious now.  
Before the whining began, I can say last night was a solid work out, one that I was very pleased with. I ran a strong three and a half miles without feeling too worked and we finished the night off with a hard spin themed after the 12 days of Christmas. 12 sets of on and off pain, with a bonus ending of a 5 minute sprint. I tried to give that last set everything I had so there was nothing left of me at the end. It was clear that there was no sign of being sick last night. I worked myself. Was it the fact that my recovery meal was cookies and milk that I feel so drained today? If it was, I'm ok with that for this week. 

This morning was a different story, I woke up with a lump in my throat. I didn't want to ride, but I knew I would feel better once I hit the trails. It was muddy and slow, but I did feel better mentally afterwards, just like I'm sure I will feel better having written this post. There is a point here. The point is sometimes you really don't want to do things, for whatever reason, but just do it, get it done anyway you will thank yourself afterwards. And by all means, this week, thank yourself the right way, with whatever Christmas cookies you can find, even store bought. 

I'm not obsessing or anything, (Thanks Audrey, you've ruined me.)

I'm hoping all the mountain biking we are putting in this season will equate to some faster bike times on the road come Tri season. I'm also hoping my new Shimano pedals will make for some harder more adventurous rides. 

If we put in the time and effort all winter, and get through the days that we don't feel quite up to it, or it is too cold, or the cookies are all gone, the results will show for all our hard work.

Since it is the Holiday season I know most of us are thinking of skipping work outs or whatever else we are suppose to be doing, stop thinking like that. Relax enjoy the Holidays, but grab a cookie and do what you have got to get done anyway. And if it is something you are particularly dreading, grab two and promise yourself a cold beer or eggnog afterwards... No eggnog for me though, I hate eggnog. Just putting it out there. Yuck. My old boss from the luncheonette I worked in through high school and college used to repeat the word noggy throughout the day just to drive me insane. Again, I say yuck.

What are your favorite types of Christmas cookies?


  1. I am going to eat, drink and be merry this coming week, and I am not working out. I haven't taken a break from training in nearly a year, so I have earned it. As for Christmas cookies... Yeah, I am going to destroy some of those.

    Sounds like you have been putting in some serious work this week! Gotta get prepped for a crazy week of eating.