On the plan, this was a recovery week, but the tale of the tape says otherwise. I felt pretty good after the marathon. A bit stiff and sore on Monday, so I just did a slow walk with Tula. Tuesday I felt much better, and did a faster walk with her, then a quick 1:15 bike ride that felt AWESOME. Since I was using different muscle groups my legs actually felt fresh. Both Mon & Tues I worked from home and used the standing desk a lot, which helped reduce the pressure on my pos chain, and ease recovery.
Wednesday I swam at Berkely Masters, but cut the workout a bit short, 2400m. For the month of May, I’m trying to stay in ketosis, as nutrition experiment. Wednesday’s dinner was a bit much right before swimming, and I was getting a good bit nauseous. Plus I still felt a bit of fatigue from the marathon, and wanted to save something in the tank for the ride I was leading on Thurs. That ride went pretty well, but I could definitely feel the fatigue. Nowhere near as smooth and strong as I felt on Tuesday.
Heading into the weekend I took Friday off, slept in a bit, and relaxed. Saturday was the Farmlands ride. It was windy and chilly, but a fun ride with friends. My plan was to keep in in MAF as much as possible. As it turned out it was also a day of flat tire issues for a couple of my riding partners, one of which had to get sagged back to the start. I waited with her for the support car to pick her up, and that hour-plus of downtime made the ride more like two 30+ milers, than one metric century. On the second “half” of the ride I kept in MAF through the first 7-8 miles, but as it was getting late, and one of my friends was waiting at the car for me, I hustled it in.
During the ride I got really, really low of fuel. At one point, feeling a bit hypoglycemic. So I bailed on the keto fueling I was using up till then, and stuffed in a PB&J, some sort of “organic” bar thing, and headed back out. I felt really good and strong the rest of the way, and could feel the fuel working but I worried I’d be back to square one ketone wise.
I had a ketone-diet type dinner (roast chicken, salad) and was surprised when my ketones measured the same on Sunday AM as they did on Saturday AM. I’m barely in ketosis, so we’ll see how much further I progress this coming week.
Speaking of which, I’m in suburban D.C. this week attending training for work. As it turns out the training center is 2.5 miles from the hotel, and a decent walk each way. I’m planning on doing a good bit of running & walking while I’m here, since I can’t bike or swim. I just wish I had my foam roller with me. I’ll have to improvise something…