Saturday, July 25, 2009

One More Day

...until a rest day. It can't come soon enough. I am tired. A few weeks ago I thought I was tired, but that doesn't even compare. I imagine that in a few weeks I'll be saying the same thing about how I feel right now. Fatigue is just a component of IM training, but I know that I have made some mistakes this week and can manage a few things better.

1) Nutrition. This is huge and I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Too many carbs or not enough? Not enough protein or just taking it at the wrong time? How many calories? And for which days? How is my electrolyte balance? Am I taking in the proper recovery food? I plan on taking some time in the next week to do more research and maybe bounce some ideas off my more nutritionally-intelligent friends. I don't have much time left to get it right.

2) Hydration. Clearly I did not drink enough fluids this week.

3) Sleep. With long work hours, long training hours, and a busy social schedule, there just isn't enough time in the day to do it all. Those of you with families...bravo. I'm amazed. For me, more prioritizing and better scheduling is in order. I'm also thinking about working with the next level down for my training plan. I would gain back about 2hr/week. I'll try other things first though. Like maybe less Facebooking. :-)

Anyway, one more day of training left in this week. I'm at almost 11.5 hours of training so far, including 8000m of swimming and 90+ miles of riding. Here's me after my 60+ miler with Bill this morning, drinking a hard-earned iced nonfat latte (after frantically downing a choc milk as my sugar levels were plummeting...more on that in another post).