last night we had some friends over for SWEET POTATO and coconut risotto.  this was definitely an experiment.  and it was definitely a success!  here is what i did...
heated up about 3TBSP of olive oil in a large skillet, chopped up 1/2 an onion, 3 garlic cloves, one square inch piece of ginger, and one medium sweet potato, added all this to the oil.  sauteed it for about 5 minutes, then added 1 cup arborio rice.  mixed and coated the rice with the oil and let it toast for about 3 minutes.  then added 3/4 cup dry white wine, and cooked that down for about 3 minutes.  then you start adding 6-8 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable stock to the rice about 1/2 - 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally after each addition until absorbed.....keep doing this for about 25-30 minutes, adding just a little stock at a time.  heat should be medium to medium-low.  adding the liquid slowly and waiting for each addition to get absorbed into the rice creates a wonderful creamy texture without adding cream!  it is a bit of a process but worth it!  at the end i added about 1/2 cup of reduced fat coconut milk and the juice of 1/2 a lime.  and then you must add salt and pepper to your liking.  ryan gave it a 4.  and he ending up eating the rest of jane's as well! 

next week, i am thinking of doing a fruit...

this week has been a somewhat frustrating training week because i laid off of my runs due to a huge blister that is trying to heal from my 1/2 marathon, and thursday, i had a disappointing day because i let the frickin wind get the best of me during a bike, and my swim suffered a bit that same day due to frustration from the bike and a bit of nausea.  however, it did end up being pretty SWEET, due to some fun training yesterday and today, and some encouraging words from a good friend....thanks KIM!   here are a few tips on how to turn your crappy days around...
1. take it day by day....training is not going to be awesome everyday!  once one day ends, focus on the next day, and leave it all behind.
2. talk to a good friend or coach or someone who understands what your training is all about...maybe they have similar issues...and even if they cannot give you much advice, they can simply listen and you can both share your thoughts!
3. find that PERSONAL balance between serious training and simple enjoyment of the sport....explore within yourself and decide how far you want to go, decide how much you are willing to give up, and if there are some things you are not willing to give up to become as serious as you had previously hoped...decide if that is ok....and sometimes it is ok!