Monday, June 20, 2011

Rest, Recover, RELOAD!

I've been making my way back into fit-land after the much needed post-ironman "act like a normal person" bit for 3 weeks. I'm not going to lie, it's been kind of tough. Especially on the bike. This may be partly due to the fact that in my "time off", the bike is the first to go. Now, I love a good saturday long ride, but during the week, there is not much that excites me about getting together bike gear, bottles, pumping tires, etc. for a 90 minute ride where one way will undoubtedly be straight into a headwind.

So, I'm back on the bike. And swim. And run. Dirk has us on a proper plan for Vineman 70.3, with some hard, but not too long, workouts. My first few "real" workouts back, I was SMASHED! Like, how did I do this all the time smashed?

Which brings me to my next topic. Supplements! I've never talked much about supplements on this here blog, because that would involve some planning and forethought, both of which are NOT forte's of this drivel. However, my goal is always to share what works for me in hopes that someone else will read it and see something that might help them along the way. When I got started blogging, I read triathlete blogs incessantly (still do!) to figure out just how the heck I was supposed to be doing this swim, bike, run thing. I personally think you can learn far more usable and timely information from athlete blogs than from any training text book out there. Anyhow, this post is about something that helps me be less-smashed and recover quickly after hard workouts.

So, for the past year or so, I have been supplementing with L-Glutamine and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) post workout. I usually only remember after hard, "that's gonna leave a mark" type workouts, but turns out I've got one of those nearly every day :). WHY? well, there is a lot of research out there (that I am not going to look up for you right now, but your google search is as good as mine, so have at it.) But, the honest "WHY" is....Because James does it and he told me to. Yup, James is the supplement man. If you have a question, ask him- he knows A LOT. I'm just a follower, and unless it tastes like crap (uh, apple cider vinegar "shots"?!?!) , I do what he recommends. I'm not sure if it works, but I can tell you one truth. In the 4 years we've been together, I have NEVER seen him sick. Once he had a stuffed up nose for one day, but that's it. And boy recovers quicker than anyone I've ever met. It gets obnoxious to hear him say, "my legs feel like a million bucks" at the beginning of every workout..Hmmmm.....maybe he's on to something.

Anyhow, last summer, we started using Reload from MRM. It's this BCAA/Glutamine/Beta-Alanine powder that you mix with water and drink right away after a workout. I love the watermelon flavor and my "reload shooter" has been a part of my post-workout routine since last July (the shooter is 2 scoops Reload, 1Tbsp L-Carnitine, 8 oz water) . A month ago, our lovely masseuse asked us what supplements we take, and I mentioned Reload. Well, lo and behold, her husband works with MRM and is a mad sports nutrition scientist (or so I picture him)!  Starting this summer, we will have the MRM hook-ups and get to test out even more products ( I already use their Melatonin, Bone Maximizer, COQ10 and the things I mentioned above)...They have so much cool stuff. Can't wait!
 Speaking of re-loading...We've also been reloading in our strength program at Rehab United. Bryan has us back in a strength/power phase to build some big mus-kulls for those big races (Vegas & Kona) at the end of the summer...Here's what our last workout looked like on paper... I still have trouble "reading" these!
Anyhow, it was hard....So...now that I've touched on supplements...any other topics of interest out there you'd like some anecdotal (i.e. NOT research based :) ) opinions and information on?
Did I mention that SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER and I have plently of time to get my blog on? Yahoooo!

11 comments:

Adam said...

How much time do you spend doing warmups before and stretching after a workout (stretching including actual stretching, foam rolling, etc.)?

Running and living said...

Great! I would love a post on your HIM nutrition, particularly in hot races. I got sick pretty bad on the run on my last HIM...Thank you!

MissFancyPants said...

I have been toying with the idea of the glutamine and BCAAs because as I am aging it's getting a little tougher to recover...lol - Great post!

ShutUpandRun said...

I'm with R&L. Would love a post on HIM nutrition/fueling. I'm training for my first and feel pretty clueless.

GoBigGreen said...

I can only imagine the return from an IM after the week i had after my half. And tell James that verbal insults dont count in the inflammatory stage but they can be soothed with massages, backrubs, foot rubs and maybe a new kit. ( figured that jewels take a back seat to cool bike and run clothing)
I am going to try the reload, i just add my own LGlut to stuff. Yay, enjoy summer:)

Yasi said...

I actually happy I'll finally be able to get my blog on, and cook on! I might have to pick your brain a bit while I'm out in CA :o)

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Yippee! Off for summer. If you ever want to ride slow and flat....I'm your girl (well for 2 hours). Pub Med...that's my source for research. More importantly, I really need your anecdotal experiences on the follow, highlights and haircare, skin care and facials, 101 benefits of a pedicure, oh and fashion for fun and fitness.

Laura said...

Thanks for the info! Love it. BTW, I'm with you ... just CAN'T do apple cider vinegar gargle, shots or otherwise. PUKE!

Jill Costantino said...

Great post! WOW that stuff must get pricey though, thank goodness for the coming hook-up for you guys! THE POWER COUPLE!

Running Bums said...

Mmmm Sergio and I will have to try that stuff!

Wassdoc said...

Based on the year you guys have had, I'm going to start taking Reload! I've been pretty happy with Optygen HP as well, been taking it about one year