Gillian’s journey, week two: recipe for success – smoothies, a new crew and a ball

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Gillian Paterson, aged 21, originally from Melrose and now studying at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, is president of the university’s boat club. She is preparing her crew to face rivals Aberdeen University Boat Club as they attempt to take home the title of rowing champions in the 19th Aberdeen Asset Management Universities’ Boat Race. Gillian will be giving us a weekly run-down of her diary as the crew takes to the waters and undergoes rigorous training in the quest for victory.

This week is exciting for two reasons – number one, I will be attending the Pharmacy Ball at the university at the weekend, the perfect excuse to get out of my one-piece and into my glad rags. And, secondly, week two of training has commenced and I’ve chosen my final crew.

As the day of the Aberdeen Asset Management Universities’ Boat Race advances, training will continue to become more challenging so that we are at peak fitness come race day.

Being an aspiring cooking connoisseur, I have been experimenting in the kitchen by creating nutritious and tasty concoctions to aid my team with their fitness. My own personal workout ‘must have’ is two bananas and strawberry milk, which I believe can get you through any tough training session. So bearing this in mind, I dug my blender out of the cupboard and began whipping up healthy treats to share with the team. I’ve been making pre-rowing smoothies for the crew to enjoy, which contain a nutritious blend of milk, banana, honey and walnut. The smoothies have been going down so well that I’ve even had requests for the recipe.

This week we enjoyed a team outing, with all of us keen to up our health – we avoided opting for bars and went for a healthy meal at a lovely restaurant instead.

Until next week, Gillian.