Week #2, by the numbers:
25.2 miles run on the road. 8 miles on the treadmill. And no time on the trainer.
I didn’t have any two/day workout days. 2 rest days.
Average Blood Glucose: 107
Pattern of low blood glucose: Between 1:40am and 9am.
No significant pattern of high blood glucose.
Comments about training this week:
I was tired. I mentioned it last week, but I was focused on trying to address the middle of the night low blood glucose levels. I was successful for a few of the nights, but not all of them, and the unsuccessful days lead to tired and a lack of energy for the two/day workouts.
So, in order to make the workouts more efficient, I made Wednesday’s workout an interval workout and today’s long run included up tempos. This helped me at least work on increasing VO2max without getting the significant work in.
Fuel Choices for Workouts:
So, let me give you a little background. When our kids were born, Breigh, an anthropolgy major, decided that we were going to live like our ancestors….for the most part. So, if we can’t hunt it, or gather it, we don’t eat it. (There are many exceptions, but we have significantly reduced the amount of manufactured food we consume.)
The above is a kale infused recovery smoothy that I used this past week.
Protein powder, carrots, orange, kale, coconut water, coconut milk, strawberries, pineapples, mango, banana and coconut……..and chia seeds.
I am not sure what all of the ingredients are doing for me, except for the following facts:
1. I consume this beverage (or something like it) within 30 minutes of finishing a workout or long run/ride.
2. My body recovers quicker as a result of getting this fuel into my body.
I am fortunate to have support of my wife, and her knowledge about food that I have relied on her for this knowledge base. She’s also a great workout partner during those days when you don’t always wanna go….
Because she’s as competitive as ever, as soon as I think about whining, she’s there reminding me of why I’m doing this. (More about motivation next week!).
Here’s a Sample Day of Eating:
Last Sunday, December 8th – (I do pretty good, but I need Breigh’s help, as you’ll see below)
12 Mile Run in the morning fueled by 12 oz. of ginger ale and 1 piece of pizza about 20 minutes prior to the run.
Post run – 30 gram recovery smoothie made of Banana, coconut milk, vanilla protein powder, Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter, pumpkin butter. I also had a cup of coffee.
Lunch – Trader Joe PB and Pumpkin Butter sandwich on multi-grain bread
Snack – Homemade bean soup (w kale, of course) and yogurt (See below)
Dinner – 1/2 cup of pasta, 3 meatballs, and extra sauce
Snack – Multiple apples, 3 bites of pumpkin pie, piece of extra dark Trader Joe’s chocolate. (I was fighting going low, constantly lowering my basal rate at the same time)
Hopefully, this gives some insight into an average guy who’s trying to do some above average things.
Next week – “Who in their RIGHT mind would choose to compete in 1/2 Ironman and Ironman?”