So this past week was a good one. I had a couple of diet and training break throughs and a lot of fun.
On the diet front I kept to my keto diet exclusively through Wed, when I had a bit of a meltdown. All through the day I just felt more & more sluggish, and my mood turned really sour. I bagged my run on Wed since I was feeling so bad. After reviewing my intake over the prior few days, I quickly figured out that I was really low in my carb intake since the weekend, even below what I had planned in my diet. Taking a UCan w/protein really helped and I was still in keto and feeling MUCH better the next day.
I now know that 25g of carbs aren’t going to cut it when I’m looking at 10+ hours of training a week. Now the challenge is to figure out where the sweet spot is. It seems logical that I’ll need to do some sort of carb cycling. What remains to be see is if it will fit into a standard week (5 days on, 2 days off) or some other construct. Also the total daily carb intake will likely need to move up, in small increments as the weekday workouts increase in length, particularly the evening workouts.
As for the training breakthroughs, they happened over the long weekend. We planned to be at the shore all weekend, so I decided to head down Thurs night. Since the weather was crap on Thursday, I did my ride on the trainer, opting for a 45 min Sufferfest ride. Since I was anxious to get on the road, I skipped the 15 OTB run, packed up the car and drove down the shore.
Friday AM I met up with Team Zebras in Lavallette and had a great OWS in a nice little protected cove. Times were below average, but this was more about getting comfortable in the new Roka wetsuit.
Friday afternoon I went out for a run. It was pretty warm, with wind out of the west, but I just went easy and kept to Z1. Felt a bit stiff and sore during the run but I think that was mostly due to lack of sleep.
Saturday was the Nave-Sink-or-Swim Open Water event. I always look forward to this race as it is like ‘opening day’ for the triathlon season. Everyone comes out to race the 1.2 or 2.4 mile swims and meet and catch up, chat about the upcoming race season and just have a good time. Since I hadn’t done a LOT of swimming and almost all of it has been at/around MAF I had no idea what I was going to be able to do. Plus this would only be my 3rd swim in the new wetsuit. My plan was to go out at a moderate pace at the start, then push on the second loop. The swim was counter-clockwise, meaning that the return leg of each loop would be against the current, but close to shore. Since the 2.4 racers were the last wave, we got the brunt of the current, and the 2nd loop was MUCH harder than the 1st. As it turns out, I finished with a respectable 1:06, 32/34 split, good enough for 44th OA and 3rd AG. That was a pleasant surprise.
After the swim, we had a nice group come back to the house for more training. Since I only did 20 miles on the bike the day before, I figured I’d split my run with 45 min, then 20 miles on the bike, then another 20-30 min run. The first 45 min run felt pretty good. I kept in Z1, and just plugged along. I jogged out the last 5 min, then got on the bike for the IBSP out and back. I did take a bottle of UCan with me, just to experiment with it, and planned on drinking it during the hour long ride. With the wind off the water, I was able to just get aero and cruise along. However as I rode, I started feeling better and stronger. I kept waiting for the HR to get way above Z1 but it didn’t happen. The out and back inside the park was averaging over 17mph, almost 2mph better than Saturday. On the 2nd run, I ran at about 12min/mi for the first bit, then at the turn back to the house, decided to just push and see what happened and ended up clocking a 10:30 mile. HR was well into Z4, but I never felt like I was losing form, or really struggling at all. Looking back on it, Sunday was the best training day I’ve had since OHS, and probably a good bit before OHS.
I really ignored diet most of the weekend. Keto on Friday was 1.4, but on Saturday was down to 0.7 and 0.3 on Sunday. I didn’t bother measuring on Monday since I knew it would be way down. I’ll pick it back up this week and see how quickly I can get back above 1.0.
- Consistency is key. If I keep plugging away, I will see results
- MAF/Z1 work is real, and the speed WILL be there when needed
- Carbs aren’t the enemy. The are just another tool in the bag
- My Roka wetsuit completely and totally rocks