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Let’s talk about food!!!

First of all, we apologize for taking so long to write a post, but life got really busy. We moved to a different apartment, Carol started a new job full time and she is starting MBA soon. Rich besides the move, he was having perhaps a mid life crisis (LOL), but you can check his blog for more info.


Swim workout!

So we are returning to blog more often and today we decided to talk about FOOD! Food is our favorite thing to talk about it and  that is one of the  biggest concern for many people that want to be healthy (including us). So we tried to break down our grocery list for the week, especially now that training is starting to ramp up. Is worth to say that we eat very clean, in fact, the conception of clean eating for most of you might be different, please check here to see what Rich has to say about clean eating. So here is our list of we mainly consume and where we buy:

Produce: Cauliflower; Carrots; Kale; Spinach; Eggplant; Onions; Garlic; avocados; zucchini; squash; Red peppers-  we get the produce from a small farmers market on Lake worth road called Sofia Farmers Market.


Protein: Grass fed ground beef, sirloin grass fed steak; organic free range chicken from trader joes, pasture raised eggs and pasture raised ghee from fresh market, Pederson Farm bacon (the only one without sugar), only Whole Foods have it.

Coconut products and etc: Sambazon acai sugar free, Native Forest coconut milk (unsweetened), Native Forest coconut cream (Rich is addicted), raw artisana coconut butter (Carols Addiction), Nativas Naturals Maca powder and  365 organic coconut oil, this we only find at Whole foods.

Using fat as fuel:  vespa CV 25 (Rich) and  Vespa Jr (Carol)- You can get here.

– Water and about 4 tablets of Nuun.

Of course we can’t leave out the occasionally Vega Maca Chocolate bars (check video below).

That is pretty much what we eat, its very simple and very effective. FAT IS YOUR FUEL!!!

We understand  that food is some sort of an emotional thing for a lot of people, and it was for a long time for us too. After learning about so many approaches (and experiencing their pitfalls), we learned that there is nothing better than moderation, and specially wholefoods!!! You can eat pretty much everything, if you don’t overdo, but of course, the cleaner you eat, the cleaner your body (mind and soul as well) will be and will thank you in the future. We see our food choices as our “health insurance”, we will explain more later.

On the next post we will go deeper and share a few books we have learned a lot with, but before, a funny movie to lighten your day: Rich and the delicious Vega chocolate bars (occasional treats!)


Rich and Carol


Introducing Ourselves

Well, before we start sharing some interesting stories, we thought we should quickly introduce ourselves first.
We are Rich and Carol, and we love sports  as you can tell by reading this blog. We met throughout a mutual triathlon friend 9 years ago, and we have been together since our first date. Our love story couldn’t been told within a blog post, but we will be giving you guys a glance of what this love+sports+endurance is all about for us!! To start, lets get to a few facts about ourselves:
Names: Ana Carolina Monteiro da Silva Wygand (yes, this long!!) and Richard Wygand (short and sweet!!:)
Ages: Carol 32 and Rich 34
Started in sports: Carol- started swimming when I was 9 years old. Rich: Basketball with 11 years of age.

Why triathlon? Carol: Because I was a horrible swimmer, and specially because I wanted to follow my brother’s path. Rich: Because I was overweight, and decided to change my life!! Wowww!!!

Special moment in sports: Carol: When my brother Fred and I won an entire aquathlon championship, and we were offered a sponsorship. Richard: When I won my first triathlon overall.
Dream: Carol -I live the dream, but I could have a few (lot) more things…haha. Rich: To win an Ironman.
Favorite hobby: When we are not swimming, biking or running, the other favorite thing we both love to do is to play with our dog Bolt (named after Usain Bolt). He is the best doggie ever, and he can run fast too!!!:)
There you have it, a few facts about us, and below a picture of races we have done long long time ago. Its hard to tell exactly when the races happened, but Rich’s picture is probably from 2006, the middle one is from the first race Rich saw Carol participating (2007 ish), and Carol’s picture should be from around 1998-1999.
Fotos -carol



Hello There!!! We are Rich and Carol, husband and wife, best friends, partners, and we are also athletes since pretty young age, having sport playing  a big role in our lives! We chose the title “Endurance Couple” because together, and individually, we both had gone through life changing experiences, and besides Rich’s journey as a coach and professional athlete, we also want to share Carol’s odyssey to her first Ironman race. We are here to share, but also to inspire men and women, boys and girls, siblings and specially couples to have sports part of their lives! Welcome aboard!!!!