Friday, February 15, 2013

No Other Word for It but Epiphany!

Now I have never claimed to be the smartest guy around. Let me make that clear, but recently I had an epiphany! (while writing this I also learned that epiphany is not in a thesaurus, I was going to try and show you that I really was smart, but that backfired quickly) Not sure why I never thought of it before, but I think it could be a break through for me.

One of the biggest issues I have with training is nutrition. I always worry about getting in enough calories and what should I take on the bike so I do not bonk the run. I always worried about this because I never really thought to track how many calories I was burning during a swim/bike/run. I know right? Seems simple enough, and it is pretty darn important!

Even on my logs where I record my workouts, it tells me exactly how many calories were burned doing that activity. So I really do not even have to think about it, just review my logs. All I need to do is really make sure that my weight is close to be accurate and it will do all that fancy math for me. Now, I do not know if it is accurate or not to a science, but it should give me a pretty good idea about what I need to replace.

This will become more important once I start my Ironman training. I have to fuel this machine. So logically thinking, if I know about how many calories I am burning during a 5 hour run, that should give me an idea of how many calories I need to replace. Now I am not looking at re hydrating OK, i am specifically looking at what nutrition I need. I still have a lot of research to do regarding special needs bags, but this epiphany gives me somewhere to start.

I normally just kept up with my logs to see my progress and my weekly, monthly totals, but I feel like I have been missing a lot of important information now!

Now I just want to drop some more "troof" on ya:

Every pair of Anti Fog goggles I have owned have fogged up!

I am running the last race in the Winter Off Road Series this Sunday. A 10K trail run. This is the 1st time I have ever been able to complete the series! I am looking forward to having a good run!


  1. Find out what drink/gel is on the course at Redman and train your stomach to accept it on you long runs/rides.

    Don't over think this. In training you do not need sports drink and gels for every workout, especially the short ones. If you over-indulge you'll gain weight. Water is enough for everything under an hour. Eat a shit load of bananas pre and post workouts - loaded with good carbs for fuel and recovery purposes.

    Figure you will need about 400cals/hr on the bike. For the run just eat and drink at every aid station and hope they have chicken broth and flat coke towards the end.

    Counting calories during training sounds like it would not be too fun.

    1. Thanks Jeff, I am sure there will be many emails sent your way with questions!

  2. I'll be there on Sunday! Woohoo!

    1. Look for me and say hi I will be in the G I Jess Warriors shirt!

  3. I agree with Jeff, try not to over think it, you already know from years of racing what works for you, you will need about 300-400 calories a hour on the bike.

    Do you have Joe Friels "The Triathlete Bible" there is 2 whole pages of how "a text book nutrition guide should be on rce day"


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