In training and competitions, you arrive at a point at which it is no longer fun. I call this the Grind, which starts when it gets tiring, painful, and tedious.

Loving  the Grind is rare. At the other end of the continuum is "I hate the Grind." If you feel this way, you are not likely to stay motivated.
But I’m fully inspired and motivated by athletes and coaches I meet on my working basis.
Using their wisdom to live my own  life. Because their touching my soul, and rock my soul.
I’m inspired from their successful and unsuccessful times.
Because their show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong-even in the most difficult circumstances.
I suggest that I love rather than hate the Grind, because of those athletes who never give up even if it’s too darned hard!
Thanks to their hard work, I have reached the climax of my struggle and begging to go over the Yorkshire Hills.

Today it was tought ride for me. I had choose to climb two steep hills Norwood Edge ( distance 1.7km, steepest gradient 16%) and Greenhow hill ( 2.5 mile with maximum grade 22.1 %, climb cat 3) They both are long ans steep enough for me as a beginner. Finishing off on short Burnsal hill but believe me, after 40 miles in my legs, this one felt like a mountain. The route was 50 miles long with 4,757 ft max elevation. Yorkshire is a part of country where it is possible to get steepest gradient 30%. So if you are one of those cyclist that search out the very steepest gradient then North Yorkshire and Rosedale Chimney is the climb for you with the toughest incline of 30 %. 

Naturally, I would like to go with this one as well, not only to test myself against to get best of me, but also be able to to climb some of these thigh - burning  best cycling climbs in Yorkshire. and thick them off my checklist. 

Hopefully my vegan nutrition plan will help me to lose weight and get faster and stronger to climb those hills and also feel great about myself. 

Today I have started my day with my favourite Berry Beauty Cream Shake. Then I have baked some Avocado Chocolate Brownies to keep my blood sugar balanced throughout the day and ride. Before I did set off I had three Vegan Meatballs with Barbecue Sauce.

 On a bike ride I use the Graze Vegan Flapjacks Squares, not cheap but they always help me to get through a hilly long bike ride and they are so delicious. Their deliver a great mix of fast acting sugar, slower burning carbohydrates and bit of protein so I can go for an hour without stopping. I usually take one every hour so my body an likely hang on until proper meal. After bike ride I had two Stuffed Peppers, few Felafels with Tzatziki and 150 g of quinoa. It is a protein and carbs rich meal which it gives me my energy back and could recover efficiently.


Vegan Meatballs with Barbecue Tomato Sauce

Preparation time: 15 minutes   Cooking Time: 30 minutes     Serves: 4

  • 100 g oats
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed soaked in 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 x 400 g tin kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 medium courgettes

For the barbecue sauce

  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp xylitol
  • 125 g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1 x 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 4 dates
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper
Per serving: 255 kcal, 11.5 g protein, 6.8 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 36.7 g carbs, 11.2 g sugars

Per serving: 255 kcal, 11.5 g protein, 6.8 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 36.7 g carbs, 11.2 g sugars