Skiing, Swimming, Body Styles and Wild Rice Corn Fritter

by Joanne on January 10, 2011

Sunday is designated rest day. I was able to get the most sleep I’ve had in ages.  While looking forward to Saturday nights game between the Jets and the Colts, I fell asleep.  I didn’t get to watch the game but I did get to sleep from 8:30 pm until 6:45 am.  It  left me ready for some active fun on Sunday.

Ted and I hit the woods near Hamilton College for cross country skiing. Shane loved it as he ran along with his mini Frisbee.  We were out for about an hour.  The snow fell gently and the wind was minimal.  Our first c/c ski outing this year.


A huge breakfast followed then some not-so-fun house cleaning (yes, I actually do some cleaning once in a while although much prefer the cleaning ladies to do it).  At noon,  we had a swim lesson. 


I went first for 30 minutes, then it was Ted’s turn. Both of us have head issues, breathing issues, and “heavy leg” issues.  Ted beats himself up about it, as for me, I could care less. Running is my priority and I’m not training for a tri-, at least not this year.  During Ted’s lesson, I did some pool running. What fun!

Body Styles:

We were talking to our instructor after the swimming lesson and discussing leg drag and how runners seem to have that problem.  She said that she heard good runners make bad swimmers and good swimmers make bad runners. She added that it wasn’t true because she was a good runner AND a good swimmer.  Her body looks as if she could excel at any sport.  She is short, compact, with a lot of  muscle.  Ted describes “bulky without being fat”.  Even though she is very athletic looking when she demonstrates a swim stroke, she looks as graceful as a ballerina. She’s definitely a Mesomorph!


The body of the extreme endomorph is round and soft. The physique presents the illusion that much of the mass has been concentrated in the abdominal area. This may or may not be true. The arms and legs of the extreme endomorph are short in length and taper. This may give the appearance of stalkiness. The hands and feet of the endomorph are comparatively small, and the upper arms and thighs are often more developed than the lower parts of the arms or legs. The body has a high waist.
Other Traits of the Endomoprh
The skin is soft and smooth, and the hair is fine. The head of the endomorph is spherical. The head is large and the face broad.
Famous Endomorphs
John Goodman, Roseanne, Jack Black.


The mesomorph has well-defined muscles and large bones. The torso tapers to a relatively narrow and low waist. The bones and muscles of the head are prominent. Features of the face are clearly defined, such as cheek bones and a square, heavy jaw. The face is long and broad, and is cubicle in shape. Arms and legs are developed and even the digits of the hand are muscled.
Other Traits of the Mesomorph
The skin of the mesomorph is thick and the mesomorph tans well. The hair is heavy in texture.
Famous Mesomorphs
Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, the majority of Mr. Universe winners.


The extreme ectomorph physique is a fragile and delicate one. The bones are light, joints are small and muscles are slight. The limbs are relatively long in proportion and the shoulders droop. The ectomorph is a linear physique. Straight up and straight down, and may appear longer than he or she really is, due to the length of limbs coupled with lack of muscle mass developed on those limbs. The ectomorph is not naturally powerful and will have to work hard for every ounce of muscle and every bit of strength he or she can gain.
Other Ectomorph Traits
The extreme ectomorph may have long fingers, toes and neck are long. A pencil neck you could say. The features of the face are sharp, and the shape of the face is triangular. The lower jaw is somewhat receding. The skin tends to burn easily. Extreme ectomorphs may suffer from extremes of temperature. Due to the great body area in relation to muscle mass, the ectomorph may suffer from great heat, and due to low body fat, the ectomorph may suffer from great cold. The hair is fine and grows quickly and is sometimes difficult to keep in place.
Famous Ectomorphs
Lisa Kudrow, Kate Moss, Brad Pitt, Seth Green, Edward Norton.

Combinations of Body Types
Very often, people cannot be easily classed as one of the three main body types. Although there are some people who are purely ectomorphs, endomorphs, or mesomorphs with little or no characteristics of the other body types, very frequently, people fall into mixed categories, such as ecto mesomorphs, or endo mesomorphs, where largely, they are like the mesomoph, but with traits of the ectomorph (such as small joints or a trim waist), or traits of the endomorph (such as a tendency to gain fat easily).


I’m not sure I like the idea of falling into one hard category.  I think I’m an Ecto-Mesomorph. Definitely more Ecto than Meso.  

In the end,  if the body is trained properly for it’s sport, it will become an athletic body in balance for its sport, no matter what style/body type.  Train those muscles and turn that bod into a lean, mean, efficient machine.  

Can you define your body style?

Monday Workout:  12 miles (8 T/M + 4 Road miles). Felt good once I got started. Had the tunes on the T/M and the time flew. Took a new route around a different neighborhood while running outside and liked it.  I hit a good uphill with a rewarding downhill to follow.  Good run.  Weight w/o tonight. 

Wild Rice Corn Fritters


Recipe adapted from Michael Holleman, Director of Culinary Development Indian Harvest Specialtifoods, Inc.


Makes 16 3” corn fritters

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 4 Eggland Best large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Lowfat Buttermilk (or use water)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 15 oz can whole corn, drained
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • canola oil for frying

Cook the rice:   Add the rice to the broth and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce to a simmer for 50 minutes (or according to the package).  Let cool.

In a large bowl, mix the wheat flour, rice flour, baking powder, salt, coriander, cumin, and pepper. 

Add the eggs, the lemon, then the buttermilk and mix until smooth. 

Stir in the garlic, corn, scallions and cooled rice.  Mix well and then chill in the fridge for one hour or more.

When ready to eat, heat the canola oil (about 1/4 “ in the bottom of a large frying pan) over medium – high heat.  When hot, add 4 TBS per fritter to the oil – don’t over crowd. *In a large pan, you may be able to cook 4 at a time (like a pancake).  Fry for 2 – 3 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.


A good, healthy side dish that will definitely fuel your next workout with nutritionally rich carbohydrates. Go for it!


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  • At 2011.01.10 07:44, Heather said:

    Hmmm……..I’d like to think I excel at more than one sport, too. But maybe I’m more of an across the board girl – good at most, but not great at any. Good question!
    Corn fritters are to die for. THese look great!

    • At 2011.01.10 08:24, Joanne said:

      Thanks Heather.

      • At 2011.01.10 14:57, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

        Haha – I fell asleep during the Colts game as well and didn’t know the results until Sunday. I was glad to have the sleep, though.

        I am definitely and endomorph.

        • At 2011.01.10 17:28, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

          Oh my word, you made me think. At lunch time. Hmmm. I’ve got lots of long skinny body parts. And then some not so skinny.

          I love your snow photos! Cross country skiing sounds fabulous. Except I don’t do snow. But I greatly enjoy looking at your pics.

          Good luck w/ the swimming. You’ll soon rock it as well as your running.

          • At 2011.01.11 01:06, Monet said:

            I just love a good fritter…and these look and sound so tasty. I adore wild rice. And I definitely can define my body type: Ectomorph all the way! Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope you had a lovely Monday. I am trying to stay warm in Austin…we finally got a cold snap down here!

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