Thursday, January 27, 2011

Random Thursday Thirteen

  1. I got the introduction email for the whole Recovery e21 tri team this week.  There are some seriously impressive people on the team with major accomplishments.  How did I get on there?
  2. I hope everyone who got samples is enjoying them – I will be sure to post again when I have more.  In the meantime if you are looking to order, I now have a 20% off coupon code for you, which can be found right on the sidebar of this blog.
  3. I am now 8 workouts into my week.  I am tired but feel great.  Let’s just say that again because I’m feeling good about it – EIGHT workouts in the past 4 days.  Woot!
  4. That said, I am sleeping in tomorrow and going to 9am masters instead of 5:30am.  Just because I can.  And because I’ve been up before 5am for four straight days.
  5. And possibly because I’m a wee bit cranky today and clearly need the rest.  People railing fanatically about nonsensical things on the internet do that to me sometimes.
  6. Even lunchtime yoga didn’t fully remove my wrath.  At least not after I had to drive on the same roads as all the crazy people out there to get home.
  7. Today was my first day on the new bike positioning.  The good news is I hit all my tough watts.  The neither bad nor good news is my legs were tired so I can’t really tell much beyond that yet.
  8. I also saw my dentist for my every-3-months visit today.  Yes, I am *special* and have to see the dentist more often than normal people.  My dentist had to point out that it’s short bus special, not cool special.  Let’s just say that I’m the result of a genetic perfect storm when it comes to my gum health.
  9. Surprisingly, my gums were in the best shape they’ve ever been today!  If my dentist weren’t 7 months pregnant, she might have done a little backflip of joy.
  10. Possible causes - (1) I’m getting better and better at the intricacies of handling my teeth on a daily basis (rinse with this, poke with that, inject with that).  (2) The continuing improvements in my diet pay off with dental health as much as the rest of me, and/or my improved body health is also manifested in my mouth.
  11. Either way, I’ll take it.  Clearly fruits and veggies do a body good, many times over.
  12. Our weather has been indescribably beautiful for January.  Oh wait, I can describe it perfectly – sunny and 70.  No complaints here.
  13. And finally, a poll!  What did/do you use for your Ironman bike/run nutrition?  I’m evaluating options for this year and not interested in what I used last time.


Wes said...

my dentist reminds me that I'm a slacker.... :-)

Scott said...

I use a combination of Tri-berry GU, Shot Bloks, Gatorade High-Endurance, and Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy trail Mix Bars. It got me through marathons and tris up to olympic distance and is working in 70.3 training.

Iron Krista, "The Dog Mom" said...

ooooh - I LOVE talking nutrition. My coach engraved in me this year that we had to STOP with all the gels. Need real food. It was a weird transition at first, especially eating such a big breakfast, but I had the best race of my life so something went right!

Bfast = pb toast, spark drink ( product - I've been drinking it every am for 10 years) and berry smoothie (for travel reasons we used ice, protein powder and naked juice)

On the bike. 1 bottle of EFS drink (wished I had 2) and 1 bottle of gatorade. Water non stop as needed.
Started eating solid food 45mins into the ride alternating between half bars of 1 snickers, 1 powerbar energy crunch (or something like that - it tastes like a rice krispy treat). After the bars I started transitioning my stomach to easier stuff to get it used to the run intake:
2xpackages of GU chomps. 1 had caffeine. I also ended the ride with 1 gel (caffeine).

I started the run feeling AMAZING. Ran my first half around a 9min pace avg. Unfortunately that's where I fell apart. I didn't think to use my inhaler, which I ALWAYS do when I do bricks and before every workout. I also didn't start taking in enuf gel calories until it was too late (I think I started at mile 5). I had bonked and was sooooo sleepy. It was all I could do to keep my eyes open.

SO - this year I will be doing similar on the bike, but for the run I'm going to be filling a gel flask so I can sip on a gel every 20mins (INCLUDING CAFFEINE - once you start it you can't stop it!!), I will use my inhaler in Transition and 1-2 times during the run.

I also have to get the e21 intake figured out. I've used it during my last 2 training rides around the 2hour mark and it's worked WONDERS. I'm thinking once I get past 4hr rides I will try one pill every 1hr. I haven't had to use gatorade yet cause it's still cool here OR salt (amazing for me) so I'll need to figure out how the e21 counter acts with that as well! It will be cool for the team to share their regiment with each other.

Ok, sorry so long - I prolly should have written that in an email :-)

Beth said...

I have been reading for a while, but I had to comment because I too was at the dentist yesterday, for my every 3 mos visit. I do all of the things you are supposed to do, but genetics can't be changed!

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of using coconut water instead of my eload (CDN product) on the bike to start. I still can't even look at Cliff bars as I had one just before my stomach blew up in 09 - not sure if that was the cause but it left wanting to be all gel, bloke and liquid this time.

Meredith said...

I guess I'm on the special bus as well, but I go every 4 months.

No advise on the nutrition, but I did try the snickers marathon bar and it was pretty good, but I wasn't testing it while in motion :)

Anonymous said...

Great question!! I look forward to hearing what you decide on!! For now I am experimenting with the hammer products after being an Infinit and Shot Block junkie!!