Saturday, April 14, 2012

Week 1 Atlanta Iron Girl Training + Iron Chef

Week 1 of 6 of the Atlanta Iron Girl training could have gone better.  Monday started off with little sniffle that I tried to blame on allergies.  I denied that I was sick for a couple more days but by Wednesday night it hit me hard.  It was a bummer not just because my training suffered but I was in an intense 4 day training class at work & didn't have time to be sick.   I hung tough though Friday afternoon.  After class let out I went home & promptly took a nap.  I spent Friday night on the couch catching up on some DVR'd shows.  Real exciting.

Here is how this week went training wise.

Sunday:  Run (C25K W5D2) + 16 Mile Bike
Monday: Swim 1500 yards + Pilates Reformer
Tuesday: Run (C25K W5D3)
Wednesday: Swim 1400 yards
Thursday: Sick (was Run + Bike)
Friday: Sick (was Swim)
Saturday: Scheduled Rest day

I contemplated trying to make up a couple workouts on Saturday but decided against it.  I will pick up training again on Sunday.

Wednesday night we did an Iron Chef team building competition.  There were 23 of us in the training.  We were split up into 2 teams.  One cooking vegetarian & one cooking meat.   Each team was split into 3 smaller teams.  One made the appetizer, one the main dish & one dessert.  I was on the dessert team.  

The appetizer our team made was a seared skirt steak with asparagus.  The main dish was pork with pear & almond rice.  The dessert was cheese cake in phyllo cups with the choice of chocolate sauce, berry sauce, whipped cream and/or graham cracker.

The other team made carrot pancakes with a salad for the appetizer, Thai noodles for the main dish & ginger chocolate chip cookie sandwiches for dessert.

Our team won 2 of 3 of the courses.  Only our dessert lost because we plated it with with all the options and the judges said it just had too much going on.  Oh well, 2 out of 3 isn't too shabby.

Appetizer - Seared Skirt Steak
Main Dish - Pork, Pear & Broccoli over Almond Rice
Dessert as Plated for Judges
Dessert - Mini Cheesecakes with Toppings
I must say this was the best forced fun team building experience I have ever had with co-workers.  The food was all so yummy & it really was a great way to build new relationships.

Here's to a better Week 2!


  1. Hope I get to meet you at IG ATL!!

  2. oh my goodness my husband would love this! he's so into cooking shows and especially iron chef. i'm sorry you've been feeling bad, but just give your body the rest it needs and you'll be back to it before you know it! sometimes a dvr day is nice! :)

  3. Ah, you know, I got sick too this week! I had strep and it took me our for DAYS!

    That food looks so good too! I'm jealous of anyone that can cook like that. I would receive a lecture and a thanks for participating if I tried to fix something for some judges :)



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