I was going to write a post about training last weekend now that I have my dexterity back, but James already did it for me over on his blog. Just picture what he did, and then me hanging off the back somewhere. Seriously, for 13+ hours on the bike and 3 hours running over the weekend, my view did not change- it was either Dirk, Trevor
, or James' butt and I was proud to just hang on and stare at their nice calves. I could probably go into A LOT of detail about the intracacies of each ones backside...
Since my training recap is done for me, I thought I'd drop a note of "what it takes", nutritionally, to hang on a wheel for 7.25 hours and 8300 feet of climbing (with a 3500yd swim before and knowing I had an 8 mile t-run after)...and stay in a good mood all day long (note, boys, this is SATURDAY i'm writing about, not Sunday...I know my positivity was "compromised" at points in the rain...)
I started the day with breakfast (1/2 cup oatmeal, piece of gluten free toast with Nuttzo) and then opened the floodgates :) on the ride once we got to Ramona and never stopped....
3 servings G2 (60 cal)
1 bag baked lays (most of bag-150)
1 purefit bar-almond crunch (220)
1 peanut buddy natures path granola bar (minus a bite- 120)
1 snickers (270)
1 fun size snickers (70)
1 big bite Dirk's cinnamon roll (maybe 100)
1 banana (90)
1 Starbucks double shot vanilla (200)
= 1280 calories... for 7.25 hours thats 176 cal/hour
Surprised it doesn't read "8 perfectly measured scoops of Ironman Perform with 6 Powergels blah blah blah ?" For me, I have one or two rides where I practice my race nutrition (which is Ironman Perform drink & clif bloks) and I really like these things...But I also like a little party in my mouth and just buying along the way what I feel like eating. Keeps it interesting. It's also interesting that although I don't count calories while I'm riding at all, if I ever lay it out like I just did, It's nearly ALWAYS in the 150-200 calorie/hr range for any ride over 4 hours. My body knows what it wants.
Don't worry, nutritionists! After all that crap, we went out for huge salads at Lotus Cafe for dinner, so I definitely got my 5-a day. Finished the night off with dessert of greek yogurt with chia seeds and some bonus peanut butter puffins mixed in there...to try to restore some semblance of glycogen for the 5 hr ride and 2 hr run on tap the next day...
phew....taper? are you near yet? i'm looking for you!!!
So....what are your training "treats"...anything I'm missing here? do you always do with race nutrition or like to have a little fun?