I’m pulling out my Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes book and redrilling its principles into my head. I may even go back to religiously tracking my intake. Since I started working with Coach 2 years ago, I’ve put on about 15 pounds, most of it last year during IM training and I believe predominantly muscle. However, I’ve never quite mastered the art of leaning out for race day just right, and it’s something I want to work on this year. I know Ironman training = ravenous appetite but I’d like to do a better job of putting in the proper foods when stuffing my face 24 hours a day.
On a similar front, I’m reassessing my alcohol intake. Not that I’m a heavy drinker as it is, but sometimes I end up with mixed drinks that I don’t really enjoy for all the excess calories and sugar they contain. I may just stick to drinking beer this year, which fills me up faster and is fairly low calorie by comparison, on the occasions when I do choose to imbibe.
I *ahem* really really need to pry open the bike box and finally put the damn thing back together. This long delay is definitely a first for me. I avoided it last week by skipping my only bike workout and heading to Jamaica. I don’t think I can really avoid the bike any longer. I need to reframe my mindset on this and look forward to all the beautiful winter riding I can do in the crisp air!
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As I get my head in gear to go back to Ironman training again, I’ve tried to remember all the complications along the way and the life sacrifices to be made. One funny thought did occur to me, brought into focus by this recent off-season break. Everyone always says your sex life more or less dies during Ironman training…that you are too tired all the time. I never found this to be true at all because this is what happens to me during the off-season when I’m NOT training – I sleep and sleep and am totally lazy and sluggish. I still found PLENTY of energy to molest my husband during Ironman training, or perhaps he would have objected more strenuously to me signing up again. *shrug* I’m sure not complaining!