Friday, 18 May 2012
I met with my trainer on Wednesday to discuss whether I could reasonably try to lose weight while training to a high level for an Oly Tri. I gave him the Time Crunched Carmichael plan. He says yes, reasoning that the plan is high-intensity, not long duration. Most sessions are under 90 minutes. He suggests for the next two weeks that I eat normally, under 100 grams of carbohydrates, no fueling during sessions. No sugar, chocolate or sports drink either.
Last night I registered for the race on 1 July in Berlin. So this morning was the first planned cycling session after registering. I set up the TACX program last night (to save precious morning minutes) and learned how to plot a course with Google Earth. So now I can train "on" the course in Berlin (or the hills in Limburg).
5:45 AM (alarm) (f$ck training; I'm not doing it this morning). Hit snooze button
6:15 AM awaken before the alarm returns
6:20 AM [coffee + banana] [stare blindly into a computer, catching up with people's posts]
6:40 AM okay, let's get going.
7:00 AM on the bike, warming up. Legs are a little stiff. I'll quit early - only do an hour of the 90-minute ride
8:00 AM I'm cruising. why go to work when I can pedal.
8:30 AM As I finish the ride, I get thumbs up from the garbage collectors who are down on the street below my window.
When my stomach started growling at 8 AM, I nearly panicked. What if I starve to death? My trainer said no extra food.... I refueled with, get this, a spinach sweet potato egg white smoothie and seven dextrose tablets. It wasn't too bad.