This is my Sunday so far:
- Woke up. Drank water. Drank coffee. Ate a banana.
- 2500 meter swim workout. (Saw a girl swimming with headphones and an iPod strapped to her arm somehow. NEED THIS WATER-PROOF CONTRAPTION IMMEDIATELY.)
- Ate half of a Clif Bar. Ate another banana. Drank Nuun.
- One hour outdoor bike ride.
- Ate chicken. Okay, chicken wings. FINE, fried buffalo wings! Ugh. They were leftovers and I thought about them while I was riding. I ADMIT IT, I USED BUFFALO WINGS TO MOTIVATE MYSELF. They were soooo good though.
- 10 minutes core work – planks, pushups, squats, calf raises, blah blah. (That’s right, I couldn’t even wait until I finished my core workout to eat the buffalo wings. Sue me – you won’t get any money though, I’m broke.)
- Shower. Basketball watching. (To be honest, it was the other way around.)
- Protein shake.
- Couch. Basketball watching. Thinking about what I want for dinner.
Are you sensing a trend here? Seeing the series of food and exercise related activities? When people say triathlon training is expensive, it’s because you eat a freakin’ lot. And often. I’m hungry all the time. I really need to find a balance between getting enough calories and nutrients to support my Ironman training and just overeating. (Read: overeating crap.) As my training steps up, I’m definitely noticing that when I eat better, I feel better.
I want to give my body the proper nutrients and enough calories, but I also don’t want to go crazy and just eat all the things. So, what do I do? Do I count calories? Start tracking what I eat? First off, I need to eat better throughout the day. I’m a strong believer in the “6 small meals” theory.
I also need to have better nutrition while I’m actually working out – that way, I don’t get to the “I’m famished” phase and in turn feel ravenous. I know how to fuel on a long run, but I need to learn what works for me on long bike rides. Plus, I need to get my stomach “used” to digesting food while exercising so I don’t have stomach issues on raceday when I will absolutely have to be eating (or again, on long training rides).
After reading Lora’s posts about seeing a nutritionist and getting her metabolic rate tested, I totally want to do that. Now, I must find the time. And the money.
Totally unrelated – check out the hill at mile 7.5 of my ride yesterday:
Doesn’t it look like I just hopped on an elevator? I swear I didn’t. Although the hill felt way better than I remember it being the first time I did it last summer. Probably because this time around I knew it was never-ending and just accepted it. I love this ride though…it’s tough but beautiful (along the Hudson river) and I always feel really accomplished after finishing it. Plus you can ride for hours and hours out into New York/New Jersey so it’s perfect for long rides!
Yesterday ended up being kind of a stop-and-go ride because I was riding with the “beginner” group. We had a girl that hadn’t been to practice yet, so our coach kept stopping us to review and give advice. It was helpful of course, but I was itching to take off and ride. However, I did get good news! A) My coach said I was the most advanced in the beginner group (taking that with a grain of salt) and B) he said I can officially “graduate from remedial riding”! Woohoo. No more beginner group for me – a little scary but I’m so pumped. It really boosts my confidence!
To close it out – I’ve been reading Page and Leslie‘s blogs and I love how they recap their training each week, so I’m going to be a copy cat and start doing the same. For week 10, I completed 8 hours and 55 minutes of training:
4,900 meters of swimming
5 hours and 15 minutes of cycling (not totally sure on the mileage – was a mix of indoor and outdoor rides)
45 minutes deep water running
40 minutes strength + core work
0 miles running
Tell me: how do you “balance” your hunger when you’re exercising a lot? Do you generally eat whatever you want (within reason or not), or do you follow a specific plan? Have you ever taken a metabolic test to determine how many calories you need?