Awesomesauce Pizza and Race Prep II

Friday workout:
Bike – 20 minutes
Run – 15 minutes

I found this video on Facebook yesterday and have watched it about 100 times since then. And I will probably watch it 20 more times before my race tomorrow. I also emailed it to myself so I can watch it on my phone Saturday morning if I want. Yes, I am a nerd who gets motivated by things like upbeat/angry songs and video montages put to intense music.

When I ran track and cross country in high school I would listen to a few songs to get me pumped up before my races (on my super cool CD player;). I don’t remember what all of them were, but the one I listened to the most was Tom Petty’s “Dont Back Down.”:)

(Random high school cross country picture I had on my computer:).

In addition to watching that video 100 times, I also have been packing all of my gear, printing out directions, and doing a few other last-minute race preparations (it’s amazing how much more stuff you need for a triathlon than you do for a running event! When I run, I say that as long as I have my number and my shoes I’m fine…not so with triathlon!).

Breakfast was more baked oatmeal.

And lunch was leftover pizza (more about that below!:) and the biggest most amazing ‘parfait’ ever:).

That parfait looks huge, but at least half of it is strawberries (I was trying to finish off the 2 lb container that I just bought on Monday and ate almost all by myself, since I just bought another 5 lb container today, oops! I couldn’t help it, it was on sale for $5, and I am addicted to strawberries!:). There is also Greek yogurt, vanilla yogurt, half a banana (leftover from breakfast), chai seeds, peanut butter, and a few banana chips in there. Delicious!

For dinner last night I made THE best pizza ever. I am not one to brag, here, but this pizza was unbelievable. So of course, I have to share it with you:).

It all started when I realized I had forgotten to take anything out of the freezer for dinner. The first thing that popped into my head was this amazing pear and goat cheese pizza recipe I had seen earlier that day on Emily’s blog (Speed Races, Amazing Laces).

I wasn’t sure if the husband would go for this ‘gourmet’ pizza, so I made two different kinds. One the pear, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar pizza with white sauce (which was my favorite!).

And one with spinach, onion, feta cheese, and white sauce.  Also delicious!

This is the recipe for the pear and goat cheese pizza (but you can change out the toppings to make other kinds). It is based on Emily’s recipe, but slightly different because I used a different crust recipe and added a white pizza sauce.

Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza
Makes two small pizzas
Ingredients for crust:
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar

Directions: Mix the yeast in the cup of warm water, and let sit until creamy (about 8 to 10 minutes). Then, combine all dry ingredients, and add in the remaining wet ingredients. Mix until a stiff dough forms, then cover the mixing bowl with a dish towel moistened in warm water and let the dough sit until it doubles in size (approximately 30 minutes).

When the dough has risen, take half of the dough and roll it into a crust shape on a well-floured surface. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the crusts (with no toppings) on a cookie sheet or pizza stone (I sprinkle a little corn meal to keep pizza from sticking to the sheet) in the oven for about 5 minutes, then remove and add toppings.

Ingredients for white pizza sauce:
Makes enough for two small to medium pizzas
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced, or 1 tablespoon dry basil
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions: On medium heat, melt the butter in the bottom of a sauce pot. Add in flour and stir until blended, then slowly whisk in milk. Then add the remaining ingredients, stir, and turn off heat. The sauce will thicken as it stands.

Ingredients for pizza toppings (covers two small pizzas):
1 cup mozzarella (1/2 cup per pizza)
1 pear, thinly sliced
Goat cheese to taste (about 1/8-1/4 cup per pizza)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions: After spreading a thin layer of white pizza sauce on the crust, sprinkle with half of the mozzarella, half of the pear slices, and a sprinkle of goat cheese. Bake the pizza in at 350 degrees for another 15 minutes.

While the pizza is baking, put the 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar into a sauce pan over low to medium-low heat, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Liquid should reduce to about 2 tablespoons (although mine was slightly more, but it still tasted good:). Be careful to keep the heat low and keep stirring the liquid, so it does not burn. When the pizza is finished, remove from the oven and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Then enjoy!:)

And of course, I paired my pizza with another awesome salad:)

Now it’s time to go make some spaghetti and turkey meatballs for dinner!:) Good luck to everyone who is racing this weekend!

What do you do to get motivated/psyched up for a race? Do you have any favorite songs to listen to before or while you work out?


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15 Responses to Awesomesauce Pizza and Race Prep II

  1. Emily says:

    Hadn’t seen that video before, but I LOVE it.

    Using white sauce on the pizza is a great idea. It makes it less like flatbread and more like pizza, I think. Next time I’ll try that 🙂

    See you tomorrow!

    • I am loving that video! Totally making me excited (otherwise I’m just nervous;) for tomorrow:).

      Yeah, I actually made the white sauce to use for the spinach and feta pizza, and then thought, why not throw it on both! It worked well!:)

      See ya! And good luck!:)

  2. Patty says:

    Ask Eric if he remembers watching Roy Hobbs in the movie “The Natural” that is how he used to get psyched for a baseball game. For football, he & Jake watched the movie “Rudy”.
    That pizza looks really good…I’ll have to give it a try. I could eat pizza 24/7.
    I know you are going to have a GREAT race tomorrow…even if you come in last (which I KNOW you won’t) think about it – how many people ever even consider doing a triathlon? You’ve worked so hard to prepare & train your body & your mind. You are strong & ready…You’ve done great things…expect only great things in return! oh yea…& have fun too!! 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    I can’t watch your video on my phone! That pear pizza sounds sooooo good!!! As for workout songs I like “3” and “piece of me” by Britney, lots of Katy perry, “breaking Dishes” by Rihanna is one of my absolute faves.

    • Aw, I hope you were able to watch it when you got home, it’s a great one:). Hmm, I haven’t heard that Rihanna song, I’ll have to check it out! I am always looking for good motivational music:).

  4. Karen says:

    GOOD LUCK tomorrow!!! And along with Don’t Back Down playing on repeat, don’t forget reading The Little Engine That Could. Luckily I stopped my high school traditions before college racing because our pre-race to-do list got to be WAY too long! You’ll rock it tomorrow!

  5. feerlessfood says:

    Good luck tomorrow!

  6. DiningAndDishing says:

    pear and goat cheese sounds like an AMAZING pizza combo! i’ll be using that recipe soon :).

    – Beth @

  7. Dana says:

    That pizza looks sooooo yummy! I’m putting that on my list of recipes to try. I have a bunch from you already! =)

    • Haha, yay! The pear and goat cheese pizza is one of my new favorites! I had never made my own pizza before a few months ago, but it’s easy! The hardest part for me is always just rolling out the dough without it getting stuck to everything, haha:). Let me know if you ever want to have a cooking date! That would be fun!:)

  8. Tina says:

    Everything in this post looks amazing. My mouth was actually watering ahah. I didn’t know what I was going to make for dinner tonight, but after seeing that pizza I think I’m set! Amazing recipes.

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