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Ice cream is fattening; Unexpected calf soreness gives me a new training idea.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 by  
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Yesterday morning I started working on a project instead of going for my bike ride/Geocache, and the next thing I knew it was almost noon and about 6000 degrees outside. I decided to blow off my ride, but this morning I’m definitely going. I’m trying to persuade Lisa to come with me, but it’s already pretty hot and humid and she has a pretty low tolerance for the heat and humidity. Too bad, I think she’d enjoy Geocaching! Maybe once it cools off a bit I can get her hooked.

I made some homemade chocolate ice cream yesterday that was some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. The ice cream is so rich that I can only eat a little bit of it at a time, but that’s a good thing. Everyone knows that ice cream is one of the most fattening foods you can eat, but making it at home and seeing just what all goes into it really brings why it’s so fattening into focus. The ingredients? 3/4 pounds unsweetened chocolate, 3 cups sugar, 6 whole eggs, 3 cups evaporated milk, 4.5 cups heavy cream, 6 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup roasted almonds. This recipe made somewhere around 20 cups of ice cream, so it’s going to last a good while. Thankfully I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I do get the craving for something sweet nothing hits the spot like chocolate and almonds. Like I said, I only had a small amount yesterday, but I’ll bet it was still around 700 calories. That’s crazy!

For some reason my calves are extremely sore this morning! I worked my calves last Monday, and they were pretty sore on Tuesday and Wednesday. By Friday they were not sore at all, but yesterday night both calves were extremely sore and they still are this morning. I have no idea what activity I performed that caused this. About the only thing I can come up with is that I made about 60 trips up and down the stairs on Friday while I moved almost 700 DVDs that I sold downstairs, so I guess that’s it. It’s surprising to me that this caused soreness because it seems like it would be less taxing than the direct calf work I do every week. Maybe the stairs just hit them in a different way? Maybe I should start incorporating the stairs into my training: grab a couple dumbbells and do 30 trips up and down the stairs. I’m serious, I might try this tomorrow during my leg workout.

I’d better eat and get going before it gets too hot. See ya!

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